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The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center (GSC) announces the Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, which is funded by a generous endowed gift from Mr. William F. Benter and the Benter Foundation. This visiting professorship enables the GSC to host scholars whose research and teaching examine critical international issues that shape and define the contemporary world.

For the 2017-18 academic year, GSC invites applications from scholars with expertise in the Middle East. We are interested in candidates from any discipline whose research and teaching interests intersect with one or more of our focal themes of global health, human rights/human security, and inequalities. Candidates whose research also addresses migration or gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.

The Global Studies Center (GSC) is part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). UCIS integrates and reinforces all strands of scholarship on international affairs throughout the University of Pittsburgh, supporting teaching, research and public service in area studies and on major world issues. The Visiting Professor will be appointed for the fall and spring terms of the academic year, will teach two classes per term, and will participate in activities of the GSC and of the department(s) closest to her or his disciplinary interests, in coordination with the Director of the GSC.

Applicants must have a PhD and demonstrate outstanding professional achievement in their disciplines, in both research and teaching. Individuals with extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations may also apply. Applicants should be comfortable in an interdisciplinary environment and should be prepared to engage with a variety of perspectives and audiences inside and beyond the academy. Preference will be given to individuals who have extensive experience living in the Middle East.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications; curriculum vitae; research and teaching statements; evidence of teaching excellence, if available; a writing sample; and, three letters of reference. Please submit all application materials online via Submittable. Please visit for application link.

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