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The University of Southern California’s new and growing interdisciplinary Middle East Studies Program invites applicants for a full-time, non-tenure track position to teach the history of Iran and Persian culture, including literary works in translation, and to start Fall 2013. The department values the additional ability to teach advanced courses in Persian. Salary and benefits are competitive. The successful candidate will play an active role in supporting the new degree minor in Iranian Studies.


Requirements: M.A. or Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, such as History, Comparative Literature, or Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, is required. Regardless of discipline, the candidate’s advanced training should deal with Iran or the broader Persianate world. Candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or teaching experience at the university level.


Complete application will consist of: letter of interest; C.V.; three recent letters of recommendation that speak to teaching abilities. These can be sent to:


Kevin van Bladel

Search Committee Chair

Middle East Studies Program

USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

449 Taper Hall of Humanities

3501 Trousdale Parkway

Los Angeles, CA  90089-0151


Application materials may be sent by e-mail instead to Ms Alison Nevarez at Recommendations should be confidential and may be sent directly by the recommender to this address. In order to be considered for this position, applicants are also required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser:


Review of dossiers will begin immediately upon receipt of complete materials and the position will remain open until filled.


The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.


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