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The Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for an advanced Assistant Professor or Associate Professor tenure line position in Media Studies with expertise in the Middle East. The position will begin in August 2020.

The position, part of a university-wide cluster hire in Media and (dis)information, will focus on Media in the Middle East, with a strong preference for specialization in Iran or the Arab World. Ideal candidates will have research interests in media information flows, including misinformation or disinformation, within or originating from the Middle East. Preferred candidates will employ interdisciplinary methods, and conduct empirical and theoretical analyses of local political cultures, but will also be engaged with media and policy studies more broadly. The successful candidate is expected to hold a courtesy appointment in the College of Communication.

Duties include working closely with other partners in the Media lab, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, serving in the doctoral programs in Middle Eastern Studies, and contributing to related programs in other colleges, such as the College of Communication. All faculty in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies are expected to pursue a strong record of research and publication, while also engaging in service to the Department, College, University, and profession. The department places a high premium on collegiality and maintaining a diverse and hospitable working environment. Salary is dependent upon position and qualifications. As per university procedures, background and academic credential checks are conducted as appropriate.

Qualifications
Applicants must have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. Candidates should have native or near-native fluency in one or more of the languages of the Middle East (with a strong preference for Arabic or Persian), and must demonstrate excellence in research, publication, and teaching. They must also have the ability to train and supervise graduate students and to effectively teach large undergraduate classes.
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. The University embraces and promotes diversity in its work environments.

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one sample publication, teaching dossier including sample syllabi (both graduate and undergraduate), and three names of recommenders, who may be contacted later in the application stage. In addition, please submit a one-page rationale, explaining how your research trajectory corresponds to the goals of the cluster (more info here). Electronic submissions only (through Interfolio). All materials should be submitted by November 8, 2019. Review of applications will begin November 8, 2019.

For Further Information, please contact:
Karen Grumberg, Search Committee Chair

Email: keren@austin.utexas.edu

 

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