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The Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Iranian Literature, Cinema, and Culture with an expected start date of August 2020.

The successful candidate will join a community comprising faculty teaching and doing research on Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Urdu, and Sanskrit from linguistic, literary, cultural studies, historical, and social scientific perspectives. The teaching load is four courses per year (a 2-2 load). Candidates should be prepared to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in classical and modern Persian literature, as well as introductory courses on Iranian cinema or culture.

Applicants must have: an active program of research in Persian Literature, Cinema, or related field; a commitment to excellence in teaching; native or near-native fluency in Persian and English; and a Ph.D. in hand by August 2020.

Priority will be given to applications received by January 30, 2020. Review of applications will begin in early February and continue until the position is filled.


Apply online at search for posting #R0011705 complete the application, and attach the following:

1. Cover letter to include: a discussion of areas of scholarly interest; potential collaborations/projects at UVa or beyond; past experience working with diverse populations; potential to contribute to the intellectual community of a multilingual, multidisciplinary department.

2. CV,

3. statement of teaching philosophy,

4. sample course syllabi,

5. three letters of recommendation.

*** Please note that all requested documents should be uploaded in the ‘Resume’ box.***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Cameron Clayton at <>. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at <>.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

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