Skip to main content

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures  at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a scholar of Middle Eastern and/or South Asian film at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a colleague with expertise in the fictional and/or documentary cinematic traditions of at least one Middle Eastern or South Asian region and an interest in engaging comparatively with other cinemas of the regions. Applicants’ scholarship should centrally address the movement of images, techniques, and narratives across our regions, and into other geographical areas and/or disciplinary fields. Specific areas of cinematic focus are open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching suggest connections among Middle Eastern and South Asian cinemas and can complement the strengths of our department. This colleague will join, and foster connections among vibrant inter-disciplinary programs at the University of Virginia in regional studies, media studies, and film studies.

Required Qualifications: Candidates must have an ongoing program of research and publication with a focus on a relevant regional cinema that integrates in-depth analysis of cinematic texts with broader inter-disciplinary engagements with issues of nation, identity, or spatial location in the modern world. They must also have a commitment to excellence in teaching and an ability to teach courses across the Middle East and South Asia. This position’s start date is August 25, 2016, and applicants must hold a PhD by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who bring training in at least one
of the regions’ languages or literatures.

To apply, please submit a Candidate Profile to posting # 0617740 through  Jobs@UVA ( and attach the following: CV, cover letter describing qualifications and research trajectory, contact information for three references, and two  writing samples: (1) an article-length sample of written work (attach to “Writing Sample 1” in Jobs@UVA), and (2) the front matter [table of contents, acknowledgments, and introduction] of your dissertation or, if appropriate, book (attach to “Writing Sample 2” in Jobs@UVA).

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. The committee anticipates conducting on-campus interviews in February, 2016. A letter of invitation will be provided to candidates who are selected for an interview.

Questions regarding the application process for Jobs@UVa should be directed to:
Cameron Clayton
Administrative Coordinator
For additional information contact:
Daniel Lefkowitz, Chair
MESALC Film Studies Search Committee

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Comments are closed.