Classical Arabic Position, Arts & Sciences Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia (États-Unis) — LIMITE : 08/11/2014

The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, with 10,000 students and 750 faculty members, is the largest of the University of Virginia’s 11 schools and is the institution’s intellectual core. We aspire to be a leader in research and graduate education while maintaining our long-standing reputation for excellence in undergraduate education and exceptional teaching.

The UVa Arts & Sciences Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures invites applicants for a tenure-track /tenured position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Arabic Literature. Field of specialization is classical Arabic literature before 1800 with a special emphasis on poetry or prose, subfield of specialization open. Outstanding scholarship with a superior record of scholarly publications commensurate to rank, evidence of excellent teaching, and commitment to interdisciplinary work are required. The successful candidate must have native or near-native fluency in Arabic and English, and must hold a Ph.D. in Arabic literature, preferably with training in comparative literature, at the time of the position’s start date on August 25, 2015. Language proficiency in Persian, Urdu, and other classical languages is an advantage, and so is the ability to ground one’s research in literary theory as well as the broader debates in the field and the Humanities more generally. We are looking for a colleague who will participate actively and fully in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the department.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (, search on posting 0615117 and electronically attach the following: curriculum vitae, cover letter of application describing scholarly accomplishments and teaching experience (specifically, courses given on classical Arabic literature), 2 recent writing samples in English and/or Arabic not exceeding 30 pages each (attach as writing samples 1 and 2).

Also, under separate cover by mail or e-mail, please arrange for three (3) confidential letters of reference to be sent to:

Margaret VanEkeren
University of Virginia
Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
P.O. Box 400781
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4781

Questions about the position should be directed to:

Dr. Hanadi Al-Samman

Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to:

Margaret VanEkeren
(434) 982-2665

Review of applications will begin November 8, 2014; however, the position will remain open until filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted during MESA’s conference (November 22-25, 2014) in Washington D.C.

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.

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