Study of Islam Section, AAR:

Jobs, in Islamic Studies
Starting Fall 2003
Applications due Fall 2002

 

 

-The following list is not intended to be exhaustive, merely a beginning resource for our members. While every attempt is made to make sure that it does include all jobs for Islamic Studies, you might be able to qualify for jobs in other departments based on your qualifications.

-The emphasis is usually on tenure-track jobs, although attempts will be made to identify temporary positions as well.

-The following list usually includes jobs through departments of Religion, Philosophy and Religion, or Theology. It does not always include jobs in Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Classics, History, Anthropology, Women's Studies, etc. To put it differently, if a school conducts its interviews at the AAR, it will probably be listed here. If it conducts them at MESA, AHA, etc., it may or may not be.

-The list focuses on jobs in the United States. There are of course other positions in Canada, Europe, Asia, etc. which are not always included.

-The positions are simply listed in alphabetical order.

-If any school has an opening which they would like to advertise here, the advertisements may be sent to Omid Safi, (email: osafi@mail.colgate.edu) the webmaster for the Study of Islam section at the AAR.

Important Note for this year: This year there are an usually high number of jobs in the field of Modern Middle East History.... I have not listed those jobs here, as the focus of this list is primarily on Islamic Studies. The few exceptions I have made are the positions that list Middle East/Islam (an interesting confusion, no doubt, and a source of great frustration to the South Asianists and South East Asianists among us...) For a complete listing of Middle Eastern Studies positions, look on line at the MESA bulletin Employment page.

 

 

Bard College. BARD COLLEGE invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of ISLAMIC STUDIES, to begin September 2003, pending approval. The position requires a strong commitment to both teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts setting. Applicants should possess a strong foundation in the formative or classical traditions and literatures of Islam, and an understanding of later and contemporary developments within Islamic societies. The geographical area of specialization is open: Middle East, Africa, South Asia, or Southeast Asia. It is also desirable that the applicant be engaged in current theoretical and methodological developments in the critical study of religion, and be prepared to interact with other interdisciplinary programs within the College. PhD or near completion is required, and teaching experience is desirable. Applications are due November 8. Send application letter, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, sample course syllabi and writing sample to: Richard Davis, c/o Human Resources, Bard College, P.O. Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. AA/EOE

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, effective July 1, 2003. The center is one of the oldest and most distinguished institutions for studying the Middle East and North Africa in the United States, fostering research, teaching and outreach. It is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California and has been designated a National Resource Center by the federal Department of Education for more than twenty years. The Center also supports the undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the graduate degrees (M.A. & Ph.D.) in Islamic Studies.
The Director is responsible for leading and developing all the Center’s activities and reports to the Vice Provost of the UCLA International Institute (of which the Center is a part). The Director will be appointed for a term of five years, renewable once. The Director will also hold a tenured professorship in one of UCLA’s departments and schools.
Applicants should have qualifications appropriate to the rank of full professor and high visibility in scholarly and other communities of importance to Near Eastern studies. Candidates should have demonstrated capacity for academic and administrative leadership and for engaging constituents at the local, state, national and international levels. 
The Search Committee encourages nominations of qualified candidates accompanied by a brief letter of support.  Applications should include a curriculum vitae. For additional information, please go to:  www.international.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=2651. Send materials to: Leah Halvorson, Office of the Vice Provost, UCLA International Institute, 11343 Bunche Hall, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 90095-1487 (310 825-5133; fax: 310 825-4591; lhalvorson@international.ucla.edu). UCLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To be ensured full consideration, letters of nomination and applications should be sent by January 31, 2003.
 

 

California State University, Sacramento. Area: Middle East/Islam.

The History Department at California State University, Sacramento invites applications for a probationary tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the Middle East/Islam to begin Fall 2003. The successful candidate willteach survey courses in World History to 1600, World History After 1600, coursesin the social, political, and religious history of the pre-modern and Modern Middle East and seminars in historical method at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Experience as a teaching assistant or university instructor preferred. Ph.D. in history must be completed by August 1, 2003. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2002; position open until filled. CSUS is
AA/EOE. Send vita, transcripts, three (3) letters of recommendation, statement of interest in teaching and research, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations (if
available) to: Chair, Middle East/Islam Search Committee, Department of History, CSUS, Sacramento, CA 95819-6059.

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the study of Islam, effective July 1, 2003. Specialization is open, but applicants must possess a thorough knowledge of the languages, literatures, and histories of the so-called 'classical' period, and must be able to teach Islam's scriptural and oral traditions, major sects, principal schools of thought and forms of practice. Applicants must also demonstrate a command of the theoretical and methodological debates currently at the forefront of the academic study of religion. Appointment will be jointly in the Program for the Study of Religion and the Department of Literature. The Literature Department is committed to the comparative study of world literatures from antiquity to the present. Especially welcome are applicants whose comparative and theoretical training intersects with those of others in the department (including, but not limited to: critical theory, cultural studies, nationalism and postcoloniality, and gender studies). Ph.D. or equivalent, teaching experience, and exceptional potential in scholarship are requisites for the position. Teaching will include an undergraduate seminar in the modern study of religion, a lower division lecture course for a college general education requirement, and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in Islam. Salary commensurate with experience and based on published UC pay scale. Immigration status of non-citizens should be stated in CV. Send letter of application, CV, dossier, and writing sample(s) to Chair, Search Committee, Program for the Study of Religion, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0410. Please refer to position 130A. Enclose a self-addressed post card if you wish acknowledgment of application and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of writing sample(s). Closing date is November 30, 2002. EOE/AA.

 

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY,  Department of Religious Studies, announces a full-time, one-year visiting position focusing on Islamic Studies. Responsibilities include teaching eight to twelve hours per semester, appropriate research and service. Candidates will be expected to teach an introductory course in the academic study of religion in addition to courses that focus on Islamic religion, history and culture. Starting date will be Fall Semester, 2002, or possibly Spring Semester, 2003. Although preference will be given to candidates with a completed Ph.D. in the study of religion or a closely related program with a specialization in Islam, an ABD is a minimum qualification. Cleveland State University is a strongly committed Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send letter of application, resume, three letters of reference and any additional supporting material to: Edward Brennan, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, Cleveland State University, Cleveland OH 44115. A review of applications will begin June 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

DePAUL UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Islam to begin autumn, 2003. Specialization in Qur'anic Studies preferred. Candidates should demonstrate textual grounding in the sources of classical Islam as well as a broad interest in the study of Islam in the context of the history and phenomenology of religion. Applicants should be prepared to teach departmental courses at beginning and advanced undergraduate levels. We also encourage the development of other courses related to the candidate's interests, interdisciplinary courses outside the department, and scholarly outreach to non-academic communities in the area. Ph.D. (or near completion) required; teaching experience and record of scholarship preferred. Applications must include a cover letter, CV, a sample of scholarly work of not more than 20 pages, and three letters of recommendation. We also welcome course syllabi and evidence of teaching effectiveness (when applicable). Application deadline is December 1; applications received by November 1 will be considered for interviews at AAR/SBL. Address all communications to Jim Halstead, Department of Religious Studies, DePaul University, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. The Department of Religious Studies currently has 18 full-time faculty representing a broad range of subspecialties (see our web site at www.depaul.edu/~religion for further information). DePaul is committed to recruiting a diverse faculty to complement the diversity of its student body and of the Chicago area. We therefore encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.

 

Elon University. Religious Studies: Elon University (www.elon.edu) seeks Assistant Professor for tenure track position beginning August 2003. The candidate must have Ph.D. with concentration in Islamic Studies. Duties include teaching introductory and upper-level religious studies courses on the history, theology, and role of Islam in the contemporary world. Must be willing to teach in the interdisciplinary General Studies program. Evaluations will begin December 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be received by December 15 to be assured of consideration. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to James H. Pace, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, 2266 CB, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina 27244-2020. Candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. EEOE.

 

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY Religion Studies: Islam. Lehigh University announces a tenure-track position in Religion Studies to begin Fall of 2003. Primary expertise required in Islamic religion with proficiency in South Asian religions preferred, but other supporting areas of specialization will be given full consideration. Funding has been secured for an entry-level Assistant Professor. Current fund-raising initiatives, however, may make possible an appointment at a more senior level, so scholars of senior rank are encouraged to apply. Requirements include an earned doctorate, competence in relevant canonical languages, and commitment to a career of scholarly research and teaching excellence. Applicants should be committed to advancing the University's mission to foster collaboration between departments and disciplines. Review of applications will begin immediately and close November 1. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAR meeting in Toronto. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcript, and at least three letters of recommendation to: Islam Search Committee, Department of Religion Studies, Lehigh University, 9 West Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Lehigh University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

LE MOYNE COLLEGE, Department of Religious Studies, a college in the Jesuit tradition, Syracuse, NY, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of religion position, starting August 2003, with primary expertise in religious traditions of Asia. Teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in the academic study of Religion, upper level courses in Asian religions, and courses that draw upon one's research interests. Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching is expected and supported. Departmental faculty members pursue active scholarly agendas, for which there is institutional support. Candidates who provide documentation that they will complete the requirements for the Ph.D. by August 15, 2003, will have priority. Please send letter of application and curriculum vita electronically to lemoynehr@lemoyne.edu with subject line, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Send supporting documentation, including official transcripts and three letters of recommendation to Chair of the Religious Studies Search Committee/ c/o Ms Lynn McMartin, Director of Human Resources / Le Moyne College / 1419 Salt Springs Road / Syracuse, NY 13214-1399. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 15, 2002 but the search will remain active until the position is filled. Preliminary pre-arranged interviews will be held at the AAR/SBL meeting in Toronto this November. Le Moyne College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and Jesuits to apply for employment.

 

ILIFF SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a position in Comparative Religious Thought. Primary expertise will be in a religious tradition other than Christianity (e.g. Buddhism, Islam etc.). Secondary areas of competency will include comparative analysis, methods and theories in the study of religion and strength in interreligious dialogue. Duties include teaching in Iliff's masters programs (MA, MDiv, MTS, MASM), the DMin Program, and in the PH.D Program in Religious and Theological Studies offered with the University of Denver. Qualifications include a PH.D or its equivalent, exceptional potential or achievement as a publishing scholar and teacher. The appointment is tenure track, preferably at the rank of assistant professor. Iliff School of Theology is a United Methodist theological school with an ecumenical and interfaith spirit. Iliff welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups. Applications should include a letter, current dossier, and three letters of recommendations. For fullest consideration applications should be received by November 1, 2002. We seek to fill the position by June 1, 2003. Send applications to: Professor Sheila Davaney / Chair, Comparative Religious Thought Search / Iliff School of Theology / 2201 S. University Blvd / Denver, Colorado 80210. For further information about this search contact http://www.iliff.edu/jobs/.

 

THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM IN THE MODERN WORLD (ISIM) invites applications for the position of Academic Director. The Academic Director is simultaneously the holder of the ISIM Chair of Islamic Studies in the modern period at Leiden University. The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, based in Leiden, the Netherlands, promotes and conducts research on contemporary social, intellectual, and religious trends and movements in Muslim societies and communities. The ISIM's research approaches are expressly interdisciplinary and comparative and cover the Muslim world in its entirety, including Muslim communities in the West. The Institute has established ISIM chairs at Utrecht University, the University of Nijmegen, Leiden University, and the University of Amsterdam.

The Academic Director is responsible for the overall guidance and planning of the Institute's research programmes, the Ph.D. degree and post-doctoral programmes, an!

d international cooperation, including exchange programmes and academic meetings, all conducted in association with the ISIM chairs at the other participating universities. As holder of the ISIM Chair at Leiden University the candidate will be expected to teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students. In administrative affairs the Academic Director is assisted by the Executive Director, who is also in charge of the publications and outreach. Candidates should possess an established international reputation in the study of modern Islam and Muslim societies, wide-ranging academic contacts, expertise in the field of academic management, and excellent communicative skills.

The Directorship/Professorship is a full-time position, preferably commencing in September 2003. The salary will be commensurate to the candidate's background and qualifications. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants may wish to consult the ISIM website (www.isim.nl) as well as that of Leiden University (www.leiden.edu). Applicants should publications to: ISIM Search Committee, Postbus 11089, 2301 EB Leiden, The Netherlands, For further inquiries, please contact: Prof. Dr Peter van der Veer, Chair of the Search Committee: vanderveer@pscw.uva.nl. Reviews of applications will begin January 15, 2003.

 

McGILL UNIVERSITY announces two searches for the Institute of Islamic Studies:

1) McGill University, The Institute of Islamic Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Islamic History with competence in Classical and Medieval periods, to begin as of August 1, 2003. The appointee will teach graduate research seminars and graduate and undergraduate courses, including Classical and Modern Arabic Language, as well as supervise graduate theses. He/she is expected to collaborate with related departments within the Faculty of Arts. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and show promise of excellence in scholarly research and teaching. French is an asset. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Chair, Search Committee, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, 3485 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1Y1. [Application packages will be collected at the MESA 2002 annual conference in Washington, DC in November.] In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed in the first instance to Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada. McGill University is committed to equity in employment. Application deadline: December 16, 2002.

2) McGill University, The Institute of Islamic Studies at invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Islamic Philosophy with competence in teaching Mysticism, to begin as of August 1, 2003. The appointee will teach graduate research seminars and graduate and undergraduate courses, including Persian language at various levels, as well as supervise graduate theses. He/she is expected to collaborate with related departments within the Faculty of Arts. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and show promise of excellence in scholarly research and teaching. French is an asset. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Chair, Search Committee, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, 3485 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1Y1. [Application packages will be collected at the MESA 2002 annual conference in Washington, DC in November.] In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed in the first instance to Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada. McGill University is committed to equity in employment. Application deadline: December 16, 2002.

 

MEREDITH COLLEGE, Religion and Philosophy - Comparative Religion, invites applications for a full-time position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy with a focus in Comparative Religion to begin in August 2003. Qualifications include a Ph.D., experience with teaching an introductory course in World Religions, and competency in the methods and theories of comparative analysis. Area specializations are open, but primary expertise will be in a religious tradition other than Christianity. In addition to teaching introductory courses in World Religions and courses in the area of the candidate's specialization, he/she will be expected to teach upper level courses in comparative religion and/or religion and culture. The successful candidate will also be willing to participate actively in a new interdisciplinary general education program at the college. Meredith College is a private comprehensive college for women offering both liberal arts and professional programs. The College is located in Raleigh, NC, near the world-renowned Research Triangle Park. To be considered for preliminary interviews to be conducted at the annual conference of the AAR in November, applications should be submitted no later than November 1. Final deadline for receipt of applications is January 10, 2003. Applications should include a letter of application, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and research goals, copies of transcripts, a syllabus for a course in World Religions and three letters of recommendation. Send to Dr. Janet Nelson, Chair, Search Committee, Meredith College, Department of Religion and Philosophy, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607. Meredith College seeks to increase diversity among its faculty and staff. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Meredith College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Middlebury College Department of Religion announces a tenure-track position in Islamic Studies. Candidates should demonstrate ability to teach courses in the texts, traditions, and history of Islam and guide undergraduates in the exploration of Islam as a major world religion. Competence in research skills for religious and historical studies required; facility in classical Arabic essential. Candidates must be willing to work in an interdisciplinary setting, which includes the International Studies Program and Department of History. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor (Ph.D.). Deadline: December 15, 2002. Send letter of application with a statement of teaching interests, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, and three current letters of recommendation (at least two of which speak to teaching ability/promise) to Professor Larry Yarbrough, Chair, Department of Religion. Middlebury College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it encourages applications from women and members of minority groups. Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont 05753; 802-443-5000.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI, Department of Philosophy and Religion, announces a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Religion with a specialty in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. Applicants must hold a PH.D. by the time of the appointment in August 2003. Candidates must have competency in at least one of the following areas: Feminism, Environmental Ethics, or Bio-Medical Ethics. Candidates must be student oriented and able to work effectively with undergraduate students with a wide range of academic skills and backgrounds. Salary is competitive. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. Applications must include a letter of intent, graduate school transcripts, graduate school dossier with letters of reference, sample of scholarly work, and a copy of teaching materials (e.g. syllabi, typical handouts, and student evaluations). Send materials to: Dr.William F. Lawhead, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Philosophy & Religion, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677. Applications should be complete by 1 November 2002. Interviews will be conducted at the annual conference of the American Academy of Religion in Toronto, 23-26 November. Information about the Department is available at http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/philosophy.

MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Philosophy and Religion, announces an opening for an assistant professor, full-time, tenure track. Primary area of specialization: The history and varieties of Islam. Secondary specialization: Islamic origins, medieval studies, mysticism, or non-Islamic African religions. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in religious studies, and will be expected to engage in research and scholarship, publish in peer-reviewed outlets, seek external funding for his/her work, and be actively involved in supporting department and university functions. Teaching experience and excellence are required, and candidates will teach general education Religions of the World along with upper division courses. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a sample of scholarly writing, and evidence of excellent teaching. Salary depends on qualifications and the position is subject to available funding. Montclair State University / Department of Philosophy and Religion (F27) / Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.

 

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE, Religion Department, invites applications for a tenure-track position, entry level, assistant professor, beginning in September 2003. We are seeking an Islamicist with a broad understanding of the various religious traditions within Islam, and who demonstrates strong promise as a teacher. Preference will be given to candidates able to teach Introduction to Religion on an occasional basis. Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college for women with 2000 students and 200 faculty. It is located about 80 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River Valley, and is a member of the Five College consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke is committed to fostering multicultural diversity and awareness in its faculty, staff, and student body and is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand or expected by September 2003. Please send a letter, a curriculum vitae, samples of written work, and arrange to have three or more letters of recommendation sent to the Department. All applications must be received by November 1, 2002. Selected candidates will be interviewed in Toronto. Address all material to Professor Lawrence Fine, Religion Department, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075. Fax #413-538-2579.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Philosophy and Religion, invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, available August 2003. General requirements include a broad understanding of Islamic traditions, with particular specialization in any geographic area (e.g. Africa, S. Asia, SE Asia, Middle East). The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in Islamic Studies and in other historical or methodological areas related to its study. Demonstrated language expertise appropriate for research specialization is required. Completed Ph.D. expected at time of appointment in August 2003. Compensation commensurate with experience. Candidates should submit a letter of application and complete dossier, including c.v., at least three letters of recommendation, a writing sample (preferably a chapter from a dissertation or a publication), and transcripts. Contact: Prof. Tony K. Stewart, chair, Search Committee, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Box 8103, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27695-8103 (email phil_rel@ncsu.edu). North Carolina State University is an equal opportunity employer. ADA accommodations: contact phil_rel@ncsu.edu or 919 515-3214. To assure consideration for a preliminary interview at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Toronto or at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, please submit application materials no later than  November 8, 2002.

Northwestern University: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY's departments of History and Religion invite applications for a joint tenure-track position in the history of Islam in West Africa at the Assistant Professor level beginning fall 2003, at which time candidates should have completed the Ph.D. Teaching load: 4-5 courses per year. The successful candidate will also have access to the facilities of the Institute for Islamic Thought in Africa housed in the Program of African Studies at Northwestern. Send letter of interest, CV, at least three letters of reference and a 25-page writing sample to Professor Brook Ziporyn, Department of Religion, 1940 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-4050. In order to be guaranteed full consideration, complete applications must be received in the Department by January 8, 2003. AA/EOE. Women and minority scholars are encouraged to apply.

OBERLIN COLLEGE, the Department of Religion, seeks applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty position in Islam. Initial appointment for one semester beginning Fall 2003, at the rank of Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor. The incumbent will teach courses in the general area of Islamic religious traditions. The incumbent will teach three courses during the fall semester: an historical survey of global Islamic religious traditions, a course or courses on topics such as Islamic law, Sufism, Muslim North America, or incumbent’s general area of research. Ability to teach a comparative introductory course in Religion is highly desirable. Although preference will be given to those who have finished the PhD, we will consider candidates who have completed substantial portions of the PhD program. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable.

Oberlin College is not a religiously affiliated institution. The Department of Religion is a ten-person department with approximately 40 majors in each graduating class. Courses and faculty research span the major world religions and range from the ancient world to contemporary topic. Further information is available at www.oberlin.edu/religion.

To be assured of consideration, letters of application, including a CV, graduate transcripts, and at least three letters of reference should be sent to: Professor A. G. Miller, Department of Religion, 316 Rice Hall, 10 N. Professor Street, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH 44074. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. AA/EOE. Application deadline: February 1, 2003.

 

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, anticipates making a full-time, tenure-track appointment in the field of Arabic & Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in the Fall of 2003. The position is intended for scholars whose primary focus is on the pre-modern period of Arabic and Islamic civilization; specializations in law, religion, and philosophy will be particularly favored. Prospective candidates must have obtained a Ph.D. degree by August 2003 and have a firm and continuing commitment to both teaching and research. They should possess a native or near-native competence in Arabic and a familiarity with the textual traditions of pre-modern (and preferably modern) Arabic, and should also be acquainted with the principles of language-pedagogy. The teaching obligations of the post will consist of offering four courses per year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including language courses, specialized classes based on texts in the original language, and more generalized, survey courses. Complete dossiers, including an up-to-date curriculum vitae, sample publications, a statement of research interests, and letters of recommendation from three referees should be sent to: Professor G. Cameron Hurst III, Chair, Department of Asian and, Middle Eastern Studies, 847 Williams Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 19104-6305. The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2002, and the process will continue until the position is filled.

 

UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND invites applications for the position of Luce Assistant Professor of Muslim Societies in Southeast Asia. We seek an outstanding teacher-scholar with a deep interest in and commitment to interdisciplinary study and the liberal arts who is a social scientist and a specialist in the study of Southeast Asian Muslim Societies. This tenure-line appointment will be made at the assistant professor level in an appropriate department and in the Asian Studies Program. A doctoral degree (ABD considered) in a related field, including Economics, History, Political Science or Anthropology, and a commitment to liberal arts education required. Candidates should possess language facility sufficient to conduct research in Southeast Asia. The Luce Assistant Professor will be expected to contribute to the curricula of the designated department and the Asian Studies Program as well as the University's Core Curriculum. Other duties include advising students and participating in projects serving our institutional mission. The Luce Foundation supports the position with a program fund of $10,000 annually for four years for library materials, research projects, visiting lectureships, student internships, travel and other activities aimed at enhancing the Asian Studies Program. Initial funding for this position is provided by a generous grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. A complete description can be found at http://www.ups.edu/humanresources. Submit interest letter, vita, brief statement of teaching philosophy, and three reference letters postmarked no later than October 15, 2002 to: Luce Assistant Professor Search / University of Puget Sound / P.O. Box 7297 / Tacoma, WA 98406. The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator/employer.

 

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, the Religious Studies Program and the Department of History, seek to make an appointment at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track) in the area of Islam, commencing with the fall semester 2003. The desired field of primary expertise is the critical study of the foundational Islamic religious texts, and the development of Classical Islamic religion, history, and culture. Secondary expertise in relations between Islam and other then-contemporary religions, or in Islamic historiography, sociology, or science would be advantageous. The applicant should have a strong research agenda and should be an effective teacher, adept at handling all levels of instruction, ranging from large undergraduate classes to small graduate seminars. Letter of application, C.V., and the names and addresses of three references should be sent to: William L. Petersen, Search Committee Islam, Religious Studies Program, Box D, 108 Weaver Building, Penn State, University Park PA 16802-5500. AA/EOE. Applications received by November 1, 2002, will be assured of consideration; however, all applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

QUEENS COLLEGE, the Department of Classical, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures, an interdisciplinary department with a program in Arabic and Islamic civilization, has been authorized to make a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Arabic and Islamic studies at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to begin in the Fall semester of 2003. Duties include teaching and overseeing courses in the Arabic language curriculum and teaching and coordinating a broad range of courses on the pre-modern and modern culture, history and civilization of Islam, and contributing to departmental curriculum in comparative culture and civilization, and well as to the college liberal arts curriculum. Specializations may include literature, philosophy, history, religion, the history of science, or law. In addition, the candidate must provide pedagogic and intellectual leadership for the Arabic language program. Native or near-native competency in Arabic and English is required, along with familiarity in a broad range of pre-modern and modern sources. The prospective candidate should display a strong and ongoing program of original research along with a commitment to teaching an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum in a highly diverse, urban setting. The Ph.D is required; preference will be given to candidates with Ph.D in hand at time of application or prior publications.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, ranging from $35,031-$61,111, at the rank of Assistant Professor. The search will remain open until the position is filled; review of applications will begin immediately. Complete dossiers, including an up-to-date curriculum vita with a letter of application describing research interests, teaching experience and language abilities, along with three letters of recommendation and sample publications should be sent to: Prof. Yunzhong Shu, Chair, Classical, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages & Cultures, Queens College, CUNY, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing NY 11367. Queens College is an Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

 

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, the Department of Religion invites applications for a non-tenure track position in Islam to begin Fall 2003. The annual appointment is renewable for three years. Applicants must demonstrate proven teaching and research abilities. Teaching duties will include undergraduate introductory courses in the history of world religions in addition to the candidate's primary specialization. It is highly desirable that the candidate has competence in current theories and methodologies in the study of religion and can participate in and make a contribution to the general development of the program. Interviews will be held at AAR in November and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. No applications by fax or e-mail. Applicants are requested to send a letter of application, a CV, and 3 letters of recommendation to: Chün-fang Yü, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Religion, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 70 Lipman Drive, Room 140, New Brunswick NJ 08901-8525. Rutgers University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Application deadline: October 31, 2002.

 

SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY seeks an assistant professor, tenure-track, in History of Religions with a concentration in either Islam or Judaism, subject to Board approval, expected October 2002. The candidate must have an active interest in comparative studies, both as regards teaching and research. The Ph.D. is required and appointment begins August 15, 2003. Saint Joseph's University is rooted in the Jesuit tradition. Excellence in teaching and a strong and viable scholarly agenda are required. Teaching load is nine hours (two preps) per semester at the introductory and advanced undergraduate levels. Preliminary, pre-arranged interviews will be held at the AAR/SBL annual meeting in Toronto this November. An application letter, curriculum vitae, statement on philosophy of pedagogy, dissertation abstract, three references and transcripts should be sent by October 22 to: Millicent C. Feske, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Theology, Saint Joseph's University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. AA/EEO/M/W/V/D.

 

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position at assistant professor rank in Islam and Culture, to begin Fall semester 2003. Demonstrated interdisciplinary teaching and research interests and the ability to work well with students from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as a commitment to teaching excellence and scholarship are essential. We encourage applications from candidates whose horizon is the global, interactive development of Islam in diverse cultural settings including Islam in America. We prefer someone able to engage in dialogue/fieldwork/ethnography with local immigrant communities and/or secondary competence in American religious diversity. Ph.D. required. We will interview at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Denver. 

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Send dossier and letter to: Chair, Department of Religious Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego CA 92182-8143. This position is contingent upon available funding. SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Title IX Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability, or veterans status, including veterans of the Vietnam era. For more information on San Diego State University and the Department of Religious Studies, visit our website: www.sdsu.edu. For information on employment in the CSU and relocating to San Diego, see www.sci.sdsu.edu/ODE/sdlinks.html. Screening will begin November 1, 2002.

 

San Francisco State University, the Department of Philosophy invites applications for a tenure-track position in Islamic thought, assistant or associate professor level, effective Fall 2003.

Qualifications and Duties: Ph.D. in Philosophy with an emphasis in Islamic philosophy; or in Islamic Studies (or Religious Studies specializing in Islam) with an emphasis in philosophy. Area of Specialization: open in the general area of Islamic thought. Ability to read Islamic sources in the original Arabic. Knowledge of other languages such as Farsi, Greek and Latin desirable depending on research interests. A background in gender issues is desirable. Teaching load includes survey and advanced courses in Islamic thought, and other courses in our philosophy and philosophy & religion programs; duties include scholarly research, curriculum development, supervising master's theses/projects, advising, and committee service. The University provides opportunities for support of both research and teaching projects. The successful candidate will play an integral role in two baccalaureate programs (philosophy, and philosophy and religion) and the M.A. program in philosophy, and, as one of a group of new hires in Islamic Studies throughout the university, also will contribute to the development of this field at SFSU.

Rank and Salary: Appointment will be at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Salary competitive, commensurate with qualifications. San Francisco State University, as part of the California State University system, provides generous health and retirement benefits, as well as domestic partner benefits.

Application: Send a current curriculum vitae, an application letter (with email address), at least three letters of recommendation, writing sample, and evidence of potential for successful teaching.

Department: The Department of Philosophy at SFSU has a rich array of offerings, including many courses that are cross-listed with other humanities departments, as well as departments in the social sciences and ethnic studies. The Department awards both the B.A. degree (in Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion) and the M.A. degree (in Philosophy); minors in Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion, and Religious Studies; and a Certificate in Teaching Critical Thinking. Additional information can be found on the Department's web site: http://www.sfsu.edu/~phlsphr/programs.htm

San Francisco State University is a multi-purpose institution of higher education in a cosmopolitan urban setting. The University serves a multi-cultural student body of approximately 27,000 and offers bachelor's degrees in 117 academic areas and master's degrees in 95 fields of study. The mission of the University is to promote an appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity; foster excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and provide broadly accessible higher education. Excellence in teaching is primary, although research and service to the community are high priorities. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or religion. Direct all applications and inquiries to: Hiring Committee, Department of Philosophy, San Francisco State University,1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco CA 94132 (415 338-1596). Review of applications to begin November 1, 2002; the Department will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. On-campus interviews begin in December 2002.

 

SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE announces a search for a regular tenure track position in Islam. The candidate is expected to have expertise in the History of Islam in the Middle East up to the colonial period and an ability to work in the necessary primary languages, with competence in several of the following areas: the interpretation of the Qur'an, Arabic or Persian literature, Sufism, Islamic law, philosophy, emerging "new" theologies (i.e. feminist study, or the reopening of the doors of Ijtihad), the spread of Islam and/or inter-religious dialogue. Applicants should submit a letter addressing their approach to teaching and their scholarly interests, two undergraduate course syllabi, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and graduate school transcripts to: Islamic Studies Search, c/o Rosemary Weeks, Faculty Assistant, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville NY 10708-5999. Some interviews will be conducted at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Toronto Canada, November 23-26, 2002. For more information about Sarah Lawrence College's distinctive approach to teaching, which stresses small seminars and individual tutorials, please see our website at www.slc.edu. Sarah Lawrence has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity. Application deadline: December 1, 2002.

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA School of Religion announces a new, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in Islamic Studies to begin fall 2003. We encourage applications from candidates who are well grounded in the origins and early and medieval development of Islamic life and thought, possess Arabic language skills, and are familiar with the later development of Islam in one or more regions of the world, including the U.S. Candidates should be able to work comfortably in a religious studies setting, and should be attuned to carrying out the study of Islam in the context of the study of other world religious traditions. Excellence in teaching and research are expected. The ability to relate to local Islamic communities is desirable. Ph.D. required by the time of appointment. Applicants who apply early enough for their dossiers to be screened prior to the AAR/SBL meeting in November may be invited for an interview in Toronto. Send letter of application and placement dossier containing a CV and letters of recommendation to John P. Crossley, Director, School of Religion, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0355. USC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, Department of Religious Studies, announces a tenure-track position: Assistant Professor of Islam or Islamic Studies, to begin Fall semester 2003. The department seeks applications with the Ph.D. from a recognized university with a specialty in Islam or Islamic Studies. ABDs will be considered, but must have the Ph.D. at the time of appointment. We expect candidates to be trained in the religion of Islam above all, but we expect some training in Islam and Society. We favor demonstrated ability in teaching undergraduates and graduate students with a variety of courses such as Introduction to Islam, Islam and Society, Islam and Public Policy, Islam and Judaism, Modern Islam, or Early Islam. We prefer some demonstrated ability in research and publication in Islamic texts and traditions, Islam and Society, and related topics. Applications accepted until Mar 1, 2003. Send resume and letter to Prof. James F. Strange, Department of Religious Studies CPR107, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620-5550. This position is contingent upon available funding. The University of South Florida is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, gender, disability, or veterans status.

 

 

St. Olaf College (Minnesota) History: African History/Islamic Studies Position in African History, with field in Islamic Studies desirable. Additional teaching includes Religion department courses in Islam and interdisciplinary program in Africa and the Americas. Preference will be given to applicants at the assistant professor level, but extraordinary candidates at the associate professor level will be considered. For additional information about the institution, the positions, deadlines, and application procedures, please refer to our web site at http://www.stolaf.edu/offices/dean-of-college/AcademicJobPostings.htm

 

TRINITY UNIVERSITY announces a tenure-track position at rank of assistant professor in the Department of Religion, beginning in August 2003, with primary specialization in Islamic Studies preferred. Other possible areas of specialization include: African Religions, African-American Religions, Religion in the Middle East, Religion in Southeast Asia. Must be able to teach a course on the Islamic tradition. Recent Ph.D. or equivalent in Religion preferred. Demonstrated teaching abilities and scholarly research also preferred. Must demonstrate strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in small Liberal Arts institution. Participation in First-Year Seminar program likely. Salary competitive. Send letter of application, CV, up-to-date graduate institution transcript(s), three letters of reference, statement of teaching philosophy (maximum 300 words), and teaching evaluations if available to: Dr. C. Mackenzie Brown, Department of Religion, Trinity University, 715 Stadium Dr., San Antonio, TX 78212-7200. Postmark deadline for applications for optimal consideration: October 4, 2002, including letters of reference and other required materials. EOE, WMA

 

Valdosta State University. Philosophy – Assistant Professor level. Competence in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Teaching load involves eight courses per year (four per semester), undergraduate and possible graduate. Religious Studies competence must include Islam, Hinduism, and Comparative Religions. Philosophical competence must include Logic, Medieval, Social and Political. Ph.D. in hand by June 1, 2003. Strong commitment to interdisciplinary teaching is required, substantial teaching load will be lower division, including World Religions, Fundamentals of Philosophy, and Logic. Submit a letter of application, three letters of recommendation, unofficial graduate transcripts, writing sample and evidence of teaching effectiveness to Dr. Ari Santas, Search Chair, Philosophy Dept., VSU, Valdosta, GA 31698-0050. Review of applications will begin October 25, 2002, and continue until filled.

 

 

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, Religious Studies Department, invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Islamic Studies, at Assistant Professor level, beginning fall, 2003. Ph.D. completed. Expertise in comparative methods in the study of religion required; focus areas include Islamic mystical traditions or Islamic literature, sacred and secular. Undergraduate teaching includes survey courses on Islam; graduate teaching in the Ph. D. track, "History and Critical Theories of Religion." Send placement files or c.v., 3 letters of recommendation, and available teaching evaluations to: Search Committee for Islamic Studies, Box 1585-B, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235. (Undergraduate Department of Religion, visit: https://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/religious_studies/; Graduate Department of Religion, visit: http://divinity.library.vanderbilt.edu/gdr/ ) Deadline for receipt of all materials is November 15, 2002, EOE/AA.

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. Humanities of Islamic Civilizations in Africa, Persia, or Central Asia. Tenure-track, Assistant Professor, subject to availability of funding. Teach introductory course on the Humanities of Islamic Civilizations based on the analysis of primary texts. Develop additional courses for the interdisciplinary Humanities major and Study of Religion minor. Research focus on Islamic culture in Africa, Persia, or Central Asia. Required qualifications: Ph.D. in appropriate field by 9/16/03, commitment to interdisciplinary teaching, promise of scholarly contribution, strong writing skills and ability to develop students' communication skills. Preference given to candidates who demonstrate a broad perspective on the humanities and familiarity with cultural diversity concerns. Further information at www.ac.wwu.edu/cgi-bin/~wwujobs/faculty and www.wwu.edu/~lbrlstds/. Submit letter of application addressing qualifications, teaching philosophy, and research plans along with CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Priority consideration to applications received by November 15, 2002. Send inquiries and application materials to: Dr. Robert Stoops, Chair, Department of Liberal Studies MS-9084, 516 High Street, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9084. (360) 650-3031 AA/EOE. For disability accommodation call 360-650-3371(V) or 360-650-7696(TTY)

 

Wilfrid Laurier University -- The Department of Religion and Culture invites applications for a tenure track appointment, commencing July 1, 2003. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and subject to budgetary approval. The area of specialization is Islam. Preferably, the candidate will have a completed Ph.D. in religious studies. However, ABDs and candidates from other disciplines are invited to apply provided they are clearly qualified to teach courses in religious studies and can contribute to the understanding of religious diversity. The successful candidate will teach both graduate and undergraduate courses that examine the varied cultural settings of Islam and explore its interactions with other religious traditions. Other courses will be broader and either thematic or comparative. Applicants must show evidence or promise of superior teaching ability and of research and publications that are of sufficient quality and quantity to warrant appointment to the Graduate Faculty. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, sample publications, and teaching dossier (including, for example, course evaluations and course outlines). Letters fully and candidly assessing the applicant should be sent directly from three referees. Applications should be sent to Dr. Christopher Ross, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5; he may be contacted at cross@WLU.ca or at 519-884-0710, extension 3679. Information about the Department of Religion and Culture can be found at: http://www.wlu.ca/~wwwrandc/index.shtml. The deadline for receipt of materials is December 6, 2002. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including persons in a visible minority, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal people.

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a sessional appointment in the area of Islam. This 8-month appointment is effective January 1, 2003 and will continue through August 31, 2003, with, subject to budgetary approval, the possibility of an extended term appointment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The area of expertise is open to any period or cultural environment. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to deal with Islam in textual, historical and contemporary contexts.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses/semester (Winter & Spring), including an introductory course on Islam offered at the second year level, an upper-level Topics in Islam course and a thematic course entitled Religion and Social Change. An ability to teach an upper level course, The Problem of Evil, is also desirable. Opportunity exists to create courses in one’s area of specialization. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a secondary area of teaching competence.

Both PhD and ABD candidates will be considered. In order to guarantee consideration, candidates must ensure that materials are received by the application deadline. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, evidence of teaching ability and a sample of written work. The application should be addressed to: Cathleen Hjalmarson, Secretary, Religious Studies Department, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9 Canada. The University of Winnipeg is a small, primarily undergraduate institution serving approximately 75,00 students from an urban campus in downtown Winnipeg, a city with a population of 650,000. Winnipeg is a cultural centre with a world famous ballet, a world-class symphony and numerous galleries and theatres sponsoring live productions. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University of Winnipeg is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications form all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities. Application deadline: September 20, 2002; earlier application is encouraged.

University of Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a scholar and teacher beginning August 2003. Rank is open at either the tenured or tenure-track levels with specialization in Islamic religious literature and law. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses on Islam as needed. Beyond that, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in one or more of the following areas: the Qur'an, Islamic legal traditions, Islamic ethics, Islamic philosophical literature, the development of Islam as a religion, and other related specialties, as well as undertaking the direction of graduate reserach. The Committee welcomes RESEARCH applications from candidates who are proficient in more than one Middle Eastern language. The appointment will be 100% in the department best suited to the applicant's area of expertise, but candidates must be capable of contributing to the development of Middle East and Islamic Studies more broadly at the University, including the Religious Studies Program. Please send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (at least the length of a article or dissertation/book chapter) to the address listed below. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released on request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Deadline for applications is January 10, 2003. Send application materials to: Professor David Morgan, Chair, Middle East Search Committee, 331 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

 

YALE UNIVERSITY, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, invites applications for a non-tenure position in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the level of assistant or associate professor on term, beginning July 1, 2003. The successful candidate will teach advanced Modern Standard and Classical Arabic and lecture courses in area(s) of specialization in any of the fields of the literature, history, and civilization of the Arab world. Expertise may lie in the classical period with competence to teach courses in the modern, or in the modern period with competence to teach courses in the classical. Teaching ability in a major dialect of Arabic and familiarity with the use of new media in the classroom are welcome. Send letter of application, CV, bibliography (please do not send copies of publications), and three letters of reference to: Chairman, Arabic Search Committee, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University, PO Box 208236, New Haven CT 06520-8236. Yale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline for submission of application, November 1, 2002.