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Assistant Professor

College of Letters, Wesleyan University

Job category Faculty (open rank) / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Islamic intellectual traditions
AOS categories Arabic and Islamic Philosophy
Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Middletown, Connecticut, United States
Start date July 1, 2023
Job description

The College of Letters at Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Letters, beginning July 1, 2023.

We seek a scholar-teacher with expertise in premodern Islamic intellectual traditions and cross-cultural exchanges around the Mediterranean world. To be hired as an Assistant Professor at the time of appointment, candidates must have a Ph.D. A successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. within one year of hire.

The successful candidate may work in classical Arabic, Syriac, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew, Coptic, Ethiopic, Greek, Latin, and/or any number of related languages. Areas of research/teaching expertise may include instances of Muslim cultural transmissions and receptions between and within the societies of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, such as the Graeco-Syriac-Arabic “translation movement,” the cultures of al-Andalus, or Late Medieval travelogues. In their application materials, we encourage candidates to address the ways in which their research/teaching is informed by critical theories of gender, sexuality, class, race; or by academic subfields such as diaspora studies or translation studies.

The College of Letters (COL) is an interdisciplinary humanities program, offering a three-year B.A. major for the study of literature, history, and philosophy across the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Atlantic from antiquity to the present. The curriculum emphasizes the close reading of texts across a wide range of genres as a method for pursuing an historically situated and critical understanding of cultural exchange and colonial expansion. The COL emphasizes collaborative pedagogy, interdisciplinary inquiry, and creative exploration. Our students learn with and from one another; they receive narrative evaluations instead of letter grades; and they pursue a scholarly or creative senior capstone project.

The teaching load is 2/2. In addition to offering courses in their areas of scholarly expertise, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in the COL’s sequence of five interdisciplinary colloquia for majors (Antiquity, Medieval, Early Modern, 18th-19th centuries, 20th-21st centuries), the first three of which are co-taught by an expert in the period and a non-expert. We expect the successful candidate to have expertise suitable for teaching the Medieval colloquium. Additional duties include supervising senior theses and essays, advising majors and pre-majors, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the College and University level.

How to apply
Application type Online
Instructions
Applications should be submitted online and will be reviewed in two stages. By October 15, 2022 please send: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current CV; (3) a research statement; (4) a teaching statement. Long-listed candidates will be asked to send by December 15, 2022: (5) evidence of teaching ability; (6) a writing sample. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the University’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to ensure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one). After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you. Applications completed by October 15, 2022, will receive full consideration. Please contact Christine Tappe at [email protected] or 860-685-2230 if you have questions about the application process.
Web address to apply https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8916
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Deadline for full consideration: October 15, 2022, 11:59pm EST

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Web address for more information https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8916
Contact name Christine Tappe
Contact email
Contact phone 8606852230
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Scheduled expiry date December 17, 2022, 2:37pm EST
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