Post-Doctoral Job Opportunity: University of Massachusetts–Amherst

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications from recent Ph.D. awardees for a one-year post-doctoral appointment in a specialty within the broad area of the study of diverse Islamic cultures and societies.  The University, the flagship public campus in Massachusetts, houses an interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies major and Arabic language courses in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. Additional existing relevant specialists are in Art History, History, Legal Studies, Political Science and Public Policy, among others.  A priority for this position is research expertise in Ottoman and/or Turkish Studies. Appointing an individual with high-quality and innovative teaching and research interests is our chief goal. Applicants whose work centers on the study of Islamic cultures outside of Ottoman/Turkish areas will receive full consideration.

Funded by a one-time grant for one year, the position offers the successful applicant the opportunity to teach one course per semester of her/his design, and to offer a colloquium in the appointee’s area of specialty. The appointment will be in CHFA, but will entail mentorship and collaboration with interested faculty throughout the University.  The position is officially designated as 75% postdoctoral, 25% lecturer.  The University of Massachusetts is part of the Five College Consortium, which brings together faculty and students from the University, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College in diverse research networks and seminars. Salary is commensurate with qualifications, and will include benefits.

Qualifications:  Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2010, relevant scholarship, and demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.  Priority deadline: May 17, 2010.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact details for three references, and samples of two relevant publications and/or dissertation chapters, to: Professor David Mednicoff, Chair, Islamic Studies Search Committee, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, South College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 01003.   The University of Massachusetts is committed to the active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.