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California State University, Stanislaus (USA:CA) - Modern AssyrianEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Modern Assyrian History, to begin 18 Aug. 2017
  • Secondary fields are open, but those that are especially desirable would be ancient Mediterranean history or African history.
  • The person appointed to this position will teach courses in modern Assyrian history and lower-division World Civilizations; additional courses will be assigned on basis of expertise. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop some new courses in areas of specialization
  • A complete application must include: an application letter, specifically addressing the position description and qualifications; unofficial photocopies of graduate transcripts; a professional vita, including the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
  • Send applications, and all other correspondence concerning this position vacancy, to: Marjorie Sanchez-Walker, Department of History, California State University Stanislaus, One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382. Please direct inquiries to:
  • Review begins 10 Jan 2017 [nb ad not placed on Hnet until 24 Jan]

Henderson State University (USA:AR) - World Civ inc. Africa & Middle EastEdit

  • 9-month tenure track assistant professorship in History
  • The successful candidate will teach the second half of the World Civilizations survey (from 1660) and upper division courses in both African and Middle Eastern History. Our new colleague will also have expertise and the ability to teach courses in one or more of the following fields: the Islamic world, Asian History, public history, and women’s history
  • Applications should be addressed to Dr. Megan Hickerson, Chair of the Search Committee, and sent via e-mail in PDF format to Millie Bowden, Submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, a description of your teaching methods, three letters of recommendation which address both teaching and research, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of the three individuals providing the letters of recommendation.
  • Review begins: 28 Oct. 2016
  • skype interview scheduled
  • [2 Dec] Campus invite received 12/2 X3
  • Congrats all - what are your specialities? I specialize in Middle East, with a teaching field in World History and Africa.
  • Word is that the job was offerred to a candidate but they either declined or have not officially accepted
  • [17 May] Anyone know if they filled the position?

Queen Mary, University of London (UK:Eng) - [2 posts] Extra-European/World pref. Africa/Middle EastEdit

  • Two Lecturers (~tenured Asst/Assoc Prof) in Extra-European/World History
  • the School is seeking to appoint 2 lecturers in extra-European and/or global history (broadly conceived but excluding North America). Any period from 1500 to the present would be considered. Preference may be given to candidates with an African (especially South African) and/or East Asian/Middle East area of expertise.
  • Apply online
  • Deadline: 15 Jan 2017
    • Intend to interview 15 & 16 Feb.
    • Crossposted to World/Global/Transnational_History_2016-17
    • [27 Jan] Any news on this? Nothing yet (x3)
    • Invited to on campus interview
    • Area of expertise? Had additional materials been requested? (Thanks)
    • Offers made.

In what area were the offers?

Willamette University (USA: OR) - Transnational, incl. Africa or Middle EastEdit

  • Tenure-track Assistant Professorship, beginning August 2017.
  • We seek candidates with combined teaching and research expertise in transnational history with an area of focus in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, or Pacific Rim/Pacific Indigenous Studies. Teaching responsibilities include five courses annually. Candidates should have a proven and/or potential capability for excellence in undergraduate teaching and an active research agenda.
  • Ph.D. required, ABD will be considered, degree must be completed by August 2017.
  • For more information about the Department of History, please visit
  • To review complete job announcement and to apply online, please visit
  • Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Wendy Petersen Coring, Search Committee Chair, Department of History, at
  • Application Deadline: 23 Sept. 2016.
  • Also posted at World/Global/Transnational History 2016-17 and Latin American History 2016-17
  • Note that they ran this search as a one-year position last year and hired an alum who works on immigration in Europe - given Willamette's history hiring their former grads (see, for example, the SCC), I think we can all guess how this search will end
  • If that is the case, why the extremely broad position parameters?  Perhaps they just love reading cover letters from everybody in the world in need of a job?
  • Willamette has begun to interview by Skype for this position.
  • finalists selected
  • [12 dec] Rejection email
  • Anybody have knowledge of the regional specialization of the successful candidate? 
  • She works on Turkish immigration to Germany
  • Has someone accepted the position?  


The American University in Cairo (EGY) - [non-TT] African & WorldEdit

  • Three-year position in African and World history. This is a renewable position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor.
  • Preferred specialization in 19th and 20th century history
  • teaching load: 6 courses/year ", including surveys of African and World history, and upper-division undergraduate courses in the history and historiography of Africa"
  • The successful candidate should have PhD and teaching experience
  • All applicants must submit the following documents via the online system: (a) an updated CV; (b) a letter of interest; (c) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); (d) names and contact information for at least three references familiar with your professional background; (e) a statement of teaching philosophy; and (f) copies of recent student evaluations
  • Apply Here:
  • For full consideration: 10 Dec. 2016

Ball State University (USA:IN)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in sub-saharan African history, to begin Aug. 2017
  • PhD must be in hand by 31 Aug. 2017
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as world civilization surveys; candidates must have ability to teach world history surveys, a core curriculum comparative non-Western civilizations course, as well as topical courses that address the major conflicts and issues in the history of Africa
  • specialization in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the potential to address Africa’s Northern Tier, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean historical connections; teaching experience at the college or university level; ability to teach the history of the West in the World and Non-Western Civilization required survey courses and courses on the African diaspora; interest in using new digital approaches that help distill historical meaning from texts and artifacts, and in new modes of presenting these in electronic formats.
  • Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship
  • Contact: Electronic submission of application materials (letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, three letters of recommendation, writing sample, and evaluations of teaching where available) is preferred.  Email to: or mail to Professor Abel Alves, Chairperson, Department of History, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306
  • Review begins: 15 Sept. 2016 and continues until position filled.
  • [19 oct] Skype interview done
  • [9 Jan] Rejection email received;

Brown University (USA: RI) - Africana StudiesEdit

  • junior scholar in a tenure-track position specializing Sub-Saharan Africa, to begin 1 Jul. 2017
  • The successful candidate should have expertise in twentieth century political, social, and cultural studies of Sub-Saharan Africa with a regional rather than a specific country focus.
  • Candidates must have their Ph.D. or equivalent in hand by the start date
  • This position carries the possibility of an additional appointment as a Brown University Andrew W. Mellon Gateway Fellow, which would support a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship prior the tenure-track assistant professor appointment. The goal of Brown's Andrew W. Mellon Gateway Fellowship is to support the early career development of scholars from historically underrepresented groups as well as those with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities in higher education.
  • Candidates ...will be expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses as well as conduct research in their area.
  • Interested candidates must send a letter of application, syllabi and/or detailed descriptions of courses, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (no more than 30 pages) and three letters of reference.
  • All submissions must be uploaded into Interfolio,
  • For full consideration 15 Oct. 2016

Creighton University (USA:NE)Edit

  • Tenure track Assistant Professorship in Sub-Saharan African History, to begin Aug. 2017
  • secondary competence in African-American history or the history of the African diaspora preferred
  • Applications should include a cover letter, a current CV, graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Cover letter, CV, and transcript must be submitted electronically at Letters of recommendation should be sent to Dr. Scott Eastman, Chair of the Africa Search, at (please write “Africa Search” in the subject line)
  • Creighton University, a Jesuit Catholic institution, encourages applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds who believe they can contribute to the distinctive educational traditions of the University.
  • Review begins: 14 Oct. 2016
    • Interview scheduled, 6 November
    • Any updates?
    • Very kind and personal note from the sc chair to convey conclusion of their search. I assume another candidate was selected and accepted. 

Duke University (USA: NC) - African StudiesEdit

  • The Department of African and African American Studies at Duke seeks an Africanist whose work is in any of the following disciplines: History, Political Science, Historical Sociology; including but not limited to research in the areas of Material Cultural Studies; Migration Studies; Development.
  • Focus on sub-Saharan with a preference for East Africa.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong research concentration in African Studies, and be conversant with current methodological and theoretical issues.
  • Letters of application and a curriculum vitae should be submitted ... to the automated job application service,
  • For full consideration: 1 Nov. 2016

Earlham College (USA:IN) - [Non-TT:VAP]Edit

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in African and African-American Studies/History, to begin Fall 2017
  •  Responsibilities include teaching first year intensive writing courses and courses in fields of specialization and/or interests.  Ph.D preferred.
  • Applicants should send letter of application, cover letter detailing teaching and research interests, resume and three letters of reference to Cheri Gaddis, Earlham College Dept of History, Drawer 25,  801 National Road West, Richmond Indiana 47374, or submit electronically to
  • Review begins 1 Mar 2017 and continues until position filled.

Florida Gulf Coast University (USA: FL)  - pref. w/middle easternEdit

[posted without link to original advert; please always include a link to the advert when adding new positions AFII (talk) 11:17, September 28, 2016 (UTC)]

  • Assistant Professor in African History, region and period of specialization open
  • Teaching Load: 3/3 including survey courses in World Civ and African History, upper-level and graduate courses in area of specialization
  • Ability to teach courses in Middle Eastern history preferred but not required. 
  • Applications should include a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts and a list of five references. A teaching philosophy and statement of interest in mentoring student research is also required. 
  • Applications should be submitted online at
  • Deadline: 15 Oct. 2016
  • Q: -What is the "Statement of experience with students in research or scholarship as it fits discipline"
  • A: This is something that the institution requires of all candidates, regardless of what the specific search is. It is supposed to underline FGCU's commitment to undergraduate research but probably just confuses people. For history positions, you would normally write about the way in which you mentor students in historical research, which could include both in class and outside the classroom experiences. It's also fine to talk about what you *would* do at FGCU, not just what you have done (especially if you are ABD, no-one expects you to have worked with a lot of students independently.) It really doesn't have to be long - a couple of paragraphs is fine. - Thanks for this!
  • Interview scheduled 1 December

North Carolina State University (USA: NC) - History of SlaveryEdit

Morgan State University (USA:MA) - [Open Rank] African DiasporaEdit

  • Open rank tenure track position in the history of the African Diaspora
  • PhD must be in hand by 1 Aug. 2017
  • Candidates should have a demonstrated record of scholarship and teaching pertaining to diaspora history and will be expected to teach the undergraduate course in African Diaspora History which is required of all undergraduates, as well as other specialized upper-division and graduate courses. Potential for scholarship and some teaching experience are desired for junior applicants.  Senior applicants should be effective teachers and must show evidence of ecellence in scholarly research.
  • Deadline: 9 Dec. 2016
    • Intend to interview at the AHA
    • Has anyone received an invitation to interview at AHA?

Rice University (USA:TX)Edit

  • Assistant Professorship of African History
  • preference for pre-colonial or early colonial periods...with strong transnational and global interests
  • PhD must be in hand by 1 Jul. 2017
  • The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of excellent scholarship, evidence of outstanding undergraduate teaching, the ability to teach graduate seminars on Africa and to contribute to the graduate program in the broader Atlantic World.
  • Only electronic applications will be accepted via the Rice University RICEWorks website: Please attach a letter of application, C.V., and writing sample (either an article-length publication or dissertation chapter) to the respective tabs. Three letters of recommendation are required. You will be asked to input the necessary information on your evaluators, who will receive an email generated by the system. In this email, they will be given instructions on the process for submitting their letters. All documents are required for the applicant to be considered for the position
  • Deadline: 15 Oct. 2016
  • Interview scheduled [Nov 2016]
  • Rejection indicated that another candidate was selection [February 8th]

Saint Mary's College (USA:IN) - Africa or Asia/ChinaEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African or Asian/Chinese history
  • Teaching responsibilities include the World Civilizations survey and upper-level courses, including women’s history, in the area of specialty. The teaching load is 3:3, with two sections of the World Civilizations survey each semester.
  • Applicants must demonstrate excellence in teaching. Send letter of application, c. v., graduate transcripts, at least three letters of reference, and evidence of teaching excellence (e.g. teaching evaluations) to Dr. Bill Svelmoe, Department of History, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Electronic submissions accepted to
  • Review begins 1 Dec. 2016
  • intend to interview at the AHA
  • Crossposted to Asian History 2016-17
  • any updates?
  • [Dec 24] Invitation for Skype interview (they decided not doing interviews at AHA) (x2)

Sam Houston State University (USA:TX)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in the history of sub-saharan Africa, to begin Fall 2017
  • PhD in history preferred, must be in hand by start date
  • "Chronological and geographical specializations are open. We prefer candidates with training in African languages and specialization in either socio-cultural or political history."
  • "Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a promising research agenda. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses (face-to-face and online) in pre-Modern and Modern African history and the World History survey"
  • To apply, visit and upload a letter of application addressed to Dr. Pinar Emiralioglu, Chair of Search Committee; CV; unofficial graduate transcripts; a writing sample of chapter length; and three sample syllabi (one undergraduate course on World History since 1500, one undergraduate course on African History, one online graduate course on Sub-Saharan African History). Submit the writing sample and syllabi as one file to the “Writing Sample” link. In addition, three letters of recommendation are to be sent to:
  • Review begins: 15 Jan. 2017 and continues until position filled.
  • Request for Skype Interview [1 Feb]
  • Campus Invite {14 February]

Shepherd University (USA:WV)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History
  • region and period open. We favor candidates whose research is comparative and interdisciplinary in nature and employs the methodological sensibilities of global history. Secondary fields of study may include, but are not limited to, Latin America and/or Middle East.
  • Candidates for the position should be prepared to teach World History surveys, historical methodology, upper-division courses in African History, and upper-division courses in comparative history. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop courses in his or her area of specialization.
  • PhD must be in hand by 1 Aug. 2017
  • Apply online at by November 8, 2016. Applicants need to include the following materials with their online application: 1) a letter of application highlighting teaching experience and research interests; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) an article-length writing sample; 4) a statement of teaching philosophy; and 5) unofficial graduate school transcripts. Additionally, applicants should have three letters of reference sent to Dr. David Gordon, History Dept., Shepherd University, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
  • Deadline: 8 Nov. 2016
    • [29 Nov] Any word on the status of this search?
    • Conducted phone interviews Dec 6 and 9.
    • Have they invited candidates to campus?
    • Yes. A friend of mine was invited to the campus.
    • [1 Feb] Offer made and accepted (not me, a colleague) 

Spelman College (USA:GA)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History, to begin Aug. 2017
  • The successful candidate will be qualified to teach introductory surveys on Pre-Modern and Modern African History and on the African Diaspora, upper-level courses in the area of primary expertise.  In addition, the candidate will be expected to teach core courses for the Major on a rotational basis. Courses taught will contribute to the History department, the African Diaspora and the World Program, and to the College’s commitment to global education.
  • PhD must be in hand by 1 Aug. 2017
  • To apply for the position, please upload: a letter of application which identifies the position sought; curriculum vitae (with contact information); a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; a one-page statement of scholarly agenda; and unofficial copies of graduate transcripts. Official transcripts will be required at time of hire. Three letters of recommendation will be requested directly from the list supplied by the candidate during application.  Questions may be addressed to Ms. Michelle Meadors ( in the Faculty Support Office.
  • To APPLY, copy and paste the link address below to submit an electronic application with required attachments.
  • review begins immediately [ad posted 8 Nov] with preference given to applications recieved by 3 Jan. 2017
  • Interviews are underway at AHA [6 Jan] x2
  • Have campus invites gone out?
  • Campus Invite [19 Jan]

State University of New York - Cortland (USA:NY)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History, to begin Fall 2017
  • PhD must be in hand by start date; Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience; research agenda and scholarly profile; and strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain collegial working relationships.
  • Responsibilities include teaching upper-level African History, world history survey, and an occasional graduate course; advise students; engage in scholarly activity; serve on departmental and college-wide committees. The department is eager to attract candidates also capable of teaching upper-level history courses on interactions between Africa and the wider world (through thematic topics such as empire, slavery, cross-regional trade, Islam, or migration)
  • For more detailed information and to apply online go to:   or directly to the posting at    Candidates will be required to attach a letter of application which should include a philosophy statement, curriculum vitae, and contact information including address, phone, and e-mail for three professional references.  A file demonstrating teaching effectiveness (e.g. syllabi, and evaluations), if applicable, should also be attached.   Three letters of recommendation submitted directly by references will also be requested through our online recruitment system
  • For full consideration: 14 Nov. 2016
    • Intend to conduct preliminary Skype interviews before interviews at the AHA

SUNY College at Cortland (USA:NY)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History, to begin 1 Sept. 2017
  • PhD must be in hand by start date
  • responsibilities: Teach upper-level African History, world history survey, and an occasional graduate course; advise students; engage in scholarly activity; serve on departmental and college-wide committees. The department is eager to attract candidates also capable of teaching upper-level history courses on interactions between Africa and the wider world (through thematic topics such as empire, slavery, cross-regional trade, Islam, or migration).
  • For more detailed information and to apply online go to: or directly to the posting at Candidates will be required to attach a letter of application which should include a philosophy statement, curriculum vitae, and contact information including address, phone, and e-mail for three professional references. A file demonstrating teaching effectiveness (e.g. syllabi, and evaluations), if applicable, should also be attached. Three letters of recommendation submitted directly by references will also be requested through our online recruitment system.
  • for full consideration: 14 Nov. 2016
  • The department will conduct a preliminary round of Skype interviews prior to conference interviews at the January 2017 meeting of the American Historical Association in Denver.
  • [29 Nov] Skype interview scheduled
  • [10 Dec] Have they sent invitations to AHA yet?
  • [10 Dec] Invited to AHA interview. (2x)
  • Any further movement here? (X2)
  • Campus interview invitation  [1/22] (2X)

Susquehanna University (USA:PA) - [non-tt;VAP]Edit

  • Visiting Assistant Professorship in African History, to begin Aug. 2017
  • Teaching Load: 3/3 " Teaching responsibilities include survey courses on early and/or early modern African history and upper-level course(s) in the area of expertise"
  • Ph.D. preferred, but ABDs considered.
  • Please submit a letter of application, CV, a statement on how the applicant will contribute to the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation online at  Any inquiries should be sent to the department head, Dr. Edward Slavishak,
  • Review begins: 6 Jan. 2017
  • Request for Skype Interview [1 Feb]

University of Bristol (UK:Eng) - Africa & diasporasEdit

  • Lecturer (~tenured asst/assoc prof) in the History of Africa and its Diasporas, to begin Sept. 2017
  • Candidates who can demonstrate excellence in research and teaching (specialising in any historical period) are invited to apply.
  • For further information about the department, see
  • Deadline: 21 Apr. 2017
  • Long-listed candidates will be notified on or about 5th May 2017. They will be required to submit a sample of their work (in English, not more than 10,000 words) as soon as possible after notification but no later than 10th May 2017. Short-listed candidates will be notified on or about 26th May 2017 and invited to interview. They will be required to submit brief outlines for 2 units they might teach, to be sent to the Executive Support Team at See department website for unit types:
  • intend to interview 14 June.

University College London (UCL) - [non-TT;~VAP]Edit

  • 30 month contract for a Teaching Fellow (teaching post-doc/~VAP), ideal start date 3 Jan 2017
  • Candidates must have a PhD in the relevant area: African History (post-1880). They must also have experience of undergraduate teaching (preferably in the UK). Research and teaching experience in the Central African region would be particularly desirable as this specialisation is lacking in our exisiting African Studies teaching provision.
  • Applicants should apply online.
  • Closing Date: 30 Nov. 2016
    • intend to interview 12 Dec.

University of Liverpool (UK:Eng) - 19th/20thCEdit

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (~tenured asst/assoc or assoc/full) in the History of Africa
  • We are seeking to appoint an individual with expertise in African history of the nineteenth and/or twentieth centuries. Although the post is not limited in terms of themes or geography, candidates with interests in transnational or global approaches to History, and whose research will contribute to any of the following Faculty-led research themes, are strongly encouraged to apply: Medical Humanities and Social Sciences; Cities; Security and Conflict; Slavery and Unfree Labour; Heritage; Children and Childhood; Digital Humanities
  • You should have a PhD in History or a relevant discipline, and a strong publication record.  You will also be expected to have well developed plans for future research projects and publications.  Experience of teaching in Higher Education at undergraduate level is essential; experience of course design and of teaching at postgraduate level are desirable
  • For full details and to apply online, please visit:
  • Deadline: 12 May 2017

University of Oxford (UK:Eng) - [non-TT:VAP]Edit

  • One year Departmental Lectureship (~VAP) in African History
  • he appointment is to fulfil teaching needs pending the recruitment of a permanent post holder, and is offered by the History Faculty in association with St Cross College.
  • Applications are invited from scholars with active research and teaching interests in any area of African History after 1850. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability and willingness to give tutorials, lectures, classes and supervision at both undergraduate and graduate level across a range of papers in African History. The Lecturer will also be required to undertake examining and administrative work, and will engage in advanced study and original research in African History.
  • The successful candidate will have completed a doctorate in a relevant field of post-1850 African History by the time of taking up the appointment. S/he will have a strong research record and a record of successful teaching within the field, the ability to teach and lecture at an appropriate level in an interesting and engaging manner for both undergraduate and graduate students, and a willingness to undertake examining and administrative duties.
  • Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link ...
  • Deadline: noon 19 May 2017

University of Pennsylvania (USA:PA) - [senior hire] pre-ColonialEdit

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (USA:TN)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History, to begin Aug. 2017
  • The successful candidate will teach introductory courses in world history, survey courses in African history (e.g., Sub-Saharan Africa to and since 1800), and upper-level courses in his/her area of specialization
  • Ph.D. required at time of appointment; applications from advanced ABD candidates also will be considered
  • Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site to:
  • Candidates should include a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, sample syllabi (if available), and one writing sample (preferably an article or book/dissertation chapter) in his or her application. Additionally, three confidential letters of recommendation should be directed to the search chair at In the subject line of all email submissions please indicate “African History Search.” Inquiries about the position may also be directed to the search chair.
  • Review begins: 1 Oct. 2016 and continues until position filled.
    • Conducted Skype interviews 19-21 of October
    • [3 November] Finalists have been selected x2
    • [Jan 14] Rejection Received

University of Tennessee - Knoxville (USA:TN)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History, to begin Fall semester 2017
  • Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.
  • Teaching duties include a survey in World History, undergraduate upper division courses in early and modern African History, and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of specialty.
  • Applications should include a cover letter addressing research and teaching interests and experience, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and an article length writing sample.  Materials should be emailed to
  • Review begins: 31 Oct. 2016 and continues until the position is filled.
    • AHA interview request 21 Nov.
    • Very professional and kind rejection letter sent by mail in March. 

Vanderbilt University (USA: TN) - excl. NigeriaEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History, to begin Fall semester 2017. All time periods and all regions, except Nigeria
  • Applicants should demonstrate a strong research plan beyond the dissertation as well as a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
  • A letter of application, a C.V., three writing samples, including at least two chapters or articles, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation should be uploaded electronically to
  • Deadline: 22 Oct. 2016 [Posted after the deadline had passed AFII (talk) 09:44, November 7, 2016 (UTC))
    • According to their calendar, it seems as if they have already chosen candidates for campus interviews. Check here:
    • They did have some other searches going on. Anyone know anything more?
    • [February 6th] Received rejection email saying offer was made and accepted

Middle EastEdit

Barnard College (USA: NY) - Moinian Professorship in Pre-Modern Middle Eastern Cultures and Civilizations (Open Rank)Edit

  • Tenured or Tenure track scholar for the Monian Professorship in Pre-Modern Middle Eastern cultures and civilizations, to start 1 Sept. 2017
  • Rank open with strong preference for candidates with an established record of teaching and research and a mastery of the languages relevantأ to their specialization.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a broad interest in the history, cultures and/or literatures of the Middle East; discipline and geographic area of specialization are open. Ph.D. required.
  • Teaching will include undergraduate general education courses such as "Middle Eastern Civilizations" and "Asian Humanities: Colloquium on Major Texts of South Asia and the Middle East," as well as more specialized and graduate courses. Particular attention will be given to candidates with a record of diverse, innovative, and interdisciplinary research and teaching.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to build an independent Program in Middle Eastern Studies at Barnard, and coordinating with MESAAS, Columbia University.
  • To apply: please submit a complete curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to
  • Review of applications will begin on 15 Oct. 2016, and continue until position is filled.
    • [11 Nov] Anyone heard anything yet?
    • [15 Nov] Nope  x3
    •  (29 Nov) Anyone heard anything or had their references contacted yet?
    • 29 Nov. No to both questions x4
    • Search is probably on hold because of Columbia search. Last year Columbia waited for Barnard. This year it looks as if Barnard has agreed to wait.
    • Out of curiosity, did anyone hear anything from Barnard on this search? Nary a peep with me. Ditto for the Columbia Ottoman search. Just a great big void of silence. 

Bowdoin College (USA:ME)Edit

Brown University (USA:RI) - [non-TT:VAP] - Middle Eastern StudiesEdit

  • Visiting Assistant Professorship in Middle Eastern Studies, to begin 1 Aug. 2017
  • The position is open to all disciplines, with a preference for the social sciences such as anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. This is a two-year position. We especially welcome candidates who thrive in an interdisciplinary environment, who have experience teaching and supervising undergraduates, and whose work is informed by comparative and global perspectives. The successful candidate will serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for the MES concentration (major)
  • Teaching Load: 2 courses/year " a seminar dedicated to developing honors theses for MES students and a lecture course in the applicant’s area of interest
  • Qualifications: Doctorate in the field of Modern Middle East Studies; social scientist is preferred; Native or near-native fluency in Arabic; Deep knowledge of the intellectual content and research trends of the field of Modern Middle East Studies, in both its social sciences and humanities dimensions; Ability to manage and create collaborative networks across multiple constituencies; Ability to use institutional databases and learn new software as needed.
  • For full consideration, the following materials should be submitted prior to that date to the application portal in Interfolio ( A cover letter stating the applicant’s academic field, area of specialization, research agenda, and teaching / advising experience; A curriculum vitae; Names and contact information of three references, who will be contacted for short-listed candidates; Proposed class syllabi
  • Review begins 16 Jun. 2017 and continues until position filled. Intend to skype interview late June.

California State University, Sacramento (USA:CA)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Middle Eastern History, to begin Fall 2017
  • The successful candidate must be able to teach the lower-division Islamic civilization survey, upper-division courses in Middle Eastern history, and other courses in the area of specialization, including graduate seminars. Field is open but specialization in Ottoman history and interest in working with the CSUS Hellenic Studies program and the Tsakopoulos Hellenic collection of Ottoman Turkish and Arabic manuscripts are desirable.
  • PhD must be in hand Aug. 2017
  • Experience as a university-level instructor is desirable. Applicants should demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population and possess a strong teaching and research record
  • Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State job website located at Click on the “External Applicants” link titled “Faculty, Staff and Management Opportunities at Sacramento State.” Complete instructions for the electronic application are found at the link labeled “Instructions.”
  • Candidates must upload the following attachments with the electronic application: 1. A cover letter indicating teaching and research qualifications; 2. Curriculum vitae; 3. Writing sample; 4. Graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted, official required for interview); 5. Sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, if available. Candidates must also have three (3) recent letters of recommendation sent by regular mail to: Chair, Middle Eastern History Search Committee, Department of History, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6059.
  • Review begins: 3 Oct. 2016 and continues until position filled.
  • Any updates on this?
    • [26 Oct] I heard through the grape vine that the search committee was supposed to meet on Monday. I'd expect news pretty soon on preliminary interviews.
    • Thank you for the update. So just to clarify, they were supposed to meet this past Monday (Oct.24?)
    • [27 Oct] some interviews have been scheduled.
    • Any news? [21 Nov] 
    • Invitation to campus interview.
    • Mostly out of morbid curiousity (because I did not get the campus visit), did they make a hire in the end? My interviewer told me they had to hire by Jan 1. Still haven't heard who the lucky recipient was. Congrats to whoever got this gig... seems like a fantastic place to work. [10 Feb]

California State University: San Luis Obispo - CAMPUS VISIT STAGEEdit

  • Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern / North African history, to begin 1 Sept. 2017
  • Geographic focus and time period are open. Interdisciplinary and transnational approaches welcome.
  • Teaching Load: 12 units per quarter "with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help establish an active program of research and professional development... The successful candidate will teach lower-division general education History survey courses (e.g. World History) as well as upper-division and graduate courses in Middle Eastern and/or North African history. Ability to teach comparative history comparing the history of the Middle East / North Africa to the history of other geographic regions (e.g. the United States) preferred."
  • Additional duties include maintaining an active program of professional development, student advising and department/university service appropriate to the teaching load.
  • Deadline: ?????? -The deadline for this position has passed.  It was November 1.
  • Any news? Are they doing AHA interviews?
  • Invitation for phone interview.
  • Had a phone interview but haven't heard back yet, any news for anyone else they interviewed?
  • Invitation to campus visit
  • What was the date of your campus visit? 
  • Any updates on this?

Columbia University (USA:NY) - Senior HireEdit

  • Professor/Associate Professor to fill Richard W. Bulliet Chair of Islamic History
  • The Department is seeking an historian of the classical and medieval periods. We have a particular interest in an historian of the society, politics, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Candidates must have an eminent record of publication, teaching, and research. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of tenured associate professor or tenured full professor in the Department of History.
  • To apply online, please visit:
  • Inquiries about the position should be addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Professor Rashid Khalidi at or Professor Marwa Elshakry at 
  • Deadline: 30 Sept. 2016.

Florida State University (USA:FL) - Islamic WorldEdit

Franklin and Marshall College (USA: PA) [Open rank] Islamic World/Middle EastEdit

  • Tenure-track position in the History of the Islamic World/Middle East in the Department of History beginning Fall 2017.
  • The rank will be Assistant Professor or Instructor depending on qualifications; with appropriate qualifications, appointment at the Associate level may be considered.
  • Applicants should possess or be close to completing a doctoral degree.
  • Teaching Load: 3/2 "The successful candidate will teach courses at all levels in the history of the Islamic World and the modern Middle East along with contributions in the College's general education program, Connections. She or he will also cultivate connections with other programs, initiatives, and departments beyond history, for example, International Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Government, and Religious Studies."
  • Candidates should submit the following materials electronically via Interfolio: letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching statement, research statement, diversity statement, a writing sample, teaching evaluation forms, and three letters of recommendation.
  • For full consideration: 15 Nov. 2016.
    • [8 Dec] Invitation for phone interview
    • {Devember 21] any updates? 
    • [Jan 20] I assume they've moved on, but I never heard back after phone interview in December.
    • Finalists invited to campus
    • Interestingly, this position is now advertised as a one year visiting assistant professor. So what happened with that search?
    • Offer has been made and accepted.

Goldsmiths, University of London (UK:Eng)Edit

  • Lecturer (~tenured asst/assoc prof) in Middle Eastern History
  • The successful candidate will have excellent teaching skills and a research profile which will allow him/her to contribute to the Department's strong submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We welcome applications from suitably qualified scholars with expertise in the History of the Middle East during any period.
  • Apply Online
  • SHORT DEADLINE: 20 Jan. 2017 [posted 21 Dec]
    • Form rejection with subject heading "Application Not Successful." At least they don't beat around the bush! [22 February 2017] X2 [since when do you know Brits as beating around the bush?]

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKG) - Imperial China, South Asia and/or Middle EastEdit

  • Research Assistant Professorship in History
  • Candidates should specialise in one or more of the following areas - History of Imperial China (from Qin to Song), South Asia, the Middle East
  • See full posting (link above) at Asian History 2016-17

Kings College London (UK:Eng)  - ModernEdit

  • Lecturer (~tenured asst/assoc prof) in Modern Middle Eastern History
  • The successful candidate will have trained in some aspect of the modern or contemporary history of the region. We are looking for a candidate who can speak to wider thematic debates; who can contribute to interdisciplinary modules; and who can teach multiple case studies. Some themes of interest include but are not limited to: nationalisms (including of minorities), nation building, state formation, imperialism, revolutions, gender, socio-economic history. The candidate’s research on the region will be empirically grounded, but also theoretically informed. The candidate will be skilled in the use a regional language, and offer some geographic breadth to our current expertise
  • S/he will teach and supervise BA students and contribute to the full range of the Department’s clearly defined activities in postgraduate teaching and PhD supervision, research (including grant applications), and administration
  • The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview. Shortlisted candidates are requested to submit a sample of their written work.
  • To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form.
  • Deadline: 27 Mar. 2017
  • Anyone heard anything at all?
  • Invitation to interview received on April 26

Seton Hall University (USA:NJ)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Middle Eastern History, to begin Fall 2017
  • Teaching Load: 3/3 "The successful candidate will be expected to teach both halves of survey courses in Middle Eastern history and World History, upper-level courses in his or her specialization, and to participate in the Middle Eastern Studies Program. PhD is required; teaching experience and publications focusing on the period since 1800 are advantageous"
  • A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation should be sent to
  • It honors diversity and respects the religious commitments of all its employees. In turn, its employees respect Catholic beliefs and values, and they support its mission as a Catholic institution of higher education.
  • Deadline: 1 Jan. 2017
    • Preliminary interviews will be conducted electronically between January 17th and January 20th
  • They might be behind schedule a bit because they only sent out acknowledgement of my application today. Probably a result of a large volume of applications (I assume). In the acknowledgement, though, they say Skype or phone interviews next week, campus visits February.
  • Invitation to Skype interview. [14 January 2017]
  • Email stating that they've selected finalists for campus visit. [30 January 2017]

SOAS, University of London (UK:Eng) - [non-TT;~VAP] ModernEdit

  • One year lectureship (~VAP) in the Modern History of the Middle East, to begin 1 Sept. 2017
  • The School is open to a range of research interests and area-specialisms, but is particularly keen to receive applications from candidates working on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Arab Middle East. You will be expected to contribute to teaching at both BA and MA levels and to attract and supervise research students working on modern period of the history of the Middle East.
  • Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject area. They should also have a demonstrable record of research excellence in the field of modern Middle East history, including recent publications and clear research plans. Applicants are also expected to have had some lecturing and small-group teaching experience, with proven competences in the modern history of the Middle East.
  • Please note, as this is a fixed-term appointment for 12 months we will only be able to appoint nationals from the UK, Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth and the European Economic Area.
  • Deadline: 29 May 2017
  • Intend to interview week beginning 12 June.

University of Aberdeen (UK:Scot) - [non-TT; ~VAP] + East AsiaEdit

  • 3 year lectureship [~VAP] in the History of the Middle East
  • The successful candidate will also be required to teach undergraduate topics on South East Asia
  • Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field, have experience of teaching in higher education, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Apply online
  • Deadline: 23 Dec. 2016

University of Leiden (NDL)  - [Non-TT;fixed term] Pre 1500ceEdit

  • University Lectureship Sept 2017- Feb 2022 in Islamic History before 1500
  • [candidate should] Conduct original research using primary sources in the Arabic language in any field of the history of Muslim societies before 1500 CE and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels;
  • Teaching: undergraduate and graduate levels in the BA program Middle Eastern Studies, the MA program Middle Eastern Studies, and other programs and courses as appropriate; supervision of BA and MA theses; contributions to curriculum development. Courses may include History of the Middle East (600-1600); Arabic manuscript and book studies; Cultural history of medieval Baghdad; Arabic papyrology; BA and MA thesis seminar;
  • ABD candidates will be considered
  • Applications should be in English, and be submitted to Please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order: A cv including education and employment history, publications, courses taught, and languages and proficiency levels; A letter of motivation; A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max 2 pages); A teaching statement (max 1 page); Two course descriptions (intro and outline of 12 two-hour weekly sessions with assigned Classical Arabic text fragments and background literature) for a BA3 class entitled Daily life in medieval Baghdad and for an MA class on any theme in Medieval Islamic History; Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this stage) Please do not send samples of written work at this stage. These will be requested from the shortlisted candidates only.
  • Deadline: 31 Mar. 2017
  • Intend to interview 19 Apr.

University of Oxford (UK:Eng) - Islamic, before 1500ceEdit

University of Oxford (UK:Eng)  - Ottoman HistoryEdit

  • Associate Professorship in Ottoman History
  • The Associate Professor will engage in advanced research in Ottoman history from the beginning to c. 1800CE, publishing the findings in international journals and academic presses. She/he will seek opportunities for collaborative and externally funded research projects, and develop Ottoman history in Oxford through conferences, workshops and seminars. The postholder will give lectures or classes; undertake tutorial (small group) teaching, and contribute to the teaching of undergraduate Islamic history 1500-1800 C.E., and graduate courses in Ottoman Turkish Studies, Islamic Studies and History, and others. Co-ordinating, in conjunction with colleagues, the undergraduate degree courses in Turkish, and contributing to the development of new teaching programmes, the Associate Professor will supervise students and their dissertations, and serve as examiner for undergraduates and graduates when requested to do so. The postholder will also contribute to the administration and wider  work and life of both college and faculty. This will include acting as College Adviser to Exeter College graduate students in Oriental Studies and related subjects, and participating in the governance of the College.
  • With a doctorate in the field of Ottoman history, complete by the time of the appointment, the successful applicant will have an outstanding record of internationally excellent publication and research in Ottoman history of the period. She/he will have an excellent command of Ottoman Turkish, being able to carry out research using primary sources in that language, and to teach it to students; a working knowledge of Arabic and/or Persian is also necessary. You will demonstrate ability to teach, supervise and assess undergraduate and graduate students effectively, showing excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. You should also be able to link with colleagues working on related subjects and to contribute to the teaching and supervision of students in other faculties, and have a proven record of securing research grants. The successful applicant will demonstrate willingness and ability to undertake administrative and, for the college, pastoral and wider responsibilities
  • Deadline: 24 Mar. 2017
    • Any movement on this hire?

University of St Andrews (UK:Scot) - Modern, pref. Iran/OttomanEdit

  • Lectureship (~tenured asst/assoc prof) in Modern Middle Eastern History, 1750-present, to begin 1 Aug. 2017 or as soon as possible threafter.
  • "with a very strong preference for a historian of Iran and the late Ottoman Empire."
  • Candidates with a wider or comparative approach will be welcomed; however, it is an essential criterion of the position that you are able to play an active role at PGT level in the teaching of the M. Litt in Iranian Studies and in the activities of the Institute of Iranian Studies. In line with the School’s strategic priorities, candidates with thematic interests in strategic studies and/or economic history and/or intellectual history/political thought are especially encouraged.
  • "Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant subject, show substantial research potential, and have experience of teaching at university level, combined with an ability to bring motivation and imagination to tutorials, seminars and lectures."
  • For further details on the activities of the Institute of Iranian Studies, please visit the relevant website.
  • Informal enquiries to Professor Ali Ansari, Email:
  • Please quote ref: AC2113ML
  • Deadline: 13 Jun. 2017

University of Texas, Dallas (USA:TX)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Middle Eastern History
  • specialization and period open. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to research and publishing, undergraduate and graduate teaching, interdisciplinary education and professional academic service.
  • The candidate must be open to teaching a one semester or two semester survey of Middle Eastern history. PhD in appropriate field is required
  • Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, samples of writing including representative publications (if available), and three recent letters of recommendation via the online application form available at
  • Review begins: 1 Dec. 2016 and continues until position filled
    • Was there not an identical search last year?  Does anybody know what happened with that search
    • any updates? (January 8)
    • Nope
    • [19 Jan] Request for Skype interview  x 3
    • [16 May] Rejection email.

University of West Georgia (USA: GA) Islamic World/Middle EastEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in the History of the Middle East or Islamic World, open field, to begin fall 2017
  • successful candidates will be able to teach general surveys of world history, a survey of the Middle East or Islamic World, and upper level undergraduate and MA courses in the candidate's area of specialization
  • Ph.D.  or equivalent doctoral degree in history or closely related field required by start date
  • Candidates whose areas of research can contribute to our vibrant MA program's thematic emphases in comparative global history, war and society in global perspective, comparative religious history, or public history are especially encouraged to apply
  • To apply, please submit a cover letter, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample, sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Molly McCullers, Search Committee Chair, at
  • For additional information, please contact Dr. Molly McCullers at
  • Deadline: 1 Nov. 2016.
  • There was an identical search last year. Was that a failed search?
  • [3 Nov] Received an email saying my application was received, plus a request to fill voluntary demographic data form X2
  • any updates? (December 5)
  • They conducted skype interviews on December 5th and 7th. Any news after that?
  • Any updates (January 28)?
  • Any news after the interviews in December?
  • I heard through the grapevine that an offer was made, but I don't know if it was accepted
  • Rejection email, stating the search is now complete. (17 Feb)

West Virginia University (USA:WV) Modern period (1800-present) - SEARCH CANCELLEDEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in the History of the Middle East, to begin 16 Aug. 2017
  • PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in History or a closely related field must be in hand by start date
  • Teaching Load: 2/2 "normal teaching load is two courses per semester for research productive faculty - The successful candidate will be expected to teach general surveys of World History, as well as specialized courses in the modern Middle East at the undergraduate and graduate level"
  • We are interested in candidates whose research specialization can contribute to one or more of the department’s four thematic strengths: gender and kinship, imperial and postcolonial societies, labor and political economy, and war and society.  The successful candidate will be expected to ... have an active research agenda that focuses on the modern period (1800 to the present).
  • To apply for this position, please visit and navigate to the position title listed above.  Upload a letter of application describing research and teaching interests, c.v., and sample scholarship. In addition, arrange to have three letters of references sent to the Search Committee Chair at  For additional information contact Dr. Arthurs at this email address or by telephone at 304-293-9303.
  • Screening begins: 28 Oct. 2016 and continues until the position is filled
  • How do you guys know the search is cancelled?
  • From a search committee member: this search has been cancelled due to recent budget cuts at the state and university levels. Applicants who have already submitted their materials will soon receive a notification from WVU; anyone who remains interested in the position can contact the search committee chair (email below), as we hope that the search will be re-opened next year.

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