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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

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?


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.

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

University of Tennessee at Chatanooga (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.

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.

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 relevant 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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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?

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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