Assistant Professor of Human Rights in the Middle East & North Africa

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
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Oct 22, 2021

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Ctr for Middle Eastern Studies

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Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona (UA) located in Tucson, Arizona seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Assistant Professor of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Tenure-Track. Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in Political Science or a closely related discipline. Exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered. The position requires the ability to design and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and in Political Science, and the ability to mentor students. This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

A new assistant professor(tenure-track) position in Human Rights in the Middle East and/or North Africa,broadly defined. We areinterested in a broad range of approaches to the study of human rights in theMiddle East and/or North Africa with an emphasis on comparative politics orinternational relations. Ofinterest are human rights issues related to economic and social rights, genderpolitics, environmental justice, sustainabledevelopment, health, humanitarianism, indigenousrights, and migrants and refugees. Thesuccessful candidate will be well qualified to engage in undergraduate andgraduate teaching; have an active research agenda, with research in orcentrally related to the Middle East and/or North Africa; have potential for externally supportedresearch; and have an interest in participating in outreach activities. The teaching load is typically two coursesper semester. Proficiency in at leastone Middle Eastern language is highly desirable (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian,Turkish or a related language).

The appointed candidate will hold ajoint position in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) and theSchool of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS), both in theUniversity of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). The exact percentage in each unit and tenurehome will be determined at the close of the search, as appropriate for theappointed candidate.

About SGPP: The SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona andis uniquely situated to serve as a model for public affairs education. SGPP isa multi-disciplinary school with a broad portfolio of innovative programs anddegrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes undergraduatedegrees in criminal justice studies, law, political science, and publicmanagement and policy. At the graduate level, SGPP offers professional Masterof Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs, as well as thefully online Master of International Security Studies degree. SGPP is also hometo a residential Ph.D. program that trains students across the fields ofpolitical science, public policy, public administration, and public management.

About Middle Eastern and NorthAfrican Studies: The UA features an extensive program in MiddleEastern and North African studies. MENASoffers a BA, MA and PhD, a BA in Arabic, and includes an Arabic Flagshipprogram. Also in SBS are the AmericanInstitute for Maghrib Studies; Arizona Center for Judaic Studies; ArizonaCenter for Turkish Studies; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a Title VI USDepartment of Education-funded National Resource Center. SBS/MENAS faculty are also central to the Graduate College's RoshanGraduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies, which offers both MA and a PhD degrees.

Interdisciplinarity at the UA andthe College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: The UA offers a congenial environment for interdisciplinary teaching andresearch about human rights. Interest in human rights-related issues isinformed by the UA’s location near the US border with Mexico. SBS offers an online MA and graduatecertificate in Human Rights Practice, as well as a fully online BA in HumanRights Practice and three additional graduate certificates in the field. The Global Studies major includes an emphasisarea in Human Rights, Migrations, and Social Movements. Of related interest are additional programsin SBS such as the BA in Food Studies; the BA in Philosophy, Politics,Economics and Law in the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science; andthe School of Sociology’s Care, Health & Society BS major.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Interest in outreach efforts

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in PoliticalScience or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Experience teaching coursesin both Middle Eastern and/or North African Studies and Political Science
  • Exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered; required for appointment as Assistant Professor
  • Teaching experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricularperspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body
  • Emerging scholarly reputation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. by the time of appointment
  • Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern Language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, or a related language)

Rank :

Assistant Professor

Tenure Information:

Tenure-Eligible (TE)


Always Exempt

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Please contact Professor Anne H. Betteridge, Search Committee Chair, ([email protected]) for more information.

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

A complete application packet will include five items: a CV; a Cover Letter; the candidate’s statement on research agenda (as Additional Document); the candidate’s statement on teaching pedagogy that includes details of the candidate’s experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body (as Additional Document); and the names, titles, and email addresses of at least three references (as Additional Document).

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Anne H. Betteridge, Search Committee Chair, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references. Please upload your reference contact list under the “Additional Document” slot within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly via the website by your reference provider. is not compatible with any “dossier aggregate” system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

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Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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