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Arab American Educational Foundation Professorship

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The History Department at Rice University invites applications for the Arab American Educational Foundation (AAEF) Professorship at the rank of advanced Assistant or Associate Professor, to begin in July 2023.

The Department seeks a historian of the modern Arab World who has an outstanding record of research, competence in the Arabic language, demonstrated expertise in Arab culture and history, and proven excellence in teaching. The position will carry a teaching load of four courses in a normal academic year. The successful candidate will also have opportunities for community outreach, intercollegiate collaboration, and public engagement in Houston supported by the Arab American Educational Foundation, which also sponsors endowed chairs in Arab Studies and the Center for Arab Studies at the nearby University of Houston.

Candidates must have a PhD in History or related field. They may work in a variety of geographic regions within the modern Arab world, broadly defined, from North Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, the former territories of the Ottoman Empire, and the eastern Mediterranean countries of the Levant, including Palestine.

Scholars specializing in gender/sexuality, imperialism and anticolonialism, post-colonial states, migration, south-south relations, the environment, medicine, politics, or science and technology will be strong candidates for this position. The AAEF professor is expected to pursue a robust research agenda, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the History Department, and advise graduate students.

The person who fills the position may also pursue activities with one or more interdepartmental programs at Rice, such as the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance; the Jewish Studies Program; the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the Center for African and African American Studies; the program on Poverty, Social Justice and Human Capabilities; Environmental Studies; Medical Humanities; Politics, Law and Social Thought; and/or Science and Technology Studies.

Only electronic applications will be accepted, via the Rice University RICEWorks website: We will start reviewing applications on October 15, 2022. For fullest consideration application materials should be submitted by November 15, 2022.

Please attach a letter of application summarizing your interest and qualifications, statements on teaching and research philosophies, C.V., and article-length writing sample to the respective tabs. Please list three references with contact information, whom we will contact for letters as the search progresses.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of the dynamic Museum District in Houston, Texas. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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