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Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern Studies

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Ethnic and Multicultural Studies

Job Description

The departments of History and Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech seek applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Middle Eastern Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach 3 courses per semester split between the two departments; these will include the 2-sequence course on the history of the Middle East, the introductory course on Islam, and other courses closely related to the successful candidate's specialization. The VAP will have the opportunity to participate in research related to their specialization. In addition, the successful candidate will be encouraged to contribute to the intellectual life of the departments, the university, and/or the local community, through the participation and planning of events, public talks and presentations, or other opportunities. The selected candidate will work with the Chairs of History and Religion and Culture to determine which department is better suited to be their home department.

In addition to their CV and a list of three references including contact information, applications should include a letter of application that outlines the candidate's teaching experience (including accomplishments in teaching and mentoring underrepresented and underserved students), teaching philosophy, and research accomplishments. Preference will be given to applications demonstrating teaching excellence.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD [or doctoral degree conferred by August 20, 2024] in History, Religious Studies, or a closely related field
  • College-level teaching experience, including the ability to teach courses on history of the Middle East and Islam
  • A strong research agenda in a related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of teaching excellence in higher education, with accomplishment in teaching and mentoring underrepresented and underserved students
  • Breadth and versatility in teaching courses related to the history and religions of the Middle East

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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