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Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Islamic History at the University of Toronto, January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

Date Posted: 11/24/2020
Closing Date: 01/06/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 968
Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Islamic History. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and the anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

We seek a scholar with a specialized focus in Islamic History (7th-13th centuries C.E.), engaged in innovative historical methods and approaches, and a demonstrated ability to work with documentary (textual, epigraphic, material culture) and/or narrative sources, who will contribute to our program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Proficiency in Classical Arabic as the primary language of research is required.

The successful candidate must have the ability to develop and teach courses on Islamic History (7th- 13th centuries C.E.), at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including historical methods and sources, and topical themes related to their research specialization. A commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, involving research opportunities for students, is strongly desired.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree at the time of their appointment or shortly thereafter in History, Near and/or Middle Eastern Studies, or a related field, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level, and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals and/or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching is based on strong letters of reference, teaching accomplishments and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application containing a strong statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations and sample syllabi.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing sample, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations and sample syllabi), and a statement outlining current and future research interests. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email to nmc@utoronto.ca by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: this search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. If you have questions about this position, please contact nmc@utoronto.ca.

For more information about the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, please visit http://nmc.utoronto.ca/.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 6, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.


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