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






Position Summary

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 a field represented in the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS); exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered. This position requires the ability to design and teach undergraduate and graduate courses and mentor students; and occasional domestic and foreign travel for meetings, seminars, and conferences. This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check.

The faculty member will conduct cutting-edge research in their field, teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. The faculty member will also participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service. In these and other ways, the faculty member will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners.

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, academic year) position in Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, broadly defined, will be placed in the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). The unit home(s) will be determined at the close of the search.

We are interested in a broad range of social science and historical approaches to the study of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Of interest are human rights issues related to economic and social rights, environmental justice, gender politics, health, humanitarianism, indigenous rights, migrants and refugees, bioethics, and sustainable development. The successful candidate will be well qualified to engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching; have an active research agenda, with research in or centrally related to the Middle East and/or North Africa; have potential for externally supported research; and have an interest in participating in outreach activities. The teaching load is typically two courses per semester. Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern language is highly desirable (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, or a related language).

The exact field of specialization and PhD is open; the appointment may be made in a single SBS unit or as a joint appointment across two units. See https://sbs.arizona.edu/about/academic-units for a full listing of SBS units. SBS includes Anthropology, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography & Development, Government & Public Policy, History, Journalism, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and Sociology, among other units. Given current student interests and the importance of developing certain regional studies within UA Middle East studies, the position has a preferred focus on Egypt, North Africa, or Turkey, although applications from specialists in any area of the Middle East and North Africa are welcome and will receive full consideration.

The UA features an extensive program in Middle Eastern and North African studies. The School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS) offers a BA, MA and PhD, a BA in Arabic, and includes an Arabic Flagship program. Also in SBS are the American Institute for Maghrib Studies; Arizona Center for Judaic Studies; Arizona Center for Turkish Studies; Center for Arabic Study Abroad; Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a Title VI US Department of Education-funded National Resource Center; and the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies.

Known for its support of interdisciplinary endeavors, the UA includes a variety of units with programs related to human rights. Interest in human rights-related issues is informed by the UA’s location near the US border with Mexico. SBS offers an online MA and graduate certificate in Human Rights Practice and is currently developing a fully online BA in Human Rights Practice and 3 additional graduate certificates in the field. Plans are also underway for creating a PhD in Human Rights Practice. The Global Studies major includes a concentration in Human Rights, Migrations, and Social Movements. The School of Government & Public Policy offers BA programs in Law and Political Science, both of which attract students interested in human rights-related careers. Of related interest are programs in SBS such as the BA in Food Studies; the Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law major in the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science; and the School of Sociology’s Care, Health & Society BS major. The UA College of Law offers advanced training in indigenous people’s law and policy, and a human rights concentration for students in the Master of Legal Studies program.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Minimum Qualifications

Assistant Professor:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered; Ph.D. is required for appointment as Assistant Professor
  • Teaching experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body
  • Interest in outreach efforts
  • Emerging scholarly reputation

Preferred Qualifications

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


Review begins on 1/21/2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


Special Instructions Summary

A complete application packet will include four items: a CV; a Cover Letter; the candidate’s statement on research agenda (in the Personal Statement) ; 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(in the Statement of Teaching Philosophy); and the names, titles, and email addresses of at least three references.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Anne H. Betteridge (anneb@email.arizona.edu), 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 within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, for your convenience, 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 UACareers.com website by your reference provider. UACareers.com is not compatible with any “dossier aggregate” system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).