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Governance and Humanitarian Crisis in the Middle East

American University School of International Service
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Oct 12, 2022

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The School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line
position in Governance and Humanitarian Crisis in the Middle East at the rank of Assistant Professor
August 1, 2023.

We welcome applicants who work at the intersection of governance, human rights, and humanitarian crisis in the Middle
East. We are especially interested in candidates who work on gender and sexuality; forced and irregular migration; political economy, social mobilization, and community development; political and state responses to crisis and conflict; and environmental and climate change. The successful candidate may be rooted in any discipline but must combine language and field-work expertise with a capacity for conceptual and interdisciplinary reach compatible with our graduate programs.

The successful candidate will also be enthusiastic about teaching international affairs from a multidisciplinary perspective
at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Willingness to mentor PhD candidates in our vibrant PhD program is also
desirable. The successful candidate will also share a commitment to the university’s diversity and inclusion plan.

Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in a social science discipline by the start date, though ABD applications will be considered.

The standard course load for a tenure line faculty is 2/2, with an annual service requirement. Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin on October 10 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Interfolio application system []. Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter detailing the applicants research, teaching and service record to date
  • A curriculum vitae
  •  Sample publications
  • A short teaching portfolio with statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations)
  • A statement describing past examples of your contributions to diversity and inclusion in your scholarship, the classroom and/or in other professional settings.
  • You will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of three references and to request that the Interfolio system contact them for a confidential letter of recommendation.

Queries about the search may be sent to Professor Elizabeth F. Thompson ( Queries about the
online application system may be sent to SIS faculty affairs coordinator Alissa Iwaniuk ( and

American University is a private institution of higher education in the nation's capital (Please visit for
more information). American University's School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs
with 3,000 students, 120+ full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. SIS faculty produce transformational
research and our prime location provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in government, the private
sector, and think tanks and other non-profits. Learn more about SIS at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable
laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex
(including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and
expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information
or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.
American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American
University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University's
health and safety directives please click here

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

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