Assistant Professor - Modern Arabic Literature

University of Toronto - Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations

The University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Modern Arabic Literature (nineteenth century to the present). The position will be held jointly in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (NMC) (75%) and the Centre for Comparative Literature (25%) and will commence July 1, 2017.

Native or near native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and English is required. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter and have a record of excellence in teaching and research. Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by publications in leading international journals, presentations at major conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching evaluations, sample syllabi and statements about teaching accomplishments included in the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. Knowledge of the pre-modern Arabic literary tradition is required.

The successful candidate will teach courses and seminars in Arabic as well as in translation and have a demonstrated expertise in the field of Comparative Literature. Teaching responsibilities will be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of NMC and at the graduate level in the Centre for Comparative Literature. Research specialization can be in any field of modern Arabic literary studies with a comparative perspective.The successful candidate is expected to contribute to ongoing efforts at program development and public engagement.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should include a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests together with a curriculum vitae, a sample of publications, and a teaching dossier. If you have questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online. The deadline for application is November 15, 2016, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS word format. Applicants should also ask three referees to send signed letters on official letterhead via email directly to Professor Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Acting Chair, Dept. of NMC, University of Toronto, at

For more information about the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, please visit our home page at: For the Centre for Comparative Literature please visit our home page at:

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

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

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