Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies (tenure-track) – University of North Carolina, Charlotte

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Islamic Studies to begin August 2016. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, show evidence of a strong potential for professional development as a scholar and teacher, and demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity as a value in the department and college. Applicants must be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Religious Studies as well as the university’s general education program. To do so, applicants must be able to engage Islamic texts and traditions from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Time period and region of research specialization are open. Ability to supervise study in Arabic or other research languages is desired but not required. The successful candidate will contribute to the significant interest in Islamic Studies elsewhere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as in Anthropology; Global, International, and Area Studies; History; and Languages and Culture Studies. The College has been building expertise in this area, and this hire will be one of three in a thematic cluster on Islamic Studies, along with two others in the Department of History and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. This position will have its tenure home in the Department of Religious Studies, which employs 11 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members. The department grants both B.A. and M.A. degrees. Religious Studies is part of the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and military sciences, as well as 24 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 34 master’s degrees and graduate certificates and 34 undergraduate degrees. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral-extensive urban university committed to excellence in research and teaching. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Screening of applications will begin October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu and should include a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample not to exceed 30 pages. Three letters of recommendation should be mailed separately, addressed to J. Daniel White, Chair, Islamic Studies Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223. Informal inquiries can be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Joanne.Robinson@uncc.edu.