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Harvard University Tenure-Track Professor in Assyriology in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Tenure-Track Professor in Assyriology

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Position Description

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations ( NELC ) seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in Assyriology. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2023. The tenure-track professor will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in Sumerian and/or Akkadian. The research and teaching of the successful candidate will focus on the peoples and lands of ancient Iraq, Syria, and environs, broadly defined, between the third millennium BCE and the Roman–Parthian era, including their language, literature, history, society, economy, religion, and material culture. We expect the successful candidate to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration within and beyond the NELC Department, with scholars from but not limited to Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Classics, History of Art and Architecture, Religion, or the Ancient Studies Program, to establish regional and international collaboration, and to participate in proposals for cooperative research projects. We value candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and community service has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and excellence. Groups traditionally underrepresented in Assyriology are especially encouraged to apply.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate or terminal degree in Assyriology or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. The candidate will offer language and literature courses, undergraduate historical surveys, and doctoral seminars.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and advising is desired. The ability to contribute to Digital Humanities for the ancient Near/Middle East is a plus.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( Applications must be submitted no later than October 30, 2022.

  1. Cover letter

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and practices)

  4. Research statement

  5. 1-page anonymous research summary describing previous accomplishments and future plans (please do not include any personal or identifying information).

  6. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.

  7. Names and contact information ( ONLY at this stage) of 3–5 referees. The referees will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation only if the candidate’s application proceeds to the next round. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor.

  8. Two publications or writing samples.

Applications will be initially analyzed based on the 1-page anonymous research summary. After this initial evaluation, successful applicants will be further assessed by the cover letter, CV, teaching and research statements, diversity, inclusion, and belonging statement, and writing samples.

Contact Information

Professor Peter Der Manuelian, Search Committee, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

6 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5


assistant, associate, faculty, instructor, tenure track

Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England

Assyriology, Mesopotamia, Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonia, Assyria, philology, archaeology, religion, religious studies, ancient history

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