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Harvard University Tenure-Track Professor of Persian Literature and Cultures in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Tenure-Track Professor of Persian Literature and Cultures

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Position Description

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in Persian literature and cultures. While the specific area of specialization is open, the candidate must have a thorough knowledge of classical Persian literature from the eleventh century to the seventeenth century. In addition, the candidate should show some familiarity with the broader historical and cultural contexts within which classical Persian literature developed, both within and beyond Iran. The candidate will be expected to engage in teaching topics related to Persian literary cultures to a broad range of students, including undergraduates. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2023. The appointee will teach and advise both undergraduate and graduate level students. Applications from historically excluded and marginalized groups are strongly encouraged.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and research is required.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal

( no later January 6, 2023

  1. Cover letter

  2. Curriculum Vitae

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

  4. Research Statement

  5. Writing sample, either an article or a chapter of a dissertation or book.

  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 of 3-5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor.

    Contact Information

Professor Ali Asani

Chair, Search Committee

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

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


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