Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Ohio State University

Position ID:OSU-Near Eastern Languages & Cultures-SOFIA17 [#7874]
Position Title: M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43221, United States [map]
Subject Area: Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Appl Deadline:2016/11/01 finished (posted 2016/09/08, listed until 2017/09/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Department: Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Position: M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies

Rank: Associate or Full Professor


The Ohio State University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures invites applications for the M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The preferred field of specialization is pre-modern Arabic Islamic texts and traditions or classical Arabic language and literature. Areas of expertise may include Qur'an and tradition literature, pre-Islamic poetry, philosophy, Islamic theology, belles-lettres, and Arabic grammar and lexicography, among others.


The successful candidate will have: a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures or a cognate or related field; a distinguished record of scholarly publications; demonstrated excellence in teaching; and experience in mentoring advanced students in their long-term research projects. He or she will have highly advanced ability in traditional literary Arabic and developed research skills in at least one other language of the region. Native or near-native fluency in modern Arabic is preferred. The successful candidate will teach courses ranging from lectures for beginning undergraduates to advanced Arabic text seminars for PhD students, will supervise doctoral candidates, will participate in the service of the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the Ohio State University, and will serve as a liaison between the department and the wider community. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries. Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

Application Instructions:

Apply to Academic Jobs Online. A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and three letters of reference. Applications received prior to November 1st will receive priority consideration; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Kevin van Bladel at

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Ohio Sate University
Dept of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
1775 College Road, HH 300
Columbus, OH 43210

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