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The Ahmed Seddiqi Endwed Chair in Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies
American University of Sharjah

Date Posted Oct. 14, 2019
Title The Ahmed Seddiqi Endwed Chair in Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies
University American University of Sharjah
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Department International Studies Department
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2020
  • Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Middle Eastern Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences at American University of Sharjah invites applications for the Ahmed Seddiqi Endowed Chair in Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies, an endowed full-time faculty position in the Department of International Studies at the rank of Professor. The Department of International Studies is interdisciplinary combining the fields of history, political science, sociology, anthropology and philosophy.

We seek an accomplished scholar and educator who has distinguished himself/herself in their chosen field as evidenced by a sustained research and teaching record. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized research program; initiate collaborations among faculty, researchers and students; excel at teaching and mentoring students; offer a wide range of courses in Gulf and Middle Eastern studies; and demonstrate leadership in service within the department and the university.

The Ahmed Seddiqi Endowed Chair will receive additional funds to support his/her research activities, to hire student research assistants, and to participate in regional and international conferences in the area of Gulf and Middle Eastern studies.

Successful candidates will have a PhD in an area related to Gulf and/or Middle Eastern studies, a strong record of scholarship with an active and ambitious research agenda as well as a record of excellent teaching. All faculty members in the Department of International Studies are expected to contribute to a range of faculty- and student-oriented service activities that contribute to maintaining a vibrant interdisciplinary department.

As a university formed on the American model and with English as the language of instruction, American University of Sharjah gives priority to candidates who have substantial experience in American models of higher education.

Application materials must include a letter of application, research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references. Please apply online at Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For full consideration, materials should be provided by November 15, 2019.

American University of Sharjah is a not-for-profit, independent, coeducational institution of higher education formed on American models but thoroughly grounded in Arab culture. Located in University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (about 15 km from Dubai), AUS offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to approximately 5,200 students from more than 90 nations. English is the language of instruction and the workplace. For more information about the College of Arts and Sciences, please visit

AUS was recently named by Times Higher Education as hosting the most internationally diverse student body in the world, reflecting a dynamic and cosmopolitan metro area that includes abundant opportunities for travel, entertainment, cultural experiences and natural beauty.
AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS has been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606) since June 2004.

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Contact Information

  • Vernon Pedersen
    International Studies Department
    American University of Sharjah
    United Arab Emirates
  • 97165154463


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