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Combine into one document a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and contact information for two references.  All applicants must upload the document to UM career website.  

Course Description

The Residential College Arts and Ideas in the Humanities major program,, is seeking to hire a full time Lecturer I to teach courses starting in the Fall 2018 semester.  The courses should focus on the scholarly study of Islamic arts, including the visual arts, music, dance, theatre, film, or literature. We expect this person to have a Ph.D. in the scholarly study of one of these art forms, with expertise in any part of the world outside of North America where Islamic arts are practiced. This position will be a 100% position for teaching three courses in the fall semester and three courses in the winter semester.


The primary focus for this position is to be able to teach in the Residential College Arts and Ideas Program, though other program teaching may be available depending on the candidate.  Although the Residential College is open to applications from a range of disciplines and specialties, of particular interest would be a specialist in art or music, such as an art historian or ethnomusicologist. The latter could specialize in either music or dance. Though we will prioritize scholars of the modern period, we expect the candidate to have a deep understanding of the historical and cultural context of the art form, and its development over time.  Ideally the candidate will be a scholar familiar with large temporal and geographical relationships, and the histories of dialogue, exchange and influence between North and South, East and West.  The candidate should also be willing to conduct conversations concerning struggle, misunderstanding, and the imbalances of power.  The courses envisioned should encompass a complex and varied field, not limited to a single religion or art form. A multidimensional perspective would demonstrate how Islam has interacted historically with other religious or cultural traditions.  The candidate should be prepared to integrate at least two art forms (e.g. literature and painting) in at least one course.


Teaching in the First Year Seminar writing program is also highly desired. The primary purpose of the FYS is to prepare students for expository writing at the college level.  A further aim of the FYS is to introduce students to the intellectual life of the university through small class size and emphasis on discussion.


The successful candidate will find a vibrant scholarly community within the university dedicated the Islamic Studies. The RC, in seeking to broaden its curricular offerings, remains committed to being an active participate in that campus community.


The candidate will provide instruction for classes of approximately fourteen undergraduates in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Additional duties include participation in college- and program-wide activities, including attending student exhibitions and program meetings.  The instructor will provide written evaluations for Residential College students enrolled in the course.

Required Qualifications*

PhD. with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. 

Desired Qualifications*

Previous teaching experience is highly desirable.

Additional Information

100% appointment for Fall and Winter semesters

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Selection Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.