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In addition to applying via, applications must be submitted online at Candidates will be asked to upload a letter of application, CV, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, diversity statement, evidence of teaching excellence, and letters of recommendation or (for senior candidates) names and email addresses of potential reviewers.

The personal statement and diversity commitment should include your demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship/research, and/or teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research proposal and teaching statements (1-3 pages).

Job Summary

The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position to fill the Marie Manoogian Chair in Armenian Language & Literature, beginning August 30, 2022. This endowed chair was established to teach courses and create a locus of Armenian linguistic, literary and cultural studies at the University. We seek a dynamic colleague with evidence of scholarly promise and successful teaching experience who covers the broad corpus of Armenian Literature with a view to the intersections of national literatures and global literary trends. The holder of this chair will play a significant role in shaping the program of the Center for Armenian Studies, an endowed center housed in the International Institute.

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.


We encourage candidates with comparative and/or theoretical research interests, who will engage with the cognate fields of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and/or Turkish/Ottoman studies. The successful candidate will partner with the Armenian language program (offering Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Western Armenian), teach and advise students across a range of genres and historical periods (including Classical Armenian), and devise and implement innovative syllabi/curriculum for courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Required Qualifications*

Native or near-native proficiency in Eastern and Western Armenian as well as a Ph.D. at the time of appointment are required.

Additional Information

As a public institution, the University of Michigan seeks candidates committed to working with diverse student and community populations; therefore, applicants are encouraged to describe in their letter of application how they intend their scholarship, teaching and service to contribute to diverse communities. The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. All applications will be acknowledged.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Questions about the application or materials may be directed to Patrice Whitney ( Applications must be received by October 1, 2021 for full consideration.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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