English and Comparative Literature faculty position

Company Description:

The American University in Cairo (AUC) has a rich legacy that dates back 100 years. Founded in 1919 as an English-language university based on high standards of conduct and scholarship, AUC remains a vibrant institution that contributes to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. AUC emphasizes a liberal arts education, with all undergraduate students studying a common set of courses in the humanities and the natural and social sciences as part of the University's Core Curriculum. Ranked as one of the top 30 best universities in the Arab region by U.S. News and World Report, AUC is proud to have programs in the arts and humanities; business, management, and accounting; and social sciences that rank in the top ten in the region. Located in one of the most interesting and important cities in the world - at the nexus of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, and the center of events of the Arab world - AUC's academic programs draw on the city of Cairo as an extension of the classroom, integrating it into the curriculum and allowing students to be actively engaged in the society and world around them. As a chartered and accredited university in the United States and Egypt, AUC creates opportunities for diverse students, serves as the fountainhead of arts and culture, and further advances a global exchange that brings the world to Egypt and Egypt to the world.


Job Description:


The Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECLT) at the American University in Cairo anticipates filling a one-year renewable appointment, beginning in Fall 2020 (open rank). We are seeking faculty who can complement present specialties and can undertake responsibilities for academic administrative work such as serving as Director of our graduate program.

Areas of specialization include: World Literature with an interdisciplinary dimension, including visual studies, gender studies or popular culture.

In order to meet the needs of this historically-oriented and regionally-specific curriculum, we seek colleagues who are not only able to teach courses traditionally represented in all literature programs, but who also understand the unique composition and mission of an English and Comparative Literature Department situated in Cairo, at the crossroads of East and West as well as the Global North and South. We are interested in faculty who are not only specialists in literary studies but who would be able to branch into neighboring disciplines and fields related to the department's and university mission.


Applicants must have a PhD in English, Comparative Literature, or a related discipline by the time of appointment, preferably with a record of an active research agenda and teaching experience.

The successful candidate is expected to teach humanities courses in the AUC core curriculum, actively engage in research; supervise MA theses and serve on committees; and provide department and university service.


Additional Information:


Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2020. Positions are open until filled.


Application Instructions:


All applicants must submit the following documents via the online system:

a) an updated C.V; (b) a letter of interest; (c) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); (d) list of professional publications; (e) a statement of teaching philosophy; and (f) copies of recent student evaluations.

Please ask at least three referees familiar with your professional background to send reference letters directly to hussref@aucegypt.edu


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