Assistant Professor, Tenure track

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Bilkent University’s Faculty of Humanities and Letters announces multiple openings in the Program in Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas. The CCI Program is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of scholars from diverse fields in the humanities, and is primarily responsible for teaching a mandatory two-semester sequence course in literature and philosophy to most undergraduates at the university. Additional teaching opportunities, such as honors seminars or humanities electives, arise occasionally.


  • Candidates should have a PhD in any field in the humanities completed before September 2020.
  • All applicants should have publication records commensurate with their respective career stages and evidence of future research potential in their fields.
  • We welcome those with excellent records of teaching at the college level and who enjoy engaging with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • In addition to specialized expertise in their own fields, candidates should demonstrate proficiency in teaching works of philosophy and literature from different eras and traditions, as well as a broad educational background in the humanities. 
  • Scholars committed to interdisciplinary and comparative work, whether in their research or their teaching, are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in teaching text-based “Great Books” courses is also especially desirable. 
  • Initial screening interviews will be held at the Career Center of the MLA Convention in Seattle, January 8th-11th, or via SKYPE.


  • Expected starting date is September 1st, 2020.
  • Standard teaching load is 3-3 (one prep), with a teaching load reduction available in the first two years.
  • An active research agenda is expected. Support includes substantial funding for conference travel and potential for sabbatical leave following the third year.
  • Our service load tends to be modest, but each department member is expected to contribute.

Bilkent University, located in Ankara, is the oldest independent non-profit research university in Turkey. All classes are conducted in English.  Salary is competitive and includes a fully-furnished and rent-free apartment on campus. Couples are encouraged to apply.   Applications are to be made online at: . Complete applications must include a Curriculum Vitae, a letter of application specific to this position and a statement of teaching to be submitted online.  Additionally, three confidential letters of reference must be sent to  For assistance, contact Dr. Mustafa Nakeeb, Coordinator, at  Application deadline is 10 December, 2019 19:00 UTC+3.


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