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Assistant Professor of Modern Persian Literature and Culture

By October 6, 2021No Comments

Assistant Professor of Modern Persian Literature and Culture


The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus), invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Modern Persian Literature and Culture.

Requirements include: a Ph.D. in modern Persian Literature or a closely related subject (or the expectation of having successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2022); evidence of excellence or strong potential in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching; organizational and leadership skills; a strong track record of participation in team work and program affairs; and experience in community outreach and program building. Preference will be given to applicants with the ability to teach courses in English about modern Persian Literature in English Translation, History of Modern Persian Literature, Modern Persian Society and Culture through Literature and Film, and/or Iranian Cinema. Applicants are expected to have native or near native proficiency in Persian, and the successful candidate will be expected to work closely with tenure‐stream Asian Studies faculty in South Asian and Persianate and Islamic history and culture, and with any future hires in the area of Persian/Iranian Studies. Information about the Department can be found on its website,

The application dossier should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample (maximum 30 pages), two sample course syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one‐page statement about your experience working with a diverse student and faculty body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, and the names and contact information for three confidential references. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 3, 2021. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2022. All application materials should be submitted online at Inquiries may be sent to

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.