The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC)
at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in
Assyriology. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2023.
The tenure-track professor will be responsible for teaching at the
undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in Sumerian
and/or Akkadian. The research and teaching of the successful
candidate will focus on the peoples and lands of ancient Iraq,
Syria, and environs, broadly defined, between the third millennium
BCE and the Roman-Parthian era, including their language,
literature, history, society, economy, religion, and material
culture. We expect the successful candidate to engage in
interdisciplinary collaboration within and beyond the NELC
Department, with scholars from but not limited to Anthropology,
Comparative Literature, Classics, History of Art and Architecture,
Religion, or the Ancient Studies Program, to establish regional and
international collaboration, and to participate in proposals for
cooperative research projects. We value candidates whose experience
in teaching, research, and community service has demonstrated a
strong commitment to diversity and excellence. Groups traditionally
underrepresented in Assyriology are especially encouraged to
Doctorate or terminal degree in Assyriology or related discipline
required by the time the appointment begins. The candidate will
offer language and literature courses, undergraduate historical
surveys, and doctoral seminars.
Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and advising is desired.
The ability to contribute to Digital Humanities for the ancient
Near/Middle East is a plus.
Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal
Applications must be submitted no later than October 30,
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and
4. Research statement
5. 1-page anonymous research summary describing previous
accomplishments and future plans (please do not include any
personal or identifying information).
6. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion,
and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future
contributions in these areas.
7. Names and contact information (ONLY at this stage) of 3-5
referees. The referees will be asked by a system-generated email to
upload a letter of recommendation only if the candidate's
application proceeds to the next round. At least one letter must
come from someone who has not served as the candidate's
undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor.
8. Two publications or writing samples.
Applications will be initially analyzed based on the 1-page
anonymous research summary. After this initial evaluation,
successful applicants will be further assessed by the cover letter,
CV, teaching and research statements, diversity, inclusion, and
belonging statement, and writing samples.
Contact information: Professor Peter Der Manuelian, Search
Committee, Department of Near Eastern Languages and
6 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138,
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected
veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and
pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected