Open Rank Faculty in Humanities and World History

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in Iraq

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 13, 2016
Type Non tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Position Summary

The Department of Social Sciences at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani invites applications for a full-time, open-rank position, to teach in our general education core program. The successful candidate will be flexible and willing to offer a variety of undergraduate courses. The main responsibility will be teaching in our Civilization sequence. These courses introduce students to the serious study of primary texts, to their analysis and interpretation. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to teaching through primary texts, through big books and big ideas. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand; the field might be in literature, philosophy, politics, history, or archaeology. Another important responsibility would be to teach introductory survey courses in world history. Demonstration of serious study of history is necessary. The Department of Social Sciences offers upper-level courses in history, politics, and archaeology. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to teach upper-level courses in these disciplines, according to specialty.

The primary responsibility of a faculty member is teaching and supporting student learning both inside and outside the classroom.  Thus, faculty members are expected to keep current in their fields, to create syllabi for their courses that represent the current state of knowledge, to select textbooks and course materials that are appropriate to the level of the course, to use instructional methods and technologies that will engage students, to challenge students intellectually, to assess and support student progress during the course both in class and though individual appointments as may be required, and to evaluate student performance fairly and accurately at the conclusion of a course.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing new courses as needed
  • Student advising, particularly relating to course registration
  • Participating in service activities and faculty governance
  • Maintaining professional scholarship


About AUIS


The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is an independent, non-profit university offering a comprehensive American-style student-centered education to all qualified students regardless of affiliation or origin.  Established in 2007 in the safe, welcoming Kurdistan Region of Iraq, AUIS is a student and teaching-focused university where small classes facilitate candid, open discussions.

In the fall of 2015, AUIS marked the beginning of its eighth academic year. Its new 400-acre campus includes administrative and academic buildings, state-of-the-art science labs, student dormitories, conference rooms, and faculty offices.  AUIS also has a café, two outdoor basketball courts, and an outdoor soccer field. 



  • Doctorate from an accredited university in History or a related field
  • Native or near-native fluency in spoken and written English
  • Teaching experience at the postsecondary level
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching
  • Evidence of outstanding teaching skills, including the ability to teach diverse populations and students for whom English is not a native language


Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive, tax-free, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Benefits include relocation and shipping allowances, faculty housing, transportation to and from campus, subsidized medical and dental insurance, and a summer travel allowance.


Submitting an application

The position will begin in September 2016. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that includes teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae, a teaching profile outlining teaching method and philosophy of teaching, and names and contact information of three professional references to:


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