The University of Central Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University whose charter has been signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the parliaments of the founding states and registered with the United Nations. UCA is the first internationally chartered university in the world. The mission of UCA is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future. UCA consists of the School of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate), the School of Professional and Continuing Education and its three research institutes including the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit and the Mountain Societies Research Institute. The University provides three additional initiatives to build teaching and scholarly capacity in the region through its Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, the Aga Khan Humanities Project, and its Research Programme. For more information, please visit http://www.ucentralasia.org.
Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a History Faculty Member specializing in Central Asia to teach at UCA’s two campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan and Khorog, Tajikistan. The faculty position involves teaching in the Central Asian Studies minor offered at the Naryn campus. It also involves teaching two survey courses covering Central Asian history from circa 500 to the post-colonial period in the Liberal Arts programme delivered at the Naryn and Khorog campuses. You will also have an opportunity to participate in projects initiated by the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Research Unit. The successful candidate will have an academic background in Central Asian history.
In your role as Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to helping students develop an informed acquaintance with a variety of topics that are related to Central Asian history, history of the region and Central Asia’s place in a more global historical context. Central to the vision of UCA is to create an outstanding teaching and research institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. Academic programmes combine the student-centred environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by a research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.
- PhD or equivalent from an internationally recognized university in the history of Central Asia;
- Fluency in English is required;
- Knowledge of Russian is required, knowledge of one of the national languages of the region is an asset.
- A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level;
- Demonstrated understanding of teaching, i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature;
- Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies;
- Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors;
- Experience in some form of leadership involving students, faculty and staff, i.e. managing faculty (department lead or chair), student research projects and/or theses;
- Experience teaching in Central Asia is essential.
- A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise;
- Regular attendance and experience with presenting at international conferences;
- Experience in conducting research in Central Asia is essential.
Timing and Location
You should be prepared to move to Central Asia by May/June 2017 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. Your position will be based at the Naryn Campus, Kyrgyz Republic. You will teach classes at both campuses, and regional travel, therefore, is to be expected.
Salary and Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidate. The job description is subject to change.