U.Michigan Armenian Research Center Embarks on Search for Director

Dennis R. Papazian, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Director, Armenian Research Center
The University of Michigan-Dearborn
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Dearborn, MI 48128-1491
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Center for Armenian Studies, Research and Publication

Associate professor or assistant professor in Armenian or Armenian
diaspora history with a strong competence in Middle Eastern history,
preferably in the history of the Arabs. The candidate must have a Ph.D.
by September 1, 2004, or strong evidence of probable award of degree
shortly thereafter. The successful candidate should demonstrate
potential for, and experience in, teaching, research and administration
as well as an ability to bring multicultural perspectives to the
instructional program. Knowledge of Armenian is necessary, and a working
knowledge of Arabic and Turkish highly desirable. Appointment effective
January 1, 2005 or September 1, 2005. Salary competitive.

The successful candidate should also have administrative experience or
potential and be prepared to assume the Directorship of the Armenian
Research Center when the current incumbent retires. Fund raising
experience is a plus. The successful candidate should provide visionary
leadership in advancing undergraduate education, developing
internationally recognized research and scholarship, develop
collaboration within and among the several academic units of the campus,
provide an advocacy for role of the Center, build productive
relationships with community institutions and residents, lead external
funding efforts, and enhance international programs and linkages.

Candidates must have the academic qualifications and achievements
consistent with an appointment to a tenured or tenure track position in
the College.

Letter of application should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae,
writing sample, an official transcript, and three to five letters of
recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2004
and continue until the position is filled. Contact Professor Sidney
Bolkosky, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Social Sciences, the
University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI 48128-1491.

The University of Michigan is dedicated to the goal of building a
culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty, committed to teaching and
working in a multicultural environment, and it strongly encourages
applications from minorities and women. The University of
Michigan-Dearborn is an equal opportunity employer.


The Armenian Research Center is supported by an endowment of $2
million, raised by the current director from the Armenian-American
community, particularly the Knights of Vartan and the Edward Mardigian

It is an integral part of the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D),
located in Dearborn, Michigan, a southwest suburb of Detroit. The
director is directly supported by the University and the income from
the endowment, some 5% a year, can be used for programs. Heretofore,
a portion of that money has been used for the invaluable research
assistant, Gerald E. Ottenbreit Jr., who will remain with the
Center. The rest of the funds have been used to acquire research
materials, including books, journals, microfilm, and microfiche, which
has made the collection preeminent in America. A list of its holdings
can be had by contacting Gerald Ottenbreit whose e-mail address is

Funds are also used to support publications, a periodic
Scholar-in-Residence, public lectures by invited scholars, academic
research trips, receptions for the public, fundraising expenses, a
newsletter, and other educational activities including periodically
supporting Armenian language classes as needed.

The Center has a community advisory committee, and would benefit from
an academic advisory committee drawn from the campus and from other
educational institutions.

As noted above, the University is seeking a significant scholar at the
assistant- or associate-professor level. Excellent knowledge of
Armenian is a must, and other languages–such as Arabic, Turkish, and
Russian and French–are highly desirable.

The Dearborn campus of the University of Michigan has approximately
12,000 students. It is primarily a commuter campus located on the
fringe of the Detroit metropolitan area. Dearborn has an Arabic
population of some 30,000 persons, hence a person with the knowledge
of Arabic would be highly desirable. The person chosen should also be
able to teach Ottoman and Turkish history, if at all possible.

UM-D is a integral part of the three campus University of Michigan
system. While the history department only offers an undergraduate
degree, tenured professors at UM-D are members of the Horace
H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the umbrella graduate school of
the University of Michigan, and members of the Rackham faculty are
eligible to serve on dissertation committees on any of the three

The nominal teaching load is three courses per semester, but the
present Director is one-half time administrator and one-half time
teacher-scholar. The teaching load is negotiable.

The Center is currently moving into new quarters which are more than
three-times the size of its present quarters, thus providing ample
facilities for its program.

The Campus recently has established a Center for Arab-American
studies, concentrating on understanding and doing research on the Arab
community in America.

This position offers a rare opportunity to a scholar interested in
teaching, research, and publication as well as engaging in educational
activities within and outside the Armenian-American community.

The chosen candidate may begin as early as January 2005 or as late as
September 2005. The current Director, Prof. Dennis R. Papazian, will
serve until September 1, 2005, at which time the selected candidate
serving as Associate Director would become the Director.

For further information, please contact Dennis Papazian at telephone
201-505-1591, fax 201-746-0217, or by e-mail, [email protected]