Tamil Studies position (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor)

Stony Brook University, NY

Deadline: until the position is filled

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor – Anandavalli and Dr. G. Swaminathan Endowed Research Professorship in Tamil


Stony Brook University invites applications for the Anandavalli and Dr. G. Swaminathan Endowed Research Professorship in Tamil, a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (open rank) to commence in Fall 2020. The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in one of the following departments: Art, History, Linguistics, or Music, with possible secondary or affiliate appointments in other departments as appropriate. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in innovative research and potential to participate in the teaching mission of the Department they join. The successful candidate will be expected to be an effective interdisciplinary teacher and mentor at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise PhD students in research and professional development, and be an active participant in community outreach activities. Applications are encouraged from Tamil Studies scholars in any relevant area of the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences. The Endowment will provide funds for salary, research, conferences, colloquia, and other scholarly activities.

Please contact CAS_tamilsearch@stonybrook.edu with any questions you may have.

Salary: Dependent upon Qualifications


Required: PhD from an accredited institution prior to start date with specialization in one of the possible appointing departments or related field. Native or near-native fluency in written and spoken Tamil. A record of research related to Tamil studies in one of the possible appointing departments or related field

Preferred: A distinguished national/international reputation or potential for sustained scholarly accomplishments. Evidence of or potential for excellence in research and service; undergraduate and graduate teaching; interdisciplinary collaboration; and community outreach.

Application Instructions

A complete application will consist of five items, including the required Application form: 1) a cover letter that addresses the criteria for the position, 2) CV, 3) sample of representative scholarly work, 4) names and contact information for three references.

Review of applicant files will begin on February 17, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean, Chair of the Swaminathan Search Committee. (631) 632-6999.

Stony Brook University, one of four research-intensive campuses within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is widely regarded as its flagship. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and its rankings bear that out. It’s included among the top 1% of universities in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings and among the top 40 public universities by U.S.News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, composed of the top 62 research institutions in North America. As Long Island’s largest single-site employer, Stony Brook has nearly 15,000 full- and part-time employees, including more than 2,700 faculty. It enrolled roughly 26,800 students in fall 2019 — 17,900 undergraduate students and 8,900 graduate students — and offers more than 200 majors, minors and combined-degree programs. The Department of Athletics supports 18 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA. Located approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore, Stony Brook is situated on 1,454 wooded acres, encompassing 13 schools and colleges; a Research and Development Park; world-class athletics facilities, including an 8,300-seat stadium and a 4,000-seat arena; and Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center. Also part of the University is a teaching and research campus in Southampton, New York, which offers graduate arts programs and is the site of the Marine Sciences Center. In addition, Stony Brook has a role in running, and performs joint research with, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, NY, and the Humanities Institute, with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, Stony Brook sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

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The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

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