Job Posting : Assistant Professor, Human Rights Institute and Department of History

The Human Rights Institute and the Department of History at the University of Connecticut invite applications for a tenure-track joint appointment in History and Human Rights at the assistant professor level beginning August 23, 2017. The research and teaching responsibilities of the successful candidate will be situated in the Human Rights Institute and the History Department (the tenure home of the appointment), both of which have thriving research communities and strong undergraduate and graduate programs. For more information on the departments please<><>

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (…/…/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1). We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship, high quality publications, and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in History or a closely related field by the appointment start date. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable. Applicants must have research specialization in some aspect of the history of human rights since 1700 (geographical area of research open); demonstrated excellence in research; a proven record of excellence in teaching including the demonstrated capacity to teach an undergraduate course in the history of human rights to the present; the ability to develop appropriate courses for the graduate and undergraduate history and human rights curriculum; and a commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs.

Preferred Qualifications
Research focus on humanitarianism, international institutions, international law, or the role of social movements broadly conceived in the development of human rights; an outstanding record of research and scholarship excellence; commitment to effective teaching; and the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

Appointment Terms
This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 2017. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply
Go to the following URL to apply:…/faculty/schools_colleges/clas.php

Please submit an application letter that addresses the criteria for the position; curriculum vitae, teaching statement relevant to courses in history and the history of human rights (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement; commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); and a sample article or chapter. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.
Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and it is preferred that applications be received by October 28, 2016. It is anticipated that preliminary interviews will be conducted via teleconference starting mid-November 2016. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check (Search # 2017152).

Inquiries other than applications can be directed to Prof. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez (<>) or Prof. Kathryn Libal (<>), History/Human Rights Search Committee Co-Chairs, or to History/Human Rights Search, Department of History, U-4103, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-4103, U.S.A.)
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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Call for articles – FMR 55 Shelter in displacement

Forced Migration Review issue 55 – to be published in June 2017 – will include a major feature on Shelter in displacement.

Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 13th February 2017

Displaced people all need some form of shelter – whether emergency, temporary or more permanent, and whether self-settled or in planned settings, whether in rural or urban contexts. This issue of FMR will cover the variety of shelter and settlement responses found, employed and created by, and created for, displaced people. It will look at the possibilities and limitations of community planning and design in responses to displacement and at examples of good practice, in order to improve understanding of and practice in offering shelter and settlement support for people displaced into whatever circumstances.

This issue of FMR will provide a forum for practitioners, advocates, policymakers and researchers to share experience, debate perspectives and offer recommendations. In particular, the FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of experience and opinions, which address questions such as the following:

• How do displaced people experience the various forms of shelter and settlement that they may find, use or are offered through programme interventions? How can the social and political dynamics best be managed in urban areas and camps?
• How do displaced people inhabit, transform and adapt to the shelter and settlement they are in?
• How can or does shelter conform to people’s notions of home and belonging?
• Are there any general points that can be made about intrinsic variables such as culture, climate and duration of displacement?
• How has support to shelter and settlement developed over time?
• What is the role for architecture and design in the provision of emergency shelter?
• Can the provision of shelter after natural disasters teach us lessons for the provision of shelter after conflict?
• How are emergency shelter and settlement for displaced people designed and conceived? How do design considerations relate to the social and cultural reality of the planned inhabitants?
• What is the significance of the (often brief) intervention by international capacities? How do people manage their shelter in the various phases of displacement, including return or recovery, without external or international intervention?
• What roles can or do people take in making their own shelter, even when support or materials are offered?
• How can external actors assist displaced people to adapt or improve the shelter that people find or make for themselves?
• Are the needs of women, men, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, specific social groups and livestock incorporated into shelter design and provision?
• By supporting safer reconstruction and recovery is it possible to reduce communities’ vulnerability?
• What are the contributions and implications of the growing involvement of the private sector in the provision of shelter in displacement?
• Are there limitations to the ways or degrees that displaced people can be consulted over the shelter and settlement they live in?
• What are the impacts upon host populations and how are they supported?
• How can the shelter sector best integrate or coordinate with other related sectors, such as WASH, camp management and protection?
• What are the political and legal constraints on shelter and settlement for displaced people and what are the implications for the well-being of displaced people?
• What has been the contribution of the various shelter and settlement standards and guidelines drawn up in recent decades?
• How do displaced people, their hosts, aid providers and designers evaluate shelters? Are the parameters the same?

Full call for articles and submission details online at
If you are interested in submitting an article, please email the Editors with a proposed outline. Please also consult our guidelines for authors at:

Deadline for submission of articles: 13th February 2017
Maximum length: 2,500 words.

We also welcome articles on other subjects relating to forced migration for consideration for publication in the ‘general articles’ section of the issue.

Tenure-track position in Migration Geographies – Concordia University (Montreal)

The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University is seeking a tenure-track appointment in Migration Geographies. The candidate should hold a PhD in Geography and adopt a broadly defined feminist and/or postcolonial geography approach to transnational migration. The successful candidate will teach courses in our graduate and undergraduate programs as well as supervise Master’s and PhD students. We are looking for teaching specialization and demonstrated research excellence in a relevant field of study, such as: displacement, detention and other forced (im)mobilities; borders, sovereignty and citizenship; social exclusion (i.e. along lines of race and/or gender); urbanization involving cross-border movements, such as labour migration; and migration resulting from environmental change.

 Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements and plans, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by email to the departmental contact:

 Dr. Monica E. Mulrennan

Chair, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment

Concordia University

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8



 Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 1st 2017. All applications should reach the department no later than December 12th 2016. Review of applications will begin immediately after this date and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Monica Mulrennan.

 All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity.