Fresno State campus

Haig and Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair of Armenian Studies

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

California State University, Fresno

College of Arts & Humanities

Armenian Studies Program

Haig and Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair of Armenian Studies

Assistant / Associate Professor

Tenure Track
Fall 2023 (August 2023)

The College of Arts and Humanities and Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno invites applications for the Haig and Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair of Armenian Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the Armenian Studies Program, actively participating in the life of the Armenian Studies Program and the Center for Armenian Studies. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Armenian Studies curriculum, advise students (e.g., advising the Armenian Students Organization, advising the students' publication of Hye Sharzhoom, advising students regarding the Armenian Studies minor), and supervise student research. Faculty typically teach four 3-unit courses per semester. Faculty may apply for assigned time course reductions to support scholarly work, and the current faculty contract provides for a course release each semester for the faculty member’s first two years. The successful candidate will conduct independent research, serve on college and university committees, engage in community service, interact with faculty and students in related fields on campus, present public lectures, attend Armenian Studies events, and may be called upon to coordinate the Armenian Studies Program.  Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent):

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Armenian Studies or a closely related field with a focus on Armenian Studies.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For employment, the doctorate must be completed by 8/1/2023.

Required Experience:

  1. Ability to demonstrate excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and student success.
  2. A record of distinguished publication and research in Armenian Studies within the disciplines of arts, humanities, or social sciences, including at least one book either published or under contract with a reputable publisher.
  3. The ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to engage with diverse communities in the San Joaquin Valley region, including the Armenian community.
  4. Fluency in Classical Armenian and fluency in either Modern Western or Modern Eastern Armenian.

Preferred Experience:

  1. Experience in planning academic events
  2. Ability to develop community ties
  3. A record of active participation or leadership roles in relevant professional organizations

Application Procedures:  To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023.  Apply online at

Application Review Date:  Thursday, December 1, 2022

Attach the following:

  1. Letter of interest or cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications, your interests in teaching diverse students, your experience arranging lectures, your experience with community engagement, your research, and your vision for the future of Armenian Studies
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. Statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  4. Names and contact information of three professional references
  5. A representative example of your published scholarship

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail on or before the designated deadline.  The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. Three current letters of recommendation dated within 12 months of the full consideration date.

Committee Information:

Search Chair:   Dr. Kristi Eastin
                       Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
                       College of Arts & Humanities

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

About the College and Department:

The Armenian Studies Program was established in 1977 and the Center for Armenian Studies was founded in 1988. The Center provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact and currently houses the Armenian Studies Program, the Sahatdjian Armenian Studies Library, the Avedian Armenian Studies Archives, the newspaper Hye Sharzhoom/Armenian Action, the Armenian Students Organization, and the Index of Armenian Art.

The Haig and Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair in Armenian Studies, established in the fall of 1988, is one of several Armenian Chairs in the United States and provides financial support for a distinguished Armenologist. The endowment honors Haig and Isabel Berberian and was established by their son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Arnold H. and Dianne Gazarian. Other friends of the Armenian Studies Program have made significant contributions to the endowment.

A history of the Armenian Studies Program can be found at our website: .

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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