The W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence is an endowed visiting professorship at California State University-San Bernardino (CSUSB ) that enables an esteemed Egyptologist to be an active member of the CSUSB community for one term each year. This scholar’s specialty is open within Ancient Egyptian art, history, or archaeology from the Predynastic to the Roman Periods. CSUSB students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from this preeminent scholar of Egyptology. During the fellowship term, this scholar will teach one class on Ancient Egyptian history, art, or archaeology in the Department of History and/or the Department of Art, and will be able to draw directly from ancient Egyptian objects housed on campus in the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA).

The scholar will also engage the greater campus and Inland Empire communities during an annual Egyptological event during which time s/he shares his/her research in a keynote lecture. Members of the Inland Empire community are invited to enroll in CSUSB for one term to participate in this scholar’s upper division, undergraduate class as well. If the scholar lives on campus in faculty housing, they would also be asked to facilitate one fun Egyptology event for residents, such as giving a talk on a popular subject, teaching the residents to write their names in hieroglyphs, or hosting an interactive Egyptology movie night.

The W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence seeks to expand the study of Ancient Egypt at CSUSB and in the Inland Empire. This position complements a series of classes on Ancient Egypt taught by the Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology, currently held by Dr. Kate Liszka, Assistant Professor of History.  In the near future, CSUSB hopes to grow the study of Egyptology to include a Certificate Program accessible to students of any major and members of the Inland Empire who are interested in learning more about Ancient Egypt.

The W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence also is an asset to the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art.  RAFFMA houses over 500 unique Ancient Egyptian objects dating from the Predynastic Period through the Roman Period (c. 5000 BCE – 500 CE).  The museum recently reinstalled this collection in a new permanent exhibit titled Journey to the Beyond, where students can learn about Ancient Egyptian perceptions of the afterlife, as well as Ancient Egyptian art, religion, culture, and history. The W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence has the option to research an object in the collection during his/her stay, as well as participate in the museum’s ongoing exhibitions or educational programs.

If you are a scholar who would like to apply to be the W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence, applications are due online on November 15, 2018.