San Francisco State University hired Rabab Abdulhadi away from the University of Michigan at Dearborn, where she'd served as the director of the Center for Arab American Studies, in 2006. Abdulhadi's memorandum of understanding from SFSU from the time promises, among other things, that the university "will support two additional lines in the areas of Arab-Islamic studies," to be opened as research faculty associates and "converted to tenure track faculty lines at a later time to be determined by the academic needs as you assess them."
Well over a decade later, those promised faculty lines still haven't materialized. Two tenure-track searches were authorized in 2009, suspended amid budget concerns and never reinstated.
Abdulhadi is still the university's lone professor of Arab and Muslim ethnicities and diasporas (AMED), even though she was hired to build a program "that will be a model for the field."
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