He taught at the University of South Carolina, at New York University where he served as department head and as associate director of the Center for International Studies, and at the American University in Cairo. Professor Zartman was also Olin Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Halevy Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and visiting professor at the American University in Paris. William Zartman was a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, President of the Tangier American Legation Museum Society, and past president of the Middle East Studies Association and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of Processes of International Negotiations based at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. He received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Louvain and his Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale University.