American Association of Teachers of Arabic

University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor/Instructor in Arab Studies

17 Nov 2014 12:53 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor/Instructor in Arab Studies (Literature, Film and Culture)
Requisition 195201

The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position beginning fall semester 2015 (08/31/2015).

We seek expertise in the analysis of Arabic literature, film, drama, or other cultural texts, from any historical period. Areas of interest could include but are not limited to postcolonial studies, gender/sexuality studies, moving image and performance studies, and religious studies.

The faculty of Asian Languages and Literatures is committed to working in partnership with other departments and programs at the University in both the humanities and the social sciences. The department is especially interested in candidates who are engaged in cross-disciplinary conversations and bring an innovative approach to the study of literature, film, or other cultural texts, and theory.

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Arab Studies, Comparative Literature or related field is required. Native or near-native fluency in English and Arabic is also required. Advanced ABD's may be considered for appointment at the rank of instructor with the stipulation that the Ph.D. is conferred in the first year of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:
We are especially interested in candidates working on cultures of the Levant. Candidates should show evidence or promise of scholarly distinction, evidence or promise of success at university-level teaching, and a commitment to collegiality and service to the department.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

Faculty in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, University, and profession.

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures are available at: 

For information on faculty workload guidelines and principles in the College of Liberal Arts, visit 

Program Description:
The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures integrates, coordinates, and promotes the study of Asian languages, literatures, and cultures at the University of Minnesota. In our courses, students can study languages, literatures, and other cultural texts of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

We are interested in the different historical and cultural conditions of these separate geographic regions of Asia (and various particularities within each) and in their interactions in regional and international arenas.

In coordination with other academic units in the College of Liberal Arts and at the University of Minnesota, our department explores new interdisciplinary configurations in the study and teaching of Asian languages, literatures and cultures. 

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. 

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions.

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Application Instructions:
All applicants to apply online via - "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING." Please attach the following required materials:

  1. a letter of application,
  2. a curriculum vitae, and
  3. a sample of your scholarly research (an article or chapter, published or not).

Three letters of recommendation to be mailed to:

Arab Studies Search Committee
Asian Languages and Literatures
U of MN, 220 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Priority review for applications received by December 15, 2014.

The ALL department is currently expanding and restructuring its course offerings relating to Arab Studies and Arabic Languages; for available language instructor positions, please see

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