American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Kansas, Department of African and African-American Studies Department

21 Mar 2019 1:04 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

Position Overview
The Department of African and African-American Studies Department at the University of Kansas invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor position in Arabic. We seek a dynamic teacher with an interest in language coordination and study abroad. Required: PhD in Arabic or Second-Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in Arabic; native or near-native fluency in Arabic; record of excellence in teaching college-level courses; excellent organizational and leadership skills; and ability to work well with students, faculty, and administrators; ability to coordinate the Arabic language program and ability to work with online learning and assessment systems; willingness to direct the Arabic Summer Institute at Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco. The candidate will teach three courses per semester at all levels and supervise the Arabic language program. The candidate is expected to remain current in the research and scholarly literature on second language acquisition, foreign-language pedagogy, and applications of technology to foreign-language learning.

Review of applications will start April 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following materials online: cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, two complete sets of student teaching evaluations from two previously taught classes, and sample syllabi. Three letters of recommendation submitted separately by recommenders, should be sent to

Job Description

75% Teaching Responsibilities:

Teach undergraduate and graduate language and culture courses as needed by the department. These courses may be offered both on- and off-campus. The courses must be designed to meet the curricular needs of the department. The course load will be three courses per semester (3:3).

  • Prepare adequate syllabi and instructional materials for all courses.
  • Prepare and present course and class activities (lectures, discussions, etc.).
  • Provide examinations, papers, presentations, and other means to evaluate student performance.
  • Be available to students for advising, consultation, and supervision.
  • Hold regular office hours for students in the classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required.
  • Treat students with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom and those rights as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Maintain standards of excellence in teaching and in the evaluation of student performance

Coordination of instruction and curriculum development.

  • Course design (including textbook selection and creation of syllabi) aimed at implementing learning objectives through specific course components, teaching practices, and organization
  • Ongoing pedagogical training and supervision of GTAs, Lecturers and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) through orientation at the beginning of each semester, class observations, and regular professional development workshops, yearly evaluations
  • Coordination and revision of all course-wide major assignments, including midterms and final examinations for the Arabic language courses.
  • The Assistant Teaching Professor will also be responsible for teaching assignments, ordering textbooks, setting up online learning and assessment management systems for all courses.
  • Providing  input on annual assessment of the Arabic language teaching, coordination, collection, and reporting of data on student assessment as needed for internal ( AAAS, KASC, SLLC) and external (e.g., Title VI, Department of Education) agencies.
  • Development of relevant SLA materials, where possible contributing to AAAS’s mission of Open Educational Resources (OERs).

15% Service Responsibilities:

  • Faculty members must share in the work of the department, including attending faculty meetings and participating in departmental committees and/or administrative functions.
  • Faculty members are expected to contribute to the profession through contributions to professional associations and conferences.
  • The Assistant Teaching Professor will be responsible for:
  • Creation, administration, and evaluation of placement and proficiency tests.
  • Determination of KU credit equivalencies and approval of credit transfer for students who take Arabic courses while studying abroad.
  • Coordinating the hiring of Arabic lecturers.
  • Assist in identifying, vetting, and recruiting Arabic Graduate Teaching Assistants, Lecturers and FLTAs
  • Support public programming initiatives in language and culture, and develop and coordinate strategies for publicly marketing of the Arabic language program.

10% Research Responsibilities:

  • Faculty members are expected to remain current in the research and scholarly literature in their field, as evidenced in an active and productive research program but also in the development of pedagogical projects, curriculum development, up-to-date course syllabi and in the participation in research conferences.
  • The Assistant Teaching Professor is also expected to remain current in the research and scholarly literature on second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy, and applications of technology to foreign language learning.

Collegiality. The Assistant Teaching professor must treat colleagues with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom.  In addition, they are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in the c.v.; (3) teaching portfolio (this should include two complete sets of student evaluations and a teaching statement/philosophy); and (3) information provided from professional references.

  1. PhD in Arabic studies, or Second-Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics is expected by the start date of the appointment
  2. Demonstrated native or near-native language ability in both Arabic and English and knowledge of cultures where Arabic is spoken
  3. Demonstrated excellence in teaching Arabic language and culture in a North American university, including complete sets of student evaluations, a teaching statement/philosophy, and teaching portfolio
  4. Evidence of ability to coordinate the Arabic language program. Demonstrated through previous experience of leading a program, records of accomplishments and productivity relating to the same as illustrated in the c.v.
  5. Willingness to direct a study abroad program. (The Arabic Summer Institute at Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco)
  6. Experience with online instructional technologies  demonstrated through  the knowledge of the use of various online instructional tools
  7. Evidence of prior supervisory experience and collaborative work in a team-centered environment evidenced through supervisor rating and evidence in reference letters
  8. Evidence of culturally competent experience working in a diverse and inclusive professional environment that encourages knowledge of, and respect for, multicultural constituents and backgrounds through information provided by professional references and the letter of application

Questions may be directed Brenda Wawire and Jessica Gerschultz Search Committee Co-Chairs at the African/African American Studies Department.

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