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  • 24 Nov 2014 10:49 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Colorado College, MLA, Comp Lit

    Comparative Literature, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, specialization in Arabic language and literature
    Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature with a specialization in Arabic language and literature, to begin teaching in the fall of 2015. Salary competitive. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature or in another field of literary study that reflects comparative work. The successful candidate will be fluent both in English and Arabic, will have experience in teaching Arabic at all levels, will have a strong background in comparative approaches to literature and in literary theory, and will contribute to the College’s interdisciplinary minors in Arabic. Strong undergraduate teaching ability and an active research program are essential. Six-course teaching load to include the teaching of Arabic language through the advanced level, core courses in the comparative literature major, and courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. We will hold interviews with selected candidates at the MLA conference in Vancouver.

    Colorado College actively promotes a dynamic environment in which students and employees of different perspectives and cultural backgrounds learn and work in an intellectually and socially enriching environment. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in our educational programs and activities or our employment practices.

    Applicants should submit a letter of application, vita, photocopy of transcript, and three letters of reference online at the link above by 10 December 2014.

  • 21 Nov 2014 1:46 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Modern Arabic Literature (#1500) - Department of Near Eastern Studies

    The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a faculty position in Modern Arabic Literature (19th century - present). The level of appointment may be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor without tenure, or associate professor with tenure. The expected start-date is July 1, 2015. Research specialization in any field of modern Arabic literary studies is welcome.

    Applicants for an assistant professor position must have completed all Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree requirements except the dissertation by the time of application. Applicants for an associate professor position must possess a Ph.D. (or equivalent) at the time of application. The successful candidate for an assistant professor appointment must possess a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a relevant field by the time of employment. Teaching experience and an active research profile are required. The successful candidate must possess a native or near-native command of Modern Standard Arabic, and be prepared to teach diverse upper-level undergraduate courses on modern Arabic literature, as well as graduate seminars, in Arabic. In addition, s/he will be expected to teach survey courses on Arabic literature and culture in English. A functional knowledge of the classical Arabic literary tradition, informing both research and teaching, is expected.

    Applications must be submitted online at and contain the following: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of research interest and plans; statement of teaching; and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. Applicants will also need to request 3-5 letters of recommendation through the system. All recommendation letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: The application deadline is December 8. Questions should be directed to the NES
    Department Manager at:

    The university is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples, single parents, and those who may have taken time off for family reasons. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

  • 19 Nov 2014 10:44 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)


    The Department of Humanities and Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, invites applicants for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor position in Arabic language and culture, to begin in August 2015.

    Candidates should have native or near-native oral and written fluency in Arabic as well as English, a Ph.D. in Arabic language and/or literature or related field; knowledge of the history, culture, and politics of the Arab world; and the ability to teach Modern Standard and colloquial Arabic at all levels, including advanced English language content courses. U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S. is required.

    The successful candidate will have evidence of excellent teaching experience at the university level, a strong commitment to undergraduate education, collegiality and willingness to serve in department activities and service initiatives, and a record of scholarly pursuits. The candidate will participate in a strategic language consortium with Embry-Riddle and other institutions in the area.

    The successful candidate will engage in curriculum design, materials development, assessment of language proficiency, and upper-level Arabic course development, and will be eager to initiate this new program which will include developing a minor in Arabic language, literature and culture. To find out more about working for Embry-Riddle or to apply for this opening, please visit our site:  

  • 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

  • 24 Oct 2014 10:53 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Arabic Lecturer, Georgia State University

    The Middle East Institute at Georgia State University invite applications for the anticipated, full-time non-tenure track position of Arabic Lecturer to teach courses in Arabic beginning August 2015. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or M.A. in Arabic language, literature or other appropriate discipline and native or near-native fluency in Arabic and English. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated interest and expertise in second-language instruction, solid interpersonal skills, and a high level of teaching competence. Please send a letter of application, current CV, official transcript, three letters of recommendation and teaching evaluations to Letitia Williams at

    Applications may also be addressed to the Arabic Lecturer Search Committee, Middle East Institute, Georgia State University, PO Box 3994, Atlanta, GA 30303-3994. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted at the 2014 MESA annual meeting held in Washington, DC (application deadline Nov. 1, 2014). This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. An offer of employment will be conditional upon background verification. Georgia State University is a Research University of the University System of Georgia and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 24 Oct 2014 10:48 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Lecturer in Arabic, University of North Texas

    The University of North Texas is seeking to fill a full-time position in Arabic to begin September 1, 2015 (classes begin 8/24/15). The position of Lecturer comes with full benefits and may be renewed annually based upon a favorable performance evaluation and the availability of funds.

    Duties: Teach four undergraduate courses in Arabic language, literature and culture per semester. Active participation in Department activities and committees is expected.

    M.A. in Arabic language, literature, or culture, or related field; native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English. College/university level teaching experience in Arabic language is required.

    ABD or Ph.D in Arabic language, literature, or culture, or related field preferred. Experience teaching advanced level Arabic language, literature and/or culture courses; experience with program coordination/supervision; evidence of commitment to departmental service and commitment to study abroad preferred.

    As the nation’s 25th largest public university and the largest, most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while powering the North Texas region, state and nation through innovative education and research. A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 81 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

    The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures is a fast growing, dynamic, and vibrant unit. With 36 full---time faculty, it enrolls over 60 graduate students and 300 undergraduate majors, and serves over 11,000 students annually. It offers courses in eight languages including minors in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Russian; bachelor’s degrees in French, German, and Spanish; and master’s degrees in French and Spanish. For complete qualifications and application information, please visit, and search for World Languages or  Screening of applications will begin November 24, 2014 and continue until the position is closed.

    With a population over six million, the Dallas---Fort Worth---Denton metroplex is home to a diverse population and offers a broad range of cultural activities. Further information regarding the Department may be obtained by visiting our website ( or by contacting Dr. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Chair, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; email:, phone: 940-565-2404.

    University of North Texas is an EOE/ADA/AA institution committed to diversity in its employment and educational programs, thereby creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

  • 23 Oct 2014 12:57 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    University of Minnesota, Lecturer or Teaching Specialist: Arabic

    Requisition 194521

    2015/16 (B Term) Lecturer or Teaching Specialist: Arabic

    The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota seeks to fill a full time appointment to teach Arabic starting fall semester 2015. The position will be full-time for the fall semester 2015 (08/31/15 - 01/13/16) and/or spring semester 2016 (01/14/16 - 05/29/16). There is an option for teaching summer courses.
    Please see the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures website at  Asian Languages and Literatures is a dynamic and innovative department committed to the study of the languages and cultural phenomena of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

    The position is for day, evening, or a combination of day/evening courses, taught on a semester basis. Full-time appointments are eligible for benefits. Salary range is competitive based upon qualifications. The position may be annually renewable depending on departmental need, funding and performance.

    This posting seeks to establish a pool of applicants should openings occur during the 2015/16 academic year. Applicants will be selected from this pool on an as-needed basis through the academic year.
    Required/Preferrred Qualifications: M.A. or foreign equivalent, in Arabic or related area. Native or near-native fluency in Arabic. Strong English language communication skills. Demonstrated university-level teaching experience in the Arabic language. Candidates with a Masters degree will be appointed as a Teaching Specialist; those with a Ph.D. will be appointed as a Lecturer.
    Duties/Responsibilities: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach assigned language classes/sections; keep office hours; prepare course materials; engage in curriculum development; prepare and grade exams; and participate in program governance as appropriate.

    Application Instructions: Please apply online via the Employment System at

    To be considered for the position, please click on "apply for this posting" and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to attach a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact information of three references. Applicants are asked to provide the following additional materials:

    A) Attach a description of your teaching philosophy.
    b) Attach samples of teaching materials (e.g. syllabus, teaching plan, exams, handouts, handouts of PowerPoint slides, etc.)

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    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.

  • 24 Sep 2014 1:32 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Florida State University: Full-time Visiting Arabic Instructor starting Fall 2015

    The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University invites applications for a full-time Visiting Teaching Faculty I in Arabic for the academic year 2015-2016. This position is for one year with the possibility of renewal.


    Applicants should be able to teach Arabic at all levels (including advanced content courses) for an average of twelve hours per week according to the needs of the Arabic Division. Applicants should have university teaching experience and experience in integrating both standard and spoken Arabic into their teaching. The successful candidate will work closely with other faculty members in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. The successful candidate will be a native or near-native speaker of Arabic and will have a MA or PhD in teaching Arabic as a foreign language or a related field. Interest in film studies is a plus.


    The application deadline is November 15, 2014. Evaluation of applicants will commence immediately thereafter and will continue until the position is filled. Possibility of a preliminary interview at MESA, November, 22-25 in Washington D.C.

    Applicants should submit via Interfolio a letter of interest with a section addressing the candidate’s approach to Arabic language teaching and his/her prior experience teaching Arabic at the university level, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, three current letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, and formal student evaluations. Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Zeina Schlenoff at

    To apply, please follow the link

    Florida State University is an equal employment opportunity affirmative action employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • 05 Jun 2014 11:54 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Williams College is accepting applications for an open rank faculty position in Arabic Studies, to lead our vibrant and growing interdisciplinary program in Arabic Studies and Middle Eastern Culture, beginning in July 2015. Advanced assistant or associate professor candidates preferred. Specialization is open. The successful candidate will have a proven record of excellence in research and teaching, including language teaching, and the ability to chair the program.

    Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014 and end when the position has been filled. Send letter of application, c.v., statement of teaching and research interests, and three current letters of recommendation electronically to Interfolio at Inquiries may be sent to <>

    All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts that has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.
  • 04 Jun 2014 10:13 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Work Schedule: Full Time
    Salary: $52,146 – $95,785
    Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

    Performing a critical and dynamic function within the National Clandestine Service (NCS), the Language Officer applies advanced foreign language skills, experience, and expertise to provide high-quality translation, interpretation, and language-related support for a variety of NCS clandestine operations. In addition to expert language skills, Language Officers provide in-depth cultural insight-an important dimension of the job. Language Officers also work closely with officers in other NCS disciplines, particularly field collectors, to support the overall mission of intelligence acquisition. As with other NCS professions, foreign travel opportunities and certain specialized training are also integral elements of the job. NCS is seeking candidates fluent in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Russian and Somali.

    In addition to a salary range of $52,146 – $95,785, new employees who already possess excellent language skills may be eligible for a significant hiring bonus and language use payments.

    Minimum requirements include a bachelor's degree, native or near-native fluency in a foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Russian and Somali), and a strong interest in international affairs. Candidates must possess sound English language writing and oral skills and good interpersonal and communications skills. As with all NCS professional specializations, the responsibilities of a Language Officer require absolute personal and professional dedication to mission.

    When applying to a National Clandestine Service position, attach to the online application the following:

    A one page cover letter describing why you are interested in an NCS career and what characteristics and experiences distinguish you from other applicants

    College transcript(s)

    All applicants must successfully complete a language test, a thorough medical and psychological evaluation, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. U.S. citizenship is a requirement.

    To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

    Important Notice: Knowledge by non-Agency personnel of your association with the Central Intelligence Agency or the Intelligence Community may limit your ability to perform or preclude you from certain assignments. NCS applicants should therefore endeavor to protect the fact that they have applied and/or are thinking of applying to the NCS. We urge your discretion throughout the entire hiring process to ensure maximum flexibility for your potential NCS career. Further guidance will be provided as competitive applicants move through the hiring steps.

    To apply visit:

    An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workforce.
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