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  • 17 Apr 2014 10:18 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    The Center for Language Education at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a Lecturer in ARABIC for the Academic Year 2014-2015. This is a one-year temporary position, but the successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply for a full-time position that will start in fall, 2015. The position for the academic year 2015-2016 is renewable based on performance.

    Responsibilities of the successful candidate include teaching a maximum of three levels of all four levels of Arabic (1st year to 4th year Arabic for a total of 12 contact hours per week). Minimum qualifications are:
    1. M.A. in Arabic Studies (with specialization in linguistics, applied linguistics or a closely related field)
    2. Native or near-native fluency in Arabic and English
    3. At least 3 years of experience in teaching Arabic as a foreign language at the university level.
    4. Strong grounding in communicative and proficiency-oriented teaching
    5. Strong computer literacy (PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
    Interested candidates should submit their application and all supporting materials via Interfolio: by May 20th, 2014, and include:
    1. Letter of application (cover letter) including statement of teaching philosophy
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Names and email addresses of three references
    4. A video demonstration of your teaching including an introduction of yourself in English and Arabic at the beginning of the video. (We do not accept DVDs by surface mail. A YouTube link address with password is acceptable.)
    Should you have any questions, please e-mail Dr. Yuki Johnson at

  • 04 Apr 2014 2:20 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    The Linguistics Department at Ohio University is hiring a Lecturer who can serve as coordinator as well as instructor for our Arabic Language program. The position will require teaching two to three Arabic language courses per semester at beginning through advanced levels, organizing extra-curricular cultural functions, and training teaching assistants. The individual in this position is expected to exercise full collaboration with the faculty of the Department of Linguistics.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Master’s degree in applied linguistics, Arabic language pedagogy, second language acquisition, or other field relevant to Arabic instruction; possess native or near native knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and speak a mainstream dialect such as Saudi Arabian, Jordanian, or Egyptian Arabic (other dialects of Arabic not mentioned may also qualify).Minimum two years’ experience teaching MSA at the university level in the US. Minimum one year experience supervising TAs Evidence of successful, dynamic and effective language teaching is essential.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    The ideal candidate should present a strong commitment to assist with the development of the Arabic Language Program. Knowledge and experience teaching beginning to advanced Arabic language courses, experience directing an Arabic Language Program, and directing an Arabic language study abroad program would also be highly desirable.

    To apply:  
    Please visit  For more information, please contact Christopher Thompson at

    Ohio University's main campus is located in Athens, Ohio, in beautiful, rural southeast Ohio. Yet we are not far from several large cities (Columbus, Cincinnati, and Charleston, WV) and just 5 or 6 hours from Washington, DC. The university has approximately 25,000 students and a strong international student population. While Ohio University excels in research, our mission to excellence in teaching and to
    diversity offers this campus a strong community atmosphere. We also have great access to technology, including many computer labs throughout campus and a computer podium in each classroom. Ohio University offers excellent resources for students and faculty, and Athens offers a wonderful quality of life.
  • 02 Apr 2014 5:58 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego is committed to building an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and invites applications from candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment. The department currently has an open position for a lecturer in Arabic within the department’s Linguistic Language Program (LLP). The successful applicant will design course syllabi, prepare all course materials (including exams), attend weekly LLP meetings during the academic year and the annual LLP fall workshop prior to the start of classes in September, and be responsible for all instruction and grading in assigned courses. Candidates should have native or near-native ability in Arabic, very good command of English, and excellent knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic (both spoken and written) and at least one colloquial variety. Candidates should also have outstanding teaching qualifications, a vocabulary and knowledge of grammar in Arabic equivalent to that of a university-educated speaker, a deep familiarity with the cultures where Arabic is spoken, an ability to serve as a model for students by speaking clearly and intelligibly in the classroom, an ability to function effectively with other instructors in a team situation, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity. Formal training in linguistics and/or language teaching is highly desirable but not required. The candidate must hold at least a B.A. (or equivalent) degree. Initial appointments will likely be on a part-time basis beginning Fall 2014, with possible extension to subsequent quarters.

    Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales.

    Closing Date: Review of applications will begin April 30, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.

    To Apply: Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, the names and contact information of three references, and a personal statement summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity. (See for further assistance.)

    Submit application online here.

    For additional information about the department, go to our website.

    UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
    with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through
  • 11 Mar 2014 11:31 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    The Department of World Languages and Literatures in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University seeks a full-time, non-tenure-track professor of the practice in French and Arabic beginning fall semester 2014. Two-year contract with possibility of subsequent three-year contract renewals. M.A. or equivalent in French or Arabic required; Ph.D. a plus. We seek candidates with demonstrated excellence in teaching a variety of language and culture courses at the college level and with training in second language acquisition and pedagogy. Native or near-native proficiency in French, Arabic, and English required. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be postmarked by April 15, 2014, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decision after the position is filled. Send cover letter, cv, statement of teaching philosophy, two letters of reference, and a photocopy of transcripts to Professor Marie-Luise Gaettens, Chair, World Languages and Literatures, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750236, Dallas TX 75275-0236. SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.
  • 27 Feb 2014 9:50 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Location: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States, 17837

    The Department of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Bucknell University invites applications for a one-semester position in Arabic Studies at the Visiting Assistant Professor level beginning in August of 2014, with the possibility of an extension for an additional semester, spring of 2015. PhD (or ABD) in Arabic literature, Arabic linguistics or teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL). Applicants must demonstrate interest in language pedagogy and teaching methodologies. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in Arabic and English. The successful candidate should also have a strong and demonstrated interest in liberal arts education. Teaching duties will include Arabic language courses at all levels and courses in literature or/and culture. The teaching load is six courses a year.

    Complete dossier should include at least three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of potential in teaching excellence (e.g. syllabi and teaching evaluations). To apply, please submit cover letter, C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and any supplementary materials to

    Questions about the position should be addressed by email to: Prof. Martin Isleem at

    Bucknell University, an EEO Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

    Apply Here 
  • 18 Feb 2014 2:24 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    The University of Pittsburgh seeks an instructor of Beginning Arabic (Modern Standard and Levantine) to teach in an intensive Summer Language Institute in Pittsburgh. Candidates must have a master's degree or higher in second-language acquisition, linguistics, or a closely related field; possess native or near-native proficiency in the target language; be a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States; and have documented experience teaching the target language to adults. Preference will go to candidates who have taught in intensive language programs. Successful candidates will teach June 9 through August 1, 2014. 

    Applications must be received by: March 5, 2014

    Candidates should send a letter in English explaining their interest in and qualifications for an eight-week, intensive beginning Persian or Arabic program; a CV; contact information for two references–one of whom should be able to comment on the applicant’s teaching experience; and student evaluation results, if available. Materials should be sent by email to:  Veronica Dristas (Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh)

  • 04 Feb 2014 12:19 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Eckerd College invites applications for a position in the Arabic language.  Native or near-native command of Modern Standard Arabic and English is required, as is advanced training in a relevant area of Arabic Studies.  Doctors of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or candidates with all but dissertation (ABD) preferred.  Qualified candidates with Masters degrees will be considered.  Teaching load is five (5) courses per year, including elementary to advanced Arabic language.  The position is "Continuing Part-Time," renewable year-to-year, and paid a 5/7 share of a full salary with a full benefits package, which includes health care.  Eckerd College, the only independent national liberal arts college in Florida, has a tradition of innovation education and teaching/mentoring excellence.  Submit a letter of application, Curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations, graduate transcripts via  A digital video clip of classroom teaching, if available, and inquiries should be sent to Professor Eileen Mikals-Adachi at  Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled.  Qualified candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.  Eckerd College is an Equal Opportunity Employer; applications from women and minorities are encouraged.
  • 30 Jan 2014 4:05 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    (Position is OPEN RANK.  Tenure-Track and Tenured professors are welcome to apply.)

    The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations seeks to appoint a tenure-track or tenured professor in Persian literature and cultures.  While the specific area of specialization is open, the candidate must have a thorough knowledge of classical Persian literature from the eleventh century to the seventeenth century.  In addition, the candidate should show some familiarity with the broader historical and cultural contexts within which classical Persian literature developed, both within and beyond Iran.  The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2014.  The appointee will teach and advise at the undergraduate level.  Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

    Ph.D. required by expected start date.

    Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research is required.  Candidates for a tenured appointment should also evince intellectual leadership in the field and exhibit potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community.

    Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal no later than March 31, 2014.
    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Teaching Statement
    • Research Statement
    Candidates for a tenure-track position are required to submit names and contact information of 3 to 5 references.  Three letters of recommendation are also required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted.

    Tenure-Track applicants please apply using the following portal:

    Tenured applicants please apply using the following portal:

    Applications will be received only via the Harvard Employment website.

    Contact information:
    Professor Ali Asani
    Chair, Search Committee
  • 27 Dec 2013 1:59 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Requisition 188648

    2014/15 (B Term) Lecturer or Teaching Specialist: Arabic - DLI

    The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, nine-month appointment as Director of Language Instruction in Arabic for academic year 2014-15 (08/25/14 - 05/24/15). This is an annually renewable position at the rank of Lecturer or Teaching Specialist depending on qualifications.

    The position requires expertise in Arabic language instruction, as well as experience in directing a language program and curriculum development. Native or near-native fluency in Arabic is required.

    Applicants must have a Ph.D. completed or be ABD in a field that ensures they have expertise in both Arabic language and language learning pedagogy by the start date of the appointment (08/25/14). Applicants who are ABD will be appointed as Teaching Specialists; those with a Ph.D. will be appointed as a Lecturer.

    Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching, scholarship and student development. Preference will be given to those who have experience administering an Arabic language program. Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly and/or creative work, evidence of their commitment to teaching and/or skills as a teacher, and strength of recommendations.

    Duties and responsibilities include teaching assigned language classes/sections (five courses over the 2014-15 academic year) in Arabic Language instruction; keep office hours; prepare course materials; engage in curriculum development; prepare and grade exams; perform a supervisory role in the Arabic language program; participate in program governance as appropriate; and participate in the academic life of the department.

    The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota integrates, coordinates, and promotes the study of Asian languages, literature, and cultural texts of East, South, and Southeast Asia. Languages taught are Arabic, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Hmong, Japanese, and Korean.

    We are interested in both 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 at the University, our department explores new interdisciplinary configurations in the study and teaching of Asian languages, literatures and cultures. ALL currently offers three years of modern Arabic. There are currently over 200 students enrolled in the various levels of the program. Please see the ALL website at

    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.

    Please apply online via the Employment System at 

    Applications must be submitted electronically. 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, a cover letter describing training, teaching experience, evidence of teaching effectiveness or a commitment to teaching in the form of copies of student evaluations and/or a teaching statement, and the names and contact information of three references who are capable of evaluating applicants teaching and research accomplishments. Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

    The University of Minnesota provides 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.

  • 10 Dec 2013 1:08 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    The Program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Colgate University (MIST) announces an opening for a full-time one-year Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor position or a full-time Lecturer in the Arabic Language. This position may be renewed contingent upon excellent performance and institutional need. The successful candidate will join the university’s thriving Arabic program beginning in August 2014.


    • The appointee will teach five classes per academic year (3/2 or 2/3) at all levels (introductory to advanced) with a possibility of teaching one content-based course.
    • The successful candidate will contribute collaboratively to curriculum development in the program, advise students, and perform department and university service.


    • The appointee must have advanced training in a relevant area of Arabic studies at the time of appointment (Ph.D. preferred for the one-year Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor position; ABD or MA for the Lecturer position).
    • The successful candidate must also have the following qualifications: native or near-native proficiency in Arabic (MSA and at least one dialect) and English;
    • experience in the latest trends in Arabic language pedagogy, curriculum design, and material development; and substantial classroom experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (MSA and a dialect) in an academic setting in a proficiency-based and communicative framework.

    How to apply:

    • Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing teaching philosophy and methods (and research program, if appropriate), an up-to-date curriculum vitae, sample syllabi, tests, language-teaching materials, and copies of student evaluations.
    • These materials should be uploaded to
    • Each applicant should also arrange for three confidential letters of reference, which should be uploaded directly by the authors to
    • Questions may be sent to the Chair of the Arabic Search Committee, Mr. Nady Abdal-Ghaffar ( 

    Videos of teaching competence may be shared with Mr. Abdal-Ghaffar.

    Review of applications begins February 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

    Colgate is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the university’s educational mission. Visa assistance for international candidates may be available.

    Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at Colgate is a highly-selective liberal arts university of 2800 students situated in central New York. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship.

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