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  • 31 Jan 2019 10:18 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Vassar College

    Lecturer in Arabic Studies

    Department: Africana Studies Program

    Duration of Position: Academic year / Full time

    Position Type: Faculty

    Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled

    Posting Number: 1001563

    About Vassar College

    Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

    Position Summary and Responsibilities
    The Africana Studies Program at Vassar College invites applications for a full-time, three year renewable Lecturer to teach Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) language beginning in Fall 2019. Vassar College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

    The candidate will contribute to the Arabic Language and Culture correlate (minor) within Africana Studies, which emphasizes the Afro-Arab World, particularly North and Sub-Saharan Africa. The successful candidate will teach five language courses at all levels of Arabic (introductory to advance) per academic year, coordinate "drill" and conversation sessions and other language intensive activities, contribute collaboratively to the planning of the Arabic curriculum, perform program service and advise students.


    Minimum requirements include a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Arabic language and/or literature, language pedagogy, applied linguistics, or in a related field; extensive experience in the latest developments in Arabic language pedagogy, curriculum design, and material development; substantial classroom experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (MSA) at the college level; native or near-native proficiency in MSA and English. Proficiency in, and experience teaching, at least one regional dialect is preferred.

    Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2450 undergraduates (no graduate students) located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley seventy-five miles north of New York City. Poughkeepsie benefits from rich cultural diversity and from convenient commuter rail access to New York City.

    To apply, please visit 

    to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should upload (1) a letter of application, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) a teaching portfolio, including a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching experience, sample syllabi, activities, and other supporting documents, and (4) a graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), (5) diversity statement, and (6) should arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation that speak to the candidate's teaching to be uploaded to that site. For inquiries, email Quincy Mills, Director, Africana Studies Program, Vassar College,

    Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2019.

    Required Applicant Documents

    Cover Letter
    Transcripts 1
    Personal Statement
    Diversity Statement

    Optional Applicant Documents

    Transcripts 2
    Other 1
    Other 2
    Other 3

    To Apply

    All applicants must apply online at:

    Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.


  • 17 Dec 2018 10:41 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Harvard University
    Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

    Position Description: The Department Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations seeks applications for a preceptor in Arabic. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2019. The preceptor will be responsible for teaching five semester courses per year, and should be ready to teach from the elementary to advanced levels, pending need.

    The position is for an initial term of one to three years, renewable for a total of up to eight years, contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean authorization.

    faculty, instructor, lecturer
    Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England
    [Fields: Arabic language; linguistics (applied, theoretical, sociolinguistic); literature (modern); second-language pedagogy.

    Basic Qualifications: The successful applicant should have experience in teaching modern standard Arabic (MSA) at the elementary and advanced levels. The successful applicant will have native or near-native fluency and be able to teach the advanced levels in the target language.

    Additional Qualifications: A strong academic background in Arabic language, linguistics, humanities or social sciences is highly desirable. A Masters, ABD, or doctoral degree in related field is preferred.

    Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( Applications must be submitted no later than January 25, 2019

    1. Cover letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Names and contact information of three to five referees, who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation if the candidate advances. Please do not submit reference letters at this point.

    Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Contact Information: Jocelyn Guizar, NELC, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

    Contact Email:

    Link to position:

  • 13 Dec 2018 8:42 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Summer Job Opportunity for Arabic-Speaking Youth Educators

    Now hiring Arabic-speaking group leaders to work with Iraqi youth!

    IYLEP Arabic, a program of World Learning, is currently hiring experienced educators to lead a group of high school students on their U.S. exchange in summer 2019, conducted entirely in Arabic!

    The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for high school and undergraduate students is a program sponsored and funded by the US Embassy, Baghdad and implemented by World Learning. IYLEP has provided invaluable leadership and educational opportunities for over 2,700 students since its inception in 2007. As an investment in global understanding and peace, these fully funded programs have created a cadre of future leaders of Iraq: young people who will inspire and impact others. In hopes of reaching even more Iraqi youth – many of whom may not have the language skills to join IYLEP high school in English – World Learning organizes a cohort group conducted entirely in Arabic. IYLEP Arabic launched in 2017 and has been successfully implemented for two years. IYLEP Arabic aims to enhance leadership and civic engagement skills among participants, foster respect for diversity, build bridges of understanding between the peoples of Iraq and the United States as well as develop their English language skills.

    Benefits of leading with IYLEP Arabic:

    • Exposure to experiential learning techniques
    • Connecting to emerging young leaders from Iraq (and around the world)
    • Building a network of like-minded colleagues
    • Professional development at our weeklong Staff Training
    • A rewarding professional experience that will forever impact the lives of global youth!

    Please see our webpage for more information, including qualifications, responsibilities, and compensation:

    Apply at or see the PDF brochure here:  IYLEP_Arabic_Leaders.pdf

  • 05 Dec 2018 9:54 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Lecturer in Arabic at Johns Hopkins University

    The Center for Language Education (CLE) at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in ARABIC for the Academic Year 2019.

    CLE is seeking an individual who is finishing up or has recently finished his/her MA or PhD with knowledge and familiarity in the most up-to-date theory and practice of language pedagogy. Faculty in the CLE share a consistent teaching philosophy across each of the language programs, and the Center offers workshops for professional development and communication of current methodologies in language teaching. Applicants should be open to furthering his/her teaching skills and working closely with fellow CLE faculty members. At least 2 years of experience as a Teaching Assistant or Lecturer in the Arabic language is strongly desired.

    Responsibilities of the successful candidate include teaching a total of 12 contact hours per week.

    Minimum qualifications are:

    - M.A. in Arabic Studies (with specialization in linguistics and pedagogy, applied linguistics or a closely related field)
    - Native or near-native fluency in Arabic and English
    - At least 2 years of experience (as a Teaching Assistant etc.) in teaching Arabic as a foreign language at the university level in the U.S.
    - Strong grounding in proficiency-oriented teaching
    - Strong computer literacy (PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).
    - Must currently be eligible to be employed in the U.S.

    Interested candidates must submit their application and all supporting materials via Interfolio at by March 1, 2019, and include:

    1. Letter of application (cover letter) including statement of teaching philosophy
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. List of names and email addresses only 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.)

    Your application is not considered complete until all four items above have been submitted. Please do not submit materials other than those listed via Interfolio, otherwise your application will not be considered.

  • 15 Nov 2018 2:14 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Posting Title: MSA/Levantine Dialect Instructor (Germany)

    Culmen International LLC is a US Government contractor currently recruiting for a Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Arabic Dialect Instructor (candidate must be able to teach both MSA and Levantine dialect). Start date is early January 2019. Instructor will teach up to 8 adult students 6-7 hours per day up to 35 weeks per year.


    • Native or near-native fluency in MSA and the Levantine dialect
    • Ability to speak, read, write, and comprehend English at ILR level 2 or higher
    • Ability to teach students to read, write, speak and understand Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine dialect at ILR level 3 or higher
    • Ability to write and provide sample lesson plans and a syllabus
    • Ability to qualify to obtain a German work permit
    • Copies of diplomas and certifications, and contact information for references


    • Must have 5 years’ recent experience teaching MSA and Levantine
    • Must have lived 2+ years in an Arabic-speaking environment where Levantine is the local dialect


    • BA (MA strongly preferred) in teaching Arabic, linguistics or a related subject

    Location: Germany

    Principals only; Recruiters please do not contact this employer. Please do not contact us regarding unsolicited services

    Culmen International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify to determine eligibility.

    If interested contact
  • 11 Oct 2018 12:29 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)


    The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan invites applicants for a full-time position as Lecturer III in Arabic Language and Director of the Arabic Language Program, to begin September 1, 2019. As Director, the holder of the position will provide supervision and leadership for the faculty teaching first through third-year Arabic language. Responsibilities include 6-9 instructional hours per week, active leadership in curricular and program affairs, student advising, and supervision of program faculty (including mentorship for new faculty). This is a non-tenure-track, university-year appointment for an initial three-year period. The appointment is renewable for an additional multi-year period, contingent upon successful performance reviews.

    Required qualifications are an advanced degree (PhD strongly preferred) in Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching or equivalent, native or near-native fluency in Standard Arabic, at least one dialect of Arabic, and English, and extensive experience in teaching various levels of Arabic, at the postsecondary level, using a proficiency-based, communicative methodology.

    Desired qualifications include previous experience in program coordination, teacher training and materials development; OPI certification; an ability and interest in teaching advanced level courses in Arabic; experience with flipped classrooms; and experience with teaching Arabic using an integrated curriculum of fuSHa and colloquial (as currently represented by Al-Kitaab).

    Salary is competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

    Interested applicants must apply by completing the application located at You will be required to upload 1) a letter of interest, 2) current cv, 3) names and email addresses for three people who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation 4) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, 5) evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., teaching evaluations, etc.) and 6) a video (or link to a video) of the candidate teaching Arabic, with 7) a narrative to contextualize the teaching demonstration and relate it to the statement of teaching philosophy. Applications without a teaching video and accompanying narrative will not be considered.

    All materials must be received by November 16, 2018.

    Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

    Based on the supervisory responsibilities associated with this position, it is anticipated that it will be excluded from the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization.

    Background Screening

    The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • 09 Oct 2018 3:09 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, renewable, nine-month, non-tenure-accruing position at the rank of Lecturer in Arabic Language and Literature, beginning August 16, 2019. For complete information about this position, including required qualifications and applications materials, please visit: of search website.

  • The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University invites applications for a full-time position of Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic, starting August 2019, on a three-year non-tenure line contract.

    Ph.D. in hand by Summer 2019 is preferred; advanced ABDs will also be considered. We seek a dynamic individual committed to innovative methods of teaching Modern Standard Arabic in the context of Arab-Islamic culture. Preferred fields of specialization are the Modern or Classical Islamic humanities, including literature, history, linguistics, and cultural studies. Applicants should have native or near-native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and an Arabic dialect; thorough grounding in classical Arabic language (including syntax and morphology) and culture; and experience in proficiency-based, communicative methods of teaching Modern Standard Arabic. Experience in proficiency testing is a plus.

    Please send letter of application, teaching statement, writing sample, curriculum vitae, and names of three references via email to Ms. Meriem Tikue  or to Arabic Search Committee, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Poulton Hall 201, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057-1046.

    The department will start reviewing the applications on November 2, 2018 and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

    Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

  • 18 Sep 2018 9:59 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Swarthmore College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Arabic Language and Literature at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August, 2019. We seek candidates specializing in Arabic Language and Literature with a focus on Arabic literature in diaspora, modern Arabic poetry, the Arabic novel, or another relevant sub-field.  Secondary specialization(s) may include Comparative Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or Language Pedagogy. The successful candidate must have PhD in hand by August 2019; a demonstrated commitment to and experience teaching language and literature to undergraduates in North America; native or near-native knowledge of Arabic and English; the ability to teach Modern Standard Arabic at all levels; and evidence of scholarly engagement and excellence. 


    Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices.  The College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


    Swarthmore College participates with Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College in a Tri-College Arabic program. The Arabic Program at Swarthmore is part of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; faculty contribute to the programs in Comparative Literature and Islamic Studies, as well as other interdisciplinary programs at the College.


    Candidates should submit a dossier including: a cover letter, CV, graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample of at least 10 pages (but not more than 40 pages), and a statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages) via Interfolio at Professor Sibelan Forrester is Head of the search committee. We will be conducting interviews at the MESA conference (November 15-18, 2018) in San Antonio, TX.  Application deadline: Friday, October 19, 2018. 

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