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  • 19 Apr 2016 2:06 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    The Abraham Joshua Heschel School, located in New York City, is an independent Jewish school, N-12, unaffiliated with any single movement or synagogue. The school's approach to education is governed by profound respect for children. It nurtures their curiosity, cultivates their imagination, encourages creative expression, values their initiative and engenders critical thinking skills. The Heschel School is dedicated to inspiring its graduates to become responsible adults and active, compassionate citizens of the Jewish world and world communities.

    The Abraham Joshua Heschel High School seeks a part-time Arabic teacher beginning Fall 2016. Applicants must have an interactive approach to teaching that encourages authentic communication between students. An MA is preferable and at least two years of teaching experience at the high school or college level is required. The ideal candidate will be familiar with ACTFL standards, and have experience creating curriculum.

    To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Céline Clerfeuille at

    Abraham Joshua Heschel School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

  • 14 Mar 2016 10:31 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Elementary Arabic Language Teacher
    Starting August 1, 2016

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    RAS teachers are fully committed to our Vision and Mission. They teach the whole child, understanding that academic success is inextricably interwoven with healthy social and personal development. Our teachers typically come to us as seasoned practitioners. These people are true colleagues among their peers, working tirelessly with them for the success of all students, and using inclusion models to meet their varied linguistic, interpersonal and academic needs. RAS teachers engender excellent relationships with all constituents, they are inspiring in their practice and they are open to continuously improving their pedagogy. They also subscribe to the belief that technology is a tool which should be effectively integrated into classroom practice.

    This position involves teaching Arabic at the acquisition and/or literature level across the elementary to both Arabaphones and non-Arabaphones. Your objective is to motivate each student to develop competencies, knowledge and skills in all areas of Language and Literature.


    • fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic
    • effective communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
    • ideally five or more years’ experience in language instruction
    • current pedagogical knowledge in language acquisition
    • ability to differentiate for multiple levels of learning
    • knowledge of US and international school curricula
    • effective classroom management
    • experience at the elementary school level
    • inspiring in and out of the classroom
    • highly collaborative
    • good humored
    • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field with relevant teaching certification (e.g. License in Langue et Littérature Arabe; Centre Pédagogique Régional (CPR); or formal certification from another country)


    • Actively building the positive learning climate of the school
    • Initiating and supporting undertakings which improve the school’s programs and further advance our students’ learning experiences
    • Assisting and supervising student service learning
    • Participation in school field trips and overnight trips
    • Offering one or more co-curricular activities for students
    • Attending and supporting school special events and functions outside of regular school hours
    • Participating in parent-teacher conferences
    • Seeking out and taking advantage of professional development opportunities where possible
    • Attending meetings as necessary
    • Taking on supervisory duties at break times and /or at the beginning or end of the school day
    • Other duties as outlined in the RAS Faculty Handbook

    To Apply: The deadline for applications is Friday April 15, 2016. In order to be considered for this position, please send the following information to, using the subject line ‘Elementary Arabic’:

    • A cover letter not to exceed one page listing reasons for interest
    • A CV of no more than two pages outlining relevant experience
    • A statement of educational philosophy
    • A list of at least two supervisory references*, including email and telephone details

    * Please note that these references must be able to speak to your pedagogical and linguistic abilities, and must themselves be educational supervisors who have been responsible for your professional appraisal (not parents of private clients, for example). Attestations de travail will not be accepted.


  • 29 Feb 2016 4:56 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Seton Hall University seeks applicants for a term faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor in Arabic, beginning in Fall, 2016. The position will be in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the College of Arts and Sciences. The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. and be an experienced specialist in Arabic, with experience in teaching Modern Standard Arabic. The teaching load is four courses per semester. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of scholarly interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Frederick J. Booth (, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079. All materials should be submitted electronically.

    The deadline for applications is March 15, 2016.

    Seton Hall, the oldest Catholic diocesan university in the US, is located 14 miles west of Manhattan, in South Orange, New Jersey and has an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students. Candidates should be supportive of the Catholic mission of the university. SHU is committed to programs of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action (EEO/AA) to achieve our objectives of creating and supporting a diverse racial, ethnic and cultural community.

  • 13 Nov 2015 4:17 PM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    Position: Language & Culture Program Leader, CIEE Summer High School Abroad
    Department: CIEE High School Summer Abroad
    Reports To: Director, CIEE High School Summer Abroad and CIEE Resident Director
    Location and Dates: Rabat, Morocco (Arabic)
    June 9 – July 9, 2016 or July 10 – August 8, 2016

    Program Description

    CIEE offers three and four-week programs at CIEE Study Centers and Universities in 19 countries around the world for high school students in the 2016-2019 graduating classes. There are three types of programs: Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Global Discovery.

    For the Language & Culture program, CIEE will hire U.S.-based high school teachers fluent in the target language to lead our participants abroad. Our programs provide participants with a unique CIEE experience. Participants will be immersed in the culture of the host country through 60 hours of intensive language instruction, homestays, peer interaction and free time, cultural activities and excursions. The Program Leader will facilitate teaching moments, reinforce language skills, inspire participants’ curiosity, and manage the group. The Program Leader is responsible for providing a safe environment for the participants with assistance from CIEE’s 24/7 resident staff and CIEE’s 24/7 support services. The goal of this program is to facilitate intercultural, experiential opportunities from which the participants will gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills to live, and excel, in a culturally diverse world – CIEE’s mission.

    Please visit the High School Summer Abroad in Rabat website for more specific details on the program. For general information on CIEE High School Summer Abroad please visit our homepage.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Complete the online mandatory health, safety, and program management training prior to March 1, 2016 (20 hours)
    • Participate in the in-person component (three days, Fri-Sun, in April 2016)
    • Travel from the gateway airport (TBD) on the program start date with participants and return to the gateway airport (TBD) from program site with participants on program end date
    • Serve as the primary contact for participants on the program from departure from U.S. gateway airport to return to U.S. gateway airport
    • Assist participants outside program hours in the case of behavioral or medical issues. This includes assisting CIEE Staff with disciplinary measures, escorting participants to the hospital, and following up on any medical/health issues.
    • Respond to participant needs in a timely manner and seek assistance immediately from CIEE resident staff for challenges/situations outside the scope of your training
    • Attend all required program activities and excursions - actively participate and encourage participant participation
    • Play an important role in co-curricular activities, organized by the CIEE Study Centers with input from instructors and program leaders and led by the program leaders
    • Support language learning and provide ongoing guidance and mentoring during daily programs
    • Administer curfew and touch base with participants at the end of each day
    • On return to the U.S., participate in program de-brief, safety assessments, and evaluations

    Eligibility & Position Requirements

    • Candidate must be a full-time high school teacher based in the U.S. with at least 1 year of teaching experience in the target language
    • Bachelor degree required, Master degree preferred
    • Possess and demonstrate strong leadership skills and a desire to work with, and lead, high school participants
    • Ability and willingness to work as a productive member of a team with the collective goal of creating positive participant experiences
    • Commitment to putting the interest of the participants first throughout the experience
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Outstanding intercultural communications skills
    • Ability to set, and maintain, personal boundaries and follow through with disciplinary measures
    • Strong understanding of risk management
    • Valid passport
    • Certification in CPR and prior training in first aid procedures; Wilderness First Responder certification preferred

    Due to Federal Regulations a background check will be conducted as a condition of employment. CIEE also requires reference checks as part of the hiring process.

    Work Environment

    Physical Demands Include:

    • Walking and standing for up to 8 hours per day, often times outdoors in sun and heat
    • Riding a bicycle, swimming, and hiking
    • Leading participants while maintaining a positive mental state in a physically challenging environment
    • Additional Eligibility Requirements: Rabat, Morocco
    • Fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and Darija (Moroccan Arabic) with the ability to communicate in a variety of different contexts including medical settings, with third party providers, and with host families
    • Extensive knowledge and experience in Rabat (preferred) or Morocco
    • A commitment to putting the program, and participants, first despite other connections and relationships one may have in Rabat or Morocco
    • Independent travel while the program is in session is not permitted

    Additional Eligibility Requirements: Rabat, Morocco

    • Fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and Darija (Moroccan Arabic) with the ability to communicate in a variety of different contexts including medical settings, with third party providers, and with host families
    • Extensive knowledge and experience in Rabat (preferred) or Morocco
    • A commitment to putting the program, and participants, first despite other connections and relationships one may have in Rabat or Morocco
    • Independent travel while the program is in session is not permitted

    A Typical Weekday

    7 am Wake up and have breakfast
    8 am Daily prep: review the afternoon’s activity and plan related “can-do” tasks for participants; download pictures from the day before; update the program blog online
    9-11 am Free time
    12 pm Teach language class
    12 pm Team meeting at CIEE Study Center: review afternoon activities and discuss potential participant issues; determine if any changes to staffing are necessary based on participant needs
    1 pm Lunch with participants
    2 pm Participate in the participants’ afternoon cultural activity; leverage “teaching moments” to practice communicative tasks; encourage participants to work on their “can do” tasks related to the activity; discipline participants as needed and escalate cases to CIEE HS Coordinator
    5 pm Follow-up with individual participants and touch base with CIEE HS Coordinator
    7 pm Dinner with co-leaders or on your own
    9 pm Free time; touch base with participants; receive and respond to requests for support as needed

    Professional Development

    The CIEE High School Summer Abroad Program Leader positions provide a unique opportunity for professional development. Program Leaders will be provided a certificate of completion for the pre-departure training; including hours and content covered, and will also receive a certificate for leading programs. Leaders will be trained on curriculum, facilitation of language learning outside the classroom and will go through intensive risk management preparation and intercultural training with the goal of preparing teachers to be effective Program Leaders in the field. Program Leaders will return to the U.S. with a new perspective on language learning and will be able to use their improved skills to benefit their own language classrooms.


    In addition to providing a $1,500 stipend, CIEE covers the following:

    • Costs associated with online and in-person training
      • First Aid/CPR training
      • Travel costs (round-trip domestic flight, ground transportation, and food stipend while in transit)
      • iNext International Travel and Health Insurance
      • iNext Comprehensive Policy – see details here
    • Costs associated with travel to/from the U.S. gateway city
      • Accommodations at airport hotel in U.S. gateway city (if required), food stipend, round-trip domestic flight, one piece of checked luggage, ground transportation
      • Round-trip economy international airfare between U.S. gateway city and host country
    • In-country accommodations (shared apartment or homestay), stipend for food or meals provided, ground transportation, admission fees for all activities, local cell phone

    Candidate Instructions

    Interested applicants are invited to apply for the posted position by visiting the CIEE Careers website, creating an account and uploading a cover letter and résumé. Applications are being accepted until December 1, 2015.

  • 12 Nov 2015 3:56 PM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    The Department of Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a two-year, full-time lectureship position (non-tenure-track) in Arabic, to begin in August 2016 with excellent possibility of renewal. Responsibilities include teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate courses in Arabic (three courses per semester) along with supporting duties on behalf of the Arabic program and its undergraduate minor. Penn State offers a dynamic environment for language learning, including a Summer Intensive Language Institute, Title VI centers, and extensive other resources. Requirements include native or near-native fluency in English and Arabic, a master’s degree or equivalent in a related field, and relevant teaching experience. Preferred qualifications include ABD status or a Ph.D., experience with communicative and standards-based methodologies, and program-building experience such as supervision or curriculum development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and includes benefits.

    To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of two references at Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. For more information on our program, please consult

    CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

    Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

  • 26 Oct 2015 3:33 PM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    The Department of Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position (tenure-track) with a specialization in comparative approaches to Arabic literatures and cultures. Applicants’ research and teaching should move across regional boundaries to engage the Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, the Maghreb, the Arab diaspora, or Arabic-related comparisons in Europe, Asia, or the Americas. We would be particularly interested in work that explores an Africa-Arabic-Mediterranean nexus. Teaching responsibilities include contributing to the graduate and undergraduate programs in Comparative Literature (our department offers the BA, MA, and PhD in Comparative Literature) and to the undergraduate Arabic Language minor. The Department also offers a new Global Studies undergraduate major in which many of our faculty participate. Requirements: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Arabic, or related field; native or near-native ability in Arabic and English; relevant research achievements or evidence of relevant research promise; appropriate teaching experience. To apply, upload a letter of application, CV, and the names and contact information of three references at Starting date: August 2016 preferred. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015, and continue until the search is concluded. Visit our program website at

    CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

    Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

  • 21 Oct 2015 12:15 PM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    The Program in Arabic Studies at Williams College seeks to appoint two tenure-track Assistant Professors, beginning July 2016. Specialization open, PhD preferred. Excellent language teaching credentials and experience are essential, interdisciplinary scholarly interests are desirable. The teaching load for regular faculty at Williams is 2-2; faculty teach in our January term every other year. The College and the Program value teaching and research equally highly, and expect as well a strong commitment to collegiality on the levels of the program, the College, and the profession.

    Arabic Studies is especially interested in candidates who are enthusiastic about contributing to the rich and diverse intellectual life of a campus made up of colleagues and students from widely varying backgrounds. Individuals from groups that are underrepresented in academia are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Applications are due no later than November 15, 2015 and should include a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which speaks to the candidate’s promise as a teacher. All materials should be addressed to Gail Newman, Program Director, and must be submitted through Interfolio at Email and paper applications will not be accepted. 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. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( 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.

  • 19 Oct 2015 2:39 PM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at The George Washington University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Arabic. This position is a non-tenure accruing 3-year renewable contractual appointment starting as early as the fall 2016 semester. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Basic qualifications: Applicants must have native or near native fluency in Arabic and English; and should have a clear research agenda as demonstrated by publications, works in progress and/or presentations, as well as promise of excellence in teaching as demonstrated by student evaluations, peer reviews, or supervisor’s comments. Applicants must be able to teach the Arabic language, including a spoken dialect, at all proficiency levels, and have experience in using instructional technology. Applicants must have a PhD in Arabic or a closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by the date of appointment.

    Applicants should complete an online application and upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a representative sample of written scholarly work, statement of teaching philosophy, sample of recent student course evaluations, and at least three samples of course syllabi and exams. Applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be emailed to, or physically mailed to Arabic Search Search, George Washington University, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, 801 22nd St NW, Phillips Hall 335, Washington, DC 20052. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin on November 19, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent pending final budgetary approval and the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

    The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

  • 07 Oct 2015 4:18 PM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    Assistant or Associate Professor of Instruction in Arabic

    The Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University invites applications for a member of the teaching-track faculty in Arabic language at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Instruction. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position starting September 1, 2016. Duties include teaching nine quarter-long language courses.

    Experience teaching Arabic and native fluency or its equivalent in Arabic is required. Masters degree in Arabic language or a closely related area is required; Ph.D. in Arabic language, literature, or Middle East studies is preferred. The capability to teach a colloquial Arabic variety (especially Maghrebi/North African Arabic) is highly desirable.  

    Demonstrated ability to teach a second language offered in Northwestern’s MENA program, particularly Persian, is desirable as an additional qualification. 

    Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, teaching portfolio (course syllabi, teaching evaluations), and names and email addresses of three professional references (at least two must be able to comment on the applicant’s teaching abilities) electronically via the MENA website: For fullest consideration, application materials must be received by November 1, 2015. 

    MENA offers an undergraduate major, minor, and a PhD certificate program, and features both topics courses in a range of disciplines and a dynamic team of language instructors in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.  In the Arabic curriculum, we stress both written and communicative (speaking) aspects of the language. The Arabic program features both a four-year sequence in modern standard Arabic and electives in Egyptian and Levantine colloquial Arabic, media Arabic, and advanced poetry and prose with the opportunity to develop additional curricula.

    The Program in Middle East and North African Studies is committed to a diverse faculty, both in terms of gender diversity and ethnic and racial diversity, as understood both in the United States and the Middle East region. We encourage women and ethnic, racial, and religious minorities to apply.

    AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

  • 07 Oct 2015 10:49 AM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    The Department of Languages and Culture Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a Full-Time Lecturer in Modern Standard Arabic beginning August 2016. The initial appointment is for three years and may be renewed contingent upon the quality of performance. Required qualifications: Master’s degree in Arabic or related field (Islamic Studies and/or Middle Eastern Studies), native or near-native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic; proficiency in English; and teaching experience with adult learners. Desired qualifications are as follows: Ph.D. in Arabic or a related field; a commitment to promoting diversity and a willingness to work with underrepresented groups; interest and experience in translating and interpreting; ability to incorporate Arabic film into the curriculum, and/or contribute to our minor in Francophone Studies. Job duties: The position involves teaching first and second year Modern Standard Arabic as well as occasional courses at the upper level in language or culture, growing the Arabic program, and contributing to service activities in the Department, the community and the profession.

    The successful candidate will contribute to the significant interest in Islamic Studies elsewhere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, including Anthropology, Global, International, and Area Studies, History, and Religious Studies. The College has been building expertise in this area, and this hire aims to provide the linguistic support for a thematic cluster in Islamic Studies, along with two other positions in the Departments of History and Religious Studies.

    The Department of Languages and Culture Studies is a dynamic, research-intensive department with a commitment to balancing curricular tradition and innovation. We offer an MA in Spanish with a track in English-Spanish translation studies; undergraduate majors and minors in French, German, Japanese and Spanish; additional minors in Chinese, Classical Studies, Francophone Studies, Italian, Russian and Film Studies; beginning and intermediate level classes in Arabic, Farsi, and Portuguese; a graduate and undergraduate Certificate in Translating; a Certificate in Business Language; online courses via the University of North Carolina Language Exchange; and a variety of study abroad experiences. The Department boasts a modern Language Resource Center, which provides cutting-edge technology for language pedagogy, and a diverse faculty from around the world who offer more than 200 courses to more than 4,000 students annually.

    As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and military sciences, as well as 24 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 34 master's degrees and graduate certificates and 34 undergraduate degrees.

    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral-extensive urban university committed to excellence in research and teaching. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. The candidate selected for this position is subject to a criminal background check and must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States.

    Screening of applications will begin November 2, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at and should include a cover letter, CV, and a sample syllabus. A short video of the applicant teaching may also be included. Three letters of recommendation should be mailed separately, addressed to Professor Carlos Coria, Chair, Arabic Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223. Informal inquiries can be directed to the department chair, Professor Ann González

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