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Univ of Chicago, Assistant Instructional Professor in Modern Arabic

  • 04 Mar 2021 11:48 AM
    Message # 10163897

    The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Humanities Collegiate Division of the University of Chicago invite applications for a one-year, renewable, benefits-eligible appointment as Assistant Instructional Professor in modern Arabic. Start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2021.

    Responsibilities include both teaching and administrative duties. Teaching consists of six courses in Arabic language across the three quarters of the academic year at all levels of the language; Modern Standard Arabic, Classical Arabic and potentially in a colloquial Arabic. Administrative duties may include assistance with student placement, programmatic assessment, coordination of the Arabic Language Circle, Conversation Table, or other program-specific duties. The Assistant Instructional Professor is expected to engage in regular professional development activities.

    A Master’s degree in Arabic or Middle Eastern Studies or a related field with a focus on Arab culture or Arabic language is required. A minimum of one year experience teaching modern Arabic at the college or post-secondary level is required. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency for teaching modern Arabic in a university context, e.g. through an ACTFL-certified result at the Superior level or higher, or through receipt of an advanced degree earned in Arabic or Middle Eastern Studies or a related field an Arabic-language context. Specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and/or assessment is highly desirable.

    To apply for these positions, candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio jobs board at The application must include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a teaching statement, one sample syllabus for elementary or intermediate modern Arabic, and the names and contact information of three references whose letters of recommendation may be solicited. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a video demonstrating classroom teaching.

    Application deadline is April 4, 2021. Only completed applications will be considered. This position is contingent upon budgetary approval.

    This position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

    For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to For further questions about this position, please contact Amanda Young, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations,

    We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

    The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

    Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.


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