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Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic - Modern Languages and Literatures

  • 27 Nov 2023 11:02 AM
    Message # 13283942

    Swarthmore College: Modern Languages & Literatures Department


    Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

    Open Date

    Nov 09, 2023


    The Arabic Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Arabic Studies, starting August 2024. Teaching expectations are four courses per year. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong track record of excellence in both research and teaching, specifically in Arabic language, literature, and culture. Additionally, they will demonstrate a profound commitment to teaching and a proven ability to foster inclusive, interdisciplinary, and cross-border educational experiences.

    We encourage applications from candidates with expertise in cinematic and cultural productions addressing diverse issues in the Arab world, war narratives, refugee literature, and other significant subfields of modern and contemporary Arabic literature and culture. Successful candidates must be able to teach at all levels in our language sequence, including advanced content courses in Arabic literature and culture in the target language, as well as courses in English.

    Additional information about the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Arabic Section can be found respectively at and

    Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see


    Essential qualifications include native or near-native proficiency in both Arabic and English, a commitment to undergraduate education, engaging classroom presence, substantial experience teaching language and literature/culture at the university level in North America, and evidence of scholarly promise. A Ph.D. is required by August 2024.

    The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

    Application Instructions

    To ensure a comprehensive evaluation of your application, please include the following documents:

    • A cover letter detailing your interest in Swarthmore College and your qualifications for this teaching position.
    • A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) that highlights your teaching experience, research interests, and other relevant qualifications.
    • A teaching philosophy statement that highlights your suitability for teaching at the undergraduate level, your pedagogical approach for guiding a diverse student body, and your commitment to fostering undergraduate education. Feel free to share insights into your past teaching achievements and any pertinent research endeavors.
    • Three letters of recommendation, one of which should specifically comment on your teaching abilities.

    In addition, candidates on the shortlist will be asked to submit a research statement. 

    Please note that applications will only be reviewed once all letters of recommendation have been received.

    All application materials should be submitted using lnterfolio at: The application deadline for full consideration is January 15, 2024.  Applications will continue to be accepted after the deadline until the position is filled. 

    Contact: Dr. Khaled Al Masri, the Search Chair. Email:

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    Swarthmore 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.


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