American Association of Teachers of Arabic


University of Minnesota, Lecturer or Teaching Specialist: Arabic

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 www.all.umn.edu

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 https://employment.umn.edu/applicants 

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.

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