American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Director of Modern Language Programs, Harvard University

21 Sep 2019 12:23 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

Director of Modern Language Programs, Harvard University

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University invites applications for the position of Director of Modern Language Programs, expected to begin July 1, 2020. The Director will head and coordinate all aspects of the program, which currently consists of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew,Yiddish and Armenian, including defining program goals, setting curricula, coordinating and supervising preceptors, training graduate student instructors, and study abroad. This is a five-year, full-time position with possibility of reappointment in five-year increments. Normal teaching duties are three courses per year.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent, and have native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English, with knowledge of one or more other departmental languages a big plus. The ideal candidate must be able to teach all levels of Arabic language and have a record of successful experience with American students. We are looking for someone familiar with second-language pedagogical theories and practices, as well as experience with instructional technology. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a solid understanding ofArabic culture and literature and who are committed to developing an innovative, content-based curriculum designed at the university level.

Applicants should apply online at

Special Instructions: Please submit the following documents through the ARIeS portal ( Applications must be submitted no later than November 1, 2019.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching statement, describing teaching approach and philosophy. The statement should include reflections on how best to foster an inclusive learning environment with a diverse group of students and preceptors.
  4. Teaching materials: teaching-chart listing courses taught in reverse chronological order and representative syllabi
  5. Names and contact information of at least three referees, who can be contacted if the application is long-listed.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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