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  • 30 Jan 2014 4:05 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)
    Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    (Position is OPEN RANK.  Tenure-Track and Tenured professors are welcome to apply.)

    The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations seeks to appoint a tenure-track or tenured professor in Persian literature and cultures.  While the specific area of specialization is open, the candidate must have a thorough knowledge of classical Persian literature from the eleventh century to the seventeenth century.  In addition, the candidate should show some familiarity with the broader historical and cultural contexts within which classical Persian literature developed, both within and beyond Iran.  The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2014.  The appointee will teach and advise at the undergraduate level.  Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

    Ph.D. required by expected start date.

    Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research is required.  Candidates for a tenured appointment should also evince intellectual leadership in the field and exhibit potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community.

    Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal no later than March 31, 2014.
    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Teaching Statement
    • Research Statement
    Candidates for a tenure-track position are required to submit names and contact information of 3 to 5 references.  Three letters of recommendation are also required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted.

    Tenure-Track applicants please apply using the following portal:

    Tenured applicants please apply using the following portal:

    Applications will be received only via the Harvard Employment website.

    Contact information:
    Professor Ali Asani
    Chair, Search Committee
  • 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

    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 

    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.

  • 10 Dec 2013 1:08 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    The Program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Colgate University (MIST) announces an opening for a full-time one-year Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor position or a full-time Lecturer in the Arabic Language. This position may be renewed contingent upon excellent performance and institutional need. The successful candidate will join the university’s thriving Arabic program beginning in August 2014.


    • The appointee will teach five classes per academic year (3/2 or 2/3) at all levels (introductory to advanced) with a possibility of teaching one content-based course.
    • The successful candidate will contribute collaboratively to curriculum development in the program, advise students, and perform department and university service.


    • The appointee must have advanced training in a relevant area of Arabic studies at the time of appointment (Ph.D. preferred for the one-year Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor position; ABD or MA for the Lecturer position).
    • The successful candidate must also have the following qualifications: native or near-native proficiency in Arabic (MSA and at least one dialect) and English;
    • experience in the latest trends in Arabic language pedagogy, curriculum design, and material development; and substantial classroom experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (MSA and a dialect) in an academic setting in a proficiency-based and communicative framework.

    How to apply:

    • Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing teaching philosophy and methods (and research program, if appropriate), an up-to-date curriculum vitae, sample syllabi, tests, language-teaching materials, and copies of student evaluations.
    • These materials should be uploaded to
    • Each applicant should also arrange for three confidential letters of reference, which should be uploaded directly by the authors to
    • Questions may be sent to the Chair of the Arabic Search Committee, Mr. Nady Abdal-Ghaffar ( 

    Videos of teaching competence may be shared with Mr. Abdal-Ghaffar.

    Review of applications begins February 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

    Colgate is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the university’s educational mission. Visa assistance for international candidates may be available.

    Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at Colgate is a highly-selective liberal arts university of 2800 students situated in central New York. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship.

  • 08 Nov 2013 2:47 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    The Arabic Program at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature/ Cultural Studies beginning Fall 2014 pending final administrative approval. Position is renewable for a second year if candidate demonstrates teaching excellence and/or continued administrative approval. Preference will be given to applicants with the PhD, but ABD's will be considered at the rank of Visiting Instructor. Teaching load is 3/2 and the candidate should be able to teach all levels of Arabic, although primary duties will be teaching upper-level courses including literature and culture courses in Arabic and English at the undergraduate level.

    Native or near-native fluency in MSA and English. Applicants should submit an initial letter of application and CV online to by December 2, 2013.

    If candidates are selected for the next stage of review, they will be asked to send additional supporting material. Franklin & Marshall College is committed to having an inclusive campus community where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, sex, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation.

  • 06 Nov 2013 10:10 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    Faculty Position in Arab Intellectual Thought and Culture, American University of Sharjah

    The Department of Arabic and Translation Studies at the American University of Sharjah invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (subject to budgetary approval).

    Applicants must have a PhD upon appointment in the fields of Heritage and Arab Intellectual Thought and Culture, Classical Arabic Literature, Islamic Studies or other related areas. The selected candidate will be expected to teach courses on Arab and Islamic heritage and culture.

    Solid knowledge of the Arabic culture and heritage, and training in Western methodologies are essential. The language of instruction in this department is English, but native or near-native proficiency in Arabic is required. Preference will be given to dynamic applicants with good research record and experience at the university level in a liberal arts environment.

    AUS is located in the Emirate of Sharjah, adjacent to Dubai, UAE. Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, AUS is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational university in the Gulf, serving some 5,500 students of 82 nationalities. The Department of Arabic and Translation Studies is a growing department with a minor in Arabic Language and Literature and an MA in Translation Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the expanding agenda of the department dealing with the teaching of Arabic Heritage.

    Interested candidates should submit a letter of application highlighting experience and accomplishments of relevance, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research, and the names and contact details of three references. The deadline for submitting applications is December 10, 2013. Review of the applications and interviews of the applicants (by phone and/or in person) will start immediately after that date. The anticipated start date of the position is September 2014. Application materials should be sent by email to Dr. Mahmoud Anabtawi, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, email:

  • 28 Oct 2013 1:14 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    Assistant Professor of Arabic
    University of Massachusetts Boston

    The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MLLC) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Arabic Language and Literatures or Cultural Studies, beginning September 1, 2014. Knowledge of the Eastern Mediterranean and modern Middle East from an interdisciplinary and/or comparative perspective strongly preferred. Must be able to supervise and teach in the Arabic language program, as well as develop and teach courses in English within a field of specialization that would enrich the MLLC department’s course offerings. Typical teaching load is two courses per semester.

    Requirements: Native or Near-Native fluency in Standard Arabic and English, PhD in hand by appointment date, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in innovative undergraduate teaching.

    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter including a statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, CV, and proof of undergraduate teaching excellence to:

    Three reference letters should be sent to Claudia Esposito, Search Committee Chair, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston MA 02125-3393 or  For full consideration, application materials are due by the review date, November 15, 2013.

    UMass Boston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Title IX employer.

    Apply Here:

  • 24 Oct 2013 12:59 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    2014 Academic Positions

    Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, a leader in language learning for middle and high school students, seeks Residential Academic Staff for the 2014 season. MMLA, an intensive four-week language immersion program, offers students opportunities to study Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, or Spanish with skilled educators at three sites across the US and one in Beijing, China.

    The Academic Staff are part of a community that creates an intensive four-week immersion program for middle and high school students each summer. They plan and implement cultural classes, the MMLA Immersion Curriculum, and participate in all academy programming.

    At MMLA, students of five languages learn via a specially designed MMLA Immersion Curriculum. All instructional staff are required to participate in pre-season curriculum training to understand MMLA’s educational mission and vision and to master and implement the immersion curriculum by adopting and practicing the Middlebury Immersion Methodology. All staff and students adopt the Middlebury Language Pledge© so that a full immersion environment is created.

    Qualifications include but are not limited to:

    • A minimum of two years of world language teaching experience at the secondary level required.
    • Mastery of target language and cultures and educator with administrative and leadership experience preferred.
    • Well-versed in current world language pedagogy.
    • Teacher training and professional development experience strongly preferred.
    • This is a residential position and all employees will be provided room and board.

    These positions are offered at the following locations:

    • Green Mountain College, VT
    • Swarthmore College, PA
    • Pomona College, CA
    • Beijing, China

    Make a difference this summer in young lives.

    Apply now at:

  • 01 Oct 2013 5:09 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)


    The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Arabic Literature, to begin Fall 2014. Applicants’ primary research focus should be on modern Arabic literature and culture. Candidates with additional demonstrated competence in teaching pre-modern Arabic literature and in Arabic language pedagogy are especially sought. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced undergraduate, as well as graduate, courses. Ph.D. is expected by July, 2014. Applications are to be submitted on-line at and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, and the contact information for three individuals who will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013 and the process will continue until the position is filled.

    The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a diverse faculty (for more information see:

    The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

  • 01 Oct 2013 12:55 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    The University of Michigan

    Department of Near Eastern Studies

    Announcement of Tenure-Track Position

    The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan is seeking to fill a position in Arabic Studies at the rank of tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate Professor, beginning September 2014. This is a university-year (nine-month) appointment. Candidates must already hold the PhD and are expected to have native or near-native proficiency in both Arabic and English. Candidates must produce evidence of substantial, innovative research in their fields of specialization. Those candidates whose teaching and research focus on religious and cultural movements and trends in the contemporary Arab world, and on Islamic law in particular, are especially encouraged to apply, as are those with an active interest in areas pertaining to Arabic language study and curriculum. Of particular interest to our department at this time is a candidate who, in addition to teaching courses in English in these fields, would also regularly offer advanced courses in Arabic on these topics, and would be involved in these and other ways in contributing to the Arabic language curriculum. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s training and experience. Please send a cover letter with a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement of current and future research plans, evidence of teaching excellence, samples of syllabi and publications, and a curriculum vitae to:

    Arabic and Islamic studies Search Chair
    Department of Near Eastern Studies
    The University of Michigan
    4111 Thayer building
    202 South Thayer Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

    Candidates at the level of assistant professor should send three letters of recommendation; those at the associate level should send a list of references. Letters may be forwarded to the above address or to  The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

    The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Review of applications will begin right away and will continue until the position is filled.

  • 19 Sep 2013 11:12 AM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

    Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies, Texas A&M University

    The Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University announces an entry-level assistant professor tenure-track position in the area of Transnational Studies. Candidates must be prepared to teach a variety of courses in our large, interdisciplinary International Studies degree program that combines humanities-based research with the social sciences. The department is also home to modern language majors (French, German, Russian) and minors (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian).

    Preference will be given to candidates:

    • credentialed to teach culture and/or language courses in any two of the modern language programs in the department;
    • with demonstrated commitment to cross-border, comparative, and interdisciplinary research and teaching;
    • and with scholarly research and publication appropriate to a research-oriented department and university.

    PhD required by date of appointment. Interviews will be conducted at the MLA Convention in Chicago.

    Applicants should forward a letter of application and complete dossier with curriculum vitae, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to

    Robert R. Shandley
    Department Head, Department of International Studies
    Texas A&M University
    4215 TAMU
    102 Academic Building
    College Station, TX 77843-4215

    Email submission is acceptable:  The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

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