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Positions in Arabic Linguistics, Literature, and Language Teaching in academia and beyond, 2016/17 job application season.

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American University of Beirut (LEB) - Assistant Professor in Modern Arabic Literature and Literary Theory - Deadline: Oct. 31Edit

  • Skype interview 12/06 

American University of Beirut (LEB)- Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (Open Rank). Deadline: 31 OctEdit

American University of Sharjah (UAE) - Assistant/Associate Professor of Modern Arabic Literature. Deadline: 24 OctEdit

American University of Sharjah (UAE) - Assitant/Associate Professor in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Deadline: 24 OctEdit

Columbia University (NY) - Assistant Professor in Arabic Literature. Deadline: 28 OctEdit

No news 11/15

No news 12/8 (anyone else?)

Nope! But does that surprise anyone? Maybe they'll send the failed search email just after winter break. 

They held campus visits from mid-Feb. to the first week of March. No preliminary skype or conference interviews.

Durham University (UK) - Lecturer in Arabic. Deadline: 20 Nov (GMT)Edit

  • We welcome applications from exceptional scholars with a research specialism in Arabic studies that fits with the research priorities of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. We would especially invite applications from candidates in literary or visual studies. The post is also open to candidates who specialise in comparative literary, cultural and/or visual studies.
  • NOTE: This is a Lecturer position in the UK system, which is comparable to tenure-track Assistant Professor in the US system and includes a 3-year probationary period.
  • Skype Interview requested 1/27

Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) - Associate Professor of Arabic - Deadline: 3 NovEdit

  • An early Associate Professor of Arabic language and cultures, modern Arabic literature, or interdisciplinary Middle East Studies, with an established record of program-building in any of these areas, and preference for a secondary concentration in French.

Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District (CA) - TT Arabic Instructor - Deadline: 9 NovEdit

Howard University (DC) - Department Chair, World Languages and Cultures. Deadline: 15 DecEdit

  • The Department of World Languages and Cultures (DWLC) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC is seeking a visionary leader, outstanding scholar and experienced administrator to serve as Chair of the Department. DWLC currently has 33 full-time and 4 part time faculty members. It offers the B.A. degree in Spanish and French and provides minors and coursework in German, Russian, Arabic, Amharic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu and Haitian Creole.

Candidates should have a strong recognized record of exemplary scholarship and innovative interdisciplinary research and significant teaching in one or more of the world language and culture disciplines offered by the department. The successful candidate must be qualified to be appointed as a Full Professor.

Kent State University - Assistant or Associate Professor of Translation Studies. No deadline listed.Edit

Ohio State University (OH) - Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian. Deadline: 10 SeptEdit

  • Preference given to applications in by 9/10; open until filled.

Ohio State University (OH) - M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies. Deadline: 1 NovEdit

  • Applicants should be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The preferred field of specialization is pre-modern Arabic Islamic texts and traditions or classical Arabic language and literature. Areas of expertise may include Qur'an and tradition literature, pre-Islamic poetry, philosophy, Islamic theology, belles-lettres, and Arabic grammar and lexicography, among others.

University of Cambridge (UK) - Reader or Senior University Lecturer in Classical Arabic Studies. Deadline: 30 NovEdit

  • The main area covered by the post is Classical Arabic Studies with specialism in one or more of the following: legal thought (fiqh); dialectical theology and/or philosophy (kalam/falsafah); Qur’an and Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir); history (tarikh).

University of Connecticut (CT) - Assistant Professor of Arabic. Deadline: 1 DecEdit

  • Earned Ph.D. in Arabic Studies or related field in hand by May 30, 2017; primary specialization in classical Arabic literature with ability to teach a broader chronological spectrum of Arabic texts through the contemporary period; native or near native fluency in Arabic. Preferred Qualifications: Research and/or teaching interests in any of the following areas: Maghrebi and/or Mediterranean Studies; Judeo-Arabic culture and literature; classical antiquity and Arabic thought; medieval to early modern Arabic historiography.

Anyone hear anything on this? Are people getting interviews? Campus invites? 

No news at all. (1/27)

Has an offer been made?

University of Tennessee (TN) - Assistant Professor of Arabic (Tenure-Track) - Deadline: 1 NovEdit

  • Preference will be given to candidates who could teach one undergraduate course in French per year, along with three in Arabic. Specialization is open, but those with expertise in linguistics, pedagogy, classical Arabic, medieval studies, or global studies are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Update: contacted for Skype interview 11/25/16.
  • Campus interview scheduled 12/18/16 x3
  • Offer made: 2/22/17
  • If someone has accepted the offer and feels comfortable identifying themselves, could we hear who is taking the job?  
  • ^ We'll hear in August anyway, won't we? Frankly, if it were me, I wouldn't announce that before I've actually signed the paperwork in the fall and gotten the keys to the office. Uncertain times and all that.... 

University of Toronto (CAN) - Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature. Deadline: 15 NovEdit

  • Contacted for Skype interview on 12/2.
  • Campus visit invitation sent 12/15

Wofford College (SC) - TT Assistant Professor of Arabic - Deadline: 21 OctEdit

Contacted by e-mail to do Arabic interview. (11/4/16)

How did you hear?

Any news here after the skype interview?

^ Was there a separate Skype job interview in addition to the Arabic interview or were they one in the same?

^ Second the above question. I wrote the initial entry about the e-mail for an Arabic interview, which was by phone. No news since then, and no Skype interview.

Campus interview 12/14


See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2016-17Edit


University of Chicago (IL) – Lecturer in Arabic Language. Review Begins: April 28Edit

Brandeis University (MA) - Lecturer in Arabic Language. Deadline: 25 Oct.Edit

Cornell University (NY) - Lecturer of Arabic. Deadline: 31 DecEdit

  • rejection e-mail (2/14)

Harvard University - Preceptor in Modern Standard Arabic. Deadline: 17 MarchEdit

Johns Hopkins University (MD) - Lecturer in Arabic. Deadline: 1 DecEdit

  • Starting date SPRING 2017.

Michigan State University (MI) - Fixed Term Position in Arabic Language Teaching. Deadline: 1 DecEdit

Middlebury College (VT) - Visiting Assistant-Professor of Arabic (3-year position). Deadline: Review starts immediatelyEdit

  • rejection e-mail (2/13)

Princeton University (NJ) - MSA Lecturer. Deadline: 9 Dec (Extended)Edit

The George Washington University (DC) - Teaching Instructor of Arabic. Deadline: 19 DecEdit

  • Egyptian dialect required.

University of California, Davis - Arabic Lecturer. Deadline: 10 AprilEdit

University of Maryland College Park - Lecturer in Arabic. Deadline 31 MarchEdit

University of Maryland College Park (MD) - Senior Lecturer in Arabic. Deadline: 15 Nov or until filledEdit

  • Job requires a Bachelor’s degree. Must have some graduate coursework in Arabic language, Arabic pedagogy, or related field. Must have the following prior experience: Experience teaching Arabic calligraphy; Experience teaching 2 Arabic dialects.

University of Michigan (MI) - Lecturer III in Arabic Language. Deadline: 10 NovEdit

University of Nevada Reno (NV) - Lecturer, World Languages and Literatures (Arabic) - Deadline: Oct. 28Edit

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC) - Lecturer in Arabic. Deadline: 17 OctEdit

University of Rhode Island - Lecturer in Arabic. Deadline: Feb 10 (second deadline: Feb 25)Edit

University of Texas at Austin - Lecturer of Arabic. Deadline: Jul 1Edit

Western Kentucky University (KY) - Instructor of Arabic. Deadline: 25 Nov or until filledEdit

  • This is a two-year position, contingent upon U.S. Department of Education grant funding.


Full-time Arabic Instructor at the United Nations (New York offices)

Apply at this link:

Posting Title: Language Teacher, Arabic, LT
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 April 2017 - 11 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Resources-DM OHRM-77201-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Special Notice

This position is funded under General Temporary Assistance. Extension of appointment will be subject to approval of mandate and availability of funding. Language teachers fall under the General Service and related categories and are locally recruited, regardless of their nationality and place of residence. The United Nations is not responsible for costs incurred during any stage of the examination or appointment. The yearly schedule of work for language teachers consists of three terms of 13 weeks each. There is a summer recess of approximately eight weeks, and there are scheduled breaks between terms: approximately three weeks in December and two weeks in April.  Travel Expenses: Applicants should be aware that the United Nations is not responsible for costs incurred during any stage of the assessment or appointment. Recruitment for the position of Language Teacher includes a specialized assessment in three parts: a written test, a teaching assessment, and an interview. Please find specifications for the three parts of this specialized assessment under the “Assessment” section. Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Language and Communications Programme (LCP), Learning, Leadership and Organizational Section (LLODS) of the Learning Development and HR Services Division (LDSD) in the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM). The Arabic Teacher reports to the Arabic Language Coordinator.


The duties of the Arabic Language Teacher are to promote multilingualism and to help staff develop more effective work-related communication skills in Arabic. These duties include, but are not limited to, the following: •Teaching Arabic as a foreign language course (all levels, all skills) and specialized high-level communication skills courses to both native and non-native speakers. Course participants include staff in the United Nations Secretariat and related agencies; and diplomats and staff from the country missions to the United Nations. A fulltime teaching load in New York includes 15 classroom hours per week (or the equivalent). •Developing and/or teaching face-to-face, blended, online Arabic and communications skills courses. •Developing and updating course curricula, materials and assessments (exams, continuous assessment tasks, etc.), and correcting student homework. •Designing and delivering communication skills courses tailored to the specific needs of United Nations offices, departments and agencies. •Meeting with students to advise and provide individualized feedback. •Attending meetings and participating in projects to meet the language and communication skills needs of United Nations staff. •Administering and /or evaluating parts of the Arabic Language Proficiency Exam (oral interviews and written compositions). •Responding to specific needs linked to the general objectives of the United Nations Language and Communications Programme. •Performing other duties as required, including corresponding with students, maintaining attendance and grading records and other administrative tasks.


Professionalism:  -Shows pride in work and in achievements  -Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter -Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results -Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns  -Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations  -Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work Teamwork: -Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals -Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others -Places team agenda before personal agenda -Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position -Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings Client Orientation: -Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view -Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect -Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions -Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems -Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects -Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client -Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession -Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally -Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates -Shows willingness to learn from others  -Seeks feedback to learn and improve


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in language area studies, language teaching, applied linguistics, communication or education/pedagogy or related area is required. Degrees should come from a university or equivalent institution. Degrees with special emphasis on the theory and practice of teaching Arabic as a second or foreign language to adult learners are desirable.  A minimum of 500 training contract hours (specific training courses, postgraduate courses, etc.), in addition to the hours accumulated to obtain the university degree, in the areas of teaching Arabic as a second or foreign language, technology language area studies, curriculum development for adults, language examination design, communication or education/pedagogy is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience, either full-time or part-time, teaching Arabic as a foreign or second language to adults in a multi-cultural setting (corporate, academic or other professional setting), is required. Of these, at least three years of recent experience in curriculum development, language examination design, and/or teacher training for adults learning Arabic, is required.  Experience with word-processing programmes is required. Experience with a variety of web 2.0 tools, such as learning management systems and MOOCs (e.g., Moodle, Canvas); online collaboration tools (e.g., Google Drive and Hangouts, WebEx) and social media platforms to teach Arabic as a foreign language is desirable.  Experience at an international level in a multicultural environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in Modern Standard Arabic is required. Knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Applications will be screened on the basis of the criteria set forth above with regard to education, work experience and languages. All applications will be reviewed by an Assessment Panel. If a large number of applications are received, the Panel reserves the right to admit to the written test only the most qualified applicants on the basis of a review of the qualifications that are over and above the minimum criteria set out above and an assessment of the work experience as an Arabic language teacher.  Applicants who are invited to sit for the written test will be informed in writing. The written test may cover any area related to second language acquisition, language teaching methodology and evaluation, and course design with regard to teaching Arabic as a second language in a professional setting. On the basis of the results of the written test, the Assessment Panel will invite selected candidates to conduct a teaching demonstration where their ability to teach a class is evaluated.  Depending on the assessment of the teaching demonstration, the Panel will invite selected candidates to the third part of the assessment, which consists of a competency-based interview and may be conducted via online video conference.  Admission to either the second part or the third part of the assessment does not automatically give right to an appointment with the United Nations.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.  Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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