Job Openings in Languages & Literature

Assistant Professor in Arabic Language and Culture

Pitzer College

Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Arabic language and culture, with a secondary specialization in French or another language preferred, starting in Fall 2015. The successful candidate will teach a total of five courses per year, with an emphasis on colloquial Arabic. The position will be housed in Pitzer’s existing Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures field group. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to undergraduate education, experience teaching Arabic at all levels to undergraduates in North American universities. Evidence of an active scholarly agenda is essential. A PhD by the time of appointment is expected.

Expertise desired in areas of contemporary relevance that could include, but are not limited to, Cinema and Media Studies, Language Pedagogy, Literature, Popular Culture, Second Language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics. The position will be housed in Pitzer’s existing Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures field group.

The successful candidate‘s responsibilities in teaching and program development will include:

  • developing a standards-based communicative approach;
  • participating in curriculum design, materials development, and assessment of language proficiency;
  • designing and implementing an integrated community-based curricular component for Arabic language students;
  • student advising and service in college governance;
  • developing upper-level courses in Arabic in the candidate’s area(s) of specialization.

Pitzer College has developed a regionally and nationally recognized community-based language learning approach that strengthens ties with neighboring communities and Study Abroad sites. Candidates whose interest and research connects to ethnographic methods, interdisciplinary work and the intersection of global/local issues and language might find the Los Angeles area and the connection with study abroad sites an attractive opportunity for their scholarship.

Application details can be found here. Deadline to apply: October 31, 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic

Swarthmore College

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College seeks applications for the full-time position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic, for a one-year term to begin in fall 2015. The successful candidate is expected to have native or near-native fluency in Arabic and English, to have experience teaching Modern Standard Arabic as a foreign language, and to be able to teach courses at all levels and courses on Arabic literature in English translation. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Arabic Literature or a related discipline. A.B.D. candidates without completion by August 16, 2015, will be considered at the instructor rank. The successful candidate will be expected to teach five courses a year. Swarthmore College participates with Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College in a Tri-College Arabic program with a common curriculum. The successful candidate will also contribute to the College’s concentration in Islamic Studies and the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Middle Eastern Studies Initiative (MESI). Submit dossiers including cover letter, CV, graduate transcript, 3 recent letters of recommendation, and a statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages) by October 31, 2014 via Academic Jobs Online at If unable to submit online, materials may be mailed to Dr. Khaled Al-Masri, Modern Languages and Literatures, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081-1390. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Culture

Stanford University

The Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Persian literature and culture, funded by an endowment gift from Bita Daryabari. Candidates should combine a research specialization with the ability to teach a broad range of courses across Persian literature. Comparative and/or theoretical approaches are welcome.

Applicants will be expected have the PhD in hand by the appointment start date of 9/1/2015 and to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Native or near-native fluency in Persian (and English) is expected. In addition to participating in Comparative Literature within the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, the successful candidate will have significant involvement in the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies.

All applications materials must be submitted online via (direct link: For full consideration, please transmit your cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, statements of research, and teaching interests (no more than three (3) pages), teaching evaluations (if applicable), a writing sample the length of a typical research article or book chapter, along with three confidential letters of reference, (to the attention of DLCL Persian Search Committee Chair) by November 1, 2014.

Inquiries (only) should be directed to Christine Onorato, Department Administrator, 650-723-4183, (, or Allen Sciutto at 650-724-1240 or ( However please be sure to submit your application and materials at

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) Hindi/Urdu Literature and Culture

University of Colorado, Boulder

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Hindi/Urdu Literature and Culture to begin August 2015. Candidate should have native or near native fluency in Hindi as well as research expertise in Hindi/Urdu and its literatures and cultures. Job duties include teaching courses to undergraduate and graduate students in Hindi/Urdu literature and culture, and service to the University. Candidates should have the PhD in hand prior to the start of the appointment.

Applicants must apply online at, posting #F01598 to create and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, current CV, writing sample, copies of syllabi of courses taught or proposed, and three letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Open-rank position in classical Arabic literature

Princeton University

Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies invites applications for an open-rank position in Classical Arabic Literature. Research expertise may be in any period of Arabic literature before 1800, and may focus on any region where there was significant production of creative literature in Arabic poetry or prose. The successful candidate will, however, be expected to introduce undergraduates to the classics of Arabic literature of the late pre-Islamic and the early Islamic centuries in translation, and to provide training to graduate students reading texts of this period in the original Arabic. To apply, please complete an online application at Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of three referees. Candidates applying at the assistant professor level should also supply a writing sample with their application. For any questions, please contact Karen Chirik ( The expected start date of the appointment is September 1, 2015. We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2014.

Assistant Professor of Arabic

Wake Forest University

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Arabic. Beginning July 2015. Five courses per year. Completed Ph.D. required by appointment date. Field of specialization is open. Applicants must have a firm commitment to undergraduate teaching and submit evidence of same, including course evaluations. Submit letter of application, dossier, statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations, sample syllabus of an advanced undergraduate course, and three letters of recommendation to Cynthia Hall (, Administrative Coordinator, Department of Romance Languages, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109. Review of applicants will begin November 1. URL:

2 Assistant Professors and 1 Visiting Assistant Professor with interest in two fields: history of ideas, comparative literature, and/or Arab/Islamic studies

American University in Beirut

The Civilization Sequence Program (CVSP) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) invites applications for two positions at the Assistant Professor rank, and one two-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor, all beginning on September 1, 2015. Applicants should be able to work within an interdisciplinary program and combine disciplinary interests in two of the following fields: history of ideas, comparative literature, and/or Arab/Islamic studies. The program has an interest in candidates who cover the classical epochs or the early-modern period. Applications will be considered for all positions unless a preference is specified in the applicant’s cover letter. The CVSP is a service program that offers a number of interdisciplinary undergraduate humanities courses. Course load is normally 3/2 over a two-semester year. The language of instruction is English. Successful candidates for these positions must be prepared to teach core courses from the ancient to contemporary periods in addition to courses close to their own research fields within the overall CVSP mission. They are also expected to contribute to other interdisciplinary initiatives at AUB. To apply please send a cover letter, a CV, a sample syllabus of an interdisciplinary undergraduate course, and one representative research article or other writing sample. In addition, arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Professor Patrick McGreevy Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut, C/o 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor New York, NY 10017-2303, USA Or Professor Patrick McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut, P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, Beirut 1107 2020, Lebanon Electronic submissions are highly encouraged and may be sent to: We will begin reviewing the applications on November 1, 2014. For more information on this position, please visit

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature with a specialization in Arabic Literature and Culture

University of Southern California

The Department of Comparative Literature at the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature with a specialization in Modern Arabic Literature and Culture with an anticipated start date of Fall 2015. The department values scholarship and research from a comparative perspective. A Ph.D. is required at time of appointment. Complete applications include a letter of application, c.v., writing sample (25 pages maximum), and the names of three referees who will be contacted by USC. In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: . Please submit application materials by November 15. Inquiries can be directed to: Further information is available by contacting

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature

University of Chicago

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor specializing in modern Arabic literature (19th-21st centuries), preferably with expertise in another literature of the Islamic world, expected to begin in Autumn 2015. The successful applicant will have a research and teaching profile with expertise in at least one, and preferably several, of the following sub-fields of literary studies: religion and literature; the modern novel; modern poetry; narrative prose and narratology, postcolonial theory; gender studies; and media studies. Candidates should have a thorough grounding in Arabic, preferably with additional expertise in another language of the Islamic world. The successful candidate will be expected to teach classes dealing with the modern literatures of the Muslim World for both graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. in Comparative literature, Near Eastern/Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Gender studies, Media studies, or a relevant field of study by the time of appointment.

Prospective candidates should submit a letter of application, together with a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names of three referees (please include emails) who can be asked for letters of academic reference. These materials must be submitted to the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website: Job posting number 02303. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014 and continue until a candidate is selected. No applications will be accepted after December 15, 2014. For information on the Department of Near Eastern Language and Civilizations, see:

Preceptor in Persian

Harvard University

Harvard University Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Preceptor in Persian The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations seeks applications for a Preceptor in Persian position beginning July 2015. The position is for one year, renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years pending enrollments and performance. Teaching duties will include a minimum of five courses per year, including instruction in Persian language from the introductory to the advanced levels. The successful applicant should be well versed on the issues of teaching Persian as a foreign language, and have experience in teaching all levels of Persian language, both classical and modern. Specialization in Persian literature, linguistics and culture, or intellectual history is highly desirable. A strong doctoral record is preferred.

A dossier including a letter of application, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information ONLY for three referees, should be submitted no later than November 30, 2014. All applications must be submitted via the Harvard faculty employment web site: Contact email:

Lecturer in Turkish

University of Chicago

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago announces a position of Lecturer in Turkish for a three-year renewable term starting in the academic year 2015-16. The lecturer should be able to teach all levels of Modern Turkish. The emphasis in all courses will be on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The successful candidate will also be able teach Introduction to Ottoman Turkish. An advanced degree in Turcology, Turkish language and literature, or second language teaching and acquisition is preferred. Strong, recent teaching experience and evaluations and native or near-native proficiency in Turkish are essential. An ability to teach other Turkic languages would be desirable, but not required. All candidates are required to submit an application letter, CV, contact information for two recommenders, and a detailed sample syllabus of an Elementary Turkish course online at the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website ( posting #02393) by December 15, 2014. In addition, the two recommenders must send their letters of recommendation directly to by December 15, 2014.

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