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The Program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MIST) at Colgate University announces an opening for a full-time three-year renewable Lecturer in the Arabic Language. The successful candidate will join the university’s thriving Arabic program beginning in Fall 2019. This is a non-tenure-track, university-year appointment for an initial probationary year and then renewable for a two-year period upon mutual agreement. This position may be renewed for additional three-year periods, contingent upon excellent performance and institutional need. The teaching load is four courses per year (2/2).
Responsibilities: The appointee will normally teach four Arabic classes per academic year at all levels (introductory to advanced). The successful candidate will contribute collaboratively to curriculum development in the MIST program, advise students, and perform program service. The candidate must be able and willing to implement a proficiency-based and communicative language teaching framework and use an integrated curriculum of MSA and colloquial (as currently represented by the 3rd edition of Al-Kitaab). Candidates must be aware of and committed to the standards for Arabic language teaching as defined by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages.
On occasion, the successful candidate may also be invited to teach, as needed and as qualified, a course related to the MIST program and/or Colgate’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum and/or other Interdisciplinary Programs (e.g., Africana and Latin American Studies; Asian Studies; Environmental Studies; Film and Media Studies; LGBTQ Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Women’s Studies). The successful candidate might also participate in our off-campus study programming.
Requirements: The appointee must have at least an M.A. in a field relevant to Arabic language studies, with preference given to Applied Linguistics or Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. Those without formal training in second-language pedagogy are expected to demonstrate a significant record of successful classroom experience. The successful candidate must also have the following qualifications: native or near-native proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), at least one dialect, and English; extensive experience in the latest developments 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) at all levels in an academic setting. Training in OPI protocol is desirable.
How to apply: Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the position. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching and scholarship might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) evidence of teaching effectiveness. Each applicant should also arrange for three confidential letters of reference, which should be uploaded directly by the authors. All application materials should be uploaded to
Review of applications will begin on October 5, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Preliminary interviews will be held via video- or tele-conferencing.
Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university with an ambitious study-abroad program. It comprises 2900 students and is situated in rural New York state. Further information about the MIST program department can be found at It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected veterans status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. 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
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