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The Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages seeks a tenure-track Professor of Arabic at either the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, to begin in fall 2018.


The candidate is expected to have superior language proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and native or near-native proficiency in at least one Arabic dialect. The ideal candidate will pursue research in Arabic language, culture, or literature. Possible specialization areas include Teaching Arabic as a Second/Foreign language, heritage language acquisition and teaching, Arabic linguistics, modern Arabic literature and culture, and cultural studies. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of language instruction and curriculum design that is grounded in the tenets of communicative language teaching, and should possess knowledge of current trends in second/foreign language teaching methodologies and new technologies in language learning. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research, teach courses in Arabic language and culture at the undergraduate level, and contribute appropriate service to the department, college, and profession.


We are especially interested in candidates who demonstrate strong potential to direct an Arabic language program and successfully lead its growth, while collaborating with other SDSU communities, such as the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should present evidence of teaching excellence and scholarly potential. Candidates at the Associate Professor level must present evidence of teaching and research achievements commensurate with the appointment with tenure at a Carnegie Higher Research Activity Institution. A Ph.D. in Linguistics, Arabic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies or a related field should be in-hand at the start of the appointment.


SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.


Review of applications will begin October 30, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at:


Requests for additional information should be directed to Dr. Betty Samraj, Search Committee Chair, Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-7727. Email:, Phone: (619) 594-1910, Fax: (619) 594-4877.


SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status


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