Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic

The Department of German and Arabic at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor of Arabic, beginning July 1, 2020. This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over Fall and Winter terms (12 weeks each), and the university’s signature 4-week Spring Term (maximum one course in Spring Term). Primary duties include teaching all levels of Arabic (first-, second-, and third-year), as well as advanced Arabic language courses that focus on media, conversation and composition, or topics in Arab literature, culture, and film. The candidate will also teach courses in English based on their discipline and the needs of the program.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate will assist in developing WLUArabic and contribute to the dynamic, interdisciplinary program in Middle East and South Asia (MESA) Studies. In keeping with the goals of the W&L Strategic Plan, we seek candidates who can effectively mentor underrepresented minority students.

Preferred candidates will hold a PhD or have ABD status in Arabic Language (TAFL or a related field (e.g., second language acquisition, comparative literature, Middle Eastern Studies)). M.A. holders will be considered. The successful candidate will have comprehensive mastery and fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and a dialect. Professional proficiency in English is required. The competitive applicant will have proven experience in Arabic language pedagogy using the integrated approach in a North American or liberal arts context.

The application deadline is September 30, 2019 and application review will begin October 1, 2019. Skype interviews will be conducted in mid-October, and finalists will be invited to campus in late October 2019.

Applicants should submit the following materials at

• a cover letter
• a C.V.
• Graduate transcript(s)
• Three confidential letters of recommendation
• Teaching portfolio including
o Sample syllabus for a first-, second-, or third-year Arabic course;
o Sample syllabus for a course taught in English;
o Teaching evaluations (as a primary instructor or TA).

Questions may be addressed to Professor Anthony Edwards, at

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of approximately 1850 undergraduate students located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is consistently ranked among the top 12 national liberal arts colleges.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body.


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