Full-time Arabic Instructor

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time instructor of Arabic for the 2020-21 academic year, 8/31/20-5/30/21. The position is annually renewable. Fall 2020 instruction will be online.

Teaching Specialist (Job Code 9754)

Required qualifications for appointment to rank:

  1. Skill in the language of instruction as appropriate for the position; in the case of modern languages, native or near-native fluency. Minimum 2 years university-level teaching experience in the Arabic language in the U.S. Demonstrated ability to lead communicative, student-centered classrooms.
  2. Positive evaluations from students, peers, and/or supervisors.
  3. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development.
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong English language communication skills. Collegiality and ability to work in a team.
  5. M.A. or foreign equivalent or ABD in Arabic or related field, including but not limited to Arabic linguistics, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, or Education. Candidates with a Ph.D. will appointed as a Lecturer.

Preferred qualifications:
Experience teaching intensive language courses; ability to teach vernacular Arabic courses in addition to Modern Standard Arabic; demonstrated commitment to materials and course development, innovative teaching methods, integration of culture into the curriculum, and mentoring students.


  1. Teach undergraduate courses as needed, conditional on qualifications.
  2. Provide administrative support relating to teaching duties and course responsibilities, when appropriate to the appointment.
  3. Assist with test development and/or administration as needed.
  4. Coordinate and mentor Teaching Assistants, P&A academic staff and College in the Schools (CIS) instructors, when appropriate to the appointment. This responsibility may include presenting workshops as needed for course coordination.
  5. Serve as member of appropriate departmental and university committees if called upon to do so.
  6. Engage in professional development activities.

Performance standards:

  1. Positive evaluations from students, Teaching Assistants (if appropriate), peers, and supervisors.
  2. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching, program development, and professional development.
  3. Effective handling of student inquiries.

Applicants must submit the following materials on the UMN employment website for job ID#336796:

  1. cover letter
  2. CV with names and contact information of three individuals prepared to write letters of recommendation
  3. statement of teaching philosophy
  4. teaching materials such as syllabi, sample class materials, teaching evaluations, or other materials

Applicants may be asked to submit a video-recorded teaching demonstration.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications due: August 3, 2020.

For more information about the Arabic Program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies please visit https://www.cla.umn.edu/arabic


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