Assistant Professor of Teaching in Arabic Language and Culture (Tenure-track)


The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Arabic Language and Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses and developing curriculum in Arabic language and culture.

Requirements include: advanced proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic; a Ph.D. in Arabic Language, Arabic Applied Linguistics, Arabic language pedagogy, or a closely related field; exceptional organizational and leadership skills; evidence of substantial experience and excellent teaching ability in Arabic for both heritage and non-heritage learners at the post-secondary level in North America and experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and potential for full participation in team work and program affairs. Individuals with experience in community outreach, program coordination, and teaching innovative Content-Based Instruction (CBI) curriculum for advanced learners of Arabic are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek an exceptional teacher with experience in and/or promise for employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning, and curriculum/program design. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership.

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also prepare one sample teaching video, uploaded to YouTube (or equivalent platform) as an unlisted video, with links sent as part of their application submission.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (preferably by language teaching professionals) that may be submitted upon request.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is September 24, 2021. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2022.

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the Department’s careers website,  Inquiries may be sent to

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The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. 

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit:

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place. 


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