Director of Modern Language Programs

Position Description:
The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University invites applications for the position of Director of Modern Language Programs, expected to begin July 1, 2022. The Director will head and coordinate all aspects of the program, which currently consists of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Yiddish and Armenian, including defining program goals, setting curricula, coordinating and supervising preceptors, training graduate student instructors, and study abroad. Normal teaching duties are three courses per year. This is a five-year, full-time position at the rank of Senior Preceptor with possibility of reappointment in five-year increments. Reappointment is contingent upon performance, enrollments, and curricular need.

Applicants should apply online at:

Basic Qualifications:
Master’s degree with administrative experience; doctorate preferred. Native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English.

Additional Qualifications:
Knowledge of one or more other departmental languages preferred. The ideal candidate must be able to teach all levels of Arabic language and have a record of successful experience with American academic institutions. We are looking for someone familiar with second-language pedagogical theories and practices, as well as experience with instructional technology. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a solid understanding of Arabic culture and literature and who are committed to developing an innovative, content-based curriculum designed at the university level.

Special Instructions:
Please submit the following documents through the ARIeS portal (

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching approach and philosophy and practices)
  4. Teaching materials: teaching-chart listing courses taught in reverse chronological order and representative syllabi
  5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.
  6. Names and contact information of at least three referees, who can be contacted if the application is long-listed.


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