Lecturer in Arabic Language (2024-25)

Swarthmore College: Modern Languages & Literatures Department
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Open Date
Feb 14, 2024

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College invites applications for a full-time position as Lecturer in Arabic Language, beginning in August 2024. The position combines (co)teaching Modern Standard Arabic across all proficiency levels, as well as additional responsibilities such as curriculum development, administering student placement examinations, and assistance with extracurricular activities. The initial appointment is for one year with an opportunity for renewal contingent upon a successful review. 

The Arabic program is a vibrant component of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, offering students four years of rigorous Arabic language instruction, courses in Arabic literature, film, and culture, and numerous co-curricular and study abroad opportunities.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see http://www.swarthmore.edu/faculty-diversity-excellence/information-candidates-new-faculty

Candidates should possess an M.A. in Arabic language or a related field. Applicants are required to demonstrate a proven track record of excellence in teaching Arabic as a foreign language, coupled with a contemporary understanding of second language acquisition teaching methodologies. The ideal candidate should display proficiency as a co-teacher, possess extensive experience in effectively integrating technology into the classroom setting, and be fluent in both English and Arabic. Candidates who are certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) testers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Instructions
To ensure a comprehensive evaluation of your application, please include the following documents:

A cover letter elaborating on your interest in Swarthmore College and detailing your qualifications for the teaching position.
A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) highlighting your teaching experience and other relevant qualifications.
A teaching philosophy statement articulating your expertise in undergraduate instruction, your strategies for engaging a diverse student body, and your dedication to advancing undergraduate education.
Three letters of reference.
Apply via Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/140927.

Review of complete applications will begin on March 15, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Khaled Al-Masri [email protected].

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