Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic

Position Description

The Middle East and South Asia (MESA) Studies program at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic for the 2024-2025 academic year. We seek candidates with native or near-native fluency in Arabic, and fluency in English, who have teaching experience at the university level. The teaching load for this appointment is six courses per year. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate Arabic at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels.

The Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic will be a core member of the university’s interdisciplinary MESA program. Participation in this program includes attendance of the cohort’s monthly meetings, as well as contributions to student-focused extracurricular activities (e.g., film screenings, cooking classes, poetry readings). Members of the cohort are actively engaged in research relating to the Middle East and South Asia. Though research is not a formal requirement of this position, opportunities for scholarly engagement and collaboration with existing faculty will be available.

Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, highly selective university devoted to the liberal arts. We are committed to excellence in teaching and to the research and professional activity that support it. Situated in the Shenandoah Valley, three hours southwest of Washington, DC, the university enrolls approximately 1,860 undergraduates and 380 law students.

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we encourage applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.


Applicants must have a PhD (or ABD status) in Arabic or a related field (e.g., Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies) by the time of appointment, which begins July 1, 2024.

Application Instructions

All application materials must be submitted online through Interfolio at Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable for initial application), student evaluations, and contact information for three professional references. At least two of these references should be able to speak to your teaching abilities. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Please send any inquiries about the position to Seth Cantey at [email protected].

Review of applications will begin on March 11 and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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