Director of Modern Language Programs

Massachusetts, United States
Sep 20, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 01, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

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, 2020. 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. This is a five-year, full-time position with possibility of reappointment in five-year increments. Normal teaching duties are three courses per year.

Applicants should apply online at https://academicpositions.harvard.edu

Basic Qualifications 

Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree; 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 students. 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 (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9240). Applications must be submitted no later than November 1, 2019.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching statement, describing teaching approach and philosophy. The statement should include reflections on how best to foster an inclusive learning environment with a diverse group of students and preceptors.
  4. Teaching materials: teaching-chart listing courses taught in reverse chronological order and representative syllabi
  5. Names and contact information of at least three referees, who can be contacted if the application is long-listed.

Contact Information

Soma Roy, Search Administrator
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department
6 Divinity Ave, Rm. 106
Cambridge, MA 02138

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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