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Lecturer In Arabic Studies - Teaching Specialist

Melbourne, Australia
$119,231 - $141,581 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0062562
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Continuing
Faculty: Arts
Department/School: Asia Institute
Salary: Level B – $119,231 - $141,581 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Opportunity to make a significant contribution to academic excellence within the Arabic Studies program
  • Embrace a Lecturer role that combines impactful teaching, high-quality research, and administrative leadership
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

Join us as a Lecturer in Arabic Studies at the Asia Institute and become part of a vibrant academic community dedicated to excellence in teaching and research.

You will play a crucial role in delivering a range of courses within the Arabic Studies program, engaging students with the Arabic language and the rich tapestry of Arab culture, society, literature, and contemporary issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

As part of our program, students will be offered an integrated way of studying the Arabic language and aspects of Arab culture and society. With the development of students’ language proficiency, there will be a growing emphasis on issues related to Arabic literature and the realms of history, society, culture and religion in the Arab World, as well as current socioeconomic issues in the region. Students will be guided through Arabic language subjects in a progressive sequence from Arabic 1 through to Arabic 7, fostering their language proficiency and critical awareness.

In addition to your teaching responsibilities, you will contribute to the academic community within the Faculty by establishing and nurturing partnerships with national and international networks. 

Your responsibilities will extend beyond the classroom to include the supervision of postgraduate students, research activities, and administrative duties relevant to your role within the Faculty. Adopting a student-centric approach will be integral to your success, ensuring an enriching and inclusive learning environment for all.

While there is some flexibility in the breakdown of work activity, a Level B Teaching Specialist should expect at least 70% of their time to be devoted to teaching, with the remainder split between scholarship/research, and leadership and service. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Subject (module) coordination duties including the development of Learning Management System sites and subject guides, preparing and marking assessments, selecting and supervising tutors, and consulting with students
  • Subject delivery, including preparing and conducting lectures, tutorials and seminars
  • Curriculum design and innovation, including cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Design and delivery of overseas subjects and other student mobility programs
  • Scholarly activity appropriate that supports, enables and disseminates teaching practice within the discipline
  • Active engagement in service, leadership and coordination roles in the discipline, School and Faculty demonstrating respectful, inclusive behaviours at all times and building trust amongst colleagues

Who We Are Looking For

We are seeking a commitment educator with a proven track record of excellence in teaching Modern Standard Arabic.

You have a strong understanding of teaching at undergraduate level, capable of ensuring a highly inclusive student learning environment for students, while also providing supervision to postgraduate students. You will also possess well-established academic skills and strong academic performance.  

You have strong organisational skills as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

You will also have:

  • A completed PhD in an area of Arabic Studies such as language, literature or cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Native or near native command of Arabic and English, and a proven track record of excellence in teaching Modern Standard Arabic  
  • Demonstrated ability for excellence in teaching including the capacity for syllabus/curriculum design and subject (module) coordination
  • Ability to supervise honours and postgraduate theses
  • An emerging record of pedagogical and/or academic research that informs and enhances teaching practice

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – The Asia Institute 

The Asia Institute is the University of Melbourne’s key centre for studies in Asian languages, cultures, and societies. Asia Institute academic staff have an array of research interests and specialisations and strive to provide leadership in the study of the intellectual, legal, politico-economic, cultural, and religious traditions and transformations of Asia and the Islamic world. The Institute is committed to community engagement and offers a dynamic program of academic and community-focused events and cultural exchanges that aim to promote dialogue and debate. 

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

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Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 28 JUNE 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Please note that in the event of sourcing a suitable candidate, the closing date for applications may be brought forward, and the job vacancy may be closed. Therefore, we encourage interested individuals to submit their applications promptly.

Position Description: 0062562_Lecturer in Arabic Studies_PD.pdf

Position Description

Applications close: 28 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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