The University of Chicago: Humanities Division: Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations


Location:     Chicago, IL 

Open Date: Jul 22, 2020 

Deadline:    Aug 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time 


Description: The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago invite applications for appointment to a one-year open-rank position as Instructional Professor in modern Persian. Start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications and educational background. This is a non-renewable, one-year appointment to fill an immediate curricular need.

Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of six courses in Persian language across three quarters, both elementary and intermediate, as well as a seventh topical Advanced Persian course (Persian of the Media, Persian Literature, Iranian History, etc.). Service duties may include assistance with student placement, programmatic assessment, coordination of the Persian Language Circle, Conversation Table, or other program-specific duties. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development.

Qualifications: Applicants should demonstrate previous language teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level. An M.A. degree or equivalent is required. Candidates with specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and/or assessment are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency for teaching Persian in a university context, e.g. through an ACTFL-certified result at the Superior level or higher, or through receipt of an advanced degree earned in a Persian-language context.

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at An application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, one sample syllabus for elementary or intermediate Persian, and the names and contact information of three potential recommenders. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a video demonstrating classroom teaching,


Application deadline: All applicant materials must be received by August 24, 2020 at 11pm central time.

This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to For questions about the position, please contact Amanda Young at

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Arizona State University Summer Intensive Persian 

Arizona State University seeks a faculty associate to teach elementary or intermediate intensive Persian in its 2020 summer Critical Languages Institute. Candidates must have a Master’s degree or higher in philology, linguistics, language teaching or a closely related field by the time of appointment; possess native proficiency in Persian; and have at least one year’s experience teaching Persian at the university level to non-native speakers. Strong preference will go to candidates who have successfully taught in intensive language programs, to candidates with experience teaching independently, and to candidates with high levels of proficiency in English. The successful candidates will teach Persian 4 hours a day, five days a week, for eight weeks and will contribute to cultural programming.


Information on the ASU summer Persian program is available at


Compensation for the 7-week 2020 program consists of a salary of $8960, housing in Tempe (a taxable benefit), and reimbursement for air/ground travel of up to $500.


The application package must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a teaching portfolio (recent syllabi and teaching evaluations). Materials should be emailed to:


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland seeks a full-time lecturer for Persian Studies

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland seeks applications for a position as a full-time lecturer, professional track, beginning Fall 2020. Candidates should have a track record in teaching Persian language as well as the ability to offer undergraduate courses taught in English in one or more of the following areas: Iranian art, society and culture, and social media. Through teaching both upper- and lower-division language and culture courses, the Roshan Lecturer will play a key role in attracting talented undergraduates to UMD’s Persian program and familiarizing them with contemporary Iran. Applicants must have a commitment to excellence in teaching; native or near-native fluency in Persian and English; and a Ph.D. in hand by August 2020. Experience with fundraising is a plus.

To apply, please submit a copy of your CV, personal statement, and two syllabi (one for a language course, and one for a content course) designed, and preferably already taught, by the applicant, along with contact information for three references who will be asked to provide a confidential letter of recommendation, all through the University of Maryland online employment application system at: Priority will be given to applications received by March 27, 2020. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. This position is contingent on the continued availability of funds.

APTLI Language Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Madison


The Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI) is an eight-week intensive language institute that offers courses in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish languages annually from mid-June through mid-August. The 2020 APTLI program will be held from June 15 through August 7 and will be preceded by a staff orientation week from June 8-12, 2020. 

Language instructors will be responsible for participating in the APTLI staff orientation week activities as well as instructor meetings throughout the eight-week program. Under the supervision of the director of the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI), instructors will prepare appropriate materials and deliver instruction in their assigned classes, hold office hours, and participate in teacher meetings. More information about APTLI can be found on the APTLI website:

This appointment is for summer 2020 only. There is no presumption of reappointment. Minimum of M.A. required, Ph.D. preferred, in fields related to Arabic, Persian, or Turkish language and culture. For more information click here.


The Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Iranian Literature, Cinema, and Culture with an expected start date of August 2020.

The successful candidate will join a community comprising faculty teaching and doing research on Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Urdu, and Sanskrit from linguistic, literary, cultural studies, historical, and social scientific perspectives. The teaching load is four courses per year (a 2-2 load). Candidates should be prepared to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in classical and modern Persian literature, as well as introductory courses on Iranian cinema or culture.

Applicants must have: an active program of research in Persian Literature, Cinema, or related field; a commitment to excellence in teaching; native or near-native fluency in Persian and English; and a Ph.D. in hand by August 2020.

Priority will be given to applications received by January 30, 2020. Review of applications will begin in early February and continue until the position is filled.

For more details and to apply, please use the following link:


The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Persian Language and Culture at the rank of Instructor, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses and developing curriculum in Persian language and culture.

Requirements include: advanced proficiency in Persian; a Ph.D. in Persian Language and Linguistics, Persian Applied Linguistics, Persian language pedagogy, or a closely related field; exceptional organizational and leadership skills; evidence of substantial experience and excellent teaching ability in Persian for both heritage and non-heritage learners at the post-secondary level in North America; experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs. Individuals with experience in community outreach, program coordination and design, and teaching innovative Content-Based Instruction (CBI) curriculum for advanced learners of Persian are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or expect to have successfully defended) prior to the starting date. The normal teaching load of an Instructor is six 3-credit courses over the academic year. Courses will range from first- to third-year undergraduate courses and the bulk of the annual teaching load will be courses in Persian Language for both heritage and non-heritage learners, with occasional content courses taught in English. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with tenure-stream Asian Studies faculty in South Asian and Persianate and Islamic history and culture, and with any future hires in the area of Persian/Iranian Studies.

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit:…/collective-agre…/appointment-faculty/.

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, complete transcripts of one’s post-secondary education, a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also prepare two sample teaching videos (one each for non-heritage and heritage learners), uploaded to YouTube (or equivalent platform) as unlisted videos, with links sent as part of their application submission.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (preferably by language teaching professionals) sent by the same deadline to the email address below.

Other hiring information:

The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 18, 2019. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2020.

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the Department’s careers website,

Inquiries may be sent to

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.