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Assistant Professor, Career Track

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Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Professor, Career Track
Department Sch Middle E/N African Studies (0416)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary


The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a newly established endowed professorship in Persian language instruction. Thanks to a generous grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language will begin employment on August 1, 2018. This is a UA Career Track position. Such faculty enjoy standard UA health, retirement and related employee benefits, as well as a formalized process for promotion through the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor Career Track ranks. This new position is at the Assistant Professor Career Track level and begins with a renewable three-year appointment. The successful candidate will teach Persian language courses at all levels, and will have already proven her/himself to be an excellent and passionate instructor. This is a teaching-intensive position (3 courses, 13 credit hours/semester); the development and supervision of teaching assistants is also expected. The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language will assume the lead role in developing UA students’ fluency in Persian at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Opportunities for teaching courses in Persian literature, history and culture through MENAS and the newly created Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies may also exist. Native or near-native fluency in both Persian and English is required, along with demonstrated innovation in pedagogical design and use of technology in language learning. Experience teaching online or hybrid courses is an asset. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Persian language, applied linguistics, or literature, or a closely related field, and will have experience in second language teaching at the college level. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a willingness to participate actively in the development of Persian and Iranian studies in MENAS, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies, in the Graduate College. The position requires contributions to campus and off-campus service and outreach, student mentoring and advising, and enhancement of MENAS’s strong reputation for language teaching, learning, and research. To apply, please visit: https://uacareers.com/postings/27035. Review of application materials will begin April 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. For application questions, please contact Eldon Nathaniel Vita at envita@email.arizona.edu.

Documents to be uploaded: Curriculum Vitae; Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Extracurricular Activities; Sample of Student Evaluations if available; Sample of Writing if available; Sample Syllabi and Lesson Plans; Names and email addresses of three references.

MENAS grants B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, which can be focused on Persian studies, and undergraduate minors in ‎Persian. The Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies is a new addition to the vibrant and productive setting at the University of Arizona, offering the M.A., Ph.D., and Graduate Minor options to students interested in the study of Iran and the Persian world. Known for its interdisciplinary endeavors, the University of Arizona boasts strong faculty and ‎resources in Persian studies, and in Middle Eastern studies more generally, as well as in second language ‎acquisition and teaching. Related units include the Center for Educational Research in ‎Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), a Language Resource Center; the Center for Middle ‎Eastern Studies, a National Resource Center; the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary ‎Program; and the Department of Linguistics, which annually offers the Taleghani Lecture in ‎Iranian and Persian Studies. Faculty involved with all these units interact regularly and offer ‎a welcoming and supportive community for interested colleagues.

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Duties & Responsibilities

Teaching & Service
Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Native or near native level fluency in modern Persian
  • Ph.D. in relevant field
Preferred Qualifications
  • Specialization in Persian language instruction
  • Experience in program management
  • Experience in student mentorship
Rank Assistant Professor
Tenure Information Career-Track (NTE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21354
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/01/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Eldon Vita
envita@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 03/29/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 04/09/2018
Special Instructions Summary

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
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    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
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    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
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    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a PhD in a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you a native speaker of Persian or have near native proficiency?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Reference/Referee Contact Information
  3. Statement of Interest
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Statement of Research Interests
  7. Sample of Publications
  8. Sample Syllabus
Optional Documents