Assistant Professor of Arabic

Grinnell College.  The Department of French and Arabic at Grinnell College invites applications for a two-year term appointment in Arabic language, literature, and culture, beginning Fall 2021. Ph.D. in Arabic or a related field preferred; Instructor (ABD) possible. Native or near-native fluency of Arabic and English is required.  The teaching load is five courses per year.  Candidates should be able to teach at all levels of the Arabic language program, including Introductory and Intermediate Arabic courses, as well as courses taught in English. Research and teaching interests are open but we are especially interested in candidates whose work engages with Arabic film, popular culture, and literature. The successful candidate must be capable of offering engaging courses that meet the students’ curiosity about the multiplicity of cultures in the contemporary Middle East.


Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a strong tradition of social responsibility. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 1, 2020. Please visit our application website at to find more details about the job and submit applications. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Mervat Youssef at [] or 641-269-3173.

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.


An offer for this position will be contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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