Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic Studies

The Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic Studies, beginning in January 2022, for a three-year appointment, pending satisfactory review after the first year. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and at least one dialect) and English. Ph.D. in Arabic language, literature, cultural studies, applied linguistics, or a relevant field is required. Of particular interest are candidates whose research focuses on one or more of the following areas: literary and cultural studies, translation theory and practice, second language acquisition and literacy, bilingual studies, and/or technology enhanced learning. Candidates are required to demonstrate evidence of an active research program and expertise in the latest approaches to classroom instruction, material development, and computer assisted language learning. Teaching load is 3+2.

Preferred qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications, the successful candidate is expected to show familiarity with blended/hybrid language instruction or willingness to receive training in this area as needed; ACTFL OPI certification in Arabic is highly desirable.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research program, teach Arabic language courses at various levels, engage in curriculum design and material development, and participate in student and outreach activities.

The Department of Modern Languages offers a minor in Arabic Studies at both our Pittsburgh and CMU-Qatar campus in Doha. The program emphasizes oral proficiency, cultural literacy, and the use of technology-based resources to enhance linguistic and cultural learning. The successful candidate will benefit from a strong and growing support of interdisciplinary humanities research and teaching at Carnegie Mellon, including such initiatives as the Center for the Arts in Society, Humanities@CMU, and Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room.

Carnegie Mellon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways.

Carnegie Mellon University also seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.


PhD in Arabic language, literature, cultural studies, applied linguistics, or a relevant field.

Application Instructions

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (ET) on October 1, 2021. Applicants should submit 1) a current CV, 2) a cover letter addressing research, teaching, and evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and 3) the names and contact information for three professional references.

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