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Assistant Professor of Practice and Assistant Director Academic

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona

Posting Number: req5896

Department: Sch Middle E/N African Studies

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Practice, Career Track. The position will also hold a secondary title of Assistant Director, Academic of the externally funded Arabic Programs. This is a full-time fiscal (12-month) position. The position will provide academic support and coordination to a variety of externally-funded grants in close collaboration with the Program Director, Prof. Sonia Shiri. The distribution of effort is 60% Teaching and 40% Service/Outreach.

The externally-funded Arabic program offers an intensive and innovative language and cultural curriculum supported by cultural events, clubs, and other interactive activities in preparation for study abroad. The externally-funded Arabic program instructional team includes lecturers, Graduate Teaching instructors, tutors and language partners who serve a number of funded programs to support students learn Arabic language and culture to certain proficiency standards.

The position will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of rigorous academic grant programming including curricular development and assessment, the coordination of externally funded Arabic program instructors and other instructional staff, and planning and implementation of co-curricular learning activities. The position will also serve as coordinator of the summer externally-funded Arabic program. This is a position that is contingent upon the availability of grant funds and satisfactory performance review.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities

Teaching and Teaching Oversight (60%)

  • Teach 2-3 undergraduate courses per year or individualized instruction, depending on program needs
  • Manage academic matters pertaining to students in various externally-funded Arabic programs, including:

o Planning and execution of personalized learning and individualized pathways forFlagship, PGO and Jumpstart students

o Evaluation and admissions for various externally-funded Arabic programs (e.g., Project GO domestic and overseas, Jumpstart, Arabic Flagship)

o Evaluating OPIs and coordination of other proficiency or placement testing

o Supporting academic outreach/recruitment efforts on campus and in high schools

o Provide professional support for the varied members of the instructional teams in adherence to pedagogical grant requirement

  • Assist with curriculum and material development and implementation in line with effective and innovative L2 pedagogical approaches
  • Service/Administration (40%)
  • Support the Director with coordinating the implementation of the day-to-day activities of the externally funded Arabic programs by the externally funded Arabic programs academic team in order to meet grant requirements and linguistic and cultural proficiency goals.
  • Oversee the academic coordination of the academic year and summer intensive externally- funded Arabic programs
  • Articulation within the programs and with high school or overseas partners, dissemination of program best practices to other Flagship and PGO programs; assistance with reporting and proposals for future grants
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to assess OPI test scores.
  • Ability to work with a diverse student body
  • Excellent communication skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Arabic Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or related fields 
  • Successful record in teaching Arabic in a US higher education setting
  • Experience using the proficiency approach, content-based approach, and instructionaltechnology at all levels of Arabic
  • Experience with language program coordination and conducting professional developmenttraining
  • Native or near native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic, one Arabic dialect, and in English
  • *Experience working in teams including with faculty and administrators
  • Experience with material and curriculum development in rigorous programs

Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD or Doctoral degree - Arabic Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or related fields
  • Successful record in program coordination in a US higher education setting
  • Experience with the Language Flagship program or other grant-funded projects
  • OPI tester certification

Rank: Assistant Professor

Tenure Information

Career-Track (CT)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $60,000 - $65,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Sonia Shiri

Associate Professor & Director of Arabic Flagship and Project GO

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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