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Instructional Position to Teach Persian Language and Literature – University of Virginia
April 27, 2018

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC) at the University of Virginia invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track instructional position to teach Persian language and literature. This is a one-year only appointment. The appointment begins with the fall term 2018 with an anticipated start date of August 25, 2018. Field of specialization is open, but may include Persian literature, comparative literature, Iranian culture, Sufism, or cinema. Evidence of excellent teaching and commitment to interdisciplinary work is required.

The successful applicant will have native or near-native fluency in Persian and English. The ability to teach introductory and specialized Persian courses both in Persian and in English is a requirement.

Candidates who hold a Ph.D. in Persian Literature or a related field, by the time of appointment, will be considered for the rank of Assistant Professor, General Faculty, with a teaching load of two courses per semester.

Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (ABD) will be considered for the rank of lecturer, with a teaching load of three courses per semester.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVA and electronically attach the following: CV, cover letter describing scholarly accomplishments and teaching experience, and a sample of relevant course syllabi (if available).

Also, under separate cover by mail or e-mail, please arrange for two (2) confidential letters of reference to be sent to:

Jean Blackwell
Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
P.O.Box 4000781
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4781

Questions regarding the online application process should be directed to:
Jean Blackwell,

Review of applications will begin May 14, 2018; however the position will remain open until filled.

Assistant Professor, Career Track – School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS), University of Arizona 
Posting Number: F2135

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: 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

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.

Accepting a new position is a big life step. We want potential candidates and their families to be able to make informed decisions. Candidates who are considering relocation to the Tucson or Phoenix area, and have been offered an on-site interview, are encouraged to use the free services offered by Above & Beyond Relocation Services (ABRS).Ask your department contact to be introduced to ABRS prior to your visit.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; 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!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocation services, please click here

Full-Time Position in Persian – The George Washington University

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The George Washington University invites applications for a non-tenure accruing three-year renewable Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Persian position. The position entails overseeing, staffing, and shaping the Persian program offerings under the oversight of the department chair; teaching courses on Persian language and literature in the original and in translation, and involvement with the Middle East Studies Program.
Basic Qualifications: All applicants must have PhD in hand in Persian or a closely related field, teaching excellence as demonstrated by course evaluation summaries, potential for strong record of scholarly publication as demonstrated by publications and research agenda, native or near native fluency in Persian as well as in English, and experience in use of instructional technology. Information about the department and current faculty members can be found at; see also, for the Middle East Studies Program
Application Procedure: To be considered, please complete an online faculty application at and upload a letter of interest, current CV, sample publications, statement of research, statement of teaching philosophy and program development, and at least three samples of course syllabi, and a minimum of two years worth or 4 course evaluation summaries. Applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be emailed to, or physically mailed to Persian Search, George Washington University, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, 801 22nd Street, Phillips Hall 335, Washington, DC 20052. Only complete applications will be considered.  Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent pending final budgetary approval and the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.
The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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