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Assistant Professor of Arabic

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MLLC) at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, invites applications for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Arabic to begin fall 2017. A Ph.D. in Arabic (or evidence of imminent completion) is required by September 1, 2017. Wofford is a nationally-ranked, Phi Beta Kappa, liberal arts institution of 1600 students. MLLC is one of the largest departments at the College, with thirteen dedicated, full-time professors teaching in five distinct language programs of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish, who enjoy a supportive and convivial work environment.

Wofford College is a highly selective nationally known liberal arts college offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into a range of high-impact educational experiences, including study abroad, living-learning communities, and opportunities for internships, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. Wofford is located a few blocks north of the central business district of Spartanburg, S.C. The Spartanburg area boasts an active international commercial community that comprises companies such as BMW and Michelin. Spartanburg is a growing and diverse community that supports six college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. The college has operated continuously on its original campus, which was designated a National Historic District in 1974. In November 2002, the entire 170-acre campus was designated as the Roger Milliken Arboretum. 

Wofford College is located approximately 30 miles from the neighboring city of Greenville, S.C., less than an hour from the major urban area of Charlotte, N.C., and three hours from Atlanta. Spartanburg is also three hours from historic Charleston and the beach and an hour from the artistic and culinary hub of Asheville, N.C., nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

The successful candidate will be teaching first- through third-year Arabic language and culture courses, and will be working collaboratively to grow the Arabic program within the MLLC department and throughout the campus. Native or near-native fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and English is required and the knowledge of one or more colloquial dialects is desired. Arabic at Wofford is fully integrated into the MENA Program and the Arabic Professor will be asked to help mentor students on their MENA Capstone projects and engage in extracurricular activities associated with the program. Candidates are expected to be teacher-scholars with a high aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching, a commitment to the liberal arts, and a desire to involve undergraduates in scholarship. The salary will be competitive and consistent with the candidate’s level of experience.

All applications must include the following materials: a letter of application that addresses how the candidate is prepared to meet the specific needs of Wofford’s Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department; how the candidate plans to grow Arabic and work with the MENA Program; separate statements addressing the candidate’s teaching philosophy (which should include an articulation of interest in, and understanding of, working at a residential, liberal arts college and at Wofford, in particular); a statement of scholarly interests; curriculum vitae; names and contact information for three professional references; and a copy of graduate transcripts. Applicants are welcome to include supplementary evidence of teaching effectiveness and published articles.

Submit all materials, ordered as above, electronically as one pdf file to: ArabicSearchMLLC@wofford.edu.

For full consideration, all materials should be submitted by October 21, 2016. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to the Chair of the department, Dr. Kirsten Krick-Aigner, at krickaignerka@wofford.edu or 864-597-4506.

Wofford is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from members of under-represented groups. To learn about Wofford, explore www.wofford.edu. For information about the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, go to www.wofford.edu/modernlanguages/.