Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

Location
East Lansing MI
Posted
Aug 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The Department of Linguistics, and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University seeks to hire an individual to teach Swahili language courses. The successful candidate will be able to help build the African languages program, with particular focus on Swahili. The successful candidate will benefit from a supportive language community that includes the MSU African Studies Center, the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA), expanding Less Commonly Taught Languages programs, world-renowned study abroad initiatives and a strong Second Language Studies doctoral program.

This position will begin January 1, 2018 and is for a one-and-a half-year academic appointment finishing on August 15, 2019, with the possibility of renewal. Rank will be dependent on qualifications.

The Department has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts and Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

Required Degree

Doctorate

Minimum Requirements

Candidates should have a PhD in African Languages or in an appropriate related field. Native or demonstrated near-native fluency in Swahili Is required.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in teaching Swahili, study abroad and teaching interdisciplinary courses is desirable.

Required Application Materials

Applications must be submitted electronically via the MSU Human Resources website, http://careers.msu.edu/. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing relevant experience, a current CV, teaching philosophy statement, and the names and email addresses of 2 referees who will be contacted automatically by email for their letter of recommendation.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin August 25, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information contact the search committee chair Dr. Deo Ngonyani, ngonyani@msu.edu, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, 619 Red Cedar Road, B-332 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027.

The Department has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts and Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.  Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.