Assistant Professor of Practice and Assistant Director Academic

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Sch Middle E/N African Studies

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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:

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:

oPlanning and execution of personalized learning and individualized pathways for Flagship, PGO and Jumpstart students

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

oEvaluating OPIs and coordination of other proficiency or placement testing

oSupporting academic outreach/recruitment efforts on campus and in high schools

oProvide 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 instructional technology at all levels of Arabic

·Experience with language program coordination and conducting professional development training

·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)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:


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:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. Sonia Shiri
Associate Professor & Director of Arabic Flagship and Project GO
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

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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As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

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Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

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Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

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Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

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Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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