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Full-Time Faculty Member, Core Division – Arabic Composition

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
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Al-Quds Bard, PalestineFull-Time Faculty Member, Core Division – Arabic CompositionEmployer Website:
Al-Quds Bard College
Al-Quds Bard College is seeking candidates to teach in its Core Division beginning in the fall 2022 semester. The Core Division offers a series of undergraduate courses in text-based study and composition required of all Al-Quds Bard College students during their first two years of study, following a model applied across the world in the Bard College network. Faculty in the Core Division should be able to teach the First Year Seminar and Second Year Seminar, courses which introduce students to intensive critical analysis of texts from a wide variety of eras, places, and disciplines. For this position, we seek a faculty member who will, in addition to teaching Core courses in English, teach in and lead the Core division’s offerings in Arabic Composition, a required two-semester course for undergraduates in their second year of study, as well as lead the College’s offerings in Beginning and Intermediate Arabic Language.

Our teaching methods are student-centered, involving students in active discussion and group tasks to develop their reading, writing, speaking, production, and critical thinking skills in English. Successful candidates will be flexible problem solvers capable of engaging texts and fields in which they are not necessarily specialists. The chosen candidate must be prepared to teach students close reading, analytical and argumentative writing skills, research skills, and the ability to talk intelligently about texts. S/he must also be willing to be engaged in curriculum design as well as collaboration with other faculty members in the Core curriculum.

Now in its thirteenth year of operation, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) is an innovative program offering a liberal arts undergraduate education and Master of Arts in Teaching program in Palestine, with an enrollment of 331 students in 2021-22. AQB’s undergraduate program, taught in English, is rigorous, culminating in a two-semester independent senior project, which, in many fields, is a demanding research paper. Graduates of AQB receive two degrees: a BA or a MAT from Al-Quds University and a BA or MAT from Bard College (New York).

Position Description
Full-time faculty teach three courses per semester, supervise a minimum of two senior projects, and are assigned a group of advisees to whom they provide academic guidance throughout the year. The holder of this position in the Core Division generally teaches either First-Year or Second-Year Seminar. In addition, (s)he teaches multiple sections of Arabic Composition to enable students to understand the basics of Arabic composition writing through an effective use of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) in academic writing while reading and analyzing novels, poems, and articles from all over the Arab world. Faculty are expected to engage in community service to contribute to the development of AQB. This includes, but is not limited to, participation in academic committees, admissions interviews, moderation boards, faculty development workshops, faculty meetings, and additional administrative tasks, as needed.

Successful candidates will be experienced and invested in interdisciplinary pedagogy, especially the relationship between a liberal arts college’s foundational coursework and its major programs. To that end, we seek faculty members capable of revising and facilitating a flexible, global, and academically rigorous curriculum, one that emphasizes historical context, information literacy, and transferrable analytical, interpretive, and discursive skills.

Required qualifications:
  • Master degree required
  • Successful teaching experience
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of the College to provide student-centered teaching, foster critical thinking, and incorporate writing throughout the curriculum
  • Experience in the teaching of writing in both Arabic and English
  • Fluent in Arabic and English
  • Preferred qualifications:
  • Ph.D. at time of appointment
  • Experience teaching in classrooms with English learners
  • Successful experience teaching in a liberal arts context
  • Ability to teach a wide range of topics
To Apply
Please submit a CV; a cover letter that addresses your interest and background as it relates to this position; evidence of teaching effectiveness, student evaluations and syllabi; and three letters of reference through

Applications will be reviewed starting March 25th, 2022 until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.



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