Dean's Postdoctoral Language House Fellow

Job Details

Job Title: Dean's Postdoctoral Language House Fellow
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Full/Part Time:
Job ID: 54242

Arabic Language Program | Modern Languages and Linguistics | College of Arts & Sciences


The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University invites applications for a two-year Dean's Postdoctoral Language House Fellow beginning August 2023. The main responsibility of the Fellow will be to serve as a leader for the Arabic language house, assist with student placement, conduct language assessment, and coordinate Arabic language cultural events or other program-specific duties.

The Postdoctoral fellow is expected to teach one course per semester in the Arabic program, and to collaborate with the faculty in FSU's BA Program in Middle Eastern Studies. Postdoctoral Fellows also work on their own research while contributing to Program development.

Responsibilities related to the Language House include, but are not limited to, planning and overseeing extra-curricular activities, organizing special events (such as language days, film nights, and conversations tables), promoting the language house through flyers and informational sessions, designing a 1-credit-hour course for students participating in the language house, and overseeing student progress in the target language.


Eligibility is restricted to applicants who received their Ph.D. between July 31, 2019 and August 30, 2023 and do not hold concurrent employment at another institution.

Required qualifications include native or near-native fluency in both Arabic and English; the ability to teach colloquial Arabic courses, preferably Levantine; effective communication skills a proven ability to be flexible, creative, and collaborative with students and a proven ability to create an inclusive learning space. The successful candidate is expected to be competent in the use of instructional technology and communicative, proficiency-based, teaching methodologies.

Applicants with training in Arabic and cultural studies, second language pedagogy, and/or assessment, second language acquisition, or familiarity with ACTFL proficiency guidelines or with OPI and other types of assessment, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contact Info

Please address questions about this position to Dr. Zeina Schlenoff, Postdoctoral Fellow Search Committee Chair, at [email protected].

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service. Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Applications must include: (1) Letter of application; (2) a Curriculum Vitae.; (3) Sample syllabi: one syllabus of a course to teach in the Arabic program and one proposal for the 1-hour credit course for the language house. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted separately (see the Request Letters of Reference section below).

This position requires that you have three confidential professional letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Follow the steps below to request these letters through our system:

1) After submitting your application, click the Careers link;
2) Click the My References link;
3) Click the Send/View Reference Request button next to the appropriate position; and
4) Follow the steps on that page to send your references a system generated email requesting they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

You may also return to the My References link and click on "Send/View Reference Request" to see if your references have responded, add additional references, or resend requests.


This is an OPS/temporary job.

Based on the duties, this position may require completion of a criminal history background check.

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Working at Florida State University

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Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

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