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Visiting Assistant Professor of African language instruction and pedagogy

University of Florida

Visiting Assistant Professor of African language instruction and pedagogy

Job No: 525334
Work Type: Visiting Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Humanities
Department: 16600000 - LS-AFRICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Job Description

Classification Title:

Visiting Assistant Professor

Job Description:

The Center for African Studies at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, time-limited, non-tenure-accruing position with a possibility of a one-year renewal at the rank of visiting assistant professor of African language instruction and pedagogy, beginning January 1, 2024. Applicants will have a Ph.D. in an appropriate related field by date of hire.

The successful candidate should be able to perform the administrative duties associated with coordinating an existing program of African languages: teach courses, recruit students, collaborate with faculty, supervise language teaching assistants, and monitor student progress. We prefer candidates with expertise in African language teaching methods and pedagogy, ready to develop online platforms and other innovative approaches. Possible related areas of research and teaching might include linguistics, language pedagogy, curriculum design, online instructional design, language documentation, etc. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable.

The Center for African Studies is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its mission is to promote excellence in teaching and research on Africa in all the disciplines at the University of Florida. The Center also disseminates knowledge about Africa to the wider community through an integrated outreach program to schools, colleges, community groups, and businesses. Central to this mission is sustaining contacts and expanding interactive linkages with individuals and institutions on the African continent. In addition to undergraduate education, the Center promotes and supports graduate studies as essential for the development of a continuing community of Africanist scholars. The Center has over 100 affiliated teaching and research faculty in a wide variety of fields, including languages, humanities, social sciences, agriculture, business, engineering, education, fine arts, environmental studies and conservation, medicine, and law. Applicants are encouraged to visit the departmental website to learn more about the Center.

A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), the University of Florida is the state's oldest and most comprehensive land-, sea-, and space-grant university, with an enrollment of over 50,000 students. In 2023, the University of Florida was ranked the first and sixth-best public university in the United States by The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report, respectively, with exceptional research, teaching, and a university-wide commitment to diversity.

The University and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities. Gainesville is a vibrant city with a low cost of living, diverse population, excellent public schools, Division I NCAA sports, and no state income tax. The area is known for its nature parks, bike trails, sporting events, museums, mild winters, and warm summers. Being centrally located in Florida makes Gainesville easily situated for day trips to beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and to theme parks, as well as the nearby cities of Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at

Advertised Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, maternity/paternity leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants will have a Ph.D. in an appropriate related field by date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Higher Education experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on teaching and research goals, and (4) a list of at least three references including email contact. After initial review, if an applicant is chosen to receive further consideration, an email will be sent to references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 3, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Center for African Studies is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, religions, gender identities and expressions, etc. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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