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Persian Position at the University of Arizona

By April 5, 2018April 17th, 2019No Comments

Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language

The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a newly established endowed professorship in Persian language instruction. Thanks to a generous grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language will begin employment on August 1, 2018. This is a UA Career Track position. Such faculty enjoy standard UA health, retirement and related employee benefits, as well as a formalized process for promotion through the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor Career Track ranks. This new position is at the Assistant Professor Career Track level and begins with a renewable three-year appointment. The successful candidate will teach Persian language courses at all levels, and will have already proven her/himself to be an excellent and passionate instructor. This is a teaching-intensive position (3 courses, 13 credit hours/semester); the development and supervision of teaching assistants is also expected. The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language will assume the lead role in developing UA students’ fluency in Persian at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Opportunities for teaching courses in Persian literature, history and culture through MENAS and the newly created Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies may also exist. Native or near-native fluency in both Persian and English is required, along with demonstrated innovation in pedagogical design and use of technology in language learning. Experience teaching online or hybrid courses is an asset. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Persian language, applied linguistics, or literature, or a closely related field, and will have experience in second language teaching at the college level. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a willingness to participate actively in the development of Persian and Iranian studies in MENAS, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies, in the Graduate College. The position requires contributions to campus and off-campus service and outreach, student mentoring and advising, and enhancement of MENAS’s strong reputation for language teaching, learning, and research. To apply, please visit: Review of application materials will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. For application questions, please contact Eldon Nathaniel Vita at

Documents to be uploaded: Curriculum Vitae; Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Extracurricular Activities; Sample of Student Evaluations if available; Sample of Writing if available; Sample Syllabi and Lesson Plans; Names and email addresses of three references.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; 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!

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