Director of Modern Language Programs

Harvard University

United States



Title Director of Modern Language Programs
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Position Description

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University invites applications for the position of Director of Modern Language Programs, expected to begin July 1, 2020. The Director will head and coordinate all aspects of the program, which currently consists of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Yiddish and Armenian, including defining program goals, setting curricula, coordinating and supervising preceptors, training graduate student instructors, and study abroad. This is a five-year, full-time position with possibility of reappointment in five-year increments. Normal teaching duties are three courses per year.

Applicants should apply online at

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree with administrative experience; doctorate preferred. Native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English.

Additional Qualifications

Knowledge of one or more other departmental languages preferred. The ideal candidate must be able to teach all levels of Arabic language and have a record of successful experience with American students. We are looking for someone familiar with second-language pedagogical theories and practices, as well as experience with instructional technology. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a solid understanding of Arabic culture and literature and who are committed to developing an innovative, content-based curriculum designed at the university level.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following documents through the ARIeS portal ( Applications must be submitted no later than November 1, 2019.

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching statement, describing teaching approach and philosophy. The statement should include reflections on how best to foster an inclusive learning environment with a diverse group of students and preceptors.
4. Teaching materials: teaching-chart listing courses taught in reverse chronological order and representative syllabi
5. Names and contact information of at least three referees, who can be contacted if the application is long-listed.

Contact Information

Soma Roy, Search Administrator

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department
6 Divinity Ave, Rm. 106
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email
Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

Supplemental Questions

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    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
    4. Sample Syllabus
    5. List of Courses Taught
    Optional Documents

      In your application, please refer to


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