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Harvard University Preceptor in Modern Arabic in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Preceptor in Modern Arabic

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Position Description

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University seeks applications for a preceptor in modern Arabic language. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2024. The preceptor will be responsible for teaching five courses per academic year, participating in curricular development, program activities, and training and supervising teaching fellows. The initial position term is for one year, renewable for up eight years, contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean authorization. Please note that permanent residency sponsorship is not available for this position; visa sponsorship is available.

Basic Qualifications

The successful applicant will have native or near-native fluency and demonstrated excellence in teaching modern Arabic language at all levels, from elementary to advanced, as well as advanced topics, integrating spoken Arabic with Modern Standard Arabic in teaching and material preparation, as well as using communicative approaches to teaching undergraduate and graduate learners. The successful applicant will be committed to ongoing professional development and developing new course materials.

Additional Qualifications

Proven experience working in coordination with faculty, including organizing cultural programming and events. Well-versed in student-centered, proficiency-based language instruction and incorporating technology into instruction. Experience teaching thematic courses (e.g., literature, film, media). A bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) is required; a PhD in modern Arabic language or literature or another field relating to modern Arabic studies is preferred.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal


  1. Cover letter, including a description of teaching/advising experience and philosophy.

  2. A statement on efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

  3. Curriculum Vitae

  4. Teaching portfolio ( PDF ) including teaching evaluations, sample lesson units, and sample teaching materials. Please upload these materials as a single PDF to the Other section of the Applicant Documents page. If you are providing an optional teaching video, please include only a URL link to your video (do not upload a video; only provide the link as text.)

  5. Names and contact information of three to five referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC -recommended vaccines.

Review of applications will begin on 4 March, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

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


Modern Arabic, Arabic, Arabic language, preceptor, language, Near East, Middle East

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