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Harvard University PRECEPTOR IN THAI in Cambridge, Massachusetts



School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area South Asian Studies

Position Description

The Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University, seeks applications for a Preceptor in Thai. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1st, 2023 or January 1st, 2024 (with a preference for July 1st, 2023). The Preceptor will be responsible for teaching five Thai language courses per year. Applicants should be prepared to offer language instruction at all levels and coordinate a Thai language sequence. This is a term appointment of three years, renewable for a term of up to five years (eight years in total), contingent on performance and divisional dean authorization.

Basic Qualifications

Native or near-native fluency in Thai. Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching Thai at all levels.

Additional Qualifications

Advanced graduate training in Thai language, literature, and culture, or a strong graduate record in another area connected to the study of Thailand or Southeast Asia.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (

  1. Cover letter, including a description of teaching/advising experience and philosophy and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Names and contact information of three 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.

Candidates are encouraged to apply by April 14th, 2023. Please note that references will not be invited to upload their letters until the complete application has been submitted online.

Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new faculty and other employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID -19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID -19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID -19 Information Website.

Contact Information

Jorge Espada, Associate Director for Southeast Asia Programs, Harvard Asia Center

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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


Preceptor, Thai, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England

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