Instructor of Arabic, Modern Languages



Job description

Bowling Green, KY

About Western Kentucky University:
Western Kentucky University (WKU): Founded in 1906, WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, an ethnically and racially diverse city of 61,500 people, about 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville. More than 50 different languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green and people from 35 nationalities call the area home. We seek to attract research- and teaching-active faculty, as well as staff members, from academically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The university’s population of approximately 20,000 students includes 35% first generation university/college, 15% underrepresented minority and 6% international students. A regional comprehensive university, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state and nation.

Please view our current openings to see how you can be a part of the Western Kentucky University community. We offer a very attractive benefits package including health, dental, life and long-term-disability insurance; retirement; flexible spending accounts; EAP services; and generous vacation, medical and holiday paid time off. We also offer an outstanding tuition remission policy for employees, their spouses and dependents.

Job Description:
The Department of Modern Languages seeks applicants for two year Instructor of Arabic position to begin in August 2019 (second year contingent upon funding). This grant-funded position will be located on WKU’s main campus in Bowling Green, KY. The position is full-time instructorship, teaching up to 12 hours per semester of introductory and intermediate course, including services related to instruction and program-building. In addition to teaching intermediate and introductory course in WKU’s Arabic program, this instructor will assist in the development of career-focused Arabic courses such as Arabic for Business, Arabic for Journalism and Arabic for International Service. This position is funded by the U.S. Department of Education grant. Continuation is dependent upon funding.

· Minimum of a Master’s degree in Arabic, Language Teaching or Second Language Acquisition or a related field
· Evidence of excellent teaching ability
· Experience with task-based, proficiency- oriented instruction aligned with ACTFL standards
· Experience developing Arabic courses and writing curricular materials
· Commitment to beginning and intermediate instruction
· Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
· Native or near native abilities in Arabic and English
· Demonstrate interest in or experience with serving a diverse student population
· Effective use of technology in instruction
· Interest in or experience in promoting Arabic programs
· Interest in or experience in developing career-related Arabic courses (Arabic for Business, Arabic for Journalism, Arabic for International Service)

Additional Information:
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

How to apply

The following items must be submitted by visiting by January 10,2019, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:
· Letter of Intent
· Curriculum Vita
· Unofficial Transcripts
· Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.

Bowling Green State University provides experiences that enhance lives. Students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. U.S. News and World Report names BGSU as one of the top 100 public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success. Within our transformative learning community, we build a welcoming, safe and diverse environment where the creative ideas and achievements of all can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation and the world.