Visiting Lecturer – Kurdish Language



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Job description

Appointment Status: Non-Tenure Track

Department: IU Bloomington Central Eurasian Studies

Position Summary
The Department of Central Eurasian Studies in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington seeks a non-tenure track, full-time, visiting lecturer in Kurdish language, especially the Sorani dialect. The appointment begins August 1, 2023. Initial contract will be for three years, renewable each year after faculty review, based on availability of funding. Successful applicant must demonstrate commitment to excellence in teaching, public engagement, and program development of Kurdish language within Indiana University’s world-class Central Eurasian Studies faculty as well as within the Hamilton Lugar School.

Successful applicant will work closely with the Center for the Study of the Middle East and the Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) to ensure the quality of curriculum design and to ensure timely creation of pedagogical materials. Successful applicant also will work closely with and provide the Center for the Study of the Middle East and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center with specific data for grant reporting and future applications.

The position will begin August 1, 2023.

Basic Qualifications
MA degree required in a subfield of Kurdish studies such as language acquisition, linguistics, or literature. Native-speaker or equivalent Kurdish language proficiency required, especially in Sorani Kurdish. Successful applicant will be expected to teach Kurdish language, particularly the Sorani dialect, to undergraduate and graduate students at multiple levels (introductory, intermediate, advanced, post-advanced) as determined by the department. Development of pedagogical materials in Sorani Kurdish is required, therefore ability to conduct pedagogical research on the Kurdish language is necessary.

Department Contact for Questions
For Questions regarding the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, or the nature of the position, please contact Ms. April Younger, Departmental Administrator, Department of Central Eurasian Studies ([email protected]). For questions regarding the submission process for applications to the vacancy, please contact Mr. Zac Muller, Assistant Director of Faculty Relations, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies ([email protected]).

Additional Qualifications
Previous experience teaching Kurdish as a second/foreign language in the classroom and in distance and online settings is desirable. PhD or ABD preferred in a subfield of Kurdish studies such as language acquisition, linguistics, or literature..

How to apply

Application materials should include a cover letter, CV, career statement describing teaching, service, program building experiences, and teaching philosophy, previous teaching materials and course evaluations, pervious teaching materials development samples, letters from three academic references, samples of published, in-press, and forthcoming work, and a diversity and inclusion statement.

Review of applications will begin immediately, with all applications submitted by March 16, 2023 being guaranteed full consideration. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at (

India na University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

For Best Consideration Date: 03/16/2023

Expected Start Date: 08/01/2023

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