Professor in Persian

University of Chicago Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations


The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago invite applications for appointment to an open-rank position as Instructional Professor in modern Persian. Start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2021. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications and educational background.

Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of six courses in Persian language across three quarters, both elementary and intermediate, as well as a seventh topical Advanced Persian course (Persian of the Media, modern Persian fiction or poetry, Iranian History, etc.). Service duties may include assistance with student placement, programmatic assessment, coordination of the Persian Language Circle, Conversation Table, or other program-specific duties. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development.


Applicants should demonstrate previous language teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level. An M.A. degree or equivalent is required. Candidates with specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and/or assessment are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates whose pedagogy integrates multimedia and other modern pedagogical tools in the classroom. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency for teaching Persian in a university context, e.g. through an ACTFL-certified result at the Superior level or higher, or through receipt of an advanced degree earned in a Persian-language context.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at An application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, one sample syllabus for elementary or intermediate Persian, and the names and contact information of three potential recommenders. Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following the initial review.

Application deadline: All applicant materials must be received by February 11, 2021 at 11pm central time.

This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to For questions about the position, please contact Amanda Young at

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