Teaching Associate Professorship in Arabic

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Østjylland (Aarhus)

The School of Culture and Society, Department of the Study of Religion invites applications for a teaching associate professorship in Arabic. The position is affiliated with the Arab and Islamic studies programme, and involves teaching modern standard Arabic (MSA) and at least one Arabic dialect.

The teaching associate professorship is a permanent position dedicated to full-time teaching, including professional development. The appointment begins on 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: The Department of the Study of Religion, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, Denmark.

The university wants its staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal background.

The position
We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate who can teach MSA and at least one Arabic dialect at all university levels.

For more information on the position, please contact Professor Mark Sedgwick (mjrs@cas.au.dk).

Employment as a teaching associate professor requires a Master’s degree in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) or in Arabic, or similar academic qualifications. Applicants are also expected to document:

  • Fluency in Arabic (native-speaker standard)
  • Relevant experience of teaching MSA and Arabic dialects at all levels
  • Experience of student supervision
  • Strong oral and written communicative skills
  • Experience in teaching in English or a Scandinavian language

Theoretical qualifications in language pedagogy and foreign language teaching as well as knowledge of technology-based language courses will also be important assets.

The applicant must submit a teaching portfolio including a list of courses taught, representative or sample course outlines, and representative student evaluations. Please see further below under the headline 'Formalities'.

The application must be uploaded in English.

For more information about applications, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, email mbb@au.dk

The position is open to applicants of any citizenship. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years of appointment, and appropriate support will be given for this purpose.

References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to state professional references.

Arab and Islamic studies
Both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Arab and Islamic studies are offered. The MA is taught in English, but much of the BA programme is usually taught in Danish. However, teaching will be conducted in English if the successful applicant does not know a Scandinavian language. The Arabic language plays a significant part in all programmes, and knowledge of Arabic is required for admission to the Master’s degree programme. For a more detailed description of the degree programmes, please refer to these websites: http://bachelor.au.dk/en/arab-and-islamic-studies and https://kandidat.au.dk/en/arabandislamicstudies/

School of Culture and Society
At the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:

    • From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
    • From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
    • From familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
    • From local questions to global challenges.

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

For a more detailed description of the School of Culture and Society, please see this website: http://cas.au.dk/en/.


In the absence of any statement to the contrary, applications must be submitted in English. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it at https://international.au.dk/

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Ansøgningsfrist: 19.02.2020

Placering: Aarhus Nordre Ringgade 1

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