Career Track Assistant Professor of Persian Language Search

The University of Arizona located in Tucson, Arizona is seeking a qualified applicant for the position Assistant Professor of Persian Language, Career Track to teach the Persian language at all levels, from introductory to advanced.  The job duties are: Plan the courses and create their syllabi; promote the courses on the UA campus; provide instruction, meet with and mentor students; grade assignments and provide students with feedback; advocate for Persian and Iranian studies at UA; plan cultural and other activities to advertise and promote Persian language and Persian studies; attend departmental meetings; serve on departmental committees and advise graduate students. The position requires a Ph.D. or Ph.D. ABD in Persian language, applied linguistics, literature or foreign equivalent; native or near-native fluency in both modern Persian and English (ability to read, write and speak in the English and Persian Languages); incidental domestic and foreign travel for meetings, seminars, and conferences. This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check. To view the job posting and to submit all application materials, please visit



This position is supported by the Elahé Omindyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language endowment and is also supported by the state-funded eminent Scholars Program, which is designed to help attract and retain leading scholars.  That this gift qualifies for the Eminent Scholars Program means that it will grow faster, supporting Persian Language instruction at the university in perpetuity.

Founded in 2000 by Elahé Omindyar Mir-Djalali, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute supports educational and cultural activities that promote understanding, transmission and instruction of Persian language and Culture. Dr. Mir-Djalali is an expert in language education, cross-cultural communication, and Persian studies. She is also recognized for her pioneering efforts in nurturing the next generation of Persian studies specialists. in 2018, the Ministry of Culture in France bestowed upon Dr. Mir-Djalali the title of Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres - one of France's most prestigious awards - in recognition of her lifelong and significant contributions to Persian arts and culture in France and around the world.

Persian is considered a critical language by the US government, which promotes Persian study as critical to the country's national policies and economic prosperity. Currently, the UA offers four levels of Persian to about 30 students each semester as part of a larger and successful program in Persian and Iranian studies.

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