Persian Language and Culture (Instructor, tenure-track)

17 Oct, 2019

The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Persian Language and Culture at the rank of Instructor, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses and developing curriculum in Persian language and culture.

Requirements include: advanced proficiency in Persian; a Ph.D. in Persian Language and Linguistics, Persian Applied Linguistics, Persian language pedagogy, or a closely related field; exceptional organizational and leadership skills; evidence of substantial experience and excellent teaching ability in Persian for both heritage and non-heritage learners at the post-secondary level in North America; experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs. Individuals with experience in community outreach, program coordination and design, and teaching innovative Content-Based Instruction (CBI) curriculum for advanced learners of Persian are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or expect to have successfully defended) prior to the starting date. The normal teaching load of an Instructor is six 3-credit courses over the academic year. Courses will range from first- to third-year undergraduate courses and the bulk of the annual teaching load will be courses in Persian Language for both heritage and non-heritage learners, with occasional content courses taught in English. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with tenure-stream Asian Studies faculty in South Asian and Persianate and Islamic history and culture, and with any future hires in the area of Persian/Iranian Studies.

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit:

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, complete transcripts of one’s post-secondary education, a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also prepare two sample teaching videos (one each for non-heritage and heritage learners), uploaded to YouTube (or equivalent platform) as unlisted videos, with links sent as part of their application submission.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (preferably by language teaching professionals) sent by the same deadline to the email address below.

Other hiring information:

The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 18, 2019.  The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2020.

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the Department’s careers website,  Inquiries may be sent to

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.