Lecturer in Arabic

The Faculty of Humanities, vacancy 13-371

Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

The Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime position as Lecturer in Arabic. Appointment will be fixed-term from August 2014 through July 2016, with the possibility of extensions of up to four years, and of tenure thereafter. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research. Leiden University is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Currently, the University has about 17,000 students and 4,000 staff.

The Faculty of Humanities consists of the Institutes for Area Studies, Creative & Performing Arts, Cultural Disciplines, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It has approximately 4,500 students and 900 staff. Staff and students come from all over the world. The Faculty offers 30 BA programs and 45 MA programs. Its Graduate School annually awards about 70 PhD degrees.

The Lecturer will hold a position in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). LIAS is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills, and comprises a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies. The Lecturer will teach in Middle-Eastern Studies, International Studies, and other programs and courses as required. There are excellent opportunities for synergy with lecturers in other languages.

Current staff in Middle-Eastern Studies have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archeology, Art & Visual Studies, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Material Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Studies, and Religious Studies.

Lecturer in Arabic
Vacancy number 13-371

Duties and responsibilities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, in all modalities;

  • A central role in curriculum development;

  • Acquisition of external project funding;

  • Co-supervision of BA and MA theses, and of PhD research, if applicable;

  • Administrative duties;

  • Representation of the field to external audiences and media.


  • MA degree in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) or equivalent, e.g. Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy with specialization in Arabic. The Lecturer will be expected to critically monitor and use developments in research on TAFL and language pedagogy at large.

  • Native proficiency in one or more dialects of spoken Arabic and fluency in Modern Standard Arabic. Proficiency in Classical Arabic is an advantage.

  • Commitment to and expertise in high-quality, multi-media, multi-mode teaching practice. Work experience at institutions located outside the Arabic world is an advantage.

  • While the position has no research component, a PhD degree in a relevant field may be an advantage.

  • While primary duties will lie in language acquisition classes, demonstrable ability to teach content courses in Middle-Eastern Studies (culture, history, linguistics, modern society, etc) may be an advantage.

  • An excellent command of English. Most MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and English may be used in BA teaching as well. If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, (s)he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty, primarily for administrative purposes. LIAS will fund her/his enrolment in the University’s Academic Language Center.

  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the Lecturer may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for extensions and tenure.

Terms of employment

The position has a salary range from gross € 3259 to € 4462 per month (pay scale 11), commensurate with qualifications, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Depending on qualifications, the appointee may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until s/he fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

How to apply

Review of applications will commence by 3 February 2014 and continue until the position is filled or this call is closed. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for March or April 2014. Queries to Maghiel van Crevel (m.van.crevel@hum.leidenuniv.nl), with cc to Petra Sijpesteijn (p.m.sijpesteijn@hum.leidenuniv.nl) Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the Arabic Language Search Committee at vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – 13-371’:

• A CV including education and employment history, publications, courses taught, grants and awards, and languages with indication of proficiency
• A letter of motivation including a personal vision of TAFL and its international development, including reflection on the place of TAFL in different programs, e.g. Middle-Eastern Studies and International Studies
• A teaching statement (1 page)
• Two sample course descriptions
• Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Laatst Gewijzigd: 26-12-2013