Preceptor in African Languages

The Department of African and African American Studies seeks applications for TWO preceptors in African languages. Preferred languages for one Preceptor include the languages of West Africa -Yoruba, Igbo, Twi, Fufulde/Pulaar, Bamana, Hausa, and West African Pidgin. Preferred languages for the second Preceptor include Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromo, Gez, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Juba Arabic, and Egyptian Arabic. The appointments are expected to begin July 1, 2019. Reporting to the Director of the African Language Program, in close collaboration with the African Language Program Coordinator, the successful candidates will:

• teach one or two West African language courses at all levels (Preceptor 1)
• teach one or two languages of the Horn of Africa (Preceptor 2)
• assist in the development of language learning materials – online and to author monographs in the languages appointed for
• participate in weekly training and professional development activities on campus and regionally.
• work with Teaching Assistants towards the improvement of African languages taught at Harvard University 
• participate in weekly teacher training workshops for teachers of African languages.

The position is for one year. Reappointment may be possible on a yearly basis for up to eight years (within the eligibility guidelines of the FAS), contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean authorization.

Basic Qualification

The successful applicants should have a scholarly background in the linguistics of the language family of their expertise, literature, history or the social sciences, native-level fluency, strong interest in teaching language and culture, experience teaching American students, and an openness to learning new teaching methods.

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