USA – African Languages Coordinator

Assistant Professor & Coordinator of African Languages Program

The University of Florida’s Center for African Studies and the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures is seeking to hire a tenure-track assistant professor and coordinator of the African languages program, to begin in Fall 2004.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in a field related to African languages or literatures, language pedagogy or education, or linguistics. Native or near-native fluency in one or more African languages is also expected. Other qualifications include an excellent research record and distinction in teaching and mentoring students. Familiarity with Title VI African language programs and with relevant professional associations and programs such as ALTA, NCLCTL and NALRC is highly desirable.

The position will be a joint appointment between the Center for African Studies and the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, with the 50% appointment in the Center devoted to the coordination, supervision and administration of our growing African languages program. This will include such things as: recruitment, training and supervision of language teaching assistants; collection of language teaching materials; management of an individualized language instructional program; participation in the establishment of a B.A. degree in African Languages and Literatures; serving as the Center’s liaison with the Title VI community, the US Department of Education, and relevant professional organizations on issues related to languages.

The Center for African Studies is a Title VI National Resource Center with almost 100 affiliated faculty across campus. The Center works closely with the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures. Six African languages are taught regularly, including four by tenure-track faculty, and others are taught on an on-demand individualized instructional basis. With strong support from the University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the position will allow the successful applicant to participate in the expansion of a dynamic program.

To apply, please send a letter of application, CV, and any supporting materials postmarked by December 30, 2003, to the address below. Three letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to the same address. The University of Florida is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.

Dr. Agnes Ngoma Leslie
Chair, African languages search committee
Center for African Studies
P.O. Box 115560
The University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-5560

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