[INDOLOGY] Job announcement: Urdu Instructional Professor, University of Chicago

Tyler Williams tylerwwilliams at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 23:13:51 UTC 2023

Dear colleagues,

I would be grateful if you could circulate the following job announcement
among any interested colleagues (including graduate students); it is for
the position of Instructional Professor in Urdu at the University of
Chicago, to begin in September 2024. In addition to the description below,
the job announcement and a link to the application portal may be found at this
stable URL <https://apply.interfolio.com/137341>. (
https://apply.interfolio.com/137341). The deadline for applications is
January 4, 2024.

With thanks,

Tyler W. Williams
Associate Professor
Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago

Instructional professor (open rank) in Urdu language

*The University of Chicago: Humanities Division: Department of South Asian
Languages and Civilizations*


Chicago IL

*Open Date*

Dec 01, 2023


Jan 04, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College
of the University of Chicago seek an experienced teacher of Urdu language
to help grow its existing offerings in South Asian languages. We invite
applications for a position as an Instructional Professor (open rank) in
Urdu language. The position begins in academic year 2024-25, with a start
date of September 1, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The selected
candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Instructional
Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor,
depending on qualifications and educational background. The initial
appointment will be for a minimum of two years, with longer initial terms
possible depending on previous experience and initial rank, with review and
progression schedule determined by a collective bargaining agreement
between the University and the Service Employees International Union.

Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching
normally consists of seven courses across three quarters, at least 6 of
which are Urdu language courses, at all levels of the language. One
additional course may include non-language offerings in the College Core or
in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, to be
determined in consultation with the Department and College. Service duties
may include advising undergraduate theses, creating and overseeing Urdu
placement exams and graduate language exams, teaching independent studies,
and engaging in outreach, or other program-specific duties. Instructional
Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional


Applicants are required to have at least one year of previous experience
teaching Urdu at the college or post-secondary level, preferably at a North
American institution. An M.A. degree or equivalent is required. A Ph.D. in
a related field is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient
language ability for teaching Urdu in a university context. Preferred
qualifications include:

·         Experience teaching students with differing experience and goals,
e.g., heritage and non-heritage learners, undergraduate and graduate

·         specialized training in second language acquisition, second
language pedagogy, and/or assessment

·         proficiency with digital pedagogical tools and methods.

*Application Instructions*

To apply for this position, please submit your application through the
University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at
An application must include:

·         a cover letter

·         curriculum vitae

·         a teaching statement

·         one sample syllabus for Introductory Urdu

·         a second sample syllabus for a non-language course

·         the names and contact information for three recommenders.

Application deadline: *All applicant materials must be received through the
application system by 11pm Central Time/Midnight Eastern Time on Jan 4,
2024. *Candidates may be asked to submit additional material following the
initial review of applications.

This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and
conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective
bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees
International Union. For information on the Department of South Asian
Languages and Civilizations, please go to *https://salc.uchicago.edu/
<https://salc.uchicago.edu/>*. For questions about the position, please
contact Isaac Rainey at *idr at uchicago.edu <tracyd at uchicago.edu>*.
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