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Professor of Literature and/or Translation Studies

American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (Kurdistan Region in Iraq)
Posted Date
Nov 14, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of English at the American University in Iraq, Sulaimani invites applications for an open-rank position, specializing either in Translation Studies or Literature and Composition.

 The successful candidate for the position will have:

  1. A. or PhD, at time of appointment, from an accredited college or university in Linguistics, Translation Studies, Literature, Writing Studies, or a closely related field.
  2. At least three years of experience in teaching at the postsecondary level.
  3. Evidence of outstanding teaching skills, including the ability to teach diverse populations and students for whom English is not a native language.
  4. Native or near native fluency in spoken and written English.
  5. For the Translation Studies position, candidates must demonstrate the ability to professionally translate between English and Kurdish, Arabic, or both. Demonstrated ability to teach courses in English linguistics, translation theory, and genre-specific translation classes (legal, literary, conference interpreting, etc.) is especially desirable, as is the ability to contribute to developing and refining curriculum for a major and minor in English Translation.
  6. For the Literature and Composition position, prior experience teaching writing at the postsecondary level is preferable, a demonstrated ability to teach courses in British Literature, Shakespeare, or Literature-and-Linguistics is especially desirable, and the ability to contribute to our programs in translation, gender studies, and journalism would be a significant bonus. Nonetheless, applicants from all specializations are welcome and will receive full consideration. A track record of scholarly, creative, or professional publication is desirable but not essential.

 Applicants who speak more than one language, and who have lived in more than one country, are preferred.  The Department is also interested in applicants willing to participate in activities related to Department accreditation, and in the development of new courses of study relevant to the region.

The English Department at AUIS offers majors and minors in English Literature and English Journalism. A minor in Gender Studies is pending final approval, with a major and minor in English Translation in development. Our department’s graduates have an exceptional rate of immediate employment or further study, both locally and abroad, from NGO work in Romania and with the British Council to masters programs at Harvard University and Boston University. Faculty at AUIS teach four courses per semester: in the English department this is usually three of a class in the core composition sequence (Argument; Critical Reading and Writing; or Research), and one upper-level class contributing to our majors and minors. Summer teaching opportunities are available and supplementary, not required.

The competitive compensation package for this position includes base salary, subsidized housing, airfare for personal leave, subsidized health insurance, professional memberships, conference attendance expenses, a generous holiday and leave policy, a start-up grant for research, and other elements.

Now celebrating its tenth year, AUIS is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts college in the scenic cultural capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  The University is educating a new generation of bright, motivated young men and women dedicated to critical thinking, acceptance of conflicting beliefs, and community involvement.  Its 1,600 students are taught in English by faculty members from 15 countries, with more than half of the faculty from the United States.  The University’s acclaimed foundation program is the first in Iraq to receive U.S. accreditation.  AUIS graduates have continued their studies at leading universities in the United States and Europe that include Harvard, Columbia, Tufts and Johns Hopkins. 

Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. The projected starting date is September, 2018.

 Applicants should submit the following requirements via email, with “English Department Position” in the subject line, to

  • a 2-page cover letter addressing your teaching/research achievements/interests and your qualifications for this particular position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A separate Teaching Philosophy

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide contact information for three academic and professional references.

No telephone calls please. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for a follow-up interview.  AUIS is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer that believes cultural diversity is essential to education.

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