Job Posting: Hindi-Urdu Lecturer or Associate at Columbia University

The Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University announces openings in Hindi-Urdu language to be filled at the Lecturer or Associate in Discipline rank, beginning July 2010.


We are seeking professional language teachers with a serious commitment teaching languages for academic purposes. This is a full time appointment with multi-year renewal contingent on successful review.

Applicants should preferably have a Ph.D. in Hindi-Urdu, but those with a Master’s degree and considerable language teaching experience are also encouraged to apply. Salary and rank commensurate with experience.

We are seeking professional language teachers with a serious commitment to developing pedagogical materials and incorporating technological innovations into the curriculum. A background in Hindi-Urdu literature is an asset. Responsibilities will include teaching 2 or 3 courses per semester and other duties associate with the language program.

Successful candidates for all ranks (Lecturer, Associate) must have native or near native fluency in Hindi-Urdu and English, foreign language instruction experience, and an oral proficiency based approach. Our preferred applicants will be expert in reading and writing both Devanagari and Urdu scripts. Applicants who know only one script should submit their plans for rapidly learning the other script and for appropriately enhancing their vocabulary so that they will be able to deal effectively with a range of Hindi-Urdu styles in the classroom. Lecturers in Discipline (language) must have at least 2 years teaching experience.

An application letter including a brief description of the applicant’s teaching philosophy and methodology, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations and other supporting materials about teaching should be sent to our online secure site:

Applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2009.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.