Assistant Professor and Language Programme Coordinator

United Kingdom
Oct 10, 2020
Oct 28, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom is recruiting a full-time position for leading its upcoming Language Centre. The incumbent will have proven leadership skills with experience of establishing and managing successful revenue-generating programmes. The position will involve full academic duties including research, teaching and administration of language programmes.


Main Duties

  • Undertake research activities in the field of specialisation consistent with the interests ofAKU-ISMC and in consultation with the Dean and Head of Research, AKU-ISMC.
  • Pursue in-depth, independent researchwith important contributions to the field.
  • Establish informal links and researchcontacts with peers at other institutions in the UK and internationally.
  • Apply for external research fundingindependently and/or in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Share research findings withcolleagues within and outside AKU-ISMC.
  • Publish research through peer-reviewedjournal articles and/or book chapters in English.
  • Supervise PhD students, as required.
  • Actively engage in research activitieswithin AKU-ISMC.

  • Organise, plan anddeliver the Institute's current and future language programmes.
  • Teach Arabic and Persianon the Institute's MA in Muslim Cultures (a minimum of 2 courses persemester), short courses (minimum of 2 per academic year), summer programmeand other activities, as required.
  • Ensure consistent highstandard in teaching.
  • Contribute to theactivities aimed at improving teaching quality at AKU-ISMC.
  • Work towards obtainingHEA (Advance HE) fellowship.
  • Supervise students onAKU-ISMC's Masters programme.

  • Takeresponsibility for the development, management and administration oflanguage programme for MA, short courses, summer programme and othereducational activities
  • Developand implement appropriate standards, develop and review curriculum,pedagogical and assessment requirements for the language programme
  • Developand coordinate evaluation of language programme at the end of eachsemester. Discuss outcomes and recommendations with the Head ofEducational Programmes
  • Plan andcoordinate language assessments for students before the start of eachacademic year, and as required, during the year
  • Plan andorganise language immersion programme for MA students. Coordinateadministrative aspects of the programme including liaison with partnerinstitutions and dealing with Programme Administrator and Student ServicesOfficer for logistics arrangements
  • Participatein committee work within AKU and AKU-ISMC, as required.
  • Activelycontribute to AKU-ISMC's academic programmes and activities.
  • Undertakespecific projects or activities, as required, from time to time by theDean and Senior Management Team of AKU-ISMC.


  • PhD in a related discipline
  • Strong knowledge of Arabic and Persian texts and historical contexts of the language with demonstrated ability to teach students at an advanced level
  • Ability to develop short courses in national and regional languages spoken in Muslim societies
  • Excellent pedagogical skills and substantial teaching experience; including designing and delivering courses to non-native speakers at post-graduate level
  • Experience of teaching and supervising a culturally diverse group of students
  • Strong commitment to excellence in teaching, advising, and working in a multicultural environment that fosters diversity and dedication to quality/development of student learning
  • Track record of planning and administration of language programme(s), with excellent organisational skills
  • Sensitivity to the challenges and opportunities of teaching a second language
  • Demonstrable familiarity with a range of approaches to language teaching and language assessment
  • Excellent command of English with excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with all levels
  • High quality publications appropriate to the candidate's years of experience

  • Familiarity with language centres abroad for the teaching of Arabic and Persian
  • Ability to motivate students and to adopt/develop innovative methods of language teaching
  • Experience of managing a team of language instructors
  • Strong team working skills with good self-motivation and the ability to work autonomously
  • Evidence of public engagement
  • Considerable knowledge of contemporary debates concerning Muslim societies, and willingness to engage in public discussions about such issues

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