Lecturer - Arabic Cultural Studies (Teaching Focused) Dubai - School of Languages, Cultures, Art His

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University of Birmingham
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mar 31, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Department of Modern Languages

University of Birmingham, Dubai campus

Salary: Competitive

Grade 8

Full time


Location: Dubai, UAE

Closing date: 22 April 2021

University of Birmingham Dubai

An opportunity has arisen to become part of the University of Birmingham and to join our mission to deliver a world-class British university education in the global city and international hub of Dubai. We opened a campus in Dubai in November 2017, becoming the first global top 100 and Russell Group University to establish a campus in this rapidly developing international education hub. The University of Birmingham Dubai provides opportunities for students to study on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to the same recognised standards as those delivered on our UK campus.

Our Phase 2 Dubai campus opening in 2021 will provide an academic home for up to 2,900 students, a community for Birmingham alumni in the region and a hub for local and global outreach and engagement activities.

Job Summary

The University of Birmingham Dubai has identified the development of Arabic Cultural and Regional Studies as a strategic priority. Initially this will take the form of a flexible but thematically coherent undergraduate provision with modules and pathways offered to undergraduate and study abroad students at the Dubai campus. Drawing on a small existing provision, the remaining modules are to be developed and phased in over 1-2 years. A key target for the provision will be to develop productive relationships with subject areas and departments across the University, both in Dubai and in the UK. It is anticipated that the subject area will develop a distinctive pedagogic and research profile within 3-5 years. The overarching aim of the provision will be to enhance the employment prospects of graduates through critical engagement with the contemporary and historical cultural context of the region. The teaching of Arabic language to non-native speakers will be central to this provision (Modern Standard Arabic), adopting approaches underpinned by the latest digital technologies and informed by innovative and blended approaches to language learning developed by the Department of Modern Languages. Language teaching will have a dual focus: to facilitate communication in local society and to serve as a means of deepening understanding of regional culture, with language and culture intertwined. The underlying ethos of the programme will be to engage with Arab society in its own terms and to do this through the development of sophisticated language skills and intercultural critical thinking among students, integrating historical and contemporary perspectives, to enable students to be competitively employable.

Main Duties

As a Lecturer in Arabic Cultural studies, you will make a substantial contribution to the management, development and delivery of teaching and assessment, enhancing student experience and employability. Through excellent teaching, you will inspire students, and be informed by discipline-based research as well as contribute to the management and administration in Dubai.

Teaching focused Lecturer role-holders will:
  • Contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal in line with the future direction of the Department; and
  • Develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are innovative to the subject area or institution; and
  • Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment; and
  • Advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support; and
  • Inform their teaching practice by discipline-based research; and
  • Frequently update their own subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes; and
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University

In addition, they may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise, with a research-focused or research and teaching, focused member of staff, doctoral students to completion.

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates and postgraduates, in line with the future direction of the Department/programme. This may include:
  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels, including language teaching and teaching in the target language
    • Design and deliver new, engaging and innovative teaching
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and acting as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate.
  • Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work contributing to the final award - as a mark or as credit- such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations).
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
    • Provide developmental support to students
    • If not already attained, to complete a programme of study leading to the award of the PGCHE, or equivalent professional teaching qualification

Management/ Administration

To contribute to Departmental /School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:
  • Contribute to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School
  • Advise on personal development of students
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).
  • Manage knowledge exchange, enterprise, business development, public engagement, widening participation, and schools outreach activities that are of manifest benefit to the College and University.
  • Actively manage equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.

Person specification

Applications are invited from candidates qualified to postgraduate level in Arabic studies who are able to demonstrate experience of teaching Arabic as a foreign language in Higher Education. Teaching experience should include the delivery of both Arabic language and cultural/historical modules across institution-wide language programmes and/or substantive undergraduate degrees in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies or related subject areas. The ability to use appropriate, up-to-date technology in the effective learning of languages and to understand works of culture is essential. Specific expertise in digital language learning (e.g. adaptive AI, language apps) and/or translation technologies is desirable. A professionally-orientated qualification in second language teaching and/or PGCHE is desirable. It is expected that applicants will have knowledge and experience of university processes, including the preparation of course documentation, course review and quality enhancement, and subject standards, for which a high standard of written English is required. An early career research profile (for example, conference papers, chapters in books) in a relevant area is desirable but not necessary, as the primary focus of the post will, in the first instance, be the development and delivery of teaching. Experience of external engagement will also be considered desirable.

Preference may be given to candidates whose interests lie in one or more of the following areas, but consideration will be given to all outstanding candidates:
  • Translation and/or interpreting Arabic/English
  • Applied language studies, or language pedagogy

You will:
  • Normally, hold a higher Degree (usually PhD) in a relevant subject area or a closely related discipline.
  • Be able to demonstrate teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
  • Have extensive experience and be able to demonstrate success in developing appropriate approaches to (digital) learning and teaching and advising colleagues.
  • Have the understanding and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.

In return, you will receive a competitive package and be a key part of expanding and ambitious University as we develop our international reputation and global footprint.

This is a full-time post, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The University of Birmingham is an Athena Swan Bronze award holder and committed to providing a supportive work environment for our staff and providing equal opportunities in our recruitment process.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and will take flexible working option into consideration during the process.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Helen Abbott, Head of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music - Email h.abbott@bham.ac.uk (Birmingham) and Abir Ahmed, Lecturer in Education, PGCE - Arabic (Dubai) - Email ahmedame@bham.ac.uk

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We value diversity at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community