Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science

Position Opening


University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing PVL # 89886

Working Title: Lecturer in Urdu


Degree and area of specialization: Minimum of an MA in applied linguistics, linguistics, literature, education or related field required. PhD preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Competence to teach Urdu through the third year required, with the ability to combine Urdu and Hindi at one of the three levels preferred. Prior experience in teaching both Urdu and Hindi as a foreign and/or heritage language at the tertiary level as well as experience with proficiency-based teaching materials development is preferred.

Position Summary:

Teach three levels of Urdu in the fall and spring semesters using performance-based approaches. The qualified candidate is expected to conduct combined Urdu-Hindi instruction at one of the three levels in both fall and spring semesters.

Principal duties:

Responsible for teaching preparation, preparation of syllabi, adapting teaching materials, holding office hours, student performance evaluations, full and regular participation in departmental pedagogical activities, regular meetings and collaboration with department pedagogy specialist. Instructors are expected to stay abreast with current foreign language teaching and testing theories and methods.


Full Time Salary Rate:     Negotiable

ACADEMIC (9 months)

Term:    This is a renewable appointment.

Appointment percent:   100%

Anticipated begin date: AUGUST 21, 2017

Number of Positions:      1


Application must be received by: MARCH 31, 2017

Title will be determined upon hire.

To apply for this position, please submit the following as one document:

- Curriculum vitae

- Cover letter that includes a one to two page statement of your teaching philosophy, including a self-reflection of your teaching development.

- A document that verifies superior fluency in Urdu and Hindi, such as Official ACTFL certification or a reference letter from an expert.

- Documentation of superior teaching ability. This should include a sample of teaching materials you developed (with the English translation), and if possible, student evaluations of courses previously taught.

- (Optional but preferred) A 30 minute video example of your teaching. Include video link in cover letter.

You will be asked to provide contact information for three references; they will each receive an electronic link through which they can upload a signed letter of reference.

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Anthony Cerulli, Associate Professor