Job Opening

Swahili Lecturer Position, Northwestern University

The Program of African Studies at Northwestern University invites applications for a full-time, two-year term limited position as Lecturer of Swahili language, to begin on September 1, 2018. This non-tenure appointment is full-time, benefits eligible.  Duties include teaching up to nine quarter-long courses (3 per term) of Swahili at both elementary and advanced levels.

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree (Ph.D. is preferred); native or near-native proficiency in Swahili and English, and teaching experience in U.S. higher education with specific experience teaching Swahili as a foreign language. Preference will be given to candidates who also have training (or background) in Foreign Language Pedagogy, or Second Language Acquisition. The successful candidate will bring excellence in language teaching, as well as enthusiasm and creativity in contributing to the vibrant Program of African Studies community, in participating in wider African-language program development, and in contributing to initiatives that relate to Swahili as the university continues to expand its global profile. Northwestern University is home of the oldest African Studies program in the United States and a renowned Africana library collection.

Applicants must submit a letter of application, CV, teaching portfolio (course syllabi and teaching evaluations can be uploaded together under ‘Teaching Experience’), statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation (at least one must describe in detail the applicant’s teaching quality in Swahili). Applications can be submitted via the Application Portal. Review of completed applications will begin on 25 May 2018.

Please direct any questions to Tiffany Williams-Cobleigh.


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.