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Lead Instructor in Somali Language at the University of Minnesota

The Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota is looking for a full-time lecturer and/or teaching specialist to teach and lead the Somali program, focusing on the teaching of lower, intermediate, and potentially advanced division language skills courses, with the possibility of creating an upper-level content course. This position is a one – year renewable appointment. Responsibilities include developing the curriculum for and conducting Somali language classes, designing materials and assessments, holding office hours to assist and advise students, turning in grades in a timely manner, responding to student and department inquiries, participating in relevant training and meetings, and strengthening and growing our community engagement and cultural immersion with the Somali community in the Twin Cities. Participation in Orientation Week is required. Continued personal growth within the profession, keeping current with the field and broadening knowledge and expertise, is expected. The teaching load is three courses (or their equivalent) per semester.


Initial review of applications will be February 19, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

Here are the following required documents to upload as Attachments to the HR portal:

Cover letter (approximately 2 pages)
Statement of Teaching Philosophy (2 pages)

In addition, three letters of recommendation are required and should be sent separately by e-mail to aaashire@umn.edu