National African Language Resource Center

Assistant Professor - Somali Language and Culture


The Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) at The Ohio State University invites applications for tenure-track Assistant professor to teach courses in Somali language and culture beginning in fall 2012. Native or near native command of Somali is expected since the candidate will teach beginning, intermediate, advanced, and conversation courses in the language. The candidate’s area of specialization could include the following: Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Education, Sociolinguistics, or related disciplines. Particular attention will be given to candidates who can teach both Somali and Swahili. Successful candidates will be expected to teach four courses per year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and develop new interdisciplinary and advanced courses in language, society, and culture. In addition, the candidate will also be expected to direct a study abroad program to East Africa. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of application.

Deadline for the first consideration of applications is March 1, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send your application materials: Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae (CV), Three letters of reference, and Writing Sample to:

                             Dr. Lupenga Mphande, Search Committee Chairperson
                             African Languages Program
                             Department of African American and African Studies
                             The Ohio State University
                             486 University Hall 230 North Oval Mall
                             Columbus, Ohio 43210-1319.

The Ohio State University, one of the nation’s leading public research universities, provides a distinctive educational experience for students and a research program of significant strength. It has also one of the largest African languages programs in the country.The Ohio State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.