The University of Montana seeks a full-time Afghan languages (Dari/Pashto) specialist to help create curriculum and provide instruction for a Defense Critical Language/Culture program funded by the Department of Defense. The primary projected need is for the development and instruction of six month intensive language courses for personnel preparing to serve in Afghanistan. The successful candidate will also be asked to help develop on-line, intermediate level Afghan languages (Dari/ Pashto) exercises for primarily military use, and perhaps also to help develop a curriculum for 'survival Afghan' language courses. The latter assignments would be pursued during intervals between the periodically scheduled six month courses.
Applicants must have near-native or native proficiency in Afghan languages. The successful candidate will work on a six month contract renewable on evaluation of performance and confirmation of funding, though the exact salary level will be based on individual qualifications and experience. Priority will be given to those with experience in intensive language instruction, particularly in a military or government setting. A knowledge of current language education technology available for use in remote and classroom language learning - to include SMART Boards, notebook PCs and iPods - is highly desirable. Final hiring is contingent upon applicant's ability to obtain a level 3 ACTFL OPI certification in Dari/ Pashtu.
This appointment is for a six-month term, subject to confirmation of funding. There is some prospect for renewal.
Program faculty will report to the Defense Critical Language Program Director and to Mansfield Center Defense Critical Language / Cultural Program Director (http://www.umt.edu/mansfield/dclcp) . The new instructor will have faculty associate status at the Mansfield Center.
The University of Montana is located in Missoula, Montana, in the heart of the Northern Rockies (and the warmer western part of the state). Missoula offers a stunning natural landscape where five valleys and three major rivers converge. The University of Montana is one of two primary universities in the Montana University System. The campus in Missoula is located in a cosmopolitan Rocky Mountain community of 100,000 often singled out in national publications for its arts scene and quality of life. As a research-oriented, doctorate-granting institution, The University of Montana-Missoula has responsibility for the liberal arts and sciences and selected professional and technical education in the State of Montana. The Missoula campus enrolls approximately 14,000 students with a faculty of some 800. The University of Montana has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service.
We will consider applications as they are received and will accept applications until the position is filled. We will begin interviews as soon as possible and anticipate making a decision on a qualified candidate swiftly.
HOW TO APPLY
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