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Sessional Instructor - Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts

Job ID: 23471

Updated: July 27, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures within the Faculty of Arts is currently seeking applications for Sessional Instructors to teach the following section in the upcoming Fall 2021* session.

The University of Calgary is planning to safely welcome its students, faculty, and staff back to campus for the fall 2021 term. It is planning for increased in-person instruction, and thus, if Alberta Health Services deems it will be safe for us to return to campus, the successful candidates for positions will be expected to teach on-campus in-person. If it will not be possible for increased in-person instruction, the successful candidates for these positions will be expected to teach on-line.

Fall 2021 
ALMC 360.XX**    LEC    01    Tuesday/Thursday    15:30-16:45    Topics in Muslim Literatures 

**Course description: Study of literary texts within the context of the rich, diverse traditions and cultures of predominantly Muslim societies of the world. The topics previously taught under the rubric of this course include Literature of Muslim Societies, Literature of Muslim Diaspora and Muslim Women's Literature but the new applicant may propose a new topic as long as it is thematically related to Muslim Literatures.  


Candidates must have an educational background that includes the study of literatures of Muslim societies, the history of Muslim societies, religious studies, or a related discipline. Experience teaching at a North American university is required. 

Application Details:

Applications should be submitted online via the 'Apply Now' link; please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. The application package should include the following materials in PDF format: 

  • A current curriculum vitae and a cover letter including a short description of topics you would cover in the course, and relevant teaching experience
    • The cover letter should be directed to:
Dr. Mark Conliffe, Director
School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures
  • A tentative outline of the course (outlines are available on the School's website and can be used as models for your own)
  • Course syllabi (courses previously taught)
  • Teaching evaluations, if available

Applicants should also arrange to have 3 confidential letters of recommendation sent directly to [email protected] (if not already on file). At least 1 of the 3 letters must directly address the applicant's teaching ability.

Application Deadline:  August 5, 2021 

We thank you for your application. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered, and only successful applicants will be contacted.  

The Hiring Committee may need to access the teaching evaluation results (including USRIs) for those who have taught at the University of Calgary before, as part of the selection process. By submitting your application, you have given consent for the Hiring Committee to review your USRI(s). 

For more information on the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures and the University of Calgary, please visit our website at:

The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B.  Please see the Faculty Association's website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.  

* These courses are tentative, pending funding and sufficient enrollments. An offer of a Term Certain Sessional Instructor appointment may be cancelled in whole or in part by the Governors prior to the commencement of the appointment term (23.10 in the Collective Agreement).


The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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