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How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply by completing the application located at You will be required to upload a letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy, a current CV, and the names and email addresses for three people who will provide letters of recommendation. You will also have the option to upload self-developed teaching materials, evidence of teaching excellence, and to provide a link to a teaching demonstration video.

Job Summary

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan invites applications for the position of Lecturer I in Tamil beginning September 1, 2019. Responsibilities include instruction at any assigned levels, curriculum development, producing quality and innovative teaching materials, and active involvement in teamwork and program affairs. Appointment level will be 100%. This is a renewable one-year appointment.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants should have a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as the following: language pedagogy (in Tamil language preferred), second language acquisition, or linguistics. Native or near-native proficiency in Tamil and English is required.

Desired Qualifications*

At least one year of experience teaching Tamil at the college/university level is preferred.  Preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with contemporary second language teaching methodologies, instructional technologies, heritage/non-heritage teaching, and curriculum development and have typing skills in Tamil.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Dr. Syed Ali (

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is May 10, 2019.

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Syed Ali (

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.