The Council on African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University invites applications for a Lector or Senior Lector in African Languages for IsiZulu beginning July 1, 2020 for a three-year term, renewable, with rank dependent on qualifications/experience. Primary duties include teaching six courses in an academic year: three in the Fall and three in the Spring. The courses are comprised of Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced IsiZulu. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to consider proposing a new course based on his/her area of research interest. He/she will be responsible for developing the curriculum and pedagogic materials for IsiZulu and related linguistic/cultural resources. The incumbent will also advise students and participate collaboratively in the development of African Studies programming at Yale. We are especially interested in candidates whose language and content expertise will complement existing cross-disciplinary scholarship in the Council. The individual will also teach through Yale’s shared course initiative, in which students from partner institutions participate online in beginning and advanced language courses. Salary is commensurate with experience and background.


All applicants should have: 1) advanced level of expertise in IsiZulu; 2) strong English skills; 3) experience in teaching IsiZulu in a college or university environment; 4) an M.A. or other advanced degree in a relevant discipline; 5) experience in language pedagogy and familiarity with current methodology.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; and two letters of recommendation.

We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on December 1, 2019 and continuing until the selections are final.

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio.

For question, please contact:
Cristin Siebert, Program Director, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, P.O. Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 USA. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.