Posted: Apr 21, 2021

Lecturer in Yoruba

Brown University - Providence, RI
Application Deadline: N/A
African Studies

The Center for Language Studies (CLS) at Brown University seeks a dynamic language professional for a full-time position as Visiting Lecturer in Yoruba beginning July 1st, 2021.  The ideal candidate has experience teaching Yoruba at the university-level.  This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent upon a successful review and the continued needs of the university.  


Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island, has a thriving department of Africana Studies and a Program in Development Studies and wishes to expand its language program in Yoruba. Through study of the language, we seek to support work and scholarship exploring the impact, transformation and resignification of Yoruba, as a diasporic language, in the literature and cultures of various societies in the Americas. We expect the candidate to be motivated to grow the program through excellence in teaching and through programming initiatives relevant to undergraduate students. The new colleague will join the faculty in World Languages and Cultures. The teaching load is 6 courses per academic year (2 semesters).



1. Ability to teach multiple levels of Yoruba; 2. Familiarity with and commitment to innovative methods of language instruction; 3. Experience with online language teaching preferred; 4. Minimum of Master’s degree or equivalent in language pedagogy, modern languages, applied linguistics or related field required; 5. Native or near native-proficiency in English and Yoruba; 6. Ability to teach a first-year undergraduate seminar in English on a topic pertaining to the candidate’s discipline and research is especially welcome; 7. Fluency in another language is desirable. 

Please apply through interfolio using the following link where you will also find application Instructions: 

Please use the Interfolio link above to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, if available, or a statement of teaching philosophy, two sample syllabi, and a statement on your commitment to a culture of equity and inclusion, as well as two letters of reference.  Review of applications will start on May 17, 2021.

Any questions should be addressed to Jane Sokolosky, CLS Director, at [email protected].