Job Opening: Tamil Lecturer

Tamil Lecturer Position,

University of California, Berkeley

The Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for the position of LECTURER IN TAMIL commencing Fall 2013. The term of appointment is one year with capacity for renewal. The successful candidate will teach spoken and written registers of the Tamil language. Salary will be commensurate with teaching experience.

The applicant must possess a minimum of a B.A. degree or equivalent, by time of hire, from an accredited university, with a certified degree transcript. He or she must have advanced fluency and literacy in Tamil and proficiency in English, and be capable of teaching Tamil at all levels, from introductory to advanced. Candidates with a proven record of teaching experience and pedagogical excellence are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  •  can teach Tamil across dialects and regions, including Sri Lanka

  •  can compose and speak formal Tamil

  •  have taught students with no previous experience with the language

  •  have successfully developed teaching materials for Tamil as a second language.

Applications should be submitted to and should include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a current Curriculum Vitae; 3) a one-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy, submitted in both Tamil and English; 4) samples of relevant teaching materials authored by the applicant; and 5) teaching evaluations if available.

Reference letters from three referees are required, and applicants are responsible for requesting letters from their letter-writers through the online application system.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality:

The deadline to apply is May 31, 2013.  Applicants who have previously applied are welcome to update their application.

For information about the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, please visit our website at:

For information about the Center for South Asia Studies, please see

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  UC  Berkeley is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.