Arabic Second Language Acquisition Conference at U-M: September 24-25, 2016

You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the International Conference “Investigating Arabic Second Language Learning: Empirical Findings and Trends” to be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The conference is an open forum for scholars interested in exploring empirically the different aspects of Arabic second/foreign language learning within current approaches, including:

Formal (generative, functional, typological)
Cognitive (processability, attention, noticing and awareness)
Input-based (input processing, input, interaction and output)
Frequency and usage based
Language socialization
Discourse, Conversation, or Pragmatic

Languages of the conference
English and Arabic

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts

February 28, 2016

Notification of abstract acceptance
March 30, 2016

Following the conference, papers which are recommended by external peer reviewers will be published in a book under contract with Routledge.

Please contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mohammad Alhawary:



CASA Fellowship Application 2016-2017

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) is pleased to announce that it will offer CASA I Full-Year Fellowships for advanced Arabic language study for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The application deadline is Monday, January 6, 2016.

Please see the attachment or visit the CASA website for full program details and application information:

CASA I Announcement 2016-2017

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Palestinian Studies

Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for the inaugural post-doctoral fellowship in Palestinian Studies. The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal to a maximum of two years. The fellowship is part of the ongoing initiative, New Directions in Palestinian Studies, which seeks to critically explore and facilitate innovative lines of academic inquiry in this field. We especially welcome candidates who thrive in an interdisciplinary environment and whose work is informed by comparative and global perspectives.


The position is open to all the humanities and social science disciplines. Scholars who received PhDs within five years of the application deadline are eligible to apply. Residence in the Providence area is required for most of the duration of the appointment, unless approval for research-related travel is obtained in advance. Fellows will teach one class a year, take a leadership role in organizing the annual New Directions in Palestinian Studies Symposium, advise students, and participate in research-related programming on campus. The annual stipend is $55,000, plus a health insurance subsidy. Additional funding for conference-related travel and other research expenses is available.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 24. The following materials should be submitted prior to that date to the application portal in interfolio (

1. A brief cover letter stating the applicant’s academic field, area of specialization, and a short summary of the proposed work during the fellowship period.

2. A curriculum vitae.

3. A statement describing the applicant’s proposed research for the duration of the fellowship: this may emphasize the preparation of a book manuscript for publication, but should also include a summary of the research questions, goals, and methodological approaches of additional research. The statement should not exceed 2,000 words, including all bibliographic references and supplementary material.

4. Three letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s research.

5. Writing sample.

6. A proposed class syllabus.

Skype interviews will be conducted with short-listed candidates. Awards will be announced in  early 2016.

For further information, please visit the Middle East Studies website (, or contact:

Beshara Doumani

Director, Middle East Studies

Brown University

111 Thayer Street

Providence, RI 02912

+1 401.863.6924

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Intern this Summer with America’s Unofficial Ambassadors!  

Receive up to 4 academic credits, gain professional experience, earn a Certificate in Citizen Diplomacy, and make a difference, while having a life-changing experience in Indonesia,Morocco, Tajikistan, or Zanzibar.

Spend your summer working with autistic children in downtown Dushanbe, teaching English in the Mid-Atlas Mountains of Morocco, or producing a documentary that raises awareness of HIV in the winding streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar. Over the last three years, 49 exceptional students and recent graduates from 22 different colleges and universities have served as unofficial ambassadors to the Muslim World through our Summer Service Internship program.  Each intern earns hands-on professional experience with a non-governmental organization or school in Asia, Africa, or the Middle East.  Our unofficial ambassadors work in diverse fields, while also studying the local language and culture and serving as citizen diplomats between the United States and the Muslim World.

RSVP here to attend an informational webinar on Thursday, October 29th at 12:30 PM.
Click here to download an application and to learn more information about program dates, application deadlines, and internship placements.