Call for Proposals: Lightning Round at the 2022 South Asian Languages in the Diaspora (SALD) Conference

via Gautami Shah, et al

Dear Colleagues,

Due to popular demand, we have decided to have another round of the South Asian languages in the Diaspora Conference. 

Circumstances permitting, this time we hope to have it as a hybrid conference, with in-person meetings at the University of Texas at Austin. The dates are May14-15, 2022.

Please see the call for proposals to participate in ‘lightning rounds’ below. We hope to see you, either in-person or virtually, at the conference.

With warm regards

Seema Khurana (she/her/hers), Faculty Emerita, Yale University

Gabriela Nik Ilieva (she/her/hers), NYU

Gautami Shah (she/her/hers), UT-Austin


Call for Proposals to present in lightning rounds.

South Asian Languages in the Diaspora (SALD)  2022

 Co-sponsored by 

South Asian Studies Council, MacMillan Center, Yale University; 

South Asia Institute, University of Texas at Austin; and 

South Asian Language Programs, New York University.

 Saturday May 14th  (full day)

Sunday May 15th   (half day)

 Currently planned as a Hybrid mode conference 

with in-person meetings at the University of Texas at Austin 

The South Asian Languages in the Diaspora (SALD) Conference seeks to provide a platform to educators and related stakeholders in the field of South Asian languages, literatures, and translation, to share experiences and create meaningful partnerships.

Proposals are solicited for presentation in ‘lightning rounds’ (10 mins each).

While any theme related to the teaching and learning of South Asian languages in the diaspora are welcome, preference will be given to presentations addressing pedagogical innovations promoting critical thinking and creative self-expression in the target language, and issues of diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), social justice with examples for integration of language, culture and content.

In the proposal please include the following:

(i) Name of presenter, institutional affiliation & language if applicable

(ii) Tentative title

(iii) 100 words abstract for inclusion on the program website.

(iv) Proposal text (approximately half page write up)

Deadline: All proposal submissions must be received no later than Sunday February 20th. Applicants will be notified by Sunday March 6th as to whether their proposal has been accepted.

Please send all submissions and inquiries to

NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award

Application deadline February 7th, 2022

Instituted in 2014 by the NFMLTA and the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), this award supports graduate student research in the fields of applied linguistics and language education with small grants focused on the teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages (all languages except English, Spanish, French, and German). The grants provide resources at any stage of dissertation writing, e.g., data gathering, data transcription, data analysis, or write-up of the findings.

Awards in the amount of $2,500 each will be made. Awardees are expected to be members of NCOLCTL. The awards will be given at the Awards Ceremony during the annual NCOLCTL conference in April. Awardees are required to register for, and attend this conference in order to receive their award.

A complete application includes:

  • A two-page (500-word) application letter detailing the research and how the award will be used towards the research
  • A two-page (500-word) curriculum vitae attachment
  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Purpose of the study
  • Theoretical framework(s)
  • Research questions
  • Research methodology
  • Importance of the study
  • Limitations
  • Use of funding
  • (Maximum two pages, single spaced, Times New Roman 12)

Apply at the link below:

NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Submission Form – NCOLCTL

Sanskrit Position at the University of Pennsylvania

Full-Time Lecturer in Sanskrit in the South Asia Studies Department
School of Arts and Sciences – South Asia Studies

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Dec 17, 2021

The South Asia Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time appointment as Lecturer in Sanskrit. The appointment will begin in August 2022 and includes teaching six courses per academic year. This appointment will be for one academic year with the possibility of annual renewal for up to an additional two years, contingent upon a satisfactory performance review and approval of the Dean.

The appointee will be expected to contribute to the long-term quality, stability and development of the Sanskrit program at Penn. Candidates must have research and teaching experience in Sanskrit. A PhD or near-PhD is strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with proven creativity and pedagogical success in the design and delivery of courses, particularly at the elementary and intermediate levels of instruction.

Applications will be reviewed starting January 31 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of language pedagogy philosophy and experience, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation to the website. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Davesh Soneji (, Dr. Daud Ali (, or Chip Bagnall (

The Department of South Asia Studies is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

To apply, visit

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

Hindi Teaching Position at Penn State

    • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process. Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.
    JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:The Department of Asian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus, invites applicants for a non-tenure-track faculty position in Hindi language instruction, with a secondary focus on South Asian languages and cultures, beginning in Fall 2022, with possibility of annual renewal. This position offers full benefits and a competitive salary and will be filled at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor.Responsibilities include teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate courses in Hindi (three courses per semester), as assigned, along with supporting duties related to the study of South Asian languages and cultures. Applicants who have native or near-native fluency in Hindi and hold a Master’s degree in Teaching Hindi as a Foreign Language or related fields of language pedagogy are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of one or more additional South Asian languages is preferred and the ability to teach a non-language course on South Asian culture is also preferred. Candidates who have ABD or Ph.D. status at time of application, experience with communicative and standards-based methodologies, or program-building experience such as supervision or curriculum development will be given special consideration and should highlight these qualifications in their application materials.Successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or be able to describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.To apply, interested candidates must submit an online application at applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcript from the university last attended, statement of teaching philosophy and the names and contact information of two references. In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2022. For more information about our program, please consult our website at limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5mb per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5 document limit.Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. EEO is the LawPenn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.Affirmative ActionPenn State PoliciesCopyright InformationHotlinesUniversity Park, PA

Call for Submissions: SALTA Annual Bulletin

South Asian Language Teacher Association (SALTA) seeks submissions for its online Annual Bulletin. We seek informative, engaging, and timely news items and articles to share with the South Asian language education community. Items of interest include: book reviews, opinion pieces, program news, timely research and employment opportunities, language events, and other items of pedagogic interest. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2021. Please send materials or inquiries to

Independent Instructor Directory

SALTA seeks to create a directory of professional instructors, tutors, and language partners who are willing to be contacted by individual students who are occasionally unable to participate in traditional classes. Rates, course structures, and other terms will be determined between the student and instructor. If you would like for students to be able to contact you for ad-hoc work, please submit the following brief information for our directory via email at :


Education and Experience (100 words or less):

Languages of Instruction:

Willing to supply syllabus: Y/N

Willing to work from another instructor’s syllabus: Y/N

Available during the academic year: Y/N

Type of work interested in (full instruction/tutoring/conversation partner):

Rate per hour (or negotiable):

EPIC-Lang Series Event feat. Bhavya Singh

via Gyanam Mahajan

EPIC-Lang would like to present its new Tips, Tricks and Treats talk series on language instruction with two new events:

  • Creative Online Units in Language Instruction” with Dr. Beyza Lorenz will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4-5 PM. Please click to register.

Dr. Beyza Lorenz will focus on interactive, collaborative assignments and activities in synchronous online courses in this talk, with particular focus on new tools and technologies in online language instruction. She will also provide project examples based on her experience teaching online Turkish courses at UCLA.

  • The Communication “C” and Use of Technology in Language Instruction” will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 4-5 PM. Please click to register.

During this talk, Bhavya Singh aims to share with language educators the use of immersive educational technology tools in language classrooms to enhance learners’ language proficiency and performance. Examples will be presented from all three modes of communication—Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational.

Please contact EPIC at with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,


Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC) Program

UCLA Division of Humanities

(310) 825-8094

Position at University of Toronto

The Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in the areas of Urdu Language, Literature, and Performance. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment in the Department of Language Studies (70%) and English and Drama (30%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with an expected start date of July 1, 2022 or shortly thereafter.

Candidates must hold a PhD in South Asian studies, Urdu language and literature, performance studies or a cognate discipline by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement our language offerings and enhance existing departmental strengths. We are especially interested in scholars whose teaching and research engage theatre and popular performance traditions, digital and other mass media, diaspora literary cultures, and/or contemporary cultural production in Pakistan or India, alongside more classic topics in Urdu literature. The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the Center for South Asian Civilization, which has a distinctive dual mission: to foster partnerships with the South Asian community in the Peel region, and to take South Asia as a key site for thinking about what it means to be human in the twenty-first century. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Departments of Language Studies and English & Drama at the University of Toronto Mississauga and will also hold a graduate appointment in the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto and teach graduate courses that bring Urdu literature and performance into a comparative dialogue with other national or linguistic artistic traditions.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by visiting this link:

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 10th, 2022.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Posting – Lecturer in Sanskrit at the University of British Columbia

Lecturer in Sanskrit 

The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Sanskrit at the rank of Lecturer.

The full-time teaching load for a Lecturer in Arts is 24 credits per year with service assignments.  The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching Sanskrit language courses at the introductory and intermediate level, and undergraduate content courses, taught in English, on allied topics in South Asian humanities, culture, or religion.

This is a full-time position for an initial term of 3 years, including a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments without review (i.e. non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association.

Requirements include: Advanced linguistic proficiency in Sanskrit; a Ph.D. in Sanskrit, or a closely related field (ABDs are welcome to apply); evidence of substantial experience and excellent teaching ability in Sanskrit at the post-secondary level, preferably in North America; experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; and demonstrated ability to teach content courses in allied fields of South Asian cultural history, religions (including early Buddhism), philosophy, or Yoga studies.

Desirable qualifications include ability to teach advanced Sanskrit, and experience with program coordination and community outreach. We seek an exceptional teacher with experience in and/or promise for employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning, and curriculum/program design. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching and service.

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information for three confidential references.

Long-listed applicants will be asked to submit one sample teaching video, uploaded to YouTube (or equivalent platform) as an unlisted video, with links sent as part of their application submission. In addition, applicants should arrange three confidential letters of recommendation (preferably by language teaching professionals) that may be submitted upon request.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is December 6, 2021. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2022.

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the Department’s careers website, Inquiries may be sent to

Other hiring information:

The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.


Job Posting – Lecturer in Hindi at the University of Virginia

University of Virginia

R0029793 Lecturer in Hindi Language

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC) at the University of Virginia invites applications for Lecturer in Hindi language instruction.  Duties include teaching three Hindi language courses per semester. May also teach Urdu language courses. Courses taught will include (but are not limited to) elementary, intermediate, and advanced level language courses. Must also serve as academic major and minor advisor for department students and actively contribute to departmental service and to the vitality of the language instruction.

Required Qualifications:

Candidate must hold a master’s degree or foreign equivalent in Hindi language, Hindi literature, applied linguistics, or closely related field. In addition, candidate must be fluent in Hindi, Urdu, and English.  Candidate must also have 2 years of Hindi language teaching experience.


Apply online at  search for requisition #R0029793, complete the application, and attach the following:

***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***

  • Cover letter
  • CV, including a list of three references.

** Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration. **

Questions about this position should be directed to Cameron Clayton, Department Finance and Administration Manager at  Questions about the application process should be directed to Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see  and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.