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kittyfye



Joined: 11 Jul 2005
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Location: was Korea, now Albuquerque

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:04 am    Post subject: PhD in Humanities Reply with quote

Greetings~

Do PhDs in the Humanities teach their subject of research in Mid East universities (as opposed to teaching only ESL, etc.)?

If so, are they compensated well? In the US, a PhD in English Lit, for example, can expect to start a professorship making only about $46,000 per year. In the Mid East, are offers better? I suppose if they offer housing, that instantly makes it "better," but I would hope for considerably better than that.

Thanks for your time.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm confused... are you interested in teaching "Humanities" or EFL? I have never seen any "Humanities" courses offered in any of the universities where I was employed. (check the websites... perhaps American University of Sharjah?)

And if you plan to teach EFL, you will need to provide the proper educational credentials.

VS
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The market for English Literature, History, Cultural Studies or whatever you brand "Humanities" as, is small. And it IS a market. The jobs are in teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language/Additional Language, whatever.

In most jobs, apart from the BAe/Raytheon megabuck-payers, you are looking at 10,000 to 15,000 SR monthly with free housing, tickets, medical care, educational allowances.
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spicegirl



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Humanities lecturers who I know at UAE University teach their specialist subject (e.g. Geography, Linguistics etc), but are also often (not always) required to teach other subjects in the General Education list of courses or college general requirements courses, especially in their first couple of years in the college.

They come in as Assistant Professor or Professor, depending on their background, length of experience, previous positions held in other universities, and of course their research. One Assistant Professor who I know in the College of Humanities gets paid only a little more than the highest paid UGRU English teachers. I've been told that lecturers in other colleges, e.g. Engineering, IT, Business, etc., get paid more on average than Humanities lecturers, as their pay scales need to compete with those of other employers, and it would be difficult to recruit and retain specialists in those fields.

There are also PhD holders in Humanities subjects teaching EFL in the General Requirements Unit. They get paid according to the UGRU pay scale.
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kittyfye



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings, and Happy Holidays to you all. Thank you for your replies, but can you define two terms for me?

BAe/Raytheon and UGRU..
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Never Ceased To Be Amazed



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kittyfye wrote:
Greetings, and Happy Holidays to you all. Thank you for your replies, but can you define two terms for me?

BAe/Raytheon and UGRU..


"BAe" is something of a misnomer...actually the real name is BAe Systems and is a British company delivering English to the Saudi Royal Air Force. Raytheon is another military contractor, only, this time, American and deals exclusively with the Saudi Royal Air Defence Forces. BAe Systems...read: Dhahran and Raytheon...read: mostly Jeddah.

UGRU = University General Requirements Unit, basically the "Foundations" unit of the University of the United Arab Emirates in the Abu Dhabi Emirate city of Al Ain.

Any other questions?

NCTBA
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From your screen name, you would appear to be female??

Military teaching is always male only. And they wouldn't be hiring humanities teachers.

VS
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kittyfye



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your suggestions and definitions.

Actually, I'm male; "kittyfye" was my cat, who passed at 14 years.

Be well~
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Sheikh N Bake



Joined: 26 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like my cat a lot--a handsome half-Persian/ half-American short-hair named Lucky.

Coming home I have this dialogue routine with him:

Me--"I know what you're thinking, punk. Did I teach six classes, or was it only five? Well with the excitement and all, I sorta lost track myself. But seeing as how Headway is the most powerful curriculum in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you have to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?"

Lucky-cat "Meow, meow."

Me: "Well do you, punk?"
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