Opening for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) for the Language, Literacy, and Leadership Department at Webster University. This will be a 9-month, full-time, visiting (non-tenure-track) position due to begin October 2017. This position will renew annually pending continuing grant funding up to a total of five years.
Program: Webster University’s program in Teaching English as a Second Language offers Missouri ELL Certification, a TEFL Certificate, and a full MA in TESL. Students may pursue either a K–12 ELL or Adult Education emphasis in their program. Webster’s TESL program is currently available on the St. Louis Main Campus, on the Kansas City Metropolitan Campus, and fully online. Webster’s TESL program is the first and only program to receive national recognition in TESOL from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators for the state of Missouri, in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and in the Kansas City metropolitan area. A full description of the program is available at http://webstermatesl.wikispaces.com.
NPD Grant: This Visiting Assistant Professor position is in support of a five-year National Professional Development (NPD) grant that will take eight cohorts of 15 public schools teachers each through the course work needed to receive Missouri ELL Certification. Additional grant activities include participating in periodic Saturday Seminars focused on family and community engagement; promoting reflective practices; developing Communities of Practice; and using technology to assist professional development. The hired faculty member will focus on teaching course sections of grant participants and supporting other grant activities. This will be an incredible professional opportunity to teach a wide variety of TESL courses in a nationally recognized program while helping public school districts meet the needs of their increasingly diverse student population by providing relevant in-service professional development for teachers.
Applicants must have a master’s degree in TESL/TEFL or Applied Linguistics and a doctorate in a related field, such as Applied Linguistics, Curriculum and Instruction, or Second Language Studies. Preference will be given to applicants who have the following:
• a minimum of five years of experience teaching ESL/EFL/ESOL; • a minimum of two years of graduate teaching experience; • documented good teaching; • an ability to combine theory and practice in classroom instruction; • experience working in K–12 ELL instruction and/or teacher education for K–12 ELL instructors; • K–12 teaching certification and licensure/endorsement for ESOL/ELL/CLD; • broad experience in the following areas as demonstrated by advanced graduate course work, teaching experience, conference presentations, and/or publications: second language acquisition, curriculum design, ESOL methods, language testing, language planning and policy, and culture and pragmatics; • experience with grants; • experience providing professional development to in-service teachers; • experience with curriculum development for graduate courses and for professional development; • fluency in two languages; • experience using LMSs to enhance face-to-face instruction; • familiarity with mobile devices and apps to enhance classroom instruction; and • documented service to professional organizations and professional contributions to the field.
Duties include the following:
• teaching graduate-level courses in TESL one or two nights a week to in-service teachers participating in an NPD grant; • collaborating in the development of a new Saturday Seminar curriculum on improving family, parent, and community engagement to assist ELLs; • co-teaching in a series of Saturday Seminars (four per academic year); • providing out-of-class academic support to students as needed; • understanding and applying state certification requirements for ESOL and TESOL standards for teacher education; • assisting with curriculum development, implementation, assessment, and review; • collaborating with other faculty on class instruction to maintain consistency across sections; • participating in grant-related activities including orientations, grant meetings, graduations, and commencement; • developing new materials and assessments, as needed; and • serving the department, school, university, and community.
Applicants should submit: (1) a letter of interest that addresses the identified qualifications, (2) an expanded résumé or curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching philosophy statement, and (4) the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will assume the position in time to teach Fall 2 classes (which begin October 30, 2017).
Webster University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maintaining a culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber. Accordingly, Webster University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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