The purpose of this position is to successfully lead recruitment, operations, and staff (all aspects), program & curriculum development, and language proficiency testing, certification, and support within the American Language and Culture Center (ALCC) at Southern Utah University. The American Language and Culture Center includes the Intensive English Program, Dual Enrollment, credit-bearing workshop classes, grant-funded community ESL, and customizable short-term language and culture programs. The program has seen steady enrollment over the past three years and is now ready to fine tune operations; diversify student population through skilled and planned recruitment; and develop targeted language support programs for university students, departments, and programs. The ALCC director is a key member of the leadership team for the Division of International Affairs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Lead the American Language and Culture Center at Southern Utah University, including oversight of :
Mission and goals: assure that the mission and goals of the ALCC, the Office of International Affairs, and the university are aligned, clearly articulated, achievable, and relevant to the current status of the Center, Office, and university, and that the mission and goals are upheld by all members of the ALCC.
Financial and human resources: maintain a reasonable, timely, and responsible budget for the center; assure that adequate human resources are utilized to support the mission and goals of the program, as well as to meet best practices standards as established by national organizations (TESOL, UCIEP, CEA, English USA)
Administrative procedures: assure that best practices regarding hiring and firing, professional development, and employee reviews are followed.
Operational policies: set and maintain clear and accessible operational policies, through updated handbooks, email communications, one-on-one conversations, and any other means necessary.
Curriculum & pedagogy development: maintain a rigorous review of course goals & objectives, student learning outcomes, teaching methods and methodology, and materials. Develop new programs and pedagogical resources as necessitated by the needs of changing student populations and degree programs.
Student services: assure that pre-arrival, orientation, language and cultural support, extra-curricular, and academic advising services for students are provided in a timely manner, according to best practices.
Student achievement & assessment: maintain a rigorous review process for student placement and advancement. Work with university programs to establish innovative language proficiency testing and support procedures.
Faculty and staff development: keep abreast of pedagogical, curricular, administrative, and program development innovations, and encourage faculty and staff to do the same. Provide regular internal development opportunities to faculty and staff on these topics, and encourage external development opportunities as they are deemed relevant.
Recruitment, retention, and matriculation of students: develop and implement a strategic recruitment plan. Develop services and programs that will assist in retention of ALCC and university students. Encourage high matriculation rates from the ALCC Intensive English Program to the university.
Collaborate with and support the Southern Utah University institution. ALCC director will collaborate and maintain collegial relationships with student services, academic colleges, Experiential Learning centers, and others.
Collaborate with international partners, and develop new partnerships to benefit the Center, OIA, and university.
Maintain a national and international presence for the center, including membership in organizations such as English USA, and UCIEP. Conduct research, present, and participate in national and international conferences and professional development opportunities, such as TESOL, NAFSA, and other discipline-specific organizations.
Supervise accreditation and membership processes. This includes coordinating working groups and committees, and identifying and implementing data collection and reporting.
Assure that, in all areas, the Center sets standards of best practice through national and international organizations.
Other duties as assigned by the Vice Provost for International Affairs
Education, Training and Skills
Master's degree required in field related to TESOL; doctoral degree preferred
Strong skills in leading staff, managing operations and technology, and developing a vision of the organization.
Understanding of budgeting and accounting for self-support programs.
Development and management of relationships necessary for program success.
Tertiary ESL teaching experience preferred.
Management of faculty and experience in the administration of an IEP, both preferable in higher education.
Online course/program development helpful.
Internal Number: 1845
About Southern Utah University
SUU is located in Cedar City, Utah USA with around 10,000 students on campus with 538 of them being international students from 56 different countries. SUU has been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the Best Regional colleges in the Western United States for 10 years running and ranked as one of the Best Regional Universities in the West by US News & World Report. SUU is known for its strong business programs, which are AACSB accredited placing SUU among the top 10% of business programs worldwide. Southern Utah University offers over 150 different areas of study with top programs including biology, business management, chemistry, communication, computer science, and engineering.
Cedar City is surrounded by 13 state and national parks and located about 2 hours from Las Vegas, Nevada. Cedar City is a charming and safe community.
We offer a dynamic learning community to English as a second language (ESL) students to help them achieve English proficiency. We offer a Dual Enrollment Program to assist students in the transition from the Intensive English Program to the university. As part of Dual Enrollment, students take up to 7 undergraduate credits within their major, as... well as 6 credits of Intensive English.
International students benefit greatly from the personal attention for which the university is well known. Our small class sizes - which average fewer than 30 students in 73% of our courses - allow professors to work closely with students and mentor them in their studies and career plans.