Visiting Professor for Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan Webster University
Job Description Summary The visiting professor for TESL in Samarkand will teach courses in the Master of Arts in TESL at a new location as part of a new partnership. During this twelve-month contract, this instructor will teach eight to ten courses, in addition to providing support with curriculum localization and professional development for local (Uzbek) faculty. This person will report to the new Academic Director in Tashkent and work with the Director of TESL in St. Louis. This instructor will help serve as a liaison between our Tashkent location and the St. Louis campus as this program is delivered in a new location. If the selected candidate is able to take on more professional development and curriculum development, the standard course load of ten courses may be lowered to eight in accordance with the university handbook. This is an 11-month position (September 1, 2019-July 31, 2020) that is not eligible for tenure.
Minimum Qualifications MA in TESL/TEFL or Applied Linguistics and a doctorate in a related field, such as Applied Linguistics, Curriculum and Instruction, or Second Language Studies.
Preferred Qualifications In accordance with Higher Learning Commission faculty qualification expectations to teach students at the master's level, 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 an EFL context and/or teacher education for EFL instructors;
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, culture and pragmatics, English for Academic Purposes, and English for Specific Purposes;
experience providing professional development and/or running workshops for 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. Demonstrated university teaching experience, professional development, and teacher training with a focus on English language teaching in or for international contexts. Experience and knowledge of U.S. and international academic environments. Familiarity with curriculum development, academic program delivery, faculty leadership and student affairs. Knowledge of university administration, policy and procedures. Understanding of higher education issues including academic support and student engagement.
Physical Demands Within the range of a normal office environment in an international context.
Essential Duties The main duties for the visiting professor for TESL in Samarkand will be:
teaching graduate-level courses in TESL one or two days a week to students enrolled in the TESL program in Samarkand;
providing out-of-class academic support to students as needed;
supporting local instructors as they learn to teach in an American-style graduate program;
collaborating with local faculty, TESL faculty in St. Louis, and the TESL program director on needed adjustments to the curriculum and instructional materials;
organizing professional development opportunities for local faculty; and
serving as a liaison between the Samarkand location and both the Tashkent location and St. Louis home campus. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the University. Collaborate with other University staff and faculty in Uzbekistan and in the global network as needed. Represent the University at professional meetings, conferences, seminars, and other functions designated by the University. Some travel to Tashkent (two-hour train ride) may be required.