The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a multi-level program that prepares ESL students--college students as well as adult learners--for future academic and professional success. ESL courses focus on grammar, writing, listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills, and they explore American culture, customs, and attitudes.
The IEP Director develops and oversees core ESL courses for international, multilingual learners, and is also responsible for hiring, coordinating, and supervising the program's instructors, along with managing day-to-day administrative duties.
The director recruits non-matriculated students into the program and grows the program by connecting with relevant partners both locally and internationally. In addition, this 12-month position collaborates with other SMU offices and the Dallas community to track the effectiveness of the program and to ensure student success at SMU and elsewhere.
Direct & manage the Intensive English Program (IEP), including growing the program; oversee the processing of IEP applications & I-20 requests for F-1 student visa applications; organize and manage IEP registration, book orders, placement testing, orientation, & class schedules, & annual Awards Banquet. Oversee ESL budget: track and monitor all expenses, charges, & income; Maintain ESL website and "ESL" at SMU Facebook Group.
Coordinate and oversee class assignments and responsibilities for nine full-time ESL lecturers; recruit, hire, train, and supervise new instructors; monitor instructor performance through evaluations and classroom evaluations, respond to issues raised in students' evaluation forms.
Coordinate with Discernment and Discourse appropriate placement of students in first year writing courses. Administer ESL writing assessment for incoming students, evaluate writing samples & make placement recommendations to University Advising Center in time for AARO advising meetings; monitor student enrollments in my.SMU and work with advisors to correct mistaken placements in advance of the drop/add deadline.
Manage administration and enrollments for all ESL courses: meet/correspond with students as necessary to discuss class selections and placements; monitor enrollments via my.SMU, sometimes in cooperation with University departments.
Teach ESL 3001 “Advanced Grammar for Writers” and ESL 3002 “Advanced Academic Writing” - Teach one three-hour class in the fall and one in the spring primarily to SMU graduate students.
Bachelor's degree is required. Master's degree is preferred. Degree in TESL or Applied Linguistics is strongly preferred.
A minimum of three years of work experience teaching ESL/EFL classes is required.
Experience overseeing ESL/EFL instructors and experience administering an Intensive English Program is preferred; TESOL teacher training experience desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The ideal candidate must possess a diplomatic personality and experience with and sensitivity to different cultural and language backgrounds, related to teaching international and multilingual students and an ability to work with students from international backgrounds. Candidate must also possess strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University, cultivate and sustain collegial relationships, and collaborate with diverse stakeholders. The ability to communicate effectively in writing is required.
Candidate must possess effective classroom teaching skills. Must also possess ability and interest in developing courses and projects in response to student and departmental needs. Strong presentation skills with ability to present clear and accurate information to groups is preferred.
Candidate must possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to be resourceful, proactive and seek assistance as needed. Must also possess strong organizational, planning, and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple, competing priorities.
Candidate must possess a strong command of standard computing programs (Microsoft Office Suite, database entry, Adobe Acrobat, and PeopleSoft). Experience with scheduling technology, Canvas, web content management system (e.g. Sitecore), and use of social media (Facebook/Twitter) in a professional capacity is preferred.
Knowledge of English language assessment techniques (reading, writing, listening and speaking) preferred.
- Sit for long periods of time
Deadline to Apply:
The position is open until filled.
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