The English Placement Test (EPT) Coordinator is responsible for the development, administration, validation of English Placement Test (EPT) and any related assessment initiatives associated with the ESL program.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The EPT coordinator is responsible for the development, validation, administration and coordination of testing, placement, and assessment practices for course and related initiatives associated with the ESL program. Additionally, the EPT Coordinator oversees the operational management activities of the Testing Office and monitors compliance with University IRB requirements for research related to EPT/ESL including course, students, and program development.
Test administration and validation : Oversee all aspects of the test administration of UIUC’s on-campus and online EPT to approximately 2,000 international undergraduate and graduate students on campus each year. Develop, implement, validate, and maintain testing instruments, procedures, and practices. Communicate with internal and external test platform developers about the EPT, its administrative application, rating application, and ESL program needs for test data format and retrieval. Conduct training for all test administrators. Produce semester and annual reports of statistical analyses of EPT test data. Perform trend analyses on test-taker demographics and score distribution. Produce routine and special statistical reports for the Supervisor.
Test development : Recruit and lead graduate or undergraduate EPT Research Assistants to create essay and speaking prompts for the EPT annually.
Supervision : Supervise, assign, instruct/train and review the test-related work of testing office staff.
Rater training : Administer and maintain rater training for the EPT. Create, monitor, track, and report statistics on rater performance of the EPT and make recommendations for improvements in rater training. Partner with external and internal platform developers to develop rater training software for the EPT.
Research : Review, update, and oversee the implementation of EPT research and presentation policies. Oversee and monitor compliance with University Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements for research studies related to the EPT. Maintain confidential subject identification codes, IRB approval paperwork, and subject consent forms in accordance with University IRB policies. Conduct annual compliance reviews of IRB approved research and development projects. Maintain and update EPT test databases. Manage every phase of major research studies related to EPT test validation, including IRB application, subject recruitment, data analysis, and research write-up. In the absence of the EPT supervisor, serve as the Principal Investigator for research studies related to the EPT.
Teaching and committees: May teach in the Illinois TESOL program and serve on Masters thesis and PhD dissertation committees
Required: • Master’s degree in Second Language Studies, TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or Linguistics. • Three years experience with ESL teaching or with language assessment at the university level.
Preferred: • Ph.D. in Second Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, or Linguistics Specializations: Language Testing and Assessment; Educational Measurement; Applied Linguistics; Technology Enhanced Language Learning; Second Language Writing and Speaking. • Experience coordinating between standardized language tests and classroom instruction. • One year experience in academic program administration. • A record of academic research and publication. • Experience using current technologies for testing and instruction. • Experience in working with international student population at the university level.
Successful candidates will have the following: • Communication Skills • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills • Commitment to diversity and inclusion; • Computing Skills • Familiarity with measurement and statistics software. • Familiarity with commonly employed software, databases, and web applications. • Responsibility & Initiative • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance. • Initiative and creativity in program development. • Must work within both the spirit and the letter of University policies and procedures. • Ability to exercise initiative, confidentiality, discretion, and sound independent judgement • Supervision • Ability to supervise and mentor research assistants.
SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
This is a full-time Civil Service Program Coordinator position appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is August, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINE INFORMATION
Applications must be received by May 18, 2020. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process: Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application. Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms. Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included),and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three professional references.
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• Master’s degree in Second Language Studies, TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or Linguistics. • Three years experience with ESL teaching or with language assessment at the university level.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time Civil Service Program Coordinator position appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is August, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
About University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
The Linguistics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the oldest, largest, and most distinguished departments of linguistics in the United States, attracting students from all over the world. With faculty members covering all major areas of linguistic research, the department offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree programs.
Formally established in 1965, the Department of Linguistics quickly became one of the leading linguistics departments in the nation. While its focus was originally on research and the training of graduate students, the Department has also developed an undergraduate program that has attracted some of the best students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Our M.A. program in Teaching English as a Second Language is one of the oldest in the United States, having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. However, the program traces its history back over 70 years to 1947, when it began as a program focusing on the teaching of English to students from other language backgrounds.