A Language Teaching Specialist at the Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational programming to improve language-instruction outcomes for Vanderbilt University students, faculty, staff, and scholars who use English as an Additional Language (EAL). Programming responsibilities include teaching courses, facilitating workshops, conducting 1-to-1 speaking and writing consultations, and developing educational resources.
In alignment with the academic year, this position is on a partial year schedule anticipating approximately two months off during the summer semester.
The ELC supports the university's internationalization, diversity, and inclusion efforts through engaging language instruction and resource development for Vanderbilt University EAL students, faculty, staff, and scholars.
Duties and Responsibilities
Plan and teach language classes:
Prepare lesson plans.
Design and gather materials.
Offer feedback on assignments.
Evaluate classes, student achievement, and progress.
Prepare reports for submission to the Director.
Maintain office hours for individualized meetings.
Coordinate designated area of programming in collaboration with other ELC Language Teaching Specialists.
Participate in university and ELC meetings and functions as they pertain to ELC programming.
Develop educational resources for EAL students, faculty, staff, and scholars to engage in academic contexts and campus initiatives.
Hold 1-to-1 speaking and writing consultations:
Suggest consultation-session plans, materials, and activities.
Provide feedback for academic speaking, pronunciation, and academic writing.
Evaluate consultation-session achievement and progress.
Prepare and submit consultation-session reports.
Maintain professional activity.
Perform other duties as needed by the ELC.
A Master's degree in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or related field is necessary.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching a variety of English for Academics and Professionals courses at the university level is necessary.
A background in graduate student and faculty professional development is preferred.
The ability to develop educational resources - including digital resources is preferred.
Knowledge of language-assessment procedures is necessary.
Superior English-language proficiency is necessary.
Knowledge of the scholarly literature on teaching and learning in Applied Linguistics in higher education is necessary.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills, including ability to work cooperatively with campus colleagues as well as with culturally and linguistically diverse students, faculty, staff, and scholars is necessary.
Familiarity with the academic mission of a research university is necessary.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000122
About Vanderbilt University
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