Visiting Assistant Professor for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan Webster University
Position Number: F0236
Job Description Summary: The visiting assistant professor (VAP) for TESL in Tashkent will teach courses in the Master of Arts in TESL in Uzbekistan. During this twelve-month contract, this instructor will teach eight to ten courses over the course of the five academic terms, in addition to supporting faculty in our Central Asia locations (currently, Tashkent and Samarkand in Uzbekistan and Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan). The VAP will report to the Rector of Webster Tashkent (or designee) and work with the Director of TESL in St. Louis. The VAP will help serve as a liaison between our Central Asia operation and the St. Louis campus. 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 a 12-month position (August 1, 2021-July 31, 2022) that is not eligible for tenure.
Minimum Qualifications Education: 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 masters level, applicants must have a masters 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. Requisite Experience* 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.
Essential Duties The main duties for the visiting assistant professor for TESL in Tashkent, Uzbekistan will be: teaching graduate-level courses in TESL one or two days a week to students enrolled in the TESL program in Uzbekistan; providing out-of-class academic support to students as needed; supporting instructors at our Central Asian locations 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 our operation in Central Asia and the St. Louis home campus
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