Academic Specialist/Language Instructional Specialist

Indiana University at Bloomington
June 08, 2023
Offerd Salary:$45,000 - $50,000
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Title Academic Specialist/Language Instructional Specialist

Appointment Status Non-Tenure Track Department IU Bloomington Hamilton Lugar School Position Summary

The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and its National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) seek a Language Instructional Specialist (LIS) to join the faculty at Indiana University. The LIS will devote 100% of their time to the pedagogical aspects of all NALRC projects, working with language specialists to design and develop language learning materials, to ensure that all center products conform to all proficiency guidelines and attain high pedagogical standards.

Owing to the Center's goal of producing high-quality, level-appropriate materials, such as textbooks, online courses, and activities/exercise workbooks, for learning African languages, a primary responsibility of the LIS is to provide instruction and guidance for various language content developers. The LIS will prepare sample lessons, activities, and assignments, and document the process for creating the materials.

Because the job provides instructional support to language content developers and creates workshops for language instructors, the LIS will design and construct relevant instructional materials for training sessions. Manages logistics for holding workshops and events; reserves space, schedules online meetings, manages/tracks attendance, copying materials, etc. Work with the NALRC Associate Director to recruit language instructors to participate in the projects; this also includes developing marketing material and/or planning and holding events. In consultation with the Director and Associate Director of NALRC, provides oral and written feedback to participants for pedagogical projects, using expertise to guide them in the appropriate design models. Attends meetings and conferences to present research and other aspects of the NALRC Projects.

This a 12-month academic position with an August 1. 2023 starting date, with the potential for an earlier starting date to be negotiated if mutually agreeable. The role will be appointed within the Indiana University faculty at the rank of Academic Specialist.

Basic Qualifications

Eligible candidates should possess a Master's degree or equivalent in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Assessment, foreign language teaching, instructional technology, Instructional Systems Design, or a related field.

Candidates should possess: Demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate with faculty, students, and various administrative offices at all levels within Indiana University; strong administrative and project management skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated willingness and ability to effectively collaborate with and assist international scholars, students, and administrative counterparts; strong ability to prioritize and work independently on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet sometimes overlapping deadlines.

Suitable candidates should also possess:

  • At least 2-5 years experience in language teaching practices, including test design and validation, and test administration;
  • Teaching experience in second or foreign language teaching, (with preference shown for experience in teaching an African language at the post-secondary level), including experience with course design and implementation;
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with multimedia tools for designing language instructional materials for Lesser-Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)
  • Advanced-level proficiency or higher in at least one Language other than English, (preferably an African language or a LCTL).
  • Proficiency in Learning Management Systems (LMS), such as Canvas, Google Classroom, and other online learning tools and publishing platforms, such as Pressbooks.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously track and manage of multiple complex projects, each with multiple collaborators and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage oversight and completion of multiple projects on multi-phase deadlines.
  • Proficiency in usage of Microsoft Office suite.
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    Department Contact for Questions

    Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Alwiya Omar, Director of the National African Language Resource Center and Search Committee Chair. at [email protected].

    Questions regarding the submission process using the PeopleAdmin application submission interface may be directed to Mr. Zac Muller, HLS Assistant Director of Faculty Relations at [email protected].

    Additional Qualifications

    Editorial experience is highly desirable but not requisite for consideration for this role. ACTFL or ILR Proficiency guidelines training is highly desirable.

    Salary and Rank $45,000 - $50,000 per year plus fringe benefits; Academic Specialist, Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin immediately, with all applications received by June 8th, 2023 being guaranteed full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Candidates are requested to submit the following: Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Application, diversity statement, and contact information for three (3) references to provide letters of recommendation.

    Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at (https: //

    Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

    For Best Consideration Date 06/08/2023 Expected Start Date 08/01/2023 OAA # IU-100403-2023

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  • Diversity Statement
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