Instructor of English as a Second Language - On...

Augsburg University

United States

July 22, 2022

Description

Instructor of English as a Second Language - One Year, Fixed-Term

About Augsburg University:

Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees to approximately 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 12:1, the University focuses on close personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.

Augsburg University values the diversity of persons, perspectives, and convictions. Critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and open discussion across a full range of ideas lie at the heart of the University's mission as an institution of higher learning. Essential to the University in living out its mission of educating students to be "informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders" is that our foundation be one of diversity, inclusion, equity, and intercultural competency.

Job Description:

The Augsburg University Education Department invites applications for a full- time, 9-month, fixed term position beginning August 2022. The Education Department prepares teachers and educators to start and advance their career through offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in BS completion, Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language; Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Masters of Arts in Education (MAE), including a licensure-only pathway.

Our goal is to set our teacher candidates on paths to purposeful, reflective, creative, and meaningful careers as ESL educators. Addressing issues such as inequities and racial injustice is a thread that runs through our majors and programs while focusing on critical and effective pedagogies. Candidates with demonstrated commitments to equity and inclusion and effectiveness in serving students from diverse communities are especially encouraged to apply. We are seeking a collaborative colleague who shares commitments to educating highly qualified, diverse, and linguistically critical educators for our K-12 community schools and students.

A successful candidate will have opportunities to teach and develop English as a Second Language courses across Augsburg's various education programs. The Education Department invites candidates to apply that are particularly poised to dismantle the institutionalized forms of bias and racism within the field. We are interested in candidates who understand the role that language plays in identity formation and learning and consider power and privilege in their theories and practices of language use in the classroom. Priority will be given to a candidate demonstrating interest and strength in teaching with an emphasis on intersectionality, translanguaging, and social justice issues in the discipline.

Primary responsibilities include teaching, service, and academic mentoring. Our English as Second Language courses have been offered in a variety of formats: face-to-face, blended, and online. Teaching requirements include facilitation of undergraduate and graduate ESL courses with adult students in a hybrid or online format that may include travel between the Twin Cities and Rochester, MN. Courses may include Second Language Acquisition, Introduction to Linguistics for Teachers, History and Structure of the English Language, ESL Literacy, ESL Testing and Evaluation, ESL Methods, and Language, Culture, and Schools.

Student advising is expected along with committee assignments within the Department and participation in the larger University community. Maintaining an innovative program of scholarship that complements teaching is not required but recommended for this fixed term position.

Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate for this position will possess an earned doctorate or master's degree in ESL or related field with at least 18 graduate credits of ESL instruction. Doctoral candidates, with a documented plan for completion by August 2022, will be considered. Experience as a licensed K-12 ESL teacher of record for at least three years is required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Peer-reviewed research in the field of English as a Second Language.
  • Successful experience working with students in K-12 ESL settings (specifically Somali, Spanish, and/or Hmong).
  • Record of successful teaching in higher education and experience teaching in online or blended environments.
  • Knowledge of English as a Second Language licensure requirement.
  • Additional Information:

    Among the distinctive features of the university are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. The University's commitments to our urban context and the world beyond it are enhanced through the work of four signature centers: the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Global Education and Experience, the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.

    For more than a decade, Augsburg's commitment to intentional diversity has been reflected in the student body as Black, Indigenous and other students of color comprise more than 70% of the student body. Augsburg's commitment to an intentionally diverse community goes beyond race and ethnicity and includes programs for first-generation students; non-traditional-age students; students from a broad array of faith backgrounds, cultures and nationalities; students of various gender and sexual orientation identities; students in recovery; and students with disabilities.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter and CV at https: // www. augsburg.edu/hr/. In the cover letter, candidates should address their ability to educate and mentor diverse students and/or contribute to a diverse community. As part of the online application process, you will be required to provide the names of three professional references. If your application advances in this search, you will be notified prior to Augsburg contacting your references. Application review will begin on June 27: the position will remain open until filled.

    Augsburg is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class. Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities working in an academic community committed to intentional diversity. Candidates are thus encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate these competencies. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

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