Director: English Language Center

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Position Summary

The English Language Center in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University seeks an accomplished educator and administrator to serve as its Director. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position at the rank of Academic Specialist. The initial appointment will be for three years beginning August 16, 2018 with potential for renewal.

MSU is home to over 7,000 international students and scholars representing over 125 countries.

As a support unit in the College of Arts & Letters, the ELC each year enrolls over 500 students in its Intensive English and Advanced Academic English programs and hosts several special programs which include teacher training and English for specific purposes. Established in 1961, the ELC is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), and has been a member of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) since its inception. It is also a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).

The Director of the English Language Center (ELC) provides programmatic and administrative leadership related to vision, guidance, goal-setting, faculty development, budget, and personnel for all programs of the Center including Intensive English, English for Academic Purposes, and Special Programs. This position also oversees the International Teaching Assistant program and the Testing Office. The Director has significant outreach duties and works closely with other MSU units on issues related to international student support and undergraduate/ graduate conditional admissions matters. This position also represents the ELC throughout the university community and participates in university-wide groups and committees related to international students.


Duties of the ELC Director:


Program Planning & Leadership

  • Develop and implement the mission, vision, organizational structure, and strategic goals of the center consistent with the overall goals and programs of the College of Arts & Letters and MSU
  • Ensure the overall quality and continued development of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and student services
  • Ensure that our curricular direction fits our mission
  • Leverage the ELC’s expertise to identify and realize new programmatic opportunities
  • Monitor procedures for placement testing and assessment in ELC courses and programs
  • Monitor and articulate English language testing policies for the university


Center Administration

  • Oversee daily operations
  • Ensure Associate Directors have the support and resources they need to manage their respective areas and identify areas of synergy and collaboration across ELC domains
  • Ensure maintenance of CEA standards and compliance with CEA reporting requirements
  • Complete all UCIEP, EnglishUSA, and other professional reports and duties as required
  • Plan and prepare an annual budget and ensure that the ELC operates within that budget
  • Supervise negotiation and management of special programs, including externally funded grants and projects


Faculty Development and Oversight

  • Oversee faculty hiring, orientation, and professional development
  • Ensure adequate supervision of faculty
  • Conduct performance reviews of faculty and staff



  • Collaborate with academic and administrative units across the university to develop programs that meet and strengthen the missions of the ELC and the university
  • Maintain and strengthen the ELC’s international reach and reputation for excellence
  • Assist in projects as requested by the Dean of the College of Arts & Letters
  • Develop partnerships and maintain regular contact with outside agencies, universities, non-profit organizations, federal program offices, and other non-governmental programs for the development of English programs


Professional Responsibilities

  • Keep current with field trends to ensure policies and processes remain up-to-date; develop and implement new policies and processes and adopt innovations as appropriate
  • Actively support the university’s affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity initiatives

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university and a member of the Association of American Universities, Michigan State University is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges. With a student population of more than 50,000 from all 50 states and from more than 130 countries, including nearly 11,300 graduate and professional students, the university community is multiethnic and multinational. The campus is located in East Lansing, MI, a town of 50,000, adjacent to Lansing, the state capital.

The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. 


MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.


Required Degree

Masters -TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or a closely related field

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Applied Linguistics or a closely related field

Minimum Requirements

Required Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or a closely related field
  • 3+ years of management experience, including administrative and supervisory duties, in a university- or college-affiliated IEP or academic department specializing in TESL, Applied Linguistics, SLA, or related field
  • 3+ years of university-level teaching experience in ESL, Applied Linguistics, SLA, or related field
  • Experience in and knowledge of budgetary planning and personnel management
  • International experience and demonstrated commitment to diversity and multiculturalism
  • Demonstrated contributions to the field
  • Demonstrated record in strategic planning, project management, and risk management
  • Knowledge of and experience with language assessment, testing, and policy
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications:


  • Doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics or a closely related field
  • Experience recruiting students to an English language program
  • Grant writing and grant management experience
  • Leadership experience in regional and/or national professional organizations related to the field
Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit a) a cover letter, b) current curriculum vitae, c) a summary of experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in any past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the applicants will advance our goals of inclusive excellence and d) the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin March 12, 2018 and will continue until filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website

For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Leah Addis, [email protected]




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Posted: 2/2/2018
Application Due: 4/3/2018
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