Director and Teaching Associate Professor, Center for World Languages and Cultures
The Center for World Languages and Cultures (CWLC) provides support for language learners and promotes linguistic and (inter)cultural competency as an integral component of a comprehensive education and a critical competency for successful global citizenship. The CWLC is the home to the undergraduate First-year Language Programs (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) and offers access to the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages through flexible and innovative instruction. The goal of the CWLC is to create a culture of language learning and inclusive excellence to help in furthering DU's goals of internationalizing the campus.
The Director holds an administrative and faculty position and provides strategic leadership and advocates for all facets of language teaching and learning at DU. As this program has just moved to the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) and taken on the development and delivery of the University's first-year language program, the new Director will have important program-building opportunities. The Director is responsible for overseeing all CWLC operations and plays a key role in collaborating among disciplines to promote the study of languages and cultures, particularly in emphasizing the inextricable relationship between language and intercultural competence. The Director works closely with the departments of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and of Spanish Language, Literary, and Cultural Studies in organizing language instruction, with the University Office of Internationalization, and with other academic and support units across the University. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. In conjunction with the Director appointment, the successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of teaching associate professor and be eligible for promotion to teaching full professor. The teaching professor series at DU was created in 2015 as a parallel, teaching-focused faculty series. As noted in Inside Higher Education, this series provides a career path, rank and promotion, and multi-year contracts. This is a 12-month appointment.
- Directs and oversees all CWLC operations, ensuring that all programs and services are effective, cohesive, and consistent with the needs and objectives of the University.
- Oversees academic First-year Language Programs, including curriculum, assessment, and articulation with 2nd year language programs.
- Directs and manages all faculty responsible for First-year Language Programs, including annual reviews, reappointment and promotion, and continuing professional development.
- Identifies areas for collaboration with international strategic partner institutions to offer new languages through online and hybrid modalities.
- Oversees assessment of the DU Foreign Language common curriculum requirement and participates in University discussions regarding language learning in the curriculum.
- Represents and promotes CWLC and DU at national and international conferences and meetings related to language teaching and learning.
- Ensures that Directed Independent Language Study offerings provide students with flexible and rigorous opportunities to study Less Commonly Taught Languages.
- Interfaces with units in the Office of Internationalization to ensure cohesion and collaboration between International Education and International Student and Scholar Services.
- Directs and oversees Language Center services, including Tutoring, Proficiency Assessments and Placement Assessments. Develops and revises services to meet the needs of DU academic programs.
- Evaluates community need to develop and provide non-credit enrichment and professional development language courses.
- Provides consultation, resources, and assistance to support linguistic and cultural initiatives and events on campus, including Language Across the Curriculum, Internationalization at Home, Collaborative Online International Learning, and faculty and staff professional development.
- Classroom instruction is not an expectation of this position. However, the Director could choose to engage in teaching as an additional activity, as appropriate.
- PhD in Second Language Teaching and Learning or related field.
- Pertinent experience in a multi-language or similar center offering a range of languages and language learning models, including budget oversight.
- Supervision and development of instructors and curriculum.
- Evidence of excellent teaching.
- Experience or commitment to Inclusive Excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to engage diverse student populations.
- Experience developing and managing programs for non-traditional instruction of LCTLs (e.g. DILS, summer language institutes).
- Background in language assessment theory and practice.
- Experience as a Language Program Coordinator or Director.
- Experience and accomplishments in active support of diversity and inclusiveness and/or working with diverse communities.