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Assistant Professor in World Language/ESL Education, Fall 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Professor in World Language/ESL Education, Fall 2022

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Jul 9, 2021

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee is seeking an assistant professor to assume a leadership role in its teacher preparation program in World Language/ESL Education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE). We seek a new faculty member to join an active research and teaching community focused on preparation of teachers (PreK-12) to teach courses related to Second Language Education including Word Languages and English as a Second Language. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position begins August 2022.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit with over 150 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, housed in eight departments. TPTE, the College’s largest department, offers programs of study that lead to initial teacher licensure in many content fields as well as undergraduate programs in educational interpreting and audiology/speech pathology, a graduate level urban specialist certificate, programs leading to several teaching endorsements, masters and educational specialist degrees, and doctoral degrees.

The graduate World Language/ESL Education program area prepares masters students, educational specialists, and doctoral students for careers in teaching, leadership, and research in elementary schools, teaching colleges, and research universities. The successful candidate will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary faculty committed to improving public education through exemplary teaching, research and service.

Responsibilities include conducting and publishing scholarly research; pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; supervising practicum students and licensure-seeking students in PreK-12 classrooms; teaching graduate classes in World Language and ESL Education; collaborating with a team of faculty in development, delivery, and ongoing program evaluation; developing collaborative relationships with local schools, teachers, and community members; providing service and leadership to local/state and national/international professional organizations; supervising the applied work of pre-service and in-service teachers; and fulfilling advising and administrative duties as required by the department and the university. The chosen applicant will teach standards-based WL and ESL methods, curriculum, assessment, and research classes, coordinate the WL Education Program area, and be an active member of the WL/ESL/Secondary English Education program areas.


Required Qualifications: Applicants for the position must have demonstrated preparation and/or experience working in World Language and/or ESL classrooms and possess a doctorate in World Language/ESL Education, Second Language Acquisition, or a closely-related field. The candidate will have superior proficiency (ACTFL) in a world language, evidence of scholarly potential, successful 21st century instructional technology skills, and commitment to working as part of collaborative teams both at the university and in the field.

Desired Qualifications: Applicants who demonstrate evidence of successful work with teacher education students in both WL and ESL contexts will be given strong consideration. Other desired qualifications include three years’ or more PreK-12 teaching experience; an established a record of scholarship related to the goals of the program, department, and college; expertise/experience in grant writing; distance education experience; additional content area expertise (e.g., English Education, Social Science Education); and a high level of instructional technology skills.

Application Instructions:

Address applications to the search committee chairs and submit electronically via Interfolio a letter expressing your interest and describing your qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and reprints of relevant publications (or works in progress). Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. If you have questions please contact the co-chair directly at  [email protected].


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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