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Adjunct Professor: Language Disorders and Literacy (RDG 538)

Bay Path University
Longmeadow, MA

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Category:: Adjunct
Department:: 01-50-5086-MS Reading
Locations:: Longmeadow, MA
Posted:: Apr 22, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Adjunct
Position ID:: 145695

About Bay Path University:

When Bay Path opened its doors to students in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the start them on the road of success. We still do.

Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and three satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change.

We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.

Job Description:

  • Position Code: ADJOL
  • Job Type: Part-time Adjunct
  • Type of class: Online
  • Class level: Graduate
  • Date class is scheduled to begin: October 24, 2022-February 25, 2023
  • Class schedule: Thursday evening online class meetings
  • Duration of class: 17 weeks
  • Zoom Class Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Course Description: RDG 538 Language Disorders and Literacy

This course explores the components of typical and atypical language development. Instruction will focus on the different aspects of language, including, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. In addition, time will be spent on exploring the behavioral manifestations associated with language disorders and the influence on academic performance, including written language skills and the relationship to reading/writing instruction. The communication disorders of childhood and adolescents are associated with personal, social, academic, and life-long learning and adaptation challenges. This course will consider these disorders differentiating between speech and language disorders, especially as manifested during the school years. A special emphasis in this course will be given to developmental language disorders (specific language disorder; language literacy disorders: language learning disorders). Recent evidence suggests that children with developmental language disorders are at high risk for educational difficulties, including the development and use of reading and writing. For these children, academic vulnerability results from the lifelong need to acquire language, to learn with language, and to apply language knowledge for academic, social, and personal development. This course will consider the development of language in school age children, examine relevant developmental theories, describe what is known about the language disorders of school age children, and reflect upon the educational implications. Frameworks are presented that can lead to problem solving and intervention in the classroom.



Degree requirements for position:

  • At least a Masters or advance degree in reading and writing
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
  • A deep understanding and background in the science of reading

Previous teaching experience:

  • Speech-Language Clinical Experience and Teaching Experience in Grades PreK-12 is required.

Knowledge Requirement:

  • Know the content and principles of instruction for multisensory, structured language teaching
  • Understand the difference between disciplinary literacy and content related reading
  • Differentiate instruction for a diverse group of learners
  • Understand of Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in at the elementary and middle school levels,
  • Know theories, practices, and programs for teaching reading and spelling skills at the word level
  • Understand the role of phonological processing, phonemic awareness, phonics on literacy development
  • Know the history and nature of English orthography and morphology as its relation to language instruction
  • Select and use the appropriate programs, and materials for reading, spelling and writing instruction
  • Analyze published research, assessing the quality of the work and evaluating its scientific rigor
  • Administer, score, and interpret formal and informal tests of reading, spelling, and written language
  • Understand second language acquisition, English-language dialects, and their relationship to reading and spelling and writing instruction
  • Know the relationships between word recognition, reading fluency, text, text structure and reading comprehension
  • Know the relationship between cognitive abilities, oral language development and meta-cognitive skills, and reading comprehension
  • Teach vocabulary with the knowledge of the importance of vocabulary to writing
  • Provide strategies to improve fluency
  • Understand sentence structure and paragraph structure
  • Understand the various genres/text structures for writing for instruction and the stages of writing development
  • Know the importance of teaching handwriting,
  • Understand the relationship between language development and teaching reading and writing to students with language disorders
  • Understand the major disorders of language: comprehension (including auditory processing), production, and use of language
  • Understand issues that affect students with developmental language disorders, e.g., executive functioning, working memory, and self-regulation
  • Conduct a needs assessment that determines the current state of literacy in a district or school
  • Design measurable improvement goals and actions steps for achieving goals in a district or school


  • The candidate responsibilities may include advising students, supporting student recruitment efforts, providing service to the graduate program, department, university, and the professional community, demonstrating commitment towards diversity, equity, and inclusion, other duties as assigned.

Other Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Provide exceptional service in all responsibilities and interactions demonstrating versatility in handling people and situations
  • Adapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities, responsibilities, and students needs and expectations; anticipate and identify students' needs
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, appreciate, and serve diverse populations, special needs, and others
  • Communicate, cooperate and collaborate well with others
  • Willingly assists in various responsibilities as appropriate
  • Develop and nurture an effective, productive, and respectful rapport and working relationship with students and reading faculty
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and organizational skills, a sense of humor, flexibility, and creativity
  • Demonstrate strong written, telephone, and electronic communication skills
  • Communicate information clearly and concisely and listen well to others
  • Maintain a high level of accuracy, consistently reviewing work to detect errors, oversights, or omissions
  • Take immediate action when necessary assuming initiative for creative problem solving
  • Demonstrate creativity and high energy
  • Accomplish tasks with follow through to completion
  • Adapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities, responsibilities, and functions within the program or position
  • Must possess an aptitude for using Zoom and Canvas Learning Management System
  • Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Should be committed to a culture of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose, and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.

Additional Information:

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures equity, respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy. Please apply online. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.

Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.

Bay Path University is a smoke and tobacco-free community.

All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory background checking.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position please email us at [email protected] or call 413-565-1168.


Working At Bay Path University

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and a member of the Women’s College Coalition. With a main campus and four satellite locations, Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate, (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

Mission Statement:

A Bay Path University education empowers undergraduate women and graduate women and men to become leaders in their careers and communities with an innovative approach to learning that prepares students to flourish in a constantly changing world.

The Bay Path experience is nothing less than transformational. Our women-only undergraduate programs and our coeducational graduate programs are offered both on campus and online, providing a flexible, 21st-century education for learners at all stages of life and career. Bay Path students find a supportive and diverse community, close mentoring, and rigorous preparation for success in a complex and globally interdependent society. Students graduate with the applied knowledge, portable skillset, and confidence to thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world. 

Established: 1897

Enrollment: Over 3,300 students

Alumni: Approximately 15,000 alumni around the world.

Athletics: Eight teams compete at the NCAA Division III level, in the New England Collegiate Conference.

University Motto: Carpe Diem, Latin for "Seize the Day"


  • Longmeadow, MA - Home to our Residential College, for high school, transfer and International young women; One Day A Week College, for adult women with classes on Saturday; and Graduate College for men and women. 
  • Concord, MA - Our Concord location is home to our graduate programs in Education and Psychology for men and women.
  • Sturbridge, MA - Our Sturbridge teaching site opened in 2003 and offers our One Day A Week College, for adult women with classes on Saturday and select graduate programs for men and women. This teaching location provides students with all of the support services of our main campus including access to library services, administrative and academic deans, student financial services, and the Registrar’s Office. 
  • East Longmeadow, MA - The Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center is located on our East Longmeadow site. This state-of-the-art facility houses our Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and our Master of Occupational Therapy Bridge programs.  

Residential College

Offers classes on-ground Monday through Friday.

At Bay Path University, we welcome students (commuters and residents), just like you, from across the country and around the world who are smart, capable young women who want to make a difference and be successful.

Here, you join a small, highly personal community that empowers you to take ownership of your life through:

  • Highly relevant majors and minors that give you practical knowledge, a global viewpoint, and the unique perspectives that make connections between subject areas and current topics.
  • Leadership opportunities that focus on your strengths, encouraging you to find your voice and act on your convictions.
  • Real-world experience balanced with career counseling that gives you a distinct advantage for graduate school or that rewarding first job.
  • More important, our admission counselors are here to help you and your family, guiding you through the admissions and financial aid process by taking your questions and connecting you with the right resources.

Why it pays to be a Bay Path woman:

  • Significant Financial Support. All of our full-time students receive a merit scholarship from Bay Path University, and more than 96% of our students receive additional financial aid that included grants, scholarships and loans. 
  • Close Attention from Faculty. With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you'll form close relationships with your professors that will lead to research, internship and networking opportunities. 
  • Thoughtful and Intentional Career Planning for Life. Our Sullivan Career and Life Planning Center (SCLP) is one of the best of its kind. As a Bay Path student, you will have lifetime access to the SCLP and the services it provides, including one-on-one career coaching and mentoring.

Undergraduate Study

A Place Where Knowledge Is Gained and Shared

If you ask a Bay Path woman graduate to define her academic experience, it would be one word: transformational. There is no other way to describe it.

Yes, we have majors in neurobiology, cybersecurity, and business analytics, as well as minors and concentrations that deepen your knowledge in a specific area. But we also educate the whole person, giving you the courage and confidence to be your best self, to help you get where you have to go, and to take on more in your life. It’s why women’s education still matters. 

American Women’s College

Are you one of the 76 million American women who has accomplished many things in her life yet still lacks a bachelor's degree? You are not alone. At The American Women's College, we understand the reasons that women pause their education early in life: 

  • Maybe going to college wasn’t right for you at the time
  • Maybe you started college and decided it wasn't a good fit
  • And then there other competing factors like family, work, and day-to-day pressures

Looking back, do you still wish you had earned a college degree?  Now you can—with The American Women’s College Online. We offer:

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