Language Coordinator

United States, North America
Jan 10, 2014

The University of Rochester’s School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for the position of Language Coordinator. Under the supervision of the dean of Arts and Sciences, the Language Coordinator will work with faculty, department chairs, and program heads throughout the school to promote second-language acquisition. The School of Arts and Sciences currently offers fifteen languages and English as a second language; we will be incrementally adding five additional languages beginning in the fall semester of 2014.

The University of Rochester has vibrant programs in languages and cultures, and a significant portion of the undergraduate student body enrolls in languages even though there is no language requirement. The Language Coordinator will have a background in language pedagogy or second-language acquisition; will be qualified to teach elementary and intermediate courses in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish; and will be able to work with programs offering classical Greek, Latin and American Sign Language. The Coordinator will be responsible for managing enrollments in first- and second-year language courses, working with faculty on student placement, observing and evaluating non-tenure-track instructors, assisting with the development of syllabi, delivering a pedagogy course and ongoing seminars for new teaching assistants, and helping to develop multilingual and multicultural awareness across campus. The Coordinator will also work with faculty and staff on the use of technology in second-language teaching and learning.

The successful candidate for this position will be an enthusiastic champion of the importance of language learning in a multicultural and global environment, and will have strong interpersonal and organizational skills. A master’s degree in a language and cultural tradition or language pedagogy is required; a PhD in a related area is strongly preferred. The Coordinator must also have college-level teaching experience, a background in theories of second-language acquisition, and expertise in multimedia and other technological approaches to language learning.

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The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.