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Director, English Language Studies program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dependent on experience
Closing date
Aug 13, 2021

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MIT seeks a Director for the English Language Studies program beginning July 1, 2022.  The ELS program is a regular academic program and is open only to matriculated MIT students. The curriculum is designed for non-native English speakers to foster effective communication in a variety of academic and professional contexts.

This is a full-time (12-month) renewable non-tenure track position. The initial appointment is five years.

The Director of the ELS program is responsible for overseeing its daily operation, including administering the English Evaluation Test (EET) twice annually, and working with other programs involved in communication pedagogy at MIT.

The position is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and guiding lecturers to teach ELS subjects; for conducting annual reviews and regular observations for lecturers employed in the ELS program; and leading the renewal and promotion process for eligible lecturers.

The Director’s teaching load will be 4 ELS classes per year (3 the first year).

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree (typically in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or related field) with considerable experience in a discipline relevant to teaching academic/professional English as a second language (TESL), second language acquisition, technical writing with a specialization in ESL/ELL, professional communication, or in a related field. 

Minimum of 6 years of experience teaching non-native English speakers in U.S. higher education.  Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with written and/or spoken English language testing.

A record of program administration and leadership, including experience with hiring, mentoring, and reviewing staff.

Demonstrated familiarity with communication needs of students especially in engineering and sciences.

Demonstrated interested in pedagogy, with experience teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, curriculum design, and learning materials development. A strong record of effective teaching. Strong written and oral communication skills in English. Evidence of applied knowledge of current research relevant to academic and professional communication, and second language teaching and learning, including familiarity with web- and video-technology.


Spoken, written, & cultural proficiency in a language/culture other than English.

Experience teaching science and engineering writing.

Demonstrated interest and experience teaching or presenting on topics related to academic/professional communication across cultures.

Applications should be submitted online at  This is job #19799. Review of applications will begin on 1 October 2021 and continue until the position is filled. For general inquiries, please email:

Applicants from members of racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in the humanities and social sciences and from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.

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