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Language Teacher Education

School for International Training (SIT)
Brattleboro, Vermont, may work remotely
Based on rank and experience.
Closing date
Feb 12, 2022
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Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition 

Language Teacher Education (Assistant or Associate)

Master of Arts in TESOL 

The appointment will commence on May 1, 2022 or shortly thereafter.

Location: Vermont or Remote, with residencies in Brattleboro, Vermont during the summer and also possible short residencies overseas. 

Reports to: Associate Dean, SIT Graduate Institute

Salary: Based on rank and experience.

Application deadline: All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by Monday, February 14, 2022, 11:59pm EST.

The MATESOL Program at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute invites applications for a full-time faculty position (Assistant or Associate Professor) in the area of Applied/Educational Linguistics,  Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, with a focus on plurilingualism, socially responsible education, equity and inclusion. The successful applicant will be responsible for on-line and classroom teaching, as well as for supervising the students’ professional practicums and independent professional projects. The faculty member will also participate in the further development of the MATESOL low-residency Program and a Global Master’s degree and other educational programs, serve on academic and institutional committees, and engage in research and innovative educational practice. The faculty member will teach a variety of courses with a special emphasis on English Applied Linguistics (EAL), Second Language Acquisition (SLA), plurilingual pedagogy, and politics of English.

Beginning with the training of TEFL Peace Corps volunteers in the 1960s, the SIT MATESOL Program has had a long and rich history of experiential teacher education where students and faculty are seen as co-explorers and where everyone fully draws on their prior linguistic and cultural lived experiences. Faculty are deeply committed to the development of their students both as teachers and as individuals. Faculty collaborate on the planning and implementation of the program. They are also committed to reflecting on and learning from their own practice as teacher educators. They engage in intensive professional practicum supervision, which allows  faculty to continually update their understanding of varied and changing contexts around the world.

The successful candidate must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research, a rich personal experience with learning and exploring languages, and clearly articulated research interests ideally grounded on their experience teaching and conducting research in a variety of contexts with different communities of practice.

We are interested in applicants with a scholarly focus on language education that taps into the full communicative repertoires of learners and disrupts existing language hierarchies and inequities. Commitment to a social justice agenda is a must. We will be looking for applicants who can continue  our program’s tradition of rich, egalitarian, experiential learning and innovative teaching and teacher development. We are educators who embrace plurilingual and multimodal pedagogies and challenge deficit framings of language education, and we will be seeking a colleague who can actively engage with progressive pedagogies, not just at the level of conceptualization and exploration but that of implementation as well.

Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in Applied Linguistics or Second Language Acquisition, Educational Linguistics, or Multilingualism, Language and Literacies Education or related areas
  • Demonstrated success with both face-to-face and distance education teaching models
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Experience in or demonstrated potential for teaching and advising in an institution committed to student-centered, experiential education. Prior experience teaching at a graduate level is both expected and desirable.
  • Experience teaching courses related to language development and language education
  • Evidence of accomplished research studies and clearly articulated research agenda.
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, or monographs.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Rich cross-linguistic and cross-cultural experiences
  • Fluency in at least one language in addition to one’s advanced level of English proficiency

Applicants must submit a cover letter documenting qualifications for and interest in the position, a current CV, statement of educational philosophy (address how you apply experiential learning pedagogy and address diverse students’ needs in your graduate teaching; please include examples from both online and face-to-face teaching), and the names and contact information of three academic references. Candidates selected for an initial interview will be requested to submit three letters of reference.

Why World Learning / SIT?

For almost 90 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these educators and emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, inequality, and non-egalitarian education.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. Our School for International Training offers graduate level degrees and study abroad programs to more than 2,000 students each year. We are hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students - including a plurilingual approach to English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce development programs help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. We offer people-to- people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, inclusive practices, innovation, leadership development, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

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