Tenure-Track Position in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics (TESL/APLI)

Employer
Concordia University
Location
Montréal, Quebec (CA)
Salary
Per collective agreement.
Closing date
Dec 4, 2022

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Position description

This is a tenure-track position in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics (TESL/APLI) at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek candidates whose research and teaching focus on Second Language Pedagogy: School-Age Children in Multilingual Communities. Duties include research, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the institution. More specifically, the selected ccandidate will be expected to contribute to Concordia’s BEd in TESL and MA in Applied Linguistics as well as the doctoral program in Education. An important component of these programs is to ensure that teachers, education specialists, and researchers are familiar with pedagogical approaches that explicitly validate and draw on school-age children’s knowledge of home or community languages. Candidates should be prepared to help ESL teachers-in-training develop the professional competency of taking diversity into account by incorporating children’s knowledge of home and community languages into their second language learning.

Qualifications and assets

Through their research, teaching, and service, the selected candidate should be able to prepare teachers to support the linguistic diversity of their students, within the context of the Quebec Ministry of Education’s (MEES) Reference Framework for Professional Competencies for teachers. As a result, this position requires substantial theoretical and practical expertise in the area of second language learning and teaching for children from diverse linguistic backgrounds. Teacher certification in a relevant area or teaching experience in K-12 settings is preferred.

Candidates must have completed their doctoral degree or be near completion at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are scholarly and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The Department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset.

How to Apply

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

or

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Applications should be addressed to: Saul Carliner, Chair, and must include:

  1. a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (21_T_EDUC_O) and including an equity, diversity, and inclusion statement (see details below in this section);
  2. a detailed curriculum vitae;
  3. a teaching statement;
  4. a research statement describing the candidate’s research program, including plans in the area of second language learning and teaching for children from diverse linguistic backgrounds;
  5. a brief description of their three most important research contributions to date or three representative publications;
  6. evidence of teaching expertise and effectiveness (such as teaching evaluations)
  7. three letters of reference.

Electronic applications should be sent to education.apply@concordia.ca; by November 15, 2022 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in August 2023.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive Measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: anna.barrafato@concordia.ca or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 3511.

Information about the Department
Concordia’s Department of Education, highly ranked internationally, offers programs in Child Studies and Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Adult Education, Educational Studies, Educational Technology, and Teaching in Higher and Continuing Education, in addition to Teaching English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics. The department offers a PhD program, four master’s programs, three undergraduate degrees, and multiple diplomas, certificates, and minors.

The Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics (TESL/APLI) program is recognized as a leader in this field in Quebec, Canada and internationally. Faculty members within the area are highly productive and well-funded by national and provincial agencies, both individually and as members of large and dynamic research teams and centres.

Among the resources within the Department are a state-of-the-art bilingual Laboratory School that serves a diverse population of families and privileges parent-teacher collaboration and emergent curriculum; the Concordia Applied Linguistics lab about second language speech, interaction, and learning research; and the internationally recognized Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, with which many Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics (TESL/APLI) faculty, post-docs, and graduate students are affiliated.

Information about the Faculty of Arts and Science

The Faculty of Arts and Science was created in July 1977 through the merger of the former Loyola Faculty of Arts and Science, the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Arts, and the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Science.

The Faculty consists of 27 academic departments, colleges, institutes, and schools as well as more than 20 research centres. The Faculty is committed to responsible and innovative leadership in developing and disseminating knowledge and values and encouraging constructive social criticism. We achieve these objectives through inclusive and accessible academic programs which stress a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning. We are dedicated to superior teaching and research supported by excellence in scholarship and creative activity, and a tradition of service to the community. The Faculty serves many interdependent academic communities in an urban environment where students and faculty can pursue their shared commitment to lifelong learning. For more about the Faculty of Arts and Science, please visit: www.concordia.ca/artsci.

Information about Concordia

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of Indigenous, local, and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.

“Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university.” — Concordia President Graham Carr.

Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to reconciliation, research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact.

Information about Montreal

Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, is exceptional; safe, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather and conduct our activities. With a population of 1.7 million, Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.

The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is the one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.

Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals. It was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.

The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming and film.

Territorial Acknowledgement

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Employment Equity

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

Immigration Status

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
or
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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