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Assistant Professor in TESL (Faculty Tenure Track-9 Mo)

Kent State University
Kent, Ohio
Closing date
Dec 1, 2023

Job Details

Position Number: 986766

Home Org/Dept: English - Kent Campus [100133]

Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH

Work Type: Faculty

Physical Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH

Basic Function:
  The Department of English at Kent State University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in Teaching English as a Second Language to begin in August 2024.

Additional Basic Function - if applicable:
The position will involve teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as well as conducting research in areas of applied linguistics related to TESL. Area of specialization could include second language curriculum and assessment, sociolinguistics, world Englishes, theoretical and applied phonology or morphosyntax, technology-enhanced language learning, language teaching methodologies, or other areas of applied linguistics. An active research agenda is expected of all tenure-track faculty and will be weighted accordingly.

Examples of Duties:
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 
The successful candidate will be committed to providing undergraduate and graduate pre-service teachers with a strong foundation in linguistics, innovative teaching practices, second language acquisition, and cultural awareness for teaching international students and English language learners in a variety of contexts. Faculty are expected to develop a productive research program, pursue extramural funding, and supervise graduate student research. Depending on the candidate's background, the position may also include advising licensure and endorsement students and liaising with area schools for field placements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Studies, TESOL, or closely related field      
  • Active research agenda
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate teaching experience
  • Knowledge of a second or additional language

Preferred Qualifications - if applicable:

  • Overseas teaching experience
  • P-12 teaching experience
  • Teacher education and/or applied linguistics teaching experience

Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments 

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:
Light work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.

Special Instructions Summary:
Priority will be given to applications submitted by November 30, 2023.
 A complete application includes:

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter
  • Research statement (2-3 pages)
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., sample teaching materials, sample syllabuses, course evaluations)
  • Representative scholarly publication
  • Complete contact information of three professional references

After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested from the references for selected applicants.

Questions related to the job or the application procedure should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ryan Miller,

Additional Information:
Must pass a security check.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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