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Language Teaching Specialist

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
Closing date
Jun 16, 2024

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Job Role
A Language Teaching Specialist at the Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational programming to improve language-instruction outcomes for Vanderbilt University students, faculty, staff, and scholars who use English as an Additional Language (EAL). Programming responsibilities include teaching courses, facilitating workshops, conducting 1-to-1 speaking and writing consultations, and developing educational resources.

The ELC supports the university's internationalization, diversity, and inclusion efforts through engaging language instruction and resource development for Vanderbilt University EAL students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

The hiring manager requires a cover letter and resume as part of the application materials. Applicants who apply by June 20th will receive first consideration. This position is open until filled.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plan and teach language classes:
  • Prepare lesson plans.
  • Design and gather materials.
  • Structure activities.
  • Offer feedback on assignments.
  • Evaluate classes, student achievement, and progress.
  • Prepare reports for submission to the Director.
  • Maintain office hours for individualized meetings.
  • Coordinate designated area of programming in collaboration with other ELC Language Teaching Specialists.
  • Participate in university and ELC meetings and functions as they pertain to ELC programming.
  • Develop educational resources for EAL students, faculty, staff, and scholars to engage in academic contexts and campus initiatives.
  • Hold 1-to-1 speaking and writing consultations:
  • Suggest consultation-session plans, materials, and activities.
  • Provide feedback for academic speaking, pronunciation, and academic writing.
  • Evaluate consultation-session achievement and progress.
  • Prepare and submit consultation-session reports.
  • Maintain professional activity.
  • Perform other duties as needed by the ELC.

  • A Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or related field is required.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching a variety of English for Academics and Professionals courses at the university level is required.
  • A background in graduate student and faculty professional development is preferred.
  • The ability to develop educational resources - including digital resources is preferred.
  • The knowledge of language-assessment procedures is required.
  • Superior English-language proficiency is required.
  • The knowledge of the scholarly literature on teaching and learning in Applied Linguistics in higher education is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills, including ability to work cooperatively with campus colleagues as well as with culturally and linguistically diverse students, faculty, staff, and scholars is required.
  • Familiarity with the academic mission of a research university is required.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.


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