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Instructor in TESOL Theory and Practice

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The candidate selected for this 1 FTE appointment (.5 FTE Linguistics; .5 FTE International English Center) will report to both the Department of Linguistics and the International English Center. The salary is $55,000. This is a multi-year contract that can be renewed infinitely. Duties in the two units are as follows:

Department of Linguistics
  • Teaching a 2/1 per academic year course load of split graduate/undergraduate courses in LING-TESOL methods, theory, and practice.
  • Directing and developing the Department of BA TESOL Certificate program, launched in Fall 2017.
  • Advising students seeking the MA-level TESOL with Technology Certificate, to be offered through Linguistics and Continuing Education and open to graduate and non-degree (post-BA) students. This certificate program will be a hybrid track of CE’s existing online non-degree certificate program Teaching Languages through Technology.
International English Center
  • Teaching 2 courses per each IEC eight-week session (eight contact hours per week); there are four sessions per academic year. Teaching includes planning, preparing, and delivering academic English instruction in all skill areas and at multiple levels. The instruction will be consistent with established quality standards and delivered in coordination with colleagues.
  • Using innovative approaches to teaching that follow best practices and current research in second language acquisition, experiential and project-based learning, content-based learning, and instructional technology.
  • Developing IEC curriculum and materials, which align with the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) standards and IEC’s student learning outcomes as needed for assigned courses.
  • Participating in student orientation, placement testing and student assessment, IEC activities, and faculty meetings and workshops.
  • Providing service and leadership to the IEC through committees, projects, or other administrative duties as assigned by the IEC director in areas that overlap with Department of Linguistics.
  • Engaging in professional development activities such as presenting at conferences, contributing articles to journals, observing colleagues, and leading in-service trainings.

Who We Are

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder is a major center of interdisciplinary research in cognitive-functional linguistics, computational linguistics, language documentation, psycholinguistics and experimental linguistics, and sociocultural linguistics. It offers a range of research programs targeting properties of spoken language. The Department's orientation is empirical: its approach to the structure and use of language confronts theory with first-hand observations. Analysis of video and audio data (typically conversational data), acoustic measurements of speech, computational modeling and statistical analysis, psycholinguistic experimentation and fieldwork in local communities and abroad all contribute to this enterprise. The Department offers the BA, MA and PhD degrees, as well as an array of certificate programs. It currently has 10 tenured or tenure-track faculty, about 130 majors and about 70 graduate students. The International English Center (IEC), established in 1975, provides an intensive English program especially designed for students who are preparing to enter a college or university in the United States. In the classroom, students learn English via a multi-skills approach, with classes in listening/speaking, reading, writing and grammar each day.  Students may also take elective courses that focus on improving certain language skills and learning specialized content. In addition to classes, the International English Center offers cultural, community and sports activities that allow the student to explore U.S. culture in a friendly and safe environment. The IEC's Intensive English and ESL Credit programs are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The IEC is a member of the Consortium of University English Programs (UCIEP) and the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). The IEC operates under the guidance of the Division of Continuing Education, which is a college-level organizational unit of the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What You Will Need

  • Doctorate in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, TESOL, or a closely related field. ABDs will be considered, provided the candidate is scheduled to complete the doctorate by August 27, 2019.
  • 3 years of teaching experience in a university English-language program; experience in one or more of the following areas: (1) supervising of pre-service or in-service ESL/EFT/TESOL teachers; (2) program development and administration; (3) curriculum development. (This experience may have been obtained during doctoral study)
  • Outstanding English proficiency, including excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Flexibility and collaborative approach to work responsibilities. 

What We Would Like You To Have

A record of excellence in teaching, evidence of teacher development, and potential for scholarly contributions to the field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Current Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  3. List of References - minimum of three individuals who may be contacted to submit written letters of recommendation at a later time. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy.
The deadline for submission is April 12, 2019.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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