Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of English for Academic Purposes/ESL

St. Lawrence University in New York

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 20, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at St. Lawrence University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor to teach English for Academic Purposes/ESL.  The position will begin August 2014 and is potentially renewable for two additional years.

This position requires teaching six courses per year, or their equivalent by working individually with students.  The exact configuration of the work load will be negotiated with the Dean of Academic Affairs.  Courses will be designed largely to enhance the English capabilities of students who are non-native speakers of English.  One course each spring semester will be a research-intensive First Year Seminar.  We also anticipate needing at least one course per semester of English for Academic Purposes/ESL, which specifically focuses on skills necessary for college success.  This position will also require administering English-language skills assessments to incoming international students.  As a member of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, the successful candidate will have colleagues with whom to discuss the process of teaching languages and teaching about cultural interactions.  We also expect collaboration with Academic Advising Programs, the International Student Services Coordinator, and the WORD Studio.

St. Lawrence Universitys international student population has grown to 7.8% of our student body.  In addition, we have several exchange students each year.  This position is important to the University for integrating our students into the campus and American culture more broadly, and fostering conversations that will enhance the education of all of our students.  To that end, we also expect that the person hired will expand on our developing conversation partners program.

Requirements for this position are:

  • PHD or MA degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a related field
  • A minimum of three years experience teaching ESL at the undergraduate level
  • Evidence of success in program building and collaborating with other programs. 

The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status.   Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, CV and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Roy Caldwell, English for Academic Purposes/ESL Search Chair, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY 13617.  Application materials may also be sent electronically to  Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is successfully filled.

Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.  For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit SLUs homepage at

SLU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

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