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LINGUIST List 23.2242

Wed May 09 2012

Jobs: Distance Foreign Lang Learning: Asst/Assoc/Sr Research Scientist, U of Maryland

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Date: 09-May-2012
From: Holly Nalley <hnalleycasl.umd.edu>
Subject: Distance Foreign Language Learning: Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland, MD, USA
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University or Organization: University of Maryland
Department: Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
Job Location: Maryland, USA
Web Address: http://www.casl.umd.edu
Job Rank: Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Scientist

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Distance Foreign Language Learning


Description:

University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language
(CASL) is seeking to fill a research faculty position in Distance
Foreign Language Learning to work in its interdisciplinary research
program on second language acquisition, with a focus on
technology-mediated language instruction. Rank is open. CASL
seeks scholars with research experience in distance language
learning, particularly instructor-mediated online learning. The ideal
candidate will have experience and/or interest in designing and
evaluating distance learning programs, conducting research in
instructed second language contexts, teaching language online, and
assessing language learning at a distance. Areas of specialization
may include designing models for effective technology-mediated
language training, exploring methods of using technology to
maximize second language acquisition, and analyzing distance
learning outcomes. Possible domains of application include online
CMC analysis, online course development and evaluation, and
application of new technologies to distance learning settings. The
successful candidate will work with multidisciplinary teams, including
IT engineers and programmers, linguists and computational
linguists, as well as second language acquisition researchers, on
research projects that help government agencies offer language
training at a distance for a variety of job-related skills. Examples of
current projects include: developing empirically-based best practices
for distance language instruction, establishing an assessment
system for online language programs, determining the effectiveness
of technology-mediated language training tools, and developing and
evaluating online language programs and courses.

Appointments to CASL are as members of the research faculty of the
University of Maryland under renewable three-year contracts, with
highly competitive salary (12-month) and benefits.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in second language
acquisition, applied linguistics, distance education or a related field
and have a record of research productivity and publications. The
center is seeking people who will play a leading role in the strategic
direction of CASL and will participate in multiple research projects in
their field, including new directions in distance language learning.
Candidates' research and publications should demonstrate the
ability to tackle complex, interdisciplinary research and to work
collaboratively with a range of institutions and researchers.

Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the
appropriate security clearance.

CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research
centers in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science
research that results in improved performance on language tasks
relevant to the work of government language professionals. Our
research focuses on improving knowledge of less commonly taught
languages, enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign
language capability by government professionals, advancing the
capacity to use foreign language skills in government professions,
and improving the quality of human language technology. CASL is
expanding its mission to include new directions in language and
intelligence analysis.

Application: For best consideration, please apply online by June 30,
2012 at the application URL below.

Application Deadline: 30-Jun-2012 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications: http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56848
Contact Information:
Holly Nalley
Email: hnalleycasl.umd.edu

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