LINGUIST List 26.5301

Fri Nov 27 2015

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition: Director of Center for Language Education, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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Date: 27-Nov-2015
From: Mandy Sin <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition: Director of Center for Language Education, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
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University or Organization: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Job Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Job Title: Director of Center for Language Education

Job Rank: Director of Center for Language Education; Other

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition


Director of Center for Language Education

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is in search of a new Director of the Center for Language Education (CLE). We seek a dynamic and innovative candidate who has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition or related field, and substantial experience in developing and administering language programs at university level.

Founded in 1991, HKUST is a world renowned international research university dedicated to the advancement of learning and scholarship, with special emphasis on postgraduate education and close collaboration with industry and business. Within its short history, the University has come to be regarded as a leading player in the international higher education scene. HKUST has been ranked among the top universities in Asia by QS Asian University Rankings. It ranks 16th in the latest Global Employability University Survey reported by the New York Times, and remains No. 1 in the Greater China area. English is the medium of teaching, research and administration.

The primary mission of the CLE is to deliver the University's language enhancement programs for English and Chinese to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Compulsory communication courses account for 15 of the 120 credits of the undergraduate degree. The Center offers a Master of Arts degree in International Language Education with separate concentrations in English and Chinese teaching. It also provides a Third Languages program and co-curricular activities. The Center is currently offering two language MOOCs, via edX, and has ambitious plans for additional MOOCs and on-line delivery of some programs.

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, the Director provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the Center and is the administrative head with responsibility for the day-to-day management of a unit of more than 100 full-time teaching and support staff.

The Director plays a key role in developing and monitoring the undergraduate and postgraduate programs for all Schools. Applicants should have expertise in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and discipline-related English (ESP); demonstrated commitment to excellence in curriculum development and pedagogy; proven qualities of leadership, entrepreneurship and managerial capability involving multiple stakeholders in a multilingual and multicultural academic environment. Candidates with an excellent research and publication record may be considered for a concurrent academic title at Associate Professor or Professor rank.

Appointment to the position will be on three-year fixed-term basis, renewable on mutual agreement. Competitive remuneration and generous fringe benefits, including housing where appropriate, will be provided.

Application Procedure

Applications/Nominations together with a curriculum vitae should be sent to Room 2338, Office of the Dean of Humanities & Social Science, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR (attention: Ms. Mandy Sin) or by e-mail to the application email below. The search committee will begin to review applications on 10 January 2016 and will continue to receive applications until a suitable appointment is made. All applications and nominations will be treated in strict confidence. Additional information about the University and the Center is available on the websites and respectively.

(Information provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.)

Application Deadline: 10-Jan-2016 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Ms. Mandy Sin

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