LINGUIST List 31.365

Sat Jan 25 2020

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

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Date: 24-Jan-2020
From: Amanda Lanier <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
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University or Organization: Michigan State University
Department: Center for Language Teaching Advancement
Job Location: Michigan, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Assistant Prof - Foreign Language Teaching

Job Rank: Assistant Professor

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; foreign language pedagogy, language teacher development, assessment


The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) at Michigan State University invites applications for a fixed-term faculty position in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) that will primarily involve serving as core faculty in the MA in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT) program. The position is a full-time academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a teaching load of up to 3 courses per semester (Fall, Spring), beginning August 16, 2020. The initial contract will be for three years and may be renewed, depending on performance and program needs.

The MAFLT is a well-established distance-based program that educates in-service and aspiring teachers of over a dozen foreign languages. The curriculum emphasizes SLA theory, proficiency-based approaches, innovative technology, and interculturality in foreign language pedagogy. Although the primary emphasis of this position is excellence in teaching and teacher development, we encourage additional research, scholarship, and service at and beyond MSU. While the teaching load for this position is anticipated to be entirely online, the successful candidate will be expected to be present in East Lansing in order to play an active role in the faculty community, participate in relevant faculty and staff meetings, and fulfill service-related duties. A thorough list of responsibilities is included in the listing on the MSU HR site.

Desired Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in applied linguistics, second language studies, foreign language education, or a related field.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong foundation in theory and research methods associated with applied linguistics and articulate clear and specific goals for supporting language teacher development. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in teaching foreign or second languages, teaching or supervising graduate students, and using a variety of instructional technologies. Although courses are taught in English, proficiency in one or more languages other than English is strongly preferred. Familiarity with North American K-12 foreign language education and experience living and working in multiple countries are also beneficial.

Applicants will need to submit via the online system: a) a cover letter; b) a current curriculum vitae (CV); c) a statement of teaching philosophy that highlights the applicant’s alignment with our desired qualifications (about 1000 words); d) a syllabus for a course you have taught that is relevant to the MAFLT curriculum OR a proposed syllabus (including course description, objectives, core texts, major assignments) for a course that could be offered as an additional Special Topics course; e) a separate statement summarizing the applicant’s experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the applicant will advance our goals of inclusive excellence (about 500 words); f) the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees, who will be contacted if the applicant proceeds to the next stage of the selection process.
Further supporting materials that demonstrate excellence in teaching, expertise in instructional technology, research and writing skills, or foreign language proficiency may also be included.

Review of applications will begin on February 14, 2020.

Questions about the application process should be directed to the Search Coordinator, Penny Shanks: or 517-353-0800. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Amanda Lanier (

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Ms. Penny Shanks
Phone: 517-353-0800

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