Job: ESL (English as a Second Language)/ELL (English Language Learning) at City University of New York (CUNY)

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Thu Dec 6 17:14:06 UTC 2012

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - ESL (English as a Second Language)/ELL (English Language Learning)

City University of New York Central Office

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students in a wide range of educational programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City.

Job ID: 7094

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The City University of New York seeks an exceptional educator with expertise in English as a Second Language and English Language Learners to serve on the faculty of its New Community College (NCC). The candidate must share the College's vision to serve a linguistically and culturally diverse student body. S/he must be able to integrate English language skills with the content of the College's first-year interdisciplinary program in order to ensure that students at NCC for whom English is a Second Language, and/or are English Language Learners, develop or improve the social and academic language skills they need to excel in their academic programs and be successful in their college careers. The ESL/ELL faculty member will also serve as a pedagogic resource to NCC faculty seeking to develop and/or improve their own teaching techniques for making content comprehensible to ESL/ELL students, developing strategies to optimize their class participation and facilitating their ability to respond to oral and written content.

Located in midtown Manhattan, the New Community College (NCC) was established with the goal of significantly improving student learning, retention and graduation, by rethinking community college education and practice. The College is committed to using a range of innovative approaches in order to achieve these goals and to improve student persistence and completion. The centerpiece of the NCC's educational model is an integrated first-year curriculum that builds the academic, linguistic and affective skills necessary for success in college and career. Additional features of the model include using New York City as a context for learning in and out of the classroom, the integration of academic and student support services, and the use of ePortfolios. The NCC currently offers five majors: business administration, information technology, human services, liberal arts and sciences, and urban studies, and will offer additional programs in the future. The College admitted its first cohort of 300 students in August 2012. At full capacity, the NCC will enroll 3,000 to 5,000 students.

The successful candidate will be a gifted instructor committed to preparing urban community college students - who typically enter unprepared to do college level work - for academic success and completion. To do so, the candidate will make use of a range of effective curricular, pedagogical and support strategies and be flexible and open to sharing and learning from others. Candidates will have the capacity to work with their colleagues to develop courses and learning goals, to create learning communities, and to define and participate in faculty development initiatives. They will be comfortable crossing disciplinary boundaries, as they will be expected to develop and teach interdisciplinary courses. This tenured or tenure-track appointment (with rank depending on experience and qualifications) will begin in fall 2013.

The general responsibilities of the faculty member include but are not limited to teaching courses in the first-year core and in the majors; advising and supporting students as they progress; participating in committees and other governance structures; scholarship in the discipline and/or teaching and learning; and performing administrative, supervisory, and other functions as assigned.

The faculty member in ESL/ELL will:
- Provide leadership in building and continuously improving the college's overall capacity to use a range of pedagogies and co-curricular activities to support ESL and ELL students.
- Be a member of an instructional team teaching in the College's first-year core curriculum.
- Design and lead workshops on ESL/ELL for faculty and staff.
- Participate in developing and refining curricula, learning objectives, and assessments.
- Participate in the ongoing development of policies and governance structures for the institution along with the College's faculty and staff.
- Establish relationships with organizations that will contribute to the educational model.
- Work toward the realization of an institution focused on preparing students for academic  success, college completion and transition to further education or careers.

The ESL/ELL faculty member may teach in programs of study beyond the first year experience, depending on the individual's qualifications.


The successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills, abilities/competencies, and professional attributes:
- Doctoral Degree or equivalent degree in TESOL, English, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or a related field
- A minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience at the secondary or post-secondary level
- Demonstrated capacity to use a diverse range of effective instructional strategies and openness to adopting new practices
- Enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching, particularly in the context of the NCC's first-year  program
- An understanding of urban community college students' assets and challenges.

Additional consideration will be given to applicants who have the above plus the following:
- Demonstrated experience in program or curriculum development
- Experience providing professional development or training to faculty and staff to support the needs of ESL and ELL students
- A commitment and the ability to take full advantage of a technology-rich environment
- Experience working with a linguistically and culturally diverse student body
- Capacity to establish partnerships with the public and private sectors.

Before applying, candidates are encouraged to visit the New Community College website (<>) to learn more about the new institution.


Rank and salary are commensurate with experience, qualifications and academic accomplishments

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Make sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume, statement of scholarly interests, and evidence of teaching ability (as one document), with the contact information of 3 professional references by the closing date.

Before applying, candidates are encouraged to visit the New Community College website (<>) to learn more about the new institution.




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