Job Posting: Director - Penn Language Center

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Jan 17 20:04:01 UTC 2008

Director - Penn Language Center
University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences
Penn Language Center

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) is the liberal arts core of the
University of Pennsylvania. SAS is at the foundation of the scholarly
excellence that has established Penn as one of the world's leading
research universities. Ten of its 26 departments are ranked in the top
nationally for faculty distinction according to the National Research
Council, and SAS faculty are regularly recognized with academia's
highest honors, including in recent years the National Medal of
Science, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel
Prize. SAS is the academic home to over half of Penn's students and
provides 60 percent of the courses taken by students in Penn's
undergraduate professional schools. The School of Arts and Sciences
occupies over one million square feet of space in 39 buildings that
range in age from two to 249 years.

SAS seeks a Director to coordinate the language program of the Penn
Language Center (PLC). The PLC offers instruction in approximately
forty less commonly taught languages, coordinating language programs
and training for language teachers. The PLC also provides leadership
and training in the use of new technologies in language instruction
for all language teachers in the School. In partnership with faculty,
the PLC is a center for externally-funded programs in language-related
research projects.

Hire, train, and evaluate PLC teachers; plan curricula; consult with
departments and other schools within the University; and conduct
workshops for language teachers. Design programs in language pedagogy
and second language acquisition using new technologies for teachers in
the PLC and other languages and literatures departments. Oversee the
PLC staff and budget. This is a Limited Service position which means
that although this is an ongoing position the incumbent works 10 out
of 12 months in a year.

Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, or a
language related discipline. Experience as a language coordinator.
Experience in the development and implementation of language teaching
technology.  Minimum one year of administrative or supervisory

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. To apply for this position, please submit resumes
online at:

Alternatively you may search by reference number 071223690 at

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