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Requisition # 73878

Position Basics

Type of PositionOTHER
Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
College:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department:English as Second Language



Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Position Description:

ESL Programs at The University of Iowa invites applications for the position of Director of English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs at the rank of Associate Professor of Instruction within the Instructional Faculty track. This is a full-time, renewable, non-tenure-track position to begin May 1, 2020. The initial appointment will be for five years, and will be renewable thereafter in five-year increments, pending collegiate approval and demonstrated excellence in teaching and program management and development. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Director, who reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will have overall management responsibility for the three distinct programs within ESL Programs: the Iowa Intensive English Program (IIEP), the ESL Credit Program (support-level program), and the Teaching Assistant Preparation in English Program (TAPE).  In addition to ESL, the Director should have a broad knowledge of international education, as well as immigration law as it relates to international students, and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially, with interpersonal skills that contribute to a respectful and productive working environment.

Responsibilities of the Director include:


  • Supervising the design of and planning, promoting, and conducting the English language instructional programs for the University

  • Overseeing the day-to-day, as well as long-range, strategic planning of academic and administrative operations for further program development; creating and implementing new programs as appropriate

  • Managing curriculum development, delivery and evaluation of all ESL Programs, including intensive English, ESL Credit, TAPE, special programs, special topics courses and other potential opportunities

  • Ensuring effective program operations, including: hiring and supervising faculty, professional, and clerical staff; course scheduling and program assessment; developing program policies and procedures; managing Program budgets

  • Overseeing processes and logistics of an intensive English program: student admission, I-20 issuance, registration, student orientation, testing, advising and counseling (academic and immigration), and maintenance of student records

  • Supervising testing, evaluation, advising and placement activities related to on-campus English language testing

  • Serving as Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for all matters involving immigration for international IIEP students

Strategic Communication

  • Promoting the diversity, equity and inclusion goals of the College and the University of Iowa

  • Developing and implementing international student recruitment plan (in collaboration with Office of Admissions) and designing promotional materials and website (in collaboration with the Collegiate Strategic Communications Director)

  • Acting as primary liaison with all other university offices and departments, as well as with national and international agencies which have contact with ESL Programs

  • Representing ESL Programs at professional conferences, on university committees and working groups

  • Serving as resource for university departments and units concerning matters involving international students and English language proficiency

  • Acting as the primary contact with the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA); complete reports and ensure IIEP compliance

Training and Professional Development

  • Participating in the initial and ongoing training of students pursuing degrees in Linguistics with an ESL emphasis

  • Engaging in ongoing academic and administrative professional development through conference attendance and other professional activities

  • Staying abreast of current research in Second Language Acquisition and English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

  • Teaching one class per year as needed

To apply, please visit http://jobs.uiowa.edu and reference Requisition #73878, and include a letter of interest that addresses your vision and values as the administrator of a comprehensive English as a Second Language program at a major research university, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications; 9-month appointment with additional 2 months of summer salary. Review of applications will begin February 4, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled, with preliminary interviews conducted by telephone or videoconference.

In 2016, the University of Iowa adopted a new policy governing the rights and responsibilities of Instructional Faculty, including promotion criteria and ranks. For more information about the UI Instructional Faculty Track policy: https://provost.uiowa.edu/instructional-faculty-track-appointments.  For more information about the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences policy:


English as a Second Language Programs and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University, College, Division, and Department reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Education Requirement:

A terminal degree in Linguistics/TESL (including coursework in phonetics, structure of English and second language acquisition)

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years full-time English language teaching experience in a post-secondary ESL program that emphasizes English for academic purposes (EAP)

  • Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching a variety of ESL courses, levels and skills, including in an intensive English program

  • 3-5 years post-secondary administrative and supervisory experience that included program development and evaluation, curriculum development, personnel management, student assessment and budget planning 

  • Experience with TESL/TEFL teacher preparation

  • Demonstrated record of an ongoing program of professional development and service to the field of ESL and international educational exchange

  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff and students

  • Working knowledge of immigration regulations, policies and procedures that relate to international students in an intensive English program

  • US citizen or permanent resident of the US (as required by law for a Designated School Official in SEVIS [Student Exchange and Visitors Information System, Department of Homeland Security])

  • Fluency in English at the level of a native speaker

  • Valid US driver’s license [In addition, the Director will be expected to meet the University of Iowa Fleet Safety Program driving standards.]

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Intensive English teaching experience at the post-secondary level, emphasizing EAP

  • Experience with International Teaching Assistant (ITA) testing and training

  • Experience teaching TESL/TEFL courses

  • Experience in short-term program development

  • Experience with international student recruitment, planning, and budgeting

  • Experience in using data for program improvement and evaluation

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vitae
Letter of Interest
 Number of References:  3
 Letters of Recommendation are required as part of the application process. Upon submission, references selected will be notified by e-mail with directions on how to electronically submit letters to the University of Iowa.   

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Contact Information

Contact:Rebecca L Tritten - dwllc-searches@uiowa.edu
Clas-Wrld Lng, Lit, & Cultures
Phillips Hall
16 North Clinton Street
111-C PH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-2235
Department URL: https://clas.uiowa.edu/esl/

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504, and the ADA in The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319/335-0705 (voice) or 319/335-0697 (text), The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1316.

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