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Limited Term Lecturer, English as a Second Language

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Primary Responsibilities

A limited term lecturer’s primary responsibilities include teaching academic English to speakers of other languages, promoting student progress, and creating and fostering a safe, positive classroom environment.

Essential Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Prepare and deliver in-person classes and workshops – up to nine hours per week, in addition to office hours
  • Create and grade assignments, tests, and exams
  • Be highly organized, with excellent communication skills
  • Able to work independently, as well as collaboratively
  • Assist with program-related duties and administrative tasks, including placement, orientation, proctoring, student evaluations, curriculum and program review
  • Understand and adhere to University policies and guidelines
  • Able to maintain accurate and detailed records
  • Able to use electronic documents and technology to process evaluations and appropriate communications
  • Competency in effective and appropriate online (synchronous and asynchronous) delivery and in-person instruction
Education, Experience, Training and/or Certifications
  • Master’s degree in TESOL/Applied Linguistics or a closely related field
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work with students from different cultural backgrounds (previous experience overseas is desirable)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with different proficiency levels, ranging from intermediate to advanced, and teach all skills as needed
Teaching Responsibilities

The Limited Term Lecturer will have the following teaching responsibilities:
  • Teach international students of varying proficiency and different skills and levels
  • Use digital and technological tools to support learners in developing their English proficiency
  • Evaluate and provide constructive feedback to learners
  • Hold office hours in alignment with policies in the PNW College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • Communicate with ESL Director and/or their designee to submit grades, attendance and course information in a timely manner
Preferred Qualifications

To serve as Limited Term Lecturer, the ideal candidate will have:
  • Master’s degree in TESOL/Applied Linguistics or a closely related field
  • Previous teaching experience in a university-based Intensive English Program
  • Previous overseas teaching experience
Additional Information

Purdue University Northwest (PNW), is an academically comprehensive, student-centered university located in northwest Indiana, just southeast of Chicago. Through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education programs, PNW offers a vibrant academic community for its approximately 7,000 students. As an independent university within the Purdue University, PNW boasts 70 academic areas of study at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. PNW's colleges, schools and centers are nationally recognized and accredited. The university is widely respected for faculty dedication to student success, experiential learning, and collaborative research across two culturally diverse campuses. Faculty & Lecturers are expected to instruct at both campuses.

College Profile:

The College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences serves over 1,500 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students across a wide range of programs. The College also houses the Community Counseling Center that provides quality affordable mental heath services and the Institute for Social and Policy Research.

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 Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university located in Northwest Indiana that is dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. Diverse, hardworking, and innovative, we’re where academic excellence meets real-world experience. At PNW, students from next door and students from halfway across the world come together to learn, grow, and connect.

At Purdue University Northwest, we go beyond the classroom, walking the extra mile with students to empower confidence and encourage real-world experiences. We push beyond the boundaries of innovation to drive engagement and make an impact in Northwest Indiana and the world at large.

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