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 ten 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 experience.
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