Assistant Teaching Professor in Italian - 13131BR

Assistant Teaching Professor in Italian

Department: 
French, Francophone & Italian
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
F-Faculty

Position Overview

The Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies at the University of Kansas invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor position in Italian. We seek a dynamic teacher with an interest in language coordination and study abroad. Required: Ph.D. in Italian or Second-Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in Italian; native or near-native fluency in Italian; record of excellence in teaching college-level courses; excellent organizational and leadership skills; and ability to work well with students, faculty, and administrators; ability to coordinate first and second-year language program and ability to work with online learning and assessment systems; willingness to direct or co-direct the Italian Summer Language Institute program in Florence. The candidate will teach two courses per semester at all levels and supervise the first- and second-year Italian language program. The candidate is expected to remain current in the research and scholarly literature on second language acquisition, foreign-language pedagogy, and applications of technology to foreign-language learning.

Review of applications will start January 14, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following materials online: cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, two complete sets of student teaching evaluations from two previously taught classes, and sample syllabi. Three letters of recommendation submitted separately by recommenders, should be sent to frenital@ku.edu.

Job Description

75% Teaching Responsibilities:

Teach undergraduate courses as needed by the department. These courses may be offered both on- and off-campus. The courses must be designed to meet the curricular needs of the department. The course load will be two courses per semester (2:2).
  • Prepare adequate syllabi for all courses.
  • Prepare and present course and class activities (lectures, discussions, etc.).
  • Provide examinations, papers, presentations, and other means to evaluate student performance.
  • Be available to students for advising, consultation, and supervision.
  • Treat students with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom and those rights as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

Coordination of instruction and curriculum development of first- and second-year language sequence.
  • Course design (including textbook selection and creation of syllabi) aimed at implementing learning objectives through specific course components, teaching practices, and organization.
  • Ongoing pedagogical training and supervision of lecturers and GTAs through orientation at the beginning of each semester, class observations, workshops, yearly evaluations.
  • Coordination and revision of all course-wide major assignments, including midterms and final examinations for all first- and second-year Italian language courses.
  • The Assistant Teaching Professor will also be responsible for teaching assignments, ordering textbooks, setting up online learning and assessment management systems for all courses.

15% Service Responsibilities:
  • Faculty members must share in the work of the department, including attending faculty meetings and participating in departmental committees and/or administrative functions.
  • Faculty members are expected to contribute to the profession through contributions to professional associations and conferences.
  • The Assistant Teaching Professor will be responsible for:
  • Creation, administration, and evaluation of placement and proficiency tests.
  • Determination of KU credit equivalencies and approval of credit transfer for students who take Italian courses while studying abroad.
  • Coordinating the hiring of Italian lecturers.

10% Research Responsibilities:
  • Faculty members are expected to remain current in the research and scholarly literature in their field, as evidenced in an active and productive research program but also in the development of pedagogical projects, curriculum development, up-to-date course syllabi and in the participation in research conferences.
  • The Assistant Teaching Professor is also expected to remain current in the research and scholarly literature on second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy, and applications of technology to foreign language learning.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in c.v.; (3) teaching portfolio (this should include two complete sets of student evaluations and a teaching statement/philosophy); and (3) information provided from professional references.
  1. Ph.D. in Italian studies, or Second-Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics is expected by the start date of the appointment
  2. Native or near-native language ability in both Italian and English
  3. Demonstrated excellence in teaching Italian language and culture in a North American university, including complete sets of student evaluations, a teaching statement/philosophy, and teaching portfolio
  4. Ability to coordinate first and second-year language program and ability to work with online learning and assessment systems
  5. Willingness to direct or co-direct the Italian Summer Language Institute program in Florence.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes the following:
  1. Online application
  2. Curriculum vita
  3. Cover letter
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy
  5. Two complete sets of student teaching evaluations from two previously taught classes
  6. A sample syllabi
  7. Three letters of recommendation submitted by recommenders to frenital@ku.edu
Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Please note, initial interviews will take place over Skype. Review of application will begin on January 14, 2019 and continue as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date is advised.

Contact Information to Applicants

Bruce Hayes, bhayes@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

14-Jan-2019

Anticipated Start Date

18-Aug-2019

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
13131BR
Department:
French, Francophone & Italian
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
F-Faculty
Application Review Begins:
14-Jan-2019
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