RISD is seeking an Assistant Director of English Language Learning to develop, implement, and assess academic support for RISD’s growing community of English language learners. The Assistant Director will work with academic departments and offices across the college to develop a set of practical and multifaceted action steps that will enhance ELL students’ academic success. The steps may include collaborative creation and implementation of:
- a shared philosophy of linguistic diversity and inclusion at the College
- clear language proficiency guidelines/requirements
- language screening for student applicants
- in-house assessment and placement for admitted students
- ongoing advising and workshops for ELL students
- studio-language program during summer and/or academic year
- education and guidance for Writing Center tutors providing ELL support
- professional development for faculty teaching in a multilingual environment
The Assistant Director will report to the Director, Center for Arts & Language and collaborate with the Writing Center’s team of four professional staff and twenty student tutors.
The Writing Center (www.risdwritingcenter.com) offers tutoring in writing, public speaking, and visual communication and provides more than 2,000 one-to-one appointments/year, approximately 60 percent to non-native English speakers. In research and practice, the staff is deeply committed to supporting all students in developing both writing and communication skills and intercultural, multilingual, and multi-literate awareness and competencies.
As RISD’s international (non-resident) student population nears 30 percent overall, the College is committed to cultivating opportunities for intercultural teaching and learning for the entire RISD community. As such, the Assistant Director will be a welcome addition to the campus at a moment when we are developing multiple approaches to support RISD students’ mobility, in line with broader internationalization efforts. The successful incumbent will also be prepared to work constructively across educational contexts of design, fine arts, and liberal arts, understanding these fields and their relationships to globalization, social and cultural identity, and interculturality.