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Assistant Professor in World Language/ESL Education (Tenure Track)
The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Date Posted Aug. 5, 2021
Title Assistant Professor in World Language/ESL Education (Tenure Track)
University The University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Application Deadline open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • English as a Second Language
    Foreign Languages/Literatures

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee is seeking an assistant professor to assume a leadership role in its teacher preparation program in World Language/ESL Education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE). We seek a new faculty member to join an active research and teaching community focused on preparation of teachers (PreK-12) to teach courses related to Second Language Education including Word Languages and English as a Second Language. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position begins August 2021.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit with over 150 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, housed in eight departments. TPTE, the College’s largest department, offers programs of study that lead to initial teacher licensure in many content fields as well as undergraduate programs in educational interpreting and audiology/speech pathology, a graduate level urban specialist certificate, programs leading to several teaching endorsements, masters and educational specialist degrees, and doctoral degrees.

The graduate World Language/ESL Education program area prepares masters students, educational specialists, and doctoral students for careers in teaching, leadership, and research in elementary schools, teaching colleges, and research universities. The successful candidate will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary faculty committed to improving public education through exemplary teaching, research and service.

Responsibilities include conducting and publishing scholarly research; pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; supervising practicum students and licensure-seeking students in PreK-12 classrooms; teaching graduate classes in World Language and ESL Education; collaborating with a team of faculty in development, delivery, and ongoing program evaluation; developing collaborative relationships with local schools, teachers, and community members; providing service and leadership to local/state and national/international professional organizations; supervising the applied work of pre-service and in-service teachers; and fulfilling advising and administrative duties as required by the department and the university. The chosen applicant will teach standards-based WL and ESL methods, curriculum, assessment, and research classes, coordinate the WL Education Program area, and be an active member of the WL/ESL/Secondary English Education program areas.

Required Qualifications: Applicants for the position must have demonstrated preparation and/or experience working in World Language and/or ESL classrooms and have an earned doctorate in World Language/ESL Education, Second Language Acquisition, or a closely related field by August, 2022. The candidate will have superior proficiency (ACTFL) in a world language, evidence of scholarly potential, successful 21st century instructional technology skills, and commitment to working as part of collaborative teams both at the university and in the field.

Desired Qualifications: Applicants who demonstrate evidence of successful work with teacher education students in both WL and ESL contexts will be given strong consideration. Other desired qualifications include three years’ or more PreK-12 teaching experience; an established a record of scholarship related to the goals of the program, department, and college; expertise/experience in grant writing; distance education experience; additional content area expertise (e.g., English Education, Social Science Education); and a high level of instructional technology skills.

Review of applications will begin September 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Address applications to the search committee chairs and submit electronically to a letter expressing your interest and describing your qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and reprints of relevant publications (or works in progress). If you have questions please contact the chair directly at For more information about the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, please visit

Attention: Jeffrey Davis, PhD
Chair, WL/ESL Education Search Committee
Bailey Education Complex 218
Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3442

  • The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

    EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement
 All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Gina Guinn
    Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    1122 Volunteer Blvd.
    228 Bailey Education Complex
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 8659742321


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