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Assistant Teaching Professor in Italian
University of Kansas


Date Posted May 3, 2022
Title Assistant Teaching Professor in Italian
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department French, Francophone & Italian
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Assistant Professor
  • Foreign Languages/Literatures
 
 

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. Applicants should have a 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 as well as create and maintain open-access materials, online learning modules, and assessments; 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. This is a non-tenure position with up to a 3 year limited term contract, which has the possibility of renewal based upon a comprehensive evaluation.

In a continuing effort to enrich the academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, KU actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.

The University of Kansas is located in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.

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, creation of open-access materials, online courses, 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.
Faculty are expected to participate in extracurricular activities such as Italian Table, as well as engage in recruiting and outreach efforts.
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, including creation of open-access materials, 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.
Ph.D. in Italian studies, or Second-Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics is expected by the start date of the appointment
Native or near-native language ability in both Italian and English
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
Ability to coordinate first- and second-year language program as well as create and maintain open-access materials, online learning modules, and assessments
Ability to ensure ongoing and innovative pedagogical training and supervision of lecturers and GTAs through orientation at the beginning of each semester, class observations, workshops, yearly evaluations
Willingness to direct or co-direct the Italian Summer Language Institute program in Florence.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Bruce Hayes
bhayes@ku.edu


 
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