The Department of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities is seeking a 1002/1003/1022 Coordinator to supervise its second semester, third semester, and intensive first-year courses.
Appointment will be at the rank of Teaching Specialist or Lecturer. This is a full-time appointment over the nine-month academic year, beginning fall semester 2018. This is a non-tenure track position renewable based on satisfactory performance.
The position entails the coordination of three levels, the continuous development and oversight of the curriculum/assessments within an articulated program under the Director of Language Instruction (DLI), and the supervision and mentoring of approximately 10-12 instructors including graduate instructors, teaching specialists, and/or lecturers. This position has a 2/2 teaching load, as it provides one course release per semester, versus a 3/3 teaching load for a standard teaching specialist/lecturer position.
Essential Job Duties:
Instruction: Teach four semester-based first-year or second-year courses per academic year (2 in Fall, 2 in Spring), each with 5 class hours per week (average enrollment 20)
Curriculum: • Write/update 3 course syllabi each term, plus other informational handouts for students Coordinating Language Center room reservations with LC Language Specialist for use of audio, video and computer resources • Prepare/update and distribute evaluation grids for assessment of writing and speaking • Make ancillary materials (if applicable) (answer keys, review materials, supplemental handouts) available to instructors, in hard-copy or on-line • Develop/revise written and oral exams (approximately 6 written exams, 3 oral exams per semester in each of three courses) • Develop/revise final exams (1 for each course per semester) • Prepare answer keys for exams • Time permitting, prepare and distribute other teaching materials, or organize preparation of same by course instructors • Familiarize oneself with available pedagogical resources (text, audio/video, computer) Participate in review and selection of principal course textbooks
TA Supervision and Mentoring: • Assist Director in facilitating Welcome Week sessions on teaching of Beginning French for new and returning instructors • Organize and lead regular instructor meetings for each course, for the purpose of helping instructors with their teaching skills • Attend weekly coordinator/DLI meetings • Advise TAs in the preparation of teaching materials, use of technological resources, student absences and varied pedagogical issues • Assist Director in class observations, in writing class observation reports and doing follow-up conferences • Assist Director in providing feedback on graduate instructors’ and P/A instructors’ annual performance
Student Advising: ‘First-stop’ advising of students with questions regarding placement, administrative problems, concerns about FREN 1002, 1022, and 1003.
MA with expertise in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, or World Language Education
Minimum of two years of experience teaching French at the university level.
experience with coordination of multi-section courses and/or course development,
documented teaching excellence,
advanced level proficiency in both French and English,
experience with technology-enhanced language instruction and curriculum development grounded in research
experience building and designing courses in LMSs (all courses at the University of Minnesota will be using Canvas by Fall 2019),
ability to work effectively as a member of a team with the DLI and other coordinators,
excellent administrative and interpersonal skills.
PhD in Applied Linguistic or Second Language Acquisition
experience with mentoring and supervising graduate students,
experience with online foreign language instruction,
familiarity with IPA development and a proficiency-oriented curriculum,
ACTFL OPI training or certification,
experience, including research expertise, in pedagogies that promote French and Francophone studies as a diverse field, and that can foster French knowledge in a diverse student body.
Individuals with an MA will be hired as a Teaching Specialist; Individuals with a PhD will be hired as a Lecturer.
Internal Number: 321361
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.