Assistant Professor – World Languages and Literatures

Department:  World Languages and Literatures
Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialization:  TESOL/Applied Linguistics
Search # 20-012


Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston. 

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.


The Department of World Languages and Literatures is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in TESOL, Bilingual Education, and Applied Linguistics to begin August 2020.


The successful candidate must be committed to teaching within a vibrant public liberal arts and sciences environment and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring, and research with undergraduates and graduate students.  All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department/university service.  Normal teaching load is 12 credit-hours per semester or its equivalent.


Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to pursue scholarship in their area of expertise.  These activities include, but are not limited to, research leading to publication of books and/or articles in academic and professional journals, efforts to seek funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributions to workshops and conferences.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent, required by the time of appointment, in Applied Linguistics; TESOL; Language, Literacy, and Culture; Bilingual Education; or a related discipline.

Candidate must provide evidence of:

  • the ability to teach a range of applied linguistic courses at the college level;
  • a belief in dialogic, highly interactive teaching and learning at the undergraduate and graduate level; and
  • the ability to engage in meaningful scholarship, leading to conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ability, interest, and willingness to be a TESOL generalist; that is, to teach a variety of TESOL courses, in particular:  Literacy Development and ELs, Content-based Instruction for ELs , Assessment and ELs, TESOL Methods and Curriculum Development, English Composition for ELs at the college level, and Intensive ESL classes. Expertise in ELs mainstreamed in US public schools, K-12.  Evidence of strong networking with public school system personnel. Interest in and experience with program administration and successful external grant proposal and report writing.

Application Process:

Please submit electronically a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of teaching philosophy to the attention of the WLL Search Committee Chairperson at  For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, October 18, 2019.  The position will remain open until filled.


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.