Taiwan at Truman -- Faculty Director, Institute for Academic Outreach

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November 27, 2017

The Institute for Academic Outreach at Truman State University invites applications for the position of Faculty Director of Taiwan at Truman, a partnership between Truman and Zen Del High School in Chunghua, Taiwan.

Context:  Taiwan at Truman is an outgrowth of a long-term partnership between Truman State University and Zen Del High School aimed at improving students’ English proficiency.  Dating to the mid-1980s, Taiwan at Truman brings alternating groups of male and female students each year in groups of between 15 and 35 students.  Students represent multiple ages and varying levels of familiarity and comfort with the English language, thus requiring differentiation in the delivery of content within a single classroom environment.  Students particulate in roughly 5-6 hours of classroom activity per day under the guidance of the Faculty Director, and participate in recreation, cultural activities, and homework in the evening and weekends under the guidance of a Student Director.  Faculty Director involvement in evening activities is encouraged, but not required.  Travel to, and supervision of, weekend field trips is required.  The Faculty and Student Directors are further supported by two or three undergraduate student preceptors who function as teaching assistants.

Responsibilities:  The Faculty Director of this Academy is responsible for the English language instructional and assessment component of the Taiwan at Truman program.  The Faculty Director reports to the Coordinator of Summer Academies and Institutes.  He or she also works collaboratively with the Student Director.  The Faculty Director is the primary instructor in the classroom and works with students Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and travels to select weekend cultural outings in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Columbia to help situate travel experiences in the appropriate cultural and linguistic context.  While exact dates vary from year to year (due to the logistics of visas and airfare) we anticipate the 2018 Taiwan at Truman to be roughly 4.5 weeks in length beginning during the last week of June and ending approximately August 1.  Staff training begins three days before students arrive.  The Faculty Director does not need to reside on campus (though housing can be provided for Directors not resident in Kirksville) and is not responsible for evening or overnight supervision when students are in residence in Kirksville.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in English, Linguistics, a foreign language, Education, Asian Studies, or a closely related degree.

  • TEFL, TESOL, or equivalent certification and at least one year’s experience teaching English to an audience comprised exclusively of students for whom English is a second of foreign language.

  • Experience teaching students at the secondary school level.

  • A friendly and engaging demeanor, with strong communication skills, suitable for working with high school students.

  • A clear understanding of ethics and liability as it pertains to working with minors.

  • Intercultural understanding and a sense of empathy for students learning in a different linguistic and cultural context.

  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment requiring intensive instruction for at least six hours per day over a four to five week period.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), or a closely-related degree program OR a graduate degree in a relevant discipline accompanied by professional certification in one of these areas.

  • Multiple years of experience teaching English to an audience comprised exclusively of students for whom English is a second language.

  • Experience or training in a classroom environment internally differentiated by multiple skill levels.

  • Experience working at residential summer academies or camps for youth, particularly such programs with a cultural and/or linguistic component.

SalaryThe Faculty Director will earn $6,000 for approximately 4.5 weeks of service.  Hires who do not live in the immediate vicinity can be provided free housing and meals.

The Institute for Academic Outreach:  The Institute for Academic Outreach seeks to provide support for the broader mission of Truman State University and respond to a changing economic and public educational climate in the United States.  Among the programs operated by the Institute is a program which provides graduate-level professional development coursework to K-12 educators – both online and in physical locations in larger metropolitan areas in Missouri.  The Institute administers the program on behalf of the School of Health Sciences and Education in support of Truman’s statewide liberal arts and sciences mission and continued desire to support alumni in their professional lives.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World ReportWashington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

Application: The application process is coordinated by Truman’s Institute for Academic Outreach.  To apply, applicants should provide the following:

  • A cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications;

  • A current curriculum vitae or resume;

  • Contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will begin December 7 and continue until the positions are filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.  Directors must complete a criminal background check before they can be allowed to lead a program serving minors.

Questions about the position may be directed to Jared Young, Coordinator of Summer Academies and Institutes (jyoung@truman.edu) or Dr. Kevin Minch, Associate Provost (kminch@truman.edu).

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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