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The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Center for the Study of Languages (CSL). Over 50 languages are taught each year at the University of Chicago. The study of languages, so vitally important in this age of globalization, plays a central role both in the curriculum of the undergraduate College and in graduate programs across the University.

The Center for the Study of Languages first opened its doors in 2005 as a hub for technology innovation and implementation, and materials and professional development for language instructors at all levels. The charge of the new Director will be to lead the Center forward, expanding and building on its strengths to achieve a fuller integration of language learning within the scholarship and teaching of literature and culture, to enhance language-learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students, to oversee the expansion and contribute to the pedagogical training and professional development of language instructors, with an understanding of the impact this training plays in the professional lives of faculty, lecturers, and graduate students associated with the Center, and to assume teaching responsibilities appropriate to the mission of the Center.

Reporting to both the Humanities Division and the College and overseeing professional support staff and student employees, the new Director will have overall responsibility for the management, staffing, budgeting, and development of programming for the CSL. Other responsibilities include increasing the CSL’s visibility on campus, working closely with the development office to lead fundraising efforts, working with other units (like the Center for Teaching Excellence) on the development of curricular and pedagogical initiatives, and developing and overseeing the implementation of a sustainable and responsible financial model for ongoing CSL operations.

The Director will have a doctoral degree in an academically-related discipline, be actively engaged in research and/or development of pedagogical material, and have experience teaching a foreign language at the post-secondary level as well as in-depth knowledge of language pedagogy and/or applied linguistics pertaining to second language acquisition and instruction. The Director will also possess cutting-edge knowledge of and experience with multimedia technologies as well as in-depth knowledge of language pedagogy and/or applied linguistics pertaining to second language acquisition and instruction. Supervisory and financial management experience, including the ability to prepare and manage budgets and track finances, is required. Experience with fundraising, including writing and/or directing external and internal grants, and experience in planning and conducting meetings and workshops are strongly preferred.

The University of Chicago is a member both of the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, comprising Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, and Yale, and of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, comprising the member schools of the Big Ten plus the University of Chicago. In view of this, the Director must possess the ability to develop and carry out cross-institutional initiatives as well as to foster collaboration across the units and divisions of the University of Chicago. Superb administrative and organizational skills are also a must.

The University of Chicago has retained Sage Search Partners to assist with the search. Nominations and general inquiries should be directed in confidence to Patricia Herzog, PhD:; 617-232-3113. Those wishing to apply should go directly to the University of Chicago’s Career Opportunities website:, requisition 091773.

Submitted by LMP Editor