UC San Diego postdocs

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows

Two Postdoctoral/Lecturer positions emphasizing new directions in language learning and language instruction research in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego are available beginning July 2018. Initial appointments will be for one year with the possibility of renewal contingent on performance and funding availability. We encourage applicants who can combine their primary expertise in language pedagogy, language-learning in digitally mediated environments, technology-enhanced (TE) language course design with competences in cultural studies, cognitive science, translation studies, linguistics or related fields. Ethnographic approaches to language learning and language research are also welcome. Salary and level of appointment are based on qualifications and UC pay scale. Proof of authorization to work in the U. S. will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1985).

Candidates must have the ability to contribute to important departmental foci, such as translation, the study of language through literature, and L2 pedagogy in the fields of Ancient Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, Chinese, and Indigenous languages.

The candidate should have the potential to link the theoretical implications of their research to other sub-disciplines, and to interact with colleagues and students across divisions at UC San Diego. Candidates with demonstrated excellence in teaching will be expected to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses and to contribute to the development of conversations around language learning, digital literacy in SL education, language justice, and translation (between languages and between disciplines).

The first position will promote research and pedagogical innovation with the premise that all thinking (and innovative research) is conducted in language and that it is, therefore, critical to make language and language learning visible in all of our humanistic, STEM, and medical disciplines. We are particularly interested in attracting candidates whose instructional methods promote language acquisition across disciplines and in globally networked environments.

The second position has a focus on issues of language and justice and supports innovative research and pedagogy, including approaches such as Critical Language Pedagogy and service learning. Research on developing technology proficient L2 teachers and promoting digital literacy in language acquisition are also desired qualifications. We also welcome candidates who are committed to the revitalization and preservation of Indigenous languages and to building bridges to Indigenous communities through technological tools designed to be innovative, sustainable, and accessible.

Each postdoc will teach up to three courses (compatible with the scholar’s talents and skill set) and help to design and organize the department’s language colloquium. Candidates must have received the PhD degree no earlier than June 2014 and no later than January 2018.

Closing Date: March 19, 2018

Applicants are asked to submit applications using UC San Diego’s online Recruit web page: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01679. Required documents included:

  1. Cover Letter- with a description of training and teaching experience.
  2. Current CV.
  3. Teaching Evaluations- (if available); details regarding undergraduate classes within our curriculum that you could teach http://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/curric/LIT-ug.html.
  4. Two Sample Syllabi.
  5. 2 Letters of reference; please add contact names and requested information (click on the prompt to contact references, which generates an email to these references). Request your dossier services to upload reference letters to your online application web page.
  6. Contributions to Diversity Description- Please describe any teaching strategies you currently use or plan to use to foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience, and to enable all students to excel and fully participate in the learning process (see http://facultyequity.ucsd.edu/Faculty-Applicant-C2D-Info.asp for further information).

Our department has a genuine commitment to diversity and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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