The Office of Academic Affairs
Administrative Unit:

The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University (CIKSU)

Position Title

Assistant/Associate Director of Chinese Language Education & Research and Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in an academic department suitable to the candidate’s credentials.

Position Qualifications – Responsibilities:

To support its expansion of research and teaching in Chinese language and culture, CIKSU is searching for a 12-month, non-tenure track administrative position: Assistant/Associate Director of Chinese Language Education & Research.

The Assistant/Associate Director of Chinese Language Research & Training Programs will design, develop, implement, provide leadership and manage Chinese language programs for PK-12 students.  These programs will have research and teaching components.  The Assistant/Associate Director and the programs developed by the Assistant/Associate Director will deliver training for local teachers and for teachers recruited from China.  The Assistant/Associate Director will conduct and coordinate research on curriculum development and effective teaching methods for Chinese language programs for all ages with the emphasis in early Chinese language learners.  The Assistant/Associate Director may also contribute to the design and delivery of training programs that extend beyond PK-12 such as customized training for professionals, corporate training programs and training programs for large educational systems.

The successful candidate will interface and communicate effectively with external entities such as school districts, schools, and teachers; and with internal groups such as KSU’s foreign languages department, departments within the KSU Bagwell College of Education, and units within KSU’s Institute for Global Initiatives. 

The position will report to the Director of Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University.  Rank and salary will be determined by qualifications.  The incumbent will be eligible for graduate faculty status based upon an evaluation of qualifications.  The incumbent will have a joint non-tenure track faculty appointment with a department suitable to the candidate’s credentials and with the Graduate College.
Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications):

The successful candidate will have demonstrable knowledge and experience in the theory, process, application and program development for second language acquisition (SLA), the effects of instruction on SLA and SL research methods.  The candidate will be highly knowledgeable and experienced in Chinese language education, applied linguistics and the preparation of SL teachers, and in modeling and assessing SL development.  The candidate will have a solid understanding of classroom-oriented research on SLA and will have successful experience as a manager and educational administrator.  The candidate will have strong skills in translation and interpretation between Chinese and English and will have a strong base of knowledge in Chinese culture, history, and traditions & customs.  The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in Chinese Language Education and/or Chinese Linguistics and will be proficient in communicating in both Chinese and English.  The candidate should have experience in teaching Chinese in a K-12 setting in the United States to non-native speakers of Chinese.  The ideal candidate will have a background in early childhood education.

Application Procedure:

To guarantee consideration, applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, candidates should forward a letter of interest; qualifications and professional activities; current curriculum vitae; names, addresses and contact information of three professional references, and official graduate transcripts to:

Dr. Barry Morris
1000 Chastain Road, MD 2301
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

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Questions About Position Opening: For questions about this position opening, contact Dr. Barry Morris, Search Committee Chair.
Date Position Available:

As soon as possible, but negotiable.

Departmental/College Overview:
The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University (CIKSU) delivers a wide-range of Chinese language and culture programs throughout the state of Georgia, the Southeastern United States, and China.  One of the fastest growing Confucius Institutes in the world over the past four years, CIKSU has been recognized in the U.S. and in China for its outstanding design and delivery of effective programs for companies, non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, universities, local and state government bodies. The CIKSU is experiencing exceptional growth in its PK-12 programs.  CIKSU has contributed to the outstanding reputation that KSU has earned in comprehensive internationalization of its campus.  The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, the Institute for International Education, and the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) have recently honored KSU for its exemplary work in international education.

Kennesaw State University Campus and Location:

Kennesaw State University is a growing and progressive university in Georgia’s public system of higher education. Located on an attractive campus in suburban Atlanta, Kennesaw State University currently enrolls more than 24,000 traditional and nontraditional Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral students. The thriving Atlanta metropolitan area has a rich array of museums, theaters, libraries, colleges and universities, and other resources. Kennesaw State University was recognized in 2009 by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of its “Great Colleges to Work For”.
EEO Statement:

Kennesaw State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Georgia is an Open Records State.


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