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National Foreign Language Center seeks Faculty Research Assistants



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Dear Colleagues,

The National Foreign Language Center seeks Faculty Research Assistants in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.  We would be grateful if you could distribute to your members or post online the announcement below.  We hope to fill these positions as soon as possible and greatly appreciate any help you can give us in getting the word out.

Ms. Teri Schuler
Business Services Specialist
National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland

Faculty Research Assistant/Associate (07151309) (full time)
Faculty Research Assistant/Associate (07151332) (part time)
Closing Date: 09/11/2009
Department: National Foreign Language Center
Starting Salary: base full time salary of $60,000.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Duties: NFLC/STARTALK seeks Faculty Research Assistants or Associates (title to be determined according to credentials) – 2 full time positions (Arabic and Chinese language) and 5 part time positions (Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu language): Each with a specialization in the teaching and/or teacher training of one or more of the identified languages to provide expertise to the STARTALK Project. For more information about STARTALK, please see Duties: Conducts original research and literature review; Manages large amounts of data and conducts analyses; synthesizes findings and reporting results; writes academic articles and reports. Collaborates with supervisor and peers to plan, design, and implement activities, curricula, materials, or assessment for language teaching and learning and for teacher development; Collaborates with supervisor and peers to plan conferences, workshops, or meetings; and provides technical assistance to programs by serving as a language and pedagogical resource for a wide range of program activities, as needed.

Qualifications: Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.): Masters degree in a foreign language, or a disciplined related to K-16 education or language teaching is a must; Preferred: Doctoral degree in a foreign language, second language acquisition, educational or applied linguistics, or in a discipline related to K-16 education or language teaching preferred; 2+ year experience and/or training as a teacher of one or more of the required target languages. Native or near native level of oral and written proficiency in the languages required; Excellent communication skills in oral or written reports; Demonstrated understanding of best practices in language teaching, and in underlying principles of teaching and learning, particularly language learning; US citizenship or a green card holder; Familiar with quantitative and qualitative research methodology. Preferred: demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher/researcher in US K-12 settings; Other essential characteristics: can take initiative and is result oriented; have excellent interpersonal skills; can work well with others; is open-minded and culturally sensitive; understand the target culture and US socio-cultural contexts; is detail oriented while able to see the big picture; and can multi-task and work in fast-paced environment under pressure.

To Apply: A complete application package includes a letter of application that describes prior research experience, a current signed Curriculum Vitae, and three professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. This information should be sent as a single PDF file to Applications will be accepted until suitable candidates are selected. The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.

Teri Schuler
Business Services Specialist
National Foreign Language Center
University of Maryland
Mail Service 343, Suite 250
P.O. Box 93
College Park, MD 20742
Tel: (301) 405-9849; Fax: (301) 405-9829