Al-Quds Bard, Palestine
Director, Al-Quds Bard AcademyNow in its eleventh year of operation, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) is an innovative program introducing a liberal arts undergraduate education to the West Bank, with an enrollment of approximately 230 students in 2019-2020. The undergraduate program at AQB is rigorous, culminating in a two-semester independent senior project, which is generally a demanding research paper of 45 pages or more. The MAT program requires an equal amount of advanced study in the elected academic discipline (Mathematics, Biology, English, History, or Sciences), and in key education courses that challenge teachers to apply the results of research and pedagogical analysis to the actual work of teaching.
AQB is establishing a new Academy (AQBA) in the academic year 2020-2021, whose goal is to prepare beginner ESL students to enter into a rigorous liberal arts program in one year.
We seek a Director of the AQB Academy beginning in August 2020 whose teaching methods are student-centered, involving students in active discussion and group tasks to develop their reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills in English. The candidate will build curriculum, interview and hire faculty, manage and develop the program, work with administrators and college faculty, and create a total immersion environment which prepares students for linguistic and academic success.
The Director takes on substantial administrative tasks and monitors closely the progress of all students in the academy and leads the process of making recommendations to the dean regarding the academic progress and status of those students. Applicants must also be willing to invest time in faculty development, incorporating low stakes writing into courses and meeting privately with students during office hours to advise their progress. A master’s degree is required and teaching experience is an asset, preferably in a university or ESL environment.
The chosen candidate will be able to creatively engage students, implementing a variety of methods to motivate students’ active participation within the immersion environment. S/he will collaborate with the various discourse communities within the AQB disciplines, including Media Studies, Human Rights and International Law, Sciences and Humanities.
The Director, in collaboration with the Academic Resource Center (ARC) Director and the Head of the Core, will be involved in ESL development and training for faculty and fellows to be implemented in AQB coursework. The Director will work closely with the ESL Coordinator to improvise and build an environment of peer-supported learning among a student body of various language levels.
Under ordinary circumstances, full-time faculty at AQB are required to be on campus for the major part of at least four days per week, with a fifth day required on occasion to accommodate academic obligations. This will be our expectation if campus returns to normal operations. In the event of continued full or partial closures of our physical campus, faculty will be expected to continue all of their duties in an on-line format.
- MA or PhD in TESOL
- Institution-building experience a must, preferably with total immersion environments
- College-level teaching experience
- Experience with curriculum-building
- Enthusiasm for the mission of the College to provide student-centered teaching, foster critical thinking, and incorporate writing into every class
- Fluent written and spoken English (native preferred)
Applications will be reviewed starting immediately until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience.
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