Assistant Professor in World Language Teacher Education College of Education

The Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University (MSU), a national leader in teacher preparation and research on teaching, curriculum, policy, and international education, is seeking a tenure system assistant professor for World Language teacher education. MSU offers teacher certification in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. A successful candidate will have opportunities to engage in research, teaching, and program development related to World Languages, and to collaborate with internationally recognized faculty in research and program development. This is an academic year position with a proposed starting date of August 16, 2015.

Major responsibilities for this position include: (a) leading the World Language K-12 teacher education program (approximately 25 teacher candidates per year), which includes program development and supervision of World Language teaching-methods instructors; (b) conducting innovative, rigorous research; (c) teaching undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses; (d) advising graduate students; (e) contributing to inter- and intra-university or school-university partnerships; (f) collaborating with other faculty in program development.

Qualifications. Applicants should have an earned doctoral degree in a field relevant to World Language teacher education or show evidence that their degree will be completed by August, 2015; a record of scholarly activities in World Language, second-language education, applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication, bilingual education, or related field. Applicants should provide evidence of research and/or teaching accomplishment relevant to: (a) experience working with K-12 teachers, students and/or teacher education candidates in culturally diverse settings; (b) interest in educational research mentoring and the development of scholars (e.g., advising undergraduate and graduate students); (c) a strong record of research, publication and involvement in language-education research and practice; and (d) ability to contribute to existing strengths and initiatives in areas such as teacher preparation and induction, urban education and diversity, educational policy, and/or educational applications of technology. Preferred qualifications include K-12 teaching experience and proficiency in more than one language.

Interested applicants should provide a cover letter summarizing their relevant experiences and accomplishments, current curriculum vitae, names of three references, and two sample scholarly products (published papers, multimedia products, grant proposals, etc.).

All application materials should be submitted in electronic form through MAP [MSU Applicant Page]:

Lynn Fendler, Ph.D.
Chair, World Language Teacher Education Search
Department of Teacher Education
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

Please see the College of Education web site ( for information about the college and the Department of Teacher Education. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae and two to three examples of scholarship and names and contact information of three references to:, posting number 0051. We invite inquiries to any of the search committee members: Lynn Fendler (, Peter De Costa (, Margo Glew (, Teresa Tatto (, and Dongbo Zhang ( Review of applications will begin October 31, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.