Vanderbilt University Language Teaching Specialist PYS in Nashville, Tennessee

Language Teaching Specialist PYS (Job Number: 1800744)


About the Position:

The Vanderbilt University English Language Center (VU ELC) is seeking to fill the instructor position of a part-time, partial-year Language Teaching Specialist (LTS) to teach in 1-to-1 speaking and writing consultations and to develop educational resources for individuals who have a first language other than English. In collaboration with VU ELC leadership, the LTS position facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational programming to improve language-instruction outcomes for Vanderbilt University international students, faculty, and staff. Appointments are for ten months (July through April) and are renewable based on an evaluation of performance.

Key Functions andExpected Performances:

· Consults students in 1-to-1 speaking and writing consultations:

· Develops educational resources for individuals who have a first language other than English.

· Oversees designated area of programming in collaboration with other ELC instructors.

· Participates in VU and ELC meetings and functions as they pertain to ELC programming.

· Plans and teaches language classes:

· Design lesson plans

· Evaluates classes, and prepares reports for submission to the Director.

· Holds office hours for meetings with students, faculty, and staff.

· Performs other related duties as assigned.


· Minimum: MA in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or related field.

· Superior English-language proficiency.

· Demonstrated excellence in teaching a variety of EAP courses of all skills.

· Ability to develop educational resources–including digital resources.

· Ability to design content-based and/or project-based syllabi, activities, and tasks.

· Knowledge of language-assessment procedures.

· Understanding of second-language-acquisition processes and challenges.

· Excellent interpersonal skills and organizational skills, including ability to work

cooperatively with culturally and linguistically diverse students, staff, and faculty.

· Proficiency in the use of technology in the classroom.

About VanderbiltUniversity:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review at among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”


In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

This position requires a Masters Degree

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 28430 - English Language Center

Job: Academic Affairs Professionals