March 16, 2013

Position Announcement: Director, Center for Applied Second Language Studies


The University of Oregon seeks a visionary leader to take the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) to new levels of excellence in pursuing its mission of improving the teaching and learning of languages. The successful candidate will articulate a vision for the future of language learning, for CASLS’ role in creating that future, strategies for accomplishing these goals, and a business model to support that effort.

CASLS was founded as a grassroots initiative for K-16 language teachers in Oregon. The success of this initiative led to expanding the mission to a national scope. In 2002, CASLS became a Title VI National Foreign Language Resource Center, and in 2005 established a K-16 Flagship program in collaboration with Portland Public Schools. Since 2009, CASLS has developed new enterprises that have allowed it to pursue its mission with a more sustainable and diverse funding base. CASLS has contributed over $20 million to the local economy in its nineteen years. The charge to the new director will be to take intellectual, academic, and organizational leadership in shaping CASLS’ future.

General Duties of the CASLS Director
The CASLS director provides intellectual and organizational leadership by setting the center’s priorities and strategies. The director represents CASLS to internal and external stakeholders by cultivating and leading a network of professional colleagues and partners. The director shall have a collaborative, interdisciplinary attitude toward language education and an international perspective.

 Required Qualifications
 Ph.D. or Ed.D. in relevant field
 Demonstrated business sense (e.g., grant writing, business development, budgeting, joint ventures)
 K-16 teaching experience within the U.S. educational context
 Knowledge of the U.S. K-12 educational system as it relates to language and culture education
 Demonstrated ability to lead diverse, interdisciplinary teams successfully within an academic setting
 Knowledge of second language acquisition principles

Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2013.

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