Assistant Professor in Applied Language Studies and English Language Studies

The Department of Culture and Language Studies, Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, invites applications for one tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. An appointment date of July 1, 2020 is preferred.

We are seeking candidates with a Ph.D. in applied linguistics or Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESL or TEFL). The successful candidate will demonstrate experience and excellence in teaching in these fields; have a track record of publication, and an established research program. Candidates with specializations in one or more of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: bilingual (multilingual/plurilingual/translingual) education in Canadian contexts, English for Academic or Special purposes, sociolinguistics, or digital literacies. Experience in curriculum and program development, as well as teaching experience in international and/or online settings are assets.

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely and collaboratively with the Director of English Language Studies. Renison University College, through its Department of Culture and Language Studies, offers both a minor in Applied Language Studies (APPLS, equivalent to applied linguistics), and English language credit courses for University of Waterloo students who speak a first language other than English. These courses are called English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS) courses and are offered through the English Language Studies unit of the department. The successful candidate will teach a mix of APPLS and EMLS courses.  English Language Studies (ELS) supports the English language learning needs of the university’s English language learners by developing curricula informed by current research to optimize student outcomes in their disciplines. As a result, ELS works closely with other faculties to deliver courses that enhance students’ writing, speaking, listening, reading, and pronunciation skills at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

The Applied Language Studies (APPLS) program offers courses that explore issues related to additional and foreign language learning and teaching, including second language acquisition, teaching methodology and assessment, culture and identity. We strive to provide students with courses and experiences that enhance their understanding of the complex processes inherent in language education in a multilingual world. Students are often language learners themselves, pursuing majors in the university’s language departments; however, students from all faculties are represented in APPLS classrooms.

Respected as an inclusive community that values the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, Renison is committed to engaged education for the well-being of the world, offering degree programs reflecting social engagement through the School of Social Work and the Social Development Studies Department; global engagement through the Culture and Language Studies Department; and community engagement in our non-degree programs through the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education.

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Renison University College is an equal opportunity employer.  We welcome applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, colour, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability or disability, including women, Indigenous people, and other visible minorities.  All applications will be considered; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Renison is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Accommodations are available upon request for candidates participating in all parts of the selection process. Please contact a member of Renison's Human Resources department with accommodation requests.  Application materials will be accepted until September 27, 2019. They should be submitted online as PDF files through Interfolio at

Please include a letter of application, complete curriculum vitae, a brief outline of current and proposed program of research, one or two selected publications, and a teaching portfolio. Applicants should also submit the names and contact information of three references. References of candidates who successfully proceed to beyond initial review will be asked to provide letters of support (candidates will be informed before their references are contacted). Please address materials via Interfolio to Dr. Jeff Wilson, Chair of Culture and Language Studies, at Renison University College, 240 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G4.

Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2019.

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