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abufletcher



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 1:31 am    Post subject: Ph.D. faculty level positions in the ME? Reply with quote

What is the situation for Ph.D. level faculty positions in the M.E. in the fields of TESOL/Applied Linguistics? I rarely see announcements for these postions on either the AAAL or Higher Ed sites -- one recent exception being the AUC position. I know these jobs tend to be few and far between.

I did my 12 years in the Gulf as a language instructor (Saudi Arabia - 1, KU - 4, SQU - 7) and enjoyed it enormously . Then I moved on to a job teaching linguistics and TELF prep in Mexico (Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara) before taking one of those "brass ring" jobs at a Japanese university.

I've been looking into tenure-track positions back in the US but I have to say I'm much more tempted by the idea of returning to the Arab world.

For that matter I've even contemplated returning to ME as a language instructor, for example, at ZU or UGRU. Maybe there's something to be said for being on the front line vs. being a flight instructor back in the US. Very Happy Still, my preference would be for teaching in an MATESOL program in the ME.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look at the American University in Cairo website. There is also American University in Beirut. If you prefer the Gulf, there is ZU, HCT, and probably UAEU. What about back to SQU?

I'm thinking in terms of MA in TEFL programs, not as a language teacher..

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VS, thanks. Actually I have already put in a preliminary application for the position at AUC. And I have cruised through the web sites for KU, AUS, ZU, and UAEU. Sometimes they have information about their faculty but as often as not not. But I'll have another look.

Again, I don't seem to ever see these types of positions announced. Am I missing something or do people just send in "cold call" application packages (e.g. CV, sample publications, teaching portfolio, etc.) and hope to be contacted? Or are applicants for these sorts of job primarily solicited privately or at major conferences.

I have thought about a return to SQU's English Department and in fact looked into that possibility during my 2003-2004 sabbatical leave from SGU (Shikoku Gakuin University). For a number of practical reasons I ended up spending that year as a visiting scholar in UCLA's Dept. of Applied Linguistics. Anyway, from what I remember it was a very closed environment and people tended never to resign. (Is Sandy still there?) Also they seem to be more liturature focused. But if they were looking for someone doing applied ling that would be just about perfect.

BTW, based on some of your other posts, I get the feeling that we may have been at SQU at the same time (1988-1994).
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also wonder if these jobs don't end up getting filled "from within" through some sort of "private" job search process. My job in Japan came about in just this way.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look at American University in Cairo. Recent post September. 5 2005.

THE SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

The English Language Institute anticipates one opening in TEFL/Applied Linguistics to teach and do research in the MA in TEFL Program. Specialization and experience in some combination of the following areas: pedagogical grammar: the teaching of writing, reading, speaking, or listening in the EFL/ESL context; CALL; language transfer; corpus linguistics, with focus on classroom applications. Experience or interest in teaching online would be an asset. The position primarily involves teaching in the M.A. in TEFL Program and supervising theses. Ph.D. required. Position # TEFL-1.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL POSITIONS: E-mail a letter of intent specifying Position # with a current C.V. to facultyaffairs@aucnyo.edu and arrange to have three letters of recommendation and transcripts mailed to:
Dr. Earl (Tim) Sullivan, Provost
The American University in Cairo
420 Fifth Avenue Floor 3-CH
New York, NY 10018-2729

For full consideration, candidates must also complete the Personnel Information Form provided at http://forms.aucegypt.edu/provost/pif3.html.

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Also, I know for Ph.d holders universities in Hong Kong are always hiring, and the pay (up to $100,000 US)and benefits are very good. Actually, the City University in HK is advertising right now: Instructor I/II in the English Language Centre [Ref. A/438/30], and this position does not require a Ph.d (so the pay is less, but still good).
I just mentioned HK since you said you were in Asia before.

I look on various sites for my jobs, as well as schools/companies websites; and through a friend I get job lists emailed to me from her university's TESOL dept. (most of the jobs are at US colleges/unis). I am more interested in abroard so it doesn't help me right now. I plan to apply to UGRU, Zayed, and SQU for next year, and from what I am told they begin hiring process from December to March and make decisions in April.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. As I mentioned I have already applied for the AUC position. As for HK, well, I already have a tenured university position in Japan so I don't see the point in moving to another asian university -- other than just the novelty of being in another new place. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes AbuFletcher... It was rather late last night when I answered your post. As soon as I re-read it this morning, I figured out who you were - my old neighbor. Cool Are you still in contact with anyone who is still there? ...to fill you in on the SQU English Department. The pleasant long time Dean, Paul S, retired (again) this year and I don't know who is left, but certainly a familiar face or two. I suspect that they are still literature oriented.

Probably your best bet would be AUC. It is a small program with just a handful of professors. Oman is probably a better place to live, but AUC would be a better job professionally speaking. (and likely better paid...)

VS
(remember the infamous cartoon? I was CIA...)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes THE cartoon! I still have a copy of that around somewhere. I was the guy who was too busy to teach because I had to get out story proposals. BTW, I gave up my aspirations as a buddying photojournalist shortly after leaving Oman and settled into a Ph.D program. I still do photography as a hobby but that's about it.

I really do have one of those "dream jobs" in Japan, but I find myself getting restless. I've also applied for several tenure-track positions in the US but I'm unconvinced about the pleasures of living in Michigan or Indiana though Colorado might be OK.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW, thinking of satirical cartoons, I remember one comic strip that hung in one teacher's office entitled "The Four Seasons of EFL."

The first frame given as AGE 23 was a 20-something saying "Hey it might be fun to live abroad for a few years."

The second frame showed a somewhat haggard looking 32 year old saying "I gotta think of something else to be doing."

The third frame (AGE 45) showed a balding guy in a suit holding a gun to someone's head saying "Please publish my paper."

The fourth and final frame showed a mummy with the caption: "Hey you seen those new job adverts for Saudi?"
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true unfortunately.

You might not want to give up a good thing till the kids are out of college or are they and that is why you are getting restless? (I do tend to be unable to keep track of ages...) Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just starting. Crying or Very sad The pragmatist in me says "just hold on to what you've got" while the mover and shaker says "you can't get anywhere standing still."

I remember an old Disney cartoon with Goofy sleepwalking through a construction site. Just when disaster seemed certain, e.g. he was about to walk off the end of a beam in mid-air, something else came along to save the day. This is as good an analogy of my life as an overseas EFL teacher as any other. But I sometimes wonder if I'm tempting fate by making too many conscious choices.

Getting back on topic, the REAL problem is that there are few homegrown EFL instructors in the Gulf and therefore little need for professors in homegrown MATESOL programs. The only two specific MATESOL programs I'm aware of (in that part of the world) are AUC and Bilkent Univ. in Turkey.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AUB has one, but it was hard to find on their site and isn't too informative once you do. http://wwwlb.aub.edu.lb/~webdep/grad.htm

HCT and ZU have education departments training locals, but I don't believe that they are MA programs, but diploma programs.

Just a thought, but I expect that if you got a job at AUC, your kids could attend there. I'm not sure how that works... but, it has full US accreditation...

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VS, just what I was thinking! But Alia would be a third year student next fall and Ryan has his heart set on an International Business degree with a specialization in Japan (and an internship in Japan). BTW, his nickname at school is Japan. The boys don't remember much from Oman beyond the staff swimming pool, the falafal sandwiches at the university store, and lots and lots of sand and rocks. Fletcher, who's now a HS sophmore, is very attached to his cross-country team and not keen to give that up. On the plus side everyone agrees that it would be a cool place to "visit dad."

I have heard that is is VERY hard to get tenure at AUC. They'd probably rather have a string of distinguished US faculty coming through for "the Egypt experience" on their sabbaticals. Sadly it will be more than 8 more years before I'm eligible for another sabbatical.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ZU could well make use of someone with a PhD and a background in English language teaching in its Colloquy programme. If you check out the university website, http://www.zu.ac.ae, under the "Employment" heading, you'll see this ad:

http://www.zu.ac.ae/online_app/Open_position_details.aspx?id=313

The title is a catch-all and there might well be something of interest to you. However, they say they won't start reviewing applications till April. If you're still interested then, give it a whirl.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Abufletcher, good to see you here. I'm sure many of us can learn from your experiences. Sounds like we are both ready to leave Japan. I loved your pictures of Oman too by the way when you came over.
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