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Director - Archive
Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS)

Posting: 13071
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-07-15

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.

CASLS, an interdisciplinary, research-based center, is a recognized leader in world language assessment, professional development, and leveraging technology to enhance language learning.  CASLS contributions to the field include the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP), LinguaFolio Online, and the Global Language Educators’ Network.  CASLS’ reputation for excellence is based on innovation, close partnerships, and a focus on practical tools to help students learn languages.  CASLS has 10 full-time staff, 10 part-time staff, and a budget of approximately $2 million.  The center’s interdisciplinary work includes collaborations with faculty on campus, K-12 and postsecondary institutions across the country, and professional language organizations.

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.

This is a full-time, renewable administrative position that may include limited teaching and research options depending upon individual interests and qualifications and the needs of CASLS.  For the successful candidate, circumstances may warrant the granting of faculty rank and the possibility of faculty tenure.  The CASLS director reports to the Vice Provost for International Affairs.  The annual salary will range between $85,000 - $100,000, depending on the individual’s background and experience.  The University of Oregon offers an excellent benefits package.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide intellectual and organizational leadership and vision for the center
  • Represent CASLS within the university and to K-12 and postsecondary institutions, professional organizations, funders, and other external stakeholders
  • Create and strengthen partnerships with relevant units within the university and with national and international institutions, leaders, and researchers engaged in language education
  • Establish and implement leadership teams and business models for grant and non-grant funded projects
  • Maintain and expand funding sources; foster collaboration to pursue funding opportunities
  • Provide decision-making and budgetary oversight; monitor project development

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in online learning, with a particular emphasis on world language education
  • Knowledge about national and international issues related to language education
  • Proficiency in a language other than English
  • Successful and active scholarly profile

About the University of Oregon & Eugene Community

The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon, home to more than 145,000 people and Oregon’s third largest city.  Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges are within a few hours’ drive.  The Willamette River runs through the heart of the city and joins the McKenzie River north of town.  Mild winters, long growing seasons, and few drastic weather changes are characteristic.  Eugene has a high percentage of professionals and is home to the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, which regularly hosts the Oregon Bach Festival, the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Ballet, and the Eugene Opera, among other cultural offerings.

Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2013.  To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by that date.  The position will remain open until filled.  Finalist will need to complete a criminal background check.

To apply, please submit a letter of application expressing interest in the position, current vita or resume, 1-2 page statement regarding your vision for the future of language and culture learning in the U.S. and CASLS’ role in that future, and the names and addresses of 3 references.  Applications can be submitted as email attachments to mandyl@uoregon.edu or mailed to CASLS, 5290 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.

The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  As a foreign language resource center, CASLS is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse work environment.  The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.