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ESL Instructor

1 full-time & 1 part-time

English Language & Culture Institute – Office of International Affairs

South Dakota State University


The new English Language and Culture Institute at South Dakota State University is seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to join our team as an ESL Instructor. We are seeking one full-time 9 mo. instructor and one 45% time 9 mo. Instructor. The ESL Instructor will teach Intensive ESL Program classes and cultural programs. This position will also assess and evaluate the proficiency development of Intensive ESL Program participants as they move through the program. Additionally, this individual will help support the needs of all English language learners on campus.


RESPONSIBILITIES (workload reduced accordingly for part-time position):

Teach academic English to non-native speakers of English for 15-20 hours in one of the following courses: Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking, and American Culture. Organize instructional planning according to objectives in IEP curriculum. Work collaboratively on different committees within the department and across campus. Mentor and collaborate with other faculty, providing insight into best practices for implementation of various committee objectives. Attend and participate in faculty and committee meetings. Collaborate and cooperate with fellow ELCI instructors and staff. Oversee the continuous improvement of courses to strengthen their content, to include coverage of all curricula. Provide academic advisement for ELCI students including, but not limited to scheduling, registration, academic intervention, and success strategies.



  • Master’s degree in TESOL/ESL, Applied Linguistics, English, Foreign Language(s), Language Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Education, or related field by start date.
  • Minimum of one year experience teaching in the fields of ESL, Language Education, Foreign Languages, Composition, and/or Reading.
  • Experience working with non-native speakers of English.
  • Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective critical thinking and reasoning.



  • Experience teaching ESL abroad.
  • ESL teaching experience, especially at the Undergraduate level.



The salary is competitive and based on qualifications.

The English Language and Culture Institute is a new program at SDSU. The mission of the ELCI is to be a leading comprehensive, intensive English Language Institute that provides interactive, collaborative, and cutting edge educational practices that empower English language learners (ELLs) as communicative agents in an American academic setting and beyond. The ELCI celebrates diversity, encourages communication and collaboration, and aims to involve students, staff, and faculty in the pursuit of great, more effective discourse on a global scale.



Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by March 1, 2016.



SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; curriculum vitae; a reference page with the contact information for three professional references; and a written sample of exemplary academic writing (to be attached under ‘other’). Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with the electronic application process.


SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.


For questions on the position, contact Rusty Wienk, Assistant Director of ESL Programs at (605) 688-5076 or



South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.


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