University of St. Thomas
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Assistant Professor/Director - Irish Studies

Job Duties:

  • Teach four levels of highly specialized Irish language from a prescribed standardized framework for teaching Irish Gaelic based upon the Common European Frameworks of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching Assessment (CEFR) including Elementary Irish I and II, and Intermediate Irish I and II, utilizing fluency and ability in oral and written Irish language.
  • Develop and assess students' Irish-language abilities and competencies from elementary to intermediate levels by completing teaching duties across the following core areas:
  • Understanding
    • Listening: Instruct and facilitate students' acquisition and understanding of familiar words and basic phrases regarding the self and the family at the elementary level and extending to understanding the main parts of standard speech relating to regularly encountered matters at the intermediate level.
    • Reading: Instruct and facilitate students' acquisition and understanding of words and simple sentences that may appear on posters and notices at the elementary level and extending to understanding texts that consist of high-frequency everyday language at the intermediate level.
  • Speaking
    • Spoken Interaction: Instruct and facilitate students' acquisition of ability to interact in a simple and fluent way, including asking and responding to simple questions at the elementary level and extending to preparing students for most situations likely to arise while travelling and developing an ability to converse on familiar topics and everyday life at the intermediate level.
    • Spoken Production: Instruct and facilitate students' acquisition of and ability to construct simple phrases and sentences that are grammatically and structurally correct at the elementary level and extending to connecting phrases in a simple way to describe experiences and events, as well as give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans at the intermediate level.
  • Writing:
    • Instruct and facilitate students' acquisition and ability to write short simple messages, such as postcards and holiday greetings at the elementary level and extending to writing simple connected texts on familiar topics as well as letters describing experiences and impressions at the intermediate level.
  • Develop and teach a variety of specialized upper division elective literature, culture and interdisciplinary courses, as part of a Minor in Irish Studies: courses familiarize students with established and lesser-known Irish literary and cultural texts; inform students of the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which the texts were produced, and the scholarly debates that inform analyses of these texts; assess students' successful completion of learning objectives in these areas through providing feedback and grading on assessment tasks, which include in-class participation, weekly writing assignments, designing and presenting on a research topic, and completion of a research report and written exams.
  • Advise, plan, organize, manage, and implement scholarly and cultural programming.
  • Collaborate with Center for Irish Studies' Advisory Board for strategic planning for the Center; promote the Center and its interests at university, state, national, and international levels through attendance at administrative, conference, and networking meetings; publicize Center's activities through publications in scholarly journals, newsletters, and interviews.
  • Communicate (written and spoken communications) in Irish language with Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs including Irish Ambassador and Irish Consulates in the U.S. and government representatives of Ireland and Northern Ireland and other areas in support of university's Irish Studies program.
  • Teach courses in person and online synchronously in real time (using Zoom and Blackboard platforms and Office 365).

In connection with above duties, utilize experience in teaching four specialized levels of Irish language at the university level; delivery of Irish language modules to students in areas of conversation and grammar; and teaching Irish literature, history, cultural studies, linguistics or research methods modules in these fields.

Requires related degree, experience and skills.

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