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Lecturer Pool - Summer English Language Studies 2018 - College Writing Programs

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The College Writing Programs at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in the Summer English Language Studies (SELS) program should openings arise. Courses in the Summer English Language Studies program are aimed at high- beginning through advanced level students who want to enhance their English language skills, improve job performance, or undertake university work.

The majority of our students are matriculated college students from a variety of geographical locations. Approximately one-fourth of our students are graduate or professional students. We also support high school students whose sights are set on university work in the U.S. Our students have high academic demands, and we set high academic standards.

Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from summer to summer depending on the needs of the department. All positions are handled on a by-agreement basis.
Potential needs for Summer 2018 include instruction in the following:

• English for specific purposes (business, other)
• Integrated EAP
• Academic English skills (academic writing, vocabulary, speaking, test preparation, etc.)
• English through content (film, television, etc.).

Position title: Lecturer in Summer Sessions.

Job duties: Successful applicants will teach one or more SELS ESL courses. Complete course listings can be found at The curriculum is grounded in theme-based classes and project-based learning. Applicants will have complete responsibility for classes, including crafting syllabi, teaching in a classroom environment, and grading student work. Instructors will also be required to attend faculty meetings.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application):

• MA or equivalent degree by the time of application in one of the following fields: TESOL, applied linguistics, or other closely related field.
• 2 years of experience teaching adult ESL/EFL Additional qualifications (required by start date of job):
• Experience living/working outside of the U.S. in a non-English speaking country
• Basic proficiency in a language other than English
• Experience with content, theme- and project-based teaching
• Evidence of on-going professional development
• Eligibility to work in the U.S. (Given the short duration of employment, we cannot sponsor work permits.)

Successful applicants will have an interest not only in teaching, but also in being part of a faculty team. Participation in faculty development workshops and ongoing self-evaluation are important to our program.

Salary: $1,750 per unit, by agreement with Berkeley Summer Sessions.

To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit

• A cover letter
• A curriculum vitae (most recently updated C.V; no photographs; do NOT indicate age or marital status)
• 2 recent letters of recommendation
• 1-page teaching philosophy
• Up to 12 pages of sample teaching materials (A variety is encouraged to highlight teaching style: classroom materials, sample assignments, an instructor-designed syllabus, etc.)

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed for department needs through July 26, 2018. Applications are typically reviewed throughout the spring and early summer depending on course needs. The pool will close July 26, 2018; applicants wishing to remain in the pool after that time will need to submit their applications anew.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Please direct questions to Margi Wald, Director, Summer English Language Studies,

The College Writing Programs is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching. UC Berkeley is committed to supporting employees as they balance work and family.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Most recently updated C.V. No photographs. Do NOT indicate age or marital status.

  • 1-Page Teaching Philosophy

  • Up to 12 Pages of Sample Teaching Materials - A variety is encouraged to highlight teaching style: classroom materials, sample assignments, an instructor-designed syllabus, etc.

Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required