Employment Overview

Job Summary

Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) is focused on improving oral and written communication through culturally sensitive and educationally purposeful activities. The Continuing Lecturer (CL) position in PLaCE primarily focuses on teaching our foundational university-level English as a Second Language (ESL) classes: ENGL 110 and ENGL 111 (American Language and Culture for International Students I and II). Additional duties include (a) rater training and rating of language assessments; (b) teaching Short Courses on specific language topics or skills; (c) individual consultations with students; or (d) working with the Assistant Director to develop resources for language learners at Purdue. Additionally, the CL will participate in curriculum training/mentor meetings, attend regularly scheduled program meetings, and hold office hours per university and program policy.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Teach three sections of ESL courses per semester (ENGL 110 or 111) or an equivalent teaching load of Short Courses (80%)
  • Become a trained test rater and assist with language assessments (15%)
  • Design, develop, or enhance teaching and learning materials and activities (5%)

Application Procedure:   We are not currently accepting applications.

  • Letter of Interest
  • CV
  • PDF of Short Teaching Portfolio (no more than five pages of materials that support your Letter of Interest and CV and which attest to your teaching ability, such as course evaluations, observation reports, instructional activities, or performance evaluations.)

This is a non-tenure track, nine-month, renewable full-time position (annual renewal based upon satisfactory performance review, staffing needs, and funding).

Core Competencies

  • At least two years of teaching experience, at the college level. 
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work on a team in an educational environment.
  • Proficiency in a second language and/or experience living or working in an international context.


Master’s degree in TESOL, Second Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, Educational Linguistics or other closely related field.


  • Experience with curriculum design or development of teaching materials, interventions, or programs.
  • Experience in language testing, rating, or assessment.
  • Experience with training and delivery of intercultural learning.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

Benefits Eligibility


FLSA Status



A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interest or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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