Assistant Professor of TESOL/Bilingual/Dual Language Education

University of Rhode Island

Job Title Assistant Professor of TESOL/Bilingual/Dual Language Education

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications 

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2024. Applications received after March 1, 2024, may be reviewed depending on search progress and needs, but are not guaranteed full consideration.


The University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein College of Education seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and/or Bilingual/Dual Language Education. This is a full-time, nine-month appointment beginning in Fall 2024. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will enhance the College’s commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and academic excellence.

The University of Rhode Island is a research-intensive university (Carnegie R1 research classification, as of January 2025) with a commitment to high-quality teaching and community partnerships. The Feinstein College of Education is a community of educational scholars, leaders, and practitioners with a shared commitment to enhancing equity and inclusion within and outside of schools, bridging research and practice, and serving diverse and underserved populations. Rhode Island is a diverse, multilingual state, with 11% of students identified as multilingual learners (MLL). The Rhode Island Department of Education’s Blueprint for MLL Success and Strategic Plan outline the state’s commitment to better serving this student population and to supporting and growing the state’s bilingual/dual language program offerings. It is an exciting time to work in TESOL and bilingual/dual language education in the state.

The successful candidate will participate as a core faculty member in a robust and growing TESOL/BDL program that includes faculty with expertise in refugee youth, translanguaging pedagogy, glocalization, teacher education, school leadership, language program evaluation, identity negotiation, and bilingual education. The selected candidate will be expected to conduct scholarly activities such as research in a particular field of knowledge and submit for publication and/or presentation at professional conferences; teach undergraduate and graduate courses; participate in department and university committees; and develop and maintain collaborative and professional partnerships with local schools and districts.


Developing and maintaining an appropriate agenda of research and funding; teaching courses for TESOL and bilingual/dual language education, including, but not limited to second language acquisition, methods of TESOL/bilingual education, advising undergraduate and graduate students; and engaging in sustainable partnerships with local schools and districts to build knowledge and improve practices that serve multilingual students. The candidate may also teach courses and advise in additional programs in the College such as our new Ph.D. in Education.



  1. Ph.D/Ed.D. in Education, TESOL, Bilingual Education, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Studies or closely related field at time of appointment.
  2. Expertise in TESOL and/or bilingual/dual language education.
  3. Record of scholarly activity commensurate with level of experience.
  4. Experience as a PK-12 TESOL/bilingual teacher in a school setting.
  5. Successful college or university teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  6. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  7. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.
  8. Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in equity, social justice, and inclusion in education.
  9. Experience working with diverse populations.


  1. Demonstrated ability in culturally responsive teaching and experience teaching at public school environments with linguistically, culturally, racially, and economically diverse students.
  2. Three or more years of experience as a PK-12 TESOL/bilingual teacher in a public school.
  3. Evidence of potential for developing, securing, and managing externally funded projects.
  4. Experience designing and teaching asynchronous online courses.
  5. Successful college or university teaching experience in the areas of TESOL and/or bilingual/dual language education.
  6. Bilingual or multilingual proficiency.



Union AAUP – American Assoc of Univ Professors

Status Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent

End Date of Restriction or Limitation 

Department School of Education


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Campus Location Kingston

Grant Funded No

Extension Contingent on Funding Date 

Special Instructions to Applicants 

Please attach the following 4 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter/Letter of Application (should address research and teaching experience and diversity/equity commitments) (as one complete pdf document).

(#2) Curriculum Vitae.

(#3) Writing Sample.

(#4) Other Document – References – the names and contact information of three professional references. (Note: this document is required even though references may be listed on the application).

Position Number 107821

Posting Number F00409

Posting Date 02/02/2024

Closing Date 

Open Until Filled Yes

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