Researcher in English for Specific Purposes and English as a Medium of Instruction

Pennsylvania State University

Researcher in English for Specific Purposes and English as a Medium of Instruction

  • Institution: Pennsylvania State University
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: University Park, PA
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Researcher in English for Specific Purposes and English as a Medium of Instruction

  • Pennsylvania State University | University Park, PA
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: October 07, 2023
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Job TitleResearcher in English for Specific Purposes and English as a Medium of Instruction

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Researcher/Fellowship

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Location University Park, PA

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Researcher in English for Specific Purposes and English as a Medium of Instruction


The Department of Applied Linguistics and the English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center (EPPIC) at The Pennsylvania State University are seeking applications for a Researcher in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI). This is a non-tenure-track position to be filled at the rank of Assistant Research Professor.


The Department of Applied Linguistics ( is a highly-ranked department in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State that includes prominent scholars in a range of research areas, maintains multiple research centers, and offers undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to language analysis, language acquisition, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), World Englishes, translingual perspectives on language, language policy, and corpus linguistics. EPPIC ( is a research and academic support center in Applied Linguistics that works with multilingual students, scholars, and faculty on advanced genres of academic and professional English, and promotes multilingual awareness and inclusive communication across Penn State’s global community.


The primary purpose of this position is to work with the Director of EPPIC to design and implement research-based professional development programs to support faculty who teach in EMI contexts abroad. These programs involve collaboration with international partner universities, primarily in Taiwan.


In addition, the appointee will collaborate with the Director to conduct research on faculty development in EMI through the lens of Vygotskyan Sociocultural Theory (VSCT) and to develop ESP/EMI curricular materials that align with this research. This is a full-time, term appointment, for one year from date of hire with a possibility of renewal. The anticipated start date for this position is as soon as possible.


The appointee will contribute to Applied Linguistics and EPPIC through the following key responsibilities:


• Contributing to research projects in EPPIC, particularly related to faculty development in EMI


• Designing and implementing research-based professional development services for EMI faculty abroad, both online and onsite


• Managing outreach efforts and communication related to EMI faculty programming with partner universities and programs


• Providing workshops, individual coaching, and teaching portfolio support to EMI faculty and support specialists


• Collaborating on the design and coordination of an International Faculty Development Retreat to be hosted by EPPIC at Penn State’s University Park campus in 2024


• Designing curricular materials in EMI and ESP


• Providing ESP consultations to multilingual students, scholars, and faculty


• Attending and participating in academic conferences to present research findings


Education and Experience: The appointee must have a doctoral degree in applied linguistics, education, or a related field, and at least three years of prior experience in ESP curriculum design and EMI teacher preparation. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and Vygotskyan approaches to education is desirable, but not required.


In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.


The College of the Liberal Arts is committed to offering professional growth and promotional opportunities for non-tenure-line faculty appointments. Information on faculty ranks and progression can be found at


Application Instructions: Applicants should include a cover letter, CV, sample teaching materials related to EMI teacher education, and contact information for three references with their electronic application.


System limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5mb per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5-document limit.


Applicants who apply on or before September 18, 2023, and submit all requested materials by that date, will receive full consideration for the position.


Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to 75% tuition discounts (including for a spouse and dependent children up to the age of 26) and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.


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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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