Overview

Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Studies Program, located in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, seeks to hire a nine-month fixed term Instructor of Cherokee Language beginning August 2019. The successful applicant will teach first through fourth semester Cherokee language classes, literature, and elective courses in their area(s) of interest. They will coordinate with the Cherokee Language Program (CLP) Director to teach courses, develop CLP curriculum materials, work off campus with key constituents to address community language education needs, consult with regional cultural organizations on Cherokee language matters, and recruit and mentor Cherokee students.

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Education, TESOL, linguistics, or a related field, although experience and Cherokee language certification may be substituted for the education requirement. Candidates holding a Master’s degree will be preferred. Candidates must demonstrate fluency in the Cherokee language, years of Cherokee language teaching experience, and the ability to work well with members of the university and the Cherokee community. Candidates must have familiarity with second language teaching methods and assessment strategies and a willingness to learn, invent, and apply creative methods for effective language teaching.

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at WCU has a strong commitment to and appreciation of diversity and inclusion that is reflected in our evaluation processes. We value rigorous empirical inquiry into issues of social justice, environmental sustainability, human diversity, and the struggle for equality. We encourage an engaged approach to contemporary social problems which recognizes the importance of activism in creating solutions and positive changes. We seek to provide a place where people of all identities can be actively engaged in supporting and extending our community and these values.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Education, TESOL, linguistics, or a related field, although experience and Cherokee language certification may be substituted for the education requirement.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in related field.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be made online and include: Resume / CV, Cover letter describing Cherokee language teaching experience and outreach experience with one or more of the federally-recognized Cherokee tribes; unofficial transcripts, names and contact information of three references (no letters of recommendation); and

(Optional) Sample instructional materials.

For information please contact Ben Steere at basteere@email.wcu.edu.

Carnegie Statement:

WCU embraces its role as a community-engaged university designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has adopted the Boyer Model of Scholarship to support its commitment to integrated learning and the scholarship of engagement. Potential candidates who demonstrate a commitment to community engagement through teaching, service, and scholarship are highly encourage to apply.