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ESL Instructor, August 2015-16

CELE (Center for English Language Education)

Reports to: Dr. Autumn Witt, CELE Director


August 15, 2015 – August 14, 2016   Applications Due 5/1

Position Summary

The Center for English Language Education at Northwest University is hiring one-year instructor positions for Fall 2015- Sum 2016. These positions are renewable yearly pending enrollment and positive reviews. Two positions are available.

CELE classes are pre-university English instruction for visiting international students as well as students planning to continue on to Undergraduate or Graduate study at NU. CELE classes are small, interactive, and academically rigorous. The teaching and support staff values creative collaboration and mutual encouragement.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to innovative teaching and attention to student outcome assessment. This teaching position also includes a service component to the department. Candidates should demonstrate academic community service experience such as committee leadership, student activity involvement, and/or academic professional development.

Our community is a supportive Christian university which is welcoming to students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Possible Classes:

Grammar, Writing, Listening & Notetaking, Speaking & Pronunciation, Reading & Vocabulary

Essential Functions

  1. Contribute to an Enjoyable, Supportive, Engaging, Language Learning Environment
  2. Teach 15 credits (5 classes) per semester, in Fall, Spring, and Summer
    1. Prepare for and Conduct Language Class, utilizing Online Course Management System, Discovery
    2. Assess student work and give appropriate feedback
    3. Submit grades in timely manner
  3. Complete 2-15 credit hours of administrative service over the course of the year, to be distributed in consultation with the director. Such as the following, depending on instructor strengths and program needs:
    1. Accreditation Committee
    2. Curriculum review and new course design
    3. Student club leader
    4. CELE instructor peer-observer
    5. Other duties as arise
  4. Attend at least 2 CELE-sponsored student Social Events per semester
  5. Attend bi-weekly staff meetings
  6. Performs other work-related duties as assigned.


  1. MA in TESOL or related field required.
  2. 3 years teaching experience abroad or teaching international students preferred.
  3. Curriculum development experience.
  4. Academic Service experience (committee, student life, or professional development)
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, get along well with co-workers, and deal effectively and professionally with colleagues.
  6. Personal Christian faith.
  7. Demonstrate commitment to maintaining a safe work environment free of harassment, violence, and unlawful discrimination.


Dr. Autumn Witt
5520 108th Ave NE
PO Box 579
Kirkland, WA 98033
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Application Requirements

Application Requirements

To be considered as a candidate, the applicant must submit the following documents and information:

  1. letter of interest
  2. curriculum vitae and, if available, a teaching portfolio
  3. names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references
  4. statement of your understanding of the relationship between and integration of Christian faith and your discipline of study
  5. brief statement of personal faith journey and church involvements

Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.

Educational Goals

In view of its distinctive philosophy, Northwest University seeks to provide education which will introduce the student to the organized fields of learning and will acquaint the student with the Christian theistic view of the world and of people and their culture. Such an education is intended to develop the whole person in a balanced and useful manner.

The academic program includes majors and areas of concentration in over forty fields of study including ten graduate programs. Sixty-seven full-time faculty members and seventy-three part-time instructors teach 1,740 students. Over sixty-seven percent of the faculty holds the doctoral degree, twenty-four percent are tenured, and forty-three percent are women.


Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God. The University also holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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