Instructor of English for Academic Purposes

The Portland Institute, NJUPT is a joint partnership of Portland State University in Oregon, USA and the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in Nanjing, China. Established in 2019, the Institute offers programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering at undergraduate and graduate levels and has a current enrolment of approximately 800 students. The Institute draws on the expertise of faculty from PSU and NJUPT to jointly design high quality international degree programs. We are committed to cultivating professionals who are well prepared to engage in global collaboration, research, and innovation in the field of international electronic information engineering science.

Portland Institute Nanjing is located in the northeast university district of Nanjing. One of China’s five ancient capitals, Nanjing blends a rich history with today’s vibrant modern city. It is home to several prestigious universities and has a thriving academic community. The city is well connected by air and railway, with Shanghai an hour’s train ride away.

About the position

The Portland Institute Nanjing is seeking Academic English instructors to teach the following courses in the 2024-2025 academic year:

  • Public Speaking
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Technical Writing
  • Graduate Academic Communication
  • Graduate Reading for Research
  • Summer Academic Communication program

These courses are taught to first-, second-, and third-year undergraduates and first-year graduate students at the Xianlin campus in Nanjing.  Each course is 48 contact hours, with sections scheduled as three contact hours per week for 16 weeks. Maximum course load is 20 contact hours per week.

Instructors are expected to use appropriate teaching strategies, including technologies, and be able to evaluate student learning and modify methods to meet course outcomes. Instructors are also expected to hold weekly office hours and to participate in regular faculty meetings with colleagues in China and Portland.  Instructors will travel to China at the beginning of August in preparation for a semester start date of September 2, 2024.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in TESOL or related field
  • 2 years experience of teaching English
  • For undergraduate courses: Experience teaching public speaking, EAP writing, first-year composition, and/or technical writing for university students.
  • For graduate courses: Experience teaching graduate communication, including presentation, reading, and writing skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or EdD
  • TESOL certification
  • Knowledge of Mandarin
  • Background in electrical or computer engineering, information technology, signal processing, or computer science

Key Cultural Competencies

  • Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences
  • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds
  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
  • Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct

Compensation package

Annual salary: 200,000 RMB – 300,000 RMB dependent upon professional and academic qualifications and relevant work experience. Payment above the maximum range will be considered for exceptional candidates.

Return airfares each academic year, housing on the NJUPT campus, and cost of and assistance with the visa application will be provided.

Contract type

Full time, one year renewable; the employer of record for successful candidates will be NJUPT. These are not PSU positions and do not constitute PSU employment.

To apply please send:

CV, cover letter, and contact details of professional references to pininfo@pdx.edu

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