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ESL Instructor (By-Agreement/Variable)

Position overview

Salary range: $36-46/per hour based on qualifications and experience.

Application Window

Open date: August 12th, 2021

Most recent review date: Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Aug 11, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The English Language Institute at UCSD in La Jolla is seeking ESL teachers for 8-week programs, 4-week and Custom programs, substitute teaching, and evening classes. Applications are reviewed regularly for upcoming programs as the needs arise. Experience teaching in a university-based Intensive English Program is desired.

Position is by-agreement. A by-agreement teacher will only work when there is a Letter of Agreement that spells out the terms for a particular teaching assignment. Factors that determine the number of teaching assignments that an instructor undertakes/completes include instructor availability and desire to teach, Extension course offerings and enrollments, instructor effectiveness, and UCSD academic cycles. By-agreement instructors have no guarantee of future work/courses.

To be considered, candidates must already be located within easy commuting distance of La Jolla, CA, and be available to teach variable hours in the mornings and afternoons, five days per week. Available classes include general English as well as specialty classes in TOEFL or IELTS preparation, Business English, Conversation, Idioms and Slang, Grammar, Writing, Pronunciation, and Academic English. Maximum teaching hours are 15 - 20 hours per week.

Specific Duties

  • Prepare and execute lesson plans in keeping with the course title and description, course objective, and student learning outcomes of assigned courses.
  • Assess student characteristics, needs, interests, and learning styles, and develop new course materials and activities to maximize the effectiveness of instruction.
  • Revise lessons to include information and topics which are current and relevant for International ESL students.
  • Update teaching methodology to reflect current technology and developments in second language teaching.
  • Hold conferences with students as needed to address individual needs.
  • Evaluate all students in courses assigned during the first few days of the program to determine that students are appropriately placed. Initiate class changes if students are not appropriately placed.
  • Assign homework regularly; correct and return it promptly.
  • Maintain currency in the field through participation in professional development activities.

According to UC San Diego academic hiring rules, all Extension Program instructors and courses must be formally approved according to the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California. Eligibility to teach a course is contingent upon this formal academic approval. Once approved, teaching assignments are “by-agreement”. The instructor’s Letter of Agreement outlines the deliverables for the course, the course schedule, and compensation terms, and is subject to department policies and procedures. UC San Diego Extension makes no commitment to hire an instructor until it has sent and received a signed instructor Letter of Agreement. Should the course section an instructor plans to teach be cancelled for any reason, the instructor agreement, including rights to compensation for future section meetings, is voided. Remuneration is for classroom hours only and does not include time spent for course preparation or other events.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Master's degree or higher in TESOL, or Master’s degree in closely related field (e.g. Applied Linguistics) with a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours successfully completed in the following areas:
    • Language teaching methodology
    • The nature of language (e.g. linguistics)
    • English structure
    • Second language acquisition
    • Intercultural communication
    • Practicum
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: curriculum development, test preparation, online teaching, business/professional English, second language assessment, teacher training, content-based instruction, or program administration.
  • Working knowledge of the LMS CANVAS
  • Excellent proficiency in English
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Proof of highest degree attained with transcripts

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Two hard copies of your professional reference letters - Two hard copies of your professional reference letters to be provided at the time of an interview.

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)

Provide contact information for 4-6 professional references that can speak to your education, technical skills, abilities, and experience. If you are selected for an instructional position, your references will be contacted to provide feedback on your qualifications, related to the subject you are interested in teaching.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA