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Part-Time Instructor: English as a Second Language (ESL)

Application Window

Open date: October 17, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Aug 31, 2023 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 Division of Continuing Education (DCE) is a self-supporting unit within the University of California. Funding is generated through fees collected from a diverse, complex, and ever-changing student population. Part-time instructor positions are on a course by course contracted basis. This is NOT a faculty position.

English Language Programs, within UCI’s Division of Continuing Education, seeks applicants for part-time ESL teaching positions in our intensive-English and custom programs for international students in 2023. Teachers will join a collegial, professional teaching environment that prizes excellence and has welcomed and trained international students for more than 30 years. Our students hold full-time study visas and focus primarily on building academic skills.

Specific Instructor Duties
• Teach excellently and with enthusiasm
• Design interactive and motivational classroom activities with a communicative aim to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning
• Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline the grading policies for the course
• Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes, and assign grades
• Collaborate with and support ESL colleagues to ensure continuity within the program
• Complete mandatory training programs by UC Irvine-established deadlines
• Submit all required hiring and class paperwork by set deadlines
• Become familiar with and follow program’s Instructor Handbook and curricular guidelines
• Attend pre-program class-planning meeting and scheduled teacher meetings
• Participate in required orientations and attend awards/graduation ceremony after classes on program’s final day

Part-time, temporary assignments are on an as-needed basis. This is an ONGOING recruitment. We accept part-time instructor applications all year long; when the division has a need to fill, we refer to the “pool” of applications on file. We are looking specifically for instructors who are qualified to teach the following course(s) as early as Winter quarter (beginning January 11, 2023).

Courses Available:
Classes include grammar, writing, reading, speaking & listening, and a range of elective topics. Programs may also focus on test-prep, academic preparation, English for Specific Purposes (e.g. Business English, STEM), or American culture topics. Part-time teachers are offered classes on a by-quarterly basis and may teach up to an average of 10 hours a week and a maximum of 400 hours per year. Teaching assignments are made a few days before classes begin and are based on student enrollments. All ESL classes meet in-person at UCI DCE. Classes meet Monday–Friday and are scheduled at various times mostly between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Afternoon and evening classes may also be offered.

Individuals hired to teach these courses must understand that all such agreements with the University are made on a course-by-course basis and that the Instructor will be made no guarantee of continual involvement with the University in any capacity.

• Master’s degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics, or in a closely-related field with a TESL certificate
• Minimum three years of successful ESL teaching experience including intensive English or similar with international students
• Proficiency in English suitable to the position
• Ability to work in the United States

• Demonstrated excellence in teaching a wide range of ESL (IEP) levels and skills
• Proficiency in a second language
• Experience living abroad
• Proven record of contributing to a supportive team environment

• Current active involvement in the field (TESOL, CATESOL).
• Experience with Learning Management Systems (Canvas)
• Experience teaching English for academic study or other specific purposes
• Experience preparing students for TOEFL and/or IELTS.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Master’s degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics, or in a closely-related field with a TESL certificate
• Minimum three years of successful ESL teaching experience including intensive English or similar with international students
• Proficiency in English suitable to the position
• Ability to work in the United States

Application Requirements

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

    Please include educational degrees, teaching sites, inclusive teaching dates, number of hours taught per week, professional organization membership and level of activity.

  • Cover Letter - Please include any restrictions you have on date/time-of-day availability.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Names and contact information of three current/former teaching supervisors.

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up-to-date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA