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Associate Program Chair, Language Training

Organization: NorQuest College -Faculty of Foundational, Career and Intercultural Studies
Location: Edmonton
Compensation: Commensurate with skills
Closing Date: March 30, 2019

The Associate Chair will provide leadership and management to promote learning.  The Associate Chair works with the Chair and other Faculty or Divisional staff to establish and implement educational goals and objectives.

Part of the unique value the role of Associate Chair brings to the College is its inherent flexibility. The Associate Chair is a dynamic and responsive role. It gives you a wonderful opportunity to make a hands-on impact for student success through the use of your leadership and program management skills.


Faculty/Staff Support and Development:

  • Provide a communication link between faculty and staff of the unit and the Program Chair when needed
  • Participate in recruitment decisions and orientation of faculty and staff
  • Promote professional development of faculty and staff
  • Consult with the Program Chair in the assignment of workload
  • Provide day to day direct support to the Regional Support Staff in the Rural Routes Project.
  • Provide direct support to the TESL program

Departmental and College Planning:

  • Promote the benefits of, and advocate for the needs of, the program or support area
  • Provide input into the development of operational and financial plans

Student Success:

  • Promote and support the implementation of sound androgogical (adult educational) strategies
  • Provide input into the development of program admission criteria
  • Monitor overall student academic performance
  • Foster a sense of community among students
  • Identify and address academic issues as needed
  • Participate in the academic advising of students as appropriate

Program Maintenance and Development:

  • Participate in program reviews and/or accreditation reviews
  • Promote curriculum that is relevant, current and sustainable  

Internal and External Liaison:

  • Provide timely and accurate communication with key stakeholders
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of advisory committees as required
  • Work with Community partners, Community Adult Learning Programs and Community Learning Network to support the delivery of the Rural Routes Project.
  • Work the International division to support the delivery of the TESL Program. 

Educational Activities:

Participating in teaching excellence as defined by the Task Force on Teaching Excellence Final Report, September 2010

  • Facilitating/ classroom teaching as assigned
  • Advocating for learners
  • Using teaching and learning strategies
  • Developing curriculum
  • Evaluating
  • Pursuing applied research or professional scholarly activities

Special Projects or classroom teaching as assigned. This position is anticipated to support proposal development for the unit as well as project management for the successful proposals


A Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, Adult Education with an emphasis in TESL or a related field is preferred. Associate Chairs should be TESL Canada standard 2 Eligible .


A minimum of three years’ experience teaching in a formal adult education environment or teaching in a TESL program. Previous academic activities should include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating learning
  • Advocating for learners
  • Using teaching and learning strategies
  • Developing curriculum
  • Evaluating
  • Pursuing applied research or professional scholarly activities


  • Proven leadership skills
  • Understanding of the challenges ESL  teachers face in small communities in Alberta
  • Excellent  understanding of immigrant issues and policies
  • Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Communicates well within an Aboriginal context
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver course material that incorporates appropriate objectives, assessments and outcomes
  • Ability to apply sound student engagement techniques that are responsive to diverse learner needs
  • Demonstrated decision-making ability
  • Proven project management skills
  • Proven people leader skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in online and distance learning environments

SALARY:   Commensurate with education and experience found in the Faculty Grid.  This position also includes immediate participation in our comprehensive pension and benefits plan.

NOTE:   This is a 18 month term position with a possibility of extension.  


CLOSING DATE:  March 30, 2019

TO APPLY:  If you meet the requirements of this position and wish to apply please continue with this online process by uploading your resume and cover letter in one document.

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