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(Archived) Director, English Language Institute (ELI)

Last Updated: 3/19/23

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University of Delaware

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Job No: 499723
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Full Time, English Language Institute

Director, English Language Institute (ELI)

QUALIFICATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND OPPORTUNITIES: The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware seeks applications for the position of Director of the English Language Institute (ELI). We seek a visionary and entrepreneurial leader to guide in the continued success of one of the nation’s premier intensive English programs. The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership, manage and secure resources, be a strong collaborator with other campus units, seek opportunities with international partners, promote excellence in research and teaching, and foster a collegial atmosphere that supports ELI’s mission and goals. Applicants must hold a minimum Master’s degree in TESOL or a Master’s degree in a related field with a TESOL specialization (preferred: doctorate in a related field) and be well versed on relevant current research and teaching methodologies. The preferred qualifications of the successful candidate include: strong budget and strategic planning skills; experience in grants and externally funded projects; a record of administrative leadership; knowledge of CEA accreditation; a demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence; excellent communication skills; understanding of student recruitment and marketing; dedication to diversity and inclusion; and strong background of leading teams of students, faculty, staff, and administration.

The Director, as chief representative and executive officer of the ELI, has the responsibility for supervising and coordinating administrative, teaching, research, student recruitment, and service activities. The opportunities to shape the ELI and impact the wider field are significant thanks to the assets, resources, networks, and culture already established. In accordance with University regulations and in the spirit of open and cooperative decision-making, the Director will provide innovative leadership in formulating, implementing, and interpreting policies concerning academic programs, budgetary matters, and personnel (faculty, professionals, and staff). The Director represents the ELI to the College, University, and the wider professional and general communities, as well as to sponsoring agencies and prospective/current partners worldwide. Domestic and international travel is a component of the position. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE AT UD: The English Language Institute (ELI) is a far-reaching campus leader which is central to the University of Delaware’s internationalization efforts. The ELI strives for an inclusive and equitable culture and employs 13 Continuing Track Faculty; 10 Academic Development Specialists, who are full-time instructors and advisors; 19 professional and administrative staff; and between 15 and 35 adjuncts, tutors, and hourly staff. Among the programs it manages are the Intensive English Program, Academic Transitions (undergraduate conditional admissions), Accelerate-UD, Foundation Year Program (sponsored students), Graduate Conditional Admissions and Pathways Programs, International Teaching Assistant Training Program, Evening Community Program, short-term programs for foreign universities, corporate ESL tutoring, sponsored teacher-training programs, and courses for joint-degree programs with foreign universities. The ELI also provides administration and teaching for the School of Education’s MA TESL program. Annual enrollments for ELI’s intensive programs are around 1,500 students per year. As a self-supporting unit with a multi-million-dollar budget following its own academic calendar, ELI manages its own marketing, admissions, registration, billing, new student orientation, housing, graduations, cultural programming, and student life operations.

The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Delaware is an academic unit within the humanities portfolio of the College Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research, and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves not only close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.

The University of Delaware is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a letter of application that describes their qualifications and vision for the position, as well as their view of the current state and direction of the field; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references at For additional information, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Chad M. Gasta (

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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Newark, Delaware, United States