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Head, Department of Modern Languages
 APPOINTMENT:  12-month position, beginning July 1, 2009. Tenure, rank and salary are dependent on qualifications.
 QUALIFICATIONS: earned Ph.D.; distinguished record in teaching and scholarship in one of the disciplines represented in the department; ability to provide vision and creative leadership to advance the department’s educational mission; ability to promote the diverse talents of faculty to build on department’s strengths; demonstrated interest in maintaining and strengthening connections between department and other campus and public school constituencies; knowledge of language pedagogy and the use of technology in language instruction.
            Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city with a population of 63,000, approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee.  Over 19,000 students attend Western pursuing programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in arts and sciences, education, government services, business, industry, health, agriculture and similar fields.  The Department of Modern Languages offers to over 125 majors those programs leading to the bachelor’s degree in French, German and Spanish, as well as the Master of Arts in Education degree in French and Spanish.  WKU has a general education requirement in languages for all students (two-semester proficiency).  The Department consists of fourteen full-time faculty members who represent academic expertise in a wide variety of areas.  In addition to the majors and minors listed above, courses in Chinese and Japanese are offered.  The Department has a state-of-the-art Media Center, and all classes are taught in smart classrooms.  Visit the departmental website at for more information. 
 INTERNATIONALIZATION:The department plays a significant role in the university's push for internationalization.  Many faculty design their own programs or teach in those offered through Western’s membership in a study abroad consortium, thus offering students opportunities to enhance their coursework and deepen their linguistic skills in a number of locations.
            Candidates must send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and three current letters of reference specific to this position.  Submit application materials to:  ML Department Head Search, Richard Weigel, Search Chair, 1906 College Heights Blvd., #31029, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1029.
             Screening will begin November 3, 2008, and continue until the position is filled.
The University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.  All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and disabled veterans.  Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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