All ELI faculty, including the Executive, Associate and Assistant Directors, have master’s or PhD degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, Linguistics, or an equivalent field. All have significant teaching experience and most speak at least one other language, in addition to native fluency in English.
The ELI has a professionally active and committed faculty who participate in a number of professional organizations, including TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), WATESOL (Washington Area TESOL), the Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP), the Virginia Institute for Life-Long Learning (VAILL), the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and the Instructional Technology Council (ITC).
Only qualified instructors are considered for employment at the ELI. Faculty are hired with appropriate preparation and credentials for their responsibilities and continue to develop professionally while they teach. Faculty are encouraged to continue pursuing education areas in which they are interested, and also to become educated in new areas. This continued professional development ensures that all faculty are well qualified to teach courses in the program.
The ELI currently employs a mix of full-time and part-time (adjunct) faculty. Approximately sixty percent of the ELI courses are taught by full-time faculty, with adjuncts teaching the remaining courses.
Minimum qualifications for employment as ELI faculty (both full-time and adjunct) are: master’s degree in TESL, TEFL, Linguistics, or an equivalent field; native-speaker English proficiency; at least two years teaching experience in a higher education environment; overseas teaching experience (preferred); knowledge of another language (preferred).
Persons interested in employment as faculty at the ELI should submit a cover letter, with accompanying curriculum vitae, to:
English Language Institute
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030.