Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Apr 17, 2019
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May 17, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Hong Kong 's highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Work type: Full-time
Department: Centre for Applied English Studies (05300)
Categories: Professoriate Staff

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is committed to the highest standards of excellence in teaching and research. The University of Hong Kong has been at the forefront of academic scholarship for many years, and offers a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. English is the medium of teaching, research and administration.

HKU has a total of around 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Since its inception in 1992, the Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) has worked to keep abreast of best practice in the field of applied linguistics, particularly with respect to academic literacy in higher education. The Centre’s primary mission is to enhance undergraduate and postgraduate students’ academic literacy skills throughout their university education. The Centre is housed within the Faculty of Arts, with CAES staff working closely with academic staff across many different faculties on course design, delivery and evaluation. The Centre also provides an extensive range of out-of-class communication support services; a highly successful MA in Applied Linguistics and an MA in TESOL (delivered jointly with the Faculty of Education); and a PhD programme. Staff at the Centre research in the areas of academic discourse, literacy practices and language teaching and learning. The Centre’s research work is central to its mission of enhancing students’ academic literacy. Further information about the Centre can be obtained at

The Role

The next Director of CAES will be the academic leader and administrative head with overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Centre of more than 50 teaching staff, 5 PhD students and 15 administrative staff, all from diverse cultural backgrounds. S/he will provide leadership in all aspects of the Centre’s development, academic advancement, strategic planning and curricular implementation.

The successful candidate will have the following proven skills/experience:

  • a doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics or a similarly relevant area, though strong candidates without such a degree will also be considered;
  • leadership experience providing a vision for the development of a language centre and implementing that vision through consultation with senior management of a university;
  • management experience running a sizeable language centre within a university, in particular the implementation of effective policies for the day-to-day running of the language centre;
  • a substantial academic background in academic literacy teaching and research;
  • excellent interpersonal skills, in particular an ability to build consensus amongst staff in decision making;
  • strong administrative skills, in particular management of a multi-million dollar budget.

Terms of Appointment

Appointment to the position will be on a three-year fixed term basis, renewable by mutual agreement, and on tenure terms for exceptionally outstanding candidates. 

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

How to Apply

The executive search firm Perrett Laver is working with HKU in this recruitment exercise. To apply, or to download further information about the role, please visit quoting reference number 4013.

Initial inquiries may be directed to Priscilla Tse by email ( or by phone +852 3702 6492.

Applications should consist of a covering letter together with an up-to-date CV. The deadline for applications is May 17, 2019.

The University is committed to diversity and inclusivity.  To promote gender diversity and professional advancement of women as well as men, the Faculty of Arts expressly encourages qualified persons from both genders to apply.

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