Principal Teaching Fellow

Hong Kong
30 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,200. The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.6 billion.


Principal Teaching Fellow (Ref. 21112911)

The English Language Centre (ELC) offers credit-bearing English language subjects and language enhancement programmes to students from all Faculties and Schools within the University.  The ELC is mainly responsible for offering English subjects for Language and Communication Requirements which are mandatory to all Undergraduate students of the University. The Centre also offers Discipline-Specific Requirements subjects tailor made for more than 20 professional fields of the University’s programmes, and it offers numerous electives designed to enhance students’ communicative competencies. It also coordinates a number of extra-curricular activities and workshops and provides diverse self-learning materials and counselling services through the Centre for Independent Language Learning.  The Centre currently has approximately 80 teaching staff members, with a group of about 20 technical and administrative personnel. The ELC has a strong commitment to quality learning and teaching.  Please visit the website at for more information about the Centre.  


Applicants are expected to take up educational leadership in all areas of teaching activities. The appointee will be required to:

(a) lead and promote sound, theory-based, pedagogic innovations within the Centre;

(b) oversee and maintain overall quality control for the Centre’s subjects across the curriculum and identify where change is needed;  

(c) promote and facilitate scholarly investigation of the needs of students and challenges that students face in the language classroom;  

(d) develop and lead initiatives that encourage the inquiry and questioning of teaching practice;  

(e) develop policies, opportunities, events, and platforms within the Centre that enable and encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning;  

(f) teach a range of courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) including English for Academic Purposes (EAP) with a range of modes of teaching including digital education; and

(g) perform any other duties as assigned by the Director of Centre or his/her delegates.  


Applicants should:

(a) have a PhD or a professional doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics, Educational Research or Language Education;

(b) have at least ten years of relevant post-qualification experience with substantial experience serving as a Principal/Senior Lecturer or an Assistant Professor in higher education;  

(c) have proven track record in teaching excellence that creates deep and lasting impact on student learning and development;  

(d) have proven educational leadership in teaching innovation and significant contributions to improve teaching quality and promote a culture of good teaching at department level or beyond and other forms of contributions leading to system-wide impact;  

(e) have outstanding contribution in programme development leading to substantial enhancement in the quality of educational provision;  

(f) have proven track record in leading innovation in education; and/or proven track record in scholarship of teaching and learning as evidenced by teaching development grants or other funding obtained related to teaching and learning projects, and high-impact scholarly works or publications and educational research output;  

(g) have experience in course and instructional design; and  

(h) be a highly proficient English speaker.

Applicants should be active members within the discipline of language education as evidenced through participation in relevant conferences, relevant publications, the production of language teaching materials, and/or instructional design. Applications are particularly welcome from teachers with expertise in EAP, ESP, academic literacy, workplace English or digital literacy; educational research and scholarship of teaching and learning; instructional and curriculum design; or other areas of Applied Linguistics of direct relevance to Language Education.

Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement(s) need not re-apply.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. An appropriate term will be provided for appointment to the Principal Teaching Fellow post. Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application. 


Please send a completed application form by post, nominate three referees from different institutions/organisations by providing their names, addresses and relationship with the applicants, to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to Application forms can be downloaded from If a separate curriculum vitae is to be provided, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process. The closing date for application is Monday, 31 January 2022. Applicants who are not invited to an interview within two months from the closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful. The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.  

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