Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies

Hong Kong (HK)
17 Nov 2016
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17 Dec 2016
Full Time

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

Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies (Ref.: 201601405)

Applications are invited for appointment as Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies, to commence in September 2017, initially on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance, and on tenure terms for exceptionally outstanding candidates.

The Director will be the academic leader and administrative head with overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Centre of 53 full-time teaching staff, 8 full-time and 3 part-time Ph.D. students and 12 full-time administrative staff, from diverse cultural backgrounds.  He/She will provide leadership in all aspects of the Centre’s development, academic advancement, strategic planning and curricular implementation.  Since its inception in 1992, the Centre 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.  This is particularly important at the University of Hong Kong as English is used as the medium of instruction.  The Centre works closely with academic staff in faculties on course design, delivery and evaluation to achieve this mission. The Centre also runs a highly successful M.A. in Applied Linguistics as well as co-teaches on an M.A. TESOL with the Faculty of Education.  Further information about the Centre can be obtained at

Applicants should ideally currently hold a position as Professor but highly qualified Associate Professors, who fit the following criteria, will also be considered.  They will have the following proven skills/experience: (i) leadership experience providing a vision for the development of a language centre and implementing that vision through consultation with senior management of a university; (ii) 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; (iii) a substantial academic background in academic literacy teaching and research; (iv) excellent interpersonal skills, in particular an ability to build consensus amongst staff in decision making; and (v) excellent administrative skills, in particular management of a multi-million dollar budget.  They will also have experience of Ph.D. supervision and teaching Applied Linguistics to postgraduate students.  Their Ph.D. should also be in the field of Applied Linguistics.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered.  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, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as annual leave, and medical benefits.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V. to  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at and further particulars can be obtained at Closes January 16, 2017.  The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

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