ESOL Field Instructors Spring 2020

Position Description

The University of Washington Bothell’s School of Educational Studies (SES) is seeking 3-5 part-time field instructors with a focus on ESOL for our teacher certification program in elementary education. The program enables student teacher candidates to pursue a dual endorsement in English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) during their final quarters at UWB. The position will work with 6-10 student teacher candidates (hereafter candidates) between late March and early June.

This is a part-time faculty appointment with service dates of March 16, 2020 through June 15, 2020, with possibility for renewal, contingent upon faculty and university approval. Successful candidates will attend an orientation day to be scheduled between March 2 and March 20. Travel to school districts within a 25-30-mile radius from UW Bothell is required. UW Bothell reimburses mileage at rates according to state and university policies and procedures. Employment is contingent on enrollment, available funding, faculty and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs approval and successful completion of a criminal background check.

Field instructors play a key support role in helping the candidates develop standards-based practices in planning, teaching and assessment, and in becoming a fully participating member of the teaching profession. Field Instructors work closely with candidates to facilitate connections between learning to teach in the university and practice teaching at area K-12 schools, and serve as liaisons in coordinating the student teaching with the expectations of UWB and assume primary responsibility for the assessment of the candidates’ student teaching. Thus, it would be helpful for successful candidates to have teaching experience including content knowledge in K12 learning standards and curriculum as well as effective practices in classroom management.

Instructors act as coaches to facilitate the connection between university curriculum and in-school practice teaching. They also facilitate conversations with candidates and cooperating teachers about K-12 classroom teaching and how it connects to and is integrated with university learning. Finally, they facilitate conversations between candidates, building principals, and UWB Faculty about the candidates’ teaching and learning, as needed. Thus, successful applicants will have strong communication skills (written, spoken, listening, and reading), time management, organizational, and group facilitation skills, and a professional demeanor.

Because our teacher certification program prepares teachers to work in public schools with diverse and underrepresented populations, successful applicants will have the ability to collaborate, listen and communicate effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff and administration at UWB SES and in partner schools; support the vision and mission of the SES; have a commitment to strategies that support social justice and promote the learning of all students in diverse contexts; and demonstrate respect for diversity.  Our School values inclusion and collaboration, thus faculty should have the ability to thrive in a collaborative environment.

While familiarity with Washington state and national competencies for beginning ESOL educators and English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards is not required, these standards are used when planning and teaching ESOLs.

Field instructors work in a mobile and digital environment, thus will have the abilities to work independently, and use Internet and basic computer hardware/software tools, specifically Microsoft Office.


  • Provide mentoring and support to teacher candidates as needed. Help solve field-based problems.
  • Meet with teacher candidates to discuss expectations and plan the student teaching experience.
  • Maintain close communication with candidates throughout the quarter.
  • Communicate with teacher candidates and Placement Coordinator about concerns or issues related to their performance and progress.
  • Evaluate teacher candidates at regular intervals through observation and post-lesson conferences. Provide written feedback using the UWB SES Lesson Observation Form and narrative summaries of lesson observations.
  • Use the post-lesson observation conference to facilitate learning-focused conversations with teacher candidates.
  • Support the SES’s efforts in preparing teacher candidates for the edTPA.
  • Facilitate field seminars with assigned teacher candidates during the final quarter of the teaching internship. 
  • Attend monthly SES Field Instructor team meetings on campus and share progress reports on teacher candidates.
  • Participate in Guidance and Support Team (GST) meetings as needed.
  • Write a final letter of recommendation for UWB SES certification records and for use in teacher candidates’ job searches and complete school district confidential reference forms as needed for teacher candidates in their job search.
  • Participate in the annual Co-Teaching Workshop for teacher candidates and cooperating teachers.
  • All faculty at the University of Washington engage in teaching, research and service

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field
  • At least three years of successful elementary, middle or high school teaching experiences in a diverse environment and in the area of ESOL or a related field
  • Experience with mentoring, coaching or supervising preservice or beginning teachers (e.g. experience with ESOL and Special Education populations, as an Instructional Coach, TOSA, first-year teacher mentor, principal or administrative experience, teacher candidate mentor, etc.)
  • WA State K12 endorsement in ESOL (ELL), or commensurate experience working with ESOLs or ELLs
  • Working knowledge of current TESOL research and pedagogies preferred.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please email with the following: 

  • letter of intent with reasons for applying and why you are qualified for the position;
  • current CV; and
  • list of 3 references who will be able to provide a written reference upon request.

Include "SEARCH ESOL Field Instructor" in the subject line:

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately, to ensure a hire prior to March 16.  The position is open until filled.  Contact Toni S. Hartsfield with search process questions, and Dr. Yue Bian with questions regarding the position/program responsibilities. 

About Us

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and almost half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river just north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond. 

Diversity is a core value of the University of Washington Bothell.  We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.