ACTFL’s Assessment Development Team is seeking a Scholar to research copyright policies for use of content (US and international) on assessments and in the classroom. Content includes texts, audio, videos, animation, images, and social media. The focus of the project will be the creation of a resource for the field of world language education that includes information on types of copyright and terminology and how to use world language content on assessments (commercial and non-commercial) and in the classroom in order to avoid infringement of copyright. As part of the project, the scholar will also consult with ACTFL’s Professional Learning and Certification Team to understand better the uses of multimedia and social media content in the classroom. The Scholar will receive a $2000 honorarium and will work remotely 10 hours per week for eight weeks (June 8 – July 30, 2021). Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The Scholar Position activities and tasks may include any or all of the following:
Research national and international copyright types and policies for multimedia and social media content use in world language curricula and on assessments,
Create an open-source document on copyright issues as a resource for world language educators to refer to for course materials and assessments,
Design online modules for world language educators or test developers on issues related to copyright and fair use,
Contribute to other projects critical to the mission of the department and/or aligned with the candidate’s research background, teaching, and testing experience.
Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at an accredited college/university pursuing a degree, specialization, or minor in a language education, linguistics, or assessment-related program. Recent graduates may also be considered.
Additional qualifications include:
Proficiency in English and one or more world languages,
Familiarity with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 and the suite of proficiency and performance tests currently offered by ACTFL,
Experience in world language teaching and/or testing preferred,
Experience working with multimedia and social media for classroom use,
Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills,
Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills,
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
Ability to work collaboratively, cooperatively, and collegially,
Adept use of Microsoft Office Suite required, to create reports, graphs, tables, and presentations.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should review the full position description and apply by email to email@example.com . Please include:
Resume/CV submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.
We will request references or letters of recommendation further on in the process; please keep that in mind.
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