UTS Opened Doors for Myself, and Others

UTS opened two big doors for me—one from behind and one in front, and a lot of windows too.

I joined the unification family in 1973 just six months away from getting my bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Utah. After three and a half years of studying in Salt Lake City while on a swimming scholarship I decided to leave school and join the Unification Church. I have never regretted that offering.

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UTS was a Mecca for me, a place where God allowed me to absorb the knowledge of the Christian centuries in preparation to return to the mission field strengthened and enriched.

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Barrytown College of UTS (Unification Theological Seminary) is searching for a Director of the English as a Second Language Program on its main campus in Barrytown, New York.  Barrytown College of UTS is a new undergraduate inter-religious liberal arts college affiliated with an interfaith seminary, and received its approval by New York State and accreditation by Middle States in February 2013.  Focused on the study of World Religions and Philosophy, along with minors in Business, Media Arts, and Human Development and Family Studies, Barrytown College of UTS inhabits a beautiful 250 acre campus along the Hudson River in upstate New York.  Having opened in August 2013, we seek an intentionally small and intimate college of approximately 250 students.  Given the level of excitement and dedication of our faculty and staff who have developed the College to this point, we seek an energetic, committed, and entrepreneurial administrative faculty member who would like to grow with the school and who would like to be instrumental in launching new programs, including establishing our inaugural ESL Program in January 2014.  The Director of the ESL Program also will hold the faculty rank of Lecturer in an academic field appropriate to their training and background.  All candidates should be prepared to encounter students from a variety of religious perspectives, and encourage the discussion of faith matters within the classroom setting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director of the English as a Second Language Program will have leadership experience in university-based intensive English programs, ESL curriculum development, language assessment, research in second language acquisition, teacher education and professional development, student services, personnel management, testing, programmatic elements, marketing and budget management.

Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Director of the ESL Program should be able to provide vision and leadership for this program, building a reputation over time for this new program’s quality.  The Director should be able, in conversation with the Dean of the College, to define and implement academic policy, procedures, and requirements for the ESL Program, and to design, deliver, and assess classroom experiences that maximize language learning.  In concert with the Dean of the College, the Director of the ESL Program will recruit, hire, train, and supervise adjunct ESL educators.  The Director of the ESL Program will supervise and advise students on educational, social, and daily needs, and ensure that ESL students receive appropriate academic support such as tutoring and mentorship within the Writing Center.  In cooperation with relevant administrators, the Director of the ESL Program will craft and distribute appropriate program application materials, and develop an ESL Program-specific marketing plan and recruitment materials, and ensure that students retain their legal status and facilitate a seamless transition of ESL students into their programs of study.  The Director of the ESL Program will oversee and monitor a budget for the program, forecasting revenue and expenditures connected with the program.  To provide appropriate educational opportunities for each student, the Director of the ESL Program will coordinate and supervise placement testing, and develop and coordinate class schedules and room availability with the Dean of the College and the Registrar to avoid conflicts with existing class schedules.  The Director of the ESL Program will teach several classes during the Fall, Spring, and Summer ESL Program cycles.

Minimum Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree or doctorate in ESL, EFL, TESOL, second language studies, applied linguistics, or related fields, with a minimum of four years of experience in developing and delivering ESL curriculum and instruction.  The ideal candidate would understand what is involved in managing an ESL Program that is marketed to English-language learners seeking higher education, and would have strong knowledge of ESL best practices and current instructional methodologies.  Candidates should demonstrate a potential to contribute to the intellectual vitality of the school as well as the ability to work collegially with a small faculty and with the school's administrative staff. The ideal candidate should also be willing to work in an undergraduate program that embraces experiential learning and that seeks to be educationally innovative and dynamic. We are seeking to hire this new position in time to launch a new program that would begin in late January 2014.

The campus:

As a new institution, this is a rare opportunity for an administrator. The developers of the curriculum and program are looking to create an innovative program that will provide students with vital internships and experiential learning opportunities. In addition, students at Barrytown College of UTS will have the experience of international service learning programs as a required part of their educational journey. The mission of the College is to prepare leaders who are equipped to face local and global challenges in the spheres of faith, family and culture.

Barrytown College of UTS aims to provide its students with a liberal arts education that explores the modern human condition through understanding the origins, history, and intersections of the major/influential world religions, philosophies and cultures, and through active engagement in real world settings.


Please send all application materials, including at minimum a cover letter, CV, and a list of references to the Dean of the College, Dr. Stephen Murray, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Barrytown College of UTS, 30 Seminary Drive, Barrytown, NY 12507.  Electronic submissions preferred, with the subject line reading “Director of the ESL Program Search.”  Consideration of applications will begin immediately.

Barrytown College of UTS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.