Rey Andujar on Campus, Teaching Opportunity in Korea, and More

A reminder for MAE students working on their Digication ePortfolios: don’t forget that tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, there will be a special Digication workshop for MAE students in the SAC 240 computer lab from 10-11:30 a.m. Details here.

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7Vientos_FlyerDePaul’s Department of International Studies and 7Vientos Press are pleased to announce an upcoming reception for the release of Rey Andújar’s newest book, Saturnalia, on Friday, March 15th, at 7:30 p.m. in Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont. This event is cosponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, Department of English, Latin American & Latino Studies Program, Center for Latino Research, Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum COE, and Department of Modern Languages.

Saturnalia is a collection of fourteen short stories by Dominican author Rey Andújar which “takes (readers) into the world of the unexpected through the excitement and heartache of expatriation, immigration, music, revenge, and desire.” Andújar will be reading excerpts from his book and answering questions about the writing and translation processes.

Here are a few words from 7Vientos Press about Andújar and Saturnalia:

7Vientos Press is excited to announce the arrival of the collective’s second book: Saturnalia, by Rey Andújar!

7V strives to connect with you as friends who enjoy  alternative ways of thinking and perceiving daily life. Rey Andújar’s work challenges the monotony of our surroundings and when his talent is blended with 7V’s ambitions the result is his provocative, funny, disturbing, sad, and triumphant Saturnalia.

This hardcover collection of fourteen short stories has been translated into English by Kolin Jordan and take us to unexpected destinations. During your travels you will be experience the excitement and heartache related to themes of expatriation, revenge, desolation, immigration, agony, love, desire, music, and alienation. Through it all we get the sense that we are part of world striated by the unexpected.

Rey Andújar is a Dominican writer and performer who lives in Chicago with his wife and newborn daughter. His books have won various awards including The International Award from Casa de Teatro, for his book of short stories, El factor carne (Isla Negra, 2005); Puerto Rican Pen Club Award for his novel, Candela (Alfaguara, 2007); The Story Award from the International Book Fair in Santo Domingo for Amoricidio (Agentes Catalíticos, 2007); The Ultramar Letters Award (New York, 2011) for Saturnalia, and most recently Adújar won the Cuento y Poesía Consenso Award at Northeastern University.

This event is free and open to the public, and all English students are encouraged to attend. You can get more event details and RSVP on their Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/513589385345934/?ref=14.

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Jason Kifer, a DePaul MAE graduate, is currently teaching in a university in Korea, and would like to share with current DePaul English graduate students information about an opening for a Full-Time (non-tenure track) EFL Position at his university, Sogang University.

The General Education English Program (GEEP) at Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea) is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates to join their faculty. GEEP offers full-credit required and elective courses within the general curriculum of the university. The starting date is at the end of August, 2013.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should ideally be native English speakers with relevant educational background and experience. Korean citizens with native fluency in English will also be considered. An MA degree in TESOL/TEFL, English, or a closely related field is required.  Applicants with other MA degrees plus TESOL/TEFL certification will also be considered.

DUTIES

Teach 5 classes (15 credits) per semester. Candidates will be required to teach Freshmen English courses and one or two other credit courses (writing, culture, public speaking, business English, literature, etc.). For all courses, you are expected to keep class records, hold office hours (5 hours per week), assist with placement testing, attend meetings, and participate in faculty projects. Actual class time is 15 hours per week.

SALARY

First year: 2.6 to 3.1 million won per month, depending on qualifications and experience

BENEFITS

  • National health insurance
  • Paid summer and winter vacations
  • Housing assistance (for non-Koreans citizens only)
  • Severance pay is available at the rate of one month’s salary for each year completed

Winter vacation is from late December to late February, and summer vacation is from late June to late August.  There is no required teaching during these times.

Studio apartments are available on campus for up to two years from the start of employment at a discounted rate (50%; 300,000 won per month).  Alternatively, for those choosing to live off campus, the school will provide a loan of 10 million won for key deposit.

Travel expenses are not reimbursed.

TO APPLY

Please send the following documents by mail to the address below:

  • A cover letter and CV/resume
  • Photocopies of all degrees and transcripts
  • A photocopy of the first page of your passport and Korean Alien Registration Card (if you have one)
  • 2 letters of recommendations from previous employers with contact information

Eun Sung Park
General Education English Program (J809)
Sogang University
35 Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu,
Seoul 212-742, South Korea

The application deadline is Friday April 12th, 2013No email applications will be accepted.  Interviews will be held during the week of April 22-26, and Skype interviews are available for candidates residing outside of Korea.  Candidates invited for an interview should be prepared to provide a short video demo of their teaching.

MORE INFORMATION

http://www.sogang.ac.kr/english (university website)

http://geep.sogang.ac.kr/  (program website)

Any questions regarding this announcement should be directed to Professor Jason Kifer at kiferjason@gmail.com

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