Director of Language Instruction, Japanese Program
The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies seeks an excellent instructor of Japanese language with skills in pedagogical innovation and leadership. The Director supervises a program of 7+ instructors and reports directly to the Chair of the Department. The Director joins five other language program Directors in the Department.
Required qualifications for appointment to rank: 1. Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in the relevant field, or a related field. 2. In the case of language instruction, skill in the language of instruction as appropriate for the position; in the case of modern languages, native or near-native fluency. 3. Positive evaluations from students, peers, and/or supervisors. 4. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development. 5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Responsibilities: 1. Teach undergraduate language courses. 2. Provide administrative support relating to teaching duties and course responsibilities, when appropriate to the appointment. 3. Assist with test development and/or administration. 4. Coordinate and mentor Teaching Assistants, P&A instructional staff, and CIS instructors when appropriate to the appointment. 5. Serve as member of appropriate departmental and university committees if called upon to do so. 6. Engage in professional development activities.
Performance standards: 1. Positive evaluations from students, Teaching Assistants (if appropriate), peers, and supervisors. 2. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching, program development, and professional development. 3. Effective handling of student inquiries.
The Director of Language Instruction (DLI) reports directly to the Chair of the department on all matters. In addition to the duties described for Teaching Specialist or Lecturer, the DLI’s responsibilities include:
• Leadership of program • Coordination of curriculum and teaching assignments, including summer session instruction • Development of materials as needed • Directing TA and new teacher training • Annual Evaluation of teaching staff • Collaboration with other language programs and faculty members within the department, and with other units (CLA Language Center, CARLA) • Professional development • Program website oversight • Outreach to community
Internal Number: 336561
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