The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages is seeking one to two full-time Japanese Language Instructors or Assistant Professors of Japanese Language (second position pending budget). This is a fixed-term, nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2020 and is renewable contingent upon funding and performance. A Master's degree is required for the Instructor position; a PhD for the Assistant Professor position (all degrees must be conferred by the time of hire). This is a fixed-term, nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2020 and is renewable contingent upon funding and performance.
Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will contribute to diversity and inclusive excellence through teaching six Japanese Language courses each academic year in the Japanese Studies Program (teaching assignments will be determined by Program needs). The successful candidate will also share extracurricular responsibilities with other Japanese faculty and participate in curriculum and program development, including outreach activities.
M.A. or higher degree in Japanese Language pedagogy, linguistics, foreign language teaching, or related field;
Two to three years experience teaching college students in a classroom setting in North America;
Experience using Japanese-language textbooks, such as Genki I & II and Tobira, as well as authentic materials for all levels;
Training in proficiency-oriented language instruction;
Native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English;
Evidence of teaching effectiveness (quantitative and sample of qualitative data from teaching evaluations);
Basic instructional technology skills, including navigating through course management systems such a D2L or Blackboard.
Experience teaching Japanese at all levels from elementary through advanced;
Experience with ACTFL proficiency standards and proficiency-based approaches to teaching Japanese;
Demonstrated proficiency in online teaching and/or appropriate technologies in language instruction;
Event planning experience.
Required Application Materials
Cover letter with a brief statement of teaching philosophy and a summary of Japanese Language teaching experience as it relates to this position's requirements;
Diversity statement, including any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence;
Names and email addresses of three recommenders;
Representative samples of course syllabi, tests, and/or other materials, including evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., student evaluation summaries), if available;
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a video link (or a DVD) of their classroom teaching to the search committee chair.
Review of applications will begin February 3, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website http://careers.msu.edu. For more information, contact Catherine Ryu, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.
The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.
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