The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University is seeking a full-time instructor or assistant professor of Japanese language. This is a fixed-term, nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2019, and is renewable contingent upon funding and performance.
Rank is determined by highest degree; with a Master’s degree required for an instructor position; and a PhD required for an assistant professor position. All degrees must be confirmed by degree-granting institution at the time of hire.
•M.A. or a higher degree in Japanese language pedagogy, linguistics, foreign language teaching, or related field;
•One-year experience in teaching college students in a classroom setting in North America;
•Training in proficiency-oriented language instruction;
•Native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English; and
•Basic instructional technology skills, such as use of a course management system.
Experience in teaching intermediate (third-year) Japanese using the textbook Tobira, and teaching (or at least familiarity) with the textbooks Genki I & II.
Duties will include teaching Japanese language courses (most likely in charge of Third-year Japanese, and team teach First-year Japanese), sharing extracurricular responsibilities with other faculty, participating in curriculum and program development and, possibly, supervising graduate assistants. For information about the Japanese Program, please visit http://linglang.msu.edu/
Application materials for submission:
•Cover letter (please include a brief statement of teaching philosophy and a summary of Japanese language teaching experience; e.g. levels taught, duties performed and textbooks used;
•A summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom, any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence;
•Curriculum vitae (CV);
•Two letters of recommendation (to be submitted by the recommenders);
•A few samples of course syllabi, tests, and/or other materials; and
•If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness; e.g. student evaluation summaries.
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a video link (or a DVD) of their classroom teaching.
Instructions for application:
Applications must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State Human Resources web site: http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-
Review of applications will begin on Monday, June 10, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
For more information, please contact Professor M. Endo Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org ), Search Committee Chair, Department of Linguistics and Languages, Michigan State University, 619 Red Cedar Road, B-331 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.
Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is 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 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 and Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.