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 email@example.com.
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.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
Internal Number: 628037
About Michigan State University
Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.