Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of Japanese

Denver, Colorado, USA
May 09, 2017
University of
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Positions Summary

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire a one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of Japanese. Non-tenure track position, full benefits and 9-month contract. Position may be extended for an additional year, contingent on departmental need and funding. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity and inclusive excellence through their teaching, research, and service. Start date: Sept. 1, 2017. Position is open until filled, though applications received after May 31 are not guaranteed consideration. Teaching load is eight classes over three academic quarters. Courses include the elementary and possibly the intermediate sequence and/or a general education course in English, depending on program needs.

Essential Functions

  • Course instruction and grading.
  • Coordination of first-year Japanese.
  • Assessment of the first-year Japanese language sequence.
  • Participation in program promotion activities outside the classroom.
  • Participation in Japanese program meetings and departmental meetings.

Other Functions

  • Research is not a job requirement for this position, although active scholarship is desirable and supported.
  • Participation in department meetings and collaboration with the team in Japanese.
  • Limited committee or other departmental service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated excellence and effectiveness in teaching Japanese language to diverse college or university level students in the U.S.
  • Ability to learn and conduct assessment of language programs.
  • Interest in program-building (e.g., supporting student clubs, advising about study abroad, advising about scholarships, organizing events).
  • Interest in coordinating first-year Japanese.
  • Interest in incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.
  • Ability to work through email and to use MS Word and PowerPoint; ability to learn and use DUs Canvas course management system.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in Japanese literature, Japanese linguistics or related field by the time of application.
  • Experience teaching Japanese language to diverse students at the U.S. college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Native-level or near-native fluency in Japanese and English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Japanese linguistics or a closely related field at time of application.
  • One or more academic years of teaching Japanese language to diverse students at the college or university level in the U.S. with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.
  • Extended residence and/or extensive travel in Japan.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with department chair.

Application Deadline

Position is open until filled, though applications received after Wednesday, May 31, 2017 are not guaranteed consideration.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Ms. Ingrid Weyher at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of Application (Cover Letter)
  2. CV
  3. One page statement on how the candidate can contribute to DU's inclusive excellence (diversity, equity, and inclusion) mission (See
  4. Teaching philosophy statement.
  5. Evidence of excellence in undergraduate Japanese language instruction: (a) recent, complete course evaluations; (b) a link to an unedited sample teaching video, preferably of a first- or second-year language class (maximum 15 minutes long); (c) syllabi and sample lesson plan for elementary and intermediate language, proposed or actual.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application system is limited to uploading 5 files total. Please combine content (clearly labeled) if necessary to upload all required content.

In addition to the online application, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts should be directly sent , subject: Japanese VTAP Search or made available through Interfolio. Address for hard copy material:

Japanese VTAP Search Committee, c/o Ms. Ingrid WeyherDepartment of Languages & LiteraturesUniversity of DenverDenver, CO 80208-0931

PLEASE NOTE: For non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in applying and who will need immigration sponsorship for this position, please contact Marcy Cozzens, Manager of Recruiting Services at

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