Teaching Assistant Professor, Japanese -

Job description

The Department of Languages & Literatures is an undergraduate department offering nine modern languages, including majors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, minors in those languages plus Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, and electives in Arabic and classical Greek. The department currently has 39 full-time faculty (17 tenure-line, 14 teaching-line, and eight visiting teaching faculty). The Japanese section has three full-time faculty positions, offering courses from the introductory to advanced levels, as well as interdisciplinary, thematic courses and general education courses offered in English.

The Department of Languages and Literatures is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on Inclusive Excellence. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor of Japanese. This is a non-tenure track position with full benefits and initial three-year contract; contract is renewable and promotion is possible.

Appointment begins in Fall 2019.

The successful candidate will contribute to diversity and Inclusive Excellence through their teaching and service.

Required Qualifications

  • MA at time of application with a specialization in Japanese Literature, Japanese Language Education, or related field (e.g., second-language acquisition), or an MA in Education with specialization in Japanese.
  • Record of excellence and effectiveness in teaching Japanese language to a diversity of students at the college or university level.
  • Experience as a program coordinator or team leader in an educational context.
  • Native-level or near-native fluency in Japanese and English.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporating Inclusive Excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD (or ABD) at time of appointment; specialization in Japanese Literature, Japanese Language Education, or related field (e.g., second-language acquisition).
  • Experience utilizing innovative approaches to integrating the study of culture with a first-year language program.
  • Extended residence and/or extensive travel in Japan.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) February 18, 2019

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. C.V.
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy, methodology, and pedagogy
  4. One-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to DU's Inclusive Excellence (values and practices regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity) (See http://www.du.edu/cme/resources/inclusive-excellence.html)
  5. Evidence of excellence in undergraduate Japanese language instruction, which may include: (a) Recent and 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) Sample syllabus and sample lesson plans for first-year Japanese
  6. Materials related to experience as program coordinator, director, or team leader in an educational context, if available, such as:(a) Detailed position summary and dates of employment, (b) Letter of reference from colleagues, students, or supervisors regarding the candidate's performance while in that position, etc.
  7. Materials attesting to candidate's excellence in course and program assessment, including (a) Brief statement of candidate's specific methods and approaches to assessment (1-page); (b) Previously completed assessment reports.
  8. Two letters of recommendation (may be addressed to Japanese Search Committee - Teaching Asst. Prof.) and sent electronically )
  9. Please send copies of your graduate transcripts electronically

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 004555
Posted: 2/8/2019
Application Due: 4/9/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable