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Assistant Professor - Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 847634
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Linguistics, Languages, And Cultures 10004543
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Working/Functional Title

Japanese Language Program Coordinator

Position Summary

The Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University is seeking a Japanese language program coordinator (fixed-term system faculty) at the level of Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2023, and is renewable contingent upon funding and performance. The successful candidate will contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ diversity and inclusive excellence through their teaching and service. The Coordinator oversees the daily operation of the Japanese language program in consultation with the Director of the Japanese Studies Program. The Coordinator is expected to hold a PhD in Japanese language pedagogy, applied linguistics, foreign language teaching, or related field, in addition to the minimum qualifications indicated below.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordinator teaching loads are reduced by one course per academic year (i.e., five courses per year instead of six). The Coordinator is initially expected to be in charge of first-year Japanese, assuming a major portion of the teaching responsibility for this novice level, while facilitating the overall coordination of the first-year language teaching team and initiating the articulation of the Japanese language program curriculum. The coordinator will have an opportunity to offer one course per academic year in their own expertise based on program needs.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparing and administering placement tests.
  • Chairing the MSU Japanese Teachers Workshop, held annually in Spring.
  • Communicating with individual Japanese instructors about their teaching preferences for academic years.
  • Assigning language courses to teaching staff members according to their expertise and programmatic need.
  • Convening a meeting on a regular basis to discuss the curriculum, develop the language portion of the Japanese Studies Program, and document all course-related materials.
  • Leading revisions to the Japanese language curriculum as needed.
  • Providing guidance to students regarding internships, study abroad, and other extracurricular activities.
  • Promoting the Japanese Program with the Director of the Japanese Program via social media, website, and others.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree


    Minimum Requirements
  • Doctorate degree required.
  • Three to five years experience teaching college students from elementary through advanced level in a classroom setting in North America.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experiences.
  • 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).
  • Experience using Japanese-language textbooks, such as Genki I & II, Quartet and Tobira, as well as authentic materials for all levels.
  • Basic instructional technology skills, including navigating through course management system such as D2L, Blackboard.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Two to three years experience coordinating a Japanese language program in a university setting in North America.
  • Experience with ACTFL proficiency standards and proficiency-based approaches to teaching Japanese.
  • OPI certification.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in online teaching and/or appropriate technologies in language instruction.
  • Extensive outreach experience for recruiting students as well as for developing networks with Japanese instructors regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Basic Grant writing training and experience.
  • 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.
  • A summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Names and email addresses of three potential referees.
  • 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.

    Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

    Applications must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State University's Human Resources web site:

    Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

    Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

    For more information, please contact David Humphrey (, Search Committee Chair, Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures, Michigan State University, 619 Red Cedar Road, B-361 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.

    Review of Applications Begins On



    Department Statement

    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, Language, and Cultures 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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    Advertised: Feb 24, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Feb 24, 2025 Eastern Standard Time


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