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Japanese Inst/Ast Professor Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Arts & Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literature
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 911543
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 Inst/Ast Professor Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures is seeking one full-time Japanese Language Instructor or Assistant Professor of Japanese Language. This is a fixed-term, nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2024 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 conferred by the time of hire. This is a fixed-term, nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2024 and is renewable contingent upon funding and performance.

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
  • 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, Quartet 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 (e.g., teaching materials, and quantitative and qualitative data from teaching evaluations)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in online teaching and/or appropriate technologies in language instruction
  • Desired Qualifications
    • Experience teaching Japanese at all levels from elementary through advanced, particularly at 3rd and 4th year levels
    • Experience with ACTFL proficiency standards and proficiency-based approaches to teaching Japanese
    • Experience coordinating at the individual course level
    • Ability to teach course (in English) on Japanese language and society
    • OPI certification
    • Event planning experience
    • Active involvement in profession
    Required Application Materials

    Qualified applicants should submit

  • a cover letter
  • current curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including course syllabi and instructional materials, and student evaluation summaries
  • A 1-page summary of your philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration. The statement should also include an explanation of related past or planned activities/endeavors as well as how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence. For more about MSU’s DEI efforts, see For more information about writing diversity statements, see
  • the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees
  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a video link (or a DVD) of their classroom teaching to the search committee chair.
  • Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin January 8, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting number 911543.

    For more information, contact David Humphrey, Chair of the Search Committee at

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

    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.

    MSU Statement

    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.

    Advertised: Nov 10, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Nov 10, 2025 Eastern Standard Time


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