Instructor of Japanese

Institution: 
University of Arkansas

The Department of World Languages at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a full-time Instructor of Japanese, to begin August 2017 and with the likelihood of annual renewal, subject to program needs, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance of duties. With a student body of more than 26,000, the University of Arkansas is a national research institution located in Fayetteville, part of a growing metropolitan area of some 500,000 people which frequently receives accolades as one of America’s “best places” to live.

Duties: This non-tenure-track position will teach four classes per semester of Japanese language courses at all levels (true beginners to advanced learners), with the possibility of additional teaching appointments in summer for additional pay. Instructors are also expected to assist in curriculum development in the basic language component of the Japanese Program and in administering the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT; an international certification examination of Japanese language proficiency) on campus. Duties also involve teaching in close collaboration with other instructors teaching the same class. Openness to different teaching methods is essential. Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Qualifications: M.A. degree in Japanese Linguistics, Curriculum & Instruction, or a related field; native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English; experience in teaching to English-speaking students; and a vibrant and outgoing teaching style. Demonstrated experience in preparing students to reach JLPT N4 proficiency or higher will be considered favorably.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, three current work-related letters of reference, a brief statement on second-language teaching philosophy, a sample course syllabus, and optionally, a link in a word document to a video recording of a regular class meeting, together with the lesson plan used for the recorded class, to http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/19521. For references, candidates will be required to provide either Interfolio document email addresses or individual contact information during the application process, and candidates are responsible for making certain that letters are received. Completed applications received by May 4, 2017 will receive full consideration. We expect that Skype interviews will be arranged for finalists in early May.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Posting Date: 
April 20, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Job Status: 
open