Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese

Western Kentucky University

The Department of Modern Languages at Western Kentucky University invites applications for a one-year visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese position beginning in August 2017 on WKU's main campus in Bowling Green, KY.  This position is pending grant funding and is renewable contingent upon funding.

The successful candidate is a dynamic teacher who engages students in learning both in and outside the classroom, and who contributes to the academic and extracurricular life of the language program. The individual hired will teach Japanese courses at all levels, connect the curriculum with the campus community and industry, and aid the department in shaping the next stage of program growth.

Western Kentucky University aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU's main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. In addition, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro through its regional campuses. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

The Department of Modern Languages at WKU offers majors and minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. There are Japanese and Russian courses through the intermediate level, and first-year courses in Korean. Faculty members may earn additional income through a variety of teaching opportunities during winter and summer terms. The university provides excellent support for professional development. New faculty members receive mentoring.

Job Requirements:
     Doctorate in Japanese, or related field required (ABD considered);
     Eligibility to work in the US required;
     Native or near-native fluency in Japanese;
     Ability to teach Japanese at all levels;
     Evidence of excellent teaching ability, effective uses of technology, and commitment to proficiency-oriented instruction aligned with ACTFL standards.

Application Instructions:
The following items must be submitted  by visiting by May 31, 2017, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:
     Letter of Application;
     Curriculum Resume or Vita;
     Statement of Teaching Philosophy;
     Unofficial Graduate Transcripts.
Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date. You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.

Additional Information:
     Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
     Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
     Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745 - 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Posting Date: 
May 3, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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