Lecturer for Japanese - Languages & Literatures - 17228


The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater invites applications for a full-time instructor for the 2021-2022 academic year to teach all levels of Japanese language in an interdisciplinary setting (Department of Languages and Literatures, Japanese Studies, and Asian/Asian-American Studies).

This will be a fixed term appointment. Reappointment for subsequent terms is dependent upon the needs of the University, funding, staffing requirements, and external forces. For information on fixed term contracts: UW System Admin Policy 1250: Job Security.


The position will include teaching all levels of Japanese language, with some remote asynchronous online delivery. The successful candidate will be familiar with the technology and methodology involved in teaching synchronous classes delivered to other UW-System institutions through the University of Wisconsin Collaborative Language Program. In addition, the Japanese language program supports two academic programs: the Japanese Studies major and minor as well as the Asian/Asian-American Studies minor.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Japanese language or an area closely equivalent
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students and a commitment to working with diverse populations
Desired Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Japanese language
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

Teaching responsibilities involve a 15-hour teaching load in Fall 2021 and 11 in Spring 2022 as well as supervising potential independent studies for completion of Japanese Studies Thesis (for majors only). In addition, the instructor needs to have the ability to utilize classroom technology, especially for Distance Education classes offered through the Collaborative Learning Program. Service expectations include advising the Japanese Language Club and the Japanese Anime & Culture Society, and advising students in the program planning to study abroad. There are no research expectations for this position.


The UW-Whitewater Department of Languages and Literatures is the largest department in the university with more than 40 faculty and staff, and is housed in the College of Letters and Sciences. The department houses programs in World Languages & Cultures, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as programs in English (Creative Writing, Literature, and Professional Writing & Publishing) and Film Studies. The World Language & Cultures programs supports other programs as well as serving the general student population in fulfilling BA or other language requirements.


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( https://www.wisconsin.edu ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( http://www.uww.edu/orsp ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( https://www.wisys.org ).


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings is targeted to be implemented mid-2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW-Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by June 9, 2021 are ensured full consideration and this position will remain open until filled. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Jonathan Burkham
Coordinator of Japanese Studies Program


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
  • Two (2) current letters of recommendation (with candidate name in the subject line), must be sent to lambe@uww.edu by the references directly
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