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Preceptor in Chinese

East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Competitive salary
Posted Date
Aug 22, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literatures
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Full Time
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The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University invites applications for one or more full-time, multi-year Preceptors in Chinese expected to begin July 1, 2023. The Preceptor will be responsible for teaching 2-3 Chinese courses per year, meeting with students for regular office hours, and coordinating a teaching team for their level’s discussion sections. This is a term appointment of three years, renewable for a term of up to five years (eight years in total), contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean authorization.

The successful applicant should be well versed in the issues of teaching Chinese as a foreign language, have experience in teaching all levels of Chinese, must have exemplary ability in comprehension and active use of standard Chinese and English, written and spoken, at native or near-native proficiency and must be able to teach multiple levels of modern Chinese, both in person and remotely.

Several years of experience teaching modern Chinese at the college level in the United States and specialization in Chinese pedagogy and second language acquisition is highly desirable. An M.A. degree or higher in Chinese Linguistics, Foreign Language Education, or a closely related field is preferred; experience in technology-enhanced language teaching is a plus.

Interested candidates should submit, via the portal at

1. Cover letter, including a description of teaching/advising experience and philosophy and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Names and contact information of three to five referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

Candidates should also send a 15-20-minute teaching demo by URL through the ARIeS portal, or send a USB of the applicant teaching to:

Chair, Preceptor Search Committee Chinese Language Program East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department Harvard University 5 Bryant Street Cambridge, MA 02138

All application materials should be submitted no later than September 25, 2022. Please note that references will only be invited to upload letters of recommendation after a complete application has been submitted online. Reference letters should be submitted by September 28, 2022.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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