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Inst/Ast Professor Fixed Term

Michigan State University
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 11, 2023

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Inst/Ast Professor Fixed Term
Job no: 861662
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, 2023 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.

Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will contribute to diversity and inclusive excellence through teaching six Japanese Language courses each academic year in the Japanese Studies Program (teaching assignments will be determined by Program needs). The successful candidate will also share extracurricular responsibilities with other Japanese faculty and participate in curriculum and program development, including outreach activities.

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

Doctorate -Japanese

Minimum Requirements
  • M.A. for Instructor rank or doctorate degree for Ast Professor rank 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 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 (quantitative and sample of qualitative data from teaching evaluations)
  • Basic instructional technology skills, including navigating through course management systems such a D2L or Blackboard

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience teaching Japanese at all levels from elementary through advanced
  • Experience with ACTFL proficiency standards and proficiency-based approaches to teaching Japanese
  • OPI certification
  • Demonstrated proficiency in online teaching and/or appropriate technologies in language instruction
  • Event planning experience

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit
  • a cover letter
  • current curriculum vitae
  • Representative samples of course syllabi, tests, and/or other materials, including evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., 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.
  • 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 May 25, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website

    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. We invite candidates to apply even if they have not currently mastered all of the areas listed.

    The Department of Linguistics, Language, and Cultures has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters' distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

    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: May 10, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: May 10, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

    To apply, visit


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