The Japanese Fellow’s work begins in the middle of August 2022,
1-2 weeks before NSO and before the beginning of Fall Semester and
ends in May 2023, at the end of Spring Semester, and so does the
contract accordingly with Earlham College.
For over forty years, Earlham and its faculty have been in the
forefront of efforts in the United States to develop innovative
programs linking Japan and America. Over the years many of
Earlham’s faculty have contributed to the richness of its
Japan-related programs. The Japanese Studies Major, which was
established in 1974, is widely recognized as one of the oldest and
best programs in the United States.
Japanese language instruction began at Earlham in conjunction
with the start of the Japanese Studies Program in 1964. The
Japanese Language Minor was further created in 1995. Today,
Japanese is one of the core languages of the Comparative Languages
and Linguistics Major, which was established in the Department of
Languages and Cultures several years ago. For these and many other
reasons, Earlham continues to be widely known as one of the best
places in the country to study Japan and its language at the
The Japanese Language Program offers courses of various levels
of Japanese, Japanese language pedagogy, Japanese linguistics,
sociolinguistics, and topic-specific courses. A teaching assistant
plays a vital role to maintain the high level of Japanese
instruction and to promote Japanese learning under the supervision
of the Japanese language staff.
Description of the first- and second-year Japanese
The textbooks used for the first- and second-year Japanese
courses are 『げんき: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese』,
Vols. I and II. There is one section in the first-year Japanese,
and one section in the second-year Japanese. Each section usually
consists of 15-18 students.
The Japanese Language Fellow is expected to:
- Work 20 hours in the Languages and Cultures Department.
- Assist in language classes, provide daily kanji instruction,
teach Wednesday first-year Japanese and second-year Japanese
classes, and supervise drill sessions taught by student
- Organize and hold the weekly Japanese Language Table.
- Assist with bulletin boards and displays in the
- Provide two one-hour tutorial sessions each week for
The Language Fellow lives on-campus and:
- Assists with the planning of cultural activities.
- Participates in common evening meals with students.
The College will provide:
- A J-visa: We will work with the candidate to receive a
- Remuneration in the annual amount $7,500 for work done for the
Japanese Language and Linguistics Program.
- Fourteen-meal-per-week meal plan at the college-dining
- On-campus housing
- Opportunity to attend up to two courses per semester offered at
The Japanese Language Fellow:
- Is a native or near native speaker of Japanese.
- Holds an M.A. degree (highly preferable).
- Is able to read, write, and speak English to some extent
although the Assistant usually uses Japanese to assist Japanese
The Language Fellow must provide:
- Transportation to and from Richmond, Indiana.
- Health insurance.
- Pocket money for small purchases, side trips, etc.
Please send a letter of application addressing the
responsibilities of the position and qualifications of the
applicant; resume; and the name, position title, email address and
phone number of three professional references in a single
PDF or MS Word file to:
Human Resources Office
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374-4095
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled.
Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated
against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption
within two weeks of the employment start date.
Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks
applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms
of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual
orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among
other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker
identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from
members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
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all newly hired employees within the United States.