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Japanese Language Fellow

Earlham College
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature, English as a Second Language, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Other Humanities
Employment Type
Part Time
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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 undergraduate level.

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 courses:

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:
  1. Work 20 hours in the Languages and Cultures Department.
  2. 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 assistants.
  3. Organize and hold the weekly Japanese Language Table.
  4. Assist with bulletin boards and displays in the department.
  5. Provide two one-hour tutorial sessions each week for students.
The Language Fellow lives on-campus and:
  1. Assists with the planning of cultural activities.
  2. Participates in common evening meals with students.
The College will provide:
  1. A J-visa: We will work with the candidate to receive a J-visa.
  2. Remuneration in the annual amount $7,500 for work done for the Japanese Language and Linguistics Program.
  3. Fourteen-meal-per-week meal plan at the college-dining hall.
  4. On-campus housing
  5. Opportunity to attend up to two courses per semester offered at the college.
The Japanese Language Fellow:
  1. Is a native or near native speaker of Japanese.
  2. Holds an M.A. degree (highly preferable).
  3. Is able to read, write, and speak English to some extent although the Assistant usually uses Japanese to assist Japanese classes.
The Language Fellow must provide:
  1. Transportation to and from Richmond, Indiana.
  2. Health insurance.
  3. Pocket money for small purchases, side trips, etc.
Application Instructions

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
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374-4095

Phone: 765.983.1868

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).

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

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