Inst/Ast Prof Fixed Term
Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

Job no: 761996
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

Inst/Ast Prof Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of Linguistics, Language, and Cultures at Michigan State University seeks one or two part-time Japanese language instructors or Assistant Professors of Japanese Language. The position is a non-renewable, part-time, fixed-term position, beginning on August 16, 2022 for the fall semester.

A Master's degree is required for the Instructor position; a Ph.D. for the 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 one course in the language sequence in fall 2022 and/or spring 2023 in the Japanese Studies Program.

Teaching assignments will be determined by the Program needs, and the faculty member is expected to work collaboratively and collegially as a member of a multi-section course under the supervision of the course coordinator.

MSU will offer in-person courses in the 2022-2023 academic year; however, an alternate teaching modality might be accommodated as needed.

The successful candidate will be invited to 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 Language

Minimum Requirements
  • M.A. or higher degree 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
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in online teaching and/or appropriate technologies in language instruction;
  • Event planning experience.
Required Application Materials
  • Cover letter with a brief statement of teaching philosophy and a summary of Japanese Language teaching experience as it relates to this position's requirements;
  • Diversity statement, including any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Names and email addresses of three recommenders;
  • Representative samples of course syllabi, tests, and/or other materials, including evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., student evaluation summaries), if available;

    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a video link (or a DVD) of their classroom teaching to the search committee chair.

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2022 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 Dr. Akiko Imamura (, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Linguistics, Language, and Cultures.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

For information about the Japanese Program, please visit

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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.

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: Feb 9, 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 9, 2024 Eastern Standard Time

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