Japanese Lecturer (Non-Tenure Track)

Rochester Institute of Technology

Non-Tenure Track Faculty
College of Liberal Arts
CLA-Modern Languages & Cultures

Detailed Job Description
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the Rochester Institute of Technology is seeking applicants for a lecturer position in Japanese.

Applicants must have MA or Ph.D. in Japanese or a related field, and at least two years of successful college-level Japanese language teaching experience.

The professional duties include, but are not limited to, instruction of Japanese at all levels through communicative-based methods, creating teaching materials, assisting with events related to Japanese language and culture, and attending curricular and department related meetings.

A successful applicant is skilled in conducting classroom communicative activities in Japanese, in which students are rigorously engaged in speaking. Those who have experience in team-teaching and/or able to teach Japanese culture formally or informally are preferable.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a B.S. in Applied Modern Language and Culture with tracks in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish, in addition to minors, immersions, and general education courses in American Sign Language and Deaf Cultural Studies, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latino/Latina/Latin American Studies, Language Science, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The Department houses a Modern Language Technology Center where faculty and students actively integrate technology in language teaching and learning.

The College of Liberal Arts is one of nine colleges within Rochester Institute of Technology. The College has over 150 faculty in 13 departments in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The College currently offers fourteen undergraduate degree programs and five Master degrees, serving over 800 students. A new Ph.D. program in Cognitive Science, with Language as one of the areas, is broadly interdisciplinary with several partner units across the university.

We encourage the creation, development, dissemination, and application of human knowledge in the arts, humanities, and social sciences by promoting innovative teaching, scholarship, and research, thus providing a comprehensive education for all RIT students. We strive to prepare students for a lifetime of personal growth and responsible citizenship in an increasingly technological and rapidly changing society by maintaining and promoting the intellectual climate on campus, contributing to students’ awareness and understanding of diversity, and enhancing students’ abilities to reason critically and communicate effectively. We value a rigorous liberal arts education that encourages innovative experiential learning and active scholarship, the highest ethical standards, the educational and social benefits of diversity and global awareness, an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment of openness and academic freedom, a working environment in which all staff and faculty enjoy respect and recognition, and the active and meaningful participation of all members of the College community.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • MA or Ph.D. in Japanese or a related field
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English
  • At least two years of successful college-level Japanese language teaching experience
  • Experience in teaching Japanese through communicative-based methods
  • Evidence of successful teamwork and collaboration in teaching and/or projects, and literacy in technology
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, collaboration, and administrative skills and adaptability
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Required Minimum Education Level

Faculty Type (Tenure Status)
Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer

Faculty Rank

Employment Category

Anticipated Start Date

Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Sample Syllabus, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Video samples (provide links to websites or YouTube)

FLSA Category

Internals Only

How To Apply
Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty; search openings, then Keyword Search 8511

  • Link to a teaching demo video of speaking-centered class (speaking-centered session of beginning or intermediate preferred)
  • Teaching portfolio (at least one syllabus and a teaching plan)
  • A brief teaching philosophy
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement

You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Yukiko Maru yxmgsl@rit.edu

The review of application starts on February 1st and continues until the position is filled.

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