Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department

One-Year Leave Replacement Position in Japanese Language

Applications are invited for a one-year leave replacement position in Japanese language for the 2023-24 academic year, with teaching to begin in September 2023. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, appointment will be made at the level of either visiting lecturer or visiting assistant professor. The teaching load will consist of two language courses in Fall 2023, two language courses in Spring 2024, and a three-week Winter Study sustaining course for Japanese 101 students in January 2024. This is a full-time position. Compensation includes salary and insurance benefits.

The successful candidate will join colleagues in a vibrant Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures that offers three major tracks: Japanese, Chinese, and East Asian Languages and Cultures. They will receive mentoring and opportunities for professional development both from the department and the college. The Japanese major requires four years of language study and the East Asian Languages and Cultures major requires three years of language study. The department also offers a dual language option under the East Asian Languages and Cultures major track. More information about the department can be found at


Minimum requirements include M.A. in Japanese language pedagogy, linguistics, literature, or a related field (Ph.D. or ABD preferable). Candidates should have native or near-native proficiency in Japanese, strong teaching experience at the college level, the ability to teach all levels of language courses either independently or collaboratively, and the ability to work with a diverse student body with various learning backgrounds. Experience in team-teaching and teacher training preferred.

Application Instructions

Applications should include a cover letter (please include a statement on how your teaching will serve a diverse student population), curriculum vitae, three recommendation letters, and if available, a 15-minute unedited, high-resolution video recording of the applicant teaching an actual language class, accompanied by a detailed lesson plan. Please indicate the links to the video recording in a word document and upload all application materials to Interfolio ( Questions about this position can be addressed to Kasumi Yamamoto, Professor of Japanese, Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures ([email protected]).

The review of applications will begin on December 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

Position begins

September 2023

Application deadline

11:59 pm ET on December 15, 2022

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