Instructor in Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters
United States

Instructor-Fixed Term in Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Linguistics,Germ,Slavic,Asian,Afr Lang 10004543
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Union, Part Time (1-49.9%), Fixed Term Faculty, Education/Training

Working/Functional Title

Assistant Instructor/Instructor Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University is seeking a Japanese Language instructor. A Master's degree is required for this position. This is a part-time fixed-term position for Fall 2020 and may be renewed for subsequent Fall terms, pending funding and Program needs.

The successful candidate will contribute to diversity and inclusive excellence at MSU through teaching one course (equivalent to 5-6 contact hours/week) in the Japanese Studies Program. 

Duties include teaching JPN 101 as a member of the first-year Japanese faculty team or potentially another course pending Program needs. The instructor will work in consultation with the coordinator of the Japanese Language Program. For information about the Japanese program, please visit 

Position is planned to recur every Fall Semester

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • M.A. or a higher degree in Japanese language pedagogy, linguistics, foreign language teaching, or other 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 and Tobira, as well as authentic materials for all levels; 
  • 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 as D2L, Blackboard, as well as Qualtrics. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience teaching Japanese at all levels from elementary through advanced; 
  • Experience with ACTFL proficiency standards and proficiency-based approaches to teaching Japanese;
  • OPI certification; 
  • 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;
  • A 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 3 potential referees; 
  • Representative samples of course syllabi, tests, and/or other materials, including evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., student evaluation summaries), if available.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin June 19, 2020 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 Catherine Ryu, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at 

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

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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 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: Jun 5, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Jun 5, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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