Job Opening: Lecturer of Japanese: University of Denver

job opening - 5Institution:   University of Denver, Languages and Literatures
Location:   Colorado, United States
Position:   Lecturer of Japanese

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire a Lecturer of Japanese for appointment. This is a full-time, renewable lectureship with full benefits beginning September 1, 2015.


Job Description

The Department of Languages and Literatures offers the following undergraduate programs: majors and minors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish; minors in Classics, Japanese, and Chinese; beginning levels of study in Hebrew and Arabic. Study of Greek is also available on an individual basis.

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire a Lecturer of Japanese for appointment. This is a full-time, renewable lectureship with full benefits beginning September 1, 2015.

The right candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Teaching load eight classes over three academic quarters, which are typically one-hour block courses taught four days per week.
  • The lecturer will teach all levels of Japanese, though mainly beginning and intermediate level classes.
  • Some advising of declared or prospective minors and of students planning to study in Japan is expected, some program-promotion activities such as student club advising are also expected.
  • Research/ Scholarship not a job requirement for this position, although active scholarship is desirable and supported.
  • Contribution to student advising and extracurricular activities expected.
  • Participation in department meetings and collaboration with the team in Japanese.
  • Limited committee or other departmental service.

Required Qualifications:

  • ABD in Japanese or closely related field (e.g., omparative literature or linguistics with a clear Japanese emphasis) at the time of appointment in September 2015
  • Experience teaching Japanese language to Anglophone students in the US at college or university level, with proven, professionally attested excellence and effectiveness.
  • Excellent command of Japanese and English language required in all their aspects: lexicon and idiom, grammar, phonology, and writing system.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Japanese language and literature, Japanese linguistics, or a closely related field at time of application.
  • Formal study of second language acquisition and experience in assessment of language learning desired.
  • Experience teaching 2nd and 3rd year Japanese desired.
  • Extended residence and extensive travel in Japan desired.

Special instructions to applicants:

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. In addition to the application, please upload a cover letter, official transcripts of graduate studies, and a document which conveys evidence of outstanding teaching. Please combine documents to avoid the 5 document upload limit.

Three letters of recommendation are also required. Please email, or send via Interfolio the letters of recommendation to the following contact: Colleen Lucero, Assistant to the Chair – or if they must be mailed: Chinese Search Committee, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208.

If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Colleen Lucero at Deadline for submissions is February 20, 2015. We will be conducting semi-finalist interviews at AAS Annual Conference in Chicago, March 26-29, 2015 (other arrangements can be made if necessary).

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.



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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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