Adjunct Instructor of Japanese

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver offers programs in nine modern languages, including majors and minors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, and minors in Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, and electives in Arabic and classical Greek.

The Japanese program at DU prepares students to become informed international citizens, who develop effective Japanese language and cultural communication expertise. Our students apply their Japanese linguistic, literary and cultural competencies to a wide variety of majors, careers, and future global challenges, while deepening their empathy for and curiosity about the diversity of human experiences. Our faculty and students collaborate on opportunities that advance scholarly inquiry, cultivate critical and creative thought, and work to better our local and global communities.

The University of Denver is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on Inclusive Excellence. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations. The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Japanese program reaffirm these values and priorities in partnership with the University as a whole.

Position Summary

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences seeks qualified individuals to join our adjunct pool for possible, non-benefited, part-time teaching assignments in Japanese at the University of Denver in the 2020-21 academic year.

Adjunct Japanese faculty members teach 4-credit undergraduate courses. We project a need for instructors to teach language classes at a variety of levels from introductory to upper-intermediate. The specific courses involved may vary from quarter to quarter and openings to teach these courses develop on a periodic basis, depending on departmental needs. At this time, we are searching for Fall 2020 instructors only, however the opportunity may develop to stay on for Winter and/or Spring courses.

Adjunct faculty are compensated at a rate of $4,150 per course, and may teach up to a maximum of six courses over three academic quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring). This posting will serve for multiple openings.

Hires for Fall courses are required to start September 1, 2020. However, we encourage applications from those unable to teach in the Fall but who would like to remain in our hiring pool.

Essential Functions

  • Course instruction and grading.
  • Preparation of class materials.
  • Weekly office hours.
  • Guidance and support of students.
  • Participation in Japanese program meetings.
  • Collaborative work with other faculty on exam preparation and administration of oral exams.
  • Ability to transition course from face-to-face to online format if needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated excellence and effectiveness in teaching Japanese language, literature, and/or culture to Anglophone students in the US at the college or university level.
  • Ability to learn and use DU's Canvas course management system, including online language-course examinations.
  • Experience teaching language in face-to-face and online formats.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work effectively with underserved populations.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Japanese language pedagogy, Japanese literature, or a related field by the time of application.
  • Native or near-native level fluency in Japanese and English.
  • Experience teaching Japanese language at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Interest in incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellence in designing courses, in assessing classes and programs, and in utilizing the campus management system for remote teaching and testing.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Application Deadline

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Monday, June 8, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter addressing your qualifications and commitment to Inclusive Excellence (IE) in the classroom. To read more about DU's commitment to IE please follow this link:
  3. Two syllabi and/or sample lesson plans for elementary and intermediate language courses, proposed or actual. Other evidence of teaching excellence, such as sample assessments, link to video excerpts, and/or student testimonials, etc. are welcome.
  4. Names and contact information of three individuals that can serve as references.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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