Adjunct Instructor of Chinese

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

The Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures offers programs in nine modern languages, including majors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, minors in those languages plus Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, and electives in Arabic and classical Greek.

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 Chinese program reaffirm these values and priorities in partnership with the University as a whole.

Position Summary

The Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures seeks qualified individuals to join our adjunct pool for possible, non-benefited, part-time teaching assignments in Chinese at the University of Denver in the 2020-21 academic year.

Adjunct Chinese faculty members teach 4-credit undergraduate courses. We project a need for instructors to teach courses in the third-year Chinese series, including CHIN2100-Advanced Intermediate Chinese, CHIN2301-Chinese Conversation and Composition I, and CHIN2302-Chinese Conversation and Composition II. The specific courses involved may vary from quarter to quarter. 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

  • Conducting all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared way.
  • Thorough and accurate correction of assignments, providing appropriate constructive feedback.
  • Prompt return of corrected work.
  • Providing guidance and support to students.
  • Reporting student grades and attendance.
  • Holding regular weekly office hours on campus for students.
  • Replying to email communication from students and colleagues promptly.
  • Administering midterm course evaluations.
  • Enforcing all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Maintaining accurate and complete student records.
  • Advising and providing references to students planning on studying abroad.
  • Other instructional or academic duties as assigned by the Language Program Coordinator.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Native proficiency in Chinese in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • The candidate must speak standard Putonghua and read and write simplified Chinese characters.
  • Knowledge of Chinese dynastic history and familiarity with contemporary Chinese society.
  • Superb communication and organizational skills.
  • Competency in English.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in Chinese language, literature, linguistics, or a related field by the time of application. A candidate with a B.A. in Chinese linguistics, literature, or other related field with extensive experience and a record of excellence in teaching Chinese in U.S. universities will also be considered.
  • Native or near-native level fluency in Chinese and English.
  • At least two years of experience teaching Chinese in U.S. universities as a primary instructor. Experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant will not be considered adequate for this position.
  • Interest in incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD or PhD in Chinese or closely related field, in hand by August 31, 2020.
  • Interdisciplinary breadth, with interest in including social, political, and other cultural contexts in all levels of teaching.
  • 3+ years of experience teaching Chinese language at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Experience in designing courses, in assessing classes and programs, and in utilizing the campus management system for remote teaching.
  • Extended residence and extensive travel in China.
  • 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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