Teaching Assistant Professor, Chinese

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Center for World Languages and Cultures (CWLC) promotes engaged learning, teaching, and practice of worlds languages and cultures; integrates languages and cultures into all disciplines and fields of study; and builds and supports interculturally competent communities through the exploration and experience of languages and cultures at the University of Denver with its local and global communities and partners. Housed in the CWLC, the first-year language program offers study in ten languages and aids the students to experience the world through the lens of an acquired language, and understand cultures and their own from a position different to their primary language and cultural identification. The linguistic contribution to intercultural competency— understanding another culture in the language of that culture and not just through the translations and perspectives of a mother-tongue and culture — is integral to achieving personal, social, and professional successes in a multi-cultural and global future.

The first-year Chinese program provides students with an introduction to Chinese language and culture and prepares students to study further through the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Here students gain a deep knowledge of Chinese culture, history, art, literature, and politics. Students work with faculty to hone their written and oral communication skills. The department offers a minor and complements majors in international studies, international business, and intercultural communications. Students can also expand their knowledge of Chinese further through DU’s Chinese Club and the many study abroad programs available in China.

The Center for World Languages and Cultures is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The University of Denver will hire a full-time, appointed Chinese teaching assistant professor, to teach the first-year Chinese language sequence, as well as the possibility of teaching intermediate or upper-level language courses for the Chinese program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures. The non-tenure track appointment with full benefits will take effect September 1, 2022 and is renewable with the possibility of promotion. Course load is eight (8) courses per year in a quarter calendar. Other responsibilities include: CWLC service, assisting with developing extra-curricular cultural programming, revising undergraduate placement test, coordinating undergraduate placement and proficiency exams, working closely with colleagues in the CWLC, with colleagues in the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, and across University programs and departments. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching and service.

Essential Functions


  • Teaching load is eight classes over three academic quarters, focusing primarily on first-year language courses, with the possibility of contributing to the intermediate sequence in the Chinese program.
  • Possibility of coordinating sections and supervising adjunct faculty in future program growth.


  • Assessment of the first-year Chinese program.
  • Participation in departmental meetings and committees.
  • Active collaboration with colleagues in the First-Year Language Program at the CWLC and the department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures program faculty.
  • Participation in program promotional activities outside the classroom.


  • Active scholarship is desirable and supported, though it is not a job requirement for this position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and service.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in Chinese linguistics or closely related field (e.g., East Asian languages or Second Language Acquisition with clear Chinese emphasis) by the time of application.
  • Native or near-native level command of standard Chinese language (Putonghua) in all its aspects (phonology, lexicon, and idiom, grammar, and particularly standard intonation and pronunciation, etc.) and of English.
  • 1-3 years of experience teaching Chinese language (Putonghua) at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Interest in incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively change broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD or Ph.D. in Chinese linguistics, Second Language Acquisition with clear Chinese emphasis or closely related field, in hand by August 31, 2022.
  • 3+ years of experience teaching Chinese language (Putonghua) at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Experience in assessment of 1st year program.
  • 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.

Work Schedule
Classes are usually held four days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Sunday, September 26th, 2021.

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

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $52,000 - $54,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter including a statement of how the applicant can contribute to values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusivity (https://www.du.edu/diversity-inclusion/index.html)
3. One-page statement on teaching philosophy
4. Syllabi (preferably first or second year sequence)
5. Sample lesson plan for elementary and/or intermediated language courses (with English explanations)
6. Name and contact information of three references that can provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation will be requested at the interview stage.

For non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in applying and who will need immigration sponsorship for the position, please contact Recruiting Services at PioneerJobs@du.edu

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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