Adjunct Instructor of Japanese

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

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a BA in Languages, Literatures & Cultures with possible concentrations in Chinese, French & Francophone Studies, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian. We also offer minors in Hebrew and Latin, and electives in Arabic and classical Greek. The department prepares and engages students to become informed international citizens, who develop effective multi-lingual and cultural communication expertise and problem-solving skills. Our students apply their linguistic 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.

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 Department of Languages, Literatures 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 commitments 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. 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 2022-23 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 2022 instructors only.

Hires for Fall courses are required to start September 1, 2022. 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 exam
  • 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

  • Masters 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 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.

Work Schedule

Varies - to be coordinated with Japanese program and department chair.

Course Rate

Adjunct faculty are compensated at a rate of $4,360 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.

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 some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.


Application Deadline

Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the academic year, this position will remain open until filled. Hires for the Fall course are required to start September 1st.


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. 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:
  2. C.V. 
  3. Syllabi, sample lesson plan, and supplementary materials, worksheets, etc. for elementary and/or intermediate language courses, proposed or actual.
  4. Link to teaching video of full or partial class is strongly preferred.


The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.  The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see


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

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