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Assistant Professor - Japanese

Company: Central Washington University
Location: Ellensburg
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Job Summary

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Central Washington University (CWU) invites applications for a full-time Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Japanese for the Academic Year 2023-2024.World Languages and Cultures is a multi-disciplinary department that is home to five major programs, two minor programs, and two certificate programs. WLC majors include Deaf and Sign Language Studies; Japanese; French Studies; Russian Studies; and Spanish and Heritage Spanish. Minor programs include German and Chinese. World Languages and Cultures offers a wide range of language and culture courses, with emphasis on accessibility of language education and equitable pedagogies, such as HyFlex and critical pedagogies. We offer interdisciplinary curricula that encompass cultural studies, translation and interpretation, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural communication, and literary studies courses among others. Our research strengths include translation and interpretation; sociolinguistics and second language acquisition; equity and access in higher education; cultural studies; film studies; popular culture and globalization studies. World Languages and Cultures features diverse educational opportunities to uphold CWU's mission of "equity and belonging:" including but not limited to diverse study abroad options, community service learning, community partnerships, undergraduate research opportunities, and internships.The Japanese language and culture program is a vibrant unit with over sixty majors and minors, featuring robust study abroad participation and contributions to student life on campus. The new faculty member is expected to: (1) teach all levels of Japanese language classes and existing Japanese culture courses; (2) contribute to Asian Studies interdisciplinary program; (3) develop Japanese curriculum according to the needs of CWU students and their scholarly interests; (4) coordinate the Japanese program; (5) contribute to the study abroad partnerships in collaboration with Office of International Studies and Programs.Who we are: We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams. Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You'll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for -10,000 students, health services, police and public safety. For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.Tour our campus in Ellensburg here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjdhOegDa9AWhat we offer: Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more: www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits-perks-discounts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Japanese Studies; Asian Studies with specialization in Japan; Second Language Acquisition with specialization in Japanese; or a related field. (ABD candidates may be considered; however, the terminal degree must be completed within one year of start date.)
  • Minimum of one year teaching experience at post-secondary level
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese language
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence in Japanese language and culture curricula
  • Demonstrated commitment to research in Japan-related discipline(s)
  • Ability to teach in Asian Studies interdisciplinary program at CWU
  • Teaching, research, service or other experience that has prepared the candidate to contribute to CWU's commitment to the engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students.Preferred Qualifications
    • Teaching experience in Japanese language courses
    • Interdisciplinary scholarly profile
    • Experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of teaching methods designed for broad student success.
    • Experience or interest in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds.
    • Experience or interest in program coordination and curriculum development
    • Experience or interest in study abroad programming
    • Experience or interest with outreach and articulation with K-12 and Community College partners
    • Experience or interest in community outreach
    • Experience or interest in collaborative interdisciplinary projectsCompetencies
      • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
      • Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
      • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
      • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
      • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

        Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

        Salary: Commensurate with education and experience Appointment: Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Additional Summer teaching may be available. Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance. http://www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits Additional Information: For additional information about the University, visit: http://www.cwu.edu
        For additional information about Ellensburg, visit: http://www.myellensburg.com
        OR http://www.kittitascountychamber.com

Keywords: Central Washington University, Yakima , Assistant Professor - Japanese, Education / Teaching , Ellensburg, Washington

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