Lecturer in Japanese Language and Culture

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Work type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Humanities

Classification Title: Lecturer or Senior Lecturer
Job Description:

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Japanese language and culture to begin August 16, 2024. This is a full-time, renewable, nine-month, non-tenure accruing position with the working title Instructional Assistant Professor.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful applicant will a) contribute to the development and teaching of Japanese language and culture courses (including online); b) contribute to a robust undergraduate major in Japanese language and culture by collaborating with colleagues to ensure smooth articulation across the levels of language instruction and by participating in course design and creation; c) provide extracurricular support of the program through service that includes placement testing, weekly language tables, and other activities relating to extracurricular Japanese language use. The typical teaching assignment for a lecturer is three courses per semester.

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is home to multiple language programs. It offers training in languages and cultures from all corners of the globe. From Swahili to Japanese, Russian to Arabic, we give our students the opportunity to become cross-cultural experts in an ever more internationalized world. The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression, and the Department especially encourages applications from women and minority groups.

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked the Number 1 public university in the United States by Wall Street Journal in its “2024 Best Colleges in the U.S.” report. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, maternity/paternity leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:
  • M.A. degree or higher in Japanese language or relevant area, including second-language acquisition, linguistics, and Japanese language pedagogy.
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English and US college/university-level teaching experience are required.
  • Candidates with demonstrated expertise in language-learning technology or online course development are particularly welcome.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Japanese
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes

  1. Cover letter,
  2. Curriculum vitae,
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy,
  4. A list of three letter writers and the writers’ contact information. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet,
  5. Sample syllabus for one course,
  6. Lesson plans or teaching material for one class session,
  7. A video or link to a video of a teaching demonstration (approx. 25 minutes),
  8. Data from teaching evaluations.

Application lesson plans or teaching material and teaching demonstration video may, but need not, cover the same course material.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 3, 2023 but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Matthieu Felt, Chair, Japanese Search Committee, at feltman@ufl.edu.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

Health Assessment Required: No


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