Director in Japanese Language Program

University of Chicago Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations


The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations (EALC) and the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago are accepting applications for a Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) in Japanese. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position to start on September 1, 2022. The minimum initial term of appointment is 3 years, with the possibility of a longer term depending on experience and rank.

The Senior Instructional Professor will serve as Director of the Japanese Language Program and will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Japanese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. The person selected will also teach in the Japanese Language Program. The regular annual teaching load for senior instructional professors is six language courses in Japanese. While serving as Language Program Director this will be a reduced load of at least four courses/sections per year.

The Program Director will be responsible for managing all pedagogical, administrative, and financial aspects of the Japanese Language Program. In this capacity, the Program Director will provide pedagogical vision, oversight, and direction for the language program as a whole. This includes course content and structure, schedules and staffing, the instructional budget, searches and recommendations for appointments, exchange personnel, mentorship, assessments, program expansion and improvement, the organization of cultural and outreach activities, and regular communication with relevant faculty and staff in EALC and across the University. The non-course responsibilities require effort beyond the nine months of the academic year, including summer session involvement, upcoming academic year planning and materials, and staffing.


Required are a Superior-level proficiency in Japanese as defined by the ACTFL, an advanced degree in Japanese or a related discipline, and extensive teaching experience at the college or postsecondary level, along with evidence of pedagogical excellence as demonstrated by course evaluations or other forms of assessment. Specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy and/or assessment is highly desirable. Experience developing and teaching language courses, and in curricular implementation is required.  Applicants need to demonstrate the ability to design and articulate curricula across multiple sections, levels, and instructional platforms, and to work effectively with faculty members. The Senior Instructional Professor will supervise full- and part-time instructional professors and lecturers, including those who are represented by the Service Employees International Union, with responsibility for directing, reviewing and evaluating their work, and, if necessary, for undertaking corrective action. In addition to the evaluation of teaching staff in the Japanese Language Program, mandated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Program Director may be called upon to perform evaluation duties for teaching staff in the EALC Chinese and Korean Language Programs and in other departments.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago's Interfolio jobs board at

Applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter of interest, sample student teaching evaluations, a statement of teaching philosophy, a vision statement for the Japanese Language Program, and the names and contact information of three references.  Sample syllabi and classroom observation reports may also be uploaded. Upon request, applicants should be prepared to provide a video demonstrating their classroom teaching.

Application deadline is December 3, 2021. Only complete applications will be considered. Please contact Dawn Brennan ( with any questions.

This position is contingent upon budgetary approval.

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