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Assistant Professor of Japanese

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on October 17, 2019

Job Description

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Japanese to begin August 10, 2020. As a Research I institution, Virginia Tech strongly values high scholarly productivity as well as excellence in teaching. The standard teaching load is two/two courses per academic year. Responsibilities include teaching Japanese at all levels, research and scholarship, extra-curricular programming, promoting study abroad, and university service. We are seeking a creative and dynamic teacher-scholar who is willing and able to lead the expansion of our program.

Required Qualifications

Requirements include: 1) PhD by time of appointment in Japanese Language, Literature, Culture, Language Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, or other related field; 2) native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English; 3) an active research agenda; 4) evidence of successful teaching experience in Japanese as a foreign language; 5) ability to teach undergraduate courses in language from the elementary to the advanced level as well as literature and culture; and 6) commitment to proficiency-based and communicative approaches to teaching language. Criminal conviction check and occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings are also required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include experience in: program-building, curriculum design, the development of innovative pedagogical materials, and second language proficiency testing and assessment (such as ACTFL training/certification).

Review Date

Review of applications will begin October 20, 2019. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

Applications are to be submitted on-line at and search for posting number 511115 and must include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages (upload under “other” category). 

For further information, contact Dr. Jessica Folkart, Chair, Japanese Search Committee, at

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

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