Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept The Department of World Languages and Literatures plays a central role in preparing the students of Portland State University to function in the global community. Because we believe that language is central to that ability, we offer instruction in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Ancient Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese. The Department is committed to teaching for proficiency. All of our language classes are designed to develop functional skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking for eventual use in a broad variety of real-world settings. Programs: We offer undergraduate majors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish; minor programs in the above languages and in Italian, Persian, Turkish, and Classical Studies. We also have a Certificate in Advanced Proficiency in Russian and a Certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. At the graduate level, we offer the M.A. in World Languages and Literatures with a major in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish and the M.A. in World Literature and Language, with a concentration in two foreign languages. ## Position Summary The Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Japanese to begin September 16, 2016. The candidate should show evidence of strong scholarship and a background in Japanese language, linguistics, and culture. The new Assistant Professor will join tenured colleagues, non-tenure-track instructors and graduate teaching assistants in teaching Japanese, will develop and teach courses in his/her field of expertise at all levels, and will advise Japanese undergraduate and graduate majors, minors and certificate students. Members of the department are expected to participate in the governance of the department, college and the university, to be active in teaching and in community outreach and to be productive scholars within their own area of academic interest. Duties and Responsibilities: * Teach Japanese language, linguistics, and culture courses across a broad spectrum at all levels, from beginning to graduate (Master’s courses). * Assume a leadership role in team-teaching environment. * Advise Japanese undergraduate and graduate majors, minors and M.A. students. * Make scholarly contributions to research field. * Provide service to the department, college and university, and support community partnerships. * Write grant applications. ## Minimum Qualifications * Ph.D. in Japanese, Japanese linguistics or a closely related field, in hand at time of employment. * Native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English. * Evidence of scholarly potential. * Experience teaching college-level Japanese language and/or linguistics. * Familiarity with proficiency-oriented language instruction. * Strong commitment to teaching and scholarship. ## Key Cultural Competencies * Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences. * Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. * Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement * Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct. ## Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities. ## Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.) All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu... Your application must include the following: letter of interest (cover letter), CV, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted and uploaded directly from the recommenders through our online application system. Submit all required materials by December 15, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Review will begin on December 15 and continue until finalists are identified. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by Skype.
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