2023/2024 Assistant Professor of Teaching in Japanese Language and Culture (Tenure-Track)

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Application deadline: November 27, 2023

Date of posting: October 13, 2023


The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position in the field of Japanese Applied Linguistics at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching, with responsibility for teaching undergraduate courses at all levels, developing curriculum in Japanese language and culture, and coordinating portions of the Japanese language program. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching in and coordinating a Japanese language program at the post-secondary level in North America.

Requirements include: advanced proficiency in Japanese and English; a Ph.D. in Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japanese Applied Linguistics, Japanese language pedagogy, or a closely-related field; exceptional organizational and leadership skills; evidence of experience and excellent teaching ability in Japanese at the post-secondary level in North America; experience preparing teaching materials independently or collaboratively; a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs; and evidence of keeping abreast with recent developments in the field. Individuals with experience in community outreach, program coordination and design, and teaching innovative Content-Based Instruction (CBI) curriculum for advanced learners of Japanese are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of (or demonstrated potential for) employing innovative pedagogies in their own classrooms, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning, and the potential to coordinate such classes. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and educational leadership.

The normal teaching load of an Assistant Professor of Teaching is six 3-credit courses over the academic year.  Courses will range from first- to fourth-year undergraduate courses, including CBI courses taught in Japanese. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the Japanese Language Program Director and may also be assigned program coordination duties. Where a significant level of additional service is assigned, teaching reduction may be granted.

The application dossier should include: application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student course evaluations, peer review of teaching, and any other evidence of teaching effectiveness), and two sample course syllabi (preferably one at the beginner level and one at the advanced level).

Applicants should also prepare sample teaching videos (from two different levels, such as beginner and advanced level), uploaded to YouTube (or equivalent platform) as unlisted videos with links sent as part of their application submission; please also include lesson plans for each of the lessons shown in the sample teaching videos as part of your application.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (preferably by language teaching professionals) sent directly from the referees to the Department by email to: asia.jobsearch@ubc.ca by the same deadline.

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the Department’s careers website, https://asia.ubc.ca/department/careers/, by November 27, 2023. Inquiries may be sent to asia.jobsearch@ubc.ca.


Other hiring information:

The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2024. The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.


As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate hired at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Educational Leadership stream ranks and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.