Lecturer in Japanese Language and Culture

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Application deadline: December 7, 2022

Date of posting: November 2, 2022


The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position in Japanese Language and Culture, for three years with a possible renewal/extension, commencing September 1, 2023. In accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association, lecturer positions at UBC are appointments without review (i.e. non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service.


We seek an exceptional and experienced teacher of Japanese Language courses at all levels with a track record of innovative curriculum design and employment of innovative pedagogies. The workload for this position includes teaching plus service.  The full-time teaching load for a Lecturer is 24 credits (eight 3-credit equivalent courses) per year, typically with a 3‐3 load in the Winter sessions and 2 courses or one intensive 6-credit course in one of the Summer sessions.


Requirements include: full professional fluency in both Japanese and English; a Master’s degree or higher degree in Japanese Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Teaching Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language, or a closely related field; evidence of teaching excellence; extensive experience in teaching all levels of Japanese language courses as well as topic specific or theme-based Japanese courses such as business Japanese, Japanese media, or topics on Japanese language, culture and society at the post-secondary level in North America; experience in supervising/training or working collaboratively with colleagues including parallel session instructors and/or TAs; experience in organizing co- and extra-curricular activities; evidence of teaching innovation, e.g. community-based learning and Content Based Instruction; a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs; and evidence of keeping abreast with recent developments in the field. A commitment to teaching upper-level content-based or special purpose courses and lower-level language courses simultaneously in a team setting will be an asset.


The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, active engagement in professional development and team-based curriculum design/development of teaching materials, perform instructional responsibilities in coordination with other instructors in parallel sections and other levels, as well as fully participate in program affairs and service. Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.


The application dossier should include:

  1. an application letter
  2. a curriculum vitae including the names and contact information for three referees who will provide confidential letters of recommendation
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy
  4. sample teaching videos for two courses, preferably one for a lower-level course and one for an upper-level one

*Applicants are required to upload their teaching demos to YouTube as unlisted public videos and to send the links as part of their application submission.

  1. lesson plans for each of the lessons shown in the sample teaching videos
  2. two sample course syllabi, preferably one at the lower-level and one at the upper-level
  3. evidence of teaching effectiveness
  4. a 1-page statement about the applicant’s experience working with a culturally diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion


All application materials should be submitted online at http://asia.ubc.ca/careers. Inquiries may be sent to asia.jobsearch@ubc.ca.


The deadline for receipt of application materials is December 7th, 2022. ** Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters (in PDF format) to be sent directly from the referees to japaneselanguage.references@ubc.ca by December 7th, 2022. Please have the letters and emails titled in the following format: applicant last name-first name-referee last name-first name-Reference-JAPNLecturer.


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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.