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A complete dossier includes a letter of application explaining your qualifications, separate statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a current CV, evidence of teaching excellence, three letters of recommendation, and examples of publications. A teaching demo and samples of materials development are recommended. Application materials must be submitted electronically. In addition to applying through please go to to apply. 

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Department of Asian Languages and Cultures invites applications for the position of Japanese Language Program Director (LEO Lecturer III) starting September 1, 2020, pending position approval. This is a non-tenure-track position with a university-year appointment. This position will provide supervision and leadership for the faculty teaching Japanese language.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


Responsibilities include 6-9 instructional hours per week, active leadership in curricular and program affairs, and supervision of program faculty. The Director of the Japanese Language Program is a member of the department’s Language Program Committee. A typical full-time (100% effort) load for a Lecturer III in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is three courses per semester, or the equivalent in other duties.  

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must have an MA (PhD preferred) in Japanese language pedagogy, applied linguistics, or a related field. Expertise and experience in curriculum development is essential, and evidence of scholarly work related to language teaching or linguistics is welcome. Familiarity with digital and multi-media language instruction and innovative approaches to engaged and experiential learning is highly desired. Native or near-native competence in both English and Japanese is required. Excellence in teaching and instructional service will be the principal criteria used to select the successful candidate.  

Additional Information

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Union Affiliation

Based on the expected supervisory responsibilities associated with this position, it is anticipated that it will be excluded from the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization.

Contact Information

Inquiries should be directed to Patrice Whitney (

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2019.

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and will continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.