Director of the Vietnamese Language Program

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard invites applications for a Director of the Vietnamese Language Program.  The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Senior Preceptor, a five-year appointment that is fully renewable, contingent upon review and approval of the divisional dean. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2022.

The primary duty of the Director of the Vietnamese Language will be to teach a creative and well-sequenced curriculum covering all levels of modern standard Vietnamese. The Director will also serve as a member of the Department’s Language Program Committee.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates should have experience in teaching and administering modern standard Vietnamese, and have native or near-native ability in the production and comprehension of spoken and written modern standard Vietnamese and English. 

Additional Qualifications

Completion of doctoral-level work in language pedagogy, applied linguistics, or a related field is preferred. Other qualifications for the position include substantial language teaching experience in Vietnamese language programs and expertise in innovative curriculum development. Experience in the use of digital resources and technology in language instruction and evidence of scholarly work in language teaching, linguistics, or comparative culture are also highly desirable. 

Special Instructions

Candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience; 4) two representative syllabi (one for elementary Vietnamese, another for advanced); 5) recent teaching evaluations; 6) a 15-minute teaching demo video, along with the lesson plan for it (the  demo video should be uploaded to a video-sharing site and the link sent to; and 7) the names and emails of 3 references.  The application will be considered complete only when all three recommendations have been received by the department.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted online by October 18, 2021. If you encounter technical difficulties or have questions about the application process, please contact us at

Contact Information

John Park
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations 
Harvard University 
2 Divinity Ave. 
Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly recommended.

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