Term Instructor – Japanese

George Mason University’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages on the Fairfax, VA campus, invites applications for a Term Instructor of Japanese (non-tenure-track), beginning August 2022. This position is renewable.


George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


About the Department:

Holding to the vision of George Mason as being the most diverse university in Virginia, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages is home to fifteen foreign languages and offers a wide variety of courses in language, literature and culture from the introductory, advanced, and graduate levels. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is home to a diverse and collegial faculty committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity through excellence in innovated research and instruction, in service to the university and students, and community outreach programs. In addition, with the close proximity to the nation’s capital, students wishing to learn about Japan have the opportunity to participate in year-round Japanese cultural events, such as the annual Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival and activities and programs sponsored by the Japan Information & Cultural Center, Embassy of Japan Washington D.C. The vibrant Japanese program at Mason includes a Minor in Japanese Studies, internship and scholarship opportunities, study abroad programs, and student-led clubs. For more information about the department and the Japanese Studies Program, visit https://mcl.gmu.edu/about-the-department/the-department-of-modern-and-classical-languages



This position requires the successful candidate to offer twelve credit hours of Japanese language at various levels (primarily elementary and intermediate levels) per semester, hold office hours, and contribute to the department sponsored Japanese activities and the growth of the Japanese Studies Program, and participate in department service. Courses are taught both in person and online.


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and knowledge of English, holds a M.A in Japanese linguistics or a closely related field, and have a strong knowledge of second language acquisition. Applicants must have experience of teaching elementary and intermediate levels of Japanese language that incorporates Japanese cultural and social practices and etiquettes at the collegiate level. In addition, this position requires the applicant to teach courses each semester partially in person and partially online (synchronous and/or hybrid formats). Thus, applicants must have strong experience in teaching language in both the classroom and remote settings and demonstrate strong abilities to operate the Online Learning Management System.


Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants who have expertise in the creation and implementation of online courses, as well as incorporating technology into the lessons are particularly welcome.


Special Instructions to Applicants  

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F8673Z at https://jobs.gmu.edu/. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy (one page max), diversity statement (one page max), and the names of three references with contact information to which the committee may contact if needed. Additionally, applicants must upload a 40-minute teaching demonstration video. To upload the video, select the “Other Doc” option in the list of required documents and upload a Word/PDF document with a link to the teaching demonstration video.



The position includes a full range of benefits. For full consideration, applicants must apply by June 20, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. For further inquiries, please contact the search coordinator, Cheryl Medina at cmedina@gmu.edu


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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