Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies (1839)

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Idaho State University, established in 1901, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution, with a culture built on trust, compassion, stability, and hope. ISU serves over 12,000 students in Pocatello, Meridian, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. Students and faculty at ISU are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions. We are proud to offer exceptional academics nestled in the grand, natural beauty of the West. We invite you to apply to be a part of our University community!

Job Description

The Department of Global Studies & Languages in the College of Arts and Letters at Idaho State University invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal (up to 3 years) based on performance and departmental needs.

This faculty member will teach Japanese language and East Asian culture courses at the undergraduate level. They will teach three courses per semester distributed across our Japanese and Global Studies programs. While our main need is in Japanese, we are interested in establishing a Chinese language program in the future. Thus candidates who could teach both languages are particularly welcome to apply.

As an integral part of our program, they will develop coursework in East Asian languages as well as literature, film, politics, and/or culture (depending on areas of interest and knowledge), help grow our partnership with Ibaraki University in Japan, assist with curricular development and assessment at the undergraduate level, and work with us to grow this language and emphasis area. 

The department is housed within the ISU College of Arts and Letters. As a college, we pride ourselves on being a community of scholars who make meaningful, professional contributions to our disciplines, departments, university, and community. This includes being passionate about providing outstanding learning opportunities for our students, many of whom are first-generation college students from Idaho. We also pride ourselves on our commitment to working collaboratively with other members of the department to achieve university goals to meet our collective mission. Our goal in the College of Arts and Letters is to work together in putting students first, and we expect all our faculty to embrace this core value.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (ABD with a confirmed completion date before August 2023 may be considered) in Japanese or a related field with a proven ability to teach Japanese at the undergraduate level
  • Fluency in Japanese and English
  • Online teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach Chinese
  • Experience or interest in program building and/or curriculum development
  • Experience teaching diverse populations including first-generation college students 


Additional Information

Candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three (3) professional references, including current contact information. Letters may be addressed to Dr. Jasun Carr, Search Committee Chair, Global Studies, and Languages. Queries may be directed to Dr. Jasun Carr at jasuncarr@isu.edu. 


Letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a demonstration of language fluency may be requested by the search committee at a later date. 
This position will remain open until it is filled; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 30th, 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


The salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include comprehensive health, dental, and vision; life insurance; disability plan; employee assistance program (EAP); excellent retirement options and company contribution; and generous paid time off/sick leave accrual. All offers of employment are conditional pending the successful completion of a background investigation, provided by HireRight.


Posting Number: req1793
Type: Working 9 months per year
Position: Faculty Non-Tenure Track
Division: Languages and Literature


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