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English Faculty Full-time Position - Akita International University


Date 2012-11-06 02:11:07 Location : Asia:Japan


Full-time faculty needed to join our undergraduate Liberal Arts English Faculty
Akita International University in Akita, Japan, is a relatively recent but very highly ranked and well-known, rapidly growing international liberal arts university. It is the first university of its kind in Japan, which requires all instruction to be conducted only in English and mandates that every student spend an entire academic year studying abroad in one of the university’s partner institutions. English courses, therefore, play a fundamental role in the students’ education at AIU from their freshman year until they graduate.

All incoming freshmen (with the exception of a few native/near-native students who have had a significant portion of their prior education in English) take preparatory academic courses in speaking, reading, writing and listening, and stay in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program until they have sufficient mastery of the language to move on to taking various liberal arts courses in the Basic Education program. After completing the EAP program, students are required to take Academic Reading across Disciplines as well as two consecutive college-level composition courses. Other undergraduate English courses available for students at AIU are the following: Speech Communication, Introduction to English Studies, English Literature, Sociolinguistics, Linguistics, and Applied Linguistics.

For staffing the above courses, AIU welcomes applications from both junior and senior candidates, who ideally have an earned doctorate in a relevant field: SLA, TESOL, linguistics or literacy studies. In some cases, a terminal TESOL degree is considered sufficient. At this time, our greatest needs are in the areas of reading, content area literacy, and assessment. We are also looking for people who have a background in teaching English/American literature and popular culture as a tool in language teaching.

We are searching for vibrant candidates with a passion for and record of achievement in classroom teaching and research. We will warmly welcome new, committed colleagues, who are looking to join our small but strong liberal arts college community, located in the natural beauty of northeastern Japan. All initial appointments at AIU are for 3 years. Renewals are subject to mutual agreement. Salary is competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Qualifications for the position: •An appropriate terminal degree in a linguistics or ESOL-related area with clear evidence of such coursework and relevant capstone, thesis or dissertation •Experience in university EFL/ESL/EAP programs •A record of excellent teaching •Evidence of scholarly research activity, preferably at an institution of higher education; •Excellent communication skills •Background in assessment research and application methods desirable •Prior experience of living or working in a multi-cultural environment, and a knowledge of Japanese language and/or culture are desirable

Responsibilities: •Teach undergraduate courses in the areas indicated above •Advise individual students •Engage in scholarly research activity •Contribute to university and community service •Collaborate with colleagues on program development, including English across the Curriculum initiative •Work effectively and collegiately in a multicultural learning environment

Application Procedures: Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2012, or until the positions have been filled. The posts begin on April 1, 2013.

Qualified applicants should submit the following documents to the address below. Email submissions are acceptable. 1.A letter of application 2.A current curriculum vitae 3.A statement of teaching philosophy 4.A brief description of scholarly and research interests 5.A list of courses previously taught 6.Contact information for three current references 7.Unofficial transcripts of all graduate school coursework 8.A lesson plan in EFL reading or writing development at the college level that you would be willing to demonstrate

Semi-finalists will be interviewed on Skype. The finalists will be invited to campus for an interview with the search committee and lesson demonstration with current AIU students.

English Faculty Search Committee c/o Division of Academic Affairs Akita International University Yuwa, Akita-city 010-1292 JAPAN TEL: +81-18-886-5938 FAX: +81-18-886-5910 Email: positionaiu0809@aiu.ac.jp Web: http://www.aiu.ac.jp/

NOTES: Employer will assist with relocation costs

Requirements
Qualifications for the position: •An appropriate terminal degree in a linguistics or ESOL-related area with clear evidence of such coursework and relevant capstone, thesis or dissertation •Experience in university EFL/ESL/EAP programs •A record of excellent teaching •Evidence of scholarly research activity, preferably at an institution of higher education; •Excellent communication skills •Background in assessment research and application methods desirable •Prior experience of living or working in a multi-cultural environment, and a knowledge of Japanese language and/or culture are desirable