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Assistant Professor in Japanese

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The Department of Languages and Culture Studies of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor of Japanese with background to teach and develop curriculum in translation beginning August 2018. Screening of applications will begin November 3, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu and should include a cover letter, current and complete CV, research statement, teaching statement, and a copy of the graduate transcript, with English translation. Three original letters of recommendation must be mailed or emailed directly to Dr. Ann Gonzalez, Chair, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223. Email: abgonzal@uncc.edu. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. The candidate selected for this position is subject to a criminal background check and must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States.

Position Information

General Information

Position Number 004976
Working Title Assistant Professor in Japanese
Classification Title 9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty
College Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)
Department Languages and Culture Studies
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per year 9
Primary Purpose of Department

The Department of Languages and Culture Studies is a dynamic, research-intensive department with a commitment to balancing curricular tradition and innovation. In order to further the university’s goal of increased internationalization in the Charlotte region, we offer an MA in Spanish with a track in English-Spanish translation studies; undergraduate majors and minors in French, German, Japanese and Spanish; additional minors in Chinese, Classical Studies, Francophone Studies, Italian, Russian and Film Studies; beginning and intermediate level classes in Arabic, Farsi, and Portuguese; a graduate and undergraduate Certificate in Translating (Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Russian); a Certificate in Business Language; online courses via the University of North Carolina Language Exchange; and a variety of study abroad experiences. We are also home to the College’s new Confucius Institute. The Department boasts a modern Language Resource Center, which provides cutting-edge technology for language pedagogy, and a diverse faculty from around the world who offer more than 200 courses to more than 4,000 students annually.

UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing doctoral-granting urban university located in the largest metropolitan area between Washington DC, and Atlanta. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus. Close to 29,000 culturally diverse students currently are enrolled at the University. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as 25 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 36 master’s degrees and graduate certificates, and 32 undergraduate degrees.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advances the ethical discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and creativity, and – by building the academic programs for tomorrow – educates students to be informed, critical thinkers and competent communicators, to work successfully in a world of increasing diversity and change, and to be engaged citizens in a global society.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website: http://provost.uncc.edu/academic-budget-personnel/handbook/search-committee

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Required qualifications include: a PhD in Japanese, Japanese Studies or related field at time of appointment; native or near native proficiency in Japanese and English; experience in teaching at the university level; evidence of scholarly productivity as demonstrated by a focused research agenda that clearly articulates research and publication plans; and a stated commitment to promoting diversity and working with underrepresented groups. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research.

Job duties include teaching two courses in Japanese language and translation per semester during the probationary period (translating is done in both directions: Japanese and English); advising undergraduate and graduate students; helping the Department grow its program in Japanese translation; and maintaining a successful research and publication record.

Minimum Experience/Education

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a willingness to teach both graduate and undergraduate classes, to participate in program building and/or teaching in a translation program, and to contribute to the department’s programming in community outreach and study abroad; a potential to secure appropriate external funding; and the potential to make dynamic, innovative contributions to the intellectual mission of Japanese Studies.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications
Special Notes to Applicants

The Department of Languages and Culture Studies of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor of Japanese with background to teach and develop curriculum in translation beginning August 2018.

Screening of applications will begin November 3, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu and should include a cover letter, current and complete CV, research statement, teaching statement, and a copy of the graduate transcript, with English translation. Three original letters of recommendation must be mailed or emailed directly to Dr. Ann Gonzalez, Chair, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223. Email: abgonzal@uncc.edu.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate selected for this position is subject to a criminal background check and must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States.

Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 11/03/2017
Proposed Hire Date 08/15/2018
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information

Dr. Ann Gonzalez, Chair, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223. Email: abgonzal@uncc.edu.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Research Interest Statement
  5. Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents