Department

Undergraduate Program

Position Type

Permanent Full-time Faculty

Visa Requirement

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is able to sponsor a visa for this position

Period

Desired Start Date: 2024 Fall Semester.

TUJ faculty contracts are renewable. In accordance with university standards and Japanese law, successful faculty are eligible for a continuing contract after five years.

Salary & Benefits

In accordance with the pay scale determined and used in this program. Support is also offered for conferences, travel, and other research/creative related expenses. Annual bonuses may be possible.

Overview of TUJ Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is part of TUJ’s Undergraduate Program and is for non-native English language learners who wish to develop advanced academic language skills. Bridge Program students are conditionally accepted to Temple University and become fully matriculated upon successful completion of the program. In the Bridge Program, students take both credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing courses, all of which help students learn the essential skills needed to succeed in an American university.

Based in Philadelphia, Temple University is a public Carnegie-designated R1 research university that ranks in the top 350 of all universities worldwide according to Times Higher Education. With approximately 30,000 students, Temple maintains a multi-campus system extending from Pennsylvania to Rome to Japan.

Established in 1982, the Japan campus of Temple University (TUJ) is a full-service branch campus that educates students from nearly 60 countries in English in its undergraduate programs, graduate programs (law, business, graduate education), and non-degree programs (continuing education and corporate education). TUJ is the oldest and largest branch campus of a foreign university in Japan. More details about TUJ are available at www.tuj.ac.jp. Its strategic priorities and key objectives are accessible here. TUJ has increasing enrollments, is financially healthy, and has plans to hire over a dozen new full-time faculty members this year..

TUJ offers undergraduate programs to a broad mix of over 2,000 Japanese and non-Japanese degree-seeking students who will earn their degrees from Temple University through the Japan campus. Every semester, additional students from Temple’s main campus and other universities converge on our campus for a short-term study abroad experience.

In one of the most dynamic cities in the world, we offer thirteen full undergraduate majors ranging from Art to International Business to Psychological Studies. Our faculty and staff is international, with 43 full time faculty joined by experienced administrators and many part-time adjunct faculty from the professions, business and the arts. TUJ holds classes in the fall and spring semesters (15 weeks) and over a well-enrolled 10-week summer semester.

Overview of Positions

Temple University Japan invites applications for a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in English language education. This faculty member will teach and design courses primarily within the Bridge Program, although they may also be invited to teach other undergraduate courses in their areas of expertise. Duties will consist of approximately 50% teaching activities with the remainder split between research and service work.

Our ideal candidate is a passionate teacher and researcher of issues and histories related to learning English as a foreign language. Given the interdisciplinary nature of language education and the current makeup of our program faculty, we will consider candidates who are trained in both Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs with roots in the fields of English language and literature, composition/rhetoric, education, linguistics, or other multidisciplinary studies that provide a foundation for the effective teaching of our students. Possible specializations include but are not limited to: culture and education, cognition, teaching and learning, bilingual education, special education, and English language education in Japan. This position also aims to attract teachers and scholars who display a commitment to anti-oppressive English language teaching practices and student mentoring. We welcome applications from candidates with an interest in all areas of English language education, but we will require knowledge of American academia beyond K-12 schooling.

Additional information about Bridge Program courses is available here: https://noncredit.temple.edu/tujbridgeprogram

Other duties

  • Develop instructional materials for the Bridge Program curriculum
  • Mentor new Bridge Program faculty
  • Maintain active and on-going research or creative activity
  • Fulfill university service duties through participation in faculty committees, indirect teaching activities, etc.

Qualifications & Experience

  1. Terminal degree in the humanities or social sciences, to be awarded by start date; Applicants with a master’s degree are welcome to apply and may be hired at a different rank
  2. Experience in and the ability to conduct all university-related business in English, including teaching
  3. Evidence of student-centered teaching of students for whom English is a foreign language
  4. Familiarity with American university systems and American culture/history broadly defined
  5. A record of scholarly publications and/or presentations, and an on-going research agenda

Application Process

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by November 15 will receive fullest consideration. Send applications to tujjobs@tuj.temple.edu with the following four items as attachments:

  1. a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and what appeals to you about the position and our institution;
  2. a curriculum vitae with three references and their contact information
  3. a scholarly writing sample (no more than 25 pages)
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy that directly discusses teaching English as a foreign language (no more than 2 pages)

Indicate the title of the position you are applying for in the email subject box. Also, we would appreciate it very much if you could let us know through which website/resource you learned of this position.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Temple University, Japan Campus is committed to equal opportunity employment, and to increase diversity and inclusivity in both its community and curricula. All qualified applicants shall receive full and equal consideration for employment. The university does not discriminate against candidates and employees because of their disability, sex, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, or any other protected status under the law. Candidates who can contribute to the institution's goals are strongly encouraged to apply.