American Academic Skills Instructor


Undergraduate Bridge Program

Position Type

Part-time (one-semester based contract)

Work Hours

See below

Visa Requirement

Valid working visa, working permit, or other visa status that allows working in Japan required. Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is unable to sponsor a visa for this position.

Salary & Benefits

In accordance with the pay scale determined and used in the program.

Overview of Position

The Undergraduate Bridge Program is a 3-tiered entry-level university program for non-native English-speaking undergraduate students who need additional academic and linguistic support before matriculation.
We are looking for instructors to teach one or more of the following courses for the 2021 Summer Semester (May 24 to July 16). Classes run between 8:00 and 19:30 and vary in days and/or times depending on the level and type of course.

  • Academic Writing/Reading/Grammar (3 separate but complimentary courses, ideally taught as a unit by the same instructor) … Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • College Speaking … Tuesday and Thursday
  • General Education (academic skills such as critical thinking, engaged notetaking, group projects, test taking and more through either humanities or business-focused content) … Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday and Thursday
  • Small Group Tutorials (lifelong learning and teambuilding skills with small classes of 4-5 students, Bridge 3 only) … Tuesday and Thursday

The syllabi content for these courses will be set; instructors will not need to prepare a complete syllabus of their own. In accordance, instructors of these courses should be ready and willing to teach the texts prepared by the academic coordinator. Instructors will determine for themselves in some cases the specific assignment types, due dates, and scheduling of assignments, pending a final approval from the academic coordinator.

Please see more information at this link:

In accordance with the undergraduate program’s policies during COVID-19 pandemic, these courses may be held online or on-campus or a combination of both. This decision will be made by the university.

Primary responsibilities

  • Prepare for and teach classes based on program guidelines
  • Give feedback on student work
  • Conference with students during office hours (1 hour per course per week required)
  • Attend preparatory meetings before the semester begins and occasionally throughout the semester as deemed necessary by the academic coordinator

Qualifications & Experiences

  • Native or native-like speaker of English
  • Master's degree or higher in English, TESOL, Applied Linguistics or relevant liberal arts field is required; ABD or doctorate in subjects such as cultural studies, English, ethnic studies, gender studies, liberal arts, and philosophy preferred.
  • Two or more years of teaching experience in ESL/EFL at the university level and/or in an overseas intensive English language classroom
  • Knowledge of the United States college system preferred

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately. Please send applications to with:

  1. a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and what appeals to you about the position;
  2. full academic/professional c.v.;
  3. two references and their contact information.

Please 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 which website/resource you found out about this position.

Only those applicants who make it past the initial review will be contacted.