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Assistant Professor: Japanese

The Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks to hire a tenure-track Professor of Japanese at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in fall 2023. The candidate is expected to have native or near-native proficiency in Japanese in addition to strong proficiency in English.  

The ideal candidate will pursue research in Japanese language, linguistics, culture, or literature, and demonstrate potential for substantial contributions to the field.  Possible areas of specialization include the acquisition and teaching of Japanese as a second/foreign language, the acquisition and teaching of Japanese as a heritage language, Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature and culture, and Japanese cultural studies.  The successful candidate should have a proven track record of teaching undergraduate courses in Japanese that is grounded in communicative language teaching and possess knowledge of current trends in second/foreign language teaching methodologies and new technologies in language learning.  The candidate must be able to teach all levels of Japanese language courses. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the expertise to teach two or more upper-division courses that are part of the Japanese major, such as Business Japanese, Newspaper Reading and Advanced Composition, and Japanese Literature through Text and Film.  We are especially interested in candidates who demonstrate strong potential to collaborate effectively with existing faculty to manage and grow the Japanese Language Program, which includes a Japanese major and minor, and to maintain the program’s ties with relevant units across the university.  Applicants should present evidence of teaching experience and scholarly potential.

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Apply at

Part-Time and Temporary Lecturers

The Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages is accepting applications for its pool of part-time and temporary lecturers to teach one or more courses in the following areas: Developmental Writing for international/bilingual students, College Composition and Advanced Composition for international/bilingual students, and Academic Reading and Writing for Second Language Students.  View current positions available for temporary lecturers.

Teaching Associates

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