Japan House is seeking a Visiting Assistant Director for Academic Programming



Dear CEAPS community & friends,
Japan House is seeking a Visiting Assistant Director. Additional information about this opportunity follows.

Close Date: 09/11/2020. More info: https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=134470

Position Description

Visiting Assistant Director for Academic Programming--Japan House

College of Fine and Applied Arts

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Japan House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time Visiting Assistant Director for Academic Programming for teaching, course development, and program administration. 

Primary Function

Teach Japanese literature and cultural studies classes and develop and implement increased offerings of undergraduate and graduate courses. In collaboration with the Education and Experience Coordinator, the Assistant Director will assist in the development of engagement offerings that align with the research and disciplinary interests of the educational mission.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Delivery of instruction and development of courses and curricula

  • Develop courses (class offerings) for both undergraduate and graduate levels (face-to-face, online, non-credit, fulfillment of University general requirements).
  • Teach three to six courses over the academic year (minimum of 3).
  • With Director, set long- and short-term vision and goals for curriculum development and course expansion.
  • Manage the undergraduate minor of Japanese Aesthetics using the suite of courses taught and to be developed by Japan House. Advise and counsel students enrolled in the minor. Work with college and campus offices to guide unit through the online course and curriculum planning including timeline development, best practice integration, and campus approval processes. Incorporate other course offerings across the campus from like-minded units and colleges.
  • Stay informed on current and emerging topics and pedagogical practices that will enhance teaching and course delivery.


  • In collaboration with the Education and Experience Coordinator, plan, implement, and promote educator professional development program at Japan House.
  • Foster initiatives that support Japan House's mission and the dual role of cultural instruction and engagement. Ensure overlap of engagement efforts with course offerings, meriting Japan House being recognized on national and international levels.
  • Seek out grants that can fuel the mission of Japan House.

Required Qualifications

Education: A Master's degree in Japanese literature or cultural studies or a closely related field.

Experience: Online and classroom teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate courses. Demonstrated experience mentoring graduate students. Experience in obtaining grant funding for research. Experience with active research involving Japanese-language sources or demonstrated potential for excellent scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications

Education: Earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Japanese literature or cultural studies or a closely related field.

Experience: A demonstrated capacity or potential to obtain external funding for research, alone or in collaboration with others.

Appointment Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month visiting academic professional position. The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by September 11, 2020. Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Melissa Madsen at mmadsen@illinois.edu. The proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

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