Preceptor in Japanese

Massachusetts, United States
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Position Description

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University anticipates a possible opening for a full-time position of Preceptor in Japanese expected to begin July 1, 2019. The preceptor will be responsible for acting as instructor in charge of one of the levels of Japanese taught at Harvard, between elementary and advanced (fifth year level), and for training and supervising instructors in the Japanese program.

Should this opening become available, this will be a term appointment, with the duration of the term to be determined. The appointment is renewable, based on performance and curricular need, for up to a total of eight years.

Basic Qualifications

The successful applicant should have native or near-native command of modern standard Japanese, both written and spoken, be able to teach modern Japanese at any level, elementary through advanced, to learners whose native language is English, and be well trained in the issues of teaching Japanese as a foreign language.

Additional Qualifications

An M.A. degree or higher in Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Pedagogy, Foreign Language Education, Second Language Acquisition, or a closely related field, and several years of experience teaching modern Japanese at the college level in the United States are preferred. Experience in computer-assisted language teaching is also desirable.

Special Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references (who will be invited to upload letters of recommendation) to https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/8635/. Candidates should also submit a 20-minute teaching demo by URL through the ARIeS portal If online submission through the URL is not possible, a DVD containing the teaching demo may be submitted by mail to:

Chair, Preceptor Search Committee
Japanese Language Program
East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department
Harvard University
5 Bryant Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

All application materials should be submitted no later than February 4, 2019. Please note that your references will not be invited to upload their references until you have submitted your complete application on-line.

Contact Information

Rebecca Mahoney
Language Program Coordinator
5 Bryant Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.