Instructor of Chinese (University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.)

Job type: Full time
Job requisition id: R0048959

The Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a non-tenure track Instructor of Chinese to start in August 2024 and with the possibility of annual renewal, subject to program needs, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance of duties. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas-the flagship of the University of Arkansas System-is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees to a student body of 32,140. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the U of A as a “Research 1” institution- Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity. The U of A is located in Fayetteville, a family-friendly scenic place that frequently receives accolades as one of America’s “best places” to live. Fayetteville is part of the growing Northwest Arkansas (NWA) area, which is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies and is gaining a national reputation for its overall quality of life.

We seek an exceptional instructor of Mandarin Chinese Language courses at all levels with a track record of employing innovative pedagogies and active engagement in research-informed teaching. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience and interest in online language teaching.

Duties will include:

* Teach four classes per semester (Fall and Spring), including in-person and online courses.
* Teach language courses at any proficiency level per program needs, as well as introductory content courses for undergraduates about Chinese culture, linguistics, literature, or related fields, according to the candidate’s teaching interests.
* Plan and teach online Chinese courses, including language courses taught in Chinese and content courses taught in English.
* Plan and teach new undergraduate courses, including elective courses.
* Assist in developing an online Chinese minor program.
* Perform undergraduate student mentoring and advising, such as placement tests or credit transfer.
* Participate or co-organize Chinese program activities, such as co- or extra-curricular activities and cultural events.

Minimum Qualifications:

* MA in Chinese linguistics, applied linguistics, pedagogy, second language acquisition with a Chinese focus, education with an online focus, or closely related disciplines conferred by the start of employment
* Native or near-native fluency in both Mandarin Chinese and English
* At least two years of Chinese language teaching experience at the college level in North America (including teaching as a graduate instructor of record)
* Evidence of ability to teach modern Chinese at all levels
* Significant Chinese language teaching experience in online formats
* Demonstrated teaching excellence in both face-to-face and online formats
* Familiarity with Pinyin and Simplified Chinese to meet instructional needs

Preferred Qualifications:

* Demonstrated familiarity with recent developments in language pedagogy and interest in applying these advances in teaching
* Demonstrated interest in and adaptability with instructional technologies
* Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with colleagues, e.g., parallel session instructors
* Demonstrated strong teamwork skills and flexibility in course offerings
* Demonstrated ability to use Chinese as the main instructional language even for beginning-level courses
* Demonstrated enthusiasm about contributing to growing a Chinese program both on campus and online

Required Documents to Apply:

1) A cover letter with web-accessible links to two teaching demo videos, one face-to-face and one online (via Zoom, etc), at least 50 minutes each
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Teaching statement
4) Teaching portfolio, including an actual syllabus of a course taught with the daily/weekly schedules, a sample syllabus for an online course (either synchronous, asynchronous, or mixed modes), a sample set of teaching materials, and a full report of student evaluations of a course
5) A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number). Additional materials may be requested from candidates selected for interviews.

Application instructions:
Completed applications received by January 31, 2024, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, please contact Dr. Danjie Su, search committee chair, Chinese Program Director, at

Optional Documents:
A scholarly writing sample in English

Additional Information:
The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures promotes an international understanding and global academic exchange. Through the World Languages and Digital Humanities Studio, courses in 12 languages, and participation in many interdisciplinary programs across campus, faculty members empower students to become proficient communicators and acquire a working knowledge of cultures and literatures around the world.

Recruitment Contact Information:
Dr. Danjie Su, search committee chair, Chinese Program Director, at

To apply, please use this link:

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site
Please do not send to the listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University’s Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.