Leave Replacement Position in Chinese Language (Williamstown, MA)

WILLIAMS COLLEGE, Williamstown MA 01267. Applications are invited for a leave replacement position in Chinese language for the 2024-25 academic year, with teaching to begin in September 2024. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, the appointment will be made at the level of either visiting lecturer or visiting assistant professor. The teaching load will consist of four courses during the academic year (typically two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester). Depending on staffing, one of those four courses might include a disciplinary course in the visitor’s area of specialization. This is a full-time position. Compensation includes salary and insurance benefits.
The successful candidate will join colleagues in a vibrant Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures that offers three major tracks: Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian Languages and Cultures. The Chinese major requires four years of language study and the East Asian Languages and Cultures major requires three years of language study. The department also offers a dual language option under the East Asian Languages and Cultures major track. More information about the department can be found at https://www.williams.edu/dallc/. The department and the college offer mentoring and professional development opportunities, including participation in the college’s professional development program First3, access to a number of online NCFDD resources, and support through the newly established Rice Center for Teaching.

Review of applications will begin January 2, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check. Further information is available here: http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/.


Minimum requirements include M.A. in Chinese language pedagogy, linguistics, literature or a related field (Ph.D. or ABD preferable). Candidates should have native or near-native proficiency in Mandarin, strong teaching experience at the college level, ability to teach all levels of language courses either independently or collaboratively, and ability to work with a broadly diverse student body and to engage students with a range of learning styles and preparations. Experience in team-teaching and teacher training preferred.

Application Instructions

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Applications should include cover letter (please include a statement on how your teaching will serve a diverse student population), CV, names and contact information of three references, two lesson plans (one at the first- or second-year level, and the other at the third- or fourth-year level), a four-minute audio recording of your teaching philosophy (two minutes in Chinese and two minutes in English) and if available, a 15-minute unedited, high-resolution video recording of the applicant teaching an actual language class, accompanied by a detailed lesson plan. Please indicate the links to the audio and video recordings in a word document and upload all application materials to Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/131288). Questions about this position can be addressed to Professor Li Yu, Chair of the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Li.Yu@williams.edu).

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