Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor, Chinese (Mandarin) (Flagstaff, AZ)

Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor, Chinese (Mandarin)

Location: Modern Language

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 607587

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation’s preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

About NAU

Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU’s faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.

Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the https://in.nau.edu/center-for-university-access-and-inclusion/.

About the Department/College

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures (GLC) seeks candidates who will contribute to departmental efforts to advance programs, teaching, and learning to serve our diverse student population. Northern Arizona University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and GLC oversees the Modern Languages BA with emphases in French, German, Japanese and Spanish and the Interdisciplinary Global Program (dual majors with STEM and Business degrees), and minors in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, with courses in Portuguese and Navajo, along with an MAT and BA in Spanish. Our graduates are critically informed citizens from diverse populations including first-generation students, Latine and Indigenous Americans, and veterans.

About the Position

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures (GLC) invites applications for a Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor appointment to teach Chinese (Mandarin) language and culture on the Northern Arizona University Flagstaff Mountain Campus beginning August 2024. This position is a full-time, teaching-focused, benefit-eligible position on the lecturer or professional career track that includes the possibility of promotion and is renewable on a year-to-year basis contingent upon performance, departmental needs, and university funding.

Successful candidates are expected to teach both lower and upper-division Chinese (Mandarin) courses. Along with the standard instruction-related expectations such as student assessment, mentoring, and course design and revision, the position also involves coordinating with colleagues on continuing curricular development and promoting student-focused initiatives. Robust participation in the academic and cultural activities of the department, college and university is also expected. Other duties may be assigned by the Chair, as necessary.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a solid pedagogical and theoretical foundation, and exemplary teaching record, a commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student body, an aptitude for program growth, and a passion for student outreach. Successful candidates should be prepared to teach Chinese (Mandarin) language and culture at all levels of an undergraduate curriculum, be eager to use new teaching tools, and be able to potentially adjust pedagogical approaches to a remote setting. Successful candidates are expected to design, promote, and participate in the proposal and advancement of BA in Modern Languages with emphasis in Chinese (Mandarin).

Responsibilities Include:

• Teaching 12 credit hours of both lower- and upper-division Chinese (Mandarin) courses per semester
• Holding regular weekly office hours and being available for students’ appointments
• Designing and revising Chinese (Mandarin) course curriculum
• Mentoring students, especially students with a Chinese Minor and IGP student
• Supervising Chinese Teaching Assistants, when needed
• Coordinating with colleagues on continuing curricular development and promoting student-focused initiatives
• Conducting Chinese Placement Interview and Proctoring Chinese Challenge Exams
• Advising and collaborating with CIE and IGP on students’ study abroad
• Organizing and participating in student-learning promotion activities
• Serving as student club(s) faculty advisor on campus
• Serving on professional, academic, and administrative committee(s), if assigned by the Chair
• Participating in the academic and cultural activities of the department, college, and university

This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.

This is a fulltime, 9 month (academic year), non-tenure eligible position.

Minimum Qualifications

Lecturer Minimum Qualifications

• M.A. in Chinese Linguistics, Pedagogy, Literature, or related field conferred by August 2024.
• Two years’ experience teaching Chinese (Mandarin) language at the post-secondary level in the United States, or in Canada, or another Anglophone nation (can be obtained during degree program). This experience must include teaching at the beginner and intermediate/advanced levels.

Assistant Teaching Professor Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D. in Chinese Linguistics, Pedagogy, Literature, or related field conferred by August 2024.
• Two years’ experience teaching Chinese (Mandarin) language at the post-secondary level in the United States, or in Canada, or another Anglophone nation (can be obtained during degree program). This experience must include teaching at the beginner and intermediate/advanced levels.

Preferred Qualifications

• Native or near-native proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin) and English (written and spoken).
• A record of excellence in teaching in-person both lower- and upper-division university-level Chinese (Mandarin) courses to English-speaking students.
• Demonstrated knowledge and use of contemporary second-language teaching theories, methods, and strategies in designing courses and lessons that foster student engagement along with oral and written proficiency.
• Excellent record in curriculum design & development, and in teaching preparation and delivery.
• Experience in and commitment to student outreach and program design that fosters enrollment growth, including interdisciplinary programs.
• Demonstrated commitment to supporting student success and creating a learning environment that welcomes a diverse student body, and a proven record of managing a classroom with students of different backgrounds and proficiency levels.
• Experience working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and the university community.

Compensation & Benefits

Commensurate with candidate’s qualifications and related experience.

This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Benefits/. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the http://nau.edu/Provost/Resources-Policies/. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU’s BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Benefits/.

Pre-Employment Check

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an https://in.nau.edu/police-department/annual-security-and-fire-safety-reports/. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the https://in.nau.edu/police-department/annual-security-and-fire-safety-reports/ is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Submit Your Application

Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before December 11, 2023 will receive full consideration.

To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button at the end of the job description (if viewing this position through the NAU HR website). Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to http://nau.jobs, follow the ‘Current Openings’ link, locate vacancy 607587, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):

• a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position and addressing how you meet each of the preferred qualifications;
• a resume/curriculum vitae; and
• names and contact information for three professional references.
Please do not include any other documents. Additional materials such as syllabi, teaching evaluations, teaching video(s), letters of recommendation may be requested later.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the https://in.nau.edu/human-resources/employment-application-instructions/ or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, http://DR@nau.edu, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


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