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Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Instructor for the American Studies Program at Willamette University

  • 6 Oct 2022 3:42 PM
    Message # 12945473

    American Studies Program Faculty Position

    Status:  Full-time, 9 months Non-tenure track

    Department:  American Studies Program

    Willamette University invites applications for a non-tenure track full-time position in the newly redesigned American Studies Program. The American Studies Program seeks a highly motivated educator to provide customized content area instruction to undergraduate international students participating in a study abroad program that is organized in partnership with Willamette University and Tokyo International University.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    The American Studies Program (ASP) consists of a tailored designed curriculum of cross-cultural topics and issues as they relate to the United States. Courses include interdisciplinary subjects from a cultural perspective on American society, media, leadership, business, and environmental studies. We expect the successful candidate to have demonstrated success in an English as a second language (ESL) learning environment for adults with the ability to teach across all content areas and language skills. The expected teaching responsibilities of the appointee will be preparing course plans and materials, developing class syllabi, delivering courses, and monitoring student progress through the utilization of highly effective ESL pedagogical strategies and methods. In addition, the appointee will collaborate with domestic and international stakeholders as well as contribute to relevant program development and innovations to enrich our students’ study abroad experience. Preferred candidates should have an ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching and professional development. The American Studies Program will launch its new program in January 2023. The initial appointment will be for the Spring 2023 semester, with the possibility of renewal for the academic year 2023-2024 as an additional one-year appointment based on need and performance.


    • A master’s degree in English as a Second Language, applied linguistics, bilingual education, international education, second language acquisition, or other related fields.
    • Have international experience of studying or working abroad.
    • Demonstrate successful college level or adult education teaching experience appropriate to our needs and program.
    • Have a working knowledge and practical experience of best practices and standards related to the fields of English as a second or foreign language or cross-cultural education.
    • Able to effectively communicate with interpersonal and intercultural skills using tact, patience, courtesy, and diplomacy to students from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds.
    • Ability to develop, prepare, and teach undergraduate coursework in subject matters pertaining to the United States.
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other faculty members and offices across campus to ensure students have successful linguistic and academic experiences abroad.
    • Demonstrate ongoing professional development and commitment to the field.
    • Must be able to reside in Oregon. This is an in-person teaching position.

    Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

    All university positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

    Interested candidates will need to upload the following documents separately as part of your online application materials in the “My Experience” section labeled Resume/CV:

    • Letter of application addressing your qualifications, interest in this position, and teaching experience for the position.
    • Curriculum vitae with the names and contact information for three professional references. At least one reference should be someone who is able to address your teaching experience and teaching effectiveness. Please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application.
    • Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)
    • A brief teaching statement (500-word maximum) describing your personal values and beliefs on teaching and learning with diverse students, faculty, and staff in an academic setting.

    Inquiries about this position can be submitted to the search chair Dr. Jo Kozuma,

    Willamette is a small, selective private university committed to providing students with a well-rounded liberal arts education. Approximately 1600 of 2500 students are enrolled in the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, and the remaining students are enrolled in the Willamette College of Law, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, which has both undergraduate and graduate students. The university is located in downtown Salem, across the street from the Oregon State Capitol, and in close proximity to dozens of state and county agencies that offer possibilities to cultivate applied research, coursework, and internship opportunities with government and community partners

    Willamette believes that a diverse, inclusive community is essential to achieving academic excellence. Accordingly, we seek candidates who not only have the potential to become outstanding teachers and scholars, but whose work also furthers equity and inclusion, and who will bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Willamette University enrolls a substantial number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students of color. Over the past two years, 24% of our students were first-generation, 24% were Pell-eligible; and 33% identified as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or of two or more ethnic backgrounds.


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