Job Opening: Academic English, University of Tokyo

job opening - 5Institution: University of Tokyo
Location: Japan
Position: Assistant Professor

The Centre for Global Communication Strategies (CGCS) at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo is now accepting applications for five assistant professorships. This large hire has been made possible by additional funding to expand the ALESS and ALESA programs. These positions are all fixed-term appointments teaching English to first-year undergraduate students at the University of Tokyo.

The appointment starts on April 1, 2015 with a yearly contract that may be renewable for a maximum of 5 years, depending on budgetary conditions and evaluation of employee’s work performance. The appointees will teach seven 105-minute English courses per week. The courses taught will mainly focus on academic writing for first-year undergraduates (for science students in the case of ALESS, and for humanities students in the case of ALESA), but will also include some courses designed to develop students’ spoken fluency in academic discussion as well as, from time to time, other English language courses as electives. The appointees will also participate in curriculum development.

Outline of the program: 

The ALESS and ALESA Programs teach compulsory English courses at the University of Tokyo for science and humanities students, respectively. The programs include a semester-length academic writing course (specifically scientific writing in the case of ALESS) as well as a half-semester course that aims at boosting students’ ability to engage in academic discussion. Class sizes average 15 students. In addition to these compulsory courses, from 2015 ALESS and ALESA faculty will also occasionally have the opportunity to teach, as elective English courses, classes that focus on specific content in their area of expertise. Courses in the ALESS and ALESA Programs are under constant development through collaboration among all faculty.  The faculty consists of Ph.D. holders in a wide range of discplines from humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences.

Required Qualifications:

1) Native speaker of English, or with an equivalent level of proficiency.
2) Specialist in an English-related field or natural sciences or engineering; specialist in an English-related field or another field of the humanities or social sciences.
3) PhD or equivalent research record in a relevant field.
4) Previous experience of teaching English at universities preferred.

Application documents: 

1) CV.
2) List of publications (by category: books, articles, etc.).
3) Two major publications (1 copy of each; photocopies are accepted).
4) An essay in English on your teaching philosophy and experience in teaching English academic writing or spoken fluency to university students. If you do not have experience teaching these, a description of how you would plan and teach either course (about 500 words on A4 or letter-size paper).
5) Contact details for two academic referees.

Applications: Applications must be posted by mail and must arrive by 4pm on September 1, 2014 at our office.

For further details including the mailing address for applications, see:

Contact: Centre for Global Communciation Strategies:  office [at mark]

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
This entry was posted in announcements, job openings, jobs and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s