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Job Announcement: Michigan State University

Chinese, Mandarin; Language Acquisition: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA


Employer: Michigan State University
Linguistics and Languages
http://www.linglang.msu.edu
Job Location: Michigan, USA
Rank: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Language Specialty: Chinese, Mandarin
LL Issue: 23.4546
Date Submitted: 31-Oct-2012
Job Description: Michigan State University seeks to fill a tenure system (rank open)
position in Chinese language. This person will coordinate the Chinese
Language Program in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic,
Asian and African Languages in the College of Arts & Letters beginning
August 16, 2013. Salary commensurate with qualifications. PhD required. We
seek candidates with primary interests and experience in the teaching and
learning of Chinese language. The successful candidate will bring
innovative ideas and language program experience to develop and coordinate
a growing university-level Chinese language program and to provide guidance
for emerging study abroad programs in China. Experience working
collaboratively with secondary and/or primary teachers of Chinese to
strengthen articulation throughout the language learning sequence is
preferred, and familiarity with communicative language teaching is a must.
A hired individual will benefit from a supportive language community that
includes the Center for Language Teaching Advancement, a strong Second
Language Studies doctoral program, world-renowned study abroad initiatives
and the Asian Studies Center.

We welcome applicants whose research would especially benefit from
collaborative opportunities in an interdisciplinary work environment.
Teaching responsibilities will include Chinese language courses in the
Chinese Program, including a descriptive course on Chinese language for
teaching purposes. This position requires a dynamic person with strong
management skills and scholarly interest in language teaching and learning,
including the use of multi-media. Applicants should submit a cover letter,
updated CV, statement of research interests, statement of teaching
philosophy, and the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees who
will be sent an e-mail request for their letter of recommendation. Review
of applications will begin December 1, 2012 and will continue until the
position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State Human
Resources web site URL below. Posting: 6952

For more information, contact Professor Charlene Polio at the contact email
address or mailing address below.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed
to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively
encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color,
veterans and persons with have the right to request and receive reasonable
accommodation.
Application Deadline: 31-Dec-2012
Application Address:
Chair of the Chinese Search Committee, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
B-331 Wells Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing   MI  48824
USA 
Application URL: https://jobs.msu.edu/
Contact Information: Charlene  Polio
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