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[University of Minnesota] Korean Teaching Specialist/Lecturer


The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time instructor of Korean for the 2021-22 academic year 8/30/21-5/29/22. This is a non-tenure track full-time position, annually renewable, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service.

Teaching Specialist (Job Code 9754)


Required Qualifications

  1. Skill in the language of instruction as appropriate for the position; in the case of modern languages, native or near-native fluency in Korean. Demonstrated ability to lead communicative, student-centered classrooms.
  2. Positive evaluations from students, peers, and/or supervisors.
  3. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development.
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong English language communication skills. Collegiality and ability to work in a team.
  5. M.A. or foreign equivalent or ABD in Korean or related field, including but not limited to Korean linguistics, Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language, or Education. Candidates with a Ph.D. will be appointed as a Lecturer.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience teaching intensive language courses; demonstrated commitment to materials and course development, innovative teaching methods, integration of culture into the curriculum, and mentoring students.

About the Job

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies invites applications for a full-time instructor of Korean for the 2021-22 academic year 8/30/21-5/29/22. This is a non-tenure track full-time position, annually renewable, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service. The Korean Teaching Specialist will teach assigned language classes/sections; keep office hours; prepare course materials; engage in curriculum development; prepare and grade exams; and participate in program governance as appropriate.


  1. Teach undergraduate courses as needed, conditional on qualifications.
  2. Provide administrative support relating to teaching duties and course responsibilities, when appropriate to the appointment.
  3. Assist with test development and/or administration.
  4. Coordinate and mentor Teaching Assistants, P&A academic staff and CIS instructors, when appropriate to the appointment. This responsibility may include presenting workshops as needed for course coordination.
  5. Serve as member of appropriate departmental and university committees if called upon to do so.
  6. Engage in professional development activities.

Performance standards:

  1. Positive evaluations from students, Teaching Assistants (if appropriate), peers, and supervisors.
  2. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching, program development, and professional development.
  3. Effective handling of student inquiries.

About the Department

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a dynamic and innovative department that offers courses in the study of the cultures, media, literatures, and languages from Asia and the Middle East. Our courses challenge students to examine cultural, social and political issues through different geographic regions and scales. Students also thrive in our popular language programs. Our outstanding instruction in beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes in the languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, and Urdu prepares students to interact with people across the globe. We host multiple overseas learning abroad programs, internships, experiential learning and other pathways for students to open doors to future careers.

Our majors and minors combine the study of cultures and languages to be astute global citizens. Graduates of AMES work in every field imaginable and pursue graduate degrees in cultural studies, social sciences, law, arts, humanities, and more.

For more information about the Korean Program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies please visit https://www.cla.umn.edu/korean

How To Apply

Applicants should submit the following materials online on the UMN employment website: (1) cover letter, (2) current CV with names and contact information of three individuals prepared to write letters of recommendation, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, (4) teaching materials such as syllabi, sample class materials, teaching evaluations, or other materials.

Please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and CV. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications due: May 30, 2021.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About Company

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, 220 Folwell Hall 9 Pleasant St. SE

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Job level: Entry level Years of experience: 1 Salary: Negotiable Publish date: 12 May 2021 Expire in: 11 months

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