Graduate School of Education

Job Description

Position Title: Global Teaching Fellow (non-tenure track faculty)

  • Academic Area: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Starting Date: March 2014
  • Appointment Period: 2-years


The Global Teaching Fellow is primarily responsible for planning and teaching English courses within the curriculum of TIU.  In addition to teaching assignments, a faculty member's responsibilities include developing curriculum and materials, staffing the "Conversation Lounge" during assigned hours, attending departmental and instructional coordination meetings, and participating in the overall development of TIU educational programming.  The TIU academic year consists of two semesters (Spring: April-July; Fall: September-January), with 15 weeks of class each semester, plus a week of final exams.


  1. Teaches courses in the English language curriculum (15 hours per week), developing lesson plans, materials, and activities for classes.  Courses are primarily for first and second year students.
  2. Evaluates student progress through the use of quizzes, tests, or other evaluation instruments, maintaining records of attendance, student work, evaluation results, and grades, and preparing regular reports on student progress when necessary.
  3. Provides a classroom environment that is supportive of learning.
  4. Announces and maintains regular office hours and is otherwise available for consultation with students, colleagues, and other staff.  Employment hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, during the semester; some Saturday classes possible.
  5. Participates with other faculty in the development of the academic program.
  6. Initiates work in the area of curriculum and materials development, making significant contributions in terms of new materials, activities, or methods.
  7. Develops expertise in one or more specific areas represented in the curriculum.
  8. Attends faculty meetings and works in a cooperative and collaborative manner with colleagues.
  9. Observes others and is willing to be observed for the purpose of professional development, and participates in evaluation activities for the purpose of ongoing and annual performance review.
  10. Attends and participates in ceremonies, events, and activities scheduled by the University such as entrance examinations, opening ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, Open Campus (preview) days, and other official functions involving faculty and/or students, some of which may occur between semesters.
  11. Engages in professional development efforts in order to maintain up-to-date competence in the field of TESOL and to enhance the faculty member's contribution to the University.
  12. Performs work on committees as needed to further the objectives of the University.
  13. Promotes a positive image of the University, of academic programs, and of the faculty.

Contract Period

The initial appointment is for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years, pending positive performance review.


5 million YEN per year (pre-tax), including bonus payments in September and March.


  • Airfare allowance for travel to Japan.
  • Transportation allowance to assist with daily commuting expenses.
  • Standard employee health insurance plan.
  • University will provide information and guidance to assist with finding housing.


  • Graduate degree, with coursework in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).  Some ESL/EFL teaching experience preferred, but not required.
  • Participation in a paid preparatory program managed by Tokyo International University of America (Salem), in cooperation with the WU Graduate School of Education; program may involve workshops and supervised teaching in the fall semester of the American Studies Program (ASP) of Willamette University/TIUA.
  • Japanese language proficiency is not required.

Application Process

Please send a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least two references.  You will also need to respond to four applicant questions (click here).  Please mail or email the information to:

Gunnar Gundersen, Executive Vice President; Tokyo International University of America; 1300 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

You may email questions directly to Executive Vice President Gundersen.  Review of applications will be ongoing; candidates will be notified of appointment by May 25 (subject to extension for later applicants).


Tokyo International University (TIU)
Kawagoe, Saitama, & Tokyo, Japan

Willamette University
Graduate School of Education
Tokyo International University of America