Instructional Faculty – CLA Modern Languages and Cultures – Non Tenure Track Visiting Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)

Instructional Faculty – CLA Modern Languages and Cultures – Non Tenure Track Visiting
Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 3577BR

Contact Name:
You can contact the co-Chairs of Search Committee with questions on the position at: Philippe Chavasse (email: or Zhong Chen (email:, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, 18 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY, 14623.

CLA-Modern Languages & Cultures

College of Liberal Arts

Posting Rank:
Visiting Assistant Professor

Posting Tenure Status:
Non-Tenure-Track Visiting

Position Title:
Instructional Faculty

Detailed Job Description:
Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a one-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese. This is a one-year position with no renewal, as a tenure-search will follow with an appointment starting in the subsequent year (AY 2019-20). The successful applicant will be able to apply for the tenure-search.

Responsibilities include (1) teaching Chinese language courses at all levels, primarily at the intermediate and advanced levels, (2) teaching Chinese culture courses in English, (3) conducting scholarship in Chinese language and culture and/or related field, (4) providing service to the department including curriculum development and advising.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to Student Centeredness; Professional Development and Scholarship; Integrity and Ethics; Respect, Diversity and Pluralism; Innovation and Flexibility; and Teamwork and Collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.

Department Description:

The College of Liberal Arts is one of nine colleges within Rochester Institute of Technology. The College has over 150 faculty in 12 departments in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The College currently offers twelve undergraduate degree programs and five Master degrees, serving over 800 students. Undergraduate degrees include Applied Modern Language and Culture; Advertising and Public Relations; Criminal Justice; Economics; International Studies; Journalism; Museum Studies, Professional and Technical Communication; Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy; and Urban and Community Studies. The graduate degrees are in Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology; Communication and Media Technologies; School Psychology; Criminal Justice; and Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

Chinese is one of the ten languages offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. It is one of the three language tracks of the newly approved B.S. in Applied Modern Language and Culture, a unique new major that combines the intensive study of language and culture with significant experience in a technical or professional discipline. The Chinese program offers Chinese language in all levels with an emphasis in applied use of Chinese language as well as solid foundation in Chinese language and culture. Every year approximately two hundred students take Chinese. The Department faculty are highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic, and provide engaging classes with a focus on active language practice and cultural competency. Students and faculty from diverse backgrounds work closely together. The Department houses a Modern Language Technology Center, where faculty can actively integrate technology in language teaching.

RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.

Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City” by Forbes Magazine ,and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.”

Job Requirements:
• PhD or ABD in Chinese language and culture, or related field
• Native or near-native fluency in Chinese and strong communication skills in the language
• Native or near-native fluency in English and strong communication skills in the language
• Demonstrated capability for active scholarly production
• Experience in teaching Chinese language at the college level in the US
• Demonstrated commitment to and evidenced excellence in the teaching of Chinese courses using communicative-based methodologies.
• Ability to teach upper-level Chinese courses including Professional Chinese and/or Chinese for Science and Technology, and Chinese culture courses in English
• Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Minimum Education Qualifications:

How to Apply:
Apply online at

Please submit: your online application; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; a vita; and upload the following attachments:
• A research statement
• Materials to demonstrate teaching effectiveness
• A statement of teaching philosophy
• A ‘contribution to diversity’ statement
• Three letters of reference

The review of applications begins immediately and continues until acceptable candidate is found. To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by January 31st, 2018.

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov