Lecturer in Chinese - Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for one full-time lecturer position in Chinese language, starting in Fall 2024. The position is a non-tenured one-year appointment, renewable upon the  approval of the Dean’s office. Case Western Reserve University is a nationally top-ranked private research institution located in  Cleveland, Ohio. We seek candidates who are specialized in Chinese language education, open to new methodologies and technologies, and wish to join an established language program that supports a major and a minor.


Applicants must have an MA in Chinese, Chinese pedagogy, second language acquisition, or a related field, such as Chinese linguistics and world language education, in hand by July 1, 2024. We are particularly interested in candidates with a doctoral degree in the disciplines aforementioned. Three years of full-time college Mandarin teaching experience in North America and native or near-native  Mandarin and English proficiency in both speaking and writing are required. Clear evidence of excellent Mandarin teaching at all levels, familiarity with ACTFL proficiency standards, and implementation of performance-based teaching methods are also required. Additional  requirements include the ability to teach both traditional and simplified Chinese characters and knowledge about cultures, traditions, and language uses in both China and Taiwan. The successful candidate will be expected to be effective in communication, be collegial  in collaboration, and use technology to enhance student learning experiences and outcomes. The individual will also stay actively  engaged with cultural events at both the programmatic and departmental levels. The teaching load is three courses (up to three preps)  at all levels of Chinese per semester, and service is not required. 

Application Instructions

A complete application will include the following eight (8) items:
1.    a cover letter,
2.    CV,
3.    three (3) letters of recommendation,
4.    one (1) sample syllabus with a synopsis of session-to-session activities by date, evidence of excellent teaching (in the form of three student evaluations of teaching across years and levels),
5.    a five (5) minute teaching statement video that explains (a) your overall teaching philosophy (in English) and (b) ways that your  teaching activities have engaged materials from China, Taiwan, and other areas where Mandarin is spoken in an attempt to be inclusive and promote social justice (in Mandarin Chinese),
6.    a teaching-demo video for a Mandarin Chinese class that is at least 30 minutes in duration,
7.    and a diversity statement which describes how your research, teaching, and/or service might contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion within your scholarly field(s) and/or how you individual and/or collaborative efforts may promote structural justice inside and  outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which your continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future.
Questions about this position can be addressed to Dr. Ching-Hsuan Wu, the Search Committee Chair (ching-hsuan.wu@case.edu). Application materials must be submitted via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/137141. Review of applications begins January 22th, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.
Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.

Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at equity@case.edu. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.