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New Openings for Japanese Teaching Assistants

Submitted by Curtis A. Dye on September 17, 2013 - 4:02pm

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature is accepting applications for possible openings in our Japanese language teaching assistant positions for Academic Year 2013-2014:

Application Review Dates:  Applications are due on October 7, 2013.  We will continue to review applications received after that date until our hiring needs have been met.  Our goal is to find qualified applicants who would like to be on our list of alternates in case of unexpected openings in our Japanese TA positions during the 2013-14 academic year.

Job duties will include:

  • teaching Japanese language classes daily
  • making/grading tests and homework
  • keeping student records
  • participating in TA meetings
  • collaborating with the supervisor and other TAs

Requirements and selection criteria:

All graduate students accepted by or currently enrolled in the University of Washington are eligible to apply for teaching assistant positions.  Strong preference is given to graduate students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.  Previous TA or instructional experience is a plus.

Applicants who are not native speakers of Japanese must provide scores from an ACTFL oral proficiency interview, as described here:   For applications requiring an ACTFL OPI score: Because scheduling and scoring take some time, the committee will consider applications without the OPI score while we await your results.  Final decision on these applications will be made once the OPI score arrives.  If your application requires an OPI, please attach a note to the front of your application stating the status of the scheduling of your test.

By the time of appointment, students who are not native speakers of English must show a passing score on the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT (26), or on the speaking portion of the IELTS (7.0), or Versant (65), or TSE (55) or SPEAK (230), or a passing grade for ENGL 105.  For details, see:

Selections criteria include:

  • Proficiency in the target language
  • Command of spoken and written English
  • Academic standing
  • Timely progress in a degree program
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Previous foreign language teaching course work and training
  • Examination/interview/audio/video tape where deemed appropriate

Salary and Benefits:

Asian L & L TAships are standard 50% FTE appointments during the academic year.  The salary is commensurate with each appointee's academic standing, and is paid bi-weekly.  The appointments provide an operating fee waiver, which covers almost all of tuition, and health insurance coverage.  The appointee will be required to register for a minimum of ten credits per quarter in the academic year, or two credits in summer.

 To Apply:

Applications are available at .  For questions, please contact Abby Petty, phone 206-543-4997.  Applicants will be notified of their standing by October 28, 2013.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to keep the office informed of his/her current phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address.

 Notes: This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions.  For more information about union shop provisions, visit:   The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or

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