Konan University (KU) is currently seeking an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructor to teach English language courses at KU’s Hirao School of Management (CUBE) campus. CUBE offers undergraduate education that aims to prepare the globally-minded Japanese manager of the future—one who is multilingual, cognizant of other cultures, skilled in the use of new information technologies, and entrepreneurially oriented. The curriculum offered by CUBE includes the Study Abroad program, under which students receive semi-intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instruction. In the second semester of their sophomore year, qualified CUBE students in the program will transfer to the University at Buffalo (UB), the State University of New York, for a full academic year of study. The Study Abroad English program at CUBE is based on the teaching philosophy and curriculum at UB’s English Language Institute (ELI) with an orientation to American culture and business practices.
The instructor is expected to be on campus 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday (and occasionally on Saturday or Sunday when makeup classes, an extra class or other event is scheduled), with approximately 15 hours (10 90-minute classes) devoted to instructional duties and 25 hours devoted to preparation time and program support duties, including: creating and organizing teaching materials, advising students, administering placement tests, preparing student progress reports, assisting with the preparation of the entrance exam to the program, and other duties as assigned by KU via the CUBE Study Abroad English Program Coordinator. The instructor will also be expected to be available between fall and spring terms to complete program support duties and provide remedial instruction and guidance to students.
The school year at Konan University begins with the spring term, held from April 1 – September 16. The fall term is from September 17 – March 31.
Master’s degree in TESOL or closely related field; a minimum of 2 years experience teaching ESL/EFL at the university level (preferably in North America); experience teaching in Japan and/or teaching Japanese students a plus. An assessment of the candidate's English language proficiency may be required as part of the hiring process.
Interested applicants should send a resume, a cover letter that includes the applicant’s philosophy of teaching, and contact information for three professional/academic references. Documents must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and addressed to both individuals below.
Ryan Richardson, Study Abroad English Program Coordinator, Konan University, Nishinomiya, Japan
Keith Otto, Coordinator for Overseas Programs, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
Additional Salary Information: An annual salary of 4,500,000 – 5,000,000 yen will be paid in yen in twelve monthly installments. One-year appointment from March 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020; renewable annually up to a maximum of five years, pending annual performance evaluations.
Instructor is provided with a rent-free, semi-furnished 2-bedroom apartment, or 75,000 yen/month towards rent at another apartment.
A transportation allowance shall be paid for commuting to the Nishinomiya campus.
Instructor will have the following holidays with a few exceptions: national holidays, a summer vacation from August 1-31 and a two-week break in February. Note that open campus sessions or trial lessons are scheduled throughout the year, with some in August. These duties are typically shared among the English-teaching faculty. Instructor will be provided with an office space and a personal computer in a shared office. Instructor will enroll in the Japanese health plan.
About Konan University
The University at Buffalo is a premier, research-intensive public university and a member of the Association of American Universities. As the largest, most comprehensive institution in the 64-campus State University of New York system, we offer more than 100 undergraduate degrees and nearly 300 graduate and professional programs. Our alumni live in every state and 146 countries.
The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.