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Instructor Position: The Ohio Program for English Language Teaching (OPELT)

[November 8, 2022]

Chubu University is currently seeking an English as an International Language Instructor(s) beginning on April 1, 2023. Preference is given to those with previous affiliation with Ohio University’s OPIE program and graduates of Ohio University’s Department of Linguistics MA program and those with recommendation from the Director of OPIE and/or Department of Linguistics.

Instructor Position:

  • a) Teach nine (9) 90-minute credit-bearing classes per week (6-7 classes in the Preparation for Academic Study in English Overseas (PASEO) semi-intensive English program, 2-3 general English classes in other departments). Teachers are expected to work to be on campus at least 5 days a week during the semester and at least 4 during breaks. *1
  • b) Responsible for full syllabus, grading, and student evaluation responsibilities, as well as participation in ongoing program-level syllabus and testing design. High degree of freedom in some course design and implementation in accordance with the program curriculum.
  • c) Perform other duties including participation in occasional extracurricular activities with PASEO students, administrative duties such as Open Campus events, participation in OPELT and campus-wide meetings, creating or participating in learning opportunities (conversation hours, intensive courses, workshops, and others), etc.
  • d) Maintain professional development through academic presentations or publications of research.
  • e) The position is on continuing 1-year contracts*2 renewable/extendable for up to 3 years. After the initial contract there is the possibility of another 2-year extension based on performance (5 years maximum).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • a) MA in Applied Linguistics or equivalent
  • b) Varied academic ESL/EFL teaching experience, especially with Japanese students
  • c) Proven commitment to pedagogical improvement through reflection, research, and education
  • d) Native or near-native English ability
  • e) Proven ability to deal with the stresses of living and working independently abroad
  • f) Ability to cooperate with other teachers and administrators in a close-knit Japanese working environment
  • g) Willingness to commit to at least 3 years of teaching full-time in OPELT


  • a) Annual salary commensurate with professional academic experience *3
  • b) Discretionary budget for teaching resources and professional development
  • c) Working visa sponsorship
  • d) Commuting, housing, and family support subsidies available. Assistance securing furnished subsidized housing near Chubu University is available *3

Application Materials:

The following initial applications should be submitted by November 30, 2022:

  • a) Cover letter including a brief explanation of teaching philosophy
  • b) Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications and presentations.

The following secondary materials should be submitted by December 15, 2022:

  • c) Two (2) letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s teaching skills, interpersonal skills, and/or flexibility in a demanding work environment.
  • d) Copies of main professional publications and presentation abstracts (limited to three in total)

All the materials should be sent by email as attachments to the Nomination Committee at the Center for International Affairs at opelt-nc@office.chubu.ac.jp. Hard copies of all letters of recommendation may be requested later.


Candidates that pass the initial screening will be interviewed online around December 20, 2022. Candidates will be informed of the final hiring decision by the end of January, 2023.

Submit all application materials to:

Nomination Committee at the Center for International Affairs
Chubu University
1200 Matsumoto-cho, Kasugai-shi
Aichi-ken, 487-8501 Japan


1) Dr. David Bell, Director of the Department of Linguistics
Gordy Hall 383C, Ohio University
Athens, OH. 45701 USA

2) Kevin Jambor, Director of OPELT
Center for International Affairs, Chubu University


*1 A sample of OPELT instructor's weekly class schedule(PDF file:101KB)new window

*2 Contracts are yearly made according to Japan's academic calendar (April – March), i.e., when hired in September, the first contract is to be the one from September to March next year, and the last one from April to August.

*3 The estimate of the salary(PDF file:186KB)new window

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