Asst. Prof of Chinese or Instructor of Chinese (Fall 2022), School of Arts and Letters

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Assistant Professor of Chinese or Instructor of Chinese

(Fall 2022)

The Department of Classical & Modern Languages in the School of Arts & Letters at Truman State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor or Instructor of Chinese to begin August 17, 2022.  Requires Ph. D. in Chinese or related field.  Additional advanced degree in educational technology preferred. This is a full-time term position with a renewable annual contract.   

Responsibilities:  Teaching responsibilities include providing classroom instruction in lower and upper division Chinese curriculum.  Scholarly activity consistent with the teacher-scholar model is expected.  Additional duties include mentoring of students in research and co-curricular experiences and providing service to the department and University.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in Chinese at the university level
  • Variety of courses taught at the university level
  • Evidence of superior performance in graduate level courses
  • Experience advising undergraduate students
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Chinese
  • Strong oral and written skills in English
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills
  • Compatibility with the department’s needs
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar
  • Evidence of mentoring students in transformative experiences such as undergraduate research, service-learning, internships, study abroad and cultural activities

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with experience and education.  The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.

Program:  The Chinese program is part of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, which offers study in 12 languages.  This program has a Chinese Minor, supports the Asian Studies Minor and the International Studies Minor, and provides opportunities for an individualized Chinese Interdisciplinary Major.  For more information about the program, please visit

The University:  Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit

The Community:  Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application:  The application process is coordinated by the School of Arts and Letters.  Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at

Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses applicant’s suitability for the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development
  • Copies of the applicant’s complete student evaluations for the last 3 semesters
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendations, with contact information for at least three references

Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.  If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees.  Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Danion Doman, Chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, at

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


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