Lead Chinese Language, Culture and Regional Studies Instructor, Mansfield Center, DCLCP
Missoula, MT
Job Description

The University of Montana invites applications for a Lead Chinese Language, Culture and Regional studies Instructor with the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP). DCLCP provides intensive language and culture education for members of the Active Duty Military, the National Guard, Reserve and Intelligence Agencies utilizing a congressionally funded contract through the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). The position may be located at Missoula, Montana, Joint Base Lewis McChord, or other location dependent upon mission requirements as assigned by the Director.

The Mansfield Center Defense Critical Language and Culture Program is one of the top language and culture training centers for the Department of Defense in the country. We pride ourselves in our ability to not only train our military in the defense languages, but how we also include lessons in culture training. Our courses meet any DoD defined critical language need. Our instructors bring their "in-county" experience with their lessons, and many of our courses include college credit. We offer our lessons through a wide range of platforms, including VTC, in-residence, mobile training teams, and blended options - each course is tailored to individual requirements.

The Lead Instructor of Chinese Language, Culture and Regional Studies will develop curriculum and instruct military and United States government agency personnel in intensive language and culture courses delivered over video-teleconferencing (VTC) and in-resident venues. The duration of each course ranges from one day to one year. While classes are in session 5-6 hours of teaching per day is common per instructor, while 2-3 hours per day are used for lesson preparation, classroom management, administration and supplementary curriculum development. When courses are not in session course materials are developed by the language instructors for publishing and for in-class use. The Lead Instructor is responsible for 5-6 hours of in class teaching and design of course curriculum and syllabus. The Lead Instructor supervises the instruction of other full time faculty within the language department and graduate teaching assistants.

The Lead Instructor will be dedicated to the improvement of the department and be able to provide constructive criticism and helpful solutions to other instructors/GTAs. The Lead Instructor will possess adroit observational skills and be capable of offering fresh, creative solutions in difficult situations.

Due to instruction being conducted at multiple training sites, some travel may be required for instructors.

The Lead instructor must be fluent in the target language and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English. The instructor is required to take an Oral Proficiency Interview and score superior in Chinese Language and advanced in English before selection.

The Lead Instructor of Language, Culture and Regional Studies will teach not only the language, but also teach cultural and regional studies courses in the target language or in English. Topics may include but are not limited to China geography, history of China, Chinese Literature, natural resources, economy, government, ethnicities, etc.

The Lead instructor must have a high level of knowledge in current teaching methodologies and be comfortable with teaching through technology using Video-Teleconferencing (VTCs), Smartboards, and iPads. Instructors must also be able to work productively in a group (team teaching and active coordination), work effectively in an independent mode while courses are not in session and meet deadlines. While courses are in session the instructors must be able to create and follow syllabi without oversight.

Required Qualifications

  • D. in Chinese (language and/or literature), linguistics (applied linguistics is preferred), History, Anthropology, or any related field.
    Must have experience in curriculum development for Chinese language materials.
  • While employed instructors must develop curriculum based on the needs of the program and as required by the DoD.
  • Must have experience in instructing Chinese language and culture.
  • Applicant must score advanced in English as tested against the Oral Proficiency Interview and is required to take the OPI before selection and must score superior in Chinese Language.
  • Must have knowledge of current teaching methodologies and practices in the classroom and experience utilizing advanced classroom technologies.
  • Must be able to work productively within a team and independently.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in intensive language instruction, particularly in a military or government setting.
  • Knowledge and experience teaching Chinese language, culture, area studies and historical studies.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment In accordance with University policy; finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans' or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

A complete application Includes:

  • Letter of Interest- addressing your qualifications and experience related the stated required skills for the position.
  • Detailed Resume- listing education and describing work experience.
  • Professional References- names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Required Skills

Required Experience
Job Type Full-time