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  • Teaching Assistant position in the Korean Language Program for SP 2020

    Teaching Assistant position in the Korean Language Program for SP 2020



    East Asian Languages and Cultures


    Teaching Assistantship



    Description, Responsibilities, and Qualifications

    The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UIUC invites applications for a teaching assistant (TA) position in the Korean language program for the Spring semester 2020.  The appointment will be on a semester basis at a minimum rate of 33% and up to 41%.  The position is renewable, contingent upon the TA's teaching performance and funding availability.

    Applicants must have native or near native level fluency in Korean, and native or near native English proficiency. All teaching assistants whose native language is not English will need to provide a qualifying score of the TOEFL iBT, iELTS, or the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) to be considered for a teaching assistantship in Spring 2020. Experience in teaching in higher education is highly desirable.

    Duties and responsibilities of a Korean TA are as follows:

    Teach a Korean language course
    Grade assignments, quizzes and exams
    Attend bi-weekly TA meetings
    Attend an annual half-day Korean TA teaching workshop
    Assist with the UIUC Korean placement test in August and January

    Application Procedure

    To ensure full consideration for this position, please email your CV and a teaching statement in Korean that outlines your teaching experiences and philosophy to Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (j-ahn3@illinois.edu), Director of the Korean language program, by Friday, Nov 15. Please include “Application for the Korean TA position” as the subject of the email.

    We will begin the review process after the deadline, and expect to notify the successful candidate about this appointment by the end of December.

    The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO

    Application Deadline



    Contact Name

    Jeeyoung Ha

    Contact Email


    Start Date

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • Reading Japanese for fun! Tadoku 'extensive reading' group meeting on Friday

    "Reading Japanese for fun! Tadoku 'extensive reading' group meeting on Friday"

    Date: Every Friday
    Time: 1-3 pm
    Location: EALC Library (FLB 2050)


    Tadoku (extensive reading) is a learning approach to improve reading proficiency by reading as many books as possible. The books, of wide-ranged topics including Japanese culture, Japanese old tales, and fairy tales from around the world, are graded from level 0 to level 5 for different levels of reading proficiency. Student will be able to enjoy reading books at their own interest on their own pace. When students enjoy reading they read more, thus, their Japanese gets better. (by Nozaki-sensei, JAPN 305 instructor)

    East Asian Languages and Cultures at Illinois

  • Building Intervening Connecting: Recent work of Gong Dong

    Recent Work of Gong Dong, Vector Architects
    Plym Distinguished Professor
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    The November 18 event, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 pm with registration and a reception, followed by the 6:30 pm presentation and Q&A.

    Seating is general admission; advance reservations are required by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-intervening-connecting-recent-work-of-gongdong-vector-architects-tickets-66587032607

    Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist
    55 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

    All attendees will receive a small book documenting Professor Dong’s recent architecture and his work as Plym Professor.

    The lecture will introduce the current projects by Vector Architects, a Chinese architecture practice based in Beijing. The firm was established in 2008 by its founding partner, Gong Dong. The studio has completed many award-winning projects that express a common belief that architecture is about continuity without beginning or end. Architecture is a medium to connect and nurture the spirit that exists in its site. This sensible quality could emanate from a unique landscape, a bustling city scenario, or from people and their lively movement.

    Vector Architects
    School of Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Alphawood Foundation, Chicago

    The event is sponsored by the School of Architecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the generous support of the Alphawood Foundation.

  • JET Program Information Session

    Date: Friday, October 18

    Time: 4:00-5:00pm

    Location: 2090B FLB

    The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). Since 1987, more than 70,000 JET Program participants from 75 countries have lived and worked in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Join JET and become part of this exclusive network of like-minded international enthusiasts! To learn more, come and speak to a JET Program representative when they visit your campus! 

  • Recruiting Chinese native speakers for reading experiment

    All Chinese native speakers who read simplified characters are welcome to participate and get $10 for the participation. Participants can also get firsthand experiences in cognitive and linguistic experiment.

    Contact: You Li, PhD Candidate, Head Chinese TA
    Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Emai: youli3@illinois.edu

  • Fulbright Specialist Program Information Session

    Are you interested in sharing your expertise, gaining a global perspective, and developing collaborations with institutions abroad? The Fulbright Specialist Program provides U.S. citizens who are established academics or professionals with opportunities to engage in short-term (2-6 week) project-based exchanges at host institutions in over 150 countries.

    Amirah Nelson, Outreach & Recruitment Officer for the Fulbright Specialist Program at World Learning, and Illinois International, will provide a free presentation on the Fulbright Specialist Program to interested University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign administrators, faculty members, and professionals. Light snacks will be provided.

    To reserve a seat for this free event, please contact complete this online form, https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1356823, by Friday, October 4. The event will take place in room 411, 507 E Green St. Champaign, IL 61820 (formerly the Urban Outfitters Building).

  • Coordinator in General Affairs position, Japanese Consulate in Chicago

    The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is seeking an assistant in the General Affairs Section. Position: Coordinator in General Affairs


    • Conducting administrative work in General Affairs, including research, communications with individuals and organizations, data entry
    • Coordinating with Japan-related organizations in the Midwest
    • Event planning for Consulate functions, including guest list management, invitation preparation and mailing, negotiations with venue and vendors, staffing the event
    • Scheduling/organizing meetings with local government, private entities, and community groups
    • Arranging itineraries for officers’ visits/travels and accompanying as directed
    • Speech writing for Consulate’s representative at events

    Skills required:

    • Administrative skills (organizing events, scheduling appointments, time management, )
    • General computer skills (email, internet); MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
    • Communication/Interpersonal skills (writing, verbal/non-verbal, teamwork, cultural adaptability)
    • Research skills; Media & Social Media monitoring skills


    • Legal status in the U.S. with a valid work permit Bachelor’s degree
    • Strong interest in helping the relationship between Japan and the United States of America
    • Strong work ethic and positive attitude with the ability to work under pressure
    • Japanese language ability is highly preferred. Please indicate JLPT level or relevant classes/experience, if applicable

    Skill Test & Interview:

    Candidates who pass the thorough application review will be contacted for the Skill Test and Interview to be scheduled the week of July 15, 2019. The Skill Test and Interview will take 1 hour and 30 minutes, respectively.

    To apply, please submit your resume with a cover letter, and a one page (letter size) essay describing the reason for applying for this position and your experience with Japan in a PDF format by July 11, 2019 to: somu@cg.mofa.go.jp

    Please note that we will not respond to any inquiries regarding this opening, and only applicants selected for an interview and skill test will be contacted.





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    Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago 737 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1100 Chicago IL 60611E

    Attn: 総務班

    E-mail: somu@cg.mofa.go.jp



  • RFP - IPRH FACULTY & GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS 2020–21 “The Global and Its Worlds”

    Request for Applications: IPRH FACULTY & GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS 2020–21 “The Global and Its Worlds” (Deadline: 5:00 p.m., December 6, 2019)

    The global is practically a ubiquitous referent now. It’s used as a descriptive term, as a perspectival mode, as a scalar standard, as a valorization technique and, of course, as an indicator of the condition of the present. But what is the plurality of worlds which constitute the global? What kinds of world-making do events, communities, legal regimes, performative modes, memory work, languages, regions, mediascapes, imaginative practices, and ordinary people produce? Who is for the global, who is against the global, with what consequences and under what conditions? How do the meanings of the global change when we approach it from perspectives outside of the United States?

    To pose the global in the context of multiple worlds is to acknowledge its power but also to suggest that it is not totalizing or universal -- or that if and when it is, it operates in tense and tender relationship with forces both from and beyond its ambit. We seek faculty and graduate fellows in and allied with humanities disciplines whose research critically engages both the global as on object of inquiry and worlds and world-making as dynamic processes across time, space and place.

    IPRH is pleased to partner with the International Area Studies Centers and Thematic Programs (IASCTP) in shaping the call for IPRH Fellows. The IPRH seminar will be open to affiliates of these centers and programs who want to attend on a first come, first served basis. We will share information on the sign-up process once the Fellows have been chosen. In addition, IPRH will be partnering with IASCTP and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory on programming around “The Global and its Worlds” theme over the course of AY 2020–21.

    Fellowship proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: the scholarly excellence and promise of the project, the applicant’s preparation/readiness to undertake the proposed research, the quality of the narrative proposal, the relationship to the annual theme, the case made for how the IPRH experience/seminar would be beneficial to the project, and the letters of support.

    IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work, both within the humanistic disciplines, and between the humanities and the arts.

    All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar.

    Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2020–21 can be found on the IPRH website (Faculty / Graduate Students). Applications must be submitted through an online application portal. No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.

    The submission portal will open on September 1st.

    Questions about these fellowships may be addressed to IPRH Deputy Director Nancy Castro (ncastro@illinois.edu).

  • AEMS Library Summer Hours

    The Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Library will be closed during the summer time and plan to reopen in Fall 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Yuchuan Shen (ycshen2@illinois.edu).

  • AEMS Library Graduate Assistantship

    The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) is currently seeking a graduate assistant for our Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Library. An engagement program of CEAPS, AEMS promotes the understanding of Asian cultures and people through library collection and media programming for educators of all levels. AEMS introduces new documentary and independent films to scholars and students at the annual Asian Film Expo held in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’ Annual Conference. The AEMS Library holds a collection of more than 6,000 media and curriculum materials from or about Asia available for viewing in the library or for loan to local patrons or patrons of the Illinois Heartland Library System.

    • FTE/ Hours per week: 25%(10 hrs per week) – 33%(13.2 hrs per week)
    • Job duration: 9-month appointment, AY 2019-2020 (August 16, 2019 – May 15, 2020)

    Major responsibilities include:

    • Manage AEMS library circulation; check outs/returns/re-shelfing of materials in media library
    • Work with Illinois Heartland Library System to barcode new acquisitions in Polaris and send items for cataloging as needed.
    • Maintain regular hours at AEMS at least 2 days a week
    • Manage AEMS website maintenance and communication
    • Monitor AEMS/VASP reception and respond to phone/email inquiries

    Required qualifications: Attention to detail, punctuality, dependability, and communication skills

    Preferred: Background in Library Science, East Asian Studies, humanities, media, or education.

    To Apply:

    Send resume, contact info, and course schedule to Yuchia Chang at yuchia@illinois.edu.