Director of Chinese Language Center
NYU Shanghai, Chinese Language Program

New York University: NYU - Domestic: Shanghai


Shanghai, China

Start date

Aug 29, 2019


NYU Shanghai seeks a Clinical Professor (open rank) and Director of Chinese Language
to contribute to the growth and excellence of its Chinese Language Program.

The program, now in its eighth year, welcomes 900-1000 students annually and includes required undergraduate courses in Chinese at the elementary and intermediate level as well as advanced and post-advanced undergraduate courses in Chinese. International students, representing 50% of our student population, are required to complete a minimum of four semesters of Chinese language (or its equivalent). We are looking to enhance our program and to expand our course offerings. We anticipate creating a Chinese Major in addition to the current Minor, and the study of Chinese is also integral to our developing graduate programs.


  • Work closely with the Director of World Languages to enhance the current Chinese Language curriculum
  • Together with the Director of World Languages, work to expand Chinese language course offerings; 
  • Contribute to the integration of Chinese culture and society in language learning by creating and fostering faculty training opportunities, designing new courses, and strengthening the current curriculum; 
  • Supervise the Level Coordinators overseeing the elementary, intermediate, advanced and post-advanced Chinese language courses;
  • Work with faculty in conducting action research projects to improve teaching;
  • Work with faculty across NYU sites to establish symmetries and consistency among the Chinese language programs in New York and Abu Dhabi; 
  • Oversee language placement and place-out procedures;
  • Develop and teach courses in post-advanced Chinese; 
  • Work with faculty in World Languages to promote the interest and understanding of language study and its benefits; 
  • Contribute to World Languages’ extra-curricular events and community; 
  • Work on other relevant initiatives assigned by the Dean. 

The Director of Chinese Language is expected to foster an environment that promotes excellence in language teaching and learning; incorporate new methodologies and technologies in language teaching and learning; promote the professional development of the instructional staff; assess the quality of the Chinese language courses and the student experience; and teach 2 Chinese language courses per year.


A PhD in a relevant field is required. In addition to experience supervising faculty and curricula, candidates should have demonstrated teaching excellence and an interest in teaching in a diverse, international setting. Familiarity with examinations for certification of language proficiency is desirable. Experience teaching non-native speakers of English preferred, but not required. This is a contract position with the possibility of renewal.

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The application deadline is December 15, 2019. The position will begin in August 2020.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a CV, and three letters of recommendation (or names/email addresses of recommenders). Please visit our website for instructions and other information. If you have any questions, please e-mail

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