Graduate School of Education

About the Program

Tokyo International University (TIU), Tokyo International University of America (TIUA), and the Willamette University Graduate School of Education (GSE) are pleased to announce the Global Teaching Fellowship opportunity to teach English at TIU.

TIU is very interested in employing graduates of the Willamette University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or Master in Education (MEd) programs as English language professors at TIU in Japan.

This position is set to begin in April, with the move to Japan in mid-March to allow time for adaptation and orientation.  The initial contract is for two years, with the possibility of renewal for 2 more years. 

Those chosen for this position would be hired here in Salem as temporary faculty members of TIUA, co-teaching alongside TIUA and WU faculty members in the fall semester and also teaching in the first 5-6 weeks of Spring Semester.  Official employment will begin as of July 1st.  The monthly salary for the preparatory program and work at TIUA will be $3500 per month (equivalent to $42,000 per year).  This is equal to or more than the starting salary in Willamette Valley school districts. 

If the candidate is hired in May or June, an added feature will be an immersion experience at TIU-Japan (leaving mid-June and returning early July), all expenses paid.  The commitment in July will be limited to the first couple weeks.  Global Teaching Fellows (GTF's) are then asked to return for fall semester preparations in mid-August.  Full salary and benefits (including health insurance for the contracted Global Teaching Fellow) will be provided in July and August, as well as throughout the contracted period.  So, some paid summer break time is included in the contract.  When the GTF arrives in Kawagoe, Japan, the GTF is hired directly by Tokyo International University (TIU) for the two-year contract, subject to possible renewal.

The contract with TIU will be for 5 Million Yen per year.  A portion of the annual payments will be in the form of "bonus" payments distributed in September and March.  There is an employer-provided health care plan, to which TIU makes premium payments of 50% and the employee pays 50%.

(PLEASE NOTE: TIU is making arrangements to reserve furnished apartments for the GTF's near the TIU campus (5-8 minute walk); rent will be paid by the GTF but this is done to facilitate an easy transition to life in Kawagoe; you will not have to worry about finding a place to stay for the first 6 months.  Because the apartments are reserved by TIU, the GTF's rent will be discounted.  The apartment complex has staff who speak English and internet service is provided.

Review of applications is ongoing, so please apply as soon as possible. Please consider joining us as English language professors at Tokyo International University.


About the Experience

“When I first heard about the amazing opportunity to teach in Japan with Willamette’s partner university, I knew that I could not pass this opportunity up.  The experience of living and teaching outside of the U.S. is one of my dreams.”  — Eva Leung

“I thought that not only would this be an amazing opportunity to live in another country, learn a new language, and culture but also having the opportunity to teach in a university setting  that will give me the invaluable experience to apply for future teaching jobs in the states.”  — Lorna Lee Ann Erickson

“I visited TIU in June and was very excited to see the plans they have for us in this program.  They are clearly investing a lot of resources in this project and I feel excited to be a part of it.” — Jason Arthur