(Courtesy Job Information Center section of JALT's The Language Teacher, December 1999, page 57)

HYOGO-KEN--The Language Center at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya is seeking a full-time contract instructor of English as a foreign language. QUALIFICATIONS: MA in TESOL or applied linguistics. DUTIES: Teach ten 90 minute classes per week in an intensive English program for selected university students. SALARY & BENEFITS: 5,200,000 yen per year; research allowance; subsidized furnished housing; two-year contract renewable for two more years. APPLICATION MATERIALS: Resume, two letters of recommendation, one copy of diploma(s) written statement of applicant's view on teaching and career objectives (one or two pages), a five-to ten-minute videotaped segment of your class. DEADLINE: January 10, 2000. CONTACT: Acting Director, Language Center, Kwansei Gakuin University, 1-1-155 Uegahara, Nishinomiya 662-8501. T: 0798-54-6131, F: 0798-51-0909,,

COMMENT FROM BLACKLIST MANAGER: With all this qualification necessary (even a videotape of a class?), one would think the candidate would deserve more than a contract, and especially not one capped at a single renewal. Contracts capped at all are the exception, not the norm, and are in fact discouraged by The Ministry of Education. Ten classes per week is far more than the average number a Japanese professor would have to teach. In my opinion, this is a dead-end job with an exhausting schedule, and not a great deal of salary to compensate (no mention of a bonus).