Nov 16

Tuttle Publishing

By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagataken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia SubChapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a masters degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at

Tuttle Publishing has released a selection of four books touching on subjects such as otaku culture, language/cultural tips for travelers, Japanese history, and inspiration for prospective visitors to Japan.

Tokyo Geek’s Guide: Manga, Anime, Gaming, Cosplay, Toys, Idols & More – The Ultimate Guide to Japan’s Otaku Culture

Many people have probably developed an interest in Japan through a deep affection for anime and manga (among other things). And with Tokyo being the obvious center of Japanese pop culture, this guide created by Gianni Simone serves as the perfect tool for otaku freaks to find heaven.

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Tokyo Geeks Guide basically resembles a travel guide as it contains tidbits about where to explore otaku culture (such as bookshops, stores, events and even eateries—anime-themed ones are abundant in Tokyo). But you don’t have to be planning a trip to the capital to benefit from the book, though. Simone includes plenty of information pertaining to the history of manga, anime and video games in Japan.

Japanese for Travelers Phrasebook & Dictionary

At first glance, Scott Rutherford’s creation seems like a carbon copy of any other resource geared toward helping travelers avoid or limit communication miscues. And certainly, the book lists the standard customary helpful phrases for visitors to Japan trying to navigate the local hotels, airports, restaurants, etc.

But Japanese for Travelers provides plenty of useful advice about conducting good Japanese etiquette (e.g., what to do when invited to someone’s house) and culture (the section devoted to Japanese naming culture is interesting). Although the guide doesn’t intend to be the most thorough tool for language learners, it does include an English-Japanese glossary and numerous grammatical tips. And perhaps most importantly in this technologically reliant time, Rutherford dedicates a chapter to advising readers about how not to get tripped up by technology in Japan.

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A Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shogun and Zen: The Extraordinary Story of the Land of the Rising Sun

To many, the title of Jonathan Clements’s work would seem to be an absolute impossibility. Indeed, he uses that word in the preface to describe his task in telling a story that spans “millions of years.” But Clements settles on “specific moments of transformation” in eleven chapters that address periods of Japanese history ranging from the legend behind Japan’s formation to the “lost decades” that saw the country face a dwindling population and struggling economy.

While the information Clements provides at some points may be overwhelming, A Brief History of Japan does come to life through the collection of images appearing in the middle of the book (such as depictions of prominent figures and photos of landmarks).

Japan: Traveler’s Companion

Many, if not most, travel guides will feature an endless parade of “what to do and see” recommendations, and Rob Goss’s work is no different in a sense. But unlike some editions of Lonely Planet and Fodor’s, it’s clear when opening up Japan: Travelers Companion for the first time that the book will be anything but dry.

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The subtitle appearing on its cover is “Japan’s most famous sights from Okinawa to Hokkaido,” but the inclusion of popular tourist destinations isn’t the reason to pick up the book. Amazingly beautiful colorful photos of the country’s most famous places will leave you speechless, and Goss includes helpful information for potential visitors about facets of Japanese life such as matsuri, cutting edge technology, and tradition.

For more information, visit

For more JQ magazine book reviews, click here.

Nov 13

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015)

 Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog. 


japanese train

All aboard!

Wine Train

When: 17 November

Where: Ōmi-Hachiman Station, Shiga Prefecture

Join ShigaAJET for round two of the Omi-Tetsudo booze train extravaganza! The wine train will leave the station for a 2-hour nomihoudai with 6 delicious wines from across Italy and France.


Sports Day Night Cup

When: 18 November
Where: Oita Prefecture

Oita AJET welcomes you to a night of games and challenges and the glory of winning the Night Cup!

Japanese city

Beautiful Hakodate


Hakodate Takeover

When: 18 November

Where: Hakodate, Hokkaido

Join Aomori AJET after SDC exploring the beautiful city of Hakodate.


Mt. Kajigamori Day Hike

When: 18 November

Where: Otoyo-cho, Kochi-ken

Catch the fall colors on a day hike on Mt. Kajigamori and then spend a relaxing evening at Star Lodge Kajigamori!


hot spring town in japan

Get your kit off at Arima onsen

Naked and A-Bathed: Arima Onsen Day Trip

When: 18 November

Where: Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

KAJET welcomes fellow JETs to steam in the nude and wash away your troubles at Arima onsen. Don’t forget your towel!


2017 Shikoku Field Day

When: 18 -19 November

Where: Mima, Tokushima Prefecture

Shikoku Field Day is ready to kick-off with its tradition of silly games, outdoor fun, and getting to know other fellow JETs from all around Shikoku! After the games, enjoy a BBQ and help raise money for a good cause.


ShizAJET Regional Potluck Party

When: 18 November- 2 December

Where: Hamamatsu, Shimizu, Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture

ShizAJET will be having separate potluck parties in 3 locations: Seibu, Chubu, and Tobu. Bring food to share for all.


Nov 10

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Various Positions
Posted by: Actus Consulting
Location: Illinois and New York, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Makiko Takeda who works for Actus Consulting (a recruiting firm) for the following positions:

With our nation-wide network, Actus Consulting Group, Inc provides professional support to job seekers who are interested in working for Japanese companies located in USA. If you are seeking a job, we are more than happy to support you from your job search and guide you all the way to your first day at a new job!

Please feel free to browse newest jobs available from the link below, and apply with one-click, or email with your resume as an attachment to register for free!


Beauty products distributor seeks a Sales representative – NYC

  • Salary: $35K
  • Fluency in English and Japanese conversational or higher

Major Japanese Media Company seeks a News Producer -NYC

  • Salary: $35-40K+OT
  • Related experience is NOT required but strong INTEREST in making news.
  • Japanese and English Bilingual

Japanese Elite Beverage maker seeks a Route Sales Representative -NYC

  • Salary: $35K
  • Fluency in English
  • Japanese language a plus

Japanese machine tool company seeks a Customer Service – Elk Grove Village, IL

  • Salary: $30-35K
  • Fluency in English
  • Japanese language a plus

Japanese steel company seeks an Outside Sales – Schaumburg, IL

  • Salary: $40K- DOE
  • Fluency in English
  • Japanese language a plus

We have more positions throughout USA in various industries- please contact us!

Nov 8

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Multiple Positions
Posted by: Duke Fuqua School of Business
Location: Durham, NC
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JETAA North Carolina Subchapter’s Kyle Munn (who works at Duke) for letting us know that there are some nice openings at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business that could be a good fit for a JET alum.

Here’s the link to position descriptions:

Nov 6

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015) 

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog. 

volcano in Japan

Kaimondake, Kyushu

Mad for Mountains

When: 11-12 November

Where: Gokase, Miyazaki Prefecture

Miyaki AJET invites you to spend a packed weekend in Gokase kayaking, taking in the vibrant koyo, making friends at a cabin party, and checking out Heike Matsuri!

Climb Kaimondake

When: 12 November

Where: Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture

Kagoshima AJET is inviting all community members to finish off SDC weekend strong by hiking up one of Kagoshima’s volcanoes!

Get ready for the ride of your life!

Oita Bikescapade #1

When: 12 November

Where: Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture

This autumn, join Oita AJET for a wicked biking trip on the Yabakei trail.

HAJET Book Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

When: 12 November

Where: Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Why not join HAJET for a chilled afternoon of discussion about books? They will be covering The Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Nov 3

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here.

From the silver screen to the stage to J-pop, November is just as colorful as the autumn leaves drifting through the air. Add these live events to the mix and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown.

This month’s highlights include:

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Now through Dec. 16

Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life and Infinity Nets

David Zwirner Galleries, 525 and 533 West 19th Street and 34 East 69th Street


Yayoi Kusama’s work has transcended some of the most important art movements of the second half of the twentieth century, including Pop Art and Minimalism. The exhibitions will feature sixty-six paintings from her iconic My Eternal Soul series, new large-scale flower sculptures, a polka-dotted environment, and two Infinity Mirror Rooms in the Chelsea locations, and a selection of new Infinity Nets paintings uptown. The celebrated Infinity Mirror Rooms invite the viewer to experience a sense of infinity through the play of reflections between the circular shapes of light and the surrounding mirrors. The Infinity Net paintings on view at the gallery’s uptown location are the latest works in a series begun in New York in the 1950s, when Abstract Expressionism was still the dominant style. These canvases embodied a radical departure, featuring minutely painted nets across monochrome backgrounds.

Rikyu-Enoura © Odawara Art Foundation

Nov. 3-5


Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$95, $75 Japan Society members, seniors and students (Nov. 4-5 only)

Part of Japan Society’s NOH-NOW series, celebrating its 110th anniversary! Hiroshi Sugimoto, acclaimed visual artist and traditional Japanese arts connoisseur, offers his most recent noh piece. In this new play, the ghost of revered 16th century tea master Sen-no-Rikyu appears to tell the story of his tragic death by forced suicide. Opening a door onto medieval Japan, the program begins with a tea ceremony by Sen So’oku, direct descendent of Sen-no-Rikyu, and features Japan’s top noh actors and musicians. Performed in Japanese with English titles.

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Nov. 16-Dec. 3

Rakugo: Katsura Sunshine

SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street


Universally funny and yet so very Japanese. Katsura Sunshine makes his highly-anticipated off-Broadway debut! As the world’s first bilingual rakugo-ka (a traditional Japanese comic storyteller), he is an international ambassador of this 400-year tradition. Fresh off 10 smash-hit performances in London’s West End, he will have a series of performances bringing his unique yet authentic rakugo to Off Broadway—in Japanese and English!

Crunchyroll – 2017

Nov. 17-19

Anime NYC

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street

$35-$60; VIP passes also available

“Anime and manga have taken the world by storm. While New York City is the largest city in America, no focused event championing Japanese pop culture calls it home and with a population of eight million there’s a massive demand here,” says Peter Tatara, LeftField Media’s vice president of anime events. “Anime NYC will be a celebration of this community of fans and a platform for publishers and studios from both sides of the Pacific to be in front of the eyes of attendees, trendsetters, and people who aren’t yet familiar with the worlds of anime and manga. We’re looking forward to a vibrant, dedicated celebration of everything in Japan that’s nerdy and cool, in the media capital of the world!”

In this inaugural three-day celebration of Japanese animation powered by Crunchyroll, attendees will be able to view exclusive anime screenings and meet major guests courtesy of international animation and manga publishers; play the latest in Japanese gaming technology; chow down on Japanese delicacies and fusion cuisine; rock out to musical guests direct from Tokyo; and more! An estimated 20,000 fans are expected to attend, with special guests featuring the English-language cast of Sailor Moon Crystal for a panel screening; the U.S. premieres of the films Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and Fullmetal Alchemist, and the NY Ramen Summit, featuring a discussion between famed ramen chefs from around the city.

Want to stay in the loop on future eventsFollow Justin on Facebook and Twitter.

Nov 1

Job: Assistant to the Vice President – Brookings Institution (Washington, DC)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Assistant to the Vice President, Global Economy and Development Program
Posted by: Brookings Institution
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

A great opportunity via former JETAANY President Yvonne Thurman-Dogruer who works for the Brookings Institution:

Job posting coming soon for Brookings Institution!

Dear Fellow JET alumni,

I will be recruiting for an Assistant to the Vice President for our Global Economy and Development program.

The job announcement should be up on​ next week, and all applications must be submitted online.  However, I am making a call out now to welcome you to email me your resume, should you be interested in this or other positions with my program.

The Assistant to the Vice President must have a Bachelor’s degree, and at least three years of relevant work experience.   Required knowledge and experience will include: strategic planning of schedules, managing flow of commitments, planning travel, excellent written and verbal communication skills, project coordination of meetings, roundtables, conferences and other programs.

If you are interested, please email your resume to me at: .  Please have your subject line read:  Assistant to the VP Position


Yvonne Thurman-Dogruer (Kagoshima-ken, 1994-95)

Oct 31

WIT Life #317: World Series 2017

Written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03), WIT Life is a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language.  Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

As a child I was a rabid Mets fan, but since becoming an adult I have not followed baseball nearly as much.  However, since I’m currently in LA interpreting for a group of young political leaders, I’ve been closely tuned in to the exciting World Series between the Dodgers and the Astros.  Like myself many of you probably caught the palpitation inducing game the other night, and are eagerly awaiting Game 6 tonight.

But another stressful incident occurred during Game 3 Friday night, when Astros player Yuli Gurriel made the racist gesture of stretching the sides of his eyes in the dugout after getting a home run off of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.  He also called Darvish a “chinito,” a derogatory term toward Asians meaning “Chinese boy.”  This ignorant behavior earned Gurriel a five-game suspension for the 2018 season, leading many to wonder why he is being allowed to still play in the series (he will lose about $321K as a result of the suspension and also has to go undergo sensitivity training).

Despite the fact that this punishment is more severe than others for similar offenses, MLB commissioner Read More

Oct 31

Job: US JETAA Executive Director – U.S. Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (Washington, DC)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: US JETAA Executive Director
Posted by: U.S. Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

Please see the below link for the job description for the position of executive director at USJETAA. The submission deadline for cover letter and resume is Thursday, November 30, 2017

Oct 30

Job: Assistant Program Officer – Cultural Vistas (Washington, DC)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Assistant Program Officers
Posted by: Cultural Vistas
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

Hello JETAADC members,

Cultural Vistas is looking to hire two Assistant Program Officers for their International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) department! You can find the hiring link and job description below.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Assistant Program Officers at Cultural Vistas support and assist with the operations of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) through customer service, administrative, compliance, and program support efforts.

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Oct 30

JET Prefecture Round up 30.10.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015)

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

Hey, past and present JETs! Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on in Nihon-land this week!


Japanese demon in crowd

Onomichi Betcha Matsuri

Onomichi Betcha Festival

When: 1-3 November

Where: Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture

On Culture Day, head to Onomichi for its famous Betcha Matsuri. At the festival, three oni (Betcha, Soba, and Shoki) will “beat” the sickness out of you to bless you with good health for the following year! The festival also a temple walk and amazing taiko performances.


Shizuoka City Daidogei Festival

When: 2-5 November

Where: Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka AJET invites everyone to an annual event that features street performers from around the world juggling, dancing, and performing acrobatics, comedy, and aerial acts!


yellow man on street and crowd

Daidogei Festival

Portraits of Japanese Culture

When: 3 November

Where: Moriyama, Kyoto Prefecture

Spend Culture Day appreciating ukiyo-e paintings at Sagawa Art Museum with Shiga AJET.


Learn to make Japanese sparklers

When: 3 November

Where: Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture

Did you know that only three companies in Japan make traditional sparklers? KumAJET invites you to join in this exciting workshop that involves real-life gunpowder!

man with Japanese sparkler

Learn how to make a traditional Japanese sparkler


Kamamoto Pottery Festival

When: 3-5 November

Where: Miyama, Kagoshima Prefecture

This annual pottery festival is held in the small pottery village of Miyama. Get some Korean-inspired Japanese pottery for your kitchen!


Halloween Dinner Party

When: 5 November

Where: Matsue, Shimane Prefecture

It’s never too late to celebrate Halloween. Join in a traditional Halloween dinner party for lots of fall food. Fancy dress is optional but there’s a prize for the best outfit!

Oct 27

Job: Japan Center Director – North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Japan Center Director
Posted by: North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JETAA North Carolina subchapter’s Kyle Munn for sharing this great opportunity. Would be wonderful to see a JET alum get the job.

Below is a partial description. Click here for full details.

The Director will initiate, coordinate, and oversee a wide range of activities which build relationships and serve academic, research, business, and cultural needs related to interaction between Japan and North Carolina.

Support business initiatives:

  • Work with university, state, and local economic development and business organizations to foster increased exports to Japan, and to facilitate Japanese investment in NC.
  • Create and maintain programs that help make North Carolina a welcoming environment for Japanese companies and their employees to live and do business.
  • Provide workshops and training opportunities for those in North Carolina interested in doing business in or with Japan.
  • Organize conferences for businesses engaged in Japan, and contribute to conferences organized by others.
  • Build relationships and meet regularly with leaders and representatives of both new and established businesses.

Support academic and research initiatives:

  • Engage with the NC State campus community and participate in relevant activities and events on a regular basis.
  • Expand and develop relations with prominent Japanese universities and institutes to enhance academic exchange and research collaboration.
  • Provide leadership to stimulate increased Japan-related activity at universities throughout the UNC system.
  • Seek out and assist in the administration of scholarship funds for North Carolina students planning to study in Japan, and Japanese students planning to study in NC.
  • Seek out and assist in the administration of funding to support faculty research.
  • Provide support to NC State’s Japanese language program.

Support the general public:

  • Oversee the Japan Center’s non-credit Japanese language classes conducted for pre-college students and adults.
  • Sponsor workshops, training opportunities, cultural events and art shows throughout the year. Ensure wide publicity and outreach for all events.
  • Maintain a library of print, video, and electronic materials about Japan.
  • Speak at various public venues about Japan, its history and culture, and its relations with North Carolina.


  • Lead the strategic planning for the NC Japan Center, and develop specific goals for the center’s vision.
  • Ensure visibility and awareness of the NC Japan Center among all stakeholder groups.
  • Manage the operational budget to maximize and build on available resources.
  • Initiate and engage in fundraising and development activities, to expand sustainable resources for the operation of the NC Japan Center.
  • Supervise NC Japan Center staff.
  • Collaborate with and support other units and faculty at NC State that engage with Japanese agencies, universities, or organizations

Oct 27

Job: Editor and Speechwriter – The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (New York City, NY)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Editor and Speechwriter
Posted by: The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, Political Section 
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum Jessica Wang (Nara-ken) for the following job opportunity:

The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations is seeking an Editor and Speechwriter for the Political Section.


  1. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills at native level required.
  2. At least 3 years’ experience in editing/speechwriting or journalism required.
  3. Japanese language skills and familiarity with Japanese culture highly preferable.
  4. Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  5. Excellent Computer skills, typing skills (60wpm minimum) required.
  6. Fair knowledge of international affairs, diplomacy and the United Nations system preferred

If interested, please send a cover letter and your resume by November 3rd, 2017, to the following e-mail address with “PMJ Editor/Speechwriter, Political Section” in the subject line:

More information here:

Oct 27

Job: Administrative Assistant – Embassy of Japan, Consular Section (Washington DC)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Administrative Assistant
Posted by: Embassy of Japan, Consular Section
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

The JET Office would like to share the following opportunity for an administrative assistant at the Embassy’s Consular Section with the JET alumni community. Please see the original job listing at

The Embassy of Japan is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of administrative assistant. This individual is primarily responsible for issuing visas to enter Japan and providing consular services to Japanese nationals in the U.S. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Working hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with the occasional weeknight and/or weekend work (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please note: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Successful candidates will be requested to submit their background check information.


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Oct 26

Job: English Teacher Position – Kaichi Nihonbashi Gakuen (Tokyo, Japan)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: English Teacher Position
Posted by: Kaichi Nihonbashi Gakuen
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum Jonathan Anzai (Kagoshima-ken) for the following job opening at his school:

Kaichi Nihonbashi Gakuen (KNG) is seeking a full-time English teacher to join its faculty from April 2018. The school is a six-year combined junior and senior school focusing on inquiry-based international education. It is currently an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) candidate school, with planned authorization visits for both programs scheduled next year.

At present, the school is seeking to employ a full-time English teacher who is able to begin teaching classes starting from April 2018. This position is not an ALT position, and candidates are expected to possess the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to teach in a solo capacity.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Serve as a homeroom teacher or assistant homeroom teacher
  • Oversee course instruction, curriculum development, and grading in IB Language Acquisition classes and other inquiry-based classes
  • Create and reflect on unit plans for each unit of inquiry
  • Support the planning and development of grade and school level events
  • Participate in subject, grade, faculty, committee, and parent meetings
  • Lead and support extracurricular club activities
  • Actively collaborate with other teachers to help establish a new, and progressive educational program here in Japan

The successful candidate will be employed under the same remuneration system as the school’s Japanese faculty members, with the possibility of earning tenure based on the applicant’s performance. Read More

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