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The JETAA Chicago Leadership is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone in our community. To learn more review our Community Conduct & Agreements.

There are still spots left for our JETAAC (JET Alumni Association of Chicago) annual Shin-Bowlnenkai this Sunday, February 25th, from 3-5 pm CST! This event is not just about striking down pins; it’s a night filled with laughter, networking, and tasty treats. We’re hosting a 2-hour bowling game that’s perfect for both beginners and seasoned players. 

But wait, there's more! With only 15 slots available, make sure to reserve your spot with a $5.00 RSVP fee. And, in these times, your health is our priority. If you’re feeling under the weather, please stay home. Let’s bowl and bond in the safest way possible! Ticket sales will end on Friday, February 23rd, so secure your spot now!

Sign up here!

This event is open to only JET alumni, adults 21+ years in age

Questions? Contact Claudia at

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It is election time! Come take part and have your voice heard as we kick off the 2024-2025 term!

Interested in stepping up to help guide our local community? Reach out to us at Their are many ways to be involved with JETAA Chicago, and whatever capacity you are coming with, the community welcomes your participation and support.

All officer positions are open, as are opportunities to step-up and help organize in the Wisconsin and Indiana sub-chapters! If you are local to Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and curious about how you can help, let us know!

For those interested in participating, check out the details below:

  • Candidate platforms must be submitted by Friday, February 23. The official declaration process has closed, but if you have any questions, contact us.

  • Platforms for all candidates will be shared with the community on Friday, March 1.

  • SIGN UP for the March 4 meeting to receive your electronic ballot.

  • All members of JETAA Chicago and its sub-chapters are eligible to vote in the elections.

  • Attend the open board meeting on Monday, March 4. Alumni will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates then.

  • Polls will be open from 12PM to 7PM CST on Monday, March 4, and results will be announced shortly after!

  • As long as you are registered for the meeting, even if you can not attend, you will receive your ballot and can cast a vote.

Prior to participating, please take a moment to review the Community Norms and Agreements. All members of JETAA Chicago are expected to practice these guidelines and work to cultivate a community built on equitable practices and respectful behavior that fosters belonging for all alumni at all times.

For details on each officer, please see the descriptions here. And please, feel free to reach out to current board members as well. We can be reached at and all of our emails are on the JETAA Chicago website, if you have any questions.

We hope to see you soon!

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The following job opportunity was shared through JETwit Jobs.

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics

Institution: Earlham College, Richmond, IN

Earlham College is a Top 100 National Liberal Arts College located in Richmond, IN, a small city that’s just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Richmond and Earlham have a symbiotic relationship. Through research, studies, internships and volunteering, Earlhamites offer Richmond expertise and service as Richmond offers our students the chance to gain valuable, real-world experience. Our community assumes no religious affiliation but follows Quaker principles and practices, which include respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and consensus-based community decision-making. Earlham is committed to and proud of being a diverse and inclusive place most clearly visible in our student body: 20% of our student body are international, coming from 60+ nations in 2022, and 24% are domestic students of color. Faculty and staff also bring tremendous diversity to the College; many have lived and worked outside the United States, and they make a point of drawing on those experiences in their interactions with students. Additionally, Earlham makes it a priority to serve as a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ communities and has a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index. Our community is characterized by respect for every person and a commitment to social justice. Equity and inclusion are central to Earlham’s institutional priorities and our leadership is committed to widening the path to an Earlham education.

Earlham College is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics to join our team.

Job Summary:

The Department of Languages and Cultures at Earlham College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics, beginning August 2024.


The successful candidate will teach an intermediate Japanese course (JAPN 201) and a fourth-year Japanese course (JAPN 382) in the Fall 2024 semester.


  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) by the time of appointment

  • Demonstrate highly successful skills in teaching Japanese at all levels

  • Specialize in language teaching, linguistics, or related fields with native or near native competency in Japanese and English

  • A strong commitment to teaching Japanese to undergraduates is essential

  • Be a positive example and resource to all Earlham Students

Benefits Working at Earlham:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance*

  • Company paid Long-Term Disability after 1 year of full-time service*

  • Basic and Voluntary Life insurance*

  • Employee Assistance Program*

  • Campus Store Discount

  • Free ticket vouchers for Richmond Symphony Orchestra

  • Wellness Center Free Membership or Discount for eligible employees

  • Athletic Games-Free entry to all home games

  • Free entry into most Theatre/Music shows

  • Tuition Benefits for Immediate Family for eligible employees*

  • 403(b) Retirement* – For eligible employees, Earlham will contribute a non-elective contribution equal to 5% of gross pay after 2 years of service. After 3 years of service, this non-elective contribution increases to 8%. Vesting credit is available for new employees with previous service in the education sector with required documentation.

  • Many Wayne County Chamber of Commerce member businesses offer discounts to anyone with an Earlham ID

*All employee benefit offerings are subject to employee eligibility per plan documents.

Please Note: This position will remain open until filled

To Apply:

Please submit the following application materials through our Earlham Careers Portal:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Unofficial transcripts

  • Cover letter – Address your interest in the opening explaining your relevant work history as it pertains to this position.

  • Statement of DEI – Submit your thoughts and experience with matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as it relates and specifically pertains to this position, in a 300 – 1000 word statement. (Examples of helpful topics include: your understanding of DEI principles, past experiences with DEI, and/or future plans to contribute to DEI at Earlham.)

  • Statement of your Teaching Philosophy.

  • Link to a 30-minute video recording of a Japanese language class taught by the applicant (Please include the link in the cover letter.)

  • List of Three Professional References with Contact Information

PLEASE NOTE: Review of applications will begin on March 18, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Send questions to Yasumasa Shigenaga

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham’s Work Authorization Policy

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

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