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Tenure Track, Modern or OpenEdit

Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College  - Lecturer (Renewable) Edit

  • The Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University is expanding its faculty and invites applications for a position in the core Honors faculty. The faculty members of Barrett are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers; most are on three-year renewable and rolling appointments. The main teaching responsibility rests on a two-semester interdisciplinary seminar course, The Human Eventin which students examine important ideas from earliest writings to the present. Special attention is given to critical thinking and argumentative writing skills. In addition, faculty members teach upper-division seminars, and mentor honors students throughout their four years in independent studies, individual conferences, theses, and other forms of scholarly achievement.
  • Barrett attracts many of the top students in the country and provides them with an enriched academic experience that challenges them and enables them to become better citizens. The typical Barrett freshman is in the top five percent of his or her high school class, has SAT scores of 1320 or above, and has a high school grade-point average of 3.81.
  • We seek to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position whose primary responsibility will be to teach the first-year Human Event seminar. Successful applicants will demonstrate experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. The position begins August 2014; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.
  • Qualifications: A PhD in any field of the humanities, natural or social sciences that complements the academic focus of the existing faculty members. Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple areas of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and/or the humanities are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching argumentative writing skills is required, and experience leading seminar-based discussions is highly desired.
  • Application: Please send: (1) a letter of application detailing teaching philosophy and experience, disciplinary training and research, and how you can contribute to honors education; (2) a C.V.; (3) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in The Human Event, and a list of readings for the first and second semesters; (4) two letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching. Sample syllabi for this course can be found under faculty profiles on the college website. Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Joseph P. Foy, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, at bhcfacultysearch@asu.eduReview of applications will begin on March 3, 2014.
  • Arizona State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, age or veteran status in the University’s services, educational programs, and activities, including, but not limited to, admission to and employment by the University. The Office of Equity & Inclusion has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, Arizona 85287, Intercampus Mail Code 5612. Phone: (480) 965-5057. For information about ASU’s non-discrimination policies and procedures for filing complaints, please see and

Dartmouth College (NH)Edit

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank in Japan Studies. Applicants for this position must either hold a PhD or be ABD; additionally, they must have native or near native proficiency in modern Japanese and English. The classroom teaching load is four courses per year, to be taught over three of the four quarters.  The field of specialization is open to any that complements the college's current strengths, and we welcome applications from a range of disciplines and areas of expertise (literature, cultural studies, visual culture, sociolinguistics, cultural anthropology, or other appropriate field). Candidates should be able to teach in Japanese thematic courses in their academic discipline as well as both introductory classes and seminars in English.  Additionally, candidates would be expected to contribute to the administration of the program and share the directorship of the annual ten-week study-abroad offering in Chiba, Japan.

  • Applicants should submit, via email, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample (25-50 pages), and one syllabus for a course integrating Japanese language material and academic research to Mr. Gerard Bohlen at: Three letters of recommendation should be sent separately. Questions should be directed to James Dorsey at:
  • The review of applications will begin November 20, 2013.  


  • seems that this is a new position.
  • From an "inside source" of sorts: "The position at Dartmouth would include teaching courses largely in and with Japanese (though English language sources could also be used, and an occasional class discussion in English would also be okay), aimed at students who've completed the equivalent of two years of intensive study, including 3 months in Japan.  We're trying to break down the conventional two-track curriculum, where students do language classes along one track and then 'content' courses entirely in English along a parallel track.  I'd be looking for a colleague who can help with that."
  • Any updates on this one?
  • Skype interviews scheduled.
  • Thanks, guess I'm out then!
  • Campus visit scheduled yet? Other updates?
  • Offer accepted?
  • Rejection letters would be polite. Oh well.
  • Overheard at academic event from a faculty member that search was failing. 
  • They may run this search again next year.


Assistant Professor of Japanese

The George Mason University, Department of Modern and Classical Languages invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Japanese with an emphasis in popular culture, cultural studies, film and/or literary studies for a position that starts in August 2014. The teaching load is two courses per semester.


We seek candidates who demonstrate evidence of a strong research agenda and a commitment to excellence in teaching both language courses and courses within their specialization. A Ph.D. must be in-hand by time of appointment.

Review of applications will begin January 17, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.


•Video interviews week of 2/3

Haverford College (PA)Edit

Haverford College is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in modern or contemporary Japanese literature and culture.This position is in the Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr) Department of East Asian Studies. While the specific research specialty is open, the search committee will be most interested in applicants able to offer courses that place Japanese culture in broad historical and comparative context. An ability to teach both visual and literary materials is an asset. Applicants should be willing to contribute to interdisciplinary programs relevant to their specialty (e.g. Comparative Literature, Visual Culture, Gender and Sexuality) and must have the PhD in hand at the time of appointment.

  • Applicants should submit a letter of application, statement on teaching experience and philosophy, CV, and writing sample, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio at, or sent via email to Corrinne Fahl, Faculty Dossier Coordinator, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041 at For more information, go to
  • Applications are due by November 1, 2013.


  • Does anyone have any news about this search? (12/20/13)
  • campus visit scheduled? 
  • Campus visits scheduled
  • offer made?
  • offer accepted?

Michigan State UniversityEdit

Tenure-system position at the assistant professor level in contemporary Japanese language and culture within the Department of Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, which will be the successful candidate's tenure home. In addition, the position has specified commitments to teaching, research, and service in the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities degree program, which studies how changing global dynamics across history and in the present unfold through humanistic, artistic, and critical knowledge practices. Required are a Ph.D. by the time of appointment, college-level teaching experience, and native or near-native fluency in English and Japanese. The new hire’s research and teaching will foreground the relation between the literary, cultural, linguistic, and the digital specific to Japanese culture in the context of investigating the formation and circulation of a global culture mediated by new technologies. Familiarity with proficiency approaches to language teaching is highly recommended. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Duties will include vigorous research, teaching, and service/outreach activities. The successful candidate will teach contemporary Japanese culture, language, and literature as well as courses in his/her specific research area (e.g., film, media). In addition, the candidate will teach courses in the Global Studies Program ( and cross-disciplinary courses in the general education program Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities ( The Japanese Program is one of the largest language and culture degree programs in the Department. The successful candidate will enrich the experience of the students, while benefiting from a supportive community that includes the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (, the Center for Language Education and Research (a national Language Resource Center) (, and the Asian Studies Center (

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and selected sample(s) of research work. Review of applications will begin December 2, 2013.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State Human Resources web site Posting: 8644. For more information, contact Professor M. Endo Hudson (, Chair of the Japanese Search Committee, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University, 619 Red Cedar Road, B-358 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027.


  • This is reportedly a new position.
  • Skype interviews scheduled for the week of December 16.
  • Campus visit scheduled? (12/28)
  • Campus visits scheduled
  • Campus visits completed (2/15)

Northwestern University (IL)Edit

We welcome candidates who work across multiple genres and media. Early modern through contemporary periods. The candidate will join three currently tenured faculty members in late imperial Chinese literature, modern Japanese literature, and contemporary Hindi literature, and fourteen continuing lecturer faculty in the Chinese-, Hindi-, Japanese-, and Korean-languages in the newly-formed (Fall 2013) Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. As a new member of a growing department, the candidate should bring excellence in research and teaching, as well as enthusiasm and creativity in developing undergraduate curricula, establishing departmental governance, and, at a future date, planning a competitive graduate program. This search is proceeding in tandem with a search for a tenure-line position in modern Chinese literature. The department plans future searches in the fields of Korean and South Asian literature, film/media, and performance/cultural studies. More information on the current searches and the Department of Asian Literatures and Cultures can be found on our job postings page

  • letter of application, C.V., a substantial writing sample (e.g., a dissertation or book chapter), and three letters of recommendation (sent separately). All materials must be submitted electronically through the online application form. Click here to apply now.
  • Deadline October 15, 2013.


  • Request for dissertation manuscript received October 17. x2
  • Skype interviews scheduled for the first week of December.
  • Any updates?  Have campus visits been scheduled?
  • I received an email that I was not selected for a campus interview on December 13.
  • any updates? 
  • offer made?
  • Offer made and accepted.

Princeton University (NJ)Edit

Assistant Professor, Modern/Contemporary Japanese Literature, Film, Cultural Studies Princeton University. The Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Japanese literature, film, or cultural studies with a focus on modern or contemporary Japan. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Candidates should submit a vita, detailed letter of application, writing sample (25 pages max), dissertation abstract and chapter outline, and three letters of recommendation. A Ph.D. must be in hand or expected by September 1, 2014. The review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. AA/EOE. Please apply online and upload your documents to (Req. # 1300546). We ask that referees send their letters to: Chair, Japanese Literature/Film/Cultural Studies Search Committee, East Asian Studies Department, Princeton University, 211 Jones Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544. Interfolio:


  • Invitation to submit additional writing samples received October 26.
  • Any more news about this one?
  • offer made?
  • Heard that an offer was made and accepted

University of KentuckyEdit

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Japanese to begin August 2014.   Applicants must have PhD in hand by July 2014. We seek candidates with the experience and expertise to coordinate the robust language program, which offers four years of Japanese and works with a range of teaching staff, and serves a variety of majors throughout the university. Research area is open, but specialization in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics with a focus on Japanese, or Japanese Language Pedagogy will complement our growing undergraduate and graduate programs. Candidates trained in related fields (e.g., cultural or literary studies of premodern Japan, trans-Asian studies, religious studies, etc.) are also encouraged to apply.  In addition to administering the Japanese language program, responsibilities of the position include pursuing an active research program, teaching a total of four courses per year in the Japanese Program and Department, and coordinating language-related extracurricular/outreach activities.  Active participation in academic life of the Department is also expected.

  • Applicants should send a letter of application, a CV, a research statement, writing samples, and a teaching portfolio (which should include, at minimum, a teaching statement that discusses philosophy, successes, experiments, etc.; sample course syllabi; and sample teaching/course evaluations) via Interfolio at  Applications will be acknowledged. Short-listed candidates will be requested to submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Review of applications will begin November 8, 2013.


University of MichiganEdit

An open-rank search, and applicants with expertise in pre-modern, modern, and contemporary literature are encouraged to apply.The Ph.D. is required prior to appointment. Evidence of excellent teaching and research abilities is essential. Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence (if available), and a statement of current and future research plans. Junior candidates may submit a placement dossier with representative publications or writing samples and at least three letters of recommendation. Senior candidates should include the names of suggested reviewers.

  • To be assured consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2013


  • Invitations for campus visits made week of Nov. 4.
  • Seems like 4 candidates, all senior, for this position.
  • Actually 5 candidates; from a few years out of graduate school to fairly senior.
  • offer made? 
  • Yes, offer made.
  • Not yet accepted (in mid-March); apparently the offer was made in mid-January.

Wake Forest University (NC)Edit

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITYs Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures seeks applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in Japanese Language and Literature beginning in fall 2014.  Primary responsibilities include teaching a broad range of courses in Japanese literature, film, and culture. Ability to teach advanced Japanese language is highly desirable. Candidates must have native or near-native proficiency in English and Japanese. A Ph.D. degree is required by July 1st, 2014. For additional information about the Department, go to Applications must include a statement on teaching and research, CV, a sampling of teaching evaluations, two Japanese literature and/or film course syllabi, and three letters of recommendation (pdf documents preferred; Word documents accepted). Only online applications will be accepted. Specific questions about the position may be addressed to Yaohua Shi, chair of the search committee at

  • To apply for the position, go to or call (336) 758-4700. 
  • All application materials are due by November 15, 2013.


  • This seems to be a replacement position.
  • Telephone interviews scheduled for the week of December 16.
  • Campus interviews scheduled.

Wellesley College (MA)Edit

Tenure-track assistant professor in Japanese language and literature. Research field is open but excludes candidates who specialize either in Japanese theatre or postwar literature.  Full-time teaching load of four courses per year, with teaching responsibilities in both Japanese language and in Japanese literature. Knowledge of another field of East Asian literature or an interdisciplinary field is desirable but not required. PhD preferred (ABD considered). Please send by November 15th a letter of application, c.v., graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio through our online application system at: (The online application will request names/email addresses so that recommenders or dossier services may submit the letters directly.). If circumstances make it impossible to submit any materials through our application site, please email us at


  • offer made?
  • Offer made, accepted in late February.

Tenure Track, PremodernEdit

Visiting and Adjunct PositionsEdit

Bates College (ME) - 3 yr. PositionEdit

The Asian Studies Program of Bates College, a highly selective private liberal arts college located in south-central Maine, invites applications and nominations for a three-year position in Japanese and East Asian Studies to begin in August 1, 2014. ABD candidates will be considered; Ph.D. is expected at time of appointment. A native/near native proficiency in Japanese and English is required. We seek candidates with the flexibility and breadth to teach both culture and language courses. Training and experience in Japanese language pedagogy are expected. Culture courses will depend on the appointees expertise and interest, but should deal with some aspect of Japanese and East Asian civilization, which could function as foundational gateway and/or culminating capstone courses in the East Asian Studies Program. Applicants from the humanities and social sciences with expertise in Japanese transnational experience, other social issues with contemporary global relevance, film, gender, ethnicity (including Korean and Okinawan), or popular culture are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about Asian Studies at Bates, see our webpage (

  • Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480, at a letter of application, curriculum vitae, representative syllabi, and names and contact information for at least three references, including one who can speak to the candidate's teaching experience/expertise. Send only the documents listed. Short-listed candidates will be invited to send additional materials (e.g., letters of recommendation, graduate school transcripts, writing samples, course evaluations, syllabi, statement of teaching philosophy, etc.). Please include your last name and R2139 in the subject line of all submissions.
  • Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled; however, priority is given to complete applications received by October 23, 2013.


  • Offer made and accepted. (12/18)

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