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Arizona State University (AZ) - Honors/Open Field/Open Rank (Renewable/Non TT)Edit

Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University invites applications for a renewable multi-year position in the core Honors faculty. Barrett Honors Faculty Fellows are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers with competitive salaries and generous benefits.

The main teaching responsibility rests on a rigorous two-semester interdisciplinary seminar course, The Human Event, in which students examine diverse intellectual traditions 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.

Arizona State University as an institution is committed to accessibility and excellence. 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 their high school class.

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 teaching excellence, including experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. The position begins August 2016; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.

Qualifications: A PhD in any academic field that adds richness to our college. Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching argumentative writing and leading seminar-based discussions is highly desired. We welcome applications from candidates whose teaching and scholarly activities address the diversity of our student population and seek a diverse candidate pool.

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) two letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching; (4) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in the first semester of The Human Event (HON 171), and a schedule of readings for that course. Further information on this course can be found at Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, at

  • Application review will begin at 5:00pm on February 4, 2016.

Austin College (TX) - Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (Japanese)Edit

Austin College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (EAS) with an emphasis on Japan. The college is combining its East Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian Studies programs into an interdisciplinary program in East Asian Studies (EAS). The program will be linked with one or more of our existing interdisciplinary programs, such as Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Global Management, Leadership Studies, Non-Profit and Public Service, or Public Health. Applicants are invited from across a broad range of connected disciplines that strengthen the links to current interdisciplinary programs. We seek applicants with interdisciplinary perspectives, and welcome those who can teach comparatively across geographic regions of Asia. ABDs are welcome to apply.

The successful applicant will have teaching and research interests that can help further build the college’s interdisciplinary program in East Asian Studies, which already includes a faculty member who specializes in modern Japanese literature and culture and one who specializes in modern Chinese literature and culture. The teaching load is three courses per semester plus a January term once every two years. The successful candidate will be committed to innovative teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment and will be expected to teach 1-2 beginning or intermediate level Japanese language courses annually, with the remaining courses contributing in new ways to the developing program in East Asian Studies and current interdisciplinary programs. A willingness to collaborate with faculty with relevant research and teaching interests is essential, as is a willingness to help build the program in EAS.

Austin College is a selective national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1300 undergraduates located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre- professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives. The college seeks to provide an academically challenging and lively community of students and teachers who are committed to intellectual growth through individual and collaborative endeavors.

Candidates should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, description of research interests, evidence of teaching, and three letters of reference. We prefer that materials be submitted as PDF files to: As an alternative, you may submit hard copies to Dr. Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Vice President for Academic Affairs, 900 N. Grand Ave, Suite 6D, Sherman, Texas 75090-4400. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.



Earlham College (IN) - TT Assistant Professor of JapaneseEdit

Earlham College invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the rank of Assistant Professor in Japanese Language and Linguistics, beginning August 2016.

The successful candidate will typically teach three courses per semester: two Japanese language courses and one linguistics course or a course in the area of his/her specialization or interest. The candidate should also expect to collaborate with the programs of Japanese Studies and Comparative Language and Linguistics.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment, demonstrate highly successful skills in teaching Japanese at all levels, and specialize in language teaching, linguistics, culture, or related fields with native or near native competency in Japanese and English. It is possible that a candidate who is ABD will be considered although completion of the Ph.D. by the end of the first year at Earlham would be required for reappointment. A strong commitment to teaching Japanese to undergraduates is essential. In addition to language courses, the candidate must be able to teach general linguistics, Japanese-specific linguistics, and sociolinguistics courses in English.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

The candidate should send their application as a single PDF including: cover letter that addresses the candidate’s interests, qualifications and experience; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy and research interests; graduate transcripts; names and contact information for three references who may later be asked by the search committee to submit a recommendation letter. Materials and questions should be sent by email to: Yasumi Kuriya , Drawer #15, 801 National Road West, Richmond, IN,47374-4095.

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Furman University (SC) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese StudiesEdit

The Department of Asian Studies at Furman University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies. Primary focus is Japanese language teaching; secondary field is open. This is a tenure-track position. Salary competitive.

Position emphasizes language teaching at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced intermediate levels. Teaching load is 5 courses per year; other responsibilities may include directing study away programs; supervising Japanese Language House; teaching first-year seminars. Candidates must be committed to undergraduate instruction as well as scholarship.

Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field by August 2016. Native/near native fluency in Japanese and English is required.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2015. The position is open until filled.

Employment Period: 12-month.

Address inquiries to Dr. Shusuke Yagi, Department of Asian Studies, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613.

Furman University is a private, highly selective liberal arts of 2,700 residential students located in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville has a thriving downtown and international community and is within a reasonable driving distance of Charlotte, Atlanta, and Asheville. Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply online at the following link: Please note: Additional Document 2 should be evidence of teaching proficiency such as student evaluations.


  • x1 Skype Interview (12/8/15)
  • x1 Campus Interview (1/12/16)

Illinois College (IL) - TT Position in Japanese StudiesEdit

Illinois College invites applications for a tenure-track position, to begin Fall 2016, in Japanese Studies, with specialization in Japanese language and culture (e.g., cultural studies, literature), and a commitment to language pedagogy.

We seek candidates committed to student learning in a liberal arts setting. The ideal candidate will demonstrate successful experience teaching Japanese to undergraduate students. As part of a 3-3 teaching load, the candidate will teach all levels of Japanese language and culture in Modern Languages and at least one Japan-related course (taught in English) in International Studies. The candidate will collaborate with other Illinois College faculty studying the environment and sustainability in Japan as part of the implementation phase of a Luce Grant. Additionally, applicants must have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, advising, scholarship, and service. Native or near-native competence in Japanese and English required. Preference will be given to candidates with an earned Ph.D.; however, ABD applicants will be considered.

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 70 miles northeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capitol. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population, currently comprised of 26 percent underrepresented students. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching philosophy, syllabi, course evaluations), undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of research philosophy, and three letters of reference to the Office of Academic Affairs, Attn: Margaret Marek, Chair of the Japanese Studies Search Committee, Illinois College, 1101 W. College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650. Electronic submissions are encouraged; please send materials in PDF format to

Review of applications begins October 15, 2015. Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.


  • x2 Skype interview request (1/25/16)
  • x1 Campus interview (2/3/16)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA) - TT Asst. Professor of Japanese StudiesEdit

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Studies and Languages Section invites applications for a tenure-track position in Japanese Studies at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2016 (employment begins July 1, 2016). Candidates must hold a completed Ph.D. by the start of employment. Preference will be given to candidates with two years of academic teaching experience at the college or university level, and clear evidence of scholarly development. Teaching duties include mid-tier and upper-level undergraduate courses in Japanese Studies. Native, or near-native, fluency in Japanese and English is required. Applicants should have a specialization in Japanese Studies with direct relevance to research areas such as media and the arts; urban, youth and/or popular cultures; gender or ethnic studies; or Japanese history, literature, anthropology, or cultural studies. Applicants must have significant scholarly work that is published or currently in press. Digital humanities projects will also be considered. MIT expects a highly productive and innovative research program as part of the requirements for tenure. MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Please submit a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation (including one that specifically addresses your teaching profile), one writing sample of published or publication-ready scholarship (no longer than 30 pages) in English, and two syllabi of undergraduate courses that you would be interested in teaching. Submission of one additional writing sample in Japanese is optional (and should be no longer than 30 pages). Priority will be given to applications received no later than Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Please submit all application materials to:


  • Did anybody have updates? It has been two months since the application deadline.
  • Did the search end? (3/16)

New York University (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Japanese StudiesEdit

The Department of East Asian Studies at New York University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the beginning or advanced assistant professor level in Japanese Studies. The initial appointment begins September 1, 2016, and it is subject to budgetary and administrative approval. This open-field search is part of the revitalization of the Department, and we encourage all applicants engaged with critical and methodological issues connected to Japan and East Asian Studies.

Application must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a 20-30 page-writing sample or published article/book chapter, and 3 references. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 20, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to the NYU Department of East Asian Studies web site at Instructions can be found under the homepage link "Employment". Please note that we do not accept applications via email.


  • Any news? (12/9) 
  • No news here. (12/10)
  • The job is still posted on their website, and no news. What is happening I wonder, and is there anything one can do? I feel asking them what's going on is not an option... (3/16)
  • Campus visits (four finalists) wrapped up in early March (3/16)
  • Ah, thanks for the info! (3/16)
  • Anyone know who got it? (4/20)

Northwestern University (IL) - Assistant Professor, Japanese Literature and CultureEdit

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University seeks to appoint a full-time faculty member in Japanese Literature and Culture at the assistant professor level. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching complement Northwestern’s strengths in media and performance studies and/or gender and sexuality studies. The successful candidate will join several tenured and tenure-line faculty specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, and Urdu literature, as well as fifteen continuing lecturer faculty in Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, and Korean language in the newly-formed 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 an open rank tenure-line position in Transnational East Asian literatures and cultures. More information on the current searches and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures can be found at:

Applicants should submit a 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 via this link.

For full consideration applications should be received by OCTOBER 23, 2015. The position is open until filled. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.



  • Skype interview mid-Nov.

Saint Olaf College (MN) - TT Assistant Professor, Japanese Language and CultureEdit

The Department of Asian Studies at St. Olaf College seeks an energetic and committed teacher/scholar in Japanese Language and Asian Studies, beginning August 2016. This is a tenure ­track position, expected at the assistant professor rank. Specialization in Japanese language and Asian Studies (including literature, theater, or interdisciplinary approaches such as film studies or cultural studies) preferred with a commitment to language pedagogy.

Interests in integration of language study and disciplinary/interdisciplinary study, regional and transnational approaches to Asian Studies, experiential learning in international study programs, internships and student research projects are highly desired. Teaching responsibilities include language courses at all levels with one course in English that contributes to our Asian Studies major. The normal teaching load is six courses a year.

Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field by September 1, 2016. Native or near native competence in Japanese and English, demonstrated strong teaching skills and scholarly promise are required. Use of technology in classroom teaching and familiarity with current language pedagogy are highly desired.

Applicants must submit materials online at A complete application includes: a cover letter outlining your qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, a short statement (1 page) describing your teaching philosophy, a short statement (1 page) describing your research interests, unofficial graduate transcripts, evidence of teaching in the form of a short (5­-10 minutes) video clip from actual or simulated language teaching In addition, please provide the names and email contact information of three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching and scholarship (we only ask for references’ names and emails; St. Olaf solicits letters directly).

Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to:

Application review will begin on October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

General information about St Olaf College and the Asian Studies Department can be found at and



  • First stage Skype interview in mid-Oct (x2)

University of California, Santa Barbara (CA) - TT Assistant Professor of Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Cultural StudiesEdit

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment. Applicants with specializations in all pre-modern literary periods will be considered, although preference will be given to Early Modern. As a department with a pioneering history in Early Modern Japanese Studies, we encourage new theoretical and methodological frameworks for examining the inherently interdisciplinary nature of early modern literature and culture. For applicants working in earlier periods, interdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged to match department and campus orientations and initiatives. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for, and deep grounding in, textual and linguistic analysis; expertise in various forms of pre-modern Japanese language (bungo, kanbun, sorobun) and writing (hentaigana, kuzushiji); and the ability to teach graduate courses in his/her area of specialization and undergraduate courses of wider coverage in pre-modern Japanese literary history and Japanese Studies. For information on our department please visit our website at

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to the Search Committee through UC Recruit, at Complete applications received by October 1, 2015, will receive full review. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the committee chair, Professor Katherine Saltzman-Li, at


  • x1 Rejection letter received (11/20/15)

University of Montana - Missoula (MT) - TT Assoc. Prof. - Karashima Tsukasa Professor of Japanese Language and CultureEdit

The University of Montana invites applications for an Associate Professor, tenure-track position in Japanese to begin August 2016. This position, in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, is the Karashima Tsukasa Endowed Professorship of Japanese Language and Culture. UM, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Department embrace diversity as a core value. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds are especially welcome. The successful candidate will be an established scholar in the field of Japanese studies, with a PhD or equivalent qualification in a Japan-related field. A substantial record of publication and research is essential. Candidates with expertise and research interests in Japanese language pedagogy, linguistics, or Japanese literature and cultural studies are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate’s teaching duties will include undergraduate-level courses in his or her area of academic specialization, as well as courses in Japanese language; as such, a strong commitment to Japanese language education and prior experience teaching undergraduate-level courses in Japanese language are particularly desirable.

Located in Missoula, Montana, the University of Montana is the state’s flagship liberal arts institution, with approximately 13,000 students. The Japanese section hosts one of the largest language majors at the university, offering both a major and minor in Japanese and numerous study abroad opportunities with partner universities in Japan. In addition to teaching and research responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to take on a leadership and mentoring role as Head of the Japanese Section, to assist in co-ordinating student study abroad programs, and to advise students and Japan-related student groups on campus.

Established to honor the connections between Kumamoto and Missoula in 1991 through a generous donation from Mr. Karashima Tsukasa, then president and director-general of the Foreign Language Academy in Kumamoto, the Karashima Endowed Professorship reflects the University of Montana’s strong commitment to the study of Japanese language and culture.

Native/near-native fluency in Japanese and English required. Supporting materials for the application are listed below.

Screening will begin on Oct 1, 2015 and continue until position is filled. Applications received by September 30, 2015 will be guaranteed consideration.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below. Step 5 "Attachments" in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials.

Only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Recent and/or representative peer-reviewed publications
  • Evidence of effective teaching (such as recent teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, etc.)
  • The names of three (3) referees who can address the candidate’s teaching and research record

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Employer. Finalists must submit to a criminal background check.




University of Notre Dame (IN) - Assistant Professor in Modern Japanese Literature and CultureEdit

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for the position of assistant professor in modern Japanese literature and culture, beginning August 2016. Area of specialization is open but preference will be given to candidates who can offer courses on modern fiction, film, and/or popular culture. Responsibilities include teaching two undergraduate courses per semester, one of which may be a Japanese language class at the 4th Year or Advanced level, depending on program needs. Active programmatic involvement and close collaboration with our faculty to advance our Japanese language and culture program is also expected. QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. degree required by date of appointment. To apply, please submit cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. DEADLINE for application: October 9, 2015. INSTRUCTIONS: Applications are only accepted through Interfolio ByCommittee. Please go to; and follow directions to complete your application.


  • Marked "Position Closed" on Interfolio site (position has been filled??)

===[ Wesleyan University (CT) - TT Assistant Professor of Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Culture]=== The College of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University, announces a position in Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Culture, effective July 1, 2016. Assistant professor (tenure-track) in Japanese. PhD in hand or near completion by time of appointment. We seek a colleague with a broad foundation in pre- modern Japanese literature and culture and have a particular interest in candidates whose research and teaching engage with comparative frameworks informed by critical theory. Grounding in another discipline, such as Visual Studies, Gender Studies, or in the literature of a region outside Japan, will be considered advantageous.

The successful candidate will have native or near-native fluency in Japanese and display tangible evidence of excellence in language instruction. The teaching load is two courses per semester, typically including at least one upper-level language course per year. Wesleyan has a generous sabbatical policy, which allows one semester off at full pay following six semesters of full- time teaching.  

To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two sample syllabi, writing sample (25-page maximum), teaching statement, and teaching evaluations (if available), names and email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation, to As part of the teaching statement, we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. For full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2015, when the system will close at midnight and accept no additional materials. Successful semi-finalists will be interviewed via Skype and finalists invited to campus.

Wesleyan University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator, 860-685-4771,


  • First stage Skype interview (x1)

Winona State University (MN) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese StudiesEdit

Winona State University, in Winona, MN, invites you to join our Community of Learners as an Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies. This position is a probationary/tenure-track appointment starting August 15, 2016. As a faculty member, you will be responsible for serving as the sole full-time Japanese Studies faculty member in the Department of Global Studies and World Languages. You will be teaching 1st through 3rd year undergraduate Japanese language courses as well as undergraduate Japanese Studies Minor courses in English. Additional duties include promoting Japanese Studies through program development and student recruitment; advising students; advising the Japanese Club; and providing service to the department, university and community

Minimum qualifications for this position are a Ph.D. in Japanese (in hand by the date of appointment) in any of the following areas: language, literature, culture, linguistics, pedagogy, or a closely related field; demonstrated excellence in teaching Japanese language at the university level; demonstrated record of scholarship and a credible research agenda; native or near-native fluency in Japanese; and fluency in English.

A complete job description and information on applying for this position, please go to Application deadline is October 2, 2015.

WSU is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


  • x1 Phone interview (11/25/15)
  • x1 Campus interview (1/18/16)


Grinnell College (IA) - Department of Chinese and Japanese (Japanese) - 3 Year PositionEdit

GRINNELL COLLEGE. The Department of Chinese and Japanese invites applications for a 3-year position in Japanese beginning Fall 2016. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) possible. The field of specialization is open, but candidates with a background in Linguistics or Second Language Acquisition are especially encouraged to apply. Please visit our application website at to find more details about the job and submit applications online. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Mariko Schimmel, at [] or 641-269-3141.

Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a strong tradition of social responsibility. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 1, 2015.


  • Rejection letter saying the position has been filled (12/16)

University of California, Riverside - Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages - 2 VAPs in Japanese / Comparative Lit.Edit

Position(s): Two Visiting Assistant Professorships in Japanese Literature and Comparative Literature with the possibility of renewal for 2017-18.

One full-time Visiting Assistant Professor (6 courses over 3 Quarters). One part-time Visiting Assistant Professor (5 courses over 3 Quarters)

Starting Date: Fall Quarter instruction begins Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Salary: $10,000 per course

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Japanese literature, Comparative Literature or closely related field with a focus on Japanese literature and culture must be awarded by time of application. Priority will be given to candidates with a promising program of research and experience in teaching Comparative Literature and Japanese literature and culture. Applicants preferred with native or near-native fluency in Japanese.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification. UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Duties: Visiting Assistant Professors participate in research, teaching, and service. Additional duties will include supervising studies with both undergraduate and graduate students, mentoring graduate students in professional development and contributing to service associated with membership in departmental program committees.

The full-time Visiting Assistant Professor position will instruct six courses over three quarters including one graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. The part-time Visiting Assistant Professor position will consist of the instruction of five courses including one graduate seminar in Comparative Literature.

Courses scheduled in the Fall Quarter include CPLT 277 “Seminar in Comparative Literature,” JPN 22 “Introduction to Japanese Film,” and JPN 145 “Modern Japanese Thought.” Courses in the Winter and Spring will be scheduled according to the Japanese Program’s curricular needs.

Application Procedure: Applicants will be required to submit cover letter, CV, representative writing sample, sample syllabus or syllabi, teaching evaluations, 3 letters of recommendation and Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service. Please specify in the cover letter, whether you would like to be considered for the full time or part time position.
Materials should be uploaded using UCR’s on-line application system
Applications and materials will be submitted using UCR’s on-line application system located at

Applicants who use Interfolio may utilize a feature provided by the Interfolio Service to allow Interfolio to upload their letters directly into AP Recruit. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer's email address. Interfolio refers to this as Online Application Deliveries. The following link on the Interfolio website shows how to set this up ( ).

To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by August 8, 2016.

Department Contact person:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Bates College (ME) - Kazushige Hirasawa Chair of Japanese Studies (Assoc. or Full Prof.)Edit

The Asian Studies Program at Bates College, a highly selective private liberal arts college located in south-central Maine, invites applications and nominations for the Kazushige Hirasawa Chair of Japanese Studies, to begin August 1, 2016. This is a senior position at the Associate or Full Professor level. The new Hirasawa chair will receive tenure upon appointment, and will chair and further strengthen Bates’s established interdisciplinary program in Asian Studies (with majors in Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian Studies). Ph.D., native or near native proficiency in Japanese and English, and a substantial record of teaching and publication are required. Experience leading or playing a major role in developing an academic program is desirable. The field of specialization (within the humanities or social sciences) is open, but candidates should be willing and able to teach a Japanese language course, as well as topical courses of their own choosing dealing with aspects of Japan and/or East Asia. The teaching load at Bates is 5 courses per year—4 courses for a program chair. For more information about Asian Studies at Bates, see our webpage (

The College and the Asian Studies Program are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are especially encouraged to apply, and the search committee expects candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Please apply here:

Review of applications begins November 2nd and will continue until the position is filled. Candidate should submit the following materials: letter of application, curriculum vita, statement on teaching, research and academic leadership, and three letters of recommendation.


Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) - Chair, School of Modern LanguagesEdit

The School of Modern Languages of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative Chair to lead a dynamic and innovative faculty team dedicated to redefining the study of language and culture for the 21st century.

The School is united around a vision of applied foreign language and cultural proficiency coupled with understanding of intercultural issues as crucial for careers. It draws on its unique setting as part of a premier technological university to deliver cutting-edge programs that focus on preparing students to participate in the global workforce through advanced communication skills, critical and creative thinking, intercultural understanding and professional competency in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.

Part of Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, the School offers an innovative B.S. degree in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) as well as degrees in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML) and International Affairs and Modern Languages (IAML), and we look forward to a chair who will lead our efforts in designing an innovative Master’s program.

Twenty-three tenure-track faculty members and thirty non-tenure-track instructors provide administrative and instructional support to a growing number of majors, dual majors, and minors. Oversight of our academic programs requires a commitment to progressive education, international programs, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in the College and the Institute. For additional information, see

The candidate must possess a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree and a scholarly record that merits a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. The individual should have demonstrated leadership, preferably in higher education; a proven aptitude for effective financial, academic, and personnel management; a keen interest in supporting faculty scholarship; a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; experience in strategic planning and fund-raising; and the ability to articulate the unit’s innovative programs within an Institute committed to expanding connections between the humanities, sciences and technology, and international education. Leaders with experience outside of academia, but knowledgeable about the academic enterprise, are also strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, candidates will send:

(1) a cover letter surveying their expertise for the position

(2) a curriculum vitae (including a list of five references),

(3) a concise leadership philosophy, all emailed as one single PDF,

Applications or nominations should be sent to

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Start date for the position: July 1, 2016.



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