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Arizona State University (AZ) - Open Rank Professor, Modern Japanese Literature and Culture[]

(Job# 12105) Arizona State University School of International Letters and Cultures

The School of International Letters & Cultures (SILC) at Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a full-time, 9-month faculty member at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the area of Modern Japanese Literature and Culture. The successful candidate will contribute to curriculum development in Modern Japanese language, literature, and culture; teach a minimum of two courses per semester at the undergraduate and graduate level on the Tempe campus; supervise honors, masters and doctoral students; conduct research and publish in top-tier journals and presses; participate in professional and university service. Arizona State University is the nation’s leading major public university committed to inclusion and excellence in research and education. SILC’s programs are increasing in size and excellence at a robust rate, and we seek a candidate who excels in both research and teaching to help advance the School’s programs to national prominence. Applicants at advanced Assistant, Associate or full Professor Level are encouraged to apply. Anticipated start date is August 2018.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. required by tine of application; Demonstrated ability to work with visual and written Japanese texts and media from the Meiji period to the contemporary era; Native or near-native fluency in modern Japanese and English; Ability to use basic instructional technology (i.e., Blackboard, Canvas, etc.); Ability to contribute to SILC-wide courses on literary and cultural theory

Desired Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise in film; Knowledge of either a second Asian or European language; Background in translation studies; Prior teaching experience at the university level • Ability to teach content courses in Japanese; Evidence of ability to meet the needs of diverse student populations and/or to reach out to diverse communities.

To apply, submit electronically to the following materials: 1) a current curriculum vitae; 2) a letter addressed to Regents’ Prof. Stephen Bokenkamp, Search Committee Chair, outlining research program, teaching philosophy, and how the applicant's experiences fit the qualifications listed above; 3) copies of syllabi of courses taught; 4) one example of research writing in English, no longer than 45 pages; and 5) the names, positions, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references, who may be contacted directly by academicjobsonline or by the committee.

Application deadline is November 15, 2017; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. By policy, the successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by time of hire.

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Bates College (ME) - TT Asst. Professor - Japanese - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Asian Studies Program at Bates College, a private liberal arts college located in southern Maine with a rich history of diverse coeducation, invites applications for a tenure–track Assistant Professor position in Japanese language, literature, and culture to begin in Fall 2018.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. is preferred but ABD candidates will be considered. Superior proficiency in Japanese and English is required. The Program hopes to appoint a candidate with interests in one or more of the following, considered in terms of their positions within the larger context of East Asia: modern Japanese literature, film, and popular culture. A commitment to teaching language courses, as well as experience in Japanese language pedagogy, are expected. The course load is a 5-course combination of culture and language courses annually. For more information about Asian Studies at Bates, see our webpage ( The new faculty member has the opportunity to make a key contribution to an innovative and forward-looking Program with majors in Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian Studies.

We welcome applications from individuals capable of contributing to Bates College’s ongoing commitment to social and cultural diversity and inclusiveness. Bates College and the Asian Studies Program are committed to enhancing equity, inclusion and diversity, including our capacity for teaching students from all backgrounds. Faculty members are expected to contribute to these goals, and we expect candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area in their cover letter and in two-page teaching and scholarship statements.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants should submit the following materials: a letter of application (cover letter), two-page teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation (at least one of which speaks to teaching), academic transcripts, and, if available, sample syllabi of relevant courses and recent teaching evaluations. Review of applications begins November 15, 2017, and will continue until the position has been filled.

This institution is using Interfolio's ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.


  • notified that an offer was made and accepted 2/23

California State University, Monterey Bay (CA) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese Culture and Language[]

POSITION: Assistant Professor of Japanese Culture and Language


TYPE: Tenure-Track

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach lower and upper division Japan related culture courses in English (e.g. Japanese popular culture, cinema, and history.) and Japanese language courses; Advising Japanese Majors and Minorsl Strong Commitment to developing a modern curriculum; Typical teaching load is 12 credits per semester.

QUALIFICATIONS (MINIMUM): Ph.D. in Anthropology, Japanese Language and Literature, Japanese Studies, East Asian, East Asian Languages and Cultures or related field by the time of appointment from an APA accredited doctoral program; Ability to teach effectively in a wide range of courses; Experience working effectively in an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.

QUALIFICATIONS (DESIRABLE): Experience teaching computer-assisted courses; Demonstrated leadership skills in professional and/or academic areas are desirable; Experience teaching Japanese language courses.



APPLY: A completed online application and all required materials must be received by University Personnel by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screening date listed above to be guaranteed a review. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned. CSUMB will not fax application materials.


Cornell University (NY) - TT Assistant Professorship in Northeast Asian Critical Humanities (incl. Japan) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University welcomes applications for a Tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Northeast Asian Critical Humanities. We seek teaching and research strengths in Japan and/or Korean studies, ideally including trans-national/inter-Asian empirical and theoretical interests. Applications are welcome from candidates working in modern, or across premodern and modern, contexts. Candidates should be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate curriculum through courses in their fields of specialization as well as through survey and gateway courses. The successful candidate will enter a department that approaches Asian Humanities from diverse, but often complementary, disciplinary and theoretical arenas, including literature, film, media and visual culture, literary and intellectual history, religious studies, the investigation of imperial and colonial cultural forms and processes, translation studies, and study of modernities. While the Department of Asian Studies constitutes the teaching and tenure home for this position, the successful candidate will also make contributions to one or more of Cornell University’s thematic and area studies programs. Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2018, and publishing record or strong potential for publishing is important.

  • Submit by November 1, 2017, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, reading sample, statement of teaching experience, and three letters of recommendation electronically at


Earlham College (IN) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies[]

Earlham College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies, a tenure-track position. The position in the Japanese Studies Program begins in July 2018.

The College's hope is to find a colleague with expertise in the Visual and Performing Arts or the Humanities who is committed to helping to foster an innovative Japanese Studies program that is diverse and inclusive. The Program is particularly interested in candidates who can teach courses in pre-modern or modern Japanese literature and whose courses intersect with existing programs in the Humanities or Visual and Performing Arts.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: This is a full-time, nine-month position that includes a teaching load of three courses per semester. In addition to teaching courses in their area of expertise, the successful candidate is expected to share teaching of the Program’s core courses Introduction to the Study of Japan and Senior Capstone Experience. Candidates whose teaching and scholarship relate to literature, visual and performing arts, art history, film and media studies, or popular or visual culture of Japan are highly encouraged to apply. Language teaching is not expected as part of this position.

In addition to teaching, the successful candidate is expected to be actively involved with institutional committees, academic advising, and leading off-campus study programs. Finally, the successful candidate should carry on active scholarship focusing on Japan or East Asia.

Experience & Qualifications: Candidates with an earned doctorate are preferred, though ABD candidates will be considered provided they can demonstrate significant progress towards completion of the dissertation. The successful candidate’s research and teaching should focus on Japan, but candidates whose scholarship and teaching include additional East Asian geographical or cultural contexts, especially those related to China, are welcome. The College is especially interested in candidates from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity, inclusion and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and service. Earlham seeks an individual who is committed to effective teaching, the liberal arts, and Earlham College’s Principles and Practices. Japanese Studies at Earlham College

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Earlham emphasizes the pursuit of truth, lack of coercion, respect for others, openness to new truth, integrity and application of what is known to improving our world.

The College has one of the oldest and best-known undergraduate programs in the country for the study of Japan. About 9% of Earlham students enroll in Japanese language study, and each year 15 - 20 students study in Japan through one of Earlham’s two related off-campus programs. For more information, visit the Institute for Education on Japan website.

Application Instructions: A complete application will include the following: Letter of application explaining how the candidate meets qualifications; Curriculum vitae; Statement of teaching philosophy; A statement of 300 to 500 words describing your ability to contribute to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at Earlham College; Three letters of reference. Application materials 1-4 should be sent by email in a single PDF file to: Mary Owens, Japanese Studies Coordinator:

Candidates should arrange for references to send their letters separately to: Mary Owens, Japanese Studies Coordinator:

For more information, contact: Search Chairperson Eric Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies:

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).


Florida State University (FL) - TT Assistant Professor in East Asian Languages and Linguistics[]

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the Florida State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in East Asian Languages and Linguistics beginning August 2018. The successful candidate will contribute to both undergraduate and graduate programs in the department's East Asian Division. Primary responsibilities of this position include English-taught courses in East Asian linguistics and language pedagogy, in addition to Chinese and/or Japanese language courses depending upon the candidate's expertise. Candidates should have by date of appointment a Ph.D. degree in linguistics or language pedagogy with a concentration in either Chinese or Japanese. Applicants with interest or specialization in historical linguistics are especially welcome. Preference will be given to candidates with native or near-native proficiency in both Chinese and Japanese, as well as fluency in English.

The Florida State University takes online applications at (Job ID#42363). To apply, submit an application package that includes: a cover letter addressed to Department Chair Dr. Mark Pietralunga, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and a writing sample. All documents should be uploaded as a single PDF. The three required recommendation letters should be requested through our system at

Questions may be sent to the Search Committee Chair, Aaron Lan, at (please cc to: Japanese Coordinator Laura Lee at and Department HR Representative Jennifer Morton at

This position is being advertised as open until filled. Review of applications will begin November 12, 2017.


Nagoya University (JAPAN) - Tenured Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and English[]

The Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University, Japan is pleased to announce a job opening for an Associate Professor starting from April 1, 2018. This position entails instruction at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels.

1. Position title: Associate Professor (tenured). 2. Number of positions: 1. 3. Affiliation: The Faculty of Humanities, the Graduate School of Humanities. 4. Starting date: April 1, 2018.

5. Primary responsibilities: (1) To teach graduate courses in cultural studies (preferably on subculture) or translation studies in the Global 30 Linguistics and Cultural Studies Program. (2) To teach undergraduate English as a Foreign Language courses. (3) To contribute to the research and educational projects of Nagoya University. (4) To do other duties including administrative work.

  • Note: The teaching load will be approximately five 90-minute classes per week. The classes will include academic English courses in reading, writing, presentation and communication for undergraduate Japanese students, and postgraduate courses for international students in the Global 30 Linguistics and Cultural Studies Program. The position also involves making and marking of the Foreign Language (English) component of the entrance examination for Nagoya University (undergraduate programs), and student selection for the Global 30 Linguistics and Cultural Studies Program.

6. Application requirements: (1) To have a doctoral degree. (2) To have an experience of teaching English as a Foreign Language at the tertiary level for at least a year. (The experience of working as a teaching assistant can be included.) (3) To be able to teach courses in cultural studies (preferably on subculture) or in translation studies in English and Japanese, and to advise graduate students in one or other of these areas. (4) To have an advanced-level proficiency in Japanese that will be necessary for teaching, advising and administrative work.

7. Application documents: 

  • The following documents must be submitted both on paper and in PDF format. The PDF files should be saved on a USB memory or a CD.

(1) Curriculum vitae (with a passport-size photo, phone number and e-mail address). (2) List of publications (lists of conference presentations and guest lectures and of competitive research funds received should be included). (3) List of educational achievements (a list of course titles with brief descriptions -- both specialized subjects and EFL -- and an additional list of educational achievements if any.) (4) Photocopy of diploma (highest and/or last degree earned). (5) Three published works and their abstracts (comprising at least one work in English and one work in Japanese; offprints and photocopies are acceptable; abstracts of journal articles and book chapters should be approximately 400 characters in Japanese; those of books and dissertations should be approximately 800 characters; each abstract should be written on a separate sheet of A4 paper). (6) Statement of Intent (A) concerning graduate education (approximately 800 characters in Japanese). (7) Statement of Intent (B) concerning university-level English as a Foreign Language education (approximately 800 characters in Japanese). (8) Statement of Intent (C) concerning your research plan (approximately 500 words in English). (9) One letter of recommendation, and the name, affiliation, position and contact details of one other recommender.

8. Remuneration: Approximately four to nine million yen per annum (including bonuses) before tax depending on age, qualifications and experience. If the selected applicant is from overseas, the cost of his/her airfare to Japan will be reimbursed by the university. 9. Working hours and holidays: Working hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30-17:15 *Discretionary working-hour system applicable. Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, 6 days from December 29 to January 3, and two days in August (paid leave). In addition, faculty members are also entitled to 20 days of paid leave per calendar year.

10. Insurance and pension: Full-time faculty members will be required to participate in National Public Service Employee Mutual Aid Association’s health insurance and pension plan, as well as employment insurance and workers’ accident compensation insurance.

11. Application deadline: All the application documents must arrive no later than Monday, November 6, 2017.

12. Applicants are requested to send the documents to: Professor Jun’ichi Sakuma Dean, the Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University B4-5 (700), Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan.

  • Note: The application documents must be sent by registered post with the words, “Associate Professor Position (Global 30) Application Enclosed,” in red on the application envelope.

13. Selection procedure: (1) First screening based on submitted documents. (2) Second and final screening by a personal interview with successful candidates from the first screening.

  • Note: The interview will be conducted at Nagoya University. A short demonstration graduate level lecture may also be requested. Please note that the Graduate School of Humanities cannot bear your travel expenses to Nagoya University for the interview. In the case of overseas applicants, the interview may be conducted by Skype.

14. Contact information: For further information regarding this position, please contact by e-mail.

General Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Humanities Administration Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagoya University E-mail:

  • Note: Please write “Inquiry about Associate Professor Position (Global 30)” in the subject box of the e-mail.

Notes: (i) E-mail submission of the application documents will not be accepted. (ii) The application documents, including submitted publications, will not normally be returned. If you wish to have them returned, please include an envelope with the return address written on it and postage stamps of an appropriate amount or a delivery payment invoice. (iii) Personal information in the application will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening and employment. (iv) Nagoya University is an Equal Opportunity employer. Applications from female researchers are strongly encouraged. Further information can be found at:


  • Specialists in Japanese Cultural Studies welcome to apply for this tenured position.

New York University (NY) - Assoc. or Full Professor - Japan or China Studies - SKYPE INTERVIEWS HELD[]

The Department of East Asian Studies at New York University invites applications for a tenured position in Japan Studies or China Studies (literature, culture, media, and film), open to current associate professors and recently promoted full professors. The initial appointment begins September 1, 2018, and it is subject to budgetary and administrative approval. This is an open field search, and we encourage all applicants engaged with critical and methodological issues connected to Japan or China, and East Asian Studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate scholarly excellence and a commitment to both graduate and undergraduate teaching. Application must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a 20- to 30-page writing sample or published article/book chapter, and 3 letters of recommendation. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please see the NYU Department of East Asian Studies web site at or apply online at . Please note that we do not accept electronic applications sent by email.


  • Skype interview, 12/15

Northwestern University (IL) - Associate or Full Professor - Asian Humanities[]

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University seeks to appoint a full-time, tenured faculty member in a field in the Asian Humanities beginning in Fall, 2018. We welcome candidates who work across multiple genres and media, from classical to contemporary periods, and in any Asian languages. We are particularly interested in a scholar and teacher who combines intellectual breadth and scholarly distinction in his or her field with a commitment to programmatic leadership and growth.

The successful candidate will join several tenured and tenure-line faculty specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, and Urdu literature and media cultures, as well as sixteen 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 to developing undergraduate curricula, and, at a future date, building a competitive graduate program.

Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission at the following link: Applicants should submit a letter of application, C.V., and two substantial writing samples (e.g., book chapters or peer-reviewed articles), and the names and contact information of three professional references who can speak both to the applicant’s scholarly contributions as well as to matters of collegiality and institutional vision. The applicant will be notified by the Search Committee before reference letters are requested.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017 and the position is open until filled. Inquiries about the search may be sent to



Randolph-Macon College (VA) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Asian Studies Program at Randolph-Macon College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies, to begin in the Fall semester of 2018. Teaching duties include a 3-1-3 teaching load in the areas of first-year Japanese, conversational Japanese, Japanese reading and composition, and/or other areas of the candidate’s expertise and interest. 

Japanese is a vibrant area of study at Randolph-Macon. Japanese Studies was approved as a new minor program in 2017, precipitating the creation of a new tenure line to enhance course offerings beyond the intermediate level. Since 2012 the College has received substantial grant support from U.S.-Japan Council TOMODACHI Initiative, the Japan Foundation, the Association of Asian Studies, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, enabling robust travel and development opportunities for students and faculty alike. Randolph-Macon is also proud to host the Virginia Governor’s Japanese Language Academy, a residential summer program for high-school students competitively chosen from across the state.

Randolph-Macon College is a selective, co-educational, residential liberal arts and sciences institution of 1,500 students, located in the beautiful Virginia Piedmont region, fifteen miles north of Richmond. We value diversity, and are committed to building a community which welcomes all persons regardless of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. 

The successful applicant will have 1) a Ph.D. in hand or very near completion; 2) native or near-native proficiency in English and Japanese; 3) a demonstrated passion for undergraduate education; 4) the promise of a strong scholarly agenda; and 5) a commitment to fostering diversity and cross-cultural understanding.

To apply, please send only the following materials to :  1) a two- to three-page cover letter, incorporating statements on teaching, scholarship, and service; (2) CV; and 3) three letters of reference, at least one of which must discuss candidate’s teaching.  Review of candidates will begin on 11/1; questions may be directed to search committee chair Todd Munson, at


  • Offer made and accepted in April.

Stanford University (CA) - TT Assistant Professor in Premodern Japanese Literature[]

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University is seeking applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor in the area of premodern Japanese literature. Areas of secondary interest include but are not limited to Japanese History, Performance, Religious Studies, Visual Culture, Gender Studies, and Chinese Language and Literature. Candidates are expected to have completed the Ph.D. degree by the time of appointment. Appointees will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in Japanese literature and premodern forms of language.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and three letters of reference online via [1]. For full consideration, materials must be received by October 15, 2017. The appointment will begin on September 1, 2018.



University of Arizona (AZ) - TT Asst. Professor - Japanese Studies - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of East Asian Studies in the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning August 2018 at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Japanese Studies with an emphasis in history, cultural studies, or thought. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment, August 2018.

We seek applicants with specializations that offer potential for trans-regional, interdisciplinary, and thematic resonance within the EAS department and across the university. Period of research specialization is open, but our strong preference is for broadly trained scholars of Japan who can contribute to teaching and advising across both the pre-modern and modern period. Doctoral training in historical method is preferred, but applications from other specialists in thought or intellectual history are welcome. We are particularly interested in applicants with innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to Japanese studies in teaching and research, who situate Japan in regional and global contexts and engage diverse audiences, and who broaden existing departmental strengths in literature, religion, linguistics, and the anthropology of East Asia. For candidates interested in the history or culture of science and/or technology in Japan, possibilities may exist for collaboration with Planetary Scientists working in collaboration with the Japan Space Agency.

Teaching responsibility is four courses per year, including a lower-division Japanese Civilization course complemented by upper-division courses on pre-modern and modern Japan, graduate courses, and topics in the applicant’s area of specialization. The successful candidate will demonstrate a promising record of teaching and scholarship. This is a benefits eligible position and the appointment starts in August 2018.

For further information, including information on how to apply, see

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2017.


University of California, Riverside (CA) - Associate Professor - Japanese Literary Studies[]

Department of Comparative Literature and Languages

2017-2018 Academic Year

The Department of Comparative Literature and Languages at the University of California, Riverside, invites applicants for a tenured Associate Professorship in any area of Japanese literary studies to contribute to its undergraduate program in Japanese Studies and graduate program in Comparative Literature. Native or near-native ability in Japanese is required. The ability to contribute to the Department’s other undergraduate programs is strongly desired. Salary is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications. Viable applicants should meet the expectations for tenure within the University of California system.

Position: Associate Professor (with Tenure) in Japanese Literature in Comparative Context

Starting Date: July 1, 2018

Qualifications: Minimum requirements are a PhD in Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature, or a related field and native or near-native ability 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.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications, one-page research statement, a representative writing sample (20-30 pages), and a statement of contributions to diversity; applicants are also asked to provide the name and contact information for three references. Materials should be uploaded using UCR’s on-line application system:

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by January 15, 2018.

Department Contact person – Prof. John Kim:

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

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.


University of Chicago (USA:IL) - TT Asst. Professor - Pre-1900 Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies - CAMPUS VISITS HELD / NO OFFER MADE[]

Tenure Track assistant professorship in Pre-1900 Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies, including such fields as literature, intellectual and cultural history, performance studies, religious studies, and related areas preferably to begin July 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter

Applicants should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization as well as general courses in Japanese culture, premodern forms of language, and related fields. Applicants should have excellent skills in reading primary source texts, as well as a track record of innovative scholarship. We encourage scholars with interdisciplinary and interregional research interests to apply.

PhD must be in hand by appointment date

Teaching Load: 4 courses/year

To apply for this position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website,, select requisition #03508, and upload a cover letter addressing current research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, an outline of a book or dissertation project, and copies of any publications. Three letters of recommendation are also required. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded by the recommenders to the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website. However, if this is not possible the Department can accept letters of recommendation from the recommenders as signed pdfs or from a portfolio service if they are emailed to

Review begins: 15 Nov. 2017.


  • Also posted at Asian History 2017-18
  • Request for campus visit 
  • Notice for a two- to three-year teaching postdoc posted on 3/15.  Did the TT search fail?
  • No offer was made

University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) - TT Assistant Professor of Early Modern Japanese Literature and Culture - CAMPUS VISITS HELD[]

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Early Modern (Edo period) Japanese Literature and Culture to begin August 2018. Candidates should have a PhD in Japanese literature or a related field, as well as a minimum of one year of research experience in one or more of the following areas: early modern Japanese fiction, drama/theatre, poetry, nativist studies, and/or related area. Research expertise may have been obtained during doctoral studies. ABD candidates will be considered. However, if the PhD degree is not conferred by August 20, 2018, the candidate will be appointed initially as an Instructor. Job duties include teaching courses in Japanese literature and culture to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as service to the university.

Applicants must apply online at, job number 10161 to create and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, current CV, writing sample, and copies of syllabi of courses taught or proposed. You will receive a confidential email requesting contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The appointment will be contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check as required by the University.



  • Skype interview; request for campus visit

University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Pedagogy[]

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Pedagogy, position number 84536. Appointment to begin August 1, 2018, subject to position clearance and availability of funds. Permanent, tenure track appointment.

Duties and Responsibilities: Teach introductory and upper division undergraduate courses in Japanese language and linguistics; teach graduate courses in Japanese language, linguistics and/or pedagogy, including teaching practica; advise undergraduate and graduate students; conduct and publish research in area(s) of specialization; participate in departmental and university service; other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Japanese language or Japanese linguistics or closely related field from a college or university of recognized standing with demonstrated expertise in Japanese pedagogy and clear evidence of research potential (all requirements for the doctorate must be completed by 08/01/2018); high level of proficiency in Japanese and English; experience in teaching Japanese at a college level; demonstrate ability to work effectively and collegially.

Desirable Qualifications: Research emphasis on phonological development including prosody/intonation, or JSL/JFL literacy development, or heritage language learning; demonstrate capacity to instruct and/or advise graduate students in the relevant field

Review of applications will begin November 22, 2017, until position is filled. To apply, see the full ad located at: (Work at UH ad)


University of Kentucky (KY) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese[]

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Japanese to begin August 2018. The successful applicant’s tenure home will be in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures (MCLLC), a dynamic academic unit committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2018. We seek candidates with the experience and expertise to reinforce our robust language program, where a team of teaching staff offers four years of Japanese and serves a variety of majors throughout the university. Research area of the candidate is open and we encourage candidates with specialization in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics with a focus on Japanese, or Japanese Language Pedagogy in order to complement our commitment to the growing undergraduate program in MCLLC. A rating of Superior level or above on the ACTFL proficiency scale is required. In addition to teaching a total of eighteen credit hours (typically five or six courses) of mostly Japanese language courses per year, responsibilities of the position include maintaining currency in the discipline, supporting the administration of the Japanese language program, and coordinating Japan-related extracurricular/outreach activities that we conduct with a range of student, educational, governmental, business, non-profit, and other organizations. Active participation in academic life of the Department is also expected.

Interested applicants should apply online at: by submitting the following materials: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) research statement, 4) writing sample, and 5) teaching portfolio that must include: a teaching statement that discusses pedagogical philosophy, successes, and experiments; sample course syllabi; and representative teaching/course evaluations. Also provide the names and contact information of three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from the references for the short-listed.

Questions about the position should be directed to Masamichi (Marro) Inoue, Applications will be acknowledged. Deadline for the receipt of applications is 17 December, 2017.


University of Maryland (MD) - TT Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies beginning August 2018. We seek a scholar able to teach courses on pre-modern and/or early modern Japan, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to literary and cultural analysis. The successful candidate will be expected to offer undergraduate courses on a wide range of topics, including their area of specialization, classical Japanese, and reading advanced modern Japanese. Duties include teaching four semester courses per year and some service obligations, such as advising undergraduates, updating the program’s website, and coordination of the Japan Speaker Series. Candidates are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship at the undergraduate level, including working with students and groups from underrepresented backgrounds.

Applicants should have a strong publication record, native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English, and a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. Candidates should show a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching through innovative course topics and pedagogy. The School of Languages Literatures and Cultures is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

For full consideration, candidates should submit a cover letter, including a short description of current research plans, a CV, a 25-30-page writing sample (published article or work-in-progress), 2 syllabi (one classical language course and one literature/cultural studies content course), and the names and contact information for three reference providers who may be contacted to provide a confidential letter of recommendation. All applications must be uploaded to the University of Maryland web-based employment application system at For best consideration, submit application by Friday, November 3, 2017. This position is contingent on continued availability of funds.



  • Request for Skype interview 11/15
  • Notified offer accepted 3/31

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC) - TT Assistant Professor in Japanese[]

Required qualifications include: a PhD in Japanese, Japanese Studies or related field at time of appointment; native or near native proficiency in Japanese and English; experience in teaching at the university level; evidence of scholarly productivity as demonstrated by a focused research agenda that clearly articulates research and publication plans; and a stated commitment to promoting diversity and working with underrepresented groups. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research.

Job duties include teaching two courses in Japanese language and translation per semester during the probationary period (translating is done in both directions: Japanese and English); advising undergraduate and graduate students; helping the Department grow its program in Japanese translation; and maintaining a successful research and publication record.

Minimum Experience/Education UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience The ideal candidate will demonstrate a willingness to teach both graduate and undergraduate classes, to participate in program building and/or teaching in a translation program, and to contribute to the department’s programming in community outreach and study abroad; a potential to secure appropriate external funding; and the potential to make dynamic, innovative contributions to the intellectual mission of Japanese Studies.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications

Special Notes to Applicants The Department of Languages and Culture Studies of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor of Japanese with background to teach and develop curriculum in translation beginning August 2018.

Screening of applications will begin Nov 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at and should include a cover letter, current and complete CV, research statement, teaching statement, and a copy of the graduate transcript, with English translation. Three original letters of recommendation must be mailed or emailed directly to Dr. Ann Gonzalez, Chair, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223. Email:



University of Rhode Island TT Asst. Professor SLA/Proficiency: Deadline 1: Nov 15, Deadline 2: Nov 30. []

Tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Language and Applied Linguistics with the ability to teach at least one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. The candidate should have a degree or concentration in the areas of SLA/Applied Linguistics/Language Pedagogy with a specialization in or record of academic publishing in foreign language proficiency.


Visiting Positions / Lecturer Positions[]

Illinois College (IL) -  Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies[]

Illinois College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor position in Japanese Studies, beginning in Fall 2018, with possible renewal. Candidates should have a 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. The candidate will teach all levels of Japanese language and culture in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. They may also have the possibility of teaching Japan-related courses (taught in English) in International Studies. Applicants must have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising, scholarship, and service. Native or near-native competence in Japanese and English required. The successful candidate will have completed the appropriate M.A.; A.B.D. or Ph.D. preferred.

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 85 miles north 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 (syllabi, course evaluations (if available), and a statement of teaching philosophy that includes discussion of teaching to a diverse student body), a statement of scholarship plans, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to the Office of Academic Affairs, Attn: Steven Gardner, Chair of the 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 will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.


New York University (NY) - Japanese Language Lecturer[]

The Department of East Asian Studies at New York University invites applications for a full-time, non tenure-track Japanese Language Lecturer position with an appointment beginning on September 1, 2018, pending budgetary and administrative approval. Duties include teaching first-year through advanced Japanese, active program involvement in language and culture activities, and close collaboration with faculty to build a rigorous and cohesive program. Qualifications: Master’s degree in teaching Japanese as a foreign language, linguistics, language pedagogy, second language acquisition, or related field; native/near-native proficiency in Japanese and English. The successful candidate must be able to teach at all levels from first-year to advanced-level language courses.

Application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching philosophy (as it applies to courses from the introductory to advanced level), a link to an unedited video clip of your recent classroom teaching with a corresponding lesson plan, and three letters of recommendation. Materials received by December 1, 2017, will receive full consideration, and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Please see the NYU Department of East Asian Studies web site at To apply, please go to Please note that we do not accept electronic applications sent by email.


Northeastern University (MA) - Teaching Professor/Academic Specialist in Japanese[]

The World Languages Center ( in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University seeks applications for a position as Teaching Professor/Academic Specialist to teach elementary through advanced language courses in the World Languages Center. Duties include a teaching load of 3 courses per semester, directed studies, and ongoing curricular and pedagogical innovation, as well as service and professional development duties. This is a one-year, non-tenure track, renewable position with full benefits, which will begin on July 1, 2018.

This position will support the University’s commitment to innovation in teaching as well as the World Language Center's vision of cultivating students' translingual and transcultural competence. Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to a Northeastern University education.

Qualifications: A Master's degree is required, a Ph.D. preferred. The successful applicant should be well trained in the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language, have experience teaching languages using technology, and possess native or near native proficiency in Japanese. A degree in Japanese applied linguistics, second language acquisition, or pedagogy is highly desirable.

Additional Information The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is a leader in the Experiential Liberal Arts ( Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a dynamic and highly selective urban research university in the center of Boston. Grounded in its signature co-op program, Northeastern provides unprecedented global experiential learning opportunities. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes nominations and applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia.

Equal Employment Opportunity Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

How to Apply: Applicants should submit a CV and letter of interest along with three recommendations. To apply, please go to Please address inquiries about the position to Boris Rasting-Sera, at Review of applications will begin on December 11, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


University of Florida (FL) - Lecturer in Japanese Language and Culture[]

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Japanese language and culture to begin August 16, 2018. This is a full-time, renewable, nine-month non-tenure accruing position.

Duties: a) teach three undergraduate language classes per semester; b) contribute to a robust undergraduate major in Japanese language and literature by collaborating with colleagues to ensure smooth articulation across the levels of language instruction and by participating in course design and creation; c) provide extracurricular support of the program through service that includes placement testing, weekly language tables, and other activities relating to extracurricular Japanese language use.

The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activity, and social opportunities.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accordance Florida's Sunshine and Public Records Laws. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Advertised Salary: Salary is competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements: M.A. degree or higher in Japanese language or relevant area, including second-language acquisition, linguistics and Japanese language pedagogy. Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English and US college/university-level teaching experience are required.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with demonstrated expertise in language-learning technology are particularly welcome.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications must be submitted on-line at: and must include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, 4) sample sets of student evaluations, 5) a link to a video recording of your recent classroom teaching (YouTube or other streaming sites), and 6) the names and e-mail addresses for three references. After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested for selected applicants. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 17, 2017, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.


University of Missouri - St. Louis (MO) - Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese Language and Culture[]

The Department of Language and Cultural Studies at the University of Missouri-St Louis is seeking a non-tenure-track, full-time Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese, effective August 15, 2018. We seek candidates with demonstrated excellence in language teaching who will help us strengthen and grow our Japanese-language program, which offers a BA in Modern Languages (Japanese) as well as a minor.

Minimum requirements are: Masters degree or higher in Japanese-language pedagogy, Japanese linguistics, Japanese Studies, Second Language Acquisition, or related discipline, native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English, a demonstrated excellence in language teaching, including familiarity with ACTFL proficiency guidelines, evidence of effective use of technology and familiarity with blended and online formats, ability to independently teach first- through fourth-year Japanese courses and specialized Japanese reading and writing courses, and ability to coordinate and teach upper level Japanese language courses.

Duties include teaching 11-15 credit hours of undergraduate courses of Japanese language and/or culture per semester, academic advising, and campus service. The ideal candidate will help the Japanese program develop community partnerships and enhance the use of technology and social media in language instruction and program building.

Candidates at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor must have a minimum of 4 years of successful university-level, full-time teaching experience with a documented record of excellence in service, advising, and other professional activities.

The anticipated salary is $39,000 to $41,000 with full benefits. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018, and will continue until the position has been filled. To apply go to

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.


University of North Texas (TX) - Lecturer in Japanese[]

The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of North Texas is seeking a full-time Lecturer in Japanese to begin September 1, 2018 (classes begin 08/27/2018). The position of Lecturer comes with full benefits. Duties: Teach four undergraduate courses in Japanese language, literature and/or culture per semester. Active participation in Department activities and committees is expected.

MA in Japanese language, literature, or culture, or related field required; native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English; US college/university level teaching experience in Japanese language.

Experience teaching advanced level Japanese language, literature and/or culture courses, and language for the professions; experience with program coordination/supervision; evidence of commitment to departmental service and commitment to study abroad preferred.


See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2017-18[]