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Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese and East Asian Studies

February 13, 2017


Earlham College invites applications for a full-time, one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Japanese Studies with a specialization in any academic discipline to begin in Fall 2017. This appointment includes full benefits.

Earlham has one of the oldest and best-known undergraduate programs in the United States 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 off-campus programs.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities will include a full-time teaching load of six courses, three per semester. The College is especially interested in adding courses in literature, art history, film/media studies, or popular/visual culture. Courses may be comparative in nature, but each course should include at least 50% Japan content in the form of lectures, readings and assignments. Courses that include other East Asian content, particularly related to China and other Chinese-speaking areas in Asia, are especially welcome.

Experience & Qualifications

Applicants should have earned a doctorate or terminal degree. Although the academic discipline is not specified, significant graduate coursework and research experience must be in Japanese Studies.

Application Instructions

A complete application includes the following:

  1. Letter of application.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Name and contact information for three references.
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy.
  5. Selection or summary of student or course evaluations from previous teaching appointments, if available.
  6. Description of teaching interests. (Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to bring a brief course syllabus for two courses).

Candidates should email application materials in a single PDF file with the subject “Japanese Studies VAP Position” to:

Human Resources Office
Earlham College

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until March 10, 2017.
  • Initial interviews will be held at the Association for Asian Studies annual conference in Toronto (March 16-19), as well as online.
  • For inquires and additional information, contact Search Chairperson Eric Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies, at

Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

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