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Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies (Tenure-Track)

September 13, 2018


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 2019.

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:

  1. Letter of application explaining how the candidate meets qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy
  4. A statement of 300 to 500 words describing your ability to contribute to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at Earlham College
  5. 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 J Cunningham
Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies

Review of applications will begin on October 22, 2018, 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).

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