Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies (UPDATED) (TE)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies (UPDATED) (TE)
Department East Asian Studies (0439)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please Note: The ‘Documents Needed to Apply’ section has been updated and ‘Candidate Provided Letters of Recommendation’ are no longer required as part of the application.

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.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Maintain an active research and publication agenda.
  • 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.
  • Engage in service through committee work and outreach.
  • Contribute to teaching and advising across both the pre-modern and modern period.
  • Faculty are expected to contribute actively to University of Arizona initiatives focused on fostering diversity and inclusive excellence, enhancing student engagement, and mentoring students including those from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Engage diverse audiences and broaden existing departmental strengths in literature, religion, linguistics, and the anthropology of East Asia.
  • Expand collaborations with community and business partners.
  • Participate in the department’s student recruiting efforts.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Japanese Studies (or a closely related field) in hand by August 1, 2018.
  • Experience in college-level teaching.
  • Native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Preference 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.
  • Experience using innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to Japanese studies research.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of excellent teaching.
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and/or curricular design to effectively engage a diverse student body.
Rank Assistant Professor
Tenure Information Tenure-Eligible (TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21141
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/13/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Philip Gabriel
jgabriel@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 09/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/31/2017
Special Instructions Summary

Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2017

Candidates are asked to submit (all in English unless otherwise noted):
1. Cover Letter, which must address philosophy of teaching, as well as current and future research, and include contributions to diversity and inclusiveness.
2. CV
3. Writing Sample (Save as ONE PDF FILE — Two writing samples, in either Japanese or English. Samples may be published papers or dissertation chapters)
4. Teaching Evaluations (from the past three years, if available)

Please note: Upon submitting your application, the references listed within your application will receive an automated email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Will you have a Ph.D. in Japanese (or a closely related field) in hand by 8/1/2018?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have near-native fluency in Japanese and English?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Teaching Evaluations
Optional Documents