Job Opening: Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Culture, College of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

job opening - 5Effective July 1, 2016Assistant 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, 2015when 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,


About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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