Job Opening: Karashima Tsukasa Endowed Professorship of Japanese Language and Culture.

job opening - 5The University of Montana invites applications for an Associate Professor, tenure-track position in Japanese to begin August 2016. This position, in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, is the Karashima Tsukasa Endowed Professorship of Japanese Language and Culture. UM, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Department embrace diversity as a core value. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds are especially welcome. The successful candidate will be an established scholar in the field of Japanese studies, with a PhD or equivalent qualification in a Japan-related field.  A substantial record of publication and research is essential. Candidates with expertise and research interests in Japanese language pedagogy, linguistics, or Japanese literature and cultural studies are particularly encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate’s teaching duties will include undergraduate-level courses in his or her area of academic specialization, as well as courses in Japanese language; as such, a strong commitment to Japanese language education and prior experience teaching undergraduate-level courses in Japanese language are particularly desirable.

Located in Missoula, Montana, the University of Montana is the state’s flagship liberal arts institution, with approximately 13,000 students. The Japanese section hosts one of the largest language majors at the university, offering both a major and minor in Japanese and numerous study abroad opportunities with partner universities in Japan. In addition to teaching and research responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to take on a leadership and mentoring role as Head of the Japanese Section, to assist in co-ordinating student study abroad programs, and to advise students and Japan-related student groups on campus.

Established to honor the connections between Kumamoto and Missoula in 1991 through a generous donation from Mr. Karashima Tsukasa, then president and director-general of the Foreign Language Academy in Kumamoto, the Karashima Endowed Professorship reflects the University of Montana’s strong commitment to the study of Japanese language and culture.

Native/near-native fluency in Japanese and English required. Supporting materials for the application are listed below.

Screening will begin on Oct 1, 2015 and continue until position is filled. Applications received by September 30, 2015 will be guaranteed consideration.


How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit the following materials online via “New Resume/CV” button below (this is available at

.  Step 5 “Attachments” in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials.

Only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

*   Letter of intent

*   Curriculum Vitae (CV)

*   Statement of teaching philosophy

*   Recent and/or representative peer-reviewed publications

*   Evidence of effective teaching (such as recent teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, etc.)

*   The names of three (3) referees who can address the candidate’s teaching and research record

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.Testing Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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