Job Opening: Premodern Japanese History, J. F. Oberlin University

job opening - 5J.F. Oberlin University is searching for a part-time instructor for “Premodern Japanese History,” an upper-division survey course taught in English. The opening is for the fall semester of 2016, with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years. The 4-credit course consists of two 90-minute sessions per week over the course of the 15-week semester (late September – late January). Students are typically native English speakers from overseas partner schools who are studying at J. F. Oberlin on exchange. For general information about the university, please see

Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Japanese history or a related field; candidates without a Ph.D. will be considered only in unusual circumstances. Pay follows university regulations and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A complete application consists of:

  1. A CV listing educational and professional experience, etc., with attached 3 cm X 4 cm facial photograph; make sure to affix your seal (inkan) or signature to the CV.
  2. A list of publications and other research achievements, similarly with affixed seal or signature.
  3. Copies of three of your most important publications, preferably in English, but if not, in Japanese. Regardless of the size of the originals, please submit copies on A4 or letter-size paper; no folding, please.
  4. For those with no previous university-level teaching experience, a detailed preliminary syllabus for the course in question, including the topic/content of each of the 30 class sessions.

Please send a package containing the above to:

Prof. Enmin Li
College of Arts and Sciences
J.F. Oberlin University
3758 Tokiwa-machi
Machida-shi, Tokyo 194-0294

Books, but not other application materials, will be returned to the applicant after screening.

Deadline for receipt of application materials is Friday, December 11, 2015. Any inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Li by email at <> or by telephone at +81-(0)42-797-9654.


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