Job Opening: Assistant Professor in Japanese

job opening - 5Assistant Professor in Japanese, Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures , Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Position Description

The Faculty of Arts, Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the area of Japanese. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2016.

We are seeking a scholar who will establish and maintain an active research program in Japanese modern or contemporary culture, including cinema, manga, anime.  It would be an asset for candidates to have a trans-cultural, an interdisciplinary or a comparative perspective on Japanese culture. The successful candidate will be expected to produce high impact research and scholarship in Japanese studies, secure external research funding and play an important role in teaching and supervision of students in the Japanese undergraduate programs. Service to the department, faculty, university and community is also expected.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Japanese or related field. Additionally, he or she must demonstrate excellence in both research and teaching.  Candidates may demonstrate research excellence through evidence of, or potential for, publications in high quality journals, a strong record of research productivity and a proven track-record of successfully securing research grants.  Evidence of excellence in teaching may be demonstrated by a convincing teaching philosophy, strong record of teaching evaluations or evidence of student supervision and mentorship.  The successful applicant is also expected to have native or near-native fluency in both Japanese and English along with extensive experience teaching Japanese as a second/foreign language.

The Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration. For more information about the Department, please visit

All applications must be received by February 1, 2016.

Electronic applications are preferred; submit to  Please provide an updated curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a teaching dossier that includes course proposals in the candidate’s area of expertise, a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and no more than four samples of scholarly work. Three letters of reference should be sent directly to the Department under separate cover.  The materials should be directed to:

Dr. Olga Mladenova, Search Committee Chair
Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures
University of Calgary, Canada



About Paula

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