Job Opening: Contemporary Literature, culture, media; Japanese literature

job opening - 5The Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, invites applications for an open-rank position in Contemporary Literature, Culture, and Media. Assistant Professor is a five year tenure-track appointment, while appointments of Associate Professor and Professor are tenured. The appointment will be effective from September 21, 2014 or April 1, 2015.

The candidate should be a comparative literature specialist or a Japanese literature specialist, and should demonstrate an expertise in film studies, performance, manga, animation, or other popular media such as television. The candidate should be able to teach a wide range of topics in contemporary literature from a comparative and/or transnational perspective and should be committed to interdisciplinary research that has a firm grounding in the issues and theories related to popular culture, media, and/or performance.

The successful candidate is expected to have research accomplishments and a Ph.D. in hand by the time the job is offered. Teaching experience is preferred. The language of instruction is English, but competence in Japanese language is necessary. Professional or scholarly experience in Japan are assets, as is university administrative experience. The normal undergraduate teaching load is two courses per semester, including one course per year in our Core Program. The successful candidate will also teach in the Graduate Program in Global Studies.

Sophia University, located in central Tokyo, was founded in 1913 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is one of Japan’s leading private universities. The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers a comprehensive program in humanities, international business and economics, and social studies. In addition to our degree students, we annually welcome about 200 exchange students from leading universities overseas. We also staff the Graduate Program in Global Studies, which offers degrees in Global Studies, Japanese Studies, and International Business and Development Studies.

Applications should include a cover letter (outlining academic background, fieldwork and research interests, teaching abilities and an explanation of your interest in seeking employment in Japan); a detailed curriculum vitae; the names and addresses of three referees; two publication or writing samples; and syllabi for courses the applicant would be prepared to teach.
Applications should be postmarked no later than February 15, 2014 and addressed to:

Professor Michio Hayashi, Dean
Faculty of Liberal Arts
Sophia University
7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN

Faculty of Liberal Arts:
Graduate Program in Global Studies:


For further information please contact:
Professor Shion Kono: shion [at]


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