Job Openings: Short-term positions at Kyushu University

job opening - 5The International Master’s Program (IMAP) in Japanese Humanities, Kyushu University, would like to let members of the list and their colleagues know about short-term positions during the 2016-2017 academic year at Kyushu University, Graduate School of Humanities and School of Letters. Please address any questions to both Ellen Van Goethem and Cynthea Bogel. We look forward to hearing from members.


Short-term visiting faculty positions are available at Kyushu University in a pre-modern humanities research field dealing with Japan, broadly defined. We are seeking applications from mid-level and senior facultywho will be free to teach at Kyushu University for three months to one year during the period April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

The successful applicants would be based in the IMAP in Japanese Humanities (please refer to the program brochure available for download at

Limitations: Japanese nationals and persons over the age of 65 on April 1, 2016 are ineligible.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The first deadline is May 10 (Japan time) and again on the 10th of every month until funds are exhausted. Please note that funds have been allocated to the entire Faculty of Humanities and that our colleagues in other departments may also announce positions in their fields.

Duties: Up to one graduate seminar and up to one undergraduate course per semester (the latter may be a version of the former) and participation in student advising and IMAP activities. Kyushu University has a two-term academic year with 15 weeks of courses; seminars and undergraduate classes last 90 minutes and meet once a week. Co-teaching and other options such as intensive courses are utilized.

Start date: April 1, 2016 or later, until March 31, 2017.

We are accepting applications for periods between three months and one year. Three- or four-month visits should be April through June or July, September or October through November or December, or December through February. There are no classes from early February to mid April and early August to early October.

Language of instruction: English. High level of Japanese and a second language strongly preferred.

Salary: Competitive.

Supplements: Round-trip airfare; partial support for housing costs; and local commuting costs.

Required documents: (1) A CV with your name, date of birth, citizenship, contact details, education, positions, publications, major lectures and other research achievements, and languages. (2) A separate sheet with the titles of two proposed undergraduate and graduate courses each. (3) A separate sheet with your preferred period(s) of visit, ranked.

Please include Japanese characters for your primary research topics and approximate translations of course titles (or equivalent content-driven title).

Feel free to circulate this email or request a PDF of the content.

All inquiries will be kept confidential.

The application should be sent to both:

Ellen Van Goethem
Associate Professor, Kyushu University

Cynthea J. Bogel
Professor, Kyushu University

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