Job Opening: Visiting Position: Japanese literature and comparative literature

job opening - 5Institution: University of California – Riverside
Location: California, United States
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor

One full-time Visiting Assistant Professor (6 courses over 3 Quarters)
One part-time Visiting Assistant Professor (5 courses over 3 Quarters)

Starting Date: Fall Quarter instruction begins Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Salary: $10,000 per course


A Ph.D. in Japanese literature, Comparative Literature or closely related field with a focus on Japanese literature and culture must be awarded by time of application. Priority will be given to candidates with a promising program of research and experience in teaching Comparative Literature and Japanese literature and culture. Applicants preferred with native or near-native fluency in Japanese.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Duties: Visiting Assistant Professors participate in research, teaching, and service. Additional duties will include supervising studies with both undergraduate and graduate students, mentoring graduate students in professional development and contributing to service associated with membership in departmental program committees.

The full-time Visiting Assistant Professor position will instruct six courses over three quarters including one graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. The part-time Visiting Assistant Professor position, duties will consist of the instruction of five courses including one graduate seminar in Comparative Literature.

Courses scheduled in the Fall Quarter include CPLT 277 “Seminar in Comparative Literature,” JPN 22 “Introduction to Japanese Film,” and JPN 145 “Modern Japanese Thought.” Courses in the Winter and Spring will be scheduled according to the Japanese Program’s curricular needs.

Application Procedure:
Applicants will be required to submit cover letter, CV, representative writing sample, sample syllabus or syllabi, teaching evaluations, 3 letters of recommendation and Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service. Please specify in the cover letter, whether you would like to be considered for the full time or part time position.

Materials should be uploaded using UCR’s on-line application system

Applications and materials will be submitted using UCR’s on-line application system located at

Applicants who use Interfolio may utilize a feature provided by the Interfolio Service to allow Interfolio to upload their letters directly into AP Recruit. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer’s email address. Interfolio refers to this as Online Application Deliveries. The following link on the Interfolio website shows how to set this up ( ).

To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by August 8, 2016.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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About Paula

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