Job Opening: Japanese Premodern Literatures and Languages

Tenured Assistant Professor (講師) Position in Japanese Premodern Literatures and Languages,
Kyushu University, Faculty of Humanities and Graduate School of Humanities.

Start date April 1, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.


The Faculty of Humanities and Graduate School of Humanities at Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan) has opened a new position in the study of Japanese premodern literatures and languages. We seek a scholar with expertise in a premodern field such as Japanese literature, poetry, theater or other literatures, including those in religion, history, and other areas.

Initially, the appointment is at the kōshi 講師 level with tenure (an approximate equivalent in the US would be assistant professor with tenure, in the UK, lecturer with tenure) with promotion to follow at the appropriate stages.

The home department for the successful candidate will be the International Master’s Program (IMAP) in Japanese Humanities and the newly established International Doctorate (IDOC) in Japanese Humanities, both of which are situated within the Graduate School of Humanities. More information on the International Master’s Program in Japanese Humanities can be found at (information on the new International Doctorate in Japanese Humanities will be posted in January, 2017). On the Faculty of Humanities see

Initially, the successful candidate will primarily teach small graduate seminars and undergraduate courses in the candidate’s field(s) of specialization and advise graduate students.  In 2018, a newly established undergraduate school may slightly alter the teaching and advising responsibilities. All teaching is in English; students are both non-Japanese and Japanese.

Teaching will be on the Hakozaki campus (downtown Fukuoka) the first year, on both Hakozaki campus and the new Ito campus the second year, and thereafter on the Ito campus.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct and publish original research; participate in departmental and university committees and advisory bodies; and compete for university, national, and international research grants. There are many competitive funding opportunities at Kyushu University, including support for research and travel to conferences.

Basic Qualifications

  • – A PhD degree, completed by July 2017
  • – Teaching experience (ideally, experience other than as a Teaching Assistant)
  • – Native or near-native fluency in English
  • – Excellent, near-native, or native fluency in Japanese
  • – Ability to teach kanbun and/or bungo (kobun古文, kogo古語, etc.)
  • – Expertise in other East Asian literatures desirable

Materials to be Submitted

To be submitted as PDFs by the applicant in one email

  • – Curriculum vitae with your photo, date of birth, and the names and email addresses of two recommenders (whose letters should be submitted separately) (PDF 1)
  • – Letter of application, including a description of your teaching experience and approach to graduate and undergraduate teaching (PDF 2)
  • – Research statement, including current and projected research (PDF 3)
  • – Representative publications and/or dissertation excerpts totaling no more than 40 pages (PDF 4 and PDF 5 if needed)


  • – Two letters of recommendation sent by the recommender by PDF (email) or postal mail


All applicant materials should be sent as individual PDFs in one single email to two addresses, and, by October 23, 2016, 23:59 Japan standard time. We will confirm receipt.

Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the recommender by email to and by October 23, 2016, 23:59 Japan standard time or by postal mail (address below). We will confirm receipt.

Interviews and Schedule

Interviews by Skype, phone and/or in person will be conducted during November.

A final decision will be made around February 1, 2017.
Start date April 1, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Contact information
Professor Cynthea J. Bogel, Chair of the Literatures Position Search Committee
Graduate School of Humanities
Hakozaki 6-19-1, Higashi-ku
Fukuoka-shi, Japan
Telephone: +81 92-642-2370

About Paula

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