Job Opening: Traditional Japanese history & culture, University of Hawai’i

job opening - 5Traditional Japanese Culture and History

The Department of History at the University of Hawai`i, Mānoa, seeks applications for the position of associate professor of traditional Japanese history and culture.  This position is known as the Dr. Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Professor of Traditional Japanese Culture and History.  The Department welcomes applicants who have a PhD in history or a related field; hold the rank of associate professor or equivalent; possess extensive university teaching experience; and have an accomplished record of publications and research using Japanese primary source materials, preferably pre-1600, comparable to peers at major research universities.  The Department encourages applications from those scholars whose research specialization coincides with its strengths in World, transnational, and interdisciplinary history.  

Duties include maintaining an active agenda of scholarly research and publications; teaching undergraduate courses in Way of Tea and in Japanese history; advising and supervising undergraduate, MA, and PhD students; giving public lectures to community groups and schools; and carrying out other duties as assigned by the department chair.  The holder of this position will have the opportunity to work with the Urasenke Foundation and with an interdisciplinary community of East Asian scholars and a diverse body of students at the University of Hawai`i, Mānoa, designated by the US Department of Education as an East Asian National Resource Center. 

The position (0084155) is a full-time, 9-month, permanent, hired with tenure, appointment to begin August 1, 2017, subject to the availability of funds and position clearance. 

Review of applications will begin on 12/15/2016 and will continue until the position is filled.  Application materials should include a letter of application describing research and teaching interests, a cv, writing sample, three letters of recommendation, academic transcripts (copies are acceptable but official transcripts required at time of hire), and a sample syllabus from an undergraduate or graduate course in Japanese history. 

Please send all materials to:

Dr. David Hanlon, Chair, Department of History, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, 2530 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-2383 USA.  Inquiries: (808) 956-4222 or

UHM is an EE0/AA Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. 

About Paula

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