Job Opening: Japanese language & culture, University of Utah

job opening - 5Institution:  University of Utah
Location:  Utah, United States
Position:  Assistant Professor, Japanese

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track position in Japanese at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will have expertise in Japanese language and culture and the ability to teach courses in contemporary popular culture. Areas of expertise could include anime, entertainment arts, religious studies, literature, and/or pedagogy. The candidate is expected to contribute to all areas of undergraduate and graduate programs including curricular development. Clear evidence of research potential and demonstrated teaching excellence is required. Native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English is a prerequisite. The teaching load is four courses (two per semester) including Japanese language teaching at all levels, depending on program needs. Service commensurate with the position of assistant professor is expected. Applicants must have a PhD in Japanese or equivalent terminal degree in hand by August 15, 2017.

Complete applications include a letter of application, CV, a representative writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Questions may be addressed to Katharina Gerstenberger at Application materials must be submitted electronically by November 16, 2016 through

EEO/Diversity Information:
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at(801)581-7447 for information.


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