Job Opening: Post-doc, Japan studies, University of Kentucky

Institution :  University of Kentucky, Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Location:  Kentucky
Position:  Post-Doctoral Fellow in Japan Studies

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a one-year teaching postdoctoral position to begin August 2017.  The successful applicant’s home will be in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, a dynamic academic unit committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches.  Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Japan Studies or in a related field by August 2017.

Responsibilities of the position include teaching three courses per semester including beginning and advanced Japanese language courses (1 or 2 courses per semester), a course (in English) on visual culture with focus on anime and manga plus a topics course (in English) on some aspect of the candidate’s research.  The person occupying the position will be able to use the remaining quarter of his or her time to conduct research.  This individual will be mentored by department faculty members about teaching and research.

Interested applicants should apply online at:

Applications must include the following: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) research statement (upload under Specific Request 1), 4), writing sample, and 5) a teaching portfolio (upload under Specific Request 2) that must include: a teaching statement that discusses philosophy, successes, experiments; sample course syllabi; and representative teaching/course evaluations.  Also provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Questions about the position may be directed to Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby via email at

Applications will be acknowledged.  Deadline for the receipt of applications is 30 June, 2017.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby


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