Job Opening: Japanese Studies, U of Arizona


Institution: University of Arizona, Dept of East Asian Studies
Location: Tucson, AZ
Position: Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies (tenure-eligible)

From the university’s official job listing:

The Department of East Asian Studies in the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning August 2018 at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Japanese Studies with an emphasis in history, cultural studies, or thought. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment, August 2018.

We seek applicants with specializations that offer potential for trans-regional, interdisciplinary, and thematic resonance within the EAS department and across the university. Period of research specialization is open, but our strong preference is for broadly trained scholars of Japan who can contribute to teaching and advising across both the pre-modern and modern period. Doctoral training in historical method is preferred, but applications from other specialists in thought or intellectual history are welcome. We are particularly interested in applicants with innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to Japanese studies in teaching and research, who situate Japan in regional and global contexts and engage diverse audiences, and who broaden existing departmental strengths in literature, religion, linguistics, and the anthropology of East Asia. For candidates interested in the history or culture of science and/or technology in Japan, possibilities may exist for collaboration with Planetary Scientists working in collaboration with the Japan Space Agency.

Teaching responsibility is four courses per year, including a lower-division Japanese Civilization course complemented by upper-division courses on pre-modern and modern Japan, graduate courses, and topics in the applicant’s area of specialization. The successful candidate will demonstrate a promising record of teaching and scholarship. This is a benefits eligible position and the appointment starts in August 2018.

Minimum Qualifications:
*Ph.D. in Japanese Studies (or a closely related field) in hand by August 1, 2018.
*Experience in college-level teaching.
*Native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Preference for broadly trained scholars of Japan who can contribute to teaching and advising across both the pre-modern and modern period.
*Doctoral training in historical method.
*Experience using innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to Japanese studies research.
*Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of excellent teaching.
*Experience using innovative teaching methods and/or curricular design to effectively engage a diverse student body.

To Apply:
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2017

Candidates are asked to submit (all in English unless otherwise noted):
1. Cover Letter, which must address philosophy of teaching, as well as current and future research, and include contributions to diversity and inclusiveness.
2. CV
3. Writing Sample (Save as ONE PDF FILE — Two writing samples, in either Japanese or English. Samples may be published papers or dissertation chapters)
4. Teaching Evaluations (from the past three years, if available)
5. Three letters of recommendation that address your research and teaching ability and potential

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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