Job Opening: Assistant Professor in Pre-Modern Japan, University of Chicago

Institution: University of Chicago
Location: Illinois, United States
Position: Assistant Professor

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at The University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of Pre-1900 Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies, including such fields as literature, intellectual and cultural history, performance studies, religious studies, and related areas preferably to begin July 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization as well as general courses in Japanese culture, premodern forms of language, and related fields. Applicants should have excellent skills in reading primary source texts, as well as a track record of innovative scholarship. We encourage scholars with interdisciplinary and interregional research interests to apply. The teaching load for tenure track positions is typically four courses per year; additional responsibilities include advising at all levels of the program as well as service on departmental and university committees.

To apply for this position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website,, select requisition #03508, and upload a cover letter addressing current research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, an outline of a book or dissertation project, and copies of any publications. Three letters of recommendation are also required.

Letters of recommendation should be uploaded by the recommenders to the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website. However, if this is not possible the Department can accept letters of recommendation from the recommenders as signed pdfs or from a portfolio service if they are emailed to

A PhD is required by the start of the appointment. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed; early submission is encouraged.  Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.eduwith their request.




About Paula

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