Job Opening: Modern Japanese history, University of Victoria

Institution :  University of Victoria

Location:  British ColumbiaCanada

Position:  Assistant Professor, Modern Japanese History

The Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, effective 1 July 2018, in modern Japanese history, with the ability to situate the study of modern Japan in the broader Asia-Pacific region.  Innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to research are especially welcome.

Applicants should have completed a PhD by 1 July 2018, have a record and promise of outstanding research as evidenced by publications or forthcoming publications, and also have demonstrated the potential for excellence in teaching.  The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in his/her area of specialization, contribute to the department’s core courses on the Pacific-Asia region and participate in graduate teaching and supervision.

The Department of Pacific & Asian Studies is a dynamic, interdisciplinary Department within the Faculty of Humanities.  It has particular strengths in Chinese and Japanese Studies, and long-standing interests in Southeast Asia.  It offers a range of programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and it is involved with a number of campus-wide initiatives, such as the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Irene Statham at (250) 472-4344. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Faculty and librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association. (

Applications should include a cover letter, full c.v., and up to three sample publications.  Applicants should also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the Chair. Application materials, including letters of reference, should be submitted via email to:

Deadline for applications and letters of reference: 5 January 2018.


Informal inquiries can be sent to Tom Saunders, Acting Chair of the Department:

Where necessary, application materials may be mailed to:

Chair, Department of Pacific & Asian Studies
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3045, STN CSC
Victoria, B.C. V8W 3P4 Canada.


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