Job Posting: Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment. Applicants with specializations in all pre-modern literary periods will be considered, although preference will be given to Early Modern. As a department with a pioneering history in Early Modern Japanese Studies, we encourage new theoretical and methodological frameworks for examining the inherently interdisciplinary nature of early modern literature and culture. For applicants working in earlier periods, interdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged to match department and campus orientations and initiatives. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for, and deep grounding in, textual and linguistic analysis; expertise in various forms of pre-modern Japanese language (bungo, kanbun, sorobun) and writing (hentaigana, kuzushiji); and the ability to teach graduate courses in his/her area of specialization and undergraduate courses of wider coverage in pre-modern Japanese literary history and Japanese Studies.

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to the Search Committee through UC Recruit, at Complete applications received by October 1, 2015, will receive full review. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the committee chair, Professor Katherine Saltzman-Li, at

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.