Job: Visiting Assistant Professor in Modern Japanese Literature and Cinema

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Position title: Visiting Assistant Professor

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022
Position duration: Appointment for AY 2022-2023. Position renewable for one additional year if budgetary and other conditions allow.

Open date: February 14th, 2022
Next review date: Monday, Mar 7, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

We seek applicants with expertise in modern Japanese literature (from the Meiji Period to the present) and Japanese cinema from a cultural studies perspective, as well as high-level Japanese language ability. The candidate will be expected to teach a total of six courses, 2 in advanced language training (readings to be chosen by the candidate) and 4 undergraduate classes related to their expertise, which would include Survey of Modern Japanese Literature, Topics in Modern Japanese Literature (topics to be chosen by the candidate), and Japanese Cinema. Other possible courses might include a course devoted to contemporary literature or film or a course in an area of the candidate’s specific expertise.

We seek candidates with active research agendas who will participate in research activities in the department and be available to graduate students with relevant topics. The candidate would also be encouraged to contribute to department programs by planning events related to their expertise, such as film showings and visiting speakers.

Inquires may be directed to the department’s Academic Personnel Coordinator, through the help contact below. Please be sure to mention JPF02181.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) in modern Japanese literature or a related field, except the dissertation, at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
-A PhD in modern Japanese literature or a related field is required by time of appointment.
-Specialization in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and cinema, and high-level Japanese language ability.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching Experience
  • Reference requirements
    3 letters of reference required

Please arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation submitted via UC Recruit.

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