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Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 104229
Title: Assistant Professor
Functional Title: Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies
Category Status: 02-Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures seeks to investigate and engage with the linguistic, cultural, cinematic, and literary worlds of speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as questions surrounding language learning itself. Its 15 units are organized into 6 Departments (East Asian Languages and Cultures; French and Italian; Germanic Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Russian; Spanish and Portuguese) and three independent programs (Central European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Film Studies; and Second Language Acquisition); 2 Centers (the Center for East Asian Studies; the Roshan Center for Persian Studies); the Language House Living-Learning Program, and the Summer Institute. To learn more about the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, please visit our website at:

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies beginning August 2018. We seek a scholar able to teach courses on pre-modern and/or early modern Japan, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to literary and cultural analysis. The successful candidate will be expected to offer undergraduate courses on a wide range of topics, including their area of specialization, classical Japanese, and reading advanced modern Japanese. Duties include teaching four semester courses per year and some service obligations, such as advising undergraduates, updating the program’s website, and coordination of the Japan Speaker Series. Candidates are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship at the undergraduate level, including working with students and groups from underrepresented backgrounds.

This position is contingent on the continued availability of funds.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants should have a strong publication record, native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English, and a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. Candidates should show a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching through innovative course topics and pedagogy. The School of Languages Literatures and Cultures is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

For full consideration, candidates should submit a cover letter, including a short description of current research plans, a CV, a 25-30-page writing sample (published article or work-in-progress), 2 syllabi (one classical language course [Supplemental Document 1] and one literature/cultural studies content course [Supplemental Document 2]), and the names and contact information for three reference providers who may be contacted to provide a confidential letter of recommendation.

Posting Date: 10/03/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 11/03/2017
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Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Sample 1
  4. Supplemental Document 1
  5. Supplemental Document 2
Optional Documents

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