Assistant Professor in Japanese Language and Culture

Michigan State University

Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-system position at the assistant professor level in contemporary Japanese language and culture within the new School of Language Sciences & Literary and Cultural Studies (SLS&LCS), which will be the successful candidate’s tenure home. In addition, the position has specified commitments to teaching, research, and service in the Global Studies area of the Arts and Humanities degree program, which studies how changing global dynamics across history and in the present unfold through humanistic, artistic, and critical knowledge practices.

This academic-year position begins August 16, 2018. Required are a Ph.D. by the time of appointment, college-level teaching experience, and native or near-native fluency in English and Japanese. The new hire’s research and teaching will foreground the relation between the literary, cultural, linguistic, and the digital specific to Japanese culture in the context of investigating the formation and circulation of a global culture mediated by new technologies. Familiarity with proficiency approaches to language teaching is highly recommended. Salary commensurate with qualifications.

Duties will include active research, teaching, and service and outreach. The successful candidate will teach courses in contemporaryJapanese culture/literature and language, as well as courses in his/her specific research area (e.g., film, media). In addition, the candidate will teach courses in the Global Studies Program ( and cross-disciplinary courses in the general education program Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities ( The normal teaching load is two courses per semester.

The Japanese Program is one of the largest language and culture degree programs in the School. The successful candidate will enrich the experience of the students, while benefiting from a supportive community that includes the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (, the Center for Language Education and Research (a national Language Resource Center) (, and the Asian Studies Center ( We seek a person with interpersonal skills and leadership ability.

The School of Language Sciences & Literary and Cultural Studies is in the process of being formed from the merger of the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages (LGSAAL), the Department of Romance and Classical Studies (RCS), and the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). Its collaborative environment promotes a world-class research agenda, innovative teaching, opportunities for outreach and community service, and enhanced learning experiences for students. The School will be housed in the College of Arts & Letters and will join a vibrant arts and humanities community that has benefitted from university support evidenced by an established language support center (CeLTA), expanding Less Commonly Taught Language programs, and world-renowned study abroad initiatives.

Applicants should submit: a) a cover letter, b) a CV, c) a statement of research interests, d) a statement of teaching philosophy, e) a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence, f) three letters of recommendation, and g) selected sample(s) of research work. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State Human Resources web site: Posting: 472629.

For more information, contact Professor M. Endo Hudson (, Chair of the Japanese Search Committee, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University, 619 Red Cedar Road, B-358 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members, results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

The Department has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts and Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Posting Date: 
November 10, 2017
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