Assistant Professor of Japanese

University of Kentucky

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of Kentucky, to begin August 2018. The successful applicant’s tenure home will be in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures (MCLLC) , a dynamic academic unit committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches.

Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2018. We seek candidates with the experience and expertise to reinforce our robust language program, where a team of teaching staff offers four years of Japanese and serves a variety of majors throughout the university. Research area of the candidate is open and we encourage candidates with specialization in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics with a focus on Japanese, or Japanese Language Pedagogy in order to complement our commitment to the growing undergraduate program in MCLLC. A rating of Superior level or above on the ACTFL proficiency scale is required.

In addition to teaching a total of eighteen credit hours (typically five or six courses) of mostly Japanese language courses per year, responsibilities of the position include maintaining currency in the discipline, supporting the administration of the Japanese language program, and coordinating Japan-related extracurricular/outreach activities that we conduct with a range of student, educational, governmental, business, non-profit, and other organizations. Active participation in academic life of the Department is also expected.

Interested applicants should apply online at: by submitting the following materials:
1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) research statement, 4) writing sample, and 5) teaching portfolio that must include: a teaching statement that discusses pedagogical philosophy, successes, and experiments; sample course syllabi; and representative teaching/course evaluations. Also provide the names and contact information of three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from the references for the short-listed.

Questions about the position should be directed to Masamichi (Marro) Inoue, Applications will be acknowledged. Deadline for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2018.

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Posting Date: 
October 17, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 15, 2018
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