Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies (full-time, tenure-track)

Institution: 
University of Maryland

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 (position 104229) 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

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.

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: www.sllc.umd.edu.

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 and one literature/cultural studies content course), and the names and contact information for three reference providers who may be contacted to provide a confidential letter of recommendation. All applications must be uploaded to the University of Maryland web-based employment application system at https://ejobs.umd.edu. For best consideration, submit application by Friday, November 3, 2017. This position is contingent on the continued availability of funds.

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC) and the East Asian Studies Program 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.

Posting Date: 
October 3, 2017
Job Status: 
open