Assistant Professor in Japanese

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

The Department of Languages and Culture Studies of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor of Japanese with background to teach and develop curriculum in translation, beginning August 2018.

Required qualifications include: a PhD in Japanese, Japanese Studies or related field at time of appointment; native or near native proficiency in Japanese and English; experience in teaching at the university level; evidence of scholarly productivity as demonstrated by a focused research agenda that clearly articulates research and publication plans; and a stated commitment to promoting diversity and working with underrepresented groups. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a willingness to teach both graduate and undergraduate classes, to participate in program building and/or teaching in a translation program, and to contribute to the department’s programming in community outreach and study abroad; a potential to secure appropriate external funding; and the potential to make dynamic, innovative contributions to the intellectual mission of Japanese Studies.

Job duties include: teaching two courses in Japanese language and translation per semester during the probationary period (translating is done in both directions: Japanese and English); advising undergraduate and graduate students; helping the Department grow its program in Japanese translation; and maintaining a successful research and publication record.

The Department of Languages and Culture Studies is a dynamic, research-intensive department with a commitment to balancing curricular tradition and innovation.  In order to further the university’s goal of increased internationalization in the Charlotte region, we offer an MA in Spanish with a track in English-Spanish translation studies; undergraduate majors and minors in French, German, Japanese and Spanish; additional minors in Chinese, Classical Studies, Francophone Studies, Italian, Russian and Film Studies; beginning and intermediate level classes in Arabic, Farsi, and Portuguese; a graduate and undergraduate Certificate in Translating (Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Russian); a Certificate in Business Language; online courses via the University of North Carolina Language Exchange; and a variety of study abroad experiences. We are also home to the College's new Confucius Institute. The Department boasts a modern Language Resource Center, which provides cutting-edge technology for language pedagogy, and a diverse faculty from around the world who offer more than 200 courses to more than 4,000 students annually.

UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing doctoral-granting urban university located in the largest metropolitan area between Washington DC, and Atlanta. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus. Close to 29,000 culturally diverse students currently are enrolled at the University. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as 25 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 36 master's degrees and graduate certificates, and 32 undergraduate degrees. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate selected for this position is subject to a criminal background check and must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States.

Screening of applications will begin November 3, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at and should include a cover letter, current and complete CV, research statement, teaching statement, and a copy of the graduate transcript, with English translation.  Three original letters of recommendation must be mailed or emailed directly to Dr. Ann Gonzalez, Chair, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223. Email:

Posting Date: 
October 2, 2017
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