Assistant Professor of Japanese

Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Aug 26, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Kalamazoo College seeks applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Japanese language, literature, and culture beginning late August 2021. Area of specialization is open. We are especially interested in applicants who can contribute transnational or regionally focused classes to our growing East Asian Studies program. The successful candidate will join a program comprised of specialists in Japanese language, culture, and sociolinguistics, Asian history, and Chinese language and culture. Salary competitive and consistent with level of experience. Teaching expectation is six courses per year (2-2-2, in three terms), including three or four Japanese language courses, ranging from beginning to advanced, and two or three culture courses taught in English. The successful candidate will contribute to the depth and breadth of the East Asian Studies program, as well as the College’s “Shared Passages” core curriculum.

Ph.D. (or evidence of imminent completion) required, as well as native or near-native abilities in both Japanese and English. The successful candidate must demonstrate a high aptitude for and interest in undergraduate teaching, a commitment to the liberal arts, a promise of scholarly excellence, and a desire to involve undergraduates in scholarship both inside and outside the classroom. Kalamazoo College has made a commitment to inclusive excellence. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose intellectual and pedagogical approaches will be effective in attracting and retaining historically underrepresented students. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to working with students, faculty and staff from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective, nationally known liberal arts college, offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. The College sends the majority of its graduates on study abroad for three, six or nine months, including more than a dozen per year to sites in East Asia. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit/Ann Arbor in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 350,000, which supports several college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

Completed applications received by September 30, 2020, will receive full consideration, with later applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Upload cover letter, CV, detailed statement of teaching philosophy and goals, description of scholarly interests, statement on experience working with underrepresented students and engaging issues of diversity and inclusion in the curriculum and pedagogical approaches, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable) in PDF format to  Semifinalists will be asked to submit three confidential letters of recommendation and a teaching demonstration video to Please direct all inquires to Dr. Noriko Sugimori and Dr. Dennis Frost, Co-chairs of the Search Committee, at the same email address.