Full-time, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Cultural Analytics and Digital Communities (AIU)

Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 28, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Akita International University (AIU) Faculty of International Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure-track position in Cultural Analytics and Digital Communities at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting as soon as September 1, 2021.

Akita International University was founded in 2004 as the first public university corporation in Japan. The university offers an all English-medium education in international liberal arts designed to prepare its students for responsible leadership in a globalized age. In the most recent Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of Japanese Universities, out of more than 700 universities, AIU was ranked 14th overall, and 1st for its engagement and also for its international environment. We are proud of this recognition of the quality of our programs, and we seek an individual who can contribute to ongoing excellence in education at AIU.

Located in Akita, Japan, the school operates on a semester calendar with an intensive winter program between semesters. All AIU students must spend one full academic year studying abroad, and each year, roughly one quarter of its students are from one of the school’s 200 exchange partner institutions. This means that our classes typically have a wide international mix of students who study alongside our traditional degree-seeking Japanese students. In all, the university serves about 900 undergraduates and approximately 60 graduate students. For more details about the school, visit the website at https://web.aiu.ac.jp/en/about/.

At present, AIU offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to degrees in Global Business and in Global Studies. From April 2021, a new Global Connectivity Program will be added integrating digital technologies and the humanities. We are searching for a liberally educated individual with a passion for classroom teaching and scholarly research, who can help develop and deliver coursework in one or more of the following areas: AI and humanity, digital communities, cultural analytics, the future of teaching and learning, societal impacts of technology, and the creative mind. The successful applicant will also be responsible for our newly redesigned Computer Literacy course, and will teach approximately 18 credits per year. Please note that all courses are taught in English at AIU.

As a Liberal Arts College, our principal endeavor is helping students develop critical thinking skills, global dispositions, and the capacity to bring multiple perspectives to bear in seeking solutions to the complex issues of our global and digitalized times. We seek candidates who possess the ability to foster disciplined inquiry and discussion among a very diverse student body. Additionally, as a small international liberal arts college that stresses the necessity of interdisciplinary work, we seek individuals who welcome close collaboration with colleagues across the range of the university’s programs.

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