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Faculty Anthropology, Sociology, Asian Studies, Service Learning, SDG and more

Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Sep 16, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Professional Fields, Other Professional Fields, Urban & Regional Planning, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Faculty Position Openings for Starting from September 2023 or January 2024


Kansai Gaidai University has been long recognized as one of Japan’s most international universities, with ties to 395 universities and colleges around the world. About one third of our faculty is non-Japanese. Nearly 2,000 of our Japanese students study abroad through various long and short-term study abroad programs, and about 1000 non-Japanese come to our campus every year. The University is based at the cultural center of Japan, 25 minutes by train to Osaka and 35 minutes by train to Kyoto. Enrollment: 12,000.


Kansai Gaidai University invites applications for various faculty positions in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Sociology, Gender Studies, Service Learning, Information Technology, Hotel Business/Hospitality, International Organizations, Sustainable Development and Asian Studies.

We seek candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.


Position Announcement

1. Positions and Responsibilities:

Sennin positions (tenured, tenure-track, or fixed-term)

Teach 8 class sessions (12 hours) per week per semester. Courses are conducted in English and meet twice weekly. Each session is 90 minutes in length. Sennin faculty members are also expected to attend faculty and committee meetings, participate in university events and other duties as assigned. Retirement age for tenured position is 65.


Tokunin (tenured or fixed-term)

Teach 8-10 class sessions (12-15 hours) per week per semester. Courses are conducted in English and meet twice weekly. Each session is 90 minutes in length. Tokunin faculty members are exempted from university duties except attending faculty meetings. Retirement age for tenured position is 60.


Position depends on the qualifications of the candidate.


For both Sennin and Tokunin positions, teaching duties will be classes for international exchange students in the Asian Studies Program ( or for classes for Japanese students (either in the Asian Studies Program or in the regular undergraduate program)


The Asian Studies Program runs on a Western schedule from late August through mid-December and from late January through late May. The semester schedule in Japan for Japanese university student,  semesters runs from early April through early August and from September to late January. Course assignments will be on one or the other semester schedule depending on the type of appointment.



3. Qualifications

Ph.D. in one of the classified fields with a strong focus on Japan/Asia and teaching experience inside or outside Japan. Candidates with significant industry experience (equivalent to Ph.D.) will also be considered for business positions. Previous living experiences in Japan is a plus.


4. Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications.


5. Others

Our campus is smoke-free.


To Apply:

Send a cover letter addressing your qualifications and statement of purpose for the position you are applying for, Curriculum Vitae, list of courses previously taught, list of publications and brief summary of three publications by email or by post.

In an email applying for a job, please arrange all
into one PDF file (Cover letter comes first followed by CV) and be sure to use the position you are applying for (field of study) as the subject line in the email, so we know the position you're interested in.

No telephone inquiries, please. Applications will be accepted until positions fill.

Application should be sent to:

Dean of the Asian Studies Program
Center for International Education
Kansai Gaidai University
16-1 Nakamiyahigashino-cho
Hirakata, Osaka 573-1001 Japan



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