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Open position:

Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Studies and Languages Section invites applications for a tenure-track position in Japanese Studies at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2016 (employment begins July 1, 2016). Candidates must hold a completed Ph.D. by the start of employment. Preference will be given to candidates with two years of academic teaching experience at the college or university level, and clear evidence of scholarly development.

Teaching duties include mid-tier and upper-level undergraduate courses in Japanese Studies. Native, or near-native, fluency in Japanese and English is required.

Applicants should have a specialization in Japanese Studies with direct relevance to research areas such as media and the arts; urban, youth and/or popular cultures; gender or ethnic studies; or Japanese history, literature, anthropology, or cultural studies. Applicants must have significant scholarly work that is published or currently in press. Digital humanities projects will also be considered. MIT expects a highly productive and innovative research program as part of the requirements for tenure.

MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation (including one that specifically addresses your teaching profile), one writing sample of published or publication-ready scholarship (no longer than 30 pages) in English, and two syllabi of undergraduate courses that you would be interested in teaching. Submission of one additional writing sample in Japanese is optional (and should be no longer than 30 pages).

Priority will be given to applications received no later than Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

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