Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years. The position will start in August 2022 and carries a 2/2 teaching load. Responsibilities include a combination of Japanese language teaching, courses in Japanese literature and culture taught in English, and assistance with administration of the Japanese Section. Candidates with expertise in modern Japanese literature as well as Japanese film and media are especially encouraged to apply.

The Japanese program is a vibrant component of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, offering students four years of rigorous Japanese language instruction, courses in Japanese literature, film, and linguistics, and numerous co-curricular study opportunities.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see


College-level Japanese-language teaching experience and fluency in both English and Japanese is expected. The ideal candidate will have Ph.D. in hand at the time of the appointment; candidates at advanced ABD status may also be considered.

Application Instructions

Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, three letters of reference, and a statement of teaching philosophy detailing language teaching experience. Apply via Interfolio: 

 Candidates are also requested to submit a video demonstrating language teaching; a link to an online video can be specified in the cover letter. So that it can be included in the dossier in a timely manner, we request that candidates arrange to record the teaching video during the fall semester if they do not already have one on file.

Questions may be directed to Professor Will Gardner, search chair,

Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

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