Assistant Professor in Japanese Literature & Culture

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track position in Japanese literature and culture (with a preference for pre-modern or early modern expertise) at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2020. Areas of specialty could include visual culture, performance, and/or religious studies. Our current faculty teach and research in a wide variety of subjects from film to fashion, epic to lyric, the romanesque to romance, painting to porcelain, and dramas of revolution, nationhood, otherness, and identity.

The candidate is expected to contribute to all areas of undergraduate and graduate programs including curricular development. Clear evidence of research potential and demonstrated teaching excellence is required. Native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English is a prerequisite.

The teaching load is four courses (two per semester), including Japanese language teaching depending on program needs. Service commensurate with the position of assistant professor is expected. Applicants must have a PhD in Japanese or equivalent terminal degree in hand by August 15, 2020. Complete applications include a letter of application, CV, a representative writing sample, and a teaching statement.

Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research institution and emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. The university serves over 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the University of Utah encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation, and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty and business leaders. Salt Lake City is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities.

Questions may be addressed to Margaret Toscano at Application materials must be submitted electronically by November 17, 2019. If, and only when, an interview is offered, a request will be sent to each of the three references listed in the application to submit a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted via Peopleadmin for confidentiality.

The University of Utah Department of World Languages and Cultures is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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