Lecturer in Japanese Language

Amherst College invites applications for a lecturer in Japanese language, beginning July 1, 2024.  This is a full-time appointment with an initial three-year term and the possibility of renewal for an additional three-year term as a lecturer, which is typically followed by five-year renewable appointments as a senior lecturer.  Reappointments are contingent upon positive reviews. This is a purely instructional position and carries the equivalent of a three/three course load.  The successful candidate will offer courses in elementary through advanced levels of the Japanese language.


Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, successful candidates will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work toward supporting a broadly diverse community. Nearly half of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 11 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 16 percent are the first members of their families to attend college. Amherst is committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need, and nearly 60 percent of our students receive financial aid. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and religion. 

Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English and will have demonstrated experience and excellence in teaching Japanese language courses. The academic field of specialization may be linguistics, language education, second language acquisition, Japanese language and literature, or another related field. The Ph.D. degree is preferred, and a master’s degree is required. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a personal statement outlining their philosophy of language teaching.  Candidates are asked to apply electronically to: http://apply.interfolio.com/137986

Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Wako Tawa (wtawa@amherst.edu).

Amherst College participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium.  The five institutions are located within 11 miles of one another and about 80 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.  More information about Amherst College for prospective candidates is available here:


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