Instructional Assistant Professor of Japanese studies, Non-Tenure-Track, Fall 2024

The Department of World Languages and Cultures in Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University invites applications for an Instructional Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies.  Applicants should have accomplished record of excellence in teaching at the university level, native or near-native fluency in Japanese, demonstrated organizational and management abilities, and ability to teach individual study as needed.


The successful candidate will demonstrate a willingness to work within an articulated program headed by the Japanese program director and department chair. In addition, we encourage candidates to consider how they may contribute to one or more of Wilkinson College’s interdisciplinary minors, which are listed here: 


Chapman University is a nationally ranked, R2 Carnegie Classified private institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. Chapman’s campuses are home to nearly 10,000 students representing 50 states, three territories, and 78 countries. The 11 schools and colleges of Chapman, including Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, offer 65 bachelor's, 53 master's, and six doctoral programs, along with nearly 60 minors and 17 accelerated and bridge programs. Classes are taught by the more than 1,100 dedicated faculty members who are leaders in their fields, including Nobel Prize recipients, MacArthur Fellows, National Medal of Science honorees, former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, and Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award winners. 
The mission of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is to foster rigorous inquiry among our students through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that is scholarly, creative, interdisciplinary, and experiential. Wilkinson College plays an important and unique role in the educational journey of every Chapman student and aims to ensure that graduates are prepared to assume their responsibility as global citizens, acting knowledgeably, and providing compassionate leadership in our community and world.


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  • Teach lower and upper-division courses in the Japanese Studies program.
  • Assist the Japanese program director and department chair with student advising, the Japanese club, assessment, the Japanese honor society, and development of a short-term travel course (January or Summer) to Japan.
  • Offer regular office hours to provide students with opportunities for one-on-one consultations, academic advising, and clarification of course materials. 
  • Serve on academic committees or task forces within the institution and contribute to the overall mission of the institution by attending college, department, and university meetings, and supporting college-wide initiatives and events.



  • A Ph.D. preferred MA required, in Japanese, Japanese Cultural Studies, linguistics or related field from an accredited institution of higher education. 
  • Native or near-native fluency in Japanese.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching lower and upper-division Japanese. 



  • Strong commitment to personalized education and mentorship of students.
  • Successful record of teaching and/development of travel courses and/or semester programs in Japan.


Application Instructions 
Qualified candidates are invited to submit the following electronically: 

  1. Cover Letter 
  1. Curriculum Vitae 
  2. Teaching Statement (2 pages max) 
  3. Sample Teaching Evaluations
  1. Three Confidential Letters of Recommendation 


Applications can be uploaded at  Inquiries can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Michael Wood, and should use ‘NTT Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies’ as the email subject line. 
Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. This position is contingent on final budget approval. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. 



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