Assistant Professor of Japanese, Tenure Track

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Assistant Professor of Japanese, Tenure Track
Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Open Date: Jul 26, 2023

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College invites applications for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Japanese. The position will start in August 2024 and carries a four-course teaching load (two courses per semester). Teaching responsibilities include a combination of Japanese language courses, taught primarily in Japanese, and Japanese Studies courses, taught primarily in English, related to the candidate’s area(s) of expertise, such as linguistics, literature, or cultural studies. Additional responsibilities will include advising of Japanese majors and minors, and assistance with co-curricular activities and administration of the Japanese Section. We welcome candidates who will demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm for both language teaching and the teaching of Japanese Studies courses, will work effectively with colleagues, and will contribute to the continued development of our Japanese and Asian Studies Programs; we also encourage candidates to pursue collaboration with our numerous interdisciplinary programs on campus. Candidates are expected to maintain an active research program and show potential for substantial contributions to their field. Possible areas of specialization include Japanese linguistics, applied linguistics, language acquisition and pedagogy, Japanese literature, cultural studies, media studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

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 and study abroad opportunities.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington, DE, 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. The statement of teaching philosophy should detail the candidate’s language teaching experience and approach, and should include information on your experience and/or plans to teach to students from a variety of backgrounds, as well as courses you can contribute to our curriculum. Apply via Interfolio:

Candidates are also strongly encouraged to submit a video demonstrating language teaching; a link to an online video can be specified in the cover letter.

Questions may be directed to Professor Will Gardner, Search Chair,

Review of applications will begin on October 23, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Effective July 21, 2021, Swarthmore is requiring all new employees to show proof of being fully vaccinated by their start date, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. For more information about Swarthmore's vaccine requirements, please visit the Swarthmore COVID-19 Response website.


Swarthmore College, a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering, has supported thinkers and doers for more than 150 years. Since 1864, it has lifted students to their full intellectual and personal potential so they can apply their knowledge with meaning and purpose.Swarthmore college main

Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia in the borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Swarthmore has been co-educational since its founding by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Our Quaker founders believed in the practical application of knowledge for the common good. While Swarthmore is no longer a religious institution, these Quaker roots anchor and inform how Swatties learn and work. 

The College offers two degrees: the B.A. in the arts and sciences and the B.S. in engineering. With a student/faculty ratio of 8:1, Swarthmore ensures that its students have close and meaningful contact with their professors.

Swarthmore’s alumni body is small (about 20,000 living alumni) but distinguished. Five Swarthmore graduates have won the Nobel Prize; Swarthmore is also among the top five highest producers of doctorate recipients in the humanities, life sciences, and all sciences combined, with 20 percent of Swarthmore graduates going on to earn a doctorate degree. Some prominent Swarthmore alumni are acclaimed artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby ‘04, novelist Jonathan Franzen ’81, Ashesi University founder Patrick Awuah ’89, Chris Van Hollen ’83, U.S. Senator from Maryland, fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra ’05, and noted sociologist Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot '66.Swarthmore college main

As of June 30, 2016, the College has an endowment of approximately $1.7 billion. Swarthmore's robust financial aid program ensures the College’s commitment to providing access to an exceptional liberal arts education for all qualified students without regard to their ability to pay and allows the College to meet each admitted student's demonstrated financial need. With one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country, Swarthmore awards aid -- without loans -- to more than half of its students.

True to its Quaker heritage, Swarthmore maintains a commitment to service and the common good. Students find support for service projects through the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and in the nearby communities of Chester and Philadelphia and around the world. In addition, Swarthmore is one of 10 charter members of Project Pericles, which supports students who propose and implement projects to identify issues and advance solutions.

Swarthmore's residential campus features more than 425 wooded acres, including rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails which are maintained by staff horticulturists as the nationally registered Scott Arboretum.

Swarthmore College, a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, has supported thinkers and doers for more than 150 years. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.

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