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Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Employer
Michigan State University
Location
East Lansing

Job Details

Job no: 901387
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Linguistics, Languages, And Cultures 10004543
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies - Tenure System

Position Summary

The Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures (LiLaC) seeks a tenure system assistant professor of Japanese minority and/or gender studies. This is a nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2024, with a course load of four courses per academic year. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to teaching and research that foregrounds the diversity of Japanese cultural experiences, particularly those of marginalized and/or underexamined groups in Japan. Potential research foci include but are not restricted to the literary, cultural and/or linguistic practices of resident (Zainichi) Korean, resident Chinese, Okinawan, burakumin and/or the Japanese diaspora. Other possible topics include those related to gender, disability, or LGBTQI experiences within Japanese contexts. Period of specialization is open, and applications are welcome from candidates with a PhD in Japanese literary studies, cultural studies, linguistics, or a related field.

Housed within LiLaC, the Japanese Studies Program is one of the largest language and culture programs at MSU, and its major and minor programs emphasize a strong balance between cultural and linguistic fluency. The successful candidate will complement these strengths and engage in an active program of teaching (normally, two courses per semester), research and service/outreach. Teaching responsibilities will include a combination of courses within the candidate’s field of expertise, introductory courses in Japanese literature and culture, Japanese language classes, and/or courses in the College of Arts & Letters’ general education program in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate

Minimum Requirements
  • PhD in Japanese literary studies, cultural studies, linguistics, or a related field by time of appointment
Desired Qualifications
  • Robust research agenda in Japanese minority and/or gender studies
  • 1-2 years experience teaching within their discipline in a North American university setting
  • Native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English
  • Ability to design and teach courses that complement existing faculty and program strengths
  • Commitment to and/or evidence of student-centered and innovative teaching practices
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in both research and teaching
  • For candidates with specializations outside of literature or cultural studies, a strong focus on the intersection of their field and literary or cultural practices is preferred
  • Commitment to and/or evidence of service and leadership
  • Japanese language teaching experience
Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit

  • a cover letter
  • current curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample representative of current or past research
  • A 1-page summary of your philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration. The statement should also include an explanation of related past or planned activities/endeavors as well as how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence. For more about MSU’s DEI efforts, see https://inclusion.msu.edu/. For more information about writing diversity statements, see https://cal.msu.edu/documents/cal-guidelines-for-the-writing-of-diversity-statements/
  • the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.
    • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a teaching dossier, including teaching statement, sample course materials and student evaluation summaries.
    Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin November 10, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website http://careers.msu.edu.

    For more information, contact David Humphrey, Chair of the Search Committee at dhumphre@msu.edu.

    Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

    Review of Applications Begins On

    11/10/2023

    Website

    lilac.msu.edu

    Department Statement

    The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

    MSU Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Sep 29, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Sep 29, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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