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Assistant Professor in Transnational Japanese Studies

University of Florida

Assistant Professor in Transnational Japanese Studies

Job No: 528837
Work Type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Training/Instructional Design

Job Description

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Job Description:

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, to begin August 16, 2024, in Transnational Japanese Studies.

The successful candidate will complement the current research and teaching of departmental faculty by maintaining an active research agenda and providing service to the department, the university, and the profession. Assistant Professors are typically assigned to teach four courses per academic year.

We seek a candidate whose research explores Japan's transnational connections, broadly conceived, in the premodern, early modern, or modern periods, from disciplinary perspectives including but not limited to literature and film. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to the departmental Translation Studies Certificate program, to LLC critical concentrations (Intensive Area Studies, Comparative Cultural Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Literary Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies), and to the UF QUEST program. Interest in online course development, digital humanities, curriculum globalization, and the development of pipeline programs is a plus.

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is home to multiple language programs. It offers training in languages and cultures from all corners of the globe. From Swahili to Japanese, Russian to Arabic, we give our students the opportunity to become cross-cultural experts in an ever more internationalized world as they develop concentrations such as Film and Visual Culture and Comparative Cultures. More information on the program can be found at The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ethnicity/race, ability, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

UF is the state's oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked the Number 1 public university in the United States by Wall Street Journal in its “2024 Best Colleges in the U.S.” report. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF's large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Advertised Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, maternity/paternity leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must possess native or near-native fluency in both Japanese and English and will contribute to language education in the Japanese program at UF.

A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, and service.

Preferred Qualifications:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes
  • Cover letter
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests/plans
  • One writing sample
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • A list of three letter writers and the writers' contact information. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

  • Applications will be reviewed beginning November 3, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Questions may be directed to Prof. Andrea Hoa Pham, Chair of the Search Committee, at

    All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

    The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

    The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

    The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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