We seek candidates who specialize in Japanese Language and Literature or related studies. We are particularly interested in candidates whose expertise is premodern Japanese literature and who are able to teach courses in a broader East Asia context. Responsibilities include teaching Japanese language courses at all levels; teaching Japanese Studies courses (in Japanese and in English translation); advising Japanese majors and correlates (minors); and mentoring senior projects/theses as well as independent intensive studies. Native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English is required. The teaching load in the first year is four courses, and in subsequent years is four classroom courses plus one “intensive,” which is a closely mentored experience for undergraduates. Successful candidates must have a doctorate degree in a related field by time of appointment and a record of, or potential for, excellence in college teaching and scholarship.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit:

  • A letter of application
  • CV-Writing sample (roughly 30 pages)
  • Graduate transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable for initial application)
  • A statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and other involvements (additional information can be found at https://offices.vassar.edu/dean-of-the-faculty/positions/candidate-diversity-statement/)
  • A teaching statement that describes your approaches, experience, and philosophy regarding your teaching, mentoring, and development as a teacher
  • A research statement that describes your scholarly accomplishments, current work/research, and your future research plan
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applications should be addressed to Peipei Qiu, Chair, Department of Chinese and Japanese and submitted online at https://employment.vassar.edu/postings/3464. PhD is required and must be in hand by time of appointment. Address any questions to Peipei Qiu via email ([email protected]).

Vassar College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.