CfP: Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature

Job SummaryThe Program on East Asian Studies at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time / tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences in Premodern Japanese Language and Literature with a preferred subfield in Digital Humanities. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning in Fall 2024 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.
AboutFounded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, highly selective national liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio and is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was the first college in the US to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission. The College continues to view a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational environment as essential to the excellence of its academic program. Among liberal arts colleges, Oberlin is a national leader in successfully placing graduates into PhD programs.

The Program on East Asian Studies stands out within a liberal arts context for its faculty expertise in all three major regional areas: China, Korea and Japan. East Asian Studies at Oberlin College is one of the oldest interdisciplinary programs in the U.S. that offers five years of Chinese and four years of Japanese language instruction. With joint and courtesy appointments in religion, politics, cinema studies, literature, history, art history, and environmental studies, East Asian Studies provides curricular breadth and depth that encourage majors to study both history and culture across the East Asian region. For more information, please visit
ResponsibilitiesThe incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (4.5 courses per year) in the general area of Japanese premodern literature. In addition to teaching topical and lecture courses in their subfield, the applicant will regularly teach Japanese language courses at all levels. The successful applicant will engage in faculty collaboration with the College Museum and Library in advancing digital humanities initiatives.
The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.
QualificationsAmong the qualifications required for appointment is the PhD degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2024-25. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.
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CompensationWithin the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive benefits package.
Special Instructions to ApplicantsA complete application will be comprised of: 1) a cover letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service, detailing any connections to supporting an inclusive learning environment; 2) a Curriculum vitae; 3) an unofficial graduate transcript; 4) a statement (or statements) on your teaching philosophy and expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion; 5) a research statement that includes how you will support undergraduate research and, if applicable, how you might incorporate undergraduate students into your research program; and 6) letters of reference from three recommenders.* Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide a video link of their Japanese language classroom teaching.

*By providing three letters of reference, you agree that we may contact your letter writers.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the October 15, 2023 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: Professor Ann Sherif or Professor Emer O’Dwyer, Chair of East Asian Studies, at or, 440-775-8313.

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