Assistant Professor of Japanese

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Department: Asian Languages & Literatures
Position Type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Categories: Faculty - Asian Languages and Literatures

The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures and the Asian Studies program at Carleton College invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Japanese, to begin September 1, 2023. This is a full-time position, with a joint appointment of 80% in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures and 20% in the Asian Studies program.

We seek candidates who can teach Japanese-language courses at all levels, and are passionate about teaching in a liberal arts setting. The position will involve teaching in both the Japanese language sequence as well as teaching courses about Japanese culture in English. Native or near-native fluency in both Japanese and English is required.

The candidate will have a Ph.D. completed or substantially completed in Japanese Studies at the time of application, and must have had experience in teaching Japanese-language courses at the college level. Field of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will bring expertise that will expand interdisciplinary offerings at the college and attract students from outside Japanese Studies. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a willingness to participate actively in the life of the department and the Asian Studies program, and to contribute to extra-curricular and service activities. Teaching load is five courses per year. The Carleton calendar includes three 10-week terms. 

We are particularly interested in candidates committed to teaching a diverse student body. Carleton is committed to developing its faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities.

Carleton is a highly selective liberal arts college with a student body of approximately 2,000, located in the historic and thriving town of Northfield, Minnesota. We are within commuting distance of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, whose greater metro area has a diverse population of three million people and a rich variety of cultural resources. 

For more information about our Japanese program and offerings, and about Carleton’s interdisciplinary Asian Studies program, please visit the Japanese program website at and the Asian Studies website at

To apply, please visit to submit application materials, including a letter of application; curriculum vitae; one scholarly writing sample; a statement about teaching students from diverse backgrounds in an undergraduate, residential liberal arts environment and a scholarly agenda; names and contact information of three references. Upon receipt of the candidate’s online application, letter writers will be contacted via email with instructions on letter submission. Applicants may also upload a teaching portfolio or other relevant teaching materials. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 3, 2022. Review of complete applications will begin in November and continue until the position is filled. For further inquiries, please contact Prof. Shaohua Guo at:

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