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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Linguistics,Germ,Slavic,Asian,Afr Lang 10004543
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Tenure System Faculty, Education/Training

Position Summary

Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-system position at the assistant professor level in contemporary Japanese language and culture within the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, which will be the successful candidate's tenure home. In addition, the position has specified commitments to teaching, research, and service in the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities degree program, which studies how changing global dynamics across history and in the present unfold through humanistic, artistic, and critical knowledge practices. 

This academic year position begins August 16, 2018. 

The Japanese Program is one of the largest language and culture degree programs in the Department. The successful candidate will enrich the experience of the students, while benefiting from a supportive community that includes the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (, the Center for Language Education and Research (a national Language Resource Center) (, and the Asian Studies Center (


Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Required qualifications are a Ph.D. by the time of appointment, college-level teaching experience, and native or near-native fluency in English and Japanese. The new hire's research and teaching will foreground the relation between the literary, cultural, linguistic, and the digital specific to Japanese culture in the context of investigating the formation and circulation of a global culture mediated by new technologies. 

Desired Qualifications

Familiarity with proficiency approaches to language teaching is highly recommended. We seek a person with interpersonal skills and leadership ability. 

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • statement of research interests
  • statement of teaching philosophy including a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence
  • three letters of recommendation
  • selected sample(s) or research work
Applications must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State University Human Resources website

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed December 1, 2017, and will continue until the position has been filled. 

For more information, contact Professor M. Endo Hudson (, Chair of the Japanese Search Committee, Department of Linguistics  and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University, 619 Red Cedar Road,B-358 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027.

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

The Department has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts and Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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