Visiting Assistant Professor in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

University of California Santa Barbara

United States



The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2019-2020 academic year.

We seek applicants with expertise in Japanese literature from the Meiji Period to the present and Japanese film from a cultural studies perspective. We seek candidates with active research agendas who will participate in research activities in the department and be available to graduate students with relevant topics. The candidate will be expected to teach five courses related to their expertise and to advanced language training: Survey of Modern Japanese Literature, Topics in Modern Japanese Literature (topics to be chosen by the candidate), Japanese Cinema, and two classes of advanced Japanese readings (readings to be chosen by the candidate) or one class of advanced Japanese readings plus a second class to be determined. The candidate would also be asked to contribute to department programs by planning events related to their expertise, such as film showings and visiting speakers.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant field, specialization in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and cinema, and high-level Japanese language ability. Salary is based on UC salary scales and depends on qualifications. To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research, a statement of teaching experience, and arrange for three letters of recommendation sent to UC Recruit . The position will remain open until filled, but complete applications received by May 13, 2019 will receive full review.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position. Inquiries may be directed to Katherine Saltzman-Li, Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, at For more information on the department, please visit our website at:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required


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