The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Japanese to begin August 2020. The successful applicant’s tenure home will be in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, a dynamic academic unit committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches. Applicants are expected to have PhD in hand by July 2020. We seek candidates in any area of formal or applied linguistics or cultural/literary studies; we desire experience teaching Japanese and another East Asian language (particularly Korean). A rating of Superior on the ACTFL proficiency scale is required in at least one East Asian language. Research area is open, but candidates will be expected to work integrally within the robust language and culture program, which offers four years of Japanese and works with a range of teaching staff, and serves a variety of majors throughout the university. We seek candidates with research specialization in fields such formal or applied linguistics, or cultural or literary studies of pre-modern Japan, trans-Asian studies, religious studies, or others areas of East Asia, that will best complement our faculty strengths and classroom offerings. Responsibilities of the position include pursuing an active research program, teaching a total of four courses per year in language and/or the candidate’s research area, and working with faculty to maintain the Japan Studies program. Active participation in the academic life of the Department and in units across campus is also expected.
Applicants should submit the following: (1) letter of application, (2) CV, (3) research statement (upload as Specific Request 1), (4) writing samples, (5) teaching portfolio (upload as Specific Request 2) (which should include, at minimum, a teaching statement that discusses philosophy, successes, experiments, etc.; sample course syllabi; and sample teaching/course evaluations), and (6) a diversity statement (upload as Specific Request 3) (as a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all. In one to two pages, applicants should reflect on their commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity). Also provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.
Applications will be acknowledged. Deadline for the receipt of applications is November 8th, 2019.