Assistant Professor Application

The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Japanese, pending budgetary approval. The position is at the rank of assistant professor and will begin in August 2014.


  • Ph.D. in Japanese or evidence of imminent award required
  • Preferred specialization in Japanese linguistics, applied linguistics, pedagogy, or related field
  • Applicants should have a genuine commitment to teaching at all levels
  • Native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English
  • College teaching experience and evidence of scholarship
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Curriculum development
  • Experience with study abroad
  • Publications desirable
  • Successful experience in grant-writing a plus


  • Research in field is expected and will be necessary for tenure and advancement
  • Responsibilities will include supervising part-time instructors
  • Contributing to the development of the Japanese program
  • Participating in events and shared governance of WMU’s interdisciplinary Soga Japan Center

WMU research

Western Michigan University is a Carnegie Classification Research Extensive Institution of 25,000 students located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. WMU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Apply for the position

Online applications should include:

  • A letter of application that addresses fulfilment of qualifications
  • Vita
  • List of references
  • Pdf of graduate transcripts
  • Summary printout of statistical data of two most recent semesters of teaching evaluations
  • Statement of teaching philosophy

In addition, submit the following:

Up to three publications or dissertation chapters
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