Musashi University, British and American Studies
Full-Time Faculty Position (1), rank and tenure TBD, North American Studies
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Full Faculty Position: Professor (tenured), Associate Professor (tenure-track or tenured), or Lecturer (tenure-track)
Field: North American Studies (History, Society, Culture—transnational topics welcome)
Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Musashi University, Tokyo
Address: Toyotamakami 1-26-1, Nerima, Tokyo 176-8534 Japan
Start Date: 1 April 2024
Application deadline: 30 September 2023 (midnight Japan time)
Application URL: https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorDetail?id=D123080777
Musashi University’s Faculty of Humanities covers a wide range of subjects such as language, literature, art, history, society, thought, tourism, and cultural exchange. We are pleased to inform you that the Department of British and American Studies is recruiting one (1) full-time faculty member, rank and tenure status to be decided. Please inform the most diverse possible range of qualified applicants so that we may give the position to the most appropriate scholar, wherever they may come from.
Based on its founding spirit and its new Medium-term Plan, Musashi University has set the cultivation of global citizens as a priority, and so it aims to expand the diversity of its faculty. In this open call for applicants, regardless of nationality or gender, we will focus on performance and character.
1. In addition to their field of specialization, the successful applicant will be able to teach courses on the following topics (not all at once): American History, American History Seminar, British and American Society Seminar, British and American History and Society, Life and Cultural History in English-Speaking Countries, History of International Exchange in English-Speaking Countries
2. Graduation thesis guidance
3. English as a foreign language
Typical course load is 5 classes per week, plus eventual teaching work in the graduate school.
Other occasional duties:
1. Management of university-wide English language courses
2. Operating various centers, committees, working groups, etc; attendance at faculty meetings, etc
3. Entrance examination-related work
4. Student guidance
5. Other tasks ordered by the university
If you are hired as tenure-track faculty, your term of office will be up to 3 years (subect to extension if you take child-care leave), during which time you may go up for tenure review, only once, based on four criteria: (1) research, (2) teaching, (3) committee work, and (4) contributions to society and other factors. If tenure is not granted, the faculty member will retire at the end of the tenure-track period. Even tenure-track faculty are responsible for all the work listed above. There is no “trial period” during which you may be terminated at will, etc.
1. Doctorate in a relevant field (or expected by March 2024), or equivalent research achievements
2. Enrollment in an English-speaking university or graduate school for at least one year
3. Knowledge of digital humanities (human informatics) welcome
4. At least 3 publications in a relevant field
5. Enthusiasm, motivation, and ability in English language education, study abroad guidance, global education
Professor: 8 million yen or more
Associate professor: 7 million yen or more
Full-time instructor: 6 million yen or more
* To be determined in consideration of educational background and work experience.
* According to the school’s salary regulations (according to the recommendations of the National Personnel Authority).
* Dependent allowance, commuting allowance, housing allowance, discretionary research allowance (200,000 yen once a year, subject to taxation); plus up to 400,000 yen per year for research expenses by application. The retirement age is 65.
*The above are class hours, but your actual working hours will vary depending on your class schedule (usually five classes per week).
In general, please submit the following as A4 size PDF files via the Japanese JREC-IN universal application website: https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorDetail?id=D123080777
Format is not essential as long as all information is present, but we encourage you to use our university’s standard format available here: https://www.musashigakuen.jp/saiyou/index.html
1. Curriculum vitae
* Include education (after high school), work history, degree, awards, teaching experience, etc, and a recent headshot photo.
* CVs are usually signed or sealed at the time of submission in Japan, but you may omit this for digital applications.
2. List of publications
* Indicate whether each publication is a paper, book, chapter, review, or conference proceeding, whether it is single author or co-author, and whether it is peer-reviewed.
* Applicants who pass the first screening may be asked to make corrections and resubmit.
* Include things like copyright pages as evidence of publication.
3. Writing samples
* Submit 3 representative books or academic papers (PDF) (at least 1 must be written in English).
* If writing samples cannot be digitized, mail them to our physical address by registered mail, writing "Application Documents for Department of British and American Studies” in red next to the address. If you wish us to return the item, indicate so and enclose return postage.
* Attach a summary to each writing sample: A4 size, 1 page each, about 800 characters in Japanese and/or 400 words in English.
4. Any language ability certificates
5. Research plan and education philosophy (A4 size, 1 page)
6. Sample syllabus on American History
* 13 sessions, 105 minutes each. Please refer to the university’s syllabus format here: https://www.musashi.ac.jp/visitor/syllabus.html
7. Certificate or diploma of highest degree received (copy)
* You may be asked to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, additional achievements, etc, as your application progresses.
Please use the JREC-IN Portal Web application to apply online. Please submit all application documents (generally in PDF format) as a compressed zip file (up to 20MB). Also, name the file to be submitted as “submission date name.zip” (all half-width Roman letters and Arabic numerals. Spaces cannot be used). (Example: 0930NerimaHanako.zip for submission on 30 September)
* Do not set passwords for various files and folders.
* If you cannot apply using the JREC-IN Portal Web application or if the documents exceed 20MB, please contact us at the address below.
*Please refrain from sending application documents as email attachments.
Selection details, result notification method
First selection: document review
Second screening: Interviews (including mock classes) will be held for those who pass the first screening (scheduled for late October).
Third selection: A final interview will be held for those who pass the second selection.
*We will contact you via the phone number or e-mail address listed on your resume regarding the date and time of your interview.
*Online interviews are also possible if the distance is not convenient. Transportation expenses related to selection will be actual expenses.
Please contact us by e-mail with “British and American Studies Department Faculty Search” in the Subject line, at: email@example.com
Toyotamakami 1-26-1, Nerima, Tokyo 176-8534 Japan
General Affairs Division, Musashi University
Faculty of Humanities, Department of British and American Culture, Faculty Search Committee
See here for details on our ideals and policies regarding faculty members: https://www.musashi.ac.jp/annai/houshin/kakusyu_houshin.html#houshin02