Assistant Professor of Japanese

Assistant Professor of Japanese

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure track position to begin August 1, 2020.

Illinois Wesleyan is a highly-selective, undergraduate, liberal arts university of approximately 1600 students. Our primary focus is on the students, and the primary responsibilities of the position revolve around teaching six courses per year (typically 3 per semester) and mentoring/advising undergraduates (including research projects, honors theses, internships, and academic advising). We seek a dynamic teacher-scholar with a firm commitment to teaching a full range of Japanese language and culture courses as well as Japanese cultural studies courses in English while promoting the goals and values of our liberal arts mission. The position will also involve participation in the International Studies-Asian Studies program and opportunities to participate in university-wide writing programs (first-year Gateway seminar and Writing Intensive courses). Applicants should offer evidence of their ability to engage students, experience with a variety of teaching methods, and a demonstrated research agenda.  A commitment to IWU’s institutional values regarding diversity and inclusion is also important. Native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English is required. Applicants are expected to have Ph.D in hand in a relevant field by August 2020. 

Illinois Wesleyan University prides itself on sustaining a strong commitment to excellence in teaching as well as providing support and encouragement for faculty scholarship. IWU is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce, and the department is committed to supporting a culturally and academically diverse professoriate; we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

For best consideration, submit the following materials via email to Suzie Smeeton, administrative assistant (, World Languages, Literatures and Cultures by Feb 23rd. Review of applications will begin immediately.

  • Cover letter that includes research interests and plans;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Unofficial graduate transcript(s);
  • Statement on teaching philosophy and practice;
  • Three confidential letters of reference, at least one of which addresses teaching.

Please address and highlight interests, background, or experience relevant to any of the following:

  • Teaching at a student-centered undergraduate liberal arts institution;
  • Fostering an inclusive classroom and supporting a diverse community within the department and the university as a whole;
  • Involving undergraduates in your research.