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The Asian Studies Program at Bates College, a highly selective private liberal arts college located in south-central Maine, invites applications and nominations for the Kazushige Hirasawa Chair of Japanese Studies, to begin August 1, 2016. This is a senior position at the Associate or Full Professor level. The new Hirasawa chair will receive tenure upon appointment, and will chair and further strengthen Bates’s established interdisciplinary program in Asian Studies (with majors in Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian Studies). Ph.D., native or near native proficiency in Japanese and English, and a substantial record of teaching and publication are required. Experience leading or playing a major role in developing an academic program is desirable. The field of specialization (within the humanities or social sciences) is open, but candidates should be willing and able to teach a Japanese language course, as well as topical courses of their own choosing dealing with aspects of Japan and/or East Asia. The teaching load at Bates is 5 courses per year—4 courses for a program chair. For more information about Asian Studies at Bates, see our webpage (http://www.bates.edu/asian/).
The College and the Asian Studies Program are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are especially encouraged to apply, and the search committee expects candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.
Review of applications begins November 2nd and will continue until the position is filled. Candidate should submit the following materials: letter of application, curriculum vita, statement on teaching, research and academic leadership, and three letters of recommendation.
Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check. For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website:www.bates.edu.
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