Free open Job in North, South & Central America Tenured Associate or Full Professor

The Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenured Associate Professor or Professor specializing in Transcultural Japan, with a prospective start date of July 2021. In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to women candidates. Candidates who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify. All candidates meeting the following criteria are encouraged to apply.


We are looking for a scholar whose work crosses traditional regional and disciplinary boundaries—exploring Japan’s entanglements with other parts of the world, and engaging wider debates in the humanities and social sciences. Possible areas of expertise might include – but are not limited to – the study of popular culture, new media and technologies, intercultural translation, the experience of diasporic communities, religion and philosophy, ethnic minorities, and indigeneity. The successful candidate will have completed a Doctorate in a field pertinent to the study of Transcultural Japan, and will have a record of excellence in research, pedagogy and engagement that challenges nationally-bounded conceptions of history, language and culture. The candidate’s accomplishments in these areas will be evident in peer-reviewed publications, recognition for innovative research and/or pedagogy, success in securing external funding, participation in collaborative or intercultural scholarly endeavors, areas of student supervision, and a well-developed agenda for future work in the field. Evidence of in-depth work with primary sources and/or sustained field-based research is essential. Interest in the development of experiential learning programs would be especially welcome (e.g., field schools, exchange). The successful applicant will have a track record of academic service and administration, with potential for academic leadership.


The new appointment will: maintain an active and innovative program of research in the area of Transcultural Japan; teach and supervise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and be responsible for service and administrative duties commensurate with rank. In addition to primary teaching responsibilities on topics pertaining to Transcultural Japan, a willingness to conduct seminars for students with advanced Japanese language is also highly desirable.


To be considered, please submit a complete application package including:

  • Cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements (explaining your interest in the position; approach to Transcultural Japan; relevant experience; statement of diversity knowledge, experience and skills);
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • Concise statement summarizing research agenda over the next 5 years (2-3 pages);
  • Concise statement of teaching interests in the field of Transcultural Japan (1-2 pages);
  • Two recent writing samples of no more than 50 pages apiece.

Applicants should also arrange for three (3) confidential letters of reference to be submitted before the deadline for applications. All application materials, including letters of reference, should be submitted via email to

Informal enquiries regarding the position may be sent to Richard Fox (; questions regarding the application process should be addressed to (Jennifer Santos)

The deadline for applications is January 4, 2021.

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