Job Opening Announcement: (Tenured or Tenure-track Position)(Global Studies Program, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

 Global Studies Program, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hiring institution
 The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Musashi University, which opened to undergraduate students in April 2022, is currently looking for suitably qualified candidates with a proven history of teaching excellence and successful research publication in or across the fields of global history, media arts and cultural representations, or translation and interpretation studies to apply for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position (dependent on experience) within the Global Studies (GS) Program. Details of the position are as follows.
Job details
Teaching and administrative responsibilities:
1 Teaching undergraduate courses for GS students (see below) 
2 Contributing to the administration and curriculum development of the GS Program
3 Providing EAP (English for Academic Purposes) support for GS students and contributing to the administration and development of English education and English-language support programs at the university
4 Duties pertaining to university entrance examinations and committees
5 Academic supervision and pastoral care of students 

Courses to be taught: 
As a member of the full-time faculty, you will be required to teach 5 undergraduate classes per week in total from among the following:
1 Lectures and/or seminars from among the GS course offerings (all taught in English) related to the applicant’s area of expertise
2 Compulsory English (EAP) and English skills (jisshuu) classes for GS students
3 General education or other classes within the curriculum relating to the applicant’s area of expertise
A typical course load would be expected to include “Introduction to Global History” (for a global historian) or  some combination of the following lecture courses (taught on alternate years) for a specialist in media arts/cultural representations or translation studies: “Media Communications”, “Translation and Interpretation Studies”, “Cultural Representations”, and “Diversity in Stories and Societies”; it may also include contributing to the introductory first-year lecture series, Survey of Transnational Cultures. The rest would consist of two or three seminars from among Global Studies (GS) Seminar, GS 1st Year Seminar, and Capstone Project Seminar. In some cases, the course load could potentially include General Education courses, practical skills or language classes such as Critical Thinking, Academic Presentation Skills, or EAP/general English classes, depending on expertise and experience.
Number of positions
1 position
Recruitment background
Musashi University sees the fostering of global citizens as one of its missions, in keeping with the foundational principles of the university as well as the objectives of its mid-term development plan, and as a part of those efforts is committed to expanding the diversity of its faculty. The university is an equal opportunities employer, and all applications will be considered solely on the basis of professional accomplishments and personal merit.  
Address of work location
 1-26-1, Toyotama-kami, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-8534 Japan
Period of Employment
Candidates are expected to be available to work full-time from April 1, 2024.
Job type
 Full-time lecturer (sennin-koushi, tenure-track), Associate Professor (tenured or tenure-track) or Professor (tenured)
Employment status
Full-time, tenured or tenure-track.
In the case of a tenure-track appointment, the initial period of employment will be for up to three years, during which a decision will be made regarding tenure (further details are provided in the additional information section below). Note that teaching loads and administrative obligations for tenure-track appointments remain as specified above.  
Academic credentials: 
(1) Field. Applicants should have expertise in one of the following areas: global/world history, media arts and cultural representation,  translation and interpretation studies.
(2) Degree completion
Applicants for tenure-track positions at the lecturer (sennin-koushi) level are expected to have completed or almost completed a PhD in one of the above fields; for consideration at the associate professor or professorial level, applicants are expected to have completed a PhD in one of these fields. 
(3) Publications: applicants are expected to be active researchers with a history of successful publication in areas relevant to the courses they will teach. 
(4) Others:
 *Applicants should possess appropriate professional experience and enthusiasm to contribute to the content, development and management of the Global Studies Program, English language education, study support systems, and study abroad programs at Musashi, both as educators and as administrators.
 *Applicants should have sufficient command of English to research, publish, and teach effectively in English at the university level. A high level of Japanese proficiency is preferred; applicants must have the language skills to perform their academic duties in a Japanese university environment effectively. 
Salary and benefits will be determined in accordance with the university's salary regulations (based on the recommendations of the National Personnel Authority). Allowances are provided towards dependent care, housing, and commuting costs, as well as a fixed personal research stipend (200,000 yen); additional personal research expenses are covered up to a yearly maximum of 400,000 yen. 
Application period
Applications must be received by May 12, 2023.
The position remains open until filled.
Selection may be conducted on a rolling basis, with submitted applications examined in the order they are received.
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Application documents
(1) Cover letter
(2) Curriculum vitae, including an email address as well as all relevant information since high school (degrees attained, employment history, academic prizes or grants awarded, research activities, details of affiliations with academic associations etc.)
(3) Complete list of publications
*Note that both CV and list of publications should be signed and dated. 
(4) Reprints or copies of three publications considered most relevant to the position applied for (at least one publication must be in English)
(5) A summary in English (about 400 words) for each of the three publications. 
(6) Certificates of English/Japanese language proficiency (as appropriate)
*Candidates for the final stage interview may be required to submit letters of recommendation. Further documentation, including copies of degree and other certificates as well as additional publications, may also be requested.

[Application method]
Please submit your application in electronic format using the JREC-IN Portal Web Application. Please submit all application documents (in principle in PDF format) in a zipped file (maximum 20MB). The name of the file should be "SubmissionDate" (all single-byte alphanumeric characters, no spaces).
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Selection process
Selection procedure: Review of application materials followed by a panel interview (short-listed candidates only). Details of subsequent stages of the appointment process will be explained to candidates who are successful at the interview stage.

Short-listed candidates will be notified of the interview schedule as early as possible.
The successful candidate will be informed in writing once a decision has been made. 
Contact details

Administrative Affairs Division

Musashi University
1-26-1 Toyotama-kami, Nerima-ku,
Tokyo, 176-8534 Japan

For written inquiries, please contact us by e-mail (Contact Us) below.

All application materials will be treated in the utmost confidence. Personal information therein will be used only for the selection of candidates applying for the current position and subsequently, where applicable, for necessary personnel, salary, or welfare-related paperwork; it will be used for no other purposes. 

Remote interviews may be considered in exceptional cases where a candidate is based overseas or has difficulty attending an interview in person. Please contact us at the address above for details.

For more information about the university’s policies on faculty recruitment, see

<Note on tenure-track appointments at Musashi University>

The initial tenure-track appointment is for a three-year period during which a one time only decision about whether to confirm tenure will be made by the tenure committee. If the tenure-track appointee is eligible to take parental leave, in accordance with the relevant regulations for such leave, the period of appointment can be correspondingly extended. The decision on tenure will be made based on output in the areas of (1) research, (2) teaching, (3) university administration, and (4) other contributions to society, etc. Should tenure not be awarded, employment will terminate with the end of the tenure-track appointment period. However, where it is deemed necessary, the period of tenure-track employment may be extended once, for one year.    

<Information on the academic year in Japan>

The Japanese academic year starts on April 1st; teaching is based on a semester system, with the Spring semester running from April through late July, and the Autumn semester from mid-September through mid-December. Faculty meetings and administrative duties are not restricted to term time, and often require the presence of teaching staff on campus even when there are no classes.

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