KCJS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Studies
The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is searching for a KCJS Postdoctoral Fellow for the academic year 2020-21, with the possibility of extension. Based at Doshisha University in Kyoto, KCJS is an undergraduate study abroad program governed by a consortium of thirteen American universities and administered by the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement at Columbia University.
The KCJS Fellow is expected to engage in their own research and teach one course each semester in Kyoto. Designed in consultation with the resident director and taught entirely in English, the courses can focus on the fellow’s area of specialization, yet should be accessible enough to appeal to undergraduates with a broad range of interests. Course plans should take full advantage of KCJS’s location, preferably encompassing local excursions, hands-on demonstrations, and/or observations. Preference will be given to candidates with the capacity to execute such courses and those who can demonstrate a commitment to delivering engaging, immersive learning experiences that are both rigorous and accessible.
Additional responsibilities include: assisting the resident director with academic planning and semester orientations; mentoring students on academic matters, career planning, and life in Japan; assisting the resident director in reviewing independent study proposals and summer research proposals; supervising independent studies; presenting their research regularly; and contributing to the intellectual and cultural life of the program by occasionally attending curricular and extra-curricular events. These responsibilities and other professional development opportunities provide the Fellow with strong teaching experience and a broad overview into undergraduate global education. The Fellow is also expected to engage in the academic life of Kyoto through involvement in research study groups at Doshisha and other local institutions.
Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a Japan-related field by the start of the fellowship. It is preferred that the candidate has relevant undergraduate teaching experience, previous experience living or studying in Japan, and Japanese language and cultural fluency.
The term of appointment is from August 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021, with the possibility of an extension to May 2022, pending mutual agreement and the approval of the relevant committee. Benefits include: a ten-month salary of $50,000 or the equivalent; round-trip transportation from the home country to Japan for the Fellow and immediate family members, which may include a spouse/partner and one child under 18 years of age; reimbursement for research costs up to $5,000; a private office equipped with a desktop computer and printer located on the Doshisha campus alongside the KCJS team; and access to Doshisha’s libraries, archives, and museums.
For more information about the KCJS program, please visit https://global.undergrad.columbia.edu/program/kcjs-semester
Candidates must have the Ph.D. defended by July 1, 2020. Applications are due by December 13, 2019, and a final decision will be made by late January 2020.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae that indicates anticipated date of dissertation defense, if applicable, and includes a list of previous courses taught; course evaluations if available; and two syllabi for proposed KCJS courses, preferably including concrete details about prospective excursions, observations, etc. Three letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s experiences and suitability for this role are also required.
When beginning an application, when you are asked the following, please assume the answers refer to where your PhD was or will be conferred:
- Expected Graduation Month and Year
- Home School
- Major or Concentration (Discipline)
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