Undergraduate Program

Position Type

Full-time Faculty


Kyoto Campus (Fujinomori station)

Visa Requirement

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) can sponsor a visa for this position


Commencing from spring semester 2025

Salary & Benefits

In accordance with the pay-scale determined and used in the program. Support is also offered for conferences, travel, and other research/creative related expenses. Annual bonuses may be possible.

Overview of TUJ and TUJ KYOTO:

Based in Philadelphia, Temple University is a public Carnegie-designated R1 research university that ranks in the top 350 of all universities worldwide according to Times Higher Education (2023). It is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report (2024). With approximately 30,000 students, Temple maintains a multi-campus system extending from Pennsylvania to Rome to Japan.

Established in 1982, TUJ is a full-service branch campus that educates students from nearly 70 countries in English in its undergraduate programs, graduate programs (law, business, graduate education), and non-degree programs (continuing education and corporate education). TUJ is the oldest and largest branch campus of a foreign university in Japan. More details about TUJ are available at Its strategic priorities and key objectives are accessible, Strategic Priorities & Key Objectives. TUJ has increased enrollments significantly in recent years, is financially healthy, and has hired over 20 new full-time faculty members this academic year, with plans for over 10 more for next academic year.

TUJ offers undergraduate programs to a broad mix of over 2,200 Japanese and non-Japanese degree-seeking students who will earn their degrees from Temple University through the Japan campus. Every semester, additional students from Temple’s main campus and other universities converge on our campus for a short-term study abroad experience.

Based in one of the most dynamic cities in the world, we offer thirteen full undergraduate majors ranging from Art to International Business to Psychological Studies. Our faculty and staff is international, with 69 full time faculty joined by experienced administrators and many part-time adjunct faculty from the professions, business and the arts. TUJ holds classes on the U.S. academic calendar with 15-week fall and spring semesters, a well-enrolled 10-week summer semester, and a 3-week May session.

Starting in January 2025, Temple University will broaden its presence in Japan through the establishment of a new satellite location in Kyoto. Over the past three years, the Japan campus of Temple University (TUJ) has experienced unprecedented growth, including an 80% increase in its undergraduate student population. To take our next leap forward by securing more space for our growing student body, expanding our impact beyond Tokyo, and advancing our new initiatives, TUJ has partnered with Kyoto-based Seibo Jogakuin (Seibo). Founded over 100 years ago, Seibo operates campuses in Kyoto and Osaka that serve nursery school through high school students. Together, TUJ and Seibo will play a critical role in Kyoto by advancing international education, building bridges across cultures, and equipping Temple University students with the tools required to succeed in our interconnected world.

Overview of Positions

TUJ is hiring multiple full-time Open Rank positions, specializing in Japanese Language and Asian Studies. Instructors will be expected to contribute to TUJ KYOTO’s course offerings toward major programs in Japanese and Asian Studies. Faculty members will be members of their respective departments at TUJ and have colleagues at the Tokyo campus. There may also be opportunities to teach at the Tokyo campus.

  • Faculty in Japanese at TUJ KYOTO will be expected to teach an engaging, interactive, and experiential course in practical Japanese for students to new Japan. TUJ offers institutional support for field trips and other experiential components. Other courses may include elementary/introductory Japanese, intermediate Japanese, and special topic courses in the area of the faculty member’s interest and expertise.
  • Faculty in Asian Studies at TUJ KYOTO should be Japan specialists with an ability to connect content in the classroom with contemporary life in Japan. Courses may include Japanese culture, Japanese history, Asian thought, and special topic courses in the area of the faculty member’s interest and expertise.
  • We also welcome candidates who can teach in both Japanese and Asian Studies programs.

We are especially keen to foster experiential learning opportunities in Kyoto for students. Consequently we value applicants with a history of innovative teaching and working with study abroad students. Courses at TUJ KYOTO will be offered Mondays through Thursdays exclusively, to allow for class field trips and community engagement on Fridays.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in Japanese, Asian Studies, or a related field
  • Teaching experience at the university level, preferably of undergraduates for a US institution
  • A record of scholarly publications and presentations, and an on-going research agenda
  • Instruction is in English and fluency in English is required

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately. 

Send applications to with the following three documents attached:

  1. a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and what appeals to you about the position. Please especially tell us about innovative or experiential learning opportunities that you have designed for your students.
  2. full academic/professional c.v.
  3. three references and their contact information

Indicate the title and location of the position you are applying for in the email subject box. Also, we would appreciate it very much if you could let us know which website/resource you found out about this position.

Temple University, Japan Campus is committed to equal opportunity employment, and to increase diversity and inclusivity in both its community and curricula. All qualified applicants shall receive full and equal consideration for employment. The university does not discriminate against candidates and employees because of their disability, sex, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, or any other protected status under the law. Candidates who can contribute to the institution's goals are strongly encouraged to apply.