Undergraduate Program

Position Type

Full-time Faculty (TUJ faculty contracts are renewable. In accordance with university standards and Japanese law, successful faculty are eligible for a continuing contract after five years.)


Tokyo Campus (Sangen-jaya station)

Visa Requirement

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is able to sponsor a visa for this position


Desired Start Date:  Fall Semester 2024. TUJ faculty contracts are renewable. In accordance with university standards and Japanese law, successful faculty are eligible for a continuing contract after five years.

Salary & Benefits

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

Overview of The Japanese Program and TUJ:

The Japanese major program at Temple University, Japan Campus is a unique undergraduate degree program designed to offer a comprehensive four-year Japanese language curriculum in a JSL (Japanese as a Second Language) setting. It aims to achieve advanced and well-balanced proficiency in Japanese so that students will be well-equipped with linguistic skills and fully prepared to examine socio-cultural aspects of Japan and Japanese literature.

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 in top 90 of all U.S. universities by U.S. News and World Report. With approximately 30,000 students, Temple maintains a multi-campus system extending from Pennsylvania to Rome to Japan.

Established in 1982, the Japan campus of Temple University (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. It is headquartered in the heart of Tokyo just outside of Shibuya. More details about TUJ are available at

Its strategic priorities and key objectives are accessible, Strategic Priorities & Key Objectives. TUJ is expanding, financially healthy, and has just hired over 25 new full-time faculty members in the last two years, with over 10 additional lines currently advertised this academic year. In February 2024, TUJ announced our expansion in Kyoto with the opening of a multi-building campus starting from the spring 2025 semester.

TUJ offers undergraduate programs to a broad mix of over 2,250 Japanese and non-Japanese degree-seeking students who will earn their degrees from Temple University through the Japan campus. Every semester, additional undergraduate students from Temple’s main campus and other universities converge on our campus for a short-term study abroad experience.

In one of the most dynamic cities in the world, we offer twelve full undergraduate majors ranging from Art to International Business to Psychological Studies. Our faculty and staff are international, with nearly 70 full time faculty joined by experienced administrators and many part-time adjunct faculty from the professions, business, and the arts. TUJ holds classes in the fall and spring semesters (15 weeks) and over a well-enrolled 10-week summer semester.

Overview of Position

Temple University Japan invites applications for a full-time faculty member with a specialization in Japanese Language Pedagogy. The position is open rank: senior scholars may be hired at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. This faculty member will teach and design courses primarily within the Japanese Program, although they may also be invited to teach other undergraduate courses in their areas of expertise.  This new position will oversee the curriculum and pedagogy of the program in order to best meet the needs of TUJ’s students in today’s global and technological environment. As such, it is imperative that candidates demonstrate expertise in contemporary research and practice of second language acquisition. Demonstrated excellence in teaching is essential.

Our ideal candidate is a passionate teacher and researcher of teaching Japanese as a second language. Given the interdisciplinary nature of language education and the current makeup of our program faculty, we will consider candidates who are trained in Ph.D. with roots in the fields of Japanese second language pedagogy, Japanese applied linguistics, and education, linguistics, or other multidisciplinary studies that provide a foundation for the effective teaching of our students. Possible specializations include but are not limited to: culture and education, cognition, teaching and learning, bilingual education, and Japanese language education in Japan. We welcome applications from candidates with an interest in all areas of Japanese language education, but we require knowledge and experience in US higher education.

Additional information about the Japanese Program is available here:
Japanese Language Major / Minor / Certificate Requirements

Other Duties

  • Develop instructional materials for the Japanese Program curriculum
  • Mentor new Japanese Program faculty
  • Maintain active and on-going research or creative activity
  • Fulfill university service duties through participation in faculty committees, indirect teaching activities, etc.

Qualifications & Experience

  1. Terminal degree in Japanese, Asian Studies, or a related field, to be awarded by start date
  2. Evidence of excellence in student-centered teaching
  3. Teaching experience at the university level, preferably at a US institution.
  4. A record of scholarly publications and/or presentations, and an on-going research agenda
  5. Experience in and the ability to conduct all university-related business in English, including teaching

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by April 5, 2024, will receive fullest consideration. Send applications to with the following four items as attachments:

  1. a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and what appeals to you about the position and our institution;
  2. a curriculum vitae with three references and their contact information
  3. a scholarly writing sample (no more than 25 pages)
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy that directly discusses teaching Japanese as a second language (no more than 2 pages)

Indicate the title 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 through which website/resource you learned of 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.