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College of Arts and Letters

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


Full-time lecturer in Japanese Literature and Culture for the Academic Year 2023-24

Starting Date:

August 2023

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) or ABD in Japanese, or in a closely related field, with a specialty in Japanese literature, culture, or related areas in Japanese Studies, from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required.

2) Native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English.

3) Demonstrated research focused on the field of Japanese literature, culture, or related areas in Japanese Studies.

4) Evidence of interest and ability to teach lower-division Japanese language courses, Japanese contemporary culture courses taught in English, and upper-division courses in Japanese language, literature, and/or culture.

5) Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.


The normal load for full-time lecturers is 15 units each semester (30 units per academic year). The successful candidate will teach lower-division and upper-division courses in Japanese culture, language, and literature, including contemporary culture courses taught in English. Primary teaching assignments will be in­person, but the position may also include online or hybrid course assignments. University service is not expected for this position.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

The College:

The Cal State LA College of Arts & Letters transforms lives and sustains thriving communities and cultures. We develop and amplify our students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellects through the study and practice of the Arts and Humanities so that they can tell meaningful stories, forge their professional pathways, and inspire their communities. Our ten departments (Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Television, Film & Media Studies, Theatre and Dance, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) include programs that lead to Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees, Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

The Department:

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as minors in Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The Department also offers a Master of Arts degree in Spanish. Our goal is to offer every student the opportunity to learn a language in addition to their primary language in order to expand their world, build their cultural competency, and develop transferable professional skills.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) Three names and contact information for your references. Letters of recommendation will be collected from them later.
5) A University Application for Employment Form

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Review of applications will begin January 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to [email protected]. Please type “Modern Languages and Literatures Japanese Lecturer Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to Dr. Namhee Lee, Chair, at [email protected] or 323-343-4230.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

 CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to [email protected]  

Beginning January 1, 2022, campuses may not hire or reappoint an Employee to perform CSU-related work outside of California. Requests for exceptions are very limited based on CSU Policy and must have prior written approval from the University President.  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. 

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status. 


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.