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Recruitment of Teachers and Staff (Faculty of Social Studies)

One Limited-Contract Teaching Position
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies, Doshisha University

The Department of Sociology of Doshisha University, located in Kyoto, will have one opening for a faculty member on a five-year limited contract, beginning in October 2017.

PositionAssistant Professor, Associate Professor depending on qualifications
FieldSociology or Anthropology
ResponsibilitiesThe successful applicant will be required to teach the following undergraduate courses.
  1. Courses:
    Special Topics in Sociology III: A lecture conducted in English
    Methods in Sociology A or B: A fundamentals class on social surveys conducted in Japanese
    Seminars in Sociology
    Supervision of Graduation Theses
  2. Teaching load: The successful applicant’s basic teaching load will be four (4) 90-minute classes per week each Spring and Autumn Semester
  3. Administrative responsibilities: Participation in designated committees, invigilation and entrance examination duties.
Qualifications and Application conditions (All of the following must be satisfied)
  1. English proficiency at native or near-native level: the successful applicant should be able to teach the above courses mainly in English, and have sufficient Japanese proficiency to supervise students and carry out administrative tasks
  2. Academic publications based on social survey research (either quantitative or qualitative)
  3. Ph. D, or the equivalent experiences and academic publications
  4. Resident of the Kinki area of Japan during the contract period
Deadline for applicationApplication materials must arrive no later than Friday, March 10, 2017,
via registered mail (kakitome) or commercial parcel delivery (takuhaibin).
Contract PeriodFrom October 1, 2017 (Or April 1, 2018), for five academic years (by mutual agreement). This five year contract is nonrenewable, and the successful applicant will not be eligible for promotion.
Application materialsFirst Screening (Documentation Screening: Applicants will be notified of the results before the end of April, 2017)
  1. Curriculum vitae (Please include educational background, teaching experience and academic publications. Refereed articles should be clearly indicated. Also include a 5x6 cm size photo of the applicant.)
  2. One offprint/copy of each of three academic publications that represent the applicant’s academic expertise.
  3. A summary in Japanese (about 400 characters (ji)) of each of the above three publications
  4. A research proposal, in Japanese (about 1,000 characters), outlining planned research during the period of employment at Doshisha University
  5. Statement in Japanese (about 600 characters) explaining your personal philosophy/comments regarding teaching methods.
Interview (to be held in April)Applicants who pass the first screening will be invited to attend an interview at Imadegawa Campus of Doshisha University, Kyoto. The interview is planned to take place before the end of April, 2017. Travel expenses will be compensated up to ¥ 100,000 (Applicants will be required to submit the receipts of travel expenses for reimbursement).
Candidates will be directly notified of the results upon completion of the screening and interviewing process. Please provide an e-mail address at which the applicant can be contacted at all times.
NBShould the applicant wish to have application materials returned, please provide an addressed envelope with the correct amount of postage attached.
After receipt of initial application materials, requests may be made for additional items.
We may request to see the original degree certificates/diplomas.
Send applications toOffice of the Faculty of Social Studies,
Doshisha University
Karasuma Higashi-iru,
Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
602-8580 Japan
Please print “Application Documents (Sociology, Contract)” on the face of the envelope in red.

Inquiries should be directed to: Office of the Faculty of Social Studies, Doshisha University:
E-mail :

For Further Reference
University application formats (Japanese curriculum vitae) can be download from the following sites:
Please note that it is not a requirement to use these forms.

Personal information will not be used for purposes other than the selection, according to the Protection of Personal Information Law of Japan.