Visiting Professor in Australian Studies 2018–2019 or 2019–2020 (two terms)

at Centre for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo/Australia-Japan Foundation

Applications are invited from highly qualified Australians with a significant academic or public achievement in the fields of Australian studies, history, cultural studies, politics, literary studies, international relations and other relevant areas across the humanities and social sciences. The Visiting Professor in Australian Studies is required to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels; to present conference papers; to conduct research; and to participate in promoting Australian Studies within Japan.

The appointment is for a period of approximately 10 months and will commence early September 2018 or early September 2019. Applicants may be considered for either term or both terms. The Visiting Professor is expected to spend most of the period in Tokyo engaged in research and, during semester, in teaching. All teaching is conducted in English. An attractive salary package and subsidised accommodation are available.

This senior position will be based in the Centre for Pacific and American Studies (CPAS), part of the Institute of Advanced Global Studies within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo, and located at the Komaba Campus in inner Tokyo.

Open to: Australian citizens and permanent residents

Salary: Starting Salary ¥600,000 per month (before tax). See also section 5.

Duration: Approximately 10 months

Commencement of position: Early September 2018 or early September 2019. Applicants may apply for either term or both terms. This must be indicated clearly on your application.


CPAS requires the Visiting Professor to teach three subjects each semester: one subject for first and second year students, one subject for third and fourth year students, and one subject for postgraduate students. Overall, the Visiting Professor will teach six different subjects during their time at the University of Tokyo, divided into three subjects per semester.

Please note that: • Each class runs for 105 minutes per week. • The total contact teaching time per week during semester is 5.25 hours. • Class sizes can vary considerably, and are generally much smaller than at Australian universities. • The teaching load and assessment is generally much less than standard loads in Australian universities. Japanese students take many subjects each semester, not the 3 or 4 subjects that are standard at Australian universities, and subjects therefore require a shorter time commitment and scope. • The administrative demands associated with the subjects are not onerous.

The Visiting Professor is also expected to provide guidance and assistance to undergraduate and postgraduate students upon request.


The Visiting Professor is expected to conduct research during their time in Tokyo. In particular, the Visiting Professor is required to present a lecture for CPAS and to publish in the CPAS journal during the course of their stay.

There is also the potential for the Visiting Professor to organise a symposium on an issue of relevance to Australian scholarship at CPAS. An agreement is now in place for the Visiting Professor to submit an article for publication to the Journal of Australian Studies on an aspect of their research at the conclusion of their term at CPAS (see

Promotion of Australian Studies in Japan The Visiting Professor will be expected to develop and expand academic networks across Japan, working with the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) and the Australian Studies Association of Japan (ASAJ). This will include promoting the development of institutional links between Japanese institutions (especially in the Tokyo region) as well as institutional and academic relationships between Japan and Australia.

The AJF actively supports the study of Australia in Japan and has for many years provided financial, administrative and other support to the Australian Studies Association of Japan.

The ASAJ is a network for teachers of Australian studies in Japan with over 200 members throughout the country covering a broad range of fields of study. The ASAJ provides a solid basis for understanding Japanese approaches to teaching about Australia.

In conjunction with both the AJF and ASAJ the Visiting Professor is expected to develop a program of Australian Studies activities, which may include a symposium, workshops, seminars, and some possible contributions to Japanese academic journal(s).

For full details including position description and application process, see:

Applications close at 5pm on Friday the 29th of September, 2017.

How to Apply for this job

The selection process is managed by Professor Kate Darian-Smith on behalf of the International Australian Studies Association (InASA). Email applications to: with the words "Confidential Visiting Professor Tokyo" in the subject line. Or post to: Professor Kate Darian-Smith, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VICTORIA, 3010, AUSTRALIA

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