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Semester Elective Instructors

Students participating in JCMU’s Japanese Language & Culture programs during the fall, spring and full academic year are required to take at least one elective course. To diversify our available course offerings, JCMU regularly seeks part-time, fixed-term lecturers with a specialization in any academic discipline to teach in our residential study abroad program in Hikone. 


Lecturers are responsible for delivering one 3-credit or 4-credit course in English in a topic within Japanese Studies of their choice. Preferred fields include the Arts, Business, Communications, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Proposed class topics may be interdisciplinary. Past popular topics include Buddhism in Japan, Japanese Art History, Japanese Cinema and Media Studies, Psychology of Japanese Society, and Japanese Communications & Technology.


Qualified candidates must have a Master’s degree in their dedicated field of study. Although the academic discipline is not specified, significant graduate coursework and research experience must be in Japanese Studies. A Ph.D. is preferred. ABD candidates will also be considered. Candidates must be fluent in English (native or near-native proficiency). 

How to Apply

Applications for elective Lecturers and course proposals are accepted for review on a rolling basis. To propose an elective class at JCMU, please contact the Resident Director in Hikone at least six months in advance of the semester in which you wish to teach.

JCMU favors candidates who can contribute to the Center’s distinct educational objectives and multicultural atmosphere, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, community engagement, and values outreach, local integration and inclusion as essential to achieving academic excellence. Candidates must be comfortable teaching a diverse group of students within a study abroad setting.