Job Openings: November 18, 2013

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library is now recruiting an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian for a new Okinawan Studies Librarian position. For more details, please visit the Library's web site:  Librarian III, (Okinawan Studies Librarian), University of Hawai'i Manoa, full-time, tenure track, available January 2014, subject to position clearance and availability of funds.  The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join a team of library and information professionals.  Under the general direction of the Head of the Asia Department, the Librarian for Okinawan Studies will work collaboratively to lead in collection development and management of all materials in all formats related to Okinawan studies, provide research assistance, and library instruction.  In addition, the librarian will liaise with the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) to initiate national and international resource sharing collaborations, international symposia, rare materials preservation, restoration and digitization, web site development, and fundraising and outreach with the Okinawan community.  For complete duties and responsibilities, minimum qualifications and application information, visit the UH website:  Continuous recruitment. Application review begins 12/16/13.

The School of Public and International Affairs, in the College of Public Affairs at University of Baltimore, invites applications for a faculty position (open rank) to begin in August 2014 (contingent on final budget approval). The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the M.A. program in Global Affairs and Human Security and in the M.S. program in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship. There will also the possibility of teaching in the undergraduate program in International Studies. Competitive applicants will be able to contribute expertise related to international and sustainable development, political economy of development, nonprofit management with an emphasis on global issues, and/ or social entrepreneurship in an NGO context. A faculty hire with a regional emphasis in the developing world (e.g. Africa, Asia, or Latin America) will be given preference, particularly if she/he has focuses on one or more of the above content areas. Evidence of teaching effectiveness and/ or course development related to managing NGOs, approaches to economic and social development, and nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship will be viewed favorably. The position is contingent upon final budget approval.  Candidates for this position must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of appointment in international development, international relations, political science, economics, nonprofit management, public administration, public policy or a related field of study. To apply: Include your Vacancy Number on all documents.  Electronic submission is expected. Review application instructions at Submit the following PDF or Word documents when applying.  Applicants at the Assistant Professor level are asked to submit a letter of interest, and a curriculum vita.  For senior positions, applications must include a curriculum vitae; a statement succinctly describing his or her teaching philosophy with evidence of teaching effectiveness and a statement of research. After submitting your application and attachments, then three letters of reference need to be submitted to Review of applicant materials will begin on February 5, 2014 and will continue until the search is completed.

The University of Macau Department of History of the Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position in the area of Ancient Chinese History.  Rank of appointment is open, depending on qualifications. Applicants should specialize in ancient/pre-modern Chinese history (either the Qin-Han period or the Tang-Song period), and ideally focus on Chinas frontier studies and interactions with the West and/or other Asian nations. Ability to teach in English is required for appointment. Preference may be given to candidates who can also offer courses on Archeology and/or classical Chinese. Selected candidate is expected to assume duty in August 2014. Applicants should visit for more details, and apply ONLINE at Jobs@UM ( (Ref. No.: FSS/DHIS/ACH/10/2014). Review of applications will commence on 1 December 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants may consider their applications not successful if they were not invited for an interview within 3 months of application.

The University of Macau Department of History of the Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position in the area of the History of East-West Interactions. Rank of appointment is open, depending on qualifications. Applicants should specialize in the history of East-West exchanges and cultural interactions in the following contexts: the history of material and/or cultural exchanges between the East and the West, focusing on the flow of art, artefacts, goods, beliefs, knowledge, etc., during the Age of Sail, mainly via Macao. The successful candidate will be required to teach General Education courses in Global History. Preference may be given to candidates who can offer courses on Macaos cultural interactions with the West and neighbouring states and regions of China. Selected candidate is expected to assume duty in August 2014. Applicants should visit for more details, and apply ONLINE at Jobs@UM ( (Ref. No.: FSS/DHIS/HEWI/10/2014). Review of applications will commence on 1 December 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants may consider their applications not successful if they were not invited for an interview within 3 months of application.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a leading research university in Asia comprising the Schools of Science, Engineering, Business & Management, and Humanities & Social Science, as well as the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School in Nansha, Guangdong Province.  The primary mission of the Center for Language Education (CLE) is to deliver the University's language enhancement programs for English and Chinese to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Reporting to the Dean of School of Humanities and Social Science, the CLE Director provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the Center and is the administrative head with responsibility for the day-to-day management of a unit of more than 80 full-time teaching staff. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in a relevant area; substantial experience in developing and administering language programs at university level; demonstrated commitment to excellence in curriculum development and pedagogy; proven qualities of leadership and managerial capability involving multiple stakeholders in a multilingual and multicultural academic environment. Applications/Nominations together with a letter of interest and a full curriculum vitae should be sent to Room 3356, Office of the Dean of Humanities & Social Science, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon (attention: Ms Mandy Sin) or by e-mail to by Friday, 13 December 2013.  The search will continue until a suitable appointment is made.  All applications and nominations will be treated in strict confidence.  Additional information about the University and the Center for Language Education is available on the websites and respectively.

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the study of Transnational Buddhism, starting July 1, 2014. The area of specialization is open, but this position is deliberately defined for a candidate who engages Buddhism in both Asia and the West in its formation of local cultural networks, Asian immigrant communities, as well as its global dissemination. We particularly favor candidates adept at critical comparative study of religion, as well as those with a solid grounding in method and theory in the study of religion. UCR is located in immediate proximity to the largest East Asian and Buddhist population in the nation and our department is committed to establishing the study of Buddhism as part of our core institutional identity. Ph.D. or advanced ABD status is required at time of appointment, and candidates with demonstrable research, publication, and teaching experience will be preferred.  UCR is a research institution with high expectations for scholarly productivity and excellence in teaching. In lieu of a research statement, applicants should submit a short essay (500 word maximum) as a part of their cover letter that addresses the following questions: What are the most interesting general theoretical or conceptual problem (or problems) of religion? And, why?  What problem (or problems) in the study of Buddhism interest them most? And, briefly, why? How does the studying of Buddhism contribute to a university humanities program? Interested candidates should send electronic applications of their curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their interest in and fit for the position, a short essay (500 word maximum) included with their cover letter, teaching evaluations, at least three letters of recommendation; journal articles, book chapters, or other works-in-progress (if available) to or to the Department of Religious Studies, Attention Victoria Cross, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521. Electronic application and submission of materials is strongly preferred. Review of applications will begin December 20, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Professor Ivan Strenski, Chair, Religious Studies Search Committee, at

The University of Alberta is seeking a Curator for the Mactaggart Art Collection, a world-renowned Asian Art collection. The Mactaggart Art Collection consists of works of art and textiles from a range of countries, time periods and traditions. More than 600 textiles, costumes and related artifacts date from the Song (960-1279), Ming (1314-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. The art collection is comprised of hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, albums and engravings with great strength in Qing court paintings. This collection situates the University of Alberta Art Collection within the same company as only a handful of other museums in the world with similar collections. For more information, please refer to: The Curator, Mactaggart Art Collection, is a new position and the successful candidate will set a vision for the collection, integrating it into the University's academic and community outreach programs and thinking creatively to advance the University's vision "to inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world's great universities for the public good." Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services, the Curator, Mactaggart Art Collection, is accountable for the overall research, development, management and program implementation of The Mactaggart Art Collection. The Curator, (Mactaggart Art Collection) works as part of a curatorial team which includes the Curator (Historical Art Collection), and the Curator (Contemporary Art), and works collaboratively with the Museums and Collections Services Management Team. The ideal candidate will be an experienced scholar with a minimum of a Masters degree (PhD preferred) in Asian art history and culture or related discipline. Ability to read and translate traditional Chinese script is desirable. He/she will have a proven research and publication track record and must demonstrate passion for developing a museum collection within an international discovery learning environment. Core competencies include: achievement orientation, analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, flexibility, impact and influence, organizational awareness, planning and initiative, self-confidence, self-development, sense of urgency, and team leadership and team cooperation. Applications will begin being reviewed by December 6, 2013, however, this competition will remain open until filled. Apply Online: Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The Department of History at the University of Minnesota, Duluth has a temporary Instructor or Assistant Professor position available beginning January 21, 2014.  Job duties include teaching a survey course in modern East Asian history, and an upper division courses in modern Chinese or Japanese history.  Essential qualifications include: Masters Degree in East Asian history or a related field, one year relevant teaching experience (TA acceptable) at the college level, and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The University of Minnesota requires online applications for this position. For a complete position description and information on how to apply, visit http// and search for Job Requisition 187936.  Complete applications will be reviewed beginning November 27, 2013.  Contact: Steven Matthews, Department of History, Univerisity of Minnesota, Duluth, 265 ABAH, 1121 University Drive, Duluth, MN  55812. Website:

Rice University, located in Houston, Texas, seeks a new Director for the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center for Asian Studies (established in 2007; see Our goal is to recruit a person with a record of excellence in scholarship, teaching and professional service that would justify both a tenured professorship and a named chair (T. T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies). Qualifications: Ph.D. in a humanities or social sciences discipline or department, with a specialization in one or more areas of East Asia (including Vietnam) or South Asia. The Director must have a demonstrated interest in transnational circulations (e.g. the movement of people, products, ideas, images, technologies, etc.) within and/or beyond Asia) and/or comparative studies. We are also looking for a person with demonstrated leadership abilities and excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. A joint appointment may also be arranged in an appropriate academic department. Salary appropriate to qualifications. Appointment begins July 1, 2014. The search committee will begin to evaluate applications on December 13, 2013, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants must provide a letter of application, a current resume, three recent letters of reference, and a list of any additional references with contact information to Ms. Anita Norwig ( Electronic submissions preferred.