Job Openings: October 1, 2013

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and UI International Programs invite applications for the position of C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family Chair of Asian Studies. Geographic area of specialization is open to East and Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on transnational and cross-cultural topics. Appointment will be within one of the following units: Department of Anthropology, Department of Communication Studies, or the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The successful applicant will also hold a 0% appointment in International Programs. Review processes, teaching assignments, and primary responsibility for mentorship will reside within the department of appointment. Visit and reference requisition #63326. The review of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Final applicant is subject to a credential and background check.

The Department of History at Boston University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning July 1, 2014.  The fellow will teach one undergraduate lecture course covering the twentieth century and take a leading role in organizing, administering, and participating in a Sawyer Seminar entitled Reinterpreting the Twentieth Century. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this seminar will assess alternative narratives for framing and narrating twentieth-century history. We seek a junior scholar whose research on some aspect of twentieth-century history engages in comparative, international, or transnational methods or who seeks to recast received analytical categories and narrative structures of the twentieth century in light of new ideas and periodizations.  Organizational and editorial skills along with the ability to think broadly across conventional geographic, thematic, and chronological boundaries will form essential components of the position. The fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 and be eligible for Boston University health benefits.  Applications, consisting of a CV, a 2500-word research description, and three letters of recommendation, should be submitted electronically to  Applications must be received by December 13, 2013. Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in history or closely-aligned field after June 30, 2010 and must have finished all requirements for the Ph.D. by July 1, 2014.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in Japanese language to begin Fall 2014. The initial term of the appointment will be for one year, with renewal contingent upon performance. Responsibilities include teaching or co-teaching all levels of modern Japanese language and developing teaching materials. Requirements include a minimum of an M.A. in Japanese linguistics, language pedagogy, second-language acquisition or a related field; native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English; and evidence of experience and commitment to language teaching. Applicants must apply through the Washington University HR website:  Job ID number: 26684.  Applications must include a letter of application; a current CV; a statement regarding the candidates approach to, and experience in, language teaching; a DVD (formatted as mp4, m4v, or mov file) of teaching (or youtube link); sample syllabi, if available; and two letters of reference. These materials should be uploaded to the HR website.  Letters of reference and DVD should be mailed to: Search Committee Chair, Japanese Language Lecturer, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Campus Box 1111, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899. Deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2013.

Michigan State University's Department of History seeks a historian with research expertise in modern Japan.  Candidates should demonstrate an ability to engage with MSU's Asian Studies Center and with the Department of History's broad areas of research strength. The teaching load is two courses per semester.  Evidence of scholarship and a strong commitment to teaching is expected.  The successful candidate will be expected to pursue external funding in the form of grants and fellowships. Ph.D. required before the appointment is made.  Salary, benefits, and support for research are competitive.  Full-time academic year appointment will begin on August 16, 2014. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2013; preference will be given to complete applications received by that date.  Apply at  (Job #8479).  Upload a CV, cover letter addressing research and teaching, and a list of references.  In addition, three confidential letters of recommendation and a writing sample should be mailed to: Modern Japanese History Search, Walter Hawthorne, Chair, Department of History, Old Horticulture Building, 506 E. Circle Dr., Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036, USA.

The School of Asian Studies in the University of Auckland invites applications for the position of Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in North America) in Chinese Culture, starting February 2014 for a fixed term of two years. This is an early career appointment to cover retirement and sabbatical leave. Applicants should have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. Priority will be given to candidates with a specialisation in modern Chinese history, literature and/or popular culture, although candidates with a specialisation in other disciplines are also welcome. The successful candidate will possess a strong research plan in their area of speciality, some prior teaching experience, and enthusiasm to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Chinese and Asian Studies programmes. Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and the details of three referees. Applications close 3 November 2013. For further information go to

The History Department of Merrimack College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the field of World History to begin September 2014.  Specialists in Asian or Middle Eastern history are particularly welcome.  Candidates should also expect to teach the World History Survey, design a new course in World History since 1945, and develop new courses in their area of expertise.  Preference will be given to candidates holding a Ph.D. at the time of application. ABD candidates will be considered and should discuss the expected date of dissertation completion in the application materials.  Note, the doctorate must be in hand by September 2014.  Evidence of teaching experience, research, and publication is expected. Pending Final Budget Approval. Contact: Please send, hard copy, a letter of application, c.v., transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and writing sample (chapter or article) by December 1, 2013 to Dr. John J. Condon, Chair, History Department, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA   01845. Website:

The Department of Political Science and the International Studies Program at Iowa State University invites applicants for a tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor in comparative politics, beginning August 16, 2014, with a focus on Asia generally and China in particular.  The position is open to all conceptual themes and methodological approaches, but interest in interdisciplinary research or comparative public policy would be a plus.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach and do research in comparative politics within Political Science and contribute to the International Studies Program within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; publish in quality refereed outlets; pursue research grant and contracting funding opportunities; and provide institutional service. In addition, the successful applicant would be encouraged to collaborate with colleagues in History and the International Studies Program on research and teaching initiatives as a way to build an interdisciplinary team on Asia and China within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applicants must have a completed Ph.D. in Political Science by the appointment start date, and evidence of a scholarly record and successful teaching.  (The candidate who accepts an offer while still ABD but fails to complete the Ph.D. by the required date will be hired and paid at the rank of lecturer.)   Salary is competitive, based upon experience and qualifications. Candidates can apply for this position on the Iowa State job board at  Please be prepared to attach the following: a statement summarizing interests and skills applicable to the position, curriculum vitae, writing samples or publications, along with the names of three references.  If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, please contact James M. McCormick, Chair, Department of Political Science, 503 Ross Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.  The Department will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2013, but will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Please include your email address, if possible, for communication purposes.

The Department of Music of the University of Pittsburgh invites applications from candidates of exceptional ability for a tenure-stream faculty position at the level of assistant professor to begin September 1, 2014, pending budgetary approval. The position is Assistant Professor in Music with a focus in any area of 
Asia or the Asian diaspora. Candidates will have the Ph.D. by August 2014 and 
should present evidence of scholarly promise and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Duties include teaching undergraduate courses and graduate seminars with an area focus in Asia, theoretical topics, and ethnomusicology; direct theses and dissertations; conduct research and publish; participate actively in the profession; share in administrative responsibilities; direct and/or supervise an ensemble. We seek a scholar with specialization and fieldwork experience in any area of Asia or the Asian diaspora whose theoretical interests complement the expertise of our current faculty. The successful applicant will be able to work across sub-disciplines within the department and with colleagues elsewhere in the University to maintain and develop the departments strengths in music research, study, and performance. Further information is available at the Departments Website: Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, two or three sample writings, and three letters of reference.   Materials should be sent to: Ethnomusicology Search Committee, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, (412) 624-4126. In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 1, 2013.

NYU Shanghai is currently inviting applications for an open-ranked position in Global History, with a preference for a scholar whose interests focus on (a) one or more geographical areas other than China and (b) the pre-modern period. We seek a scholar with substantial publications, active research, and demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The terms of employment are comparable to U.S. institutions. Faculty may also spend time at NYU New York and other sites of the global network, engaging in both research and teaching opportunities. Tenure/tenure-track candidates may also serve as members of the NYU New York Department of History. The appointment will begin as soon as August 1, 2014, with a later start date possible pending candidate availability. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, representative publications, and three letters of reference in PDF format to be considered. Please visit our website at for instructions and other information on how to apply. For additional questions, please e-mail

The Growth and Structure of Cities Department at Bryn Mawr College invites applicants for a full-time, beginning tenure-track Assistant Professor to start August 1, 2014. We seek an urban social scientist specialized in the Global South, including Africa, Asia or Latin America, with a preference for those who work on Africa. The successful applicant should be a committed teacher and scholar to join our multidisciplinary exploration of cities around the globe and through history, teach core introductory courses, work with quantitative methods, and participate in our senior seminar. The candidate should have expertise in such areas as political economics, transnational flows, social movements and social change, housing, social justice and/or urban policy. Completed Ph.D. by the August 1, 2014, start date in economics, geography, anthropology, sociology, political science, planning, or related social science field is required. Applicants should submit a single pdf document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample and sample syllabi, including for a course that would involve substantial quantitative reasoning to Gary W. McDonogh, Chair, Search Committee, Growth and Structure of Cities, at In addition, arrange for three (3) letters of reference to be sent via email. The search committee will begin reading applications on December 16, 2013 and applications received by this date will receive full consideration. Website:

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Chinese languages and cultures, starting Fall 2014. Areas of specialization may include Chinese ethnic minority studies, inter-regional East Asian studies, cultures and languages of the Sinophone world. The ideal candidate will be ready to teach courses ranging from large undergraduate classes in English to advanced language courses and undergraduate seminars in Chinese. Required are a Ph.D. in Chinese literature or related field, native or near native fluency in Mandarin and English, and a demonstrated potential for teaching and research excellence. Familiarity with ACFL and ILR proficiency standards a plus. This position is contingent on the continued availability of funds. For full consideration, applicants are required to submit: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a short description of current research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy with evidence of teaching excellence, a brief, representative writing sample and the contact information for three references. For best consideration, all materials must be uploaded to the University of Maryland web-based employment application system by November 1, 2013 at

The Department of History at Colorado State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of History, with a concentration in Modern East Asia.  This is an entry-level tenure-track position, beginning August 16, 2014. The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant Professor.  Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in History or a related field at time of appointment, and requisite language training; a demonstrated record of scholarship and promise of publication in area of concentration; a demonstrated record of teaching excellence; and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and the public.  Preferred qualifications include the ability to teach upper-division courses in modern Japan and modern China (c. 17th century to the present).  Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of concentration, as well as the second half of the Asian Civilizations introductory-level survey; pursuing research, scholarship, and publication; providing advising to undergraduate and graduate students; fulfilling appropriate service assignments for the department, college, and university; and the ability to advance the departments commitment to diversity and multiculturalism through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to assure full consideration, applications must be postmarked no later than November 9, 2013.  Send hard copies of letter of interest, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample (article or chapter length), and evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as sample syllabi and teaching evaluations if available, to Dr. Thaddeus Sunseri, Chair, Modern East Asian History Search Committee, Department of History, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1776.  Routine inquiries should be directed to Ms. Nancy Rehe, Department of History, Colorado State University (Tel. (970) 491-6334; Email  The department will conduct preliminary interviews at the American Historical Association meeting in Washington, D.C., or by telephone/skype. A full job ad description is available at

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in East Asian religion. The search committee welcomes applications from specialists in any discipline, including (but not limited to) cultural history, gender studies, and ritual studies. The successful candidate should have training in relevant languages and be deeply engaged with primary sources. He or she will contribute to the Departments undergraduate program by offering courses in both Chinese and Japanese religion, with graduate offerings appropriate to his or her expertise. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system. As this new faculty position is part of a cluster hire in Asian religions, cooperation with colleagues in the Departments of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies is  essential. Candidates should have a compelling and original research agenda and a wish to pursue it within the interdisciplinary framework offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the wider University. Interested candidates should apply at and submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research, writing sample, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. The Department will begin reviewing applications on November 15th, 2013. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

The History Department at Indiana University South Bend invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship to start August 1, 2014. PhD in hand by the start date and specialization in East Asia required. The teaching load is 12 credits per semester with 3 credits ordinarily reassigned to research. We seek a passionate teacher-scholar who will engage actively in the liberal arts mission of our public university. We particularly welcome candidates with an interest or expertise in one or more high impact teaching practices, for example first-year seminars, undergraduate research, writing across the curriculum, study abroad, honors programs, or the scholarship of teaching and learning. To apply send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching philosophy that describes the contribution the candidate could make to the History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at IU South Bend. Applications must be received by November 15, 2013. Send applications to Dr. Monica Maria Tetzlaff, Department of History, Indiana University South Bend, 1700 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN 46634-7111 or by email to Preliminary interviews will take place at the 2014 AHA convention or by Skype.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Japanese or Korean Art History or Architectural History.  The Department is especially interested in candidates who demonstrate
serious engagement with contemporary issues and debates within the discipline and innovative and cross-cultural research approaches. Teaching will include the historical span of East Asian art. The candidate must have a PhD (or solid indication of imminent completion). The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching. He or she will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service. Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty careers website:  Submissions should include: a letter of application, a detailed curriculum vitae; statement of research and teaching philosophies; a sample dissertation chapter or scholarly paper; evidence of teaching potential and effectiveness. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email to:, or by mail to: Professor Scott Watson, Chair, Art History Search Committee, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, 403-6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2, Canada.  The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2014. Applications and all supporting materials must be received by November 15, 2013.

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Modern Japanese History, with a joint appointment in Asian Studies (75%) and History (25%). Preference will be given to specialists in twentieth-century Japan’s international relations and its roles in global transformations. Teaching responsibilities include introductory, advanced, and graduate courses in the Asian Studies and History curricula. The successful applicant will begin work in August 2014 and must have earned a PhD by then. Funding for the position is contingent on renewal of Penn State’s institutional project support grant from the Japan Foundation. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a representative writing sample in digital form to the search website: . Applicants with appropriate teaching experience should also submit electronic copies of course syllabi. Please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Jamie Frazell at . For questions about the search website, contact the Search Chair c/o Jamie Frazell at . Applications received in full by November 1, 2013 are guaranteed full consideration, although all applications will be considered until the search is concluded.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured appointment in Korean Literature, broadly conceived.  We particularly welcome applicants whose research and teaching combine a firm empirical grasp of the Korean literary field with interests in such other areas as film, cultural studies, cultural history, transnational studies, comparative and world literature, and new media.  The appointee will advise and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, offering a range of courses related to Korean literature.  The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2014.  A doctorate or terminal degree in Korean Literature or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins.  To ensure full consideration applications and any required references must be received by November 1, 2013. For a full description of the position requirements and application instructions please visit

The Department of History at the University of Missouri in Columbia, the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system and a Carnegie Doctoral Extensive institution, invites applications for an Assistant Professor of east Asian history to begin in the fall of 2014. The successful candidate must have PhD in hand by the start of the appointment. All periods and specializations are welcome. The department expects applicants to have a vigorous research program, whose focus can be on any east Asian country or any time period, but a successful applicant must be able to teach undergraduate courses in modern Chinese history. The teaching load is two three-credit courses per semester. Please submit one document containing both a letter of application describing research and teaching interests, and c.v. online at Three reference letters are required and may be sent electronically to or in hard copy to East Asia History Search Committee, University of Missouri, 101 Read Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-7500. The application deadline is October 25, 2013. 

The Department of East Asian Studies at New York University invites applications for full-time, non-tenure track appointments as Chinese Language Lecturers beginning September 1, 2014, pending budgetary and administrative approval. The candidate will teach six courses each academic year. The initial appointment is for a minimum of one year with the possibility of renewal. The program is seeking candidates with excellent command of both English and Chinese, and who, at a minimum, hold an M.A. degree. The application must include cover letter, resume, a personal statement on teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. The deadline is November 21, 2013, but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. To apply, see the NYU Department of East Asian Studies web site at Instructions can be found under the homepage link "Employment".

The Departments of Anthropology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seek to hire a full-time scholar of contemporary China at the tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor level whose work will contribute to the research and teaching missions of both departments. The ideal candidate will also be engaged in research and teaching that address scholarship across the social sciences and humanities. A PhD is required at the time of the appointment. A successful candidate at the associate professor level will present an established record of scholarly publications, grants and awards, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and student mentoring. Evidence of an active research agenda and a strong commitment to innovative teaching is expected at the assistant professor level. Application materials must be submitted online at: Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois job board will be considered. Applicants must submit a letter of interest outlining current and future research as well as teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references. To ensure full consideration, all required materials must be submitted by November 18, 2013. The target starting date of appointment is August 16, 2014. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Departments of East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at Princeton University invite applications for a jointly appointed tenure-track assistant professor. We seek specialists in Contemporary Chinese Literature, Film, or Cultural Studies whose work encompasses an approach comparative with another linguistic, national, or cultural area, or straddles different media within the contemporary Chinese humanities. Candidates should submit a vita, detailed letter of application, writing sample (25 pages max), dissertation abstract and chapter outline, and three letters of recommendation. Ph.D. must be in hand or expected by September 1, 2014. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. AA/EOE. Please apply online and upload your documents to Referees should mail their letters to: Chair, Chinese Literature/Film/Cultural Studies Search Committee, East Asian Studies Department, Princeton University, 211 Jones Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544.