Job Openings: October 21, 2013

San Francisco State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Asian American History. Qualifications: PhD or equivalent terminal degree by August 1, 2014; required specialization in Asian American history; preferred expertise in Chinese and/or Japanese American Studies and/or political science; candidates with bilingual expertise in an Asian language are encouraged to apply. In addition to the specific area(s) of specialization for this position, candidates must demonstrate (1) an ability to teach general and comparative Asian American Studies courses (both undergraduate and graduate levels), (2) excellence in curricular development and student advising, (3) commitment to scholarly/professional activities in the field of Asian American Studies, and (4) service to Asian American communities. Application Deadline: November 15, 2013. Submit an application dossier containing the following: a CV, all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, writing/publication samples, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio that includes sample syllabi for one general lower-division course and one specific upper-division course matching this job description. Mail hard copies to: Asian American Studies Hiring Committee, Search #10.13, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway - EP 103, San Francisco, CA 94132.

Florida International University, Asian Studies Program with Department of History or Department of Politics and International Relations invites applications for a tenure-track position in Japanese history or international relations at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 15, 2014. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching and research in area studies of Japan. The successful candidate will have a research focus on nineteenth or twentieth centuries (including late Edo and/or Meiji period) with broader teaching interests in social and political affairs covering East Asia and more generally in transnational or contemporary global perspectives. Ph.D. in hand and proficiency in Japanese sources are required. Working with digital resources or archives is a plus. A record of publication and excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as an ability to teach courses dealing with broader East Asia are also valued. FIU is an urban Research-Extensive institution with substantial research expectations of its faculty. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID (70021405) at and attach a cover letter detailing their research agenda, and teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi, recent (2 years) teaching evaluations, a writing sample (not to exceed 30 pages), and the names of three persons sending letters of recommendation.  Applicants should have three letters of reference sent by mail or email to Dr. Steven Heine, Professor and Director of Asian Studies and Chair of Japanese Search, Asian Studies Program, Florida International University, SIPA 505, 11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, Florida 33199 or to To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by January 1, 2014.  Review will continue until position is filled.

The University of Maryland Libraries are seeking dynamic and innovative applicants for the position of Curator of the Gordon W. Prange Collection and Librarian for East Asian Studies. The successful candidate will create and implement a vision for the Gordon W. Prange Collection, a world-renown special collection of rare and archival materials that constitutes the most comprehensive collection of Japanese language publications issued in Japan during the post-World War II period of 1945-1949. The Prange Collection encompasses over 1.7 million items representing virtually everything published in Japan during this period. The University of Maryland Libraries, in partnership with the National Diet Library of Japan, have engaged in large-scale microfilming and digitization projects to preserve and improve access to this historically significant and unique collection. Project funders have included the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Nippon Foundation. The Curator/Librarian will also be responsible for East Asian studies materials in the Libraries’ general collection, which includes over 80,000 monographs, periodicals and reference works in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. Particular strengths include humanities and social sciences with an emphasis on Chinese and Japanese history and culture in support of the research and curricular needs of faculty and students in East Asian Studies. For the full position description, please go to

The Department of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applicants for the position of tenure-track assistant professor in Asian-American history with a comparative approach, to begin in September 1, 2014. We are interested in candidates who approach Asian-American Studies as constituent of American Studies, with attention to questions of immigration/migration and transnational flow of culture. Ability to teach interdisciplinary courses in the following areas is desirable: nineteenth century social or cultural history, performance studies, film and media. Expected to teach in American Studies undergraduate and graduate (master’s) programs, university-wide General Education program, and large lecture classes, the candidate should also be prepared to make contributions to inter- and trans-disciplinary programs on campus. Teaching, advising, and mentoring experience in urban public institutions with diverse student bodies is desirable. Minimum Qualifications: PhD in American Studies, History, or a related field and will show promise of becoming a productive scholar with a regular schedule of publications. UMass Boston expects all scholars to explore available external funding to support active research agendas.Applicants should apply online with cover letter, description of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and sample publications/chapters: Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2013. For inquiries, contact Members of the department will be available for informational meetings at the American Studies Association annual meeting in Washington, DC; please contact Professor Rachel Rubin, Chair of American Studies, to arrange a meeting.

Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Full-time, Tenure-Track Appointment, with specialization in Modern China beginning September 2014. Teaching load of six courses per year. Completed Ph.D. by September 2014 essential. Candidates should demonstrate commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching and to historical research in Modern Chinese history. Candidate must be able to teach courses on Modern China, Revolutionary China, Modern Korean History (from the Yi Dynasty), and survey courses on East Asian Societies. Candidate must also be able to contribute to PLU’s vibrant Chinese Studies program. Please submit your application including a cover letter explaining research and teaching interests, a CV, a one-page dissertation abstract and table of contents, and, if applicable, a book abstract and teaching materials (syllabi, student evaluations) online at Deadline is November 1, 2013. Three to five confidential letters of reference will also be requested by PLU upon application. For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Gina Hames at 253-535-7132 or Selected candidates will be interviewed at the AHA annual meeting.

The Tibetan Language Program of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University invites applications for a lecturer position in modern Tibetan, beginning Fall 2014. This is a full-time position with multi-year renewal contingent upon successful review. Responsibilities include teaching first-year through fourth-year modern Tibetan. We are particularly interested in an engaging instructor willing to work collaboratively with other Columbia faculty and staff in developing Tibetan studies at Columbia, as well as developing partnerships in Asia. Requirements for applicants: native-level competency in oral Tibetan (any dialect will be considered) and modern literary Tibetan; fluency in English including grammatical terminology; demonstrated ability to teach college-level Tibetan and to prepare teaching materials both independently and collaboratively; expertise in Tibetan grammar and orthography and knowledge of the cultural background necessary to teach the language. M.A. must be in hand by the time of appointment. All applications must be mailed to the department AND submitted through Columbia University's online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS), where you can find additional information pertaining to the opening:  Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.