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Academic Openings: Hong Kong, Toronto, Georgia Tech


Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities (Comparative Literature)

Institution Type: College / University Location: Hong Kong Position: Assistant Professor

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and about 100 sub-divisions of studies and learning. There are over 23,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students coming from 50 countries, and more than 1,200 members of academic and academic-related staff, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Applications are invited for appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities (Comparative Literature) from August 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal. Appointee with demonstrated performance will be considered for tenure towards the end of the second three-year contract.

The Department of Comparative Literature enjoys a reputation as a leader in literary, theoretical, and cultural studies using cross-cultural materials and interdisciplinary approaches. Main areas of research and teaching in the Department include visual cultures and film studies, literature, critical theory, feminism and gender studies, postcolonial, Hong Kong and China studies, and new media and global studies. The Department offers B.A., M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programmes, and has excellent teaching and research facilities and support. The University and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council provide substantial competitive funding for research projects of all kinds. Information about the Department can be obtained at

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree or equivalent that focuses on Hong Kong cinema. The applicant will primarily contribute to teaching and research in the Department of Comparative Literature and should possess the expertise in teaching major and common core courses on Hong Kong cinema and culture, courses related to world cinema and globalization, or other courses compatible with those offered by the Department. The applicant is also expected to participate in the Arts Facultys emerging programme in Global Creative Industries as well as the new, interdisciplinary Hong Kong Studies programme. Those with a strong publication record demonstrating an ability to explore the global impact and engagement of Hong Kong cinema will be favorably considered. Capacity to engage in teamwork is fundamental to the position. Enquiries about the post should be sent to Dr. Esther Cheung, Chairperson of the Department of Comparative Literature (

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointees qualifications and experience will be offered. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as leave, and medical/dental benefits. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Contact: Applicants should send an application letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a 1-3 page description of dissertation and/or current research project, a sample syllabus on Hong Kong Cinema and Global Creative Industries and 3 confidential references (quoting Ref.: 201100947) sent directly by the referees, to the Assistant Registrar (Appointments), Human Resource Section, Registry, The University of Hong Kong by e-mail ( Further particulars can be obtained at Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an interview. Review of applications will start on November 30, 2011 until the post is filled. Candidates who are not contacted within 4 months of the review date may consider their applications unsuccessful.


Chinese Position – York University


Applications are invited for a tenure-stream position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, in Chinese. A completed PhD in Chinese, with a specialization in Modern Chinese Literature, is required by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will offer demonstrable expertise in Modern Chinese literature and culture, both on the mainland and in the diaspora. The promise of excellence in university- level Chinese language teaching is also required. Preference will be given to those with expertise in integrating cultural dimensions such as history and religion in their research and teaching of literature, and to those with experience in teaching Mandarin to a diverse student body. Native or near-native fluency in both Chinese and English is required, as is a current, relevant record of publications and conference presentations in Modern Chinese literature and culture. Candidates should show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarly research and publication. Applications for this position will be accepted until the end of November.

Applicants should submit a letter of application outlining their professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a statement of research and teaching interests, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent, by the stated application deadline, to: Professor Pietro Giordan, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, S561 Ross Building, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.



The School of Modern Languages of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative Chair to lead a dynamic and innovative faculty team dedicated to redefining the study of language and culture for the 21st century. The School is united around a vision of applied foreign language and cultural proficiency coupled with understanding of intercultural issues as crucial for careers in the global workplace. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of scholarship, evidence of successful grant-writing experience, and a program orientation toward applied and interdisciplinary approaches to language and culture studies. The Chair must support faculty scholarship, cultivate shared governance, and be an effective advocate to elevate the School’s stature and capacity, articulating the School’s innovative programs within an Institute committed to expanding connections between the humanities, sciences and technology, and international education.

The School of Modern Languages draws on its unique setting as part of a premier technological university to deliver cutting-edge programs that focus on preparing students to participate in the global workforce through advanced communication skills, critical and creative thinking, intercultural understanding and professional competency in eight languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish). The success of the School’s approach is evidenced by the 21.7% of undergraduates at Georgia Tech who study a foreign language in the absence of an institute-wide language requirement, against a national average of 8.6%. The School plays a key role in delivering advanced coursework and study-abroad programs that support Georgia Tech’s Heiskell-award-winning International Plan, a degree designator encompassing 25 of the Institute’s 35 undergraduate degree majors that requires 16 weeks of study or work abroad and an ACTFL-certified foreign language proficiency rating of at least Intermediate High. The Institute’s strategic plan for the next 25 years includes a goal of 100% undergraduate student participation in a study-abroad experience.

The School of Modern Languages, one of six schools in the Ivan Allen College, offers an innovative B.S. degree in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS; see as well as degrees in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML); and International Affairs and Modern Languages (IAML) and is currently undertaking the design of a Master’s program. Twenty-three tenure-track faculty members provide administrative and instructional support to an ever-growing number of majors, dual majors, and minors. Oversight of our academic programs requires a strong commitment to progressive education, international programs, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in the College and the Institute. Additional information pertaining to the School of Modern Languages is available at

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree and a scholarly record that merits a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. The individual should have demonstrated leadership, preferably in higher education; a proven aptitude for effective financial, academic, and personnel management; and experience in strategic planning and fund-raising.

Located in midtown Atlanta, Georgia Tech enrolls over 21,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of the top seven public universities in the country. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an AA/EO employer; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicant review will begin on 01 November 2011 and continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, application materials should include: (1) a letter of interest describing the candidate’s relevant experience and vision for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) examples of scholarly work, and (4) the names, positions, and contact information of five references who will be contacted only with the candidate’s approval – please include a brief statement of your relationship to each reference.

The application package can be uploaded and submitted at

The job ad can also be accessed at ocess-begins.

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