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Academic Opportunities at Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Alberta

We’ve recently come across a number of announcements for university teaching positions in Chinese literature. As we have strong ties with the Chinese Studies academic community, we would like to share these opportunities with readers who may be interested:

Assistant Professor Of Chinese Literature University of Maryland

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Chinese literature and civilization, to begin August 17, 2012. Preference will be given to scholars of pre-modern periods, but outstanding candidates of the modern period will also be considered. The successful candidate should have native or near-native proficiency in modern Mandarin Chinese and English, and a strong commitment to the development of the Chinese program at University of Maryland. The successful candidate will teach courses in Chinese literature (fiction, poetry, and drama) in translation and in the original Chinese, traditional Chinese culture (including Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism), and classical Chinese language. Desirable qualifications include: ability to teach a variety of courses on traditional Chinese literature, civilization, and language; ability to contribute to the administrative work of the Chinese Program, and interest in working productively with interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.


Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample or publication representative of your research, teaching evaluations (if available), and the name, telephone number and address (including email) of three confidential references through the University of Maryland online employment application system at www.jobs@umd.edu.

This search is contingent on the availability of funds. For best consideration, materials should be received by October 21, 2011. Screening will begin October 28, 2011. Position open until filled.

University of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

Minglang Zhou, Ph.D. Associate Professor Director, Chinese Program Director, Center for East Asian Studies University of Maryland, College Park

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Department of Asian Studies at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track position in Pre-Modern Chinese Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2012. Candidate should have a Ph.D. (in hand, or near completion by the time of appointment) in Chinese literature, cultural history, intellectual tradition, or a related field, specializing in a pre-Tang period. The Department seeks a promising scholar and teacher who will actively contribute to the intellectual mission of a research institution; a commitment to scholarly research and service to the university and the field is expected. Applicants should be fluent in English and in Chinese, skilled in Classical Chinese, and prepared to teach specialized courses in pre-modern Chinese studies as well as large introductory courses in Chinese civilization.

Qualified applicants should submit an online application including the following materials: a cover letter detailing research and teaching interests, a CV, and a writing sample. Click on jobs.unc.edu/2501842 from any internet browser to apply for the position; paper or email applications will not be accepted. In addition, arrange to have four original, signed letters of recommendation sent by mail to:

  1. Chair, Chinese Search Committee

  2. Department of Asian Studies, CB 3267,

  3. 113 New West, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3267

Send inquiries to chinesesearch@unc.edu and visit our website.

UNC-CH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Review of applications begins November 15, 2011. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

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The Ohio State University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) seeks candidates for a tenured/tenure-track position in Chinese language and culture pedagogy at the rank of Associate Professor, starting Autumn 2012.

This position involves assuming responsibility for planning and implementing advanced level training in Mandarin and preparing students for domain-specific work and placing them in internships in Chinese organizations. In addition to language training, teaching includes courses in traditional and contemporary Chinese culture and language pedagogy. Advising includes undergraduate projects, Master’s theses (in English for students from China and in Chinese for non-native Chinese speakers), and Ph.D. dissertations in Chinese language pedagogy.

Research should focus on the knowledge and behavioral demands confronting non-native speakers seeking professional level competencies in contemporary China, issues of cross-culture communication between Americans and Chinese, and the development of pedagogical instruments for training in these areas. The ability to participate in the expansion of language training to other Chinese topolects, such as Cantonese, Min, or Wu is considered a plus for this position. This position will require terms of service in both China and in Columbus, OH as scheduled by the University. The successful candidate will be expected to be active in research and publication, to meet standard departmental teaching requirements and to perform service duties as required by the department and the university. A Ph.D. and demonstrated accomplishments in the specified field of research, teaching, and service are required.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, publications and/or writing samples, and three letters of recommendation to:

  1. Professor Galal Walker, Chair, Chinese Language and Culture Pedagogy Search Committee,

  2. Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures,

  3. The Ohio State University

  4. 398 Hagerty Hall

  5. 1775 College Road

  6. Columbus, OH 43210.

To build a diverse faculty, women, minorities, veterans, disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Screening of applications will begin on 1 November 2011 and continue until the position is filled. —–

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for its M.A. program, from top students planning to begin graduate study in Fall, 2012. We are very fortunate in being able to offer significant funding to MA students; for our incoming class this fall, we were able to provide full funding (tuition + stipend) for two-thirds, while over 80% received at least partial funding. Applications from all nations are welcomed; recently, most of our applicants have come from the U.S., Canada, China, and Japan.

The University of Alberta is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top universities. Located in the city of Edmonton (pop. 1 million), which has warm summers and cold winters, it is a few hours’ drive from the rocky mountains and the world-class Jasper and Banff national parks. Students pursuing research on China will also have access to the resources of the university’s China Institute, which has a multi-million dollar annual budget, as well as an excellent collection of late-imperial art and artifacts.

For more information on the M.A. program of the Department of East Asian Studies, including application requirements and deadlines, see http://www.eastasianstudies.ualberta.ca/GraduatePrograms/MoreaboutOurGraduatePrograms.aspx

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