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Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies (UPDATED) (TE)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The deadline for receiving application materials is October 31, 2017. Complete applications should include the following: 1. Cover Letter, which must address philosophy of teaching, as well as current and future research, and include contributions to diversity and inclusiveness. 2. Current CV 3. Writing Sample (Save as ONE PDF FILE — Two writing samples, in either Chinese or English. Samples may be published papers or dissertation chapters) 4. Teaching Evaluations (from the past three years, if available) 5. Statement of Research and Teaching (to be uploaded under the 'Statement of Research Interests' document slot). For substantive questions regarding the position and its requirements, contact the search committee chair, Professor Jiang Wu (jiangwu@email.arizona.edu). Please note: You will be asked to provide contact information for three professional references within your application. At least one of these letters should speak directly to your teaching ability. The three references you list will receive an email upon the successful submission of your application. This email will ask your references to provide a letter of reference for you by October 31, 2017.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies (UPDATED) (TE)
Department East Asian Studies (0439)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please Note: The ‘Documents Needed to Apply’ section has been updated and applicants are no longer required to upload ‘Candidate Provided Letter(s) of Recommendation’ as part of their application. Applicants will be asked to provide contact information for three professional references within their application. The three references you list will receive an email upon the successful submission of your application. This email will ask your references to provide a letter of recommendation for you by October 31, 2017.

The Department of East Asian Studies in the School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SILLC) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment, August 2018.

We seek applicants with a specialization in the ancient period. Applicants should have solid training in early Chinese texts, thought, and language, as well as an active research agenda with the potential to attract outside funding. Areas of expertise may include early Chinese literary thought and textual traditions, paleography, etc. We are particularly interested in scholars with innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to unearthed documents, early/Classical literary theory, and pre-Buddhist thought.

Teaching responsibility will be four courses per year, including undergraduate and graduate courses in areas covering Daoism, Confucianism, and the area of specialization; and a lower-division Chinese Civilization course.

Successful candidates will have an ability to emphasize the relevance of early Chinese culture across fields and to contemporary China. They will also show aptitude for engaging and dynamic teaching methods, such as experiential education and digital platforms. Outreach is an important aspect of the College of Humanities’ mission, and it is expected that the successful applicant will be engaged in this enterprise, either through public lectures, community engagement, or study abroad. This is a benefits-eligible position and the appointment starts in August 2018.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Faculty are expected to contribute actively to University of Arizona initiatives focused on fostering diversity and inclusive excellence, enhancing student engagement, and mentoring students including those from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Maintain an active research/publication agenda with the potential to attract outside funding.
  • Teach four courses per year, including undergraduate and graduate courses in areas covering Daoism, Confucianism, and the area of specialization; and a lower-division Chinese Civilization course.
  • Outreach is an important aspect of the College of Humanities’ mission, and it is expected that the successful applicant will be engaged in this enterprise, either through public lectures, community engagement, or study abroad, etc.
  • Engage in service through committee work.
  • Expand collaborations with community and business partners.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Ability to emphasize the relevance of early Chinese culture across fields and to contemporary China.
  • Aptitude for engaging and dynamic teaching methods, such as experiential education and digital platforms.
  • Exceptional ability to handle primary sources.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Chinese (or closely related field) in hand by August 1, 2018.
  • Excellent record of college-level teaching, including demonstrated ability to teach courses about Chinese culture.
  • Native or near-native fluency in Chinese and English.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and/or curricular design to effectively engage a diverse student body.
  • Interest and/or experience with digital humanities.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of excellent teaching.
Rank Assistant Professor
Tenure Information Tenure-Eligible (TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21133
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/13/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Jiang Wu
jiangwu@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 09/08/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/31/2017
Special Instructions Summary

The deadline for receiving application materials is October 31, 2017.
Complete applications should include the following:

1. Cover Letter, which must address philosophy of teaching, as well as current and future research, and include contributions to diversity and inclusiveness.
2. Current CV
3. Writing Sample (Save as ONE PDF FILE — Two writing samples, in either Chinese or English. Samples may be published papers or dissertation chapters)
4. Teaching Evaluations (from the past three years, if available)
5. Statement of Research and Teaching (to be uploaded under the ‘Statement of Research Interests’ document slot).

For substantive questions regarding the position and its requirements, contact the search committee chair, Professor Jiang Wu (jiangwu@email.arizona.edu).

Please note: You will be asked to provide contact information for three professional references within your application. At least one of these letters should speak directly to your teaching ability. The three references you list will receive an email upon the successful submission of your application. This email will ask your references to provide a letter of reference for you by October 31, 2017.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have native or near-native fluency in Chinese and English?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Will you have a Ph.D. in Chinese (or a closely related field) in hand by August 1, 2018?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Teaching Evaluations
  5. Statement of Research Interests
Optional Documents