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Seeking an Associate Professor or Advanced Assistant Professor in China Studies (Literature, Culture, Media)

September 9, 2016

The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track position to begin fall semester 2017 (08/28/17). Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2016.

We seek expertise in the analysis of Chinese literature, media, drama, or other cultural texts, from any historical period, though preference is for scholars who work on the late imperial/early modern periods. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to, literary studies, performance/drama studies, material cultural studies, gender/sexuality studies, religious studies, philosophy of science studies.

The faculty of Asian Languages and Literatures is committed to working in partnership with other departments and programs at the University in the humanities. The department is especially interested in candidates who are engaged in cross-disciplinary conversations and bring an innovative approach to the study of literature or other cultural texts and theory.

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year. Appointment will be at the rank of tenured associate professor or tenure-track advanced assistant professor consistent with collegiate and University policy. Advanced ABDs will not be considered. Salary is competitive and will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, consistent with school, college, and university policy. This position is eligible for the University of Minnesota’s standard benefits package available to benefits-eligible faculty and academic staff.

Faculty in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, University, and profession.

This position is subject to the Board of Regents Policy: Faculty Tenure, the Administrative Procedure: Procedures for Reviewing Candidates for Tenure and/or Promotion: Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty, and additional policies and procedures.

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures are available at

Information on faculty workload guidelines and principles in the College of Liberal Arts is available at

A Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in China Studies, Comparative Literature, or related field is required. Native or near-native fluency in English and Chinese is also required. Candidates will be evaluated according to (a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, (b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department’s academic priorities and fields of inquiry, (c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as an administrator, and (d) strength of recommendations.

The hire will be invited to serve as Academic Director of our Chinese Flagship program, a federally supported intensive Chinese language and culture training program for select undergraduates in diverse fields of study. This will involve a 25% reduction in teaching load in exchange for coordinating with the Associate Director to lead the culture-related course curriculum and programming and attend relevant meetings at the University and in Washington, D.C.

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Minnesota’s employment system, at The Job Opening ID is 312700. To be considered for this position, please click the APPLY button and follow the instructions. You will have an opportunity to complete an online application for the position and to attach (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your research and teaching interests, and your qualifications and experience; and (2) your curriculum vitae. A writing sample must be attached as an additional document through your “My Activities” page.

The additional document may be attached after the initial application by accessing your “My Activities” page and by uploading the additional document there. No postal submissions will be accepted.

In addition to the materials submitted online, applicants are asked to arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures. The letters of recommendation may be emailed as a PDF attachment to, or mailed to:

China Professor Search Committee
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Minnesota
220 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a later date.

Applications will be considered complete with a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. To be assured of full consideration, please submit complete applications by Monday, October 17, 2016. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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