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Chinese Language and Literature 2016-2017

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Please add job postings in the correct category below (TT or non-TT). These can include Chinese film, performance, visual, media, and cultural studies as well. Thank you!

Last Year's page: Chinese Language and Literature 2015-2016

See also: Asian History 2016-17


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Carleton College (MN) - TT Assistant Professor of ChineseEdit

Carleton College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Chinese Language and Literature. The promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching is required. Teaching duties are five courses per year on a trimester schedule, which normally includes four courses of language instruction at all levels and one course of literature in translation. PhD or its imminent completion is required. A successful applicant will be fluent in both Chinese and English; possess a broad knowledge of Chinese literature with a specialization in pre-modern or early modern literature and culture; and be committed to, trained in, and experienced at teaching Chinese language to undergraduates. The appointment will begin September 1, 2017.

We are particularly interested in candidates committed to teaching a diverse student body. Carleton is committed to developing its faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities or activities.

Carleton College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college dedicated to providing excellent educational opportunities for students. The College provides generous professional development support for both research and teaching. We are located 45 minutes away from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The following materials are required: letter of application; curriculum vitae; contact information for three letters of reference (at least one of which can directly address the applicant's language teaching); statements addressing the candidate’s teaching experience and interests and scholarly agenda; sample syllabi; and at least one scholarly writing sample in English. Applicants should indicate whether they will be attending the CLTA annual meeting in Boston in November. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 15. All application materials must be submitted at



Grinnell College (IA) - TT Asst. Professor - Chinese Language and LiteratureEdit

GRINNELL COLLEGE. The Department of Chinese and Japanese invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Chinese language and literature (area of specialization open, but premodern specialists preferred) beginning Fall 2017. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) possible. Successful candidates must be able to teach modern Chinese language at all levels and classical Chinese.

Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a strong tradition of social responsibility. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 10, 2016. Please visit our application website at to find more details about the job and submit applications online. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Jin Feng, at [] or 641-269-3141.


Hamilton College (NY) - TT Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese)Edit

The East Asian Languages and Literatures Department at Hamilton College seeks applicants for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Chinese, to begin July 1, 2017. The candidate for the position must have a Ph.D. in Chinese Language Pedagogy, Linguistics, or Second Language Acquisition (a closely related field is preferred). Experience in computer-assisted language teaching or on-line teaching is a plus. A candidate with ABD will be considered but should have plans to complete the degree by July 1, 2017. Experience in teaching college-level Chinese is essential. The successful candidate will teach introductory to upper-level courses, develop basic language materials, and supervise language instruction in our nationally recognized Chinese program. The teaching load for this position is four courses during the first year and five courses thereafter. Hamilton College also runs the internationally renowned Associated Colleges in China (ACC) program in Beijing ( The successful candidate will work with the Administrative Director of the ACC to ensure the continuing collaboration between the programs.

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, at least two syllabi, a dissertation abstract, a statement on teaching philosophy, and arrange for submission of three confidential letters of recommendation to Interfolio at We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate their experience in teaching or working with diverse student populations. Your cover letter should address the ways in which you would further the College's goal of building a diverse educational environment.

Address questions to Professor Masaaki Kamiya of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, Hamilton College ( Review of applications will begin on September 24, 2016.

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Kalamazoo College (MI) - TT Assistant Professor of ChineseEdit

Kalamazoo College seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Chinese language, literature, and culture beginning late August 2017. Area and period of specialization is open. The successful candidate will join a growing East Asian Studies program, comprising specialists in Chinese language and literature, Asian history, Japanese language and literature, and Japanese language and sociolinguistics. Part of a cohort of four tenure-track searches in the languages division, this appointment provides a unique opportunity for collaboration across language disciplines. Salary is competitive and consistent with level of experience. Teaching expectation is six courses per year (2-2-2, in three terms), including four Chinese language courses, ranging from beginning to advanced, and two culture courses taught in English. The successful candidate will contribute to the depth and breadth of a growing East Asian Studies Program, as well as the College’s “Shared Passages” core curriculum.

Ph.D. (or evidence of imminent completion) required, as well as native or near-native abilities in both Chinese and English. The successful candidate must demonstrate a high aptitude for and interest in undergraduate teaching, a commitment to the liberal arts, a promise of scholarly excellence, and a desire to involve undergraduates in scholarship both inside and outside the classroom. Later in the process, candidates may be asked to provide a language teaching demonstration video and a writing sample.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective, nationally known liberal arts college, offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. The College sends some eighty percent of its graduates on study abroad for three, six, or nine months, including half a dozen per year to China. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit/Ann Arbor in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000, which supports several college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

Completed applications received by October 1, 2016 will receive full consideration, with later applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Upload cover letter, curriculum vitae, detailed statement of teaching philosophy and goals, description of scholarly interests, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable) in PDF format at Please have three confidential letters of recommendation sent in PDF format to Questions may be directed to the same email.


Penn State University (PA) - TT Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and ChineseEdit

The Departments of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at Penn State invite applications for an Assistant Professor position (tenure-track) with a specialization in comparative approaches to Chinese literature and culture. We would be particularly interested in work that combines a strong grounding in modern Chinese literature with additional expertise in fields such as early modern Chinese literature (Ming-Qing), visual and digital culture, performance and theater, Chinese diasporic and Sinophone literatures; or with comparative literary perspectives on Southeast Asia, South Asia, Northeast Asia, or Central Asia. Teaching responsibilities include contributing to the graduate and undergraduate programs in Comparative Literature (PhD, MA, and BA) and Asian Studies (dual-title PhD and majors and minors in Chinese, Asian Studies, and Japanese). Requirements: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Chinese, or related field; native or near-native ability in Chinese and English; relevant research achievements or evidence of relevant research promise; appropriate teaching experience. Starting date: August 2017 preferred. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, upload a letter of application, CV, and the names of three references at Visit our program websites at and

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Randolph-Macon College (VA) - TT Assistant Professor of ChineseEdit

The Asian Studies Program at Randolph-Macon College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chinese, to begin in the Fall semester of 2017. Teaching duties include a 3-1-3 teaching load, comprised of four language instruction courses, and three courses in a secondary area (literature, culture, film, society, gender, etc.) in the candidate’s area(s) of teaching expertise.  The successful applicant will have 1) a Ph.D. either in hand or very near completion; 2) native or near-native proficiency in English and Mandarin Chinese; 3) a passion for teaching at the undergraduate level, and 4) the promise of a strong scholarly agenda. Willingness to participate in January-term travel courses by the second or third year of appointment is also desirable. Randolph-Macon is a selective, co-educational, residential liberal arts and sciences college of 1,400 students, located in the beautiful Virginia Piedmont region, just fifteen miles north of the vibrant cultural center of Richmond. We value diversity, and are committed to building a community which welcomes all persons regardless of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression.  To apply, please send the following materials to :  1) a two to three-page cover letter, incorporating statements on teaching, scholarship, and service; 2) CV; and 3) three letters of reference, at least one of which must discuss candidate’s teaching.  Review of candidates will begin on October 15.


St. Olaf College (MN) - TT Assistant Professor of Chinese LanguageEdit

The Department of Asian Studies at St. Olaf College seeks an energetic and committed teacher/scholar in Chinese Language and Asian Studies, beginning August 15, 2017. This is a tenure ­track position, expected at the assistant professor rank. Specialization in Chinese language and Asian Studies (including literature, theater, or interdisciplinary approaches such as film studies, cultural studies or the social sciences) preferred with a commitment to language pedagogy.

Interests in education in a liberal arts context, integration of language study and disciplinary/interdisciplinary study, regional and transnational approaches to Asian Studies, experiential learning in international study programs, internships and student research projects are highly desired. Teaching responsibilities include language courses at all levels with at least one course in English that contributes to our Asian Studies program. The normal teaching load is six courses a year.

Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field by September 1, 2017. Native or near native competence in Chinese and English, demonstrated strong teaching skills and scholarly promise are required.

Applicants must submit materials online at A complete application includes: a cover letter outlining your qualifications, describing your language and non-language teaching and research interests; a video clip that demonstrates your abilities from actual or simulated language teaching; a current curriculum vitae; unofficial graduate transcripts. In addition, please provide the names and email contact information of three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching and scholarship (we only ask for references’ names and emails; St. Olaf solicits letters directly).

Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to: Chair of the Chinese language search committee, 1500 St Olaf Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057.­ Email:

Please submit application materials by October 1, 2016. Application review will continue until the position is filled.

General information about St Olaf College and the Asian Studies Department can be found at and


University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN) - TT Associate Professor or Advanced Assistant Professor in China Studies (Literature, Culture, Media)Edit

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).

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.

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.

Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2016.



Wabash College (IN) - Assistant Professor in Chinese and Asian StudiesEdit

The Wabash College Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites applications for a Byron K. Trippet tenure-track assistant professor of Chinese and Asian Studies, to start July 1, 2017. Research area open. We seek a generalist who can teach courses in both Chinese language and Asian Studies. Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment, native/near-native fluency in Chinese and English, and evidence of excellence in teaching required.

The successful candidate must be dedicated to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting with a diverse student body, to ongoing scholarship, and to developing and leading a successful Asian Studies program. Teaching load is six courses per year, balanced between language and topics in Asian Studies, and including periodic contributions to all-college courses. Expectations include teaching a broad range of courses, leading short-term study trips for students, and seeking out cross-disciplinary opportunities.

The salary is competitive and generous faculty development support is available. Applications, including cover letter, vita, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, names and e-mail addresses for three persons who will submit confidential letters of recommendation, and a teaching statement, may be submitted at

  • Review of materials will begin October 31. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Brian Tucker (


Wesleyan University (CT) - TT Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (incl. Chinese)Edit

The College of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University is seeking to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies to begin July 1, 2017. Candidates should have training in a discipline related to East Asian Studies with a research specialty in modern or contemporary East Asian literature and culture. Successful candidates will be able to teach about Japan or China within a broader regional framework and make significant contributions to our inter-disciplinary curriculum. Research interests should cross geographical boundaries to include Korea and/or other locations in East Asia. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or be near completion by time of hire and native or near-native fluency in Japanese or Chinese with evidence of excellence in teaching in English and in the target language. The teaching load is 2-2, typically including at least one advanced course through the medium of the target language per year. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university levels. Wesleyan values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. or be near completion by time of hire and native or near-native fluency in Japanese or Chinese with evidence of excellence in teaching in English and in the target language.

Special Instructions To Applicants You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) two sample syllabi, (4) writing sample (25-page maximum), (5) teaching statement, (6) evidence of teaching effectiveness (no individual evaluations please). As part of the cover letter or teaching statement we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number.

Additional Information: For full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2016, when the system will close at midnight EST and accept no additional materials.

Successful semi-finalists will be interviewed via Skype and finalists invited to campus. Please contact Mary Alice Haddad ( if you have questions about the application process.



Visiting Positions / Limited-Term AppointmentsEdit

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA) - Lecturer in Chinese (3 yr. appt.)Edit

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in Chinese. This is a three-year appointment beginning July 1, 2017, with the possibility of renewal based on performance. This position includes full benefits. Responsibilities include teaching three language sections per semester, developing innovative curricular materials for Chinese language instruction, advising students, and occasionally teaching during IAP (Independent Activities Period) in January. Candidates must have: * A minimum of an M.A. in Chinese language pedagogy, teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, or instructional technology. Ph.D.s are encouraged to apply. * Native or near-native spoken and written proficiency in Chinese and English. * A minimum of three consecutive years of Chinese language teaching at the college or university level in North America. * A strong record of effective teaching. * Demonstrated interest and experience in language pedagogy, curriculum design and development of new instructional materials (print, audio, video or digital). * A record of on-going professional engagement and development. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of materials development (print or digital), and three letters of recommendation.

All materials should be submitted no later than October 15, 2016, via Academic Jobs Online: Any questions should be directed to


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