Assistant/Associate Professor

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Assistant/Associate Professor


Transnational Asian Studies

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The Department of Transnational Asian Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas invites applications for two full-time tenure-track positions. Both will be named chairs: the Gragg Professor of Transnational Asian Studies (Assistant or Associate Professor) and the TT and WF Chao Professor of Transnational Asian Studies (Assistant Professor). The Department of Transnational Asian Studies is housed in the School of the Humanities and employs the full range of methods of cross-disciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Our department is unique in its focus on transnational, transhistorical, and global movements of peoples, ideas, practices, and cultures of Asia, including that of the diaspora. Rather than viewing Asia as a collection of bordered nation-states, we re-imagine it as a series of global transformations, influences, migrations, trade and political formations. The Department of Transnational Asian Studies works in close collaboration with the Chao Center for Asian Studies, which functions as the premier research hub for affiliated Rice faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows.

Responsibilities include 1) teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, 2) active research and publication in area of specialization and 3) service to the department, the university and the field.

Successful applicants must have a demonstrated track record of and commitment to transnational scholarship. Evidence of effective and inclusive teaching is essential. Research proficiency in Asian language(s) is required. Applicants must have PhD in hand before July 2021 in disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences or related interdisciplinary fields, including Anthropology, Art History, Asian and Asian-American Studies, Film and Media, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Science and Technology, Sexuality and Gender, among others. Rice University and the Department of Transnational Asian Studies seek candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus community that supports equality and diversity.

The application process is entirely web-based. Submit a letter of application, full CV, the names of three references, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching excellence by December 1, 2020. Further publications may be requested at a later date. Applications are accepted only through Rice University’s electronic system, and complete instructions are available at Specific questions may be sent to Prof. Lisa Balabanlilar, Chair of the Department of Transnational Asian Studies, at [email protected]

Rice University is a private tier one research institution located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic museum district and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Rice supports a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, with 4,000 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate students across 8 schools and 37 advanced degree programs. With a very high level of research activity and intellectual innovation, Rice ranks no. 16 among American universities, and places 8th in the nation for undergraduate teaching (2019 US News & World Report). Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or
protected veteran status.

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PhD or other Doctoral Degree

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Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

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Posted: 8/21/2020
Application Due: 12/1/2020
Work Type: Full Time