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Assistant Professor - Asian Peoples in Diaspora (History)

Brooklyn College
New York City, New York
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Job Title: Assistant Professor - Asian Peoples in Diaspora (History)

Job ID: 25317

Location: Brooklyn College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular




Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY) invites applications for a full-time, entry-level, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of History, with a research and teaching focus on the History of Asian Peoples in Diaspora, and a particular attention to the Americas. An interest in and background for teaching courses concerning Islamic religious belief and practice would be welcome but is not required.


The Department welcomes all interdisciplinary and methodological approaches and chronological and geographical specializations.


This line will support the College's Black, Race, Ethnic, Disability, and LGBTQ Studies initiative and has a starting date in August 2023.


The Department encourages applications from underrepresented populations. If you anticipate needing any type of reasonable accommodation during the application process, please contact [email protected]


The Brooklyn College Department of History has 16 full-time members and teaches approximately 1000 students and 40 sections per semester.


Brooklyn College serves students from as many as 150 countries who speak over 100 languages and dialects and thus constitutes a vibrant microcosm of the rich diversity and energy that characterizes the borough of Brooklyn and the greater New York City area itself. Its mission features “a special commitment to educate immigrant and first-generation college students from the diverse communities that make up our city and state.” The college ethos is strongly invested in the educational and career success of our diverse students. We are committed to fostering a spirit of camaraderie and shared ideals.  By accessing a first-class and affordable college education in an inclusive and nurturing intellectual milieu, our students acquire the skills, confidence, and global mindedness that allow them to thrive in a rapidly changing, unpredictable marketplace of ideas that is increasingly mindless of borders and spans cultures and vernaculars.


To this end, the college seeks faculty who are eager to engage with the diversity of our student body and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and heterogeneity through teaching, research and/or service. We seek to recruit and retain faculty who reflect the mosaic of our student population.  Successful candidates will bring their unique creativity, sensitivity, insights and perspectives to a community that welcomes innovation and promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching. Together we will model the finest that a public urban liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies college can be for the present and future.


The successful candidate will:


  • Teach both foundational as well as advanced courses on the historical and present-day realities of members of the Asian diaspora at the BA and MA levels. Participate in the development of an Asian American Studies program at Brooklyn College. Teach courses that are part of CUNY's Pathways general education curriculum. (


The teaching responsibility is 6 courses a year, though new faculty receive reassigned time for scholarly work. Experience and excellence in online teaching is preferred. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.


Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.





  • Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in history or in any related field by the time of appointment from an accredited institution Ability to teach undergraduate courses is required Ability to teach evening, weekends, face-to-face, and online



  • Evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching (whether as primary instructor or teaching assistant) and plans to continue pedagogical development An active research agenda Fluency in relevant research languages Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with students from diverse, minoritized, and marginalized communities



$72,667 - $93,134; Salary commensurate with experience and credentials.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.



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Applicants should upload the following in .doc or .pdf format:


  1. A letter of application, not to exceed three pages, that includes a summary of current and future scholarship, teaching interests and experience, and ability to work effectively with a broadly diverse student population A curriculum vitae Graduate transcripts Detailed descriptions of or syllabi for proposed courses (Please include one survey and one specialized course)   A one or two-page statement of teaching philosophy Contact information for 3 references. Reference letters and writing samples will be requested at a later stage of the search process.



Review of applications to begin December 19, 2022 and will continue until filed.



CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


Brooklyn College is an integral part of the civic, urban and artistic energy of New York and uses the entire city as a living classroom that broadens our students’ understanding of the world around them. As a public institution, Brooklyn College assumes public responsibilities. It has actively broadened its engagement with the surrounding neighborhood and with Brooklyn's cultural and social organizations, and partners with high schools throughout the borough. Its community newsletter brings campus services, facilities, and appropriate programs to the attention of Brooklyn residents.

brooklyn_college_of_the_city_university_of_new_york1.jpgFor 80 years, the college has been attracting a wide variety of motivated students — many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants who wish to better their lives through a superb education. They come because of the college’s renowned faculty of academics, professionals and artists who are among the best in their field. They know they will be learning on a campus considered one of the most beautiful in the country, with well-equipped facilities, studios, smart classrooms, and production and practice rooms — all with a highly affordable tuition.

Brooklyn College has a student enrollment of 16,822 students — 13,095 undergraduates and 3,727 graduates who come from 136 nations and speak some 89 languages. The college offers 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the creative arts; humanities; social, behavioral and natural sciences; mathematics; education and business. More than 4,000 students received bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as advanced certificates, at our last Commencement Exercises.
This spring, the Brooklyn College broke ground for a new center for the performing arts, which will provide a fitting home for its award-winning performance programs. The college is also deep into the planning stages for a new state-of-the-art science complex.

brooklyn_college_of_the_city_university_of_new_york2.jpgWe recognize that our attentiveness to this aspect of the academic program is one way to bond students to an institution, so we are committed to improving our level of student counseling. The Brooklyn College strategic plan calls for carrying out a coordinated and comprehensive approach, involving both professional advisers and faculty.

For undergraduate students, the college’s highly regarded Core Curriculum creates a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Our strong advisement program guides them throughout their college years. Even before their first semester begins, freshmen are introduced to the First College Year, which helps them transition from high school to college through summer bridge programs and with Learning Communities that strengthen bonds between them and with the faculty. Preprofessional programs are available for students interested in engineering, law, medicine, optometry and podiatry.

Special programs for graduate students are provided as well. The Graduate Investment Program offers travel grants that support attendance at domestic and international conferences, research grants that fund supplies and materials, and workshops on topics of specific importance to graduate students — grant writing, thesis assistance and many more. Brooklyn College is also an active part of graduate-focused CUNY programs, including the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the Bridges to the Doctorate Program and the Latin/Greek Institute.

The faculty of Brooklyn College teach, mentor, and advise, and very often they become students' best career counselors. In and out of the classroom, students at Brooklyn College get to know, and to work side by side with, leading academics, scientists, writers, and performers.

brooklyn_college_of_the_city_university_of_new_york3.jpgBrooklyn College professors are award winners and recipients of national funding from institutions such as NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education. The faculty includes two Pulitzer Prize winners - journalist Paul Moses and historian Edwin Burrows - and two Pulitzer Prize nominees - historian Michael Rawson and composer Tania León. Ursula Oppens, a Grammy Award–nominated concert pianist and contemporary American music performer; Mac Wellman, an Obie Award–winning playwright; and Kristoff Diaz, a Tony Award–nominated playwright, are also on the faculty. Other illustrious faculty members include political scientist Alex Vitale, sociologist Carolina Bank Muñoz, NIH $1.7 million grant-winner and psychologist Anthony Sclafani, internationally recognized computer theorist Rohit Parikh, esteemed audiologist Shlomo Silman, leading expert in microalgae biotechnology Juergen Polle, and political scientist and author Corey Robin.

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