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Assistant Professor of Chinese

Employer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Location
UMass Amherst

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Arts & Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literature
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 521123
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Languages Literat. & Cultures
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

The Program of Chinese Literature and Culture in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chinese, starting in Fall 2024. We seek outstanding candidates specializing in premodern Chinese literature and culture prior to 1200, preferably with an interdisciplinary approach. This position is expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, a large survey course on Chinese culture as well as classical Chinese. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in Chinese literature, philosophy, and/or material culture.

This is a full-time (9-month) tenure-track position beginning September 1, 2024. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Requirements

Candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand (or expected by July 1, 2024), have native or near-native fluency in both Chinese and English, and demonstrated success in teaching at the college level in the U.S. Evidence of an active research agenda and a strong commitment to innovative teaching and professional development is preferred.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, candidates should submit a complete application packet:

A complete application will consist of 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching; 4) a statement of contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities; 5) a writing sample (e.g. dissertation chapter); 6) a sample syllabus; and 7) contact information including email addresses for three individuals whom we can solicit for confidential recommendation letters on your behalf.

Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor Enhua Zhang (ezhang@umass.edu), Chair of the Search Committee.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.


The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, historically marginalized and underrepresented demographic groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Advertised: Oct 24 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Organization

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.

 

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Location
181 PRESIDENTS DR
Whitmore Administration Building
Amherst
Massachusetts
01003
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