Endowed Chair in Taiwan Cultural Studies for the East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department

View this position online: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02285


Position title: Associate Professor or Professor in Taiwan Studies

Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023


Open date: October 14, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Barbara invites applications from scholars engaged in Taiwan Studies at the Associate Professor and Professor ranks for the Lai Ho and Wu Cho-liu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Cultural Studies. The successful candidate will also administer the Center for Taiwan Studies, housed in the Department. We especially welcome interdisciplinary scholarship on Taiwan literature that locates Taiwanese culture and society in a larger transcultural, transhistorical, comparative, or global context. Alongside literary studies, other specializations may strengthen the application, such as: cultural studies; gender and sexuality studies; race, ethnic, and indigenous studies; colonial and postcolonial histories; film and media studies; environmental humanities; cultural approaches to political economy; and Sinophone studies. Engagement with theories derived from East Asian and Sinophone Studies, as well as Critical Race, Queer, Feminist, and Postcolonial theories are also attractive. The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong publication record, effective teaching, leadership qualities, and an ability to administer the Center for Taiwan Studies. The duties include organizing academic lectures, film screenings, cultural events, international conferences, and student fellowship competitions. The ideal candidate would be able to connect Taiwan Studies at UC Santa Barbara with other academic institutions around the globe, and also facilitate outreach to the greater Santa Barbara community.The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, professional activities, and service.

This hire is supported by The Lai Ho and Wu Cho-liu Endowment Fund for Taiwan Studies.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in a humanistic discipline, or a related field, at time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Has been previously appointed to an Associate or Full Professor position in literature or a related field.• Excellent competency in English and Mandarin Chinese languages.

Preferred qualifications

• Preference for candidates that have the ability to administer and lead the Center for Taiwan Studies by:
1) Organizing: academic lectures, international conferences, cultural events, and student grant competitions
2) Connecting with academic units across campus and the globe to promote the Center and Taiwan Studies• Preference for candidates who have experience teaching courses that are innovative and have an ability to interest diverse populations of undergraduate and graduate students.

• Evidence of past and future research and publication productivity.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter – Please include:- Information on Past and Future Research & Publications
    – Statement of Teaching Experience
    – Experiences in Academic Administration and Leadership
    – Maximum 4 pages

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Statement on How the Candidate Would Administer and Manage the Center for Taiwan Studies – Looking for:Activities the candidate would organize
    Types of outreach efforts the candidate anticipates making toward other academic units on campus as well as internationally to promote the center.
    Maximum 2 pages

  • Two Writing Samples – Please provide two writing samples in one PDF document.
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
Please arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation submitted via UC Recruit.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02285

Help contact: radam@hfa.ucsb.edu


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