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T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies

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Position Title T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies

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Department Chao Center for Asian Studies

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Position Description

Position: Endowed associate or full professorship with tenure in the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Appointment begins July 1, 2018. The online application deadline is October 2, 2017; applications received after this deadline may be considered if circumstances warrant.

Responsibilities: (1) Participate as an integral and active member of the Chao Center in teaching, research, journal publication, mentoring, and various collaborative activities; (2) provide intellectual leadership in the Center’s Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI); (3) play an instrumental role in the anticipated MA program; and (4) serve as the Chao Center Director at some point after the initial appointment. The expected teaching load is two courses per semester.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a social sciences or humanities discipline including, but not limited to, anthropology, Asian studies, cinema studies, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology with a specialization in one or more areas of East Asia, South Asia, or Southeast Asia; and a demonstrated expertise in transnational circulations (e.g., the movement of peoples, products, ideas, values, beliefs, images, technologies, etc. within and/or beyond Asia). Proficiency in one or more vernacular Asian language(s) is expected. We seek a person with an excellent record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service that would justify a chaired associate/full professorship with tenure.

Application: The deadline to submit applications is Monday, October 2, 2017. The following documents are required:
-Cover letter
-Curriculum vitae
-Names and contact information for three to five references – Letters of recommendation will be requested only for short-listed candidates.

Applications are accepted only through Rice University’s electronic system, and complete instructions are available at https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/search.

Specific questions may be sent to the chair of the search, Sonia Ryang, T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies and the Director, the Chao Center for Asian Studies at sonia.ryang@rice.edu.

About the University:

Rice University has been designated one of the top 100 universities in the world. Its endowment ranks among the top ten of all American universities, and its small size (c. 3,900 undergraduates; c. 2,500 graduate students) encourages a great deal of personal interaction between students and professors (our student-faculty ratio is 6: 1, and our mean undergraduate class size is 14). We have students from all 50 states and from more than eighty countries, and many of them participate in cutting-edge research guided by world-class faculty in the humanities, social sciences, engineering, and natural sciences. Rice also has a major public policy organization, the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, and several highly regarded professional programs, including the schools of architecture, music, and business.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Education Required PhD or other Doctoral Degree
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Ph.D. in a social sciences or humanities discipline including, but not limited to, anthropology, Asian studies, cinema studies, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology with a specialization in one or more areas of East Asia, South Asia, or Southeast Asia

Education Preferred
Other Required Qualifications
Other Qualifications Preferred
Physical Demands

Requisition Details

Requisition Details

Requisition Number F18001
Open Date 07/07/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 10/02/2017
Desired Start Date 07/01/2018
Position Status Full-Time: 9 months
Benefits Eligible Yes
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Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
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