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November 23, 2011

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs, & Announcements #55

Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

Position: Ethnic Studies, Chinese Diaspora, Univ. of Hawai’i Manoa

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Department of Ethnic Studies, Chinese Diaspora Specialist, Assistant Professor (Pos. #084819).

Duties: Teach courses and conduct research on Chinese immigrant communities in Hawai’i and the United States, and/or other parts of the world. Teach introductory course in ethnic studies and upper division courses in Asian American studies. Advise and
supervise undergraduate students; seek extramural funding; participate actively in local communities. The successful applicant should maintain an active program of research and scholarly publication that integrates innovative theoretical analyses with empirical work, and furthers the University’s excellence in Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific studies.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD in Ethnic Studies, related interdisciplinary studies, social sciences field, or history from an accredited college at the time of the appointment, August 1, 2012 (ABD will be considered). ABD candidates must submit a letter from their committee chairs attesting that dissertation and all degree requirements will be completed by the date of hire. Demonstrated ability to teach and conduct research on Chinese diasporic communities, which incorporates theories of race, ethnicity, gender, and class; and strong record of research, teaching, and community service.

Desirable Qualifications: Evidence of research and university-level teaching about Asian American or Pacific Islander Studies; ability to teach courses on immigration, and/or ethnic/race relations; ability to contribute to the College of Social Sciences Public Policy Center; a record of peer-reviewed publications; commitment to innovative educational strategies, and to working with students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

To Apply: Please visit this website: Include cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample (not to exceed
9000 words). Send three letters of recommendation to: Ibrahim G. Aoudé, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Hawai”i at Mānoa, George Hall 301, 2560 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Inquiries: Ibrahim G. Aoudé (808) 956-8086, E: Closing Date: Review of applications will begin November 18, 2011 and will continue until position is filled. Applications received by that date will be given priority.

Call for Papers: The American University Meets the Pacific Century

Workshop: The American University Meets the Pacific Century (AUPC)
Date: March 9-10, 2012
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Deadline: December 1, 2011
Notification: December 15, 2011

Award: Limited funds to support room and board at Workshop and partial travel vouchers will be available.

What to submit: A 1-2 page abstract of a circa 20-25 page paper that you will prepare for discussion at the Workshop.

How to submit: Please submit your materials electronically to Kelley Frazier,

Inquiries: Inquiries about the conference should be directed to: Nancy Abelmann,; Soo Ah Kwon,; Tim Liao,; Adrienne Lo,

Workshop Information
This Workshop will be hosted in association with the American University Meets the Pacific Century Project (AUPC, 2010-), an interdisciplinary team of social scientists who are currently researching the internationalization of the undergraduate student body at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The project is principally interested in the American university as a contact zone in which record levels of international undergraduates, largely from Asia, meet American students whose futures are increasingly impacted by global transformations, the economic and scientific rise of Asia among them.

Participants will present papers (circa 20-25 pages) broadly related to the study abroad of degree-seeking undergraduate students from China and South Korea, relevant developments in those countries, and all aspects of the U.S. as a contact zone.

Below please find a brief synopsis of our own research project; we are,however, open to proposals of all variety.

The American University Meets the Pacific Century Project

Broadly, the AUPC project is examining how the escalating numbers of international undergraduates are transforming the American university. Many American universities, like top-tier universities throughout the world, are increasingly becoming global institutions, no longer held exclusively to national interests.

This larger context occasions several broad research questions. First, a number of scholars, anthropologist Aihwa Ong and geographer Katharyne Mitchell foremost among them, have alerted us to a veritable cultural warfare as Asian elites find their way to North American schooling. They ask whether the liberal democratic ideals of the American university, including multiculturalism’s commitment to an integrated national community, are foundationally shaken by international students who pass through the American university to accrue the technical skills for flexible citizenship elsewhere. We are thus interested in what American students assume about these new international students and their place in American higher education.

Second, we ask how this trend is shaping American undergraduates’ vision of their futures as global citizens in the broader context of the global economy, and in what some have called “the Pacific Century.” With the widely decried slippage in the U.S. global hegemony in scientific and technological fields and the particular attention to the “Rise of China,” these questions are particularly pressing. Also of note is that while U.S. international student numbers are up, we are in fact enjoying less of the pie of total global student mobility (slipping from 2001 to 2008 from 25% to 21%; while China grew from under 2% to 6%).

Third, we examine the impact of this internationalization on the racial realities of the American university. As globalization accelerates the mobility of people, ideas, and media, one perhaps unexpected consequence has been the rise of what sociologist Karen Pyke calls “intraethnic othering” or the heightened salience of divisions within what might be considered one
ethnic/racial group. Preliminary work by the AUPC project has already documented the tense relations between those Asian Americans who find that they are becoming the minority of Asians on their campus, and those international undergraduates, who sometimes see themselves as wealthy, cosmopolitan elites with little in common with local Asian Americans.

Finally, we are interested in what has motivated international students to come to the United States and the reality of their study abroad experience. We consider these students’ future goals, ones that of course are impacted upon by the study abroad experience itself. With these contexts and processes in mind, we focus on the following research questions:

  • What are the motivations and expectations of these Chinese and South Korean international undergraduate students? Are they interested in the liberal and multicultural commitments of the American university? How do their goals change over time as they experience the realities of the American university?
  • How do American students understand and respond to this new student body? Do they think of these international students as in any way detrimental to American multiculturalism and liberalism?
  • Do Asian American students experience these demographic changes in particular ways? Are they inclined to distance themselves from these newly-arrived Asian students?
  • What is the nature and extent of the interactions between domestic students and these international students?
  • Do domestic students who aspire to become engineers and business professionals feel threatened by the significant number of students from precisely those countries that represent the greatest scientific and economic challenge to the United States? Are they worried about their professional futures?
  • How are university professionals, including faculty, responding to and managing this new student body?

Position: Asian American Studies, UCLA

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center invites applications for a tenured full-time faculty position (Tracking Number 2060-1112-01) beginning July 1, 2012. The selected candidate is expected to be
appointed to the UCLA Alumni and Friends of Japanese American Ancestry Endowed Chair. The rank is to be at the Associate or Full Professor level, with the primary appointment and teaching responsibilities in the Department of Asian American Studies.

Distinguished scholars of Japanese American studies are encouraged to apply, and this position provides an opportunity to strengthen Center and Department commitments to areas such as preservation/archives, community-based documentation in the visual arts, transnational studies, and community-oriented research, education, and activism.

The generosity of alumni and friends led to the establishment of this endowed chair in Japanese American Studies to further the research prominence of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, which was founded in 1969. Currently, the Center’s faculty number over fifty members representing nearly every division and school at UCLA, including the Department of Asian American Studies in the College of Letters and Science. The Department of Asian American Studies, established in 2004, oversees dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs.

Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically with1) a letter of application, 2) current curriculum vitae/resumé 3) one representative journal article or book chapter, and 4) names and contact information for three academic referees. Please send all materials to:

Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, all materials should be submitted by December 9, 2011 to be guaranteed full consideration. UCLA offers an attractive salary and benefits package, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Position: Sociology & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Univ. of Connecticut

The Sociology Department at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure track position to begin August 23, 2012. The successful candidate will be jointly appointed with the Latino/a Studies program. The successful candidate will pursue rigorous research programs, contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching, provide service to the university and the profession, and seek external funds to support their scholarly activities. The typical course load is two courses per semester. We prefer candidates for the assistant professor rank, but appointments at the associate professor rank for exceptionally well qualified candidates who can advance the diversity of our teaching and research
mission may be considered.


Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate in sociology; research that focuses on Latino populations in the United States; ability to teach qualitative research methods; and substantive research interests in at least one of the following areas of specialization: health and health care organization; gender and sexuality, labor, family. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.

Preferred Qualifications: The ability to contribute to research, teaching and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

To Apply: Applicants please upload their curriculum vitae, a statement describing their research plan and teaching interests,
selected scholarly publications, and three letters of reference via Husky hire Search 2012289. Applications submitted by January 6, 2012 will be given fullest consideration.

Position: Development Coordinator, Asian American Justice Center

Organization Description
Founded in 1991, the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans, and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. AAJC is nationally recognized as a leading expert on issues of particular importance to the Asian American community including affirmative action, anti-Asian violence prevention, broadband and telecommunications policy, census, immigration and immigrant rights, media diversity and voting rights.

In 2010, AAJC deepened its alliance with the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), the Asian American Institute (AAI) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) by coming together as the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice). Under the common name, we hope to build a more powerful and unified voice for Asian Americans who are deeply committed to the cause of civil and human rights. Based in Washington, DC, AAJC has a budget of approximately $5 million and a staff of 18.

Position Description
Title: Development Associate
Location: Washington, DC
Compensation: Competitive salary, depending on level of skills and experience. Full health benefits, flexible spending plan and generous vacation and sick leave.

Summary: The role of the Development Associate is to assist the Director of Development in undertaking a proactive campaign to secure funds to carry out the organization’s mission and vision and to implement its strategic and tactical plans. Requirements include: good management, planning and coordinating skills; excellent attention to detail and follow-through; experience in using and maintaining a database.


  • Serve as lead coordinator to ensure the success of the organization’s primary special event fundraiser, the annual American Courage Awards reception.
  • Provide support (planning, correspondence, etc.) required to implement all fundraising events and meetings.
  • Create, manage and maintain corporate and law firm partnerships to enhance fundraising and in-kind donations.
  • Conduct prospect research on potential funding sources including corporations and law firms.
  • Coordinate sponsorship agreements with partner organizations.
  • Assist in maintaining the integrity of the department’s Raiser’s Edge fundraising database through conducting data entry and reporting.
  • Produce quality written documents as it relates to primary functional areas, such as: solicitations for the American Courage Awards and acknowledgements.
  • Schedule and prepare background materials for meetings for Director of Development and Executive Director with current corporate donors and prospects.
  • Contribute to the department’s marketing functions by serving as a liaison for annual report production, Web updates and other collateral, as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Development in setting organizational income goals. Assist with the preparation of periodic income reports and projections as needed.
  • Perform other development tasks and duties as assigned by the Director of Development.
  • Supervisory responsibilities: Assist in supervising development intern.

Knowledge, skills and abilities: Must be detail-oriented and extremely organized. Must have excellent interpersonal and writing skills that indicate an ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences. Must be able to coordinate multiple tasks concurrently while being thorough and comprehensive. Must have initiative and the ability to exercise good judgment. Flexible, independent team player.

Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of development experience. Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred. Event planning and experience in the nonprofit sector a plus.

Application deadline: December 2, 2011

Send resume with references, writing sample and a cover letter to:
Hannah Stone, Director of Development, at or AAJC; 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1200; Washington, DC 20036.

Internship: Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals. The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States.

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund offer a substantive, fast-paced internship program designed to give undergraduate students interested in civil and human rights, public service, advocacy, journalism and online communications, real-world work experience in the policy arena. The program provides interns the chance to increase their knowledge and awareness of civil and human rights issues, enhance their understanding of coalition politics, and observe the legislative process of our federal government. Interns are fully integrated into staff activities and involved in field operations, development work, web content, and communications work.

Leadership Conference/Education Fund interns work out of our office in downtown Washington, D.C., easily accessible by metro or several bus lines. Internships are for a length of one school semester. Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate your school’s schedule, and we require a 24 hour minimum weekly commitment.

  • Summer interns: Internship May 30 to Sept. 1; Application Deadline April 15, 2012
  • Fall interns: Internship Sept. 1 to Dec. 15; Application Deadline August 5, 2012
  • Spring interns: Internship Jan. 15 to May 15; Application Deadline December 4, 2011

Core Intern Responsibilities

  • Writing articles for the website
  • Tracking legislation and litigation related to key issues
  • Monitoring media coverage of policy issues
  • Attending steering committee and task force meetings as assigned
  • Helping to coordinate grassroots and media events
  • Attending congressional hearings and briefings
  • Conducting on- and off-line research to support Leadership Conference/Education Fund staff
  • Occasional administrative work

Applicants should have strong writing skills, a desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people, ability to work collaboratively, the ability to multitask, and a strong commitment to social justice issues.

The internship is unpaid. Need-based scholarships are available during the summer – applicants interested in financial aid should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and a letter detailing their financial need with their application. Sensitive information such as Social Security Numbers can be withheld by the applicant.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should email a cover letter detailing their interest in The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, resume, and short writing sample (no longer than three pages) to:

Avril Lighty
Intern Coordinator
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Or send by mail to:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Attn: Avril Lighty
1629 K Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006

Please note: we are unable to handle phone inquiries.

Call for Papers: Asian American Expressive Culture

Changing Boundaries and Reshaping Itineraries:
An International Conference on Asian American Expressive Culture

Co-sponsored by Chinese American Literature Research Center, and Information Center for Worldwide Asia Research, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China & Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program, University of California at Berkeley, USA.

The extensive geopolitical realignments and movements of peoples and capital that continue to mark our present moment have significantly reshaped our understanding of the functions and effects of national boundaries, and have turned concepts such as “transnationalism” and “globalization” into staples of academic discussion. In this moment of unsettling boundaries, how then are we to understand or locate Asian American literature (or, more broadly, Asian American Studies), which at least nominally continues to reside under the sign of the U.S. nation-state? How has this unsettling of boundaries contributed, for example, to rethinking the relation between Asian America and Asia?

Have these changed conditions introduced a set of new concerns, themes, or formal strategies for Asian American writers? How does the experience of reading Asian American literature in the U.S. differ from that of reading the literature in Beijing or Manila, Seoul or Singapore? How have scholars and critics of Asian American literature (and other forms of expressive culture) grappled with the theoretical and/or methodological challenges of engaging with these reconfigured national and transnational frameworks?

With this range of pressing questions forming a critical backdrop, the Chinese American Literature Research Center and the Information Center for Worldwide Asia Research at Beijing Foreign Studies University are joining with the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program at the University of California at Berkeley to invite submissions of original papers on the theme of “changing boundaries” and “unsettling itineraries” to be presented at an international conference on Asian American literature to be held in Beijing from May 25-28, 2012.

Topics for the conference will include but are not limited to the following areas: New directions in Asian American Studies and Asian American criticism Asian American literature or film in a transnational frame Memories without borders in Asian American literature Re-aligning Asian American Studies and Asian Studies Sino-US relations and Chinese American literature Resituating Asian America in relation to East Asia, South Asia, or Southeast Asia

To submit a proposal from China’s mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, please send your proposals (300-400 words) and brief biographies (c. 200 words) to Dr. Liu Kuilan at; and from North America, Europe, and other countries, please send your proposals to Prof. Elaine Kim at by December 15, 2011.

Internships: Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, our work addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care. We develop new policy ideas, critique the policy that stems from conservative values, challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shape the national debate.

One very important goal of American Progress is to inspire and educate the next generation of progressive Americans. American Progress offers full and part-time internships each summer and academic semester. All undergraduate and masters-level students and J.D. and Ph.D. candidates are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated scholars with strong academic records and an interest and aptitude for public policy and/or political communication. Interns will be directly engaged with the Center’s policy experts and participate in a variety of activities including research, writing, and web-based projects. They will also assist staff with administrative tasks and help organize the Center’s many conferences and events.

American Progress offers a monetary stipend as well as a transportation subsidy for interns. Intern applicants can apply for placement in the following department:

Race Policy / Progress 2050

American Progress is seeking an intern to work with Progress 2050, an American Progress project that develops new ideas for an increasingly diverse America. Its work uses current and future U.S. demographic trends as a foundation for progressive policies that advance racial equity.

The Progress 2050 intern’s primary responsibilities will include researching the relationship between race and public policy, census data evaluation, and media tracking. The intern’s additional duties include assisting in public and private events, independent research/writing, and day-to-day tasks as assigned.

Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communications skills. He or she must be open to a broad array of assignments and have strong oral and written communications skills. Some qualitative research experience preferred. No specific academic background is required, but the ideal intern ought to have a general understanding of racial and ethnic communities, U.S. history, and key domestic affairs.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and masters-level students and J.D. and Ph.D. candidates as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply. International students must have INS authorization to work in the United States.

Application Process: In order to apply for a Center for American Progress Internship, please submit the following:

  1. Internship Application
  2. Cover Letter and Resume
  3. Writing Sample of approximately 3 pages (your own words, unedited)
  4. College or University Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  5. 2-3 References (please provide both the phone and email contact information, and include a professor or other individual familiar with your work)

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and receive responses from American Progress.

Suggested Deadlines:
Winter/Spring: November 15
Summer: February 1

Summer: June – August
Fall: September – December
Winter: January – March
Spring: January – May

*starting dates are flexible

Please send completed application materials via email only Before emailing your materials please put your name and the term for which you are applying in the subject line. Ex.: John Doe-Summer 2010. No phone calls, please.

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