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October 17, 2012

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs, & Announcements #68

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, with a particular focus on Asian Americans. 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: Southeast Asian History, Univ. of Connecticut

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The History Department and Asian/Asian American Studies Institute, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, are seeking a tenure-track assistant professor in Southeast Asian history (including the Philippines). The position will be a joint appointment between the Asian/Asian American Studies Institute and the History Department, the tenure home of the appointment.

Developing a strong presence in Asian Studies is a significant component of the university’s larger faculty expansion. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing a coherent Asian History program within the History Department in conjunction with the Asian/Asian American Studies Institute. In addition to research, this individual will be expected to teach appropriate courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, engage in scholarly activities, and participate in outreach and service activities. The teaching load will be equally split between the Institute and History.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Asian history (or foreign equivalent) by start date; research specialization in southeast Asia (including the Philippines); demonstrated excellence in research and teaching; strong interest in graduate teaching and mentoring; excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Research interests in colonialism/neocolonialism/Postcolonialism, empire, diaspora, migration, and/or revolutionary and social movements; ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

Appointment Terms
This is a tenure-track, full time, 9-month appointment with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2013. This position is at the Storrs campus. Opportunity may arise to teach courses at other regional campuses. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

To Apply
Interested applicants should apply online at Husky Hire. Please provide a letter of application, complete curriculum vitae, and a sample published article or research paper. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to Professor Sylvia Schafer, Southeast Asia Search, Asian American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269. Applicants who submit materials by October 31, 2012, will receive preference in the screening process.

Position: Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley

The Comparative Ethnic Studies Program in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for an Assistant Professor with a social science background (#1752). We define Comparative Ethnic Studies broadly as work that theorizes race both particularly and generally; work on more than one distinct racialized group; or work on the intersection and/or co-constitution of race and other systems of difference.

We are particularly interested in candidates who bring innovative Social Science theory and methods to bear on the study of race, and who use the study of race to contribute to social theory generally (articulating the difference that race makes in critically understanding history and society). Teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses, including a course on social science methods.

The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education, and who will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in an appropriate disciplinary or interdisciplinary field by the time of appointment. The University of California, Berkeley, is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty.

Salary is commensurate with the level of appointment and based on University of California pay scales. Applications are due by Monday, November 5, 2012, for a start date of July 1, 2013. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, writing sample or publication, supporting evidence of teaching quality (if available) and 3 reference letters. The application website gives directions for self-registration, uploading of documents in PDF, and requesting letters of reference from letter writers.

Applications may be submitted to: The application website gives directions for self-registration, uploading of documents in PDF, and accessing URLs for individuals providing letters of reference. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the University as indicated at the website.

Position: Contemporary Asian Art, Univ. of Connecticut

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in Art History with a specialty in contemporary Asian art and the ability to offer courses that connect the arts of Asia to other cultures and to the Asian diasporas. This position is a joint hire with the Asian American Studies Institute, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Candidates should be able to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curricula, and will teach introductory, intermediate, and upper-level courses in Asian art and outside of that area of specialization, including topic oriented courses. The capacity to teach a range of courses from contemporary to ancient Asian art, with an emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century East Asian art, visual culture, and transculturalism is highly desirable.

The Department welcomes candidates with contemporary approaches to the study of art history and visual culture, which may include curatorial practice. The art history program is integrated with a vigorous studio program in a liberal arts university. Cross-listings with Asian and Asian American Studies and other programs in the university are strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will participate in faculty activities and college committee work with both the Department and the Asian American Studies Institute.

Minimum Qualifications: Completed PhD, with specialization in Asian Art History; demonstrated excellence in research, including scholarly publications and/or exhibition catalogues; and excellent written and oral communication skills. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.

Preferred Qualifications: Research specialization in contemporary Asian art and visual culture studies, with knowledge of East Asian Art and its transnational/diasporic connections; interest in interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies; demonstrated ability to contribute through research, teaching, curating and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience; and two years college teaching experience with strong interest in graduate teaching and mentoring.

Appointment Terms
This is a 9-month appointment and will begin on August 22, 2013. Position is at the Storrs campus. Candidates may have the opportunity to work at the campuses at Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, and West Hartford. The salary of the position will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

To Apply
Please provide a letter of application, complete curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy via Husky Hire. Three confidential letters of recommendation can be sent to: Professor Cathy Schlund-Vials, Co-Chair, Art & Art History Search, Asian American Studies Institute, Unit 1091, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269. We will continue to review applications until the position is filled, but to insure full consideration, application materials should be submitted no later than December 1, 2012.

Position: Pacific Islands Studies, Univ. of Hawai’i, Manoa

Title: Assistant Professor (Pacific Islands Studies)
Position Number: 0085090
Hiring Unit: School of Pacific and Asian Studies/Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Location: Manoa Campus
Closing Date: December 07, 2012

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and teach interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses on the Pacific Islands with preference for those focused on creative arts and literature. Help develop the Culture, Arts and Performance concentration within the BA program in Pacific Islands Studies. Supervise and support MA and BA students. Conduct research or other scholarly activities and publish or produce in appropriate media. Work in support of the Center’s publishing, outreach, and service learning programs. Perform university and professional service. Minimum Qualifications

Earned PhD from a college or university of recognized standing in the social sciences, arts or humanities with emphasis on the Pacific Islands. Extensive knowledge of and research experience in the Pacific Islands region outside of Hawai’i and or in diasporic Pacific Islander communities. Strong interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching especially at the undergraduate level. Desirable Qualifications

Publications in refereed journals or other appropriate media. Evidence of excellence in teaching. Interest in innovative teaching strategies. Experience with community outreach activities including service learning. Ability to speak one or more indigenous Pacific Islands languages. To Apply:

Submit via electronic submission a cover letter indicating how you fulfill the minimum and desirable qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, three letters of reference from professionals in the field competent to assess your work to Julie Walsh, Search Committee co-chair at Official transcripts (from institution to institution) that reflect degree and course work are due at the time of hire. Hard copy submissions will not be considered.

Position: Asian American Studies, Univ. of Binghampton, SUNY

Binghamton University, SUNY
Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

The Asian and Asian American Studies Department at Binghamton University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Asian American studies beginning Fall 2013. We also welcome applications from advanced assistant professors. We seek candidates with a strong background in Asian American studies. Applications from those whose work focuses on ethnic studies, urban studies, gender studies, social and political movements, law, or labor are especially welcome. Candidates must have a PhD by the time of appointment.

Submit electronic application, including cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, and three letters of references to by December 15, 2012. Contact person:Robert Ku at

Summer Fellowship: Khmer Studies in Cambodia

The Center for Khmer Studies
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Summer Junior Fellowship Program
24th June – 2nd August 2013

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is offering 5 American, 5 Cambodian and 5 French undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to join a 6 week Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia. The program provides a unique experience allowing students to live and study alongside others from different backgrounds and cultures while learning about the history and society of today’s Cambodia.

During their residency students will be based at the CKS campus in Siem Reap, which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Wat Damnak, one of the town’s largest Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor World Heritage Site and its enigmatic temples. For more information, visit: Deadline for applications is April 1st, 2013.

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