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Academic Version: Applying my personal experiences and academic research as a professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies to provide a more complete understanding of political, economic, and cultural issues and current events related to American race relations, and Asia/Asian America in particular.

Plain English: Trying to put my Ph.D. to good use.

March 24, 2010

Written by C.N.

Asian American/Ethnic Studies Positions Available

As listed below, there are several academic positions and opportunities available related to Asian American Studies or Ethnic Studies.

Willamette University Position in Sociology

The Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2011. We seek candidates with combined teaching and research interests in Sociology who do comparative work on racialized groups (particularly Native American, Latino/a, and/or Asian American) with expertise in environmental sociology, sociology of education, or public/social policy.

Teaching responsibilities include five courses annually. The candidate will support the Sociology Department’s core curriculum and the general education program, as well as offer some core courses in her/his areas of specialization that contribute to both Sociology and the American Ethnic Studies program. Promise of teaching excellence required. PhD preferably completed by August 2011.

The following materials should be submitted electronically to Honey Wilson (, Administrative Assistant, and addressed to Kelley Strawn, Chair, Department of Sociology, by Friday, September 10†: letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, graduate transcripts, separate statements on teaching and research, a writing sample, and three letters of reference. Also include a statement that explains how you will engage multiple perspectives in your teaching and contribute to our institutional and departmental commitments to social responsibility.

Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. The University is near the Portland metropolitan area, the Pacific Ocean, and the Cascade Mountains. For more information, visit Willamette’s web site.

One or more of my colleagues (including myself) will be at a number of professional meetings over the next several months and we would welcome opportunities to meet potential candidates in advance of the application process. These include the Eastern Sociological Society meetings (March 18-21 in Boston, MA), the Pacific Sociological Association meetings (April 8-11 in Oakland, CA), and the National Association of Ethnic Studies meetings (April 8-11 in Washington, D.C.) We will also be at the American Sociological Association meetings in Atlanta in August, and will be conducting initial interviews there through the ASA Job Service. Anyone interested can contact me via email ( or telephone (503-370-6196).

Kelley Strawn
Search Committee Chair
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Willamette University

Distinguished Lecturer – Asian American Studies Program, Hunter College

Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) invites applications for the position of Director of the Asian American Studies Program (AASP). We seek a dynamic scholar working in Asian American Studies, discipline open, who will provide intellectual and programmatic vision and leadership for the AASP, and who is committed to building and sustaining cross-disciplinary connections to other programs and organizations at Hunter, as well as throughout CUNY and New York City. This is a full-time, Distinguished Lecturer line, subject to annual reappointment, renewable for up to seven years.

Established in 1993, the AASP offers a multidisciplinary range of courses to the entire Hunter College community, a minor in Asian American Studies, and extracurricular programs and events. The AASP benefits from its location in a global city with unmatched cultural and intellectual resources and a diverse and vibrant Asian American population. Hunter College is the largest college of the City University of New York. It is comprised of five schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work, and has nearly 600 full-time faculty members. Hunter enrolls over 20,000 students, and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States.

The Distinguished Lecturer’s primary responsibility is directing the AASP, which includes: program and curriculum development, student advisement and engagement, and development/grant writing. S/he works closely with student groups, local and regional Asian American community organizations, and within the field of Asian American Studies as a whole to elevate the profile of the AASP both within and outside Hunter. Teaching load will be determined in consultation with the Provost based on the scope of programmatic activities and curricular needs.

Bachelor’s degree and a record of achievement in a profession or field of expertise related to anticipated teaching assignments. Also required is the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree preferred. Demonstrated leadership, teaching, and administrative experience in Asian American Studies preferred. Record of publications and active scholarly agenda desired.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.

All applications must be received be mail or email. Do not apply online at this job board. Please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to:

Asian American Studies Search Committee
Office of the Provost
Room E1701
695 Park Avenue
New York , NY 10065
via email to:

Open until filled with review of applications to begin March 3, 2010.

Distinguished Lecturer – Asian American Studies Program, Hunter College

The Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College CUNY, seeks Adjunct Faculty for June 10 – July 12, 2010 to teach “Asians in the U.S.,” our interdisciplinary introduction to Asian American Studies. Applicants must have an M.A. or ABD in a relevant field, as well as a record of successful undergraduate teaching.

The Asian American Studies Program (AASP) at Hunter College was founded in 1993 on the initiative of students and faculty. Today, we are a small but dynamic program with a growing number of minors, and we offer approximately 12 courses per semester, ranging from our interdisciplinary survey courses to more advanced courses in Literature, Cultural Studies, and Diasporic community formations — West Asian American, Chinese American, and Korean American in particular.

Applicants should be prepared to teach “Asians in the U.S.” to a cross-section of undergraduate students from all majors. The majority of our courses are taught by adjunct faculty, and as a result, the work you will do in our program is crucial to the process of introducing undergraduates to concepts concerning Asian American history and experience; we hope to work with dedicated, effective, and intelligent educators, and we seek to provide a welcoming and supportive work environment for our faculty.

For more information concerning our course offerings, faculty, or student activities, please visit the AASP site. Please send CV, letter of intent, and contact information for at least 3 references to:

Jennifer Hayashida, Acting Director
Asian American Studies Program
Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue, Room 1037HE
New York, NY 10065

“What Can I Do With Asian American Studies?” Grad Student Conference

The Claremont Graduate University Transdisciplinary Group on Asian American Studies is proud to announce an upcoming conference for graduate students pursuing Asian American Studies-related fields. So you’re studying Asian American Studies in graduate school. Has anyone ever asked, “what are you going to do with THAT?” Learn how to answer this question at a FREE upcoming one-day graduate student conference “What Can I Do With Asian American Studies?”

Our conference, “What Can I Do With Asian American Studies?” will take place on Saturday, April 17th in Claremont, California. Registration (Deadline April 1, 2010) is now open via our website, where you can also get more information on our scheduled events and speakers.

We will be featuring career and real world-centered workshops by some of today’s leaders in Asian America, who were in similar shoes as yourself in the not-so-distant past. Also, all participants will be placed into breakout groups with peers from different universities. Everyone is encouraged to bring something that you’re currently working on in order to give/receive constructive feedback from new sets of eyes. This will be a great opportunity to network! If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please contact Dean at