Chinese Language and Asian Studies - Tenure Track - 2014-15
The Department of Asian Studies at St. Olaf College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Chinese Language and Asian Studies, beginning fall 2014. Appointment is expected at the assistant professor rank, and salary is competitive.
Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field by August 15, 2014. Native or near-native competence in Chinese and English, demonstrated strong teaching skills and scholarly promise are required. Use of technology in classroom teaching and familiarity with current language pedagogy are expected. Specialization in Chinese language and Asian Studies (including literature, second language acquisition or interdisciplinary approaches such as film studies and cultural studies) is required. Teaching responsibilities include all levels of Chinese language and at least one course in English that contributes to our Asian Studies major and the China Studies concentration. We seek someone who is eager to work with a growing Chinese language program at St. Olaf College.
In addition to serving as an excellent language teacher at all levels of Chinese, the ideal candidate is someone who is interested in regional and transnational approaches to Asian Studies, who can work collaboratively on projects with faculty in other languages and other disciplines, and who is prepared to teach one or two courses each year in English on topics of interest to our students. We seek someone who is willing to work to advance departmental projects on integrating language study and disciplinary/interdisciplinary study. The successful candidate for this position will be called upon to advise students on international study programs, internships and student research projects. A full-time teaching load is six courses per academic year on a 4-1-4 calendar.
St. Olaf College is an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts college related to the Lutheran Church (ELCA). It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, 35 miles south of Minneapolis/St. Paul, a vibrant and culturally rich metropolitan area. It is home to 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The Asian Studies Department has faculty in Chinese language and Japanese language, as well as faculty with partial teaching appointments in Asian Studies from History, Religion, the Libraries, Art History, and Political Science. Faculty in other departments also have teaching and research interests in Asia.
All applicants must submit application materials on the St Olaf College Human Resources website at: https://jobs.stolaf.edu. The initial application should include:
- a cover letter outlining your qualifications,
- a current curriculum vitae,
- a short statement (1 – 2 pages) describing your teaching philosophy and research interests,
- an example of in-class teaching: a 10-minute video file to be linked in your application file (please upload as a URL; for assistance with creating and posting video files, please click here),
- unofficial graduate transcripts,
- the names and email contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching. (Please note the on-line system will provide a prompt for you to provide the contact information of your references. The college will solicit letters only for short-listed candidates later in the process.)
Application review will begin on October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to:
Chair of the Chinese Language Search Committee
Department of Asian Studies
St. Olaf College
1520 St Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057-1098
General information about St Olaf College and the Asian Studies Department can be found at http://www.stolaf.edu/depts/asian-studies/and http://wp.stolaf.edu/.
A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our community through their work and service.
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