The Department of Transnational Asian Studies at Rice University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the study of Southeast Asia, with a preferred sub-field in Asian-American/Diasporic Studies, Medical Humanities, Environmental Studies, Science and Technology, or the study of Gender and Sexuality. The department priority is to bring in a scholar whose research explores Southeast Asian societies in a variety of contexts, including the different geographies of Southeast Asia (inland, coastal, and maritime) and/or the transnational reach and impact of the people and cultures of that region.
The Department of Transnational Asian Studies is housed in the School of the Humanities and employs the full range of methods of cross-disciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Our department is unique in its focus on transnational, transhistorical, and global movements of peoples, ideas, practices, and cultures of Asia, including that of the diaspora. Rather than viewing Asia as a collection of bordered nation-states, we re-imagine it as a series of regional and global transformations, influences, migrations, trade, and political formations. The Department of Transnational Asian Studies works in close collaboration with the Chao Center for Asian Studies, which functions as the premier research hub for Asia-affiliated Rice faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows.
Successful applicants must have a demonstrated track record of and commitment to effective and inclusive teaching. The appointment begins on July 1, 2024. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand before the start of the appointment in a discipline of the Humanities or related interdisciplinary field, such as Asian and Asian-American Studies, Philosophy, Religion, History, Literature, Film and Media, Science and Technology, or Sexuality and Gender. Rice University and the Department of Transnational Asian Studies seek candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to the development of a campus that supports equality and diversity.
In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful candidate will teach four courses (2/2) in a normal academic year. Applicants must be committed to superior undergraduate teaching but opportunities for advising and teaching Ph.D. students in other humanities disciplines exist.
Please submit your application by November 15, 2023. Application materials must include a letter of application, CV, teaching statement, diversity statement, three letters of recommendation, and two writing samples of approximately twenty pages each. Finalists will also be asked for teaching evaluations (if available).
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