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Endowed Chair in Taiwan Cultural Studies for the East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department

Position overview

Position title: Associate Professor or Professor in Taiwan Studies
Salary range: Salary is based on UC salary scales and depends on qualifications.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window

Open date: October 14, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Barbara invites applications from scholars engaged in Taiwan Studies at the Associate Professor and Professor ranks for the Lai Ho and Wu Cho-liu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Cultural Studies. The successful candidate will also administer the Center for Taiwan Studies, housed in the Department. We especially welcome interdisciplinary scholarship on Taiwan literature that locates Taiwanese culture and society in a larger transcultural, transhistorical, comparative, or global context. Alongside literary studies, other specializations may strengthen the application, such as: cultural studies; gender and sexuality studies; race, ethnic, and indigenous studies; colonial and postcolonial histories; film and media studies; environmental humanities; cultural approaches to political economy; and Sinophone studies. Engagement with theories derived from East Asian and Sinophone Studies, as well as Critical Race, Queer, Feminist, and Postcolonial theories are also attractive. The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong publication record, effective teaching, leadership qualities, and an ability to administer the Center for Taiwan Studies. The duties include organizing academic lectures, film screenings, cultural events, international conferences, and student fellowship competitions. The ideal candidate would be able to connect Taiwan Studies at UC Santa Barbara with other academic institutions around the globe, and also facilitate outreach to the greater Santa Barbara community.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, professional activities, and service.

This hire is supported by The Lai Ho and Wu Cho-liu Endowment Fund for Taiwan Studies.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in a humanistic discipline, or a related field, at time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Has been previously appointed to an Associate or Full Professor position in literature or a related field.

• Excellent competency in English and Mandarin Chinese languages.

Preferred qualifications

• Preference for candidates that have the ability to administer and lead the Center for Taiwan Studies by:
1) Organizing: academic lectures, international conferences, cultural events, and student grant competitions
2) Connecting with academic units across campus and the globe to promote the Center and Taiwan Studies

• Preference for candidates who have experience teaching courses that are innovative and have an ability to interest diverse populations of undergraduate and graduate students.

• Evidence of past and future research and publication productivity.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please include:

    Information on Past and Future Research & Publications
    Statement of Teaching Experience
    Experiences in Academic Administration and Leadership
    Maximum 4 pages

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Statement on How the Candidate Would Administer and Manage the Center for Taiwan Studies - Looking for:

    Activities the candidate would organize
    Types of outreach efforts the candidate anticipates making toward other academic units on campus as well as internationally to promote the center.
    Maximum 2 pages

  • Two Writing Samples - Please provide two writing samples in one PDF document.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Please arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation submitted via UC Recruit.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA