Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Chinese as a Second Language (Location: Kunshan, Jiangsu, China)

Duke Kunshan University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Chinese language (Assistant or Associate Professor) in its Language and Culture Center. DKU offers an innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary liberal arts undergraduate program leading to both Duke and DKU degrees, and the Language and Culture Center provides Chinese language courses at all levels to international students in this program. The successful candidate for this position may teach Chinese language courses at any level, but one component of this position will involve teaching upper level Chinese courses that have both content and language skill components.

The position starts in July 2021. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. Chinese, applied linguistics, East Asian languages and cultures), and language teaching experience. In addition to mastery of spoken and written Chinese, candidates must also have strong English skills. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach courses in traditional or modern Chinese culture (especially as related to the Jiangnan region) and/or intercultural communication. Ability to speak and coach learners of other languages (e.g. Japanese, Korean, Spanish) or other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Shanghainese, Suzhounese, Cantonese) is also an asset. Candidates should show promise of being able to produce the level and quality of research publication necessary for success in tenure review.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a teaching/research statement, and also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted. All materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16994. The search committee also invites letters of nomination for potential candidates. Questions about the positions and nominations and may be sent to lcc-search@dukekunshan.edu.cn using “Language and Culture Search” as the subject line. Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2020; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

DKU is a partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China (https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/). Our campus provides an elite, interdisciplinary liberal arts experience to a student body that will number 2000. The DKU model draws on the best of Duke’s educational experience and resources to reimagine undergraduate instruction in an intimate campus setting. A highly selective institution with an acceptance rate of <8%, the current student body represents over 50 countries. Students receive a DKU and a Duke degree. The current faculty to student ratio is 7:1. The DKU campus is 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan, and is connected to Shanghai via an 18-minute high-speed train. DKU provides competitive compensation, benefits and start-up packages. As an international intellectual community that encourages diversity, openness and creative learning, DKU welcomes outstanding faculty from around the world who contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to a global learning and research environment. DKU particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and minorities.