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Assistant Professor of Asian Diaspora and Asian American Literature

University of California, Merced
California, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 7, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Literatures and Languages Department at UC Merced is seeking a faculty member at the Assistant (tenure-track) level in Asian Diasporic and Asian American Literature. Candidates working in all areas of literature that engage with the Asian Diaspora, broadly defined, are encouraged to apply, but we are particularly interested in applicants who work on poetry, drama, environmental literature and eco-criticism, and/or female writers and feminist theory. Applicants whose research and teaching engages multiple languages, in addition to English, would be ideal. This is a unique opportunity for an individual to join the faculty at the newest University of California campus and to engage in long-term program building. We seek outstanding scholars who will establish and maintain creative research programs; participate actively in the development of innovative interdisciplinary programs and research; and, teach effectively in the Interdisciplinary Humanities graduate program and English literature undergraduate program, as well as the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies undergraduate program. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in literature, English, or a closely related field by the position start date and a strong record of publication.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020.

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than October 4, 2019 in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) a writing sample that is either a journal article or book chapter; 6) a contributions to diversity statement; and, 7) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates.  For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than October 18, 2019.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff.

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Humberto Garcia

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

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