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Assistant Professor of Chinese

Centre College
Kentucky, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 2, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Centre College invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor of Chinese, to begin August, 2020.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment or have a scheduled dissertation defense date and be qualified to teach all levels of Mandarin language courses. Native or near-native fluency in Mandarin and English is required. Candidates with expertise in linguistics are especially encouraged to apply, but candidates who base their scholarship in literature, film, or other aspects of culture will also be considered.  The successful candidate must be committed to excellent teaching, and evidence of scholarly productivity and broader service is desirable. 

Currently celebrating its 200th anniversary, Centre College is a highly selective, nationally-ranked liberal arts and sciences college of 1,450 students with an exceptional faculty of teacher-scholars.  Centre’s robust academic programs span the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and Centre hosts one of the nation’s premier study abroad programs, a world-class performing arts center, and competitive Division III athletics.  Classes are small and academic standards are high, and Centre graduates enjoy extraordinary success in top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships, and rewarding careers.  The Centre Commitment guarantees that all students can study abroad, have an internship or research opportunity, and graduate in four years.

Centre is in Danville, Kentucky, a town of 18,000, recognized for its high quality of life, friendly people, beautiful landscapes, and easy access to outdoor adventure, Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati.  For more information about Centre College, visit our website at

This position bears responsibility for all aspects of the Chinese program. The successful candidate may also offer courses in other areas according to the candidate’s abilities and interests. Examples include first-year seminars, linguistics, Asian Studies, and film. In addition to Chinese, Centre’s robust language programs provide instruction in German, Japanese, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Classical languages.

Centre College is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity.  As noted in the Statement of Community, Centre strives to create an environment where differences are celebrated, governance is shared, ideas are freely and respectfully exchanged, and all members of the community benefit from the richness of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who further diversify our faculty, who celebrate the rich diversity of our student body, and who utilize inclusive and engaging pedagogical practices. 

To apply, please go to A completed application will include: 1) a cover letter that describes your interest in, and qualifications for, this particular position, 2) your curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of your teaching philosophy, experience, and effectiveness, 4) a diversity statement addressing your approach and commitment to inclusive excellence in the classroom and across our campus community, and 5) three confidential letters of reference from individuals able to share insight into your professional expertise and future potential.  Consideration of applications will begin on November 1, 2019.

Centre College is a proud member of the Greater Kentucky Higher Education Recruitment Consortium: The Greater Kentucky HERC is a non-profit organization composed of a diverse group of colleges, universities, hospitals, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and members of private industry committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse, talented workforce. Member representatives include faculty, staff, human resources professionals, institutional leaders, and faculty relations experts. Centre College is an equal opportunity employer.

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