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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Drama and English Literary Studies

The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Posted date
Jul 10, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. There are over 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Drama and English Literary Studies in the School of English (Ref.: 201700862)

Applications are invited for tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Drama and English Literary Studies in the School of English of the Faculty of Arts, to commence on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

The School’s unique profile in literary and cultural studies supports strong cross-cultural and specifically boundary-crossing research and teaching in literature, writing, and performance. Innovative studies, conferences, classes, and workshops – centred in the Black Box, the Creative Writing Studio, and explorations of the Transdisciplinary University – recently include the following inquiries of national, institutional, and cultural spaces: Oceanic Archives and Transnational American Studies (2012), Elegance and Messiness in the Age of Risk: Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region (2013), Voices Through Hong Kong, featuring Emerging Hong Kong Writing and New Arts of Literary Translation (2014), Siting Postcoloniality Colloquium and Workshop (2015), and Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos (2016).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Drama, Literary, or Performance Studies, or related field, with an active research record and relevant teaching experience, and be prepared to teach and supervise at the B.A., M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. levels. Candidates with an M.F.A. in theatre, directing, or playwriting, in addition to the Ph.D. in drama, are preferred.  We are looking especially for candidates whose scholarship in Drama and Literary Studies, Performance Studies or related fields may focus on Hong Kong, Chinese and Asian contexts and history. The ideal candidate should have an individual record in modern and contemporary perspectives that transforms boundaries of dramatic criticism and studio performance of place, space, and culture. Multi-dimensional research and performative interests may include: historiographic theatre, decolonisation (stage and theory), and global efforts toward new collective futures. We strongly welcome candidates from interdisciplinary approaches, and are open especially to those interested in contributing in local and multilingual contexts to the HKU Black Box Studio and the M.F.A. at HKU.

For more information about the School’s academic programmes and research areas, applicants are encouraged to visit the School’s web pages at Please note that the School is not involved in ESL teaching.  Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement (Ref.: 201601016) need not re-apply.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should send a completed application form, together with a cover letter, an up-to-date C.V., one writing sample (a dissertation chapter or published article), and one example of creative/ performance practice to  Please also arrange to have your three referees send their letters of recommendation directly to by the deadline, but only after you have submitted your application.  Application forms (341/1111) can be obtained at Further particulars can be obtained at Closes September 15, 2017.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

The University is committed to diversity and inclusivity. To promote gender diversity and professional advancement of women, the Faculty of Arts expressly encourages qualified women to apply

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