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T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies

Rice University
Texas, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 27, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Other Humanities
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position: Endowed associate or full professorship with tenure in the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Appointment begins July 1, 2018. The online application deadline is October 2, 2017; applications received after this deadline may be considered if circumstances warrant.


Responsibilities: (1) Participate as an integral and active member of the Chao Center (see our website at in teaching, research, journal publication, mentoring, and various collaborative activities; (2) provide intellectual leadership in the Center’s Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI); (3) play an instrumental role in the anticipated MA program; and (4) serve as the Chao Center Director at some point after the initial appointment.


Qualifications: Ph.D. in a social sciences or humanities discipline including, but not limited to, anthropology, Asian studies, cinema studies, history, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology with a specialization in one or more areas of East Asia, South Asia, or Southeast Asia; and a demonstrated expertise in transnational circulations (e.g., the movement of peoples, products, ideas, values, beliefs, images, technologies, etc. within and/or beyond Asia). Proficiency in one or more vernacular Asian language(s) is expected. We seek a person with an excellent record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service that would justify a chaired associate/full professorship with tenure.


Application: The deadline to submit applications is Monday, October 2, 2017. The following documents are required:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three to five references – Letters of recommendation will be requested only for short-listed candidates.

Applications are accepted only through Rice University’s electronic system, and complete instructions are available at



Specific questions may be sent to the chair of the search, Sonia Ryang, T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies and the Director, the Chao Center for Asian Studies at


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