Assistant Professor - Southeast Asian Literature and Culture

Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 13, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Washington, Seattle, invites applications for an Assistant Professor with a teaching and research emphasis on modern Southeast Asian literature and culture, beginning Autumn 2021. The scholar will conduct research in one or more languages of Southeast Asia, with a focus on modern literature, or visual or popular cultures with a strong textual component. The University of Washington teaches Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog/Filipino, Vietnamese, and Thai. The candidate will join a vibrant campus community of students and scholars of Southeast Asia. In addition, Seattle and Washington state are home to large Southeast Asian immigrant and heritage communities. The candidate will have demonstrated experience with, or commitment to, engaging with these diverse groups. The successful applicant will build connections within the department and across campus, and attract students to our vital and growing Southeast Asia program and community. The applicant will direct the Southeast Asia program within the department, and work collaboratively with relevant groups in the department, university, and community.

This is a tenure-track, full-time appointment (9-month service period), with a 5-course teaching load. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent by the start of the appointment, with a specialization in Southeast Asian language, literature, history, or culture, in one of the following fields: Art History, Area Studies, Cinema/Media Studies, Communications, Comparative Literature, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion, Sociocultural Anthropology, or Visual studies.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit:

  • a cover letter that addresses research, teaching, evidence of collaboration, and leadership experience
  • curriculum vitae, including names and contact information for 3 recommenders
  • an article- or chapter-length writing sample
  • 1-2-page statement of research interests
  • 1-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • 1 sample syllabus
  • 1-2-page diversity statement


If you have questions about the position, the status of the opening, or disability accommodations, please contact Professor Jennifer Dubrow at Priority will be given to applications received by the deadline of December 16, 2020. Applications should be submitted electronically to


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (