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Assistant Professor

University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 31, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) and the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications for a tenure-track position in Korean History at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 16, 2024. We welcome applications from scholars whose research explores any topic or period within Korean history, but priority will be given to applicants whose research and teaching interests show a deep engagement with Korea’s late-Joseon, colonial, and/or postcolonial periods. All thematic emphases are welcome, including environmental history, colonialism, post-colonialism, nationalism, transnational studies, religion, labor, migration, diaspora, and gender and sexuality.


The successful candidate will be jointly appointed by the Department of EALC and the Department of History, with EALC being the home department. Candidates are expected to have an active research agenda and to teach a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates must have a completed PhD in history or related fields and evidence of excellence in research and teaching effectiveness.  Salary is commensurate with experience. 


The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globe. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.


We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff ( To find out more about the resources available at the university and Urbana-Champaign community please visit these sites:

Dual Career Program


Living in Champaign-Urbana


To apply, create your candidate profile through, directly apply to our position and submit application materials by October 6, 2023. Applicants must submit: (i) a letter of application (i.e., cover letter); ii) curriculum vitae; and iii) a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants are also required to include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experiences should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ to Inclusive Excellence and the success of all students. We ask that all documents be uploaded in a single .pdf file as an upload in the “Resume/CV” section.


Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. Letters of reference will be requested after the initial screening. Additional materials may be solicited later from candidates advancing in the process. To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by posted closing date of October 6, 2023.


Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Kai-wing Chow at   For questions regarding the application process, please contact IHR at or 217-333-2137.


The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicant.

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