Associate Professor and Republic of China Chair, Modern Chinese History and International Relations  

July 19, 2023

The Department of History, University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor in modern Chinese history and international relations to hold the Republic of China Chair. The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in the Department of History and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented groups in academia; to engage the needs of diverse student populations; and to diversify what and how we know about the past and how it applies to our understanding of the present. Expected start date is July 1, 2024.

Applicants should show interest and a track record in historical research on modern Chinese history (broadly conceived, which could also include the history of Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Chinese in Southeast Asia) and in research, writing and/or consulting on contemporary policy issues and international relations. Candidates should have excellent Chinese-language reading skills and the ability to engage Sinophone scholarship.

Applicants should have:

  • A PhD in History or related field and teaching experience at the tertiary level.
  • A publishing track record of exceptional quality and originality that complements or diversifies research strengths in the Department of History and policy expertise in SPPGA;
  • Experience teaching, mentoring, and addressing the learning needs of a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population;
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with diverse scholarly and/or non-scholarly communities at UBC and beyond.

Applicants should apply only through the History Department’s Internal Resources website at   Applicants should upload (in the following order, collated into a single pdf file):

  • a cover letter or letter of application (including their fit for this constellation of history, IR, and public policy);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as sample syllabi, student or peer evaluations of teaching, etc.);
  • a 300-500 word statement identifying the applicant’s experience relevant to working with a diverse student body, and contributions, or potential contributions, to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion within the university and beyond;
  • up to three article-length samples of scholarship (including published articles, unpublished papers, or book chapters).

Applicants should also provide names and contact information for three scholars willing to provide a letter of reference; we will request letters directly for candidates who advance in the search process.

Review of applications will begin on 15 October 2023, and will continue until the position has been filled.  Applicants with questions about the position are welcome to contact the search chair, Dr. Timothy Cheek, at  This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.