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Modern Chinese Popular Culture (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Modern Chinese Popular Culture. Preference will be given to candidates with research and teaching expertise in contemporary visual and digital media culture, cinema, literature, and/or music, as well as a geographic purview that includes mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the broader Sinophone world. Applicants are expected to have native or near native proficiency in both Chinese and English.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence or strong potential in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching and to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service. Information about the Department can be found on its website, www.asia.ubc.ca.

The application dossier should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample (maximum 30 pages), two sample course syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent separately. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 5, 2018. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2019.  All application materials should be submitted online at http://asia.ubc.ca/careers.

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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

 This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Premodern Sinitic Poetry (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Premodern Sinitic Poetry. Applicants with expertise in the history and practice of Sinitic Poetry anywhere in the sinographic sphere are welcome to apply. Applicants are expected to have native or near native proficiency in English and in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach courses in: the history of premodern Chinese literature, especially poetry; premodern Chinese literature in translation; and Classical Chinese with English as the language of instruction. The ability to teach courses on other parts of the sinographic sphere would be an asset.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching and to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service. Information about the Department can be found on its website, www.asia.ubc.ca.

The application dossier should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample (maximum 30 pages), two sample course syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent separately. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 5, 2018. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2019. All application materials should be submitted online at http://asia.ubc.ca/careers.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be 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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Modern Japanese Popular Culture (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Modern Japanese Popular Culture. Expertise in visual narrative culture (manga, anime, games, film) and a relevant discipline such as media studies, critical theory, or cultural studies preferred. Applicants should demonstrate a strong engagement with popular culture theory, and are expected to have native or near native proficiency in both Japanese and English.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence or strong potential in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching and to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service. Information about the Department can be found on its website, www.asia.ubc.ca.

The application dossier should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample (maximum 30 pages), two sample course syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent separately. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 5, 2018. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2019.  All application materials should be submitted online at http://asia.ubc.ca/careers.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be 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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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Message from the Dean – 2018

Dr. Gage Averill. Photo: Cherihan Hassun

I want to extend a hearty welcome back to the faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Arts, UBC’s largest and most diverse Faculty, and a leader in Canadian Arts education.

We are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program, which opened recently with a visit by Simu Liu of the popular Canadian television show, Kim’s Convenience.  The ACAM program was initiated as part of the University’s tribute to 76 Japanese Canadian students who were removed from UBC in 1942 at the start of Second World War (UBC granted honorary degrees to the 76 students). Their story is a sober reminder that UBC is far from immune from histories of racism.  Students in the program have been especially involved in community-based programming, and demonstrate UBC’s commitments to its extended community.

ACAM is one of many innovative new programs in the Faculty in recent years, alongside the dual degree with Sciences Po in France, the Bachelor of Media Studies, the Bachelor of International Economics, the Masters of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and the new Masters of Data Science stream in Computational Linguistics. Our efforts in pioneering innovative and interdisciplinary programs to meet changing needs in education is matched by continued investments in our traditional programs, departments and schools.

2018-19 is also the year in which UBC begins to implement its new strategic plan, “Shaping UBC’s Next Century”.  While there are many strategies and core areas and other means of capturing our goals to be found in the plan, I would refer you in particular to the three themes of inclusion, collaboration, and innovation which, in the words of the plan, “represent key opportunities for transformational change in how we work.” Arts’ own strategic plan will, in 2018-19, be revised to resonate closely with “Shaping UBC’s Next Century”, but I encourage everyone in the Faculty of Arts to imagine how their research, teaching/learning, and community engagement can be shaped and transformed in accordance with the Strategic Plan.

From May 31 until June 7, more than 10,000 scholars and students from all over Canada will converge on our campus as UBC hosts Congress 2019, the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Organized around the theme of “Circles of Conversation”, Congress 2019 will “emphasize the deep, two-way relationships between the university and the communities it serves: local, provincial, national and global. Particular attention will be focused on productive scholarly relations with Indigenous communities.” I should also note the particular attention to teaching, to careers, and to the creative and performing arts through the Big Thinking lecture series, which will showcase an all-artist lineup, with speakers from literature, the visual arts and the performing arts.  Please visit the Congress 2019 website for more information on the gathering.

I’d like to extend a special welcome to the new staff, the new members of the professoriate, and to the over 4,000 new students, who will surely play a part in making this world a better place in the decades to come.

With best wishes for the new academic year!

Gage Averill, Dean of the Faculty of Arts

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program. They provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through the Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

Deadline: December 15, 2018
Contact: partnershipengagegrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

SSHRC Partnership Development Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight and/or the Connection program. They provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

  • develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

Deadline: November 15, 2018
Contact: partnershipdevelopment@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

CIHR Other: Indigenous Gender and Wellness: Idea Fair and Learning Circle

The overall goal of the Indigenous Gender and Wellness: Idea Fair and Learning Circle funding opportunity (Travel Awards) is to support Indigenous presence and participation in an Idea Fair and Learning Circle regarding Indigenous Gender and Wellness. The event will create a space for Indigenous Peoples to meet, share their ideas and goals about Indigenous gender and wellness, and to work with other participants who can help transform their ideas into fundable projects.

Deadline: November 8, 2018
Contact: support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca