Premodern Chinese Literature (Assistant Professor)

The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Premodern Chinese Literature. Field of expertise is open, but applications from specialists in narrative fiction or drama/theatre from the middle period to late imperial period are particularly welcome. Applicants are expected to have native or near native proficiency in both Chinese and English.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2018. 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,


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


The application dossier should include: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; a 1-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, and ability to work with a culturally diverse student body; one writing sample (maximum 30 pages); two sample course syllabi; and evidence of teaching effectiveness. In addition, applicants must arrange to have three confidential, signed letters of recommendation sent separately by the same deadline to the email address below. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 21, 2017. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2018.


All application materials should be submitted electronically by November 21, 2017 to with “Premodern Chinese Lit” in the subject line.


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 persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.