Academic Jobs Wiki

Wiki page for Academic Jobs in Asian & Asian American Studies advertised during the 2020-2021 hiring season.

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Please add jobs in the following format and order them alphabetically by institution.

  1. Example University (State/Province, Country). Position Title. Specializations. Deadline. TT/NT. FT/PT. Link to Job ad(s). Updates: 

TT/NT: Tenure-track or Non-tenure track.

FT/PT: Full-Time or Part-Time

For the sake of user-friendliness, please do not add more detailed content of the job ad on this page. (This is a departure from previous years, when these pages tended to become difficult to navigate. The new guidelines are modeled on more user-friendly Academic Wiki pages serving other disciplines.)

Add updates to the end of each entry as they come in: Additional materials requested, video interview scheduled, campus visit scheduled, offer extended, offer accepted, rejection received.

Please post "Have you heard?" questions above, under Word on the Street.

Please contribute to transparency in the academy by adding yourself and your advisors to the Academic Tree project.

See also Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2020-2021 .

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Jobs with 2020 Application Deadlines[]

Amherst College (Amherst, MA, USA). Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, and Asian American History (Tenure-Track). Deadline: October 15, 2020.


Applied: 1X

(12/8) : Anyone heard anything back?

(12/10): Request for additional materials sent on Nov. 2.

(12/21): Invited to first round interview, and finalist interview scheduled for January

(02/21): Has an offer been made on this one?

(02/22): I heard that an offer would be made by mid-February.

(2/28): I heard that an offer has been made and accepted by the applicant.

Duke University (Durham, NC, USA). Cluster Hire in Asian American Studies (2 hires, Tenure-Track, Open Rank). Deadline: October 26, 2020.


Applied: 6X

(12/8): Anyone heard anything back? -- Not officially, but as of 11/30 a friend of a friend in AAS program said the departments hadn't forwarded their top candidates to the AAS search committee yet (12/8)

12/16: Thanks for the update. Any other word?

1/8: Departments have interviewed their top candidates and they have been sent back to AAS search committees. Candidates should know more mid-January.

1/12: Rejection letter from committee chair X4

1/25: Has anyone who received a first round interview heard anything?

Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY, USA). Assistant Professor in Asian Studies/American Studies (Tenure-Track). Deadline: November 15th, 2020.


Applied: 6X

(12/8): Anyone heard anything back?

(12/29): Anyone heard back? (1/25) Absolutely nothing.

(1/25) The job ad reposted on Chronicle.

(1/26): I reached out to search contact listed on the posting on 1/8 and he said that there was an unusually large number of applicants etc etc and that’s they planned to have semi-finalists contacted by dept admin mid-week the following week. Not sure if that ended up happening.

(1/26) Thank you for sharing this!

(2/1) Inside source notes interviews were scheduled in mid-Jan.

(3/11) Rejection email received.

University of Portland (USA:OR). Associate Professor/Professor for Development of Ethnic Studies (Tenure-Track). Deadline: 15 November 2020. Job ad on Chronicle Jobs Updates: 

California State University, Fresno (CA, USA). Assistant Professor of Asian History, 1600- present (Tenure-Track). Deadline: November 15, 2020.


Applied: 1X

(12/8): Anyone heard anything yet?

(2/1): Asian history page lists interviews were scheduled.

Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA). Assistant Professor of Asian-American, Pacific Rim and Transnational Asian Literature and Culture (Tenure-Track). Deadline: November 30, 2020.


Applied: 3X

11/23: Request for supplemental materials...but it sounds like everyone who applied got this request? Almost like they decided to change the application requirements at the last minute?

12/9: To the posting above, how long after you submitted your initial materials did you get the supplemental materials request? I think that means you got to a second round. I received a request immediately after submitting my initial materials (since I was now on the list of applicants) on 11/30 and emailed the department to check; they said this was only for "some candidates" since they started reviewing on a rolling basis. All the best!

12/10: Request for zoom interviews sent out on 12/09.

(12/10): the ad states that interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis; to the post above, when did you submit your application materials?

1/5: Wonder what "a rolling basis" really means here. They no longer receive applications after the deadlines and they had their first screening and interview. Could there be another interview and if so why spread that way? Many people sent their applications and requested materials by 11/30. I am not sure it really depends on when they submitted it.

1/25 - Job talk scheduled.

Cal State Stanislaus (CA) Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies). Deadline: December 14, 2020.


Applied: 3X

(2/17): any updates?

(2/24): no updates. Anyone?

2/26: Finalists were selected for campus visit in January/February.

Rice University (Houston, TX, USA). Assistant/ Associate Professor of Transnational Asian Studies (2 hires, Tenure-Track). Deadline: December 1, 2020.


Applied: 6X

(12/16): any updates?

(1/17): anyone hear anything back? --> (1/25) crickets! 3X

(1/26) reached out to the search contact on the listing on 1/8 and she responded fairly quickly saying that it would still be several more weeks before they finalized the short list because of the large number of candidates etc etc.

(1/31) @_@

(2/1) Asian history page lists interviews have been scheduled --> link?

(2/4) Anyone actually heard back yet? X2

University of California, Santa Barbara (California, USA). Assistant Professor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature (Tenure-Track). Deadline: December 10, 2020.


Applied: 3X

1/31: Anyone hear about this position yet?

2/1: Interviews were scheduled and completed last week.

4/12 Offer made

University of Connecticut- Assistant Professor, Catalyzing Anti-Racist and Decolonial Futures cluster hire. Positions in English; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy; Political Science. TT. Deadline: December 15, 2020.


3/3: Campus visits for all 4 visits held between 2/8 and 2/19. Has anyone heard any updates after campus visits?

Williams College (Williamstown, MA, USA). One-Year Visiting Lecturer Position in Japanese. Deadline: March 1, 2021. (NT, FT)



Jobs with 2021 Application Deadlines[]

California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo (CA, USA) Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies. Deadline: March 1, 2021

Applied: 2X

3/11: Request for interview 2X

California State University, Fullerton (CA, USA) Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies. Deadline: January 11, 2021.


Applied: 1X

2/10: Anyone heard anything back?

2/15: Teaching evaluations requested - will select semi-finalists in the next two weeks. Had 70+ apps.

3/2: Have you heard back since the evals were requested?

3/2: Semi-finalists selected and contacted; brief semi-finalist Zoom interviews will be scheduled for first 2 weeks of March.

3/13: Received an email confirming receipt of teaching evaluations. Anyone else receive this email? Confused about the timing of this since semi-finalists interviews seem to already have been scheduled?

3/14: Yes, I received a similar email. A little confused about the timing as well. Maybe they're going back to the pool?

3/15: Fingers crossed! Hopefully we hear something soon.

4/13: They just posted the job ad on the chronicle of higher ed again. This is so confusing. Are they starting another round of review for the same position??

California State University, Long Beach (CA, USA) Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies. Deadline: March 15, 2021.

Applied: 3X

4/5 - anything? nothing (4/7)

4/16 - heard through a friend that they've invited folks for interviews

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. At this point of an academic year, we really need timely updates in order to plan for the next year. Much appreciated!

Harvard University (USA: MA), Lecturer in History & Literature (NTT/FT). Deadline: 7 January 2021.

Note from search committee: We're scheduling rolling interviews and will schedule others as positions become available.

Lafayette College (USA: PA). Assistant Professor of International Affairs (Tenure-Track; note: focus on transnational migration, post-colonialism, diaspora studies, etc.). Deadline: 17 February 2021. Job Ad on Interfolio.

Applied x1

Moravian College (USA: PA). Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Asian Cultural Studies, disciplinary degree with research focused on Asia Deadline: 15 March 2021 NT. FT.

Northwestern University (USA: IL). Assistant Professor of Instruction, Asian American Studies Program. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

(4/5): Any updates?

University of Illinois-Chicago (USA:IL). Global Asian Studies: Bridge to Faculty. Deadline: Jan 5, 2021. Postdoc-into TT.

Applied x1

(1/22) Letters were requested

(2/24) Any updates?

(3/6) Job talks were scheduled and completed.

Stanford University (USA:CA). Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research (NT/FT). Deadline: 7 January 2021.

Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA). Assistant/Associate Professor of Digital Humanities with specialization in Ethnic Studies in the Department of Humanities and Politics. Deadline: Open until filled. NTT. FT.

Sacramento State (USA:CA). Ethnic Studies Asian Am. Deadline: March 1, 2021. TT.

Applied x5

3/14 - Any update?

4/5 - anything? feels like a long time

Word on the Street[]