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  • Lecturer: 1
  • TT looking: 14
  • Tenured, and still searching: 7
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  • China: 12
  • East Asia: 3
  • Japan: 9
  • Korea:7
  • South Asia: 7
  • Southeast Asia: 3

Asia - Mixed / Multiple / Open Specialization[]

Augustana College, Rock Island (USA: IL) - pref. East Asia & World History[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Asian History, to begin in the 2015-16 academic year
  • PhD must be in-hand by start date
  • Teaching Load: 7 courses/year (with 1 course reduction for first year)
  • Primary teaching responsibilities include introductory and upper-level history courses in the area of the candidate’s expertise, and the ability to develop interdisciplinary courses for Augustana’s innovative first-year liberal studies program.  
  • Geographic area of expertise is flexible, but candidates with the ability to teach East Asian and World History will be preferred.
  • The position would also anchor the Asian Studies program, which currently offers both a major and minor; candidates can anticipate coordinating study abroad programs, leading Augustana students on study abroad terms in Asia, and working closely with the interdisciplinary Asian Studies program. Accordingly, applicants must be fluent in at least one Asian language and able to negotiate with academics and officials abroad
  • To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a copy of graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, sample syllabi, sample of scholarly writing, and three letters of recommendation to: Search #105-15 Asian History,  C/O Pareena Lawrence, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 – 38th Street, Rock Island, IL  61201 or submit materials via email to .
  • Review begins: 15 Oct. 2014 and continues until position filled
  • Intend to interview at AHA
  • request for AHA interview
  • Any news? (x2)
  • rejection email
  • Is it a rejection after AHA? (1/23)
  • Rumor that offer was declined (Feb).

California Institute of Technology[]

  • Tenure-track position in Asian History at the assistant professor level, beginning fall 2015. 
  • Appropriate specialties include (but are not limited to) Chinese History, Japanese History, and South Asian History, in any period.  We are seeking highly qualified candidates who are committed to a career in research and teaching. The term of initial appointment is normally four years, and is contingent upon completion of the Ph.D.
  • Interested candidates should apply electronically: click here to submit an electronic application. Candidates unable to apply electronically may send a letter of application describing their current research, a vita, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (maximum 25 pages) to: Chair, Asian History Search, HSS 101-40 Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125.
  • Deadline date for applications is November 15, 2014, but consideration of applications will begin upon receipt.
  • ​Any news?
  • I'm also wondering the same thing -- this wasn't a posting that was advertised on H-Asia or any of the usual places; Caltech did a really poor job of publicizing this search...
  • I'm pretty sure it was on H-Net, though it doesn't seem to be there now. In any case, that's the only place I normally look and I found it. I've been asked for further materials.
    • I'll be more than glad to be corrected, but I 1) don't remember it being posted on H-Net, 2) the ad doesn't seem to exist anywhere (H-Net, AHA and CHE where I've checked) and 3) I got to know this job ab simply because of a email forwarded to me by one of my profs. My bet is that they deliberately did not publicize this on purpose. Of course, who knows (or will ever know?)... That said, I've also been asked for further materials 12/1 with a note of "We would like to receive this additional material by December 4 at the latest." 
    • x2 re: being asked for additional writing samples by Dec. 4th at the latest, and re: the job being very narrowly publicized (I think I found it one or two days before the deadline and can't even remember where).
  • Any news?
  • Interview request (12/16) (x2)
  • Two candidates were invited to campus for interviews in January (1 postdoc and 1 asst. prof.) (3/15)

Columbia University (USA: NY) - History of the US in East Asia [Open Rank][]

  • Tenure track assistant professor through full professor for the Borg Professorship in the History of the US in East Asia
  • Defined broadly as international history involving the United States in East Asia, the field includes the history of US-East Asian relations, comparative history, and other transnational approaches to American and East Asian history. The position requires that its occupant engage in archival research in both U.S. and Asian materials and be fluent in an East or Southeast Asian language. A senior appointment will occupy the Dorothy Borg Professorship in the History of the United States and East Asia. Junior candidates may become candidates for the chair at some later date. Because this position is intended to cross conventional national borders of historical specialization, we hope to attract candidates whose scholarship ventures beyond the binational relations between the United States and an Asian country. Scholars working in comparative and transnational history are particularly welcome to apply, as are those specializing in the broader history of American-East Asian and American-Southeast Asian relations.
  • Inquiries about the position should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Charles Armstrong, at For questions about the application process, please contact Najila Naderi at All applications must be made through Columbia University's Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) and must include the following materials: cover letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (article or book chapter), and a list of references (3). For more information and to apply, please go to
  • Review begins: 15 Nov. 2014 and continues until position filled
  • cross posted to North American History 2014-15
  • 12/5 - generic request for references.  Did everyone get this? x6
  • 12/9 - Request to send copy of dissertation
  • 1/5 - Invitation for campus visit
  • 1/13 - Is the invitation to candidates at assistant, associate or full? What are their research interests?
  • 6/16 - Note sent to candidates from search committee chair stating 'we have made an offer for the Borg Professorship,which [the offer presumably having been accepted] will be publicly announced soon.'

Georgetown University (USA:DC) - South Asia/Indian Ocean World[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in South Asian and/or Indian Ocean World History
  • Research interests may be in any subfield or time period. A Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment.
  • Teaching Load: 2/2 The successful applicant will teach a general education survey course on South Asia or the Indian Ocean World as well as a variety of topical undergraduate and graduate classes
  • Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, three letters of academic recommendation, evidence of teaching preparation and/or experience (syllabi, course evaluations, etc.), and a writing sample (completed dissertation chapter or published work). Applicants should apply using at
  • Deadline: 15 Nov. 2014.
  • Anyone heard from Georgetown??
    • Well it's only been a week... I'm still waiting to hear from Reed, which had a 11/1 deadline. [11/22]
    • So? Anyone hear anything yet?
    • Any updates for this position?
    • Haven't heard anything yet. Does anyone know if they plan to interview at the AHA? [12/8]
      • FWIW their name is not listed in the AHA handout that lists the interviewing schools.
    • Received an email to interview at the AHA [12/13] x2
      • Status: ABD, TT, non-TT? [12/15]
      • They want to hire someone who is a few years out from taking a PhD with a strong publication record.
    • When do they plan to invite people to campus?
    • Campus invites have been made (1/20)
    • Who are the finalists? Schools? Fields? Thanks. (2/2) 
    • Was an offer made? (2/24)
    • Offer made and accepted.
    • Great, which school? Field of specialization? (4/07)

Leiden University (NED) - International Political Economy w/Asian or Middle Eastern focus[]

Manchester University (USA: IN) - World / Asian[]

  • Full-time, tenure-track teaching position with additional responsibilities related to the academic program, beginning in August of 2015
  • Teaching, generally twenty-four semester hours per academic year
  • Ph.D. in History preferred. Advanced ABDs will be considered.
  • Knowledge and experience sufficient to enable the candidate to effectively teach courses as assigned in World History, with special concentration in either East Asian or South Asian History.
  • Review of applications will begin 29 Sept. 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Submit transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a CV, teaching philosophy, and evidence of effective teaching to:
  • Also posted at World/Global History 2014-15
  • What happened for this position? (2/24)
  • Received e-mail saying that someone has been hired (2/26)

Missouri Southern State University (USA: MO) - Asia or Latin America [Non-TT][]

  • Missouri Southern State University invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Professor of History beginning August 2015.
  • We are seeking a broadly trained historian of either Asia or Latin America.
  • The successful applicant will be able to teach introductory courses in one of these areas, upper-level courses in his or her field of specialization, and the survey of either Western Civilization or United States History.
  • Teaching load is four courses per semester.
  • A Ph.D. is preferred, ABDs will be considered.  
  • Applicants should submit a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae (with the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references), and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. (Official transcripts are required 45 days after contract is issued).  Please email documents to  Please put position you are applying for in the subject line.
  • All applications must be received no later than 5 Jan. 2015.

Monmouth College (USA:IL)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Asian History, to begin Aug. 2015
  • Requirements include a passion for teaching, a strong commitment to the liberal arts, and a doctoral degree in hand by the time of appointment. We are looking for a scholar to complement our existing areas of specialization, who takes a transnational approach to linkages between peoples and regions, and who has the ability and desire to teach courses outside Asia, including thematic classes without a specific geographic focus.
  • The successful candidate will teach a variety of courses in our unique History curriculum as well as general education offerings in Monmouth’s innovative Integrated Studies program. Evidence of teaching excellence and/or potential must be addressed in letters of recommendation. Expectations include outstanding teaching, student advising, supervision of student research, collegial involvement in the Department, and enthusiastic engagement in the life of the College. All Monmouth faculty are required to maintain an active program of professional growth and scholarly activity.
  • Email letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, copies of student evaluations, a copy of graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Stacy Cordery, Chair of History Search, Monmouth College, at
  • For full consideration: 10 Jan. 2015
  • Any news? 
    • Phone interview (1/29)
      • Invitation for campus visit (received 2/13)

Nazarbayev University (KAZ) - [Non-TT but with possibility of renewal; Open][]

  • Full or Associate Professor in History in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. S/he should be able to contribute to the teaching in the history of Central Asia and the Kazakh steppe and to the M.A. in Eurasian Studies, to begin August 2015.
  • This is a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.
  • To complement the existing strengths of the Department, candidates with an expertise in the interaction between Central Asia and China or in the early modern history of Central Asia and the Turkic-speaking world are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • The position requires a Ph.D. in History or Oriental Studies and teaching and research experience commensurate with the sought rank. We are looking for a candidate with an exemplary and ongoing record of research, demonstrated excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching, a commitment to active involvement in the life of the Department, and the capability of mentoring junior faculty in research and teaching.
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three publications and the names and contact information for three referees...Please apply to
  • Deadline: 7 Sept. 2014.

Nazarbayev University (KAZ) [non-TT; Open rank] Central Eurasia or neighbouring regions[]

  • Three year open rank position, with possibility of renewal, in the history of Central Eurasia or neighbouring regions
  • See full advert (link above) on European History 2014-15 page
  • Deadline: 1 Dec. 2014
  • Confirmed receipt of materials (12/3)
  • Request for Skype interview (12/3)
  • Invitation to second round interview at embassy (1/7)
  • Any news on this? Has an offer been made?
  • Offer made (3/3)

Rhode Island College (USA:RI)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Asian History, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Chinese, Japanese, and/or Southeast Asian History and the Department’s General Education offering in Asian History: Asia in the World.
  • This position is pending budgetary approval and final appointment is subject to available funding.
  • PhD must be in hand by start date
  • For full job description, which includes additional responsibilities and requirements for the position and application procedures, see our web site at  Candidates must apply on-line, using Rhode Island College’s PeopleAdmin Applicant Tracking system.
  • Deadline: 1 Jan 2014
  • Does anyone know what the teaching load is for this position? Thanks, in advance!
  • It's 3/3. Two sections of general education and one upper-division course.
  • Anyone heard from them? 
  • Invitation to campus (2/5)
  • Offer made and accepted (April 9th)

Saint Louis University (MO) - Asian History (incl. early Chinese History) - CANCELLED[]

  • Assistant professorship in Asian history
  • Candidates must Provide classroom instruction in Asian History, including Early Chinese History, to graduate and undergraduate students and conduct research.
  • Requires Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral level degree in History or closely related field with focus in Asian History.
  • Please send applications, which should include cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (article or chapter) to Philip Gavitt, Chair, Department of History, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., Rm 137, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution
  • Deadline not stated: posted 15 Oct. 2014.
  • Search cancelled due to budget reasons. [posted Nov. 2]

University of Amsterdam (NLD) - Senior Hire (Chair), Modern[]

  • Chair in Modern Asian History
  • The chair combines social anthropology with history. The chair’s expertise must fit the profile of Research and Teaching Mission of the Moving Matters group (see link to description below). S/he has expertise in mobility and/or border studies, labour relations, transnational flows of people, goods and ideas.
  • Full details here
  • Applications by email only. These should include: a concise statement of motivation (2 pages max.); CV and list of publications; a statement including research plans (2 pages max.); a statement including the teaching philosophy (1 page max.); a list of three references.
  • At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic writing. All documents should be collected and sent as one single pdf email attachment with your name in the title to Please mention ‘HL Modern Asian History Application’ in the subject line.
  • Deadline: 15 Mar. 2015

University of California, Irvine (USA: CA) - Japan and/or Korea and the World[]

  • Tenure track assistant professor in Japanese and/or Korean history who is interested in situating Northeast Asia in a global context.
  • Candidates may work on any period, but those specializing in recent eras must be willing and able to teach pre-modern courses, while those working on earlier periods must be willing and able to contribute to an Asian history graduate program with a focus on the late 1800s on. Candidates will be expected to contribute to the department’s program in World History and collaborate with the School of Humanities’ East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, though the appointment will be 100% in History.
  • Applications should be submitted electronically at:
  • To ensure full consideration, applications need to be submitted by 1 Oct. 2014.
  • Request for more materials (10/15).
  • May I ask what materials? 
  • Book/dissertation draft & an optional article or paper
  • Skype interview requested
  • Congratulations! Would you mind stating whether you work on the history of Japan, Korea, or both? 
  • Campus visit scheduled for early December (11/19) (x2)
  • offer made/accepted

University of California - San Diego (USA: CA) - Transnational Asia/Asian Diaspora [Open Rank][]

  • Associate, assistant, or full professor in Transnational Asia and/or Asian Diaspora studies, to begin 1 July 2015
  • (pending budgetary approval)
  • We welcome applicants from all fields and disciplines whose work conceptualizes Asia and Asian diaspora in relation to the history of colonialism and settler colonialism, imperialism, militarism and globalization. We seek to increase our expertise in transnational migration, indigeneity, religion, gender and sexuality, labor, and science or environmental studies/justice. The appointee must have a rich knowledge of the linkages between Asian nation-states/cultures, Asian or Pacific Islander Indigenous or stateless peoples and their global diasporas.
  • For a complete description of the position and applications, please visit us at:
  • Deadline: 1 Dec. 2015.

University of Pittsburgh (USA: PA) - two positions - tenure possible for Japanese history[]

  • Two positions, one tenure track and one tenured/tenure track in Asian History, to begin Fall 2015
  • PhD must be in hand by August 2015
  • We invite applications from candidates working on any period of Chinese/Japanese/Korean/East Asian history from the eleventh century onward. The successful candidates will have the research languages and skills to train graduate students, in addition to teaching comparative modern East Asia surveys, specialized undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars. Candidates seeking appointment with tenure must demonstrate the ability to train graduate students in Japanese history. We encourage applicants to demonstrate how their research and teaching will contribute to one or more of our thematic fields: Atlantic History, Power and Inequality, Texts and Contexts, and World History
  • Send a letter of application, summary of the dissertation, CV, transcript of graduate courses, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Evelyn Rawski, Chair, East Asia Search Committee, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
  • Applications must be postmarked by: 1 Nov. 2014.
  • Acknowledgement received and EEO form submission requested: 10/23
  • Request for More Materials (11/15)
  • Notification via email for non-finalists (11/17) (Noted that 140 applications were received.)
  • I got neither the request for more materials, nor email notification for non-finalists (I did get the acknowledgement for receiving the application), so does it mean that my rejection is on the way? Anyone on the same boat? (11/18)
  • It seems to me that they wanted to streamline the application pool by selecting those who didn't make the first round cut. That being said, they could either directly go to the campus visit stage or interview candidates.  (11/18)
  • Thank you for your prompt reponse. I thought all the rejections for the first round were out at the same time. If not, then what were the requests for more materials for? First time on the market, so much to learn! 
  • I just received a notification for the rejection, somewhat later than the others. Curious. (11/18) x2 (perhaps the committee met again, and we were quickly eliminated in round 2?)
  • I haven't received any correspondence. But with 140 applications, I imagine they won't be able to send out all the rejection emails in one day... (11/18)
  • Well...I don't really see why not, if it's a form letter (and it definitely is). The administrative assistant is sending it out, but it wouldn't be hard just to cut and paste 140 times...
  • Mail-merge function with e-mail client should let you send 3000 emails in 10 minutes... but then again, this is the department that asked us all to send paper copies of our apps. Well, at least they have the courtesy to inform us of our status, which I appreciate.
  • I haven't received any response yet. Anyone like me? (11/21)
  • Request for Skype Interview (12/03)
  • Campus visit scheduled (12/17)
  • Campus visit completed (1/23)
  • Offer made
  • Japan hire made. China search failed.

University of Pittsburgh (USA: PA) - Eurasian[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Eurasian History, to begin Fall 2015
  • We invite applications from candidates working in the area of modern Eurasian history (18th–20th century), in particular the history of Russia and its Eurasian borderlands (Caucasus, Central Asia, East Asia).  Individuals with interests in political, social, economic, and cultural history and who are able to conduct their research in both Russian and another Eurasian language are encouraged to apply
  • The successful candidate will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses, normally including one writing seminar annually, and should be ready to participate in our dynamic program of graduate teaching and research, which is built around cross-regional thematic collaboration.  We encourage applicants to demonstrate how their research and teaching will contribute to one or more of our transnational thematic fields: Atlantic History, Power and Inequality, Texts and Contexts, and World History
  • Send letter of application, CV, a single well-selected journal article or book/dissertation chapter, and three letters of recommendation to Chair, Eurasian Search Committee, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA  15260
  • Applications must be postmarked by: 15 Oct. 2014.
  • Request for Additional matterials (11/13) 
  • Rejection notice (11/14)
  • Skype interview scheduled (12/13)   

The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (USA:TX)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in World History, to begin 1 Sept. 2015
  • Preferred regional fields are Sub-Saharan Africa, India and/or Southeast Asia
  • Review begins 23 Mar. 2015

University of West Georgia (USA: GA)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Asian History, to begin 1 Aug. 2015
  • Responsibilities include teaching a world history survey as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars. Candidates who can contribute to the department's graduate fields in the History of Religion and / or War and Society in Global Perspective are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Ph.D. required at time of appointment.
  • Send letter, c.v.,  statement of teaching philosophy, short writing sample, sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation.
  • Review begins 1 Nov. 2014 and applications must be post marked 15 Nov. 2014.

Has anyone heard anything about this job? X3

rejection letter via post (2/25)

Yonsei University (KOR)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Asian History, to begin March or Sept 2015
  • The position is open to historians specializing in any region of Asia (broadly defined) in any period; scholars of Central, North, or Southeast Asia are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to demonstrate significant research contributions to their fields and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
  • Teaching Load: 2/2 "6 credit-hours (2 classes) per semester"
  • Interested applicants should send a short letter of application detailing research and teaching interests, writing sample, c.v., and three letters of recommendation by email to ...For additional information, please contact Prof. Jesse Sloane (
  • Deadline: 15 Dec. 2014
  • request for Skype interview (22/12)
  • Congrats! What country/area of study and period? abd or post-doc?
  • post-Skype interview rejection email (15/1)


Bates College (USA:ME)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Chinese History, to begin 1 Aug. 2015
  • The Department of History seeks candidates who are capable of situating China in its broader global contexts and who are strongly committed to teaching at the undergraduate level and to research and publication. We seek someone focusing on China since 960 CE, with a preference for those specializing in the history of the Ming (1368-1644 CE) or Qing Dynasties (1644-1912 CE).
  • Preference will be given to candidates who will have completed by August 1, 2015 their Ph.D. in History, East Asian Studies, or a related field.
  • Teaching load: '5 semester courses' Responsibilities include a one-semester survey of the full sweep of Chinese history, upper division thematic courses, and senior thesis advising
  • Applicants should submit the following materials: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and graduate school
  • Review begins: 10 Nov. 2014 and continues until position filled.
  • Request for Skype/AHA interview and more materials (12/07)
  • Any News, thanks? (01/10)
  • Has been a while, no news yet? Anyone? thanks. (01/22)
  • Candidates invited to campus (01/30)
  • Congrats! Did you receive the invitation this afternoon?
  • Which field are you in? (01/30)
  • Was an offer made? (03/07)

Boston College (USA: MA) - Modern China[]

  • Tenure-track assistant professorship in modern Chinese history.
  • PhD mus tbe in hand by August 2015
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to research and publication in the field, offer broad and specialized courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in the History Core as well as the Asian Studies Program.
  • Please submit a letter of application, a CV, an article-length writing sample, and three letters of reference ... to
  • Deadline: 1 Nov. 2014.
  • Any news? -- I am not a candidate, but spoke to a colleague on the committee who said there were a big number of applications even before the deadline arrived; I would assume that the end of the semester etc. means they might need until the middle of December to work through all the materials and get back to candidates, but that is just speculation on my part.
  • Email to Interview at AHA (12/11)
  • News?
  • Has this search scheduled its campus visits? 
  • Who got invited to campus for this job? Very curious! 
  • got rejection email saying the search has now moved on to the campus visit stage (01/16)
  • Is it a rejection after the AHA interview? Thanks! (1/16) --- yes
  • offer made and accepted

Carnegie Mellon University (USA:PA) - 19th or 20th C[]

  • Tenure track assistant or advanced assistant professorship in 19th or 20th Century Chinese History
  • Teaching Load: 2/2 The successful candidate’s teaching is expected to range from early modern to contemporary China and include graduate as well as undergraduate courses.
  • Ph.D. must be in hand by August, 2015.
  • Submit letter of application; full CV; graduate transcript; a single writing sample the equivalent of 60 or fewer double-spaced manuscript pages; evidence of excellent teaching; and three letters of reference to via email to
  • Postmark deadline: 17 Nov. 2014.
  • Request for more materials (12/03) x2
  • Have interviews/ campus visits been scheduled? (1/15)
  • Yes - campus visits have been scheduled. (1/29)

Chinese University of Hong Kong - China & the World[]

  • Assistant Professorship/Research Assistant Professorship in either (a) contemporary China and the world or (b) modern China and overseas networks (with specializations in women's / gender history, urban history, social history, comparative history, or other research areas)
  • Applicants should (i) possess a PhD degree from a reputable university; (ii) be able to teach effectively courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in (A) contemporary China / contemporary world OR (B) modern China; (iii) have undertaken research in the aforementioned; (iv) be able to publish research output with international impact; (v) be able to obtain external competitive research grants; (vi) be capable of intellectual leadership; (vii) be proficient in English and Chinese; and (viii) have good potential for academic administration
  • The appointee(s) will (a) teach courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; (b) participate in independent and joint research programmes; (c) serve on undergraduate and postgraduate thesis/dissertation committees; and (d) provide service at Departmental, Faculty and/or University levels.
  • Appointment(s) will initially be made on contract basis for up to three years commencing September 2015, renewable subject to funding, performance and mutual agreement. For the post of Research Assistant Professor, prospect of contract renewal will also depend on research performance with consistent success in securing external competitive grants as Principal Investigator.
  • Position is open until filled [ad posted 27 Feb. 2015]

City University of Hong Kong (HKG) - [Open rank] Ming-Qing literature/cultural or social history[]

  • Associate or Full Professor in Chinese history [Ref. D/104/49]
  • Requirements; A PhD in Ming-Qing Chinese Literature/Ming-Qing Chinese Social, Cultural and Urban History.  Relevant teaching and/or professional experience, strong research and administrative ability, and a proven record of publications are required.  Applicants with interest in interdisciplinary studies and substantial working experience in academic or research institutions are especially welcome. 
  • Further information on the posts and the University is available at, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : : (852) 2788 1154 or (852) 3442 0311]. To apply, please submit an online application at, and include a current curriculum vitae.  Nominations can be sent directly to the Human Resources Office.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • Deadline: Open until filled [posted 6 Aug. 2014]

Elon University (USA: NC) - Qing Dynasty to Present[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Chinese History (Qing dynasty to the present preferred), to begin mid-August 2015
  • PhD in history is required as are strong language skills commensurate with the successful scholarly potential of any such candidate.
  • Responsibilities include teaching upper and lower division courses in Chinese history and other areas of East Asian history as well as courses in transnational and global history. Applicants must also be willing to teach lower and upper division courses in the interdisciplinary common core.
  • To apply, please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, and a writing sample. All materials should be sent electronically to: Brian Digre, Chair, Chinese History Search Committee,
  • Review will begin immediately; complete applications must be received by 1 Oct. 2014.
  • Any news about any of the China-related jobs???
  • Skype interview requested (11/8)
  • Any one got called to campus? (11/24)
  • Rejection e-mail (11/25)
  • So is it a rejection after an interview? Thanks! (11/25)

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKG) - [Non-TT][]

  • Assistant professorship in Chinese History; Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract of two to three years commencing September 2015.  Re-appointment thereafter is subject to mutual agreement and availability of funding.
  • Those who have responded to the advertisement posted in November 2014 need not re-apply.
  • Applicants should possess a relevant PhD degree, with related teaching and research experience in higher education, a solid publication record, and the ability to deliver the following courses: (i) Early Imperial China, (ii) Mid Imperial China, (iii) The Historical Role of China in the World, (iv) Tackling Popular Misconceptions about Chinese History and Civilization and (v) Eminent Figures in the History of Various Disciplines and Professions.  Interest in teaching the following courses would be an advantage: (i) The Chinese Diaspora, (ii) History of Southeast Asia and (iii) Global History of Tourism
  • Applicants are invited to write in response to the requirements and provide updated curriculum vitae and/or fill in the application form which is obtainable by downloading from Completed application form should be sent to the Personnel Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, AAB903, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong or by email to:  Please quote PR number on all correspondence.  Applicants are requested to send in samples of publications, preferably three best ones out of their most recent publications/works, statements of teaching and research interest and recent teaching evaluation results.  Applicants not invited for interview 4 months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. 
  • Review begins: 29 Apr. 2015 and continues until position filled.

McGill University (CAN) - late Imperial/Modern[]

  • tenure track assistant professorship in Late Imperial/Modern Chinese History, to begin 1 August 2014
  • Appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but appointment at a higher rank is possible under exceptional circumstances.
  • The candidate will have an active and innovative research program, and will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ph.D. expected at time of appointment; teaching experience preferred.
  • Applications should be submitted electronically, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page teaching statement, and three letters of reference uploaded by the referees, at Enquiries may be directed to
  • review begins 15 Oct 2014 and continues until position filled.
  • Request for Writing Sample (11/12) (x2)
  • Does it mean that anyone who didn't get the request for writing samples were out? 
  • I know that Lorenz Lüthi is there, and I've read last year's wiki info, and I know Ransmeier used to be in the department -- so based on this and the job description above, am I correct to assume that they would be more interested in someone who specializes in Qing or Republican period? Or would they be willing to consider someone who can teach late imperial and modern China but whose own research is PRC?
  • I think this job search failed last year.
  • It did fail.
  • Also received request for WS. Any news of those who have the same requests?
  • No news yet (12/4) (x1)
  • Request for Campus Visit in mid-January, three total finalists (12/09)
  • Did they contact you through email or over the phone? I didn't make it, but congrats!
  • It was over email from the head of the committee.

  • Offer made and accepted

New York University Shanghai (CHN) - Early China[]

  • NYU Shanghai is currently inviting applications for one or more tenured or tenure-track appointments at any level (assistant, associate, or full professor). Scholars should have expertise in two or more of the following fields, all pertaining to Early China from the Shang to the Tang dynasty: (a) archeology and material culture; (b) history and geography; (c) philosophy, religion and textual traditions; (d) paleography (excavated texts), epigraphy, and linguistics. Successful candidates will have excellent reading of Classical Chinese and an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The ability to handle a wide range of different sources would be especially desirable.
  • The terms of employment are comparable to U.S. institutions and include housing subsidies and educational subsidies for children. Faculty may also spend time at NYU New York and other sites of the NYU global network, engaging in both research and teaching. The appointment can begin as soon as September 1, 2015, with a later starting date possible, pending candidate availability.
  • Please visit our website at for instructions and other information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please e-mail
  • Review begins: 15 Oct. 2015 and continues until position

Skidmore College (USA: NY) - Frances Young Tang '61 Chair in Chinese Studies (Open Rank)[]

  • Skidmore College is proud to announce the endowment of the Frances Young Tang '61 Chair in Chinese Studies. This new position reflects Skidmore's continuing commitment to international education and diversity in a liberal arts setting and is designed to further strengthen Skidmore's curriculum in Chinese studies.
  • For the first occupant of the Chair, Skidmore wishes to make a tenure-track appointment, open as to rank, in any discipline. The successful candidate will teach five courses appropriate to his/her disciplinary background and will be expected to participate creatively in the broadening of the College's Asian Studies program.
  • Nominations should be sent to Dr. Beau Breslin (, Dean of the Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
  • Nominations & Applications: 1 Nov. 2014
  • Hallo, does anyone have updates/news? 
  • From Religious Studies 2014-2015: "Received email indicating that they had pared down the pool to 19 candidates. Writing sample and evidence of teaching success requested. Skype/phone interviews planned for February, to be followed by campus visits. 12/21/14"
  • Visiting Assistant Professor position for 2015-16 just advertised on 06/08/2015.  Did either the search fail or the applicant get a deferral?
  • My understanding is that the recently posted VAP is not connected with this position, but is instead a sabbatical replacement.
  • NOTE: VAP position now posted below, under East Asian (6/15/15).

State University of New York - Buffalo (USA: NY) - Pre-modern[]

  • Tenure track Assistant Professorship in pre-Modern Chinese History, to begin Fall 2015
  • "Field of specialization is open. The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester, including undergraduate courses and graduate seminars, and will provide service to the department and/or University as required. Evidence of scholarly potential and a strong commitment to research and teaching is expected. Ph.D. required."
  • "Submit letter of application, c.v., and contact information for three letters of recommendation ... via Application materials must be submitted via the UBJobs posting. Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts directly to the Search Committee Chair."
  • Deadline: 1 Oct. 2014.
  • Further materials requested, 10/10
  • Any news, thanks? (12/12)
  • Sorry, none (12/15)
  • I think three candidates were invited already to campus and gave job talks. (12/15)
  • Offer made (12/19)
  • Offer accepted (01/05)
  • Who got the job? 

University of Alabama (USA:AL)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Chinese History
  • Period and specialization open. The successful candidate will be expected to teach survey courses in Asian Civilization, as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in East Asian history
  • PhD must be in hand before appointment starts
  • To apply, go to and complete the online application. Attach a letter of application, vita, and writing sample.  Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to John Giggie, Chair, Chinese Search Committee, Department of History, Box 870212, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0212. Please direct any inquiries to
  • Review begins: 15 Nov. 2014
  • Skype / AHA interview invitation + request for "longer writing sample ("as much of your dissertation as you are confortable letting us see")" (11/28) x2
  • Any news?
    • Completed skype intereview (1/09). Was told that the committee will be meeting soon and after approval will invite the selected candidates, and that process might take 2-3 week. 
    • No news? It has been two weeks since AHA... (1/15)
    • Campus interview invitation (1/21)
    • Who got invited? 
  • Offer made and accepted (late March). 

University of Hong Kong (HKG)[]

  • Assistant Professor in Chinese History and Culture in the School of Chinese, to begin 1 Jan 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Appointment is made on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.  An appointee with demonstrated performance will be considered for tenure towards the end of the second three-year contract.
  • Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Chinese history or related areas.  They should pursue an active agenda of research and publication that can complement and reinforce the Programme's strengths in the broad spectrum of Chinese historical, religious and cultural studies.  The successful candidate should be able to develop and conduct courses in the history of the dissemination and the cultural influence of foreign religions (such as Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism) in China.
  • Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V. to Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at, and further particulars can be obtained at
  • Deadline: 8 Aug. 2015.
  • The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only shortlisted applicants will be notified of the application result.
  • Anyone news?

University of Macau (MAC) - Ancient China [open rank][]

  • Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Ancient Chinese History, to begin August 2015
  • Rank of appointment is open, depending on qualifications. Applicants should specialize in ancient/pre-modern Chinese history, preferably the Qin-Han period or the Tang-Song period, focusing on China’s frontier studies and interactions with other nations, and/or international history of Asia. English language competency is required for appointment. Preference may be given to candidates who can also offer courses on archeology or classical Chinese.
  • Applicants should visit for more details, and apply ONLINE at Jobs@UM ( (Ref. No.: FSS/DHIST/ACH/10/2015)...Applicants may consider their applications not successful if they were not invited for an interview within 3 months of application.
  • Review begins: 1 Dec. 2014 and continues until position filled

Any news anyone? Thx!

University of Sheffield (UK) - Chinese Studies (modern)[]

  • Lecturer (~tenured asst/assoc prof) in Chinese Studies
  • We welcome applications from scholars who can teach and conduct research in any field within Chinese Studies - politics, economics, society, history, literature or culture. Regardless of disciplinary specialism or period of research focus, candidates for the post should be able to teach modules covering twentieth and twenty-first century China. Candidates should be able to teach comparatively about other East Asian countries and candidates whose research involves a comparative East Asian dimension are encouraged to apply.
  • The successful candidate will have an established international reputation in the field of Chinese Studies and have an outstanding publication record. You will hold a PhD in a relevant area (or have equivalent experience) with a proven teaching ability and evidence of sustained and continuing research performance. You should have experience of working effectively on a collaborative basis with a demonstrable interest in developing teaching and research. Experience of research grant capture and management, and project management is desirable.
  • Deadline: 23 Jan 2015
    • NB: the recruitment website will be down from 1700 GMT 8 Jan to 0900 GMT 13 Jan.

University of Washington - Seattle (USA:WA) - Late Imperial (1300-1864)[]

  • 9-month Tenure track assistant professorship in Late Imperial Chinese History (1300-1864), to begin Sept. 2015
  • PhD must be in-hand by 15 Sept. 2015
  • "Successful candidates will be expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching in History and the Jackson School, offering both large surveys and more advanced courses; conduct independent research; and contribute to the university’s distinguished and diverse programs in Chinese and East Asian studies. UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service"
  • The search committee plans to conduct preliminary interviews via Skype or phone in December. To apply, please go to to submit a cover letter that describes your research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and a writing sample of no more than 50 pages. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted either through the online system or mailed to: Chinese History Search Committee, Department of History, University of Washington, 315 Smith Hall, Campus Box 353560, Seattle, WA 98195-3560
  • Any questions about application procedures may be addressed to or 206.543.5790.
  • For full consideration: 1 Nov. 2014 although position is open until filled.
  • Any updates?
  • request for additional materials
  • Skype interview requested (12/04)
  • Generic rejection email (12/12) x2

Wesleyan University (USA: CT)[]

  • Tenure-track, assistant professorship in the history of China to begin July 1, 2015.
  • Area of specialization and time period are open. Teaching responsibilities (2-2 teaching load) include surveys of the history of traditional and modern China and seminars designed for History and East Asian Studies majors. The successful candidate will be fully housed in the History Department but be expected to participate in the academic planning and intellectual life of the College of East Asian Studies.
  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2015.
  • Link to Apply:
  • Applications due 14 Nov. 2014.
  • Request for Skype Interview (11/23)
  • Any news? (12/13)
  • Any updates? (12/24)
  • Campus visits scheduled for late January, early February
  • When did you receive the email? Thanks
  • December 17th -- but can't speak for the others (12/27)
  • Offer made?
  • Offer made and accepted (early March)

Yale University (USA: CT) - 20th C[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Chinese History from 1895 to present, to begin 1 Jul. 2015
  • "Applications are invited from historians with strong potential for achievement in scholarship, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and intellectual leadership. We welcome applications from historians who already hold teaching positions, as well as from recent PhDs and those who expect their PhD by the time of appointment."
  • Submit letter of application, C.V., statement of research and teaching interests, a chapter-length writing sample prepared for blind reading, and three letters of reference at:
  • review begins: 15 Sept. 2014.
    • Any news? (10/12)
    • Four candidates invited for job talks (10/14)
    • Who was invited? ABDs? Mid career? Senior scholars?
    • 1 abd, 2 recent phds, 1 still junior but out for a number of years. all the names are public and have been emailed around CEAS and published. so 3/4 on the market recently or very regularly, 1/4 new face.
      • [11 Nov] Mod note: Hi all.  Please don't post the names of potential candidates unless they have been made publically available (i.e. not via the rumour mill), or you have the individual's permission (or are the individual!); this is in accord with the wiki's T&C about data protection and personal privacy.  I also want to draw your attention to the note I posted above about the fractious nature of the Asian History page. For more general discussion, the Talk page associated with this page, or the general Venting page may be more appropriate - but please be careful that you do not break the wiki's T&C. Thanks.  AFII (talk) 15:02, November 11, 2014 (UTC)
        • Hi Moderator--thank you for your work on this page. I won't say the names here, but they have all been made public and published by Yale itself (or CEAS at Yale) which has emailed them out to public lists, and not through the rumor mills. Anyone who wants to know the names can just go and sign up to CEAS list and get archived emails, it has names, titles, times and so on and so on.
        • [16 Nov] Thanks for this detail.  A similar issue arose with a job at Cambridge, UK in the 2011-12 season, and the result of complaints was that 1. the Department concerned locked down its email archive and 2. the consensus seemed to be that a closed email list was not a completely public space - so it's OK to point to the source of the information, but not OK to make it googlable and visible by reposting it here.  That seemed like a good compromise between info & privacy, so that should work here too. AFII (talk) 13:34, November 16, 2014 (UTC)
      • Lets be honest. Yale will go COLUMBIA all the way.
      • You must not know Yale's tastes very well. Considering that some of the people they were targeting initially didn't apply, given the current list, there's an 80% or higher chance they go for [name removed - see above]
      • Who were they initially targeting, assuming you actually know what you're talking about?
      • Frankly, I am sick sick sick of this Columbia nonsense. It's preposterous. Senior faculty have noted your shenanigans. You are a shame to us all. We should be better and have higher standards. Go dump your dumpings elsewhere!
      • You can delete the name all you want, but that does not erase Columbia's total dominance of the field. (I am not the above poster.)
      • Thanks Moderator! We should all try and be professional, adult, and a little bit more human. Everyone is trying to get a job. Let's hold hands about it. But if you do want to post more mean spirited stuff, maybe include your own name so we all know what a terrible colleague you'll make. 
      • It appears that this is a typical search that shows how some IVY and like-minded schools reproduce their own "inner-circle." I am very curious about whether they even took a look at applicants' writing samples and other documents. Selecting 4 finalists from nearly 100 or more applications just several weeks after the deadline without phone, Skype or AHA interviews simply doesn't make sense. That's why some folks here make the point that only some "inner-circle" people are considered for these jobs. (refer to the Princeton South Asia position) My general suggestion: if you don't think that you belong to this chosen group, do not waste your time for these unrealistic jobs.
        • Actually this is not the case. There was a small group applying for this job, maybe better to say numbering in dozens than 100. And all the writing was read and in a very strict and excellent process.
        • Is it also so hard to believe that, because these "inner circle schools" are much more selective at the admissions stage, they also have a statistically superior likelihood of producing top PhDs?  Having read quite many dissertations over the years, those produced by Yale, Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, etc. do seem to be generally of somewhat higher quality.  Not that other schools don't produce great dissertations, but that the median is higher at these places, and the supply of high level dissertations is more consistent from year to year.  This could have been just one of those years, whereas the previous two years (see the finalists for the Harvard, Princeton, Chicago, Duke, and Toronto openings, for example) were not quite as "inner circle" dominated.
      • Okay. as a Columbia student, I apologize for all these idiots who are claiming to represent our school. And to the idiots who are doing this-- you are embarrassing us all and please shut up. Thank you
      • This ^ above poster seems right. THank you.
    • Dear Yale: Don't feel bad, this was your first time searching for a 20th C person. Takes me back to the first time I was searching for a quarterback. I'll admit it, I was in over my head. Hire Tebow, they said. He's got a few nifty tricks, they said. He's a really nice guy, they said. Tune out all the negative chatter, they said. Don't listen to your gut, they said. What's the worst that can happen, they said. Well, you know what, took a few years, but I'm in a much better place. Change of scenery, raising horses, time with my kids, sitting back with a nice hot chocolate. So get some perspective, look in the mirror and give yourself a big hug, we all love you, it's just a game.
    • Whatever our personal thoughts about this, before this escalates into another wiki war, let's all reflect on the fact that the hiring committee has vastly more information than any outsider has, and knows their specific hiring needs better than anyone else--which should give us pause about mouthing off.
    • Mod note: please take any extended/general discussion to the Talk page or The venting page. Thanks. AFII (talk) 08:27, December 12, 2014 (UTC)
    • Offer made and accepted (1/22), Area of research Cultural Revolution

East Asia[]

Bridgewater College (VA) - Modern East Asian History[]

  • Tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2015
  • The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in modern East Asian history. We also welcome candidates who can teach thematic courses that cross geographic regions. Teaching responsibilities include general education surveys of world history and upper level courses in modern East Asian history. The position will also share responsibility for the departments historical methods course, the senior seminar and the colleges first-year seminar.
  • The teaching load is 21 semester credits per year (3-1-3 distribution) on a semester-with-interterm calendar. The Department of History and Political Science consists of six historians and four political scientists, and offers majors in History, Political Science, a History and Political Science combination, and Global Studies.
  • Please complete the online application and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching success, statement of research interests, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Three letters of recommendation should be forwarded to Courtney Ritchie at
  • Deadline: June 08, 2015.

Colby College (USA: ME) - Faculty Fellow in East Asian Studies and History (Non-TT)[]

  • The Departments of East Asian Studies and History at Colby College invite applications for a one-year faculty fellow, beginning September 1, 2015.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with the Ph. D. completed, a research interest in the history of China, Japan, or Korea of any historical period, as well as demonstrated commitment to liberal arts education.
  • Teaching load is four courses, including a one-semester "Foundations of East Asia" course, a 100-level survey of the modern history of China, Japan, or Korea, and 200- or 300-level history courses in an area of the candidate's choosing.
  • Please submit as one pdf file a letter of interest, c.v., a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research interests to Please have three letters of recommendation submitted to the same address.
  • Review of applications will begin on 1 Dec. 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

College of St Benedict/University of St John (USA: MN)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History, to begin August 2015
  • PhD and teaching experience preferred.  Teaching assignments will include introductory courses in Asian history, upper-division courses in Chinese and Japanese history, and the first-year seminar of the common curriculum.
  • Saint John's University, a liberal arts college for men, and the College of Saint Benedict, a liberal arts college for women, are located four miles apart in Central Minnesota just outside St. Cloud and 70 miles from Minneapolis. Both are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition....
  • Applications are accepted online only at . Applicants should submit a letter of application, cv, *three letters of reference, copies of transcripts, (official transcripts required for on-campus interview), statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Deadline: 31 Oct. 2014.
  • Skype Interview requested
  • How many of you got Skype interviews? (11/18)
  • Congratulations! So what field are you in? 
  • Rejection E-mail to non-finalists (12/19)
  • Campus visits finished
  • Offer made and accepted

Dickinson College (USA: PA)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History, to begin August 2015
  • Area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate might have expertise in history of medicine.
  • The ability to create an inclusive classroom for an increasingly diverse student body will be an important characteristic of the successful candidate.  Please submit application material online at  Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, three letters of recommendation, available evidence of teaching success (for example:  student evaluations and/or a classroom video) and a writing sample such as a dissertation chapter or article.
  • Deadline: 1 Nov. 2014.
  • Intend to interview at the AHA
  • AHA interview requested (11/14) x3
  • Curious as to what fields they invite. Dickinson already has a Political Scientist who works on PRC history (Diamant)
  • Two campus visits scheduled
  • Has an offer gone out yet? (2/11)
  • Offer made and accepted.

Drake University (USA: IA) - Modern[]

  • Assistant Professorship in Modern East Asian History
  • Teaching Load: 3/3 "participate in a two semester global history course “Passages to the Modern World: 1500 to the Present,” and teach courses in her/his area of specialty."
  • Preference given to candidates with a primary expertise in modern China and who also can teach Japan and Korea. Ability to teach race, class, and gender is also desirable. Ph.D. preferred but candidates in final stages of completing dissertation will be considered.
  • Interested persons should submit a letter of interest, CV, and teaching evaluations from the most recent teaching year online at  Please also submit three reference letters to (departmental assistant)
  • Review begins: 31 Oct.2014 and continues unitl position filled.
  • Skype Interview scheduled (12/11).
  • On campus interviews scheduled for Jan.
  • Who are the finalists? 
  • visits complete.
  • offer accepted.

Emmanuel College (USA:MA) - [non-TT][]

  • Ranked, non-tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History, to begin Fall 2015
  • PhD must be in hand by start date; candidate must have teaching experience
  • Candidates are expected to be able to teach courses related to their specialty, but will need to be able to teach modern China, modern Japan, world survey courses, and historical research methods. We are particularly interested in candidates who will strengthen the overall program and develop courses in at least one of the following areas: cultural history, environmental history, gender studies, and transnationalism.  The teaching load for faculty at this rank is three courses per semester. An active and sustainable research agenda is required.
  • As part of its Catholic identity, the College encourages students, faculty, administrators and staff of all religious backgrounds to learn, teach, and work in a respectful, civil environment shaped by strong ethical values, a commitment to social justice and service, the Catholic intellectual tradition and the global mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
  • Deadline: not stated in ad, ad placed 14 Jan.

Hood College (USA:MD) - East Asia/Non-Western (pref. China)[]

[9 Feb 2015] job readvertised as general non-Western - see new wiki posting here

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History (China preferred), to begin Aug. 2015
  • Teaching Load: 3/3 "The successful candidate will teach a variety of other non-western courses, with a secondary field in Africa, South Asia, or Latin America."
  • Proficiency in the digital humanities would be a desirable plus.  PhD in hand by July 2015
  • Qualified candidates are invited to apply online via our electronic application,*206F6A730EF07A5C, which requires the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and, if available, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., syllabi or course evaluations).  Please append, or include in your cover letter, a list of the courses you could teach and develop at Hood; or list teaching areas clearly in your CV.  Three letters of recommendation should be submitted to the online application site or emailed to; if electronic submission is not possible the letters of recommendation may be mailed to Dr. Emilie Amt, Search Committee Chair, Department of History, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701.
  • For full consideration: 15 Dec. 2014
  • Notification that the search would be re-advertised to emphasize need for secondary field outside of East Asia "since the pool of qualified applicants was extremely small." Told me I didn't have to re-apply...that doesn't sound good :)  12/19 
  • Search insider here: I'm replying to the previous comment; actually it is good, for you. If you're being notified today that you're being kept in the pool and don't need to reapply, you are one of the very small group that met our advertised criteria. Unfortunately that number is too small for us even to conduct phone interviews. So we need to re-advertise. Also unfortunately, today is the day the College closes for the holidays, for two weeks. We lose our admin support in a few hours, so we can't readvertise until January, and we may not even be able to notify the "rejected" candidates until then. We're trying to keep applicants informed and treat you all decently, but the timing is a problem. 12/19
  • I see...thank you for the update!
  • New, updated job ad published on H-Net, now advertised as "Non-Western." Link here and new deadline 15 Feb. 2015. 
  • What about the previous applications? Are you still going to consider them? or people have to re-apply?

Lawrence University (USA:WI)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History, to begin Fall 2015
  • Period and nation of research specialization open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching focuses on China
  • teaching load: 2/2/2 "Candidates must be prepared to teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses, including a survey of world history, and will regularly contribute to our Freshman Studies program"
  • Interested applicants should apply online and submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy at Applicants should also have three letters of reference sent to questions may be addressed to Prof. Peter Blitstein, Chair of the Department, at 
  • review begins immediately, for full consideration; 1 Dec. 2014
  • Intend to do preliminary Skype interviews in the second week of January
  • Anyone got the Skype interviews? 
  • Skype interviews scheduled (01/11)

Northern State University (USA:SD)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in 'East Asia History', to begin 22 Aug. 2015
  • A Ph.D. in History from an accredited institution is required.  ABD candidates with a definite completion date will be considered. 
  • Specialization in the history of East Asia, especially the history of Modern China, is strongly preferred.  Candidates with expertise in the history of the Middle East will also be considered.
  • Teaching Load: 4/4 In addition to courses in their area of specialty, the successful candidate will be expected to be able to teach introductory courses in Western Civilization I or II.
  • For more information regarding this position, and to apply, visit:  Click on Northern State University in the Quick Search section.  The system will guide you through the electronic application form.
  • Review begins: 1 Dec. 2014 and continues until position filled.
  • One-paragraph form letter (by email) explaining position has been filled (3/18)

Saint Michael's College (USA:VT)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History, to begin mid-August 2015
  • Normal teaching load is 3/2 - 3/3 in a two-yearly cycle "The successful candidate will teach a general two-semester survey in East Asian history as well as upper level courses focusing on China and at least one other country in East Asia."
  • PhD should be in hand by 31 Aug. 2015
  • To review entire job posting and to apply click here.
  • Review begins: 1 Dec. 2014 and position is open until filled
    • The website shows they have an East Asianist. Is he retiring?
    • It says the deadline is Dec 1, but the H-Asia post just came out on 12/11. Are they still taking applications? The ad was only posted in late November on the AHA website, so my guess is that they decided to keep taking applications.  FYI They are interviewing at the AHA Job Center.
    • I don't know anyone who has been invited to an AHA interview for this position. Any news here?
    • AHA interview request send out by email on 12/17.
    • News? (1/27)
    • Any update? x2
    • Rejection letter via email (3/3)

Sam Houston (USA:TX) - [Non-TT;VAP][]

  • one year Visiting Assistant Professorship in East Asian History, for the academic year 2015-16
  • Research field, period, and geographical specialization are open. The department is seeking an active scholar whose teaching areas will include upper-level classes in East Asian history and the world history survey. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in History in hand before the appointment begins in August 2015.
  • To apply, visit and upload a letter of application addressed to Dr. Charles V. Heath, Search Committee Chair, vita, one sample undergraduate syllabus that addresses the history of East Asia, and a writing sample. The syllabus and writing sample should be submitted to the “writing sample” link as one file. In addition, three letters of recommendation are to be sent to this email address: ... You may also access the job link at:
  • Review begins: 1 May 2015

San Jose State University (USA:CA) - Modern Chinese or Modern Japanese[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Modern Chinese or Modern Japanese History
  • Candidates should be able to teach the pre-modern and modern histories of both countries, undergraduate World History surveys, and topical courses in World History at the graduate level in their areas of expertise.  Ph.D. in History and teaching experience are required
  • For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy and research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact Dr. Libra Hilde, Search Committee Chair, Job Opening ID 23075, Department of History, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0117.
  • Deadline: 1 Dec. 2014.
  • Does anyone know their teaching load? 
  • upper division and graduate courses at San Jose State provide 4 units of credit, so tenure-track and tenured faculty almost always teach 3 4-unit courses each semester.
  • That makes sense. I checked their class schedule. No tenured/tenure-track faculty teach 4 classes a semester.
  • Any news anyone?
  • It has only been four days since the applications were due. Relax. X2
  • I was just looking at the list of schools/positions interviewing at the AHA this year and saw this one listed.  Does anyone know if they are, in fact, planning on interviewing in New York?
  • Request for AHA interview (12/11) x2
  • Anyone else?
  • Has this search issued campus invites?
  • campus interviews completed.
  • Was an offer made? 

Skidmore College (USA: NY) - Visiting Assistant Professor in East Asian History (Non-TT)[]

  • Non-tenure-track one year position as a Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor in East Asian history. Applicants must be able to offer survey courses in East Asian History and courses in modern Japanese and modern Chinese history.
  • Six course load. Ph.D. and teaching experience preferred, but qualified ABDs will be considered. Skidmore College is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversifying its faculty.
  • Applications will be considered as soon as they are completed. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online at: (posted 06/08/15)

St John's University (USA: NY) - East Asian (Assistant or Associate)[]

  • Tenure track assistant or associate professorship in East Asian history, to begin 1 Sept. 2015
  • Open field of specialization; ability to teach courses on China desirable.  Candidates must have a Ph.D., teaching experience, and promising research agenda.
  • Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, writing sample, teaching statement or portfolio, and three letters of Dr. Elaine Carey, Chair, Department of History, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, New York 11439. E-mail:
  • Deadline: 1 Dec. 2014.
  • Request for AHA interview (12/11) *2
  • Anyone else heard from this job? (12/16)
  • Any post-AHA responses? (1/23)
  • No response yet.
  • Any indication that there's a hiring freeze in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences?

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville (USA: AR)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History, to begin August 2015
  • Scholars with areas of specialization in any subfield of the history of East Asia are encouraged to apply
  • Teaching Load: 2/2
  • PhD must be in hand by start date
  • Please submit a letter of application, Curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of recommendation through: (preferred) or East Asian History Search, Department of History, University of Arkansas, 416 Old Main, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Questions concerning the search may be directed to Professor Michael Pierce (
  • Deadline: 15 Nov. 2014.
  • Seriously, this is really a impressive rejection letter. My letter came on 12/14 which means the letters are really written on an individual basis (not a mass cut & paste send out), and in the last paragraph the Chair did add one line specific line on my research topic. Not to mentioned that they bothered (?) to accept the application via interfolio (as far as I know the most lowest cost for applicants...) (x2)
Any news? (12/1)
  • AHA Interview (12/11 x2)
  • Personalized rejection email noting they'd received over 110 applications and mentioning the rationale for rejection as well as specifics of my research...this is the most impressive rejection I've ever received! (12/12) * 2 
  • That means I have something to look forward to even if they reject me! I really felt Arkansas was really good about the whole process so far. (12/12)
  • I got neither impressive rejection e-mail nor AHA interview request (Dec. 20) (x2)
  • Any update or news?
Campus Interview scheduled (1/28)
Any updates?
  • Offer made and accepted (3/13)
CONGRATS!!! Any news on the Africanist and Latin Americanist searches? (3/17)

University of Central Arkansas (USA: AR)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History, to begin August 2015
  • PhD required by time of appointment. 
  • Expertise in modern East Asia with the expectation to teach world history surveys and advanced undergraduate and masters-level courses covering both China and Japan. Salary competitive.
  • Applications must be completed online at Address application letter, c.v., three letters of recommendation, and teaching evaluations to East Asian Search.
  • Review begins: 17 Nov. 2014 and continues until position filled.
  • According to the AHA website, schools intend to interview at AHA this year include University of Central Arkansas, Boston College, Albright College, St John's University, and San Jose State University. Anyone heard from any of them?????

University of Houston - Clear Lake (USA:TX) - East Asia or Middle East[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian or Middle Eastern History, to begin Aug. 2015
  • Phd must be in hand by start date
  • Successful candidate will teach the second half of the lower-level undergraduate World Civilization survey and will have the opportunity to develop new courses within their field of specialization at the upper-level undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants should provide evidence of excellence in teaching as well as potential for substantive research and scholarship.
  • Applications accepted only on-line at To apply, complete online faculty application and include letter of interest, vita, and three references. In addition, mail graduate transcript and copies of teaching evaluations to Chair, History Search Committee, MC 416, University of Houston – Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058-1098. Proof of eligibility to work in U.S. must be provided.  For assistance with UHCL’s online application system, contact Abby Diaz at (281) 283-2162 or
  • Review begins immediately [ad posted 10 Nov.]
  • Crossposted to African/Middle East History 2014-15
  • Got a rejection email literally 3 minutes after I submitted my application online. Seriously???? (11/21)
  • May I ask what it said?  Maybe they decided to close the search already.
  • This job was posted on HighEdjobs on 11/11. Here is the rejection email on 11/21:
  • "Thank you for applying for the position of Assistant Professor of History (Modern East Asian or Middle Eastern History). It has been determined that your qualifications do not meet the minimum experience, education, knowledge, and/or skill requirements for this position." Curious about the "requirements." 
  • Anyone submitted applications without getting rejections from the system yet? 
  • I submitted three days ago.  Received acknowledgement notice but no rejection yet.  (11/22)
  • Does anyone know the teaching load? (3/3)
  • Has anyone received any news on this position?
  • Still no news?
  •  Phone interview requested (1/13) x2
  • Campus invite (1/29)
  • Me too (East Asian history)
  • What is other person's specialty? Are you fresh phd, ABD?
  • Any news? Offer been made? (1/3)
  • Offer made and accepted

University of Manchester (UK) - [Non-TT;VAP equiv.] Modern[]

  • Two year Lectureship (~VAP) in Modern East Asian History, to begin 1 Sept. 2015
  • You will contribute to the teaching of East Asian history, with a focus on China, at undergraduate level by teaching and examining un both undergraduate and MA programmes, academic advisement, and supervision of undergraduate dissertations and MA theses.
  • You will have both research and teaching interests focused in the History of East Asia, but must demonstrate an ability to teach the history of China at undergraduate level. You will have a PhD or expect to hold one shortly) in a relevant field, and a proven commitment to fostering undergraduate and postgraduate level study.
  • Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button find out more.
  • Deadline: 12 Apr. 2015

University of Missouri - St. Louis (USA: MO) - CANCELLED[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian HIstory, to begin August 2015
  • The successful candidate will be expected to teach a general course on East Asian history as well as on China and at least one other East Asian country.  Specialty in geographical area and time period is open, and areas of expertise could include international relations, East Asian history in the global context, culture and migration, and/or the Pacific Rim.  The department has a strong research mission, so consideration of promotion and teaching load will be tied to publication and other accomplishments in original scholarship.  Evidence of strong teaching is required and the ability to teach online courses is especially welcome. 
  • Applicants must have a PhD in an area of East Asian history.
  • Applications and inquiries should be sent to Karen Bartoni, Department of History, University of Missouri - St. Louis, 1 University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121.  An application consists of a letter of interest, c.v., and three letters of recommendation.
  • Review begins: 1 Nov. 2014 and continues until position filled.
  • Oct. 23, 2014: email notification that search has been cancelled due to budgetary reasons :(

University of New Mexico (USA: NM)[]

  • Tenure track Assistant Professorship in the History of East Asia in any time period, with an anticipated start date of August 2015.
  • PhD in History with an East Asian specialization must be in hand by August 2015.
  • Minimum qualification: (1) PhD in History with an East Asian specialization or, if ABD, with expected completion by August 2015; Preferred qualifications: (1) a record of publication, or demonstrated potential to publish, within the field of expertise; (2) teaching experience at the university or college level; (3) ability to teach upper-division courses on China and Japan; (4) ability to teach a two-semester undergraduate survey on ancient through modern East Asia as serves the department’s needs; (5) ability to offer gradute seminars that enhance the department’s thematic PhD concentrations (available on website); (6) ability to mentor undergraduates and graduate students at the MA and PhD levels.
  • To apply: Applications must include: (1) a signed letter of application describing the candidate’s qualifications for the position and proposed research agenda, with the names of three references and their contact information; (2) a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae; (3) an article length writing sample of scholarly work; (4) a list of courses that the candidate has taught or is prepared to teach. (5) Official Transcripts.
  • Candidates are requested to include an e-mail address at which they can be contacted and to post the candidate name at the top of each page submitted. The above materials must be submitted electronically at, and reference posting number 0825824. In addition, please request that three letters of reference be sent either to the department’s postal or e-mail address. Signed e-mail letters of reference may be sent to with subject line “Letter of Reference”.
  • Deadline: 1 Nov. 2014
  • [1 Sept] job is up on H-Net - new link added. AFII (talk) 08:56, September 1, 2014 (UTC)
  • Will interview at AHA in January
  • Rejection email (Nov.19)
  • Anyone got interviews from them? (11/19)
  • got neither rejection email nor interview request (11/21) (x4) (11/22)
  • Interview request 12/02
  • I got neither rejection e-mail nor interview request (12/06)... is this normal? (x2)
  • In my experience, there really is no "normal" anymore in these job searches, so I wouldn't make much of this. It might mean that they haven't yet ruled you out, or that your application hasn't yet been reviewed, or simply that they haven't bothered to notify you that you have been ruled out. Of course, you can confirm with their human resources as to whether or not your application is complete and in order.
  • Any news? (1/17)
  • Campus Visits scheduled
  • Any news?

University of South Carolina, Upstate (USA:SC)[]

  • 9-month tenure track assistant professorship in East Asian History
  • Teaching Load 4/4: The successful candidate will teach undergraduates in East Asian history and lower-level surveys in World History.
  • Required:  Ph.D. in East Asia or in the history of an East Asian country. Letter of application, vita, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation (dated, signed and on letterhead if possible). ABDs will be considered, however, Ph.D. must be completed before August 15, 2015
  • For complete information/requirements and online application submission process, go to and click on Full Time Academic. Send hard copies of application materials to Dr. Robert McCormick, Chair, Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies, University of South Carolina Upstate, 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303. Contact information: or 864-503- 5723.
  • Evaluations of teaching and sample assignments, examples of scholarship, and other supporting materials are encouraged.
  • For full consideration: 15 Oct. 2014 and position is open until filled.

University of Toronto Scarborough (CAN) - Gender in East Asia[]

  • Tenure Streat assistant professorship in the historical study of Gender in East Asia, to begin 1 July 2015 or shortly thereafter
  • Applicants must hold a PhD in History, Women's and/or Gender Studies, or East Asian Studies by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Applicants also must have a record of excellence in research in the area of historical study of Gender in East Asia, demonstrate the ability to develop an independently funded research program, and must exhibit demonstrated excellence in teaching.
  • Apply at:
  • The closing date for applications is 29 Oct. 2014


Bowdoin College (USA:ME)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Japanese History, to begin Fall 2015
  • Teaching Load: 2/2 "including offerings in both pre-modern and modern Japanese history."
  • Ph.D. in hand by date of appointment preferred, but advanced ABDs will be considered.
  • Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, a concise teaching portfolio, and the names of three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. To apply online,
  • Review begins: 1 Nov. 2014.
  • Any news? (11/18)
  • News anyone? (11/24)
  • No word yet -- anyone else? (12/1) (x4)
  • Did anyone hear anything so far? 
  • Nope (insert sound of crickets) 12/8
  • Interview requested 12/12 (x2)
  • Did anyone hear anything back?
  • Campus Visit 01/07
  • You mean you got an invite on that day? Or you had the campus visit already then? 
  • Offer made
  • Congrats! And..accepted?
  • Yes, accepted (2/11)

Columbia University (USA:NY) - Modern[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in modern Japanese History, with preference for specialism in 20th C
  •  A promising record of teaching and scholarship is necessary.  The appointee will teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. PhD. degree must be completed by July 1, 2015.
  • Applications will include CV, cover letter with a description of teaching and research interests, abstract of dissertation or first book, a brief description of courses the applicant has taught or would be prepared to develop, two sample syllabi, a sample of written work, and three letters of recommendation.
  • For more information and to apply for the position, please use the following URL:
  • Review begins: 15 Oct. 2014 and continues until position filled.
  • Any news? (10/30)
  • Four candidates invited to campus visits (11/3)
  • Any news? (12/24)
  • Offer made and accepted (Princeton)

Johns Hopkins University (USA: MD)[]

  • tenure track assistant professorship in Japanese History, to begin 1 Jul. 2015
  • PhD must be in hand by 1 sept. 2015
  • Please submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, research statement, and three letters of reference no later than October 1, 2014 to
  • Review begins: 15 Sept. 2014.
  • Any progress on this one?
  • I haven't heard anything (10/18).
  • I wonder what their focus is, very diverse and rich department.
  • Any news? (11/11)
  • no (11/11)
  • job talks scheduled (11/16)
  • job offer made (1/12)

Michigan State University (USA: MI) - Modern[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in modern Japanese History (Tokugawa period to the present), to begin 16 Aug. 2014
  • Candidates should demonstrate an ability to engage with MSU’s Asian Studies Center and with the Department of History’s broad areas of research strength.
  • Teaching Load: 2/2
  • Apply at  (Job #8479).  Upload a CV, cover letter addressing research and teaching, and a list of references.  In addition, three confidential letters of recommendation and a writing sample should be mailed to: Professor Ethan Segal, Japan Job Search Chair, Department of History, Old Horticulture Building, 506 E. Circle Dr., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1036, USA
  • Deadline: 13 Nov. 2014.
  • Request for Skype Interview in Early December (11/26)x2
  • Prevaricating email rejection ('you are not among those we will be following up with...but it is possible we will revisit other candidates (including you) in the weeks ahead'), 12/18
  • No prevarication here; SC is keeping its options open given the number of good jobs this year and the fact that two offers were declined last year.
    • That's a fair point, and of course, I'm hoping that options higher up the list don't pan out and they actually do revisit my application, though I don't have very *much* hope of that :)

Newcastle University (UK), Lecturer (Asst/Assoc Prof) No periodization[]

Oberlin College (USA:OH) - [Non-TT; VAP][]

  • Full time, non-continuing position in Japanese History
  • Appointment to this position will be for a term of two semesters, beginning fall semester of 2015-16 academic year and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.
  • To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference* should be sent to David E. Kelley, Director, Program in East Asian Studies, Oberlin College, Peters Hall 316, 50 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
  • Deadline: 6 Mar. 2015
  • Offer made, accepted.

University of California - San Diego (USA:CA) - 19th-20th C[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in 19th-20th Century Japanese History, to begin July 2015
  • The preferred candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership or a commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting.
  • We are especially interested in candidates who can place the archipelago within regional and global contexts as well as situate their research and teaching around inter-disciplinary themes, such as science and technology, gender and sexuality, and/or race and empire
  • Proof of authorization to work in the U.S. will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986). For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program website (   
  • Applications will be accepted electronically at Submit cover letter summarizing teaching experience, interests and involvement in scholarly fields, C.V., teaching evaluations and writing sample (no more than 40 double-spaced pages). At least three letters of recommendation should be uploaded electronically by letter-writer (or letter service), and a separate statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions. (For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see Contributions to diversity may include considerations of probable contributions to a diverse campus environment, past or ongoing service to underserved populations, experience with recruitment efforts at the undergraduate or graduate level, and familiarity with or participation in programs aimed at fostering diversity within higher education. 
  • Review begins: 1 Nov. 2014 but continues until position filled
    • Any news? (11/18)
    • Request for more materials (11/26)
    • Skype interview requested (12/02)
    • On-campus visit planned (1/)

University of Massachusetts - Amherst (USA:MA) - Modern[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Japanese History, from the 19th C to present
  • We are particularly interested in applicants whose work addresses the social, cultural, or intellectual history of modern Japan, and candidates working in the area of Women’s History are especially encouraged to apply. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration
  • PhD must be in hand by 1 Sept. 2015
  • To apply submit the following materials: a letter of application stating research interests and qualifications, a curriculum vitae; sample syllabi; a short (article- or chapter-length) writing sample, and the names/contact information for three references to
  • Deadline for full consideration: 3 Nov. 2014
  • Acknowledgement received: 10/27
  • Skype interview request (11/26) (The email says that campus visits will take pace in early 2015 after Skype interviews) x3
  • Any news? (12/17)
  • Candidates invited for campus visit (12/29)
  • Offer made and accepted.


Princeton University (USA: NJ) Korean History or Literature[]

  • Full-time, tenure-track teaching position
  • Must have strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research
  • Ph.D. must be in hand by Sept 1, 2015.
  • Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, detailed letter of application, writing sample (25 pages max), dissertation abstract and chapter outline, and three letters of recommendation. Recommenders should mail their letters directly to Korean history or literature search committee, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 211 Jones Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544.
  • Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. (req. #1400464)
  • Any news or updates?
  • 3 candidates invited for campus talks (12/2) actually 4 candidates (1/17)
  • Does anyone know the profile of the candidates?  
  • ABD early modernist (Columbia) x2, postdoc medievalist (China), postdoc modernist (England)

University of Leiden (NED) - Modern Korean Studies[]

  • Lectureship (~Asst/Assoc Prof) in Modern Korean Studies
  • Appointment will be fixed-term from August 2015 through July 2018, with the possibility of extensions and a permanent position thereafter. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
  • Leiden University invites applications for a Lectureship in modern Korea studies, particularly the study of state and society of the Koreas in the modern and contemporary period. We welcome applications by scholars whose work shows sensitivity to historical and cultural contexts and an excellent command of the relevant source languages. Certainly in teaching and preferably in research, the lecturer will engage with the wider (East) Asian context. More generally, s/he will be able to position the study of Korea in transnational and global configurations. Ability to teach on premodern Korea will be an advantage.
  • Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the Korean Studies Search Committee at, with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – 15-044’: A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught; A letter of motivation including a personal vision of Korean Studies; A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max 2 pages); A teaching statement (max 1 page); Two sample course descriptions; Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).
  • For more details/to apply see online
  • Deadline: 16 Mar. 2015
    • Intend to conduct campus interviews mid-April

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (USA:MI) [open rank] Modern[]

  • Tenure track or tenured position in Modern Korean History, to begin 1 Sept. 2015
  • Applicants with interdisciplinary teaching and research interests in historical and cultural studies are encouraged to apply.
  • All applicants should possess a high level of proficiency in Korean language. Successful candidates are expected to teach a range of courses in Korean history, from introductory undergraduate lecture courses through graduate seminars; to supervise doctoral dissertations; and to participate actively in the programs of the department as well as in area studies initiatives within a larger university community that encourages interdisciplinary efforts.
  • PhD must be in hand before start date
  • Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, teaching evaluations (if available), and a statement of current and future research plans.  Junior candidates may submit a placement dossier with representative publications or writing samples and at least three letters of recommendation. Senior candidates should include the names of suggested reviewers. Application materials, except letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically. Please submit your materials as email attachments to The subject of your email must appear as follows: “Last name, First name”.  For example: Doe, Jane.  Letters of recommendation should be emailed as PDF files to
  • Deadline: 15 Jan 2015
  • Any news? (2/19)
  • Last scheduled campus visit taking place today (3 candidates)


National University of Singapore - [Open Rank][]

  • Tenure track appointment at any rank in Singapore History, to begin July 2015
  • The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong research and teaching agenda that revolves around the History of Singapore, any field, any period. The demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to teaching the broader history of Southeast Asia, and/or the history of empires and imperialism, would be an asset. A remuneration package based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate will be offered.
  • Application dossiers should include a complete list of publications, research interests and teaching experience, a letter explaining why the position at NUS is of interest, as well as the names and contact information of three academic referees. Candidates should also include a list of grants obtained, together with a list of research projects successfully completed. The search will continue until an appointment is made. Please submit documents to: Professor Brian P. Farrell, Head, Department of History, National University of Singapore, 11 Arts Link, AS1-05-38, Singapore 117570 OR email:
  • Deadline: not stated in ad.  Ad expires 17 Dec. 2014.
  • Shouldn't this be listed in the Southeast Asian section?

South Asia[]

Bridgewater State University (USA:MA) - Sub-saharan or South Asian[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in sub-Saharan or South Asian History
  • See full posting (link above) at African/Middle East History 2014-15
  • second (or possibly third) year in a row for same position - anyone know if this is a legitimate search?
  • No specific knowledge about the above question. I have just one observation:  8 faculty in the Department of History and Political Science. 7 are men, 1 woman.  One of the men is Political Science, one "Global Studies, so if you want to be specific to History, that's a 5:1 ratio of men to women.  That's a red flag for me.
  • Question: Ph.D. in History vs. Ph.D. in History or related field (i.e. interdisciplinary degree, etc.). How serious or intentionally narrow are they when they say "Ph.D in History" and don't add "or related field"?
  • The ad makes it clear that they're looking for a Ph.D. in history. They definitely did not run this search last year, at least not for South Asia. Not sure where that information is coming from. Also, make sure you're looking at the right website. The history department has 15 faculty members (all of whom are historians, no poli sci), and I see five female faculty.
  • Any news ?
  • Phone interview scheduled for mid-Jan. (12/19)
  • What happened to this position? Have they already chosen someone?
  • I had a phone interview, and have heard nothing. I just assumed I didn't make it to the on-campus stage. (x2)
  • Was an offer made? (2/24)

Columbia University (USA:NY) - Modern South Asia (1800 to the present)[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in modern South Asian Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.
  • Seeking a scholar working in the humanities, particularly in literary culture, visual culture, or intellectual history. Demonstrated research expertise in at least one South Asian language is required. The successful candidate will have broad intellectual interests and a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education, and will show the potential to contribute to new departmental initiatives. Participation in the Columbia College Core Curriculum will be expected. The appointment at the rank of assistant professor will begin July 1, 2015.
  • Applicants should submit a c.v., cover letter, dissertation abstract, representative sample of scholarship, and a sample course syllabus.They should also arrange to have three referees submit letters of recommendation.
  • Link to Apply
  • The review of applications will begin 1 Oct. 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Skype Interview requested (received phone call) [posted 10/22]
  • Any updates on this? [11/21]
  • Offer made and accepted, NYU Film Studies [4/15]

Fairfield University (USA:CT) - South Asian/Indian Ocean[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in South Asian/Indian Ocean history to start Sept. 2015
  • PhD must be in hand by 1 sept. 2015
  • "We welcome applications from historians specializing in any period or region of South Asia/Indian Ocean cultures and empires.  We particularly welcome candidates who employ cross-disciplinary or subaltern methodologies, who take broad comparative or transnational approaches, or who explore South Asia/Indian Ocean’s connections to Africa, the Islamic World, and East Asia.
  • A successful candidate will be expected to teach the core-curriculum introductory History survey “Origins of the Modern World, 1500-present” and to contribute actively to the university’s Asian Studies and International Studies Programs
  • Fairfield University, founded in 1942, is an independent Jesuit comprehensive university
  • Applications, including your application letter, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript and contact information for three references should be submitted at:
  • Deadline: 1 Nov. 2015 (for interviews at AHA)
  • Intend to interview at the AHA
  • Has anyone heard anything about this position? (11/19)
    • Nope, nothing yet. (11/19)
  • Received email for AHA interview. Looks like there were ~19 slots, but not sure if that means 19 interviews, which is a whole lot. (11/20)x2
    • Status: ABD, TT, non-TT? Was there any additional request for info?
      • ABD, no additional info requested. 
  • Rejection via email (11/21)
  • Any news after the AHA interviews?
    • Nothing so far. (1/9)
    • They said they would let us know on Friday, correct? (1/9)
      • Guess I missed that bit of info. I remember being told that the timeline for campus visits is late-Jan to Feb. Followed by the always awkward promising "hope we can continue this conversation some (unspecified) time in the future...."
      • They were suppose to make a decision by Friday.  Anybody invited for campus visits?
      • I don't remember being told that either, but instead told about the future campus visit schedule. I was interviewed on the first day, so perhaps they did not tell that to candidates until later dates? Or perhaps they plain forgot. 
    • Email request for on-campus interview (1/13)
    • How many candidates were called to campus? (1/25)
      • Grapevine says 3 candidates, but not certain. Also not sure if any other candidates have been contacted yet (but I haven't). 3+ weeks of no contact after AHA is rather poor form.
      • There were four slots for campus visits, but that doesn't necessarily mean there are four on-campus interviews. It's common for schools not to contact AHA/Skype interviewees until they've gone through the campus interviews in case they want to pull the "next on the list" candidate. Some schools will tell candidates this information - let them know they are an alternate, while others wait. I've waited far longer than three weeks to hear from universities.
      • So, have they already called the 3 or 4 candidates for the campus interviews?
      • Yes final three candidates are currently on campus or have had their on-campus interviews.
      • Was an offer made? (2/24)
      •  Offer must have been made by now.
      • No word yet. But they could have offered the position to someone else. (2/27)
      • Any word on an offer? (3/6)
      • Offer made and accepted, Cambridge PhD

Princeton University (USA: NJ) - South Asian History[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in South Asian history.
  • Applicants should provide a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, and dissertation chapter outline. Applicants should also provide contact information for at least three recommenders as part of the online application process. AA/EOE   This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Please apply online at: – Requisition #1400601.
  • Review begins: 1 Oct .2014 but continues until the department chooses to close the search.
  • Has anyone managed to upload the required documents on to the job portal? I get nothing but system errors.
  • Yes, but I was having trouble at first too. Search coordinator said a lot of people were having problems with the online system.
  • So how did you fix the problem? Is there someone I should contact?
  • Contact information for Princeton HR / Staffing may be found here: (10/11)
  • Does anyone have thoughts about the number of their own PhDs they have employed in their department?
  • Fewer than Yale/Harvard though. Most spent a few years at other institutions before returning
  • Imagine this must be moving forward by now... Can anyone confirm? (10/29)
  • yes people invited for job talks.
  • Three candidates invited for job talks. 2 ABDS and one recent JD/PhD from Harvard.
  • Are the other two candidates also  from Ivy League schools?
  • At least one is.
  • Both are.
  • all three are
  • Not surprising though. It would be better if in the job ad it is clearly stated that only candidates from Ivy League schools will be considered !  
  • How unethical.  What a shame.
  • What are the research areas of the chosen candidates? (11/11)
  • all 18th century
  • Who got the job?
  • Job talks are not done yet. (12/4)
  • Offer made and accepted - Columbia PhD candidate.

Reed College (USA: OR) - African, Middle Eastern, or South Asian history[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in History and Humanities, with preference for African, Middle Eastern, or South Asian history
  • We encourage applications on any theme or methodology in one or more of these fields. In addition to teaching courses in one's own area, the appointee will lecture and lead sections in the College’s interdisciplinary Humanities program (see:, including rotation into a year-long writing-intensive freshman course. Teaching duties also include advising year-long senior theses.
  • Applicants should have the PhD in hand by August 2015
  • We expect to make the appointment at the Assistant Professor level but will consider applications from more senior candidates. Please send an application letter, a CV, and three letters of recommendation to Douglas Fix, Tenure-Track Search in History/Western Humanities at
  • Deadline: 1 Nov. 2014.
  • Intend to interview at the AHA
  • Also posted at Open Field or Mixed Hire 2014-15 and African/Middle East History 2014-15
    • News?
    • I've heard nothing yet, but hopefully we'll hear something after Thanksgiving.
    • Someone posted on the "African/Middle East History page" that they requested additional materials on 11/18.
    • 4 campus visits scheduled.
    • Who are the finalist? (schools, fields) Thanks! 
    • 1 African, 2 South Asian, 1 Middle Eastern.
    • Did any non-ivyleague people make it to the campus? Did you notice this is Reed College?
    • offer made
    • What is specialisation of candidate who accepted offer? (2/24)
    • offer accepted (3/19)
    • Ottomanist

Rider University (USA:NJ) - Middle East and/or South Asian[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in the history of the Middle East and/or South Asia, to begin 1 Sept. 2014
  • Review begins 1 Oct. with a hard deadline of 15 Nov. 2014.
  • See original posting (link above) at African/Middle East History 2014-15
  • Has anyone who submitted 10/1 heard anything? (11/18)
  • I've heard nothing and also submitted 10/1 (11/19)
  • Still no news, but they are interviewing at AHA, as per the AHA Job Center handout [PDF]. "Privately Arranged Suite in Sheraton: Fri., Sat., Sun." 
  • What happened to this position? (2/24)
  • Offer made and accepted

Rutgers University - Newark (USA:NJ) - Modern[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Modern South Asian History (from 1500 to present), to begin Sept. 2015
  • The applicant should be able to present evidence of scholarly accomplishment and effective teaching. Ph.D. in hand by September 2015 preferred, but ABD considered.  The department is a partner in the three Rutgers University-Newark campus centers that focus on race, ethnicity and culture (including historical memory, public history, human rights); urban studies; and global affairs.
  • Send letter of application, c.v. and a short (chapter or article-length) writing sample electronically to ...three letters of recommendation are also required and should be sent to Dr. Kornel Chang, South Asian History Search, Department of History, Rutgers University, 323 Conklin Hall, 175 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102-1814.
  • Deadline: 15 Oct. 2014.
  • Anybody know the teaching load on this?
  • The teaching load is 2-2
  • Google+ interview request (10/21)
  • How many got the interview requests? Any idea? 12
  • Anyone called to campus yet? (11/6)
  • Yes
  • Subfields for the on campus interviews?
  • Received an email rejection. (11/19)
    • Not a peep. Considering writing to the chair but I don't want to sound too desperate. But then I didn't get the original interview request either... (11/19)
  • offer made (12/12)
  • Research area of the chosen candidate?
  • offer rejected, candidate chose to take position at Princeton. (12/23)
  • Did they offer the position to the second choice? yes, but candidate had TT turned down the offer
  • so, who got the job, after all? or was it a failed search?
  • Offer made and accepted, Columbia PhD (1/12)
  • What is the field of specialization of the candidate who accepted the offer? (1/26)

University of Reading (UK)[]

  • Lecturer (~tenured Asst/Assoc Prof) in South Asian History (19th-20th C), to begin 1 Sept. 2015
  • Applications are welcome from specialists in any area of modern South Asian history. We would welcome particularly applications from candidates able to strengthen one of the Department’s core teaching and research interests, which include political, cultural, gender, and transnational history, and the history of ideas and beliefs
  • The successful candidate will be an excellent teacher and researcher, able to deliver a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and possessing outstanding research potential. S/he will demonstrate an ability to develop innovative pedagogy, including the use of technology-enhanced learning techniques, and be able to make an appropriate contribution to the 2020 REF
  • To formally apply, please visit or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail). Please quote the relevant reference number
  • Deadline: 19 Jan. 2015
    • Can non-UK citizens apply for this job?
    • [18 Dec] EU citizens are eligible for all UK jobs; for those outside the UK there are different immigration processes to follow, but given the advert doesn't rule out visa sponsorship the assumption should be that these are open to all qualified candidates of any country.  There's a bit of a discussion about this happening on the European History talk page page which you might want to check out. AFII (talk) 10:23, December 18, 2014 (UTC)
    • Any updates? I have heard that UK departments generally get back to you in 3 weeks or less. 
    • Offer made and accepted, Postdoc at Berlin [4/15] - Dr Rohan Deb Roy, UCL (2009).

University of South Carolina - Columbia (USA:SC) - 1500 - present[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in South Asian History, 1500-present, specialisation open
  • The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.
  • Interested candidates must send letters of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.  All materials should be sent electronically to
  • For full consideration: 10 Oct. 2014.
  • Any news? Have they asked for additional material?
  • Have they set the dates for Skype interviews?
  • Have they even asked for additional material though? (11/5)
  • Skype interview requested, asked for additional material (11/6)
  • It appears they did not consider those  who applied last year when they had a failed search.
  • Not true. All applicants were considered, regardless of whether they applied last year or not. 
  • Any news?
  • Rejection e-mail (12/19, post-Skype interview)
  • Let's hope the chosen candidate does not reject them this year
    • I hope the candidate does reject the offer. I'm sick of places not sending out any communication to applicants. Reject me if you want to, but please don't keep me hanging for 3 months. I find it hard to believe that a non-skype interviewed person has any chances. Why not send out a rejection? (1/5)
    • Rejection via email (1/9)
    • Offer Made (2/19)
    • What is specialization of candidate who accepted the offer? (2/24)

Southeast Asia[]

Murdoch University, Perth (AUS)[]

  • Lecturer (~tenured Assoc. Prof Tenure-Track, Lecturer level is equivilant to Assistant Prof) in Southeast Asian history
  • The successful candidate will have extensive in-country experience and will conduct research using sources in the vernacular. An interest in inter-disciplinary collaboration would be particularly welcome.
  • The successful candidate will have either a PhD or evidence of near completion of a doctoral degree. A high level of written and oral communication skills and recent experience in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level are highly desirable.
  • To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a cover letter, CV and a statement addressing the selection criteria (found in the Position Description). Applicants must also submit a 5 year research plan demonstrating the elaboration of a post-PhD line of research.Application procedures and the position description can be found at, as well as the link to the online form to submit your application. For queries relating to the application process, please contact
  • Deadline: 21 Nov. 2014
    • Anyone here apply for this?
    • Anyone heard from them? No (12/12)
    • Australian Uni's really close down over the Xmas/New Years break, if we don't hear in the next few days we won't hear anything until the 2nd week of Jan
    • Rejection email received 12/12
    • And Skype interviews organized 12/12
    • To the Skype interviewees: geographic focus and time period?
    • Modern mainland.
    • Anyone have any information on who was hired for this position? I never received a response to my application.

Northwestern University (USA: IL)- Modern[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Modern Southeast Asian History, to begin Sept 2015
  • Candidate should be able to teach Indonesian history. A letter of application, CV, writing sample (no longer than an article or dissertation chapter), and three letters of recommendation (sent separately) must be submitted electronically via the link on our departmental website at
  • Deadline: 15 Oct. 2014.
  • 11/14 - Request for additional materials (x3)
  • Assistant or Associate? -- Assistant (ABD) (x2)
  • If you don't mind me asking, ABD at which university? 
  • Period? Area of research? -- Modern Indonesia
  • Any further news for those contacted for add. materials?
  • Anyone receive rejection letter/email? -- No 11/26 -- Unlikely before the conclusion of the search
  • 12/4 - Request for Skype Interview, scheduled for next week.
  • Rejection email 12/12
  • Campus visits scheduled [THIS IS DISINFORMATION] - Is it DISinformation or just MISinformation?
  • As of 12/20 campus visits have not been scheduled.
  • Kind, personalized rejection email after Skype (12/30)

NYU Abu Dhabi (ARE) - Open Rank[]

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is currently inviting applications for a tenured or tenure-track appointment at any level (assistant, associate, or full professor) for its History Program. Applicants should offer a special area of research and teaching dealing with any historical period concerning Southeast Asia.
  • Please visit the History Programs website for more information:
  • The teaching load is three undergraduate courses per year (semester system), including at least one in the core curriculum. Faculty may also spend an occasional semester at NYU New York and sites of the global network, engaging in both research and teaching opportunities.
  • The appointment will begin as soon as September 2015, with a later start date possible, pending candidate availability.
  • To be considered, candidates should submit a Curriculum Vita, cover letter, statements of research and teaching interests, twenty-page writing sample or representative publications, and three letters of reference, all in PDF format. Senior candidates are not required to submit references at this time. Please visit our website at for instructions and other information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please e-mail
  • Review of applications will begin on October 15th, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
  • 11/11 Received an invitation for skype interview.
  • For those invited to skype interview, what area of study (mainland/island)? what period? Thanks!
  • For those who had skype interviews, any further news?
  • Had skype interview. Study mainland. Have not heard anything.

Seoul National University (KOR) - Premodern[]

  • Open Rank faculty position in premodern Southeast Asian History
  • " Applicants are expected to have expertise in maritime history of Eastern Indian Ocean and South China Sea from 1000 to 1800 ca. Those who combine strong research records, ability to work with sources in multiple languages, and passion for teaching will be preferred."
  • "The successful candidate will be expected to teach on both undergraduate and graduate levels up to 9 hours a week in English and to start at Seoul National University preferably in March 2015. The salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s previous career and achievement. Only those who already have PhD at the time of submission of application will be considered. "
  • "Candidates should send us a letter of application, CV, description of courses that you would like to teach (sample syllabi), graduate transcript, a sample of scholarly writing (book chapter or article), and three letters of recommendation"
  • Review begins: 15 Oct. 2014 and continues until position filled.
  • Any news on this? 11/19
  • Did anyone here apply? 11/26
  • I applied and never heard anything from them.

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (BRN) - Malay World/History of Islam[]

  • Associate Professor or Professor in the History of the Malay World/History of Islam
  • Full listing (link above) on the World/Global History 2014-15
  • Deadline: 30 May 2015.