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Assistant Professor of Chinese

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Languages Literat. & Cultures
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

The Program of Chinese Literature and Culture in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chinese, starting in Fall 2024. We seek outstanding candidates specializing in premodern Chinese literature and culture prior to 1200, preferably with an interdisciplinary approach. This position is expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, a large survey course on Chinese culture as well as classical Chinese. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in Chinese literature, philosophy, and/or material culture.

This is a full-time (9-month) tenure-track position beginning September 1, 2024. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand (or expected by July 1, 2024), have native or near-native fluency in both Chinese and English, and demonstrated success in teaching at the college level in the U.S. Evidence of an active research agenda and a strong commitment to innovative teaching and professional development is preferred.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, candidates should submit a complete application packet:

A complete application will consist of 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching; 4) a statement of contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities; 5) a writing sample (e.g. dissertation chapter); 6) a sample syllabus; and 7) contact information including email addresses for three individuals whom we can solicit for confidential recommendation letters on your behalf.

Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor Enhua Zhang (, Chair of the Search Committee.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, historically marginalized and underrepresented demographic groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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