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Assistant Professor of Chinese at Western Washington University


TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR WHO IS A SPECIALIST IN CHINESE LITERATURE OR CULTURE beginning September 2012. This position is interdisciplinary, with primary teaching responsibilities in Chinese language and literature, as well as general survey courses focused on East Asian civilization and/or culture.

DEPARTMENT The department of 40 full- and part-time faculty offers programs in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Classics, Arabic and Russian. Faculty teach at all levels of an undergraduate program and are expected to undertake research and participate in service opportunities. Several department faculty participate in such interdepartmental programs as Canadian American Studies, Linguistics, Latin American Studies and East Asian Studies.


▪ Ph.D. by time of appointment in Chinese Literature, East Asian Studies, or related field with significant emphasis in Chinese literature or culture; 
▪ Native or near native Chinese and English fluency; 
▪ Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching;
▪ Demonstrated ability to teach courses in Chinese Literature and East Asian civilization or culture; and 
▪ Demonstrated commitment to excellence in scholarship and a dynamic research agenda. 

▪ Familiarity with and sensitivity to cultural diversity concerns.

UNIVERSITY Western Washington University is a public four-year institution with competitive admissions. WWU consists of 7 undergraduate colleges plus the Graduate School, with a total enrollment of approximately 15,000.

LOCATION Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, a city of approximately 81,000. Situated between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., in an area of scenic beauty and extensive cultural opportunities, WWU offers easy access to major research libraries.

APPLICATION Candidates should submit a letter of application describing teaching philosophy and research plans, CV, graduate school transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a sampling of teaching evaluations. An electronic application must be submitted through the following site:
Direct any inquiries to:

Dr. Karen Bradley, Chair
Modern and Classical Languages
516 High Street
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9097
TEL: (360) 650-3919
FAX: (360) 650-6110

Review of applications begins March 15, 2012; position is open until filled.

WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, Vietnam-era veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. For disability accommodation, call the Employee Relations-Disability Specialist/ADA Coordinator at (360) 650-7410 or (360) 650-7696(TTY). All new employees must complete the Measles Immunization Report Form and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service before beginning work at WWU. WWU is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment. Our Annual Campus Security Report can be viewed at and includes information on campus crime and WWU safety policies and procedures. For a paper copy, call Human Resources at (360) 650-3774, TTY (360) 650-7696. For alternate formats, call (360) 650-3839.