UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

Founding Professorship in Chinese Studies

Location
St Andrews, Fife (GB)
Salary
By negotiation
Posted
31 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2019
Ref
AC2219MR
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a founding Professor of Chinese Studies in the context of the University’s decision to create a new Department of Chinese Studies at the University of St Andrews. Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant area of Chinese Cultural Studies and should possess native or near-native language skills in Chinese (Mandarin) and English. In addition, applicants should possess an internationally recognised record of research excellence, have a successful track record in attracting both external funding and postgraduate students, and demonstrate expertise in curriculum development and teaching. We welcome applications not only from current chair holders, but also from candidates who are advanced Readers/Senior Lecturers/Associate Professors.

Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist research interest in any area of Chinese Cultural Studies (including, but not limited to, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy and Religion, and Cultural History). The ability to establish links across other disciplines within the University will be an advantage. We are seeking to recruit an individual with the strategic leadership and intellectual drive to generate an innovative curriculum that will appeal to future generations of students. An ability to oversee and manage the delivery of a successful language programme in Mandarin will be essential.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic scholar to play a key role in the creation of a brand new department of Chinese Studies situated within one of the largest Schools of Modern Languages in the UK. The founding professor will be tasked to oversee the first intake of undergraduate students in 2021/22.

Our vision for Chinese Studies over the next 3 to 5 years as student numbers develop includes the recruitment of one full (founding) Professor and two Lecturers (Assistant Professors) working in the field of Chinese Cultural Studies. These three appointments will be supported by further (education-focused) Associate Lecturers whose primary responsibility will be language instruction. The founding Professor of Chinese Studies will play a key role in subsequent recruitment to these posts.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

The School of Modern Languages is committed to equality and diversity in its recruitment and employment policies. The School operates a policy of family-friendly hours for core meetings and is happy to discuss flexible working arrangements for staff. The School also offers to cover reasonable child-care costs for applicants invited to interview.

Further detailed information about the School of Modern Languages can be found at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/

Informal enquiries can be directed to:

Professor Seán Allan (Head of School) langshos@st-andrews.ac.uk