Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Bilingualism and Communication

Hong Kong
08 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
07 Nov 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


With 85 years of rich heritage, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has evolved alongside our society and made pivotal contributions to the development of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. PolyU pursues world-class excellence in education and research, and it offers a wide range of programmes in six faculties and three independent schools. Besides ranking among the top 100 universities globally by both THE and QS World University Rankings, PolyU was placed among the top 50 universities in four disciplines in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, with three of them ranking 1st in Hong Kong.


Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Bilingualism and Communication

(Ref. 230607011)

The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) is one of the constituent departments of the Faculty of Humanities. One of the core missions of CBS is to promote and develop studies of Chinese, multilingualism, and language science in Chinese contexts. With over 50 full-time academic and teaching staff members, CBS is a vibrant centre for research in the areas of Chinese linguistics, corpus linguistics, speech and communication disorders, cognitive neuroscience, bilingual communication, Chinese language education, Chinese language testing, language technology, and translation and interpreting. The Department is also devoted to offering high quality education programmes at different levels (bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral) in Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Language Education, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Speech Therapy, Translating and Interpreting, Bilingual Corporate Communication, as well as Korean/Japanese language and culture courses at bachelor’s level. Within the Department, there is a PolyU-PKU Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics, a Speech Therapy Unit, a Research Centre for Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, and a Centre for Translation Studies. CBS colleagues also conduct highly interdisciplinary research using advanced technologies (e.g., MRI, EEG/ERP, VR, AI/NLP) and facilities (e.g., University Research Facility in Behavioural and Systems Neuroscience). The medium of instruction and administration is English. More information about the Department may be found at

The Department now seeks to strengthen its impact in Bilingualism and Communication as a broadly defined interdisciplinary area of academic studies, in keeping with the latest theoretical frameworks in Corporate Communication that are informed by exemplary business practices in associated industries worldwide. We aspire to develop academic leadership and groom young researchers to excel in Bilingual Corporate Communication (BCC), where “bilingual” is construed as not only distinct varieties of Chinese and English and the associated cultures specific to the local communities, but also other regional languages and cultures (e.g., Japanese and Korean, among others). Apart from infusing BCC theories and practices in multiple degree pathways at the undergraduate level, our flagship, highly popular MA programme (MABCC) will serve as a platform for disseminating BCC knowledge and influence in not only Hong Kong, but also the Greater Bay Area, elsewhere in Greater China, East Asia, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.


The appointee will be required to:

(a)    engage in teaching and related learning activities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;

(b)    engage in programme/curriculum design and development, consultancy projects and other scholarly activities that help promote the Department’s mission and vision;

(c)    undertake scholarly research in his/her area of expertise and play a leadership role in scholarly activities (especially for appointment at Professor level), including mentoring junior researchers;

(d)       provide administrative support and advice for academic and departmental affairs;

(e)    render service to committee work of various levels at the University, academic community as well as the society at large; and

(f)     perform any other duties as assigned by the Head of Department or his/her delegates.

An appointee at Professor level will be expected to demonstrate academic excellence and provide academic leadership in his/her area of expertise.


Applicants should have:

(a)    a PhD degree in a relevant discipline, preferably with the specialism in Intercultural Communication, Corporate Communication, Public Relations, Bilingualism/ Multilingualism, Language Analytics in Business Communication, or related fields;

(b)    substantial post-qualification work experience and an excellent record of relevant academic and/or professional achievements, including competitive grant awards and recognition of academic leadership by professional bodies;

(c)        a high level of fluency in English, with knowledge of Chinese being an advantage; and

(d)    a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarly activities, and professional service.

Applicants with less experience may be considered for appointment as Assistant Professor.

Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.  Initial appointment for Assistant Professor will be on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. An appropriate term will be provided for appointment at Associate Professor / Professor levels. For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at


Please submit an application through PolyU’s career website of applications will commence on 21 June 2023 until the position is filled.  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.

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