Postdoc in Chinese Performance Cultures

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Chinese Performance Cultures

The East Asian Languages and Cultures and Performing Arts Departments at Washington University in St. Louis seek to fill a post-doctoral appointment to begin in the 2019-20 academic year in the field of Chinese performance cultures, including the Republic of China in Taiwan, People’s Republic of China, and the Chinese diaspora.  We are particularly interested in scholars who have training in the history and practice of dance, drama, and/or film.The responsibilities of this appointment include teaching a two-semester freshman seminar in our Ampersand program (which includes a trip to Taiwan), as well as a third course related to the candidate’s research.

Applicants should send a letter of interest describing their scholarly qualifications and research goals for the postdoctoral period; current curriculum vitae; a published article or dissertation chapter; a documented record of teaching evaluations; and three (3) letters of recommendation.

Washington University especially encourages applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups, and disabled individuals. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and have received the doctorate after July 1, 2014 and before July 1, 2019.  Applications should be emailed to Professor Lingchei Letty Chen, Chair, EALC-PAD Search Committee, The committee will review applications until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by May 10, 2019.

Further inquiries can be made to 314-935-4448 or

Job Type/Schedule
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours.

Essential Functions

The East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) and Performing Arts Departments (PAD) are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, jointly held in both departments, in Chinese Performance Cultures. Initial appointment is for 2019-2020 with the possibility of renewal for two more years, depending on performance.Duties include teaching three courses per year, including a two-semester freshman seminar in the College of Arts & Sciences’ Ampersand Program, which includes travel to Taiwan.  Fellows are expected to participate fully in the intellectual lives of the two departments as appropriate to their research interests.  They are also expected to conduct their own scholarly research with mentoring available from faculty in both departments.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate is expected to have the PhD in hand at the time of appointment.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.


This position is eligible for all full-time postdoctoral benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, the names of three references, a published article or dissertation chapter, and a documented record of teaching evaluations. Letters of reference should be emailed directly by the referees to Professor Lingchei Letty Chen, Chair, EALC-PAD Search Committee, will be given to applications received by May 10, 2019.

EOC Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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