Boston University position

The Department of World Languages & Literatures at Boston University seeks an Assistant Professor, starting Fall 2024, in Chinese and comparative literature prior to 1900 as an addition to our vibrant programs in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Comparative Literature. Candidates who work across multiple East Asian traditions on interdisciplinary and comparative topics, including translation studies, are particularly encouraged to apply. The teaching load is two courses per semester. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will have a PhD in hand and a high level of proficiency in Chinese both modern and classical and in English. We expect a rich research portfolio, relevant teaching experience, ability to teach forms of literary Chinese, and a commitment to active participation in student advising and to our institutional values regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

At Boston University, “it is our belief that our intellectual community depends upon the critical but collegial collaboration of diverse individuals from multiple communities of origin, religious traditions, ethnic and racial backgrounds, gender and sexual identities, schools of thought, and ethical and political commitments, some living with disabilities,” as expressed in our college’s diversity statement []. Please use AcademicJobsOnline ( to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and an article-length writing sample. In the cover letter and teaching statement we invite candidates to explain how their teaching and mentorship activities work to increase student awareness of diverse individual life experiences in the premodern Asian context and contribute to more inclusive intellectual discourse. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted through the same site. Applications submitted through a website other than AcademicJobsOnline will not be considered. If electronic submission is not possible, send materials by postal mail to East Asian Literature Search, Department of World Languages & Literatures, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Please visit the following website for additional information about the Department ( Review of application materials will begin after November 1, 2023. Please contact Prof. Petrus Liu, Chair of the Search Committee, with any questions.

BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter. 

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. 

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