Assistant Professor - Modern Korean Literature & Culture

Position Overview

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) at the University of Kansas (KU) invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in modern and contemporary Korean literature and culture, including popular and media cultures in a global context, beginning August 2024. The successful candidate must have research and teaching expertise in these fields. They will be expected to teach two upper-division Korean language classes and two content classes per year. A Ph.D. in Korean studies or equivalent is required. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

The University of Kansas is located in the city of Lawrence, a vibrant and culturally rich community 45 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a quintessential college town of 95,000, boasts a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. Along with the music, arts, culture, and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues and professional sports teams.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.

The College emphasizes interdisciplinary, experiential learning and global awareness, houses a vibrant university wide Honors Program that highlights undergraduate research and service activities, and has created strong affiliations with outstanding cross-disciplinary research centers. Faculty and academic staff have emphasized the importance of continuing and expanding on relationships with centers and entities including the Biodiversity Institute, Kansas Biological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Life Span Institute, the Institute for Policy and Social Research, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. These relationships have brought a broad range of disciplines together to pursue and conduct sponsored research and education at the international, national, state, regional and local levels, and have created employment structures in which faculty and academic staff share appointments to emphasize collaboration. College faculty and research staff are welcomed as members in all KU’s designated research centers and institutes. The College is home to internationally recognized scholars and scientists who brought in $44M in research funding in FY 2021, nearly 30% of the total funded research at KU Lawrence.

At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community.

Job Description

Information about East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas:
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures was established in 1964 and offers East Asian languages, including Chinese, Korean, and Japanese (5 levels), as well as Uyghur (3 levels) and Tibetan (2 levels). Language instruction complements a wide variety of East-Asia focused courses in EALC and many other departments. These cover a wide range of traditional to contemporary topics, ranging from literature and philosophy to anthropology, art history, history, political science, religious studies, sociology, and business and economics. The department has a Master’s Program that serves the region of the Central Plains and produces excellent graduates who pursue Ph.D.s elsewhere or find non-academic careers.

In addition, the Center for East Asian Studies at KU is a Department of Education Title VI funded national resource center, which supports languages and other curriculum programs, offering FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students and providing research support for faculty. The East Asian Library collection at KU is the 11th largest among U.S. public universities. A designated librarian supports Korean references and resources for faculty research and classroom teaching. The university has a robust corps of East Asian scholars in EALC and multiple other departments.

Job duties:
Candidates are expected to develop and teach modern and contemporary Korean literature classes both in English and in Korean (offered to both undergraduate and graduate students). They should have broad interdisciplinary interests in studying modern and contemporary Korean literature and popular and media cultures in the context of globalization. For teaching two language and two content courses every year, the work distribution will be 40/40/20 Teaching/Research/Service. The salary is competitive with those at other research universities in the region.
  • Teaching/Advising (40%): Teach two courses per semester (2:2 teaching load), including two upper-division Korean language courses and two content courses per year. Content classes potentially include introductory surveys, upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses. Advise undergraduate and graduate students (including graduate students in EALC and other departments who are working on modern Korea studies). Guide research of undergraduate and graduate students and supervise Master’s theses.
  • Research (40%): Maintain and sustain an active and productive program of research in area of specialization. This includes publishing and disseminating research through scholarly, peer reviewed publications as well as other venues that reflect scholarly effort and achievement.
  • Service (20%): Provide service to the department, College, and University through committee work and campus initiatives. Provide service to the profession.

Faculty Code:
Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

  1. PhD in Korean studies with a focus on modern and contemporary Korean literature and culture, or equivalent by start day of appointment;
  2. Native-like fluency in Korean and English;
  3. Demonstrated an excellent track record of innovative scholarship and teaching experience; and
  4. Demonstrated ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive learning and working environments.

Additional Candidate Instructions

For complete information and to apply for this position, go to Applicants should provide the following information at the time of application:
  • a letter of interest (including explanations of academic training, research statement, and teaching statement),
  • a full curriculum vitae,
  • graduate transcripts,
  • selected publications/papers,
  • teaching portfolio (with sample syllabi, evaluations, or summaries), and
  • diversity statement (please see below for the requirement)
  • letters from 3 references (letters to be sent to the address given below).
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity and inclusion is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants are asked to complete a diversity statement in response to the following question.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).

Initial review of applications begins October 18, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact with any questions about the position.

Contact Information to Applicants

Please contact with any questions about the position.

Advertised Salary Range

commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

Wednesday October 18, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Sunday August 18, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26196BR
  • Department:  East Asian Languages&Cultures
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  F-Faculty
  • Review Begins:  18-Oct-2023

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