Job Opening: Regional and Cultural Studies-Asia, Air University (U.S. Air Force)

job opening - 5United States Air Force, Air Force Culture and Language Center
Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies – Asia

Location: Alabama, United States

The U.S. Air Force Culture and Language Center at Air University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies – Asia. The successful applicant will join a growing interdisciplinary department that develops cross-culturally competent military personnel, providing both deep cultural/regional expertise and general, transferable frameworks that students can employ anywhere they are deployed.

We seek an individual with expertise in the Asia-Pacific region who has conducted grounded intercultural and/or ethnographic field research in one or more of the sub regions of Asia (South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia).  An earned Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., anthropology, cultural or religious studies, social or cross-cultural psychology, sociology, etc.), as well as post-secondary teaching experience and regional language proficiency, is required.  The successful candidate must demonstrate, through application materials and interview, the ability to teach and mentor professional military students; bring diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives into the classroom; establish a sustainable, productive research program; and function professionally in a highly collaborative, diverse organization.

Air University is a Level V post-secondary institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We are located on Maxwell Air Force Base, adjacent to historic Montgomery, Alabama. Students include officer and enlisted members of the US Air Force and other Services, representatives of international/allied armed forces, and government civilians.

The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) leads the U.S. Air Force in building a cross-culturally competent Total Force to meet the demands of its dynamic global mission. From online courses that reach over 2,000 Airmen annually to smaller, graduate-level seminars, faculty members design and teach both core and elective courses across Air University schools/ programs; e.g., Air War College (AWC), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), etc.

Teaching will primarily include leading graduate seminars in one’s area of expertise, developing curricula for undergraduate and graduate-level instruction, delivering lectures on relevant regional and cultural topics, advising student research, and assessing student learning. Teaching may also include facilitating online courses, developing curricula for online instruction, and conducting faculty development on intercultural competence for other Air University schools and programs. Research activities will include designing and conducting original scholarly studies and publishing results in academic and professional venues.  Service will include establishing and maintaining professional relationships with colleagues across Air University, with other government agencies, and with civilian academic institutions; and serving on Air University and AFCLC committees.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, applicants must hold U.S. citizenship at the time of application; be eligible for a security clearance; and be able to travel in order to qualify for consideration.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and contact information for at least three references.  Applicants may apply at (announcement # AFCLC06-16).

For additional information, visit the Center’s website at or contact the search committee chair, Lt Col Todd Butler at and334-953-7862.

Contact:Lt Col Todd Butler, or 334-953-7862



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