Job Opening: Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Institution: Asian American Studies Center, UCLA
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
Type: Full Time

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seeks a dynamic and respected scholar to provide intellectual research and programmatic leadership for AASC and invites applications for the position of Director of the Asian American Studies Center (AASC). Qualifications for success include an outstanding scholarly research and publication record; experience developing interdisciplinary research programs in Asian American and Pacific Island Studies; commitment to social justice; ability to administer budgetary and personnel processes; and proven effective experience in fundraising, including engaging in development activities as well as obtaining and managing extramural grants and/or contracts, gifts and donations, and endowment funds.

This scholar is expected to work effectively with AASC staff members, members of the AASC Faculty Advisory Committee, and campus leadership to develop internal priorities. This individual needs to maximize external visibility of AASC through building bridges between UCLA and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, strengthening intercampus collaboration, in relation to research and community partnerships. This is a tenured faculty appointment in the appropriate department or school with the expectation at the full professor rank. Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire.

Established in 1969, AASC is the nation’s leading research center in the field of Asian American Studies. Its mission is to promote research, critical thinking, education and community service within an academic framework, contributing to an understanding of the history, cultural heritage, and present social, socioeconomic and political position of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. AASC has core programs in research and publications; in library and archival collections; in international and national visiting scholar and fellowship programs, as well research grant programs; in scholarships, internships and academic prizes for undergraduate and graduate students; in joint university-community research projects; in policy making; in endowment and development efforts; and in public educational and outreach activities. AASC is seeking to build on its established partnerships, collaborations, and exchanges with numerous public and private institutions across the nation and around the world, and continue to play a critical role in developing Southern California’s infrastructure of educational programming, social service agencies, civil rights organizations, museums, historical societies, media and cultural groups, and business associations that serve and represent Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. For more information on the Center, please visit

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited.

Applications should include:
1) a cover letter that includes statements on research, administrative and leadership experience, teaching, and commitment to diversity
2) a curriculum vitae
3) three names and contact information of references

Applications should be sent electronically to:

Inquiries may be addressed to Professor Min Zhou, Search Committee Chair, at or (310) 825-3532, and Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, AASC Assistant Director, at

For full consideration, applications should be sent by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Candidate review begins immediately, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2017.

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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