Job Opening: East Asian history, St. Olaf College

Institution: St. Olaf College
Location: Minnesota, United States
Position: Tenure track Assistant Professor, East Asian History,History and Asian Studies Departments

St. Olaf College invites applications for a position in East Asian History beginning August 2018. This is a full-time tenure-track position, jointly appointed to the History and Asian Studies Departments, expected at the assistant professor rank. The successful applicant should be committed to teaching in the liberal arts and conducting historical research, with a focus on the history of East Asia in a global perspective. Specialists in China, Japan or Korea are welcome. We are particularly interested in applicants who will contribute to the departments’ commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations that are currently under-represented in the areas of Asian Studies and History.

Position Description:

Regular teaching responsibilities include courses in East Asian history at all levels: national and transnational surveys, topical seminars, and interdisciplinary courses on Asia, such as Asian Conversations. In addition to expertise in East Asian history, we welcome candidates with interests in fields such as gender studies, ethnic studies or environmental studies. A commitment to experiential learning through international study, internships and undergraduate student research projects is highly desirable. The normal teaching load is six courses a year divided between the two departments.

Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. by September 1, 2018. The successful candidate will possess a high degree of fluency in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Applicants must submit materials online at

A complete application includes:

  1. cover letter outlining your qualifications;
  2. current curriculum vitae;
  3. short statement (1 page) describing your approach to teaching;
  4. short statement (1 page) of your research agenda;
  5. writing sample (dissertation chapter or scholarly article);
  6. unofficial graduate school transcripts.
  7. the names and email contact information of three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching and scholarship. St. Olaf College solicits letters directly.

Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to:

Prof. Barbara E. Reed, Chair of the East Asian History search committee
Department of Asian Studies
St. Olaf College
1520 St Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057

Application review will begin on October 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

More information about the History and Asian Studies Departments can be found at and

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

A liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.


Prof. Barbara E. Reed, Chair of the East Asian History search committee
Department of Asian Studies
St. Olaf College
1520 St Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057Email:


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