Job Opening: Assistant Professor of East Asian History, Kenyon College

Institution: Kenyon College
Location: Ohio, United States
Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Faculty

Kenyon College, a highly selective, liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a tenure track position in East Asian history, beginning 1 July 2018

The History Department at Kenyon College invites applications for a tenure-track position in East Asian History beginning July 1, 2018.  Period and region of specialization within East Asia and East Asian languages of research are open.  Candidates should be prepared to teach introductory surveys on modern and premodern East Asia, and upper-level seminars in their area of expertise or interest.  Other courses are open to the specific interests of the applicant.   Specialists on China, Japan, or Korea who understand East Asia in a transnational context are especially welcome.

The successful candidate will hold the James P. Storer Chair in Asian History, which includes funding for research and library acquisitions and the expectation of teaching four courses per year. In addition to maintaining an active research agenda and contributing to the curriculum of the History Department, the holder of the chair is also expected to promote awareness of East Asia across campus through engagement with students and faculty in the Asian and Middle East Studies Program, the International Studies Program, and other campus endeavors.

The History Department is comprised of a dozen historians with diverse thematic and geographic specializations (including two other Asianists), and values both excellence in undergraduate education and high quality research.

Candidates should have a record of excellent teaching and a Ph.D. in hand or be near completion by the beginning of the appointment (July 2018).

Applications should include (1) a letter of application, (2) a C.V., (3) graduate school transcript, (4) teaching statement, (5) three letters of recommendation, and (6) a writing sample.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at  Review of applications will begin on December 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the College’s policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

All questions should be directed to Prof. Stephen Volz, Chair, East Asia History Search (

Contact:All questions should be directed to Prof. Stephen Volz, Chair, East Asia History Search (

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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