Assistant Professor in Korean Studies

The School of International Letters & Cultures (SILC) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Korean Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Anticipated start date is August 2023.

Disciplinary specialization may include Korean film, animation, popular culture, literature, and media studies. In addition to expanding our range of course offerings in Korean, the candidate will be expected to collaborate with colleagues in both the East Asian section and SILC more generally, to design courses with transnational and comparative topics. Expertise in a second East Asian language or film tradition is strongly desired, as is evidence of ability to design undergraduate- and graduate- level courses on transnational East Asian and interdisciplinary comparative topics that put Korean studies in dialogue with broader regional and global currents in film, media, and visual studies. 

The candidate will be expected to contribute both content and upper-level language courses, depending on program needs. The Korean program features Korean Studies Certificate and Korean Minor. We seek a candidate who can play a key role in the development of the Korean section, and who is committed to inclusion and excellence in research and education. 

Essential Functions of the Position 
The successful candidate will be expected to: 
● Design and teach two courses per semester in Korean film, popular culture, literature, and/or visual media studies at both undergraduate and graduate level. 
● Contribute to curriculum development in the Korean section and SILC more broadly. 
● Supervise honors, masters, and doctoral students. 
● Conduct research and publish in top-tier journals and presses. 
● Participate in professional and university service as appropriate for rank.

Required Qualifications: 
● Ph.D. in a Korean-related humanities field required by time of appointment. ABD candidates may be considered, but must have Ph.D. conferred by time of appointment. 
● Native or near-native proficiency in both modern Korean and English.
● Evidence of effective teaching at the university level.
● Evidence of clear research agenda and scholarly publication trajectory.

Desired Qualifications: 
● Research and teaching expertise in interdisciplinary, transnational East Asian and comparative topics
● Research and teaching expertise in a second Asian language and culture
● Ability to teach content courses in Korean
● Ability to use basic instructional technology (i.e., Blackboard, Canvas, etc.)
● Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities. 

Application deadline is November 1, 2022; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. By policy, the successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by time of hire. 

To apply, please submit the following via Interfolio:

A letter of application, addressed to Search Committee Chair Ebru Turker, outlining the candidate’s research, teaching interests, and qualifications for the position. 
● Current curriculum vita (CV). 
● One scholarly writing sample (in English, and of no more than 45 pages) 
● Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. quantitative and sample of qualitative data from teaching evaluations, if available).
● Statement of Teaching Philosophy (no more than 2 pages)
● A 1-page statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence 
● The names, positions, and contact information of three references who may be contacted directly. 

Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Ebru Turker, at 

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community. 

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