Assistant Professor Modern Korean Popular Culture Position

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The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Modern Korean Popular Culture. Preference will be given to candidates with research and teaching expertise in contemporary visual and digital media culture, cinema, literature, TV, music, gaming, fandoms, and diasporic communities. We would especially welcome applicants who can engage with innovative research on Korean popular culture across a range of intellectual contexts and in interdisciplinary environments. Applicants are expected to have full professional proficiency in both Korean and English.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence or strong potential in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching and to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service. Information about the Department, a leading community of innovative research and teaching in Asian studies in Canada, can be found on its website, https://asia.ubc.ca/.

The application dossier should include:

  • A letter of application;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A 1-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, and ability to work with a culturally diverse student body;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • One writing sample (maximum 30 pages);
  • Two sample course syllabi;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • The names and contact information for three referees who could provide confidential letters of recommendation

*Three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly from your referees to ModernKoreanPopCulture.References@ubc.ca by December 5, 2022. Reference letters should be in PDF format. Please ask the referees to have the letters and emails titled in the following format: applicant last name-first name-referee last name-first name-Reference-ModernKoreanPopCulture

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 5, 2022. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2023.  All application materials (except reference letters) should be submitted online at http://asia.ubc.ca/careers. Inquiries may be sent to asia.jobsearch@ubc.ca.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.


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