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University of St. Thomas
Postdoctoral Scholar in Taiwan Studies
Houston, TX


Postdoctoral Scholar in Taiwan Studies

The University of St. Thomas (, a private Catholic university located in Houston, Texas, the nation's fourth largest city, committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, invites applications from outstanding candidates for a full-time position of Postdoctoral Scholar in Taiwan Studies housed in Mandarin Center of the Universities of St. Thomas and Wenzao Ursuline under the Department of International Studies & Modern Languages.

The Mandarin Center of the Universities of St. Thomas and Wenzao Ursuline is a collaborative project to promote Mandarin instruction for UST students and the Greater Houston community, funded by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. We also provide specialized Mandarin instruction to the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) and scholarship opportunities for students to study Mandarin for three to twelve months in Taiwan at our sister school, Wenzao Ursuline University of Foreign Languages.

The Department of International Studies & Modern Languages at the University of St. Thomas is a multidisciplinary program providing quality education to the next generation of global leaders. The Department consists of six full-time faculty and offers four major programs, including International Studies, International Development, Global Cybersecurity, and Spanish, along with East Asia Studies and Latin American Studies minors and its own graduate program, Master in Diplomacy & Strategic Affairs.

We seek candidates with teaching and research interests in Taiwan Studies, broadly defined, but preferences will be given to candidates specializing in Mandarin Teaching, Studies of Taiwan Literature and Culture, and other related disciplines in Taiwan Studies. The tasks of the postdoctoral scholar include but are not limited to: teaching two courses per semester, assisting the daily operation of the Mandarin Center and its director, and assisting with journal editing. This position is valid for one year and renewable upon performance and grant availability.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in East Asia Studies, Cultural Studies, or a related discipline. Active administrative and editorial experiences are highly preferred.

Interested candidates must provide the following: 1) a cover letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service, detailing any connections to the mission of the University of St. Thomas; 2) a complete Curriculum Vitae; 3) a statement demonstrating willingness to support the tenets of Catholic higher education as articulated in Ex Corde Ecclesiae; 4) a statement on your teaching philosophy; 5) teaching evaluations (if available); 6) three letters of reference.

In order to ensure a harmonious and fruitful relationship between new faculty and the university, applicants are encouraged to consider carefully the university's understanding of its Catholic mission as described here: [scroll down to "Faculty Employment" - Learn More]

The start date for the position is Fall 2023. Candidate must have degree in hand by the start date. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be addressed to Yao-Yuan Yeh, Chair of the International Studies & Modern Languages Department,

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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