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Harvard University Lecturer in Digital East Asian Humanities/Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital China Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title Lecturer in Digital East Asian Humanities/Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital China Studies

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Position Description

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences seeks applications for a joint appointment as a Lecturer in Digital East Asian Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations ( EALC ) and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital China Studies in the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies ( FCCS ). The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2021 and end on June 30, 2022.

As EALC lecturer, the incumbent will be responsible for offering two Digital East Asian Humanities courses, open to graduate and undergraduate students, which deepen and broaden their research capabilities in East Asian studies through the use of digital tools. Course content will be determined by the applicant’s areas of expertise while being broadly accessible to students working on East Asia. The lecturer will be expected to evaluate senior theses in accordance with departmental practice and may also advise a senior thesis. Classes will be conducted in English.

Under the supervision of FCCS’s Faculty Director Michael Szonyi, the Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital China Studies will lead the Center’s digital China studies initiatives, working closely with content developers across the university and the larger China Studies community. Additionally, the Fellow will support faculty, students, and scholars in the use and development of digital tools and methods through consultations, project support, curricular engagement, workshops, and various training programs.

The position is for one year, renewable for a term of up to three years, contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, funding, and divisional dean approval.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate in Chinese Studies, Digital Humanities or related discipline required by the expected start date; working ability in one or more East Asian languages; and experience using digital research tools to undertake digital projects and data analytics. Experience with digital resources in China Studies.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching.

Special Instructions

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit the following materials through the application portal ( by 5pm on February 28, 2021, though applications arriving later will be considered until the position is filled:

  1. Cover letter, including a description of teaching/advising experience and philosophy and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. Research statement

  4. Names and contact information of three referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

    Contact Information

Chair, Digital East Asian Humanities Lecturer Search Committee, East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, Harvard University, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

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