The History Department at Southwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the history of East Asia to begin in August 2022. We welcome candidates with expertise in any area of East Asian history, but we will give priority to those who can offer courses focused on Chinese culture and society, and thus support the university’s Chinese language program.

The successful candidate will teach sections of world history (preferably with significant pre- or early modern coverage), regional surveys, and thematic seminars drawn from the candidate’s areas of expertise. These course offerings should be attractive to a wide range of students (within and outside the major) and accessible to first-year students. The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and/or research contributes to one or more of Southwestern’s interdisciplinary programs, including but not limited to Environmental Studies, Feminist Studies, International Studies, and/or Race and Ethnicity Studies. In addition, the successful candidate will rotate with colleagues teaching historiography and the senior research seminar. The teaching load is 3-2.

Campus-wide responsibilities include advising students and university service.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. completed by the time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Evidence of successful teaching experience is desirable.

The History Department and Southwestern University are committed to recruiting candidates who both excel in teaching and research/creative work and can best serve our diverse student population. As of the fall 2020 semester, 40% of students enrolled at Southwestern are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and we are committed to further increasing and supporting the diversity of our students, faculty and curriculum. The Department seeks candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to, and will take an active role in, enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the University, including fostering a sense of community and belonging for students. Please include specific and detailed information about how you have worked to enhance diversity and inclusion through your teaching practices, research, and/or service experiences within the college or university setting.

Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) is a selective undergraduate residential liberal arts institution located in the greater Austin area.  Established in 1840, Southwestern enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student–faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The university provides a highly interdisciplinary and holistic education that values high-impact learning experiences, such as study abroad, internships, and faculty-student research. A member of the recently formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, Southwestern is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia. Additional information about the university can be found at our website:

For full consideration, a cover letter and a CV should be submitted by November 5 to In addition to your interest in the position, teaching experience and/or philosophy, research expertise and interests, and service, the cover letter should also elaborate on your work to enhance diversity and inclusion in these areas. Additional materials, including three letters of recommendation, brief descriptions of possible courses, sample syllabi, and an article-length writing sample or dissertation chapter will be requested from selected candidates later in the process. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Please direct any questions about this position to the chair of the committee, Jethro Hernández Berrones (

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process. Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/M/F