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The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to undertake a cluster hire in Asian American Studies.  This initiative is part of the College’s commitment to advancing an innovative curriculum and expanding its outstanding faculty. The cluster will comprise three faculty positions: two tenure track appointments at the assistant professor level and one appointment for a distinguished professor at the full professor rank. Centered in the social sciences and humanities, the positions are located across three departments (American Studies, History, and English and Comparative Literature) that are working collaboratively and closely with the College’s leadership to support three critical goals:  

  • expanding and strengthening leading undergraduate and graduate curricula in Asian American Studies
  • substantially increasing our faculty and scholarship devoted to the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian American communities
  • bolstering the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by focusing specifically on the study of Asian American history and culture

We invite applications from dynamic and outstanding scholars who will offer substantive research and teaching expertise in this field. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to contribute their voices to our ongoing process of reimagining scholarly, curricular and community engagement around Asian American Studies and communities in the College of Arts and Sciences.  

UNC-Chapel Hill is the largest public university in a state with a diverse and rapidly growing Asian American population. Undergraduate courses in Asian American studies attract broad and enthusiastic student interest, while several departments house faculty with research and teaching interests in Asian American studies, transnational/diasporic Asian studies, and allied fields. The Asian American Center, an academic and community engagement center in the Office of the Provost, was founded in 2020 and is the first center devoted to Asian American studies and communities in the Southeast. 

As a cluster cohort, these faculty hires will receive support for their development as a scholarly community. They will engage closely with the programming and the affiliates of the Asian American Center. The College of Arts and Sciences will also provide resources for the new hires’ professional growth and mentoring. Additionally, the University of North Carolina has a Center for Faculty Excellence and Office of Faculty Affairs with robust resources available to support faculty careers.  

We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds whose work aligns with our mission and strategic priorities.


To apply to one of the three positions, click on the following position links below:   

1) Department of American Studies: Tenure track Assistant Professor specializing in popular culture 

2) Department of English and Comparative Literature: Distinguished Professor in Asian American literature and related forms of cultural production 

3) Department of History: Tenure track Assistant Professor specializing in Asian American history