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  1. Director Position, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
  2. Curator Position, University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Asia Collections
  3. Assistant Professor Position, Arizona State University
  4. Assistant Professor Position, History of Africa, Middle East or Southeast Asia at Stephen F. Austin State University
  5. Lecturer Position, International Studies, University of Chicago
  6. Center Director Position, Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Montana-Missoula
  7. Associate Professor Position, Human Geography at University of Colorado at Boulder
  8. Faculty Position, Religious Studies & Theology at Williams College


  9. Postdoctoral Fellowship, Contemporary Asia-Pacific Studies at Stanford University

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  10. Conference, Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS)
  11. Conference, Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures 2013

1. Director Position, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Application Deadline: November 5, 2012

Reference No.1606/0912

The University is seeking a Director for the new Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC), which formally commenced operations on 1 July 2012. SSEAC has been established to capitalise on the University's already deep engagement with Southeast Asia in ways that respond to policy needs as well as intellectual challenges. It aspires to be Australia's premier centre of interdisciplinary excellence on Southeast Asia, forging an innovative and engaged approach to a region marked by rich diversity, by challenging problems, and by countries, communities and cultures that have a rapidly changing sense of their own place in the world. For more information about the centre, visithttp://www.sydney.edu.au/sseac.

As Director, you will:

- bring together and inspire scholars from across the University
- develop strategies to encourage interdisciplinary research on Southeast Asia, involving academics from across the University, and attract funding for that research
- increase the visibility of Sydney's interdisciplinary potential, making Sydney an obvious partner for governments and organisations with an interest in Southeast Asia
- oversee the establishment of a Graduate Program, which provides support for research higher degree students from across the University who are from or working on Southeast Asia and the development of an undergraduate pathway for students with an interest in the region
- develop a strategy for engagement with Southeast Asian community organisations
- supervise a small team of administrative staff and potentially a small number of academic appointments
- oversee the centre's budget.

As well as being a senior academic with a distinguished record of research and engagement in one or more of the countries of Southeast Asia with capacity in at least one Southeast Asian language, you will be a lateral thinker, capable of moving beyond the strictures of the traditional area studies centre model to harness and build on Southeast Asia interest.

You will also have a sophisticated appreciation of Southeast Asia as a region, a commitment to disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinarity, and outstanding academic leadership, management and interpersonal skills. Appointed as a professor of the University, you will also be expected to meet the University's general criteria for an appointment at the professorial level.


The position is full-time for a period of five years in the first instance. A salary package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

How to apply

Enquiries regarding the position may be directed to Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor on +61 2 9036 5027 orprovost@sydney.edu.au. For general information about the recruitment process, please contact Mr. Rodney Waterson, Senior Recruitment Manager, on + 61 2 8627 1214 or rodney.waterson@sydney.edu.au

CLOSING DATE: 5 November

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged. Appointment is on merit; as women are under-represented at this employment level. Suitably qualified women are encouraged to apply.

2. Curator Position, University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Asia Collections

Application Deadline: October 31, 2012


Job Classification:               Museum, Level D
Job Title:                               Curator, Asia (Staff Position)
Faculty:                                 Arts
Department:                         Museum of Anthropology
Salary:                                  $59,602 - $71,550 (Annual) 

This is a position of Curator (Asia Collections) within the Curatorial Department, a unit within the MOA Centre for Cultural Research at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). This position is currently funded for four years, with possibility for extension.  The position is responsible for research – including documentation, publication and curation – and development of exhibition strategies for the Asian section of the Museum. The curator will be responsible for providing access to the Asian collections and to develop and maintain relationships with the diverse Asian communities, UBC and other interested stakeholders to ensure appropriate, respectful and relevant research and display of the collections. The successful candidate will be called to advise the Director on plans to establish a future Asian wing at the Museum and will be expected to participate on committees and administration as required.  In addition, the Curator, Asia, will be expected to actively build new institutional relationships between MOA, Asian Studies, and other academic departments at UBC.  

This position is within the Curatorial Department and reports to the Department Head.  The post holder may be seconded for project-related work as required. A wide-latitude of decision making is required.


  1. Works to build relationships to enhance teaching, research and programmes between MOA and UBC Faculty
  2. Contributes to the intellectual life of the MOA Centre for Cultural Research through lectures, seminars, publications, etc.
  3. Researches, documents and advises on further acquisitions of the Museum’s Asian collections
  4. Develops exhibition strategies for the Asian collections in accordance with agreed curatorial processes
  5. Provides access to the Asian collections in response to relevant requests from researchers, students, communities and others
  6. Works collaboratively with diverse Asian communities, UBC and other stakeholders to ensure appropriate, respectful and relevant research and display of the collections
  7. Researches and publishes on Asian arts and cultures
  8. Advises the Director on plans to establish a future Asian wing at the Museum as required
  9. Participates on relevant committees and administration as required
  10. Develops and prepares applications to granting agencies for specific projects 
  11. Represents the Museum at professional meetings and conferences

Error in judgment might result in difficult working relationships with artists and communities, volunteers and other staff.  It could also result in loss of trust and credibility to partners in Asian communities.

The position reports to the Head of the Curatorial Department following institutional priorities.  The Curatorial Department is part of the MOA Centre for Cultural Research, which is overseen by the Associate Director, Research. 

The position may supervise volunteers and students, visiting interns from Asian and other cultural communities, contract artists and curators, or others contracted to perform services.

Curators work in an open, creative, office environment in their own work pods 


Must hold an MA (PhD preferred) in Anthropology, Art History, History, or Asian Studies and have research and/or exhibition experience. 



3. Assistant Professor Position, Global Christianity at Arizona State University

Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

4. Assistant Professor Position, History of Africa, Middle East or Southeast Asia at Stephen F. Austin State University

Application Deadline: November 26, 2012


Stephen F. Austin State University
Faculty Liberal Arts History
Application open until filled
Posting Number: 0601992
Position Type: Faculty
Department: HISTORY

General Description:
This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position responsible for contributing significantly to Stephen F. Austin State University's undergraduate and/or graduate programs through teaching, scholarship/creative accomplishment and service. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This is a security-sensitive position. Reports to the chair.

For additional information regarding position requirements, see Specific Job Requirements/Duties below.

Essential Job Functions:
1. Performs an equivalent of eight teaching units of work during the regular academic year; reduction of teaching load through reassignment of duties is possible in certain circumstances.
2. Engages in research/scholarly/creative and service activities at levels that are appropriate to faculty rank and departmental tenure/merit criteria.
3. Provides services to the university and the profession.
4. Participates in promotion review of lower-ranked faculty within the department.
5. When tenured, participates in tenure review of candidates for tenure.
6. May conduct supplemental instructional activities such as independent studies, internships, advising and thesis/dissertation supervision.

Non-Essential Job Functions:
1. May receive course load reassignment when assigned administrative duties in support of the department/college/university.
2. May receive course load reassignment when assigned to prepare course material during the first semester/year when included as part of initial contract.
3. May receive course load reassignment when approved to conduct research/scholarly/creative accomplishment and service which exceed normal expectations.
4. May supervise the work of student and/or graduate assistants.
5. May serve on departmental, college and university committees.
6. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Extensive knowledge in the field in which the individual will be teaching.
2. Ability to effectively teach undergraduate and/or graduate students.
3. Ability and commitment to conduct research and/or scholarly/creative accomplishments and service.
4. Ability to work within a collaborative faculty environment.
5. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
6. Ability to work effectively and patiently with students.

Education: Terminal degree in the field in which the individual will be teaching is required. ABD candidates may be considered if Ph.D. is earned prior to start date.

Experience and Training: The rank of assistant professor is held by an individual who demonstrates the capability to produce research/creative accomplishments, teach effectively and provide service to the academic and general communities.

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5

Special Instructions: Review of applications will begin on November 26, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. To apply please send an application letter detailing commitment to teaching excellence and research interests, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Andrew Lannen, Chair, World History Search Committee, P.O. Box 13013 SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.

Specific Job Requirements for this Posting: The Department of History at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African, Middle Eastern or South Asian history to begin in August 2013. The successful candidate must be able to teach World History surveys in addition to undergraduate and graduate courses in his or her area of specialization. Ph.D. in history or equivalent degree in a related field is preferred by the time of appointment, but advanced ABD applicants also will be considered. The standard teaching load in the department is 12 hours per semester.

Review of applications will begin on November 26, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. To apply please send an application letter detailing commitment to teaching excellence and research interests, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Andrew Lannen, Chair, World History Search Committee, P.O. Box 13013 SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962. In addition to sending these materials to the search committee, applicants must also complete an online application at http://careers.sfasu.edu.

Stephen F. Austin State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. This is a security sensitive position; criminal background check required for successful candidate.

Contact Name(s): Andrew Lannen

Contact Phone/Extension: 936-468-2072

Contact Email: lannenac@sfasu.edu

Contact Fax: 936-468-2478

5. Lecturer Position, International Studies, University of Chicago

Application deadline: November 2, 2012

International Affairs/Studies
Lecturer-Center for International Studies
University of Chicago
Full time, Regular
Date posted: 09/13/2012

Lecturer - Center for International Studies

University of Chicago

The Center for International Studies (CIS) and the Program on the Global Environment (PGE) at the University of Chicago seeks to appoint a recent Ph.D. as Lecturer. Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year contingent on funding. The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in some aspect of the intersection of social and environmental studies within the past five years, will have interests encompassing broad issues of social-environmental theory and empirical engagement, and will have developed a substantial interdisciplinary research program. In particular, we seek a scholar with interests in South or Southeast Asia whose research addresses issues of contemporary environmental concern including, but not limited to, environmental movements, environmental governance, environmental policy, or political ecology. We encourage applications from candidates whose work is interdisciplinary and comparative, especially as it may relate to existing strengths in international and area studies at the University of Chicago. The successful applicant will be located within the Center for International Studies and will work with the Program on the Global Environment, an interdisciplinary program located within CIS, and possibly an academic department. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in CIS- and PGE-sponsored activities, including public and scholarly programming, and to engage in independent scholarly research. The successful applicant will also contribute to the Environmental Studies undergraduate curriculum, teaching two courses each year and advising students. Both CIS and the university provide a lively context for intellectual exchange with lectures, conferences, and many other events and opportunities. Information about CIS can be found at http://cis.uchicago.edu/. This appointment will begin on January 1, 2013. To apply for this position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website, https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu, and select requisition #01461. Applicants must upload a cover letter including a research agenda, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (either a published article or a chapter from your dissertation), and names and contact information of three recommenders. Application deadline: All materials must be uploaded by 1 November, 2012. 

6. Center Director Position, Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Montana-Missoula

Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

International programs
Program administration

Posted: October 1

The University of Montana, a research-oriented, doctorate-granting institution, enrolls more than 14,000 students (including 2000 graduate students) from across the country and around the globe. Surrounded by a stunning landscape, UM is a magnet for top-notch faculty and researchers. The University recently concluded a capital campaign that raised more than $100 million in private funds for facilities, scholarships and endowed chairs--more than any Montana educational institution has ever acquired in a campaign.

The University of Montana invites nominations and applications for a visionary and innovative leader for the Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.  The Mansfield Center promotes better understanding of U.S. relations with Asia, East Asia, and ethics and public affairs—in the spirit of Senator Mike Mansfield. It focuses extensively on the eastern Asia countries of China, Japan and Korea, with increasing involvement in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and other areas of Southeast Asia as well. In its world-wide Public Affairs mission it offers an extraordinary platform from which to address the modern challenges in U.S.-Asia relations regarding public affairs, ethics, environmental management, governance, law, the arts, and indigenous cultures.

As a university administrator, the Director reports to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Director has overall responsibility for guiding the vision and operations of the Mansfield Center, providing leadership and intellectual oversight to guide and advance the activities and research undertaken at the Center. This includes identifying and coordinating its long-term goals, raising external funds to support the Center’s activities, maintaining connections with the work and achievements of Maureen and Mike Mansfield, and advancing the strategic goals of The University of Montana and its focus on creating a University for the Global Century. The Director will hold a faculty appointment in an academic department commensurate with the Director’s academic qualifications and subject to Department approval.

The Director will work closely with the two Center Associate Directors to implement the full range of Center programs and develop new ones. This team will generate funding opportunities and develop and maintain strong strategic relationships with partners. In addition, the Director will work closely with the Director of the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program on a variety of state, national and global issues concerning ethics and public affairs.
The Center pursues its aims through ongoing, core activities and externally funded initiatives. Some of the Director’s responsibilities include:

The University of Montana website, www.umt.edu, and that of the Mansfield Center,www.umt.edu/mansfield. contain additional information on the programs of the University and the Mansfield Center.
Selection criteria for the position include the following:


The review of applications will begin December 1, 2012, and continue until the position is filled, with the expectation of having the Director in place by July 1, 2013 or sooner. Compensation will depend on the experience and accomplishments of the successful applicant and reflect the high expectations held for the position.
Interested applicants should upload the following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments of up to 10 MB are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

For any questions regarding this application process, please call Carey Davis of The University of Montana Office of Human Resources at 406-243-5706.

7. Associate Professor Position, Human Geography at University of Colorado at Boulder

Review of applications begins October 15, 2012

Job Location: Boulder, CO
Job Category: Geography
Posted: August 23

Posting Description: The Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for an Assistant/Associate level tenure-track position in Human Geography, beginning in August 2013.

The position will complement and expand the department's strength in development geography, with desirable specialization areas including (but not limited to): gender and development, feminist methodology, urban processes, security/conflict, and agrarian change. Priority will be given to candidates with field experience in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia or Southeast Asia.

The successful candidate will regularly teach development geography at the undergraduate level, and a regional geography course as part of the normal load (3 courses per year for research-active faculty). The successful candidate will also rotate into the large introductory human geography courses, teach undergraduate and graduate classes in his/her specialty and contribute to the Development Studies graduate study certificate program. All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed by August 15, 2013.

Applications are accepted electronically at https://www.jobsatcu.com, posting 818574, and should include an application letter, a curriculum vitae, up to three relevant reprints of publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 1-2 page statements of research and teaching plans. You also must provide the names and e-mail addresses of three professional references. Full position description is available at http://www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/Jobs/. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012 and will continue until the post is filled.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu. Seehttp://geography.colorado.edu for more information about the geography department at CU.

For further information and informal inquiries, please contact Tim Oakes (toakes@colorado.edu). 

Required Education/Experience/Skills (Minimum Qualifications): Ph.D. 

Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled 

8. Faculty Position, Religious Studies & Theology at Williams College

Application Due: October 30, 2012

 Williamstown, MA       

Posted: 09/12/2012                            
Type: Full Time
The Department of Religion at Williams College seeks to appoint a one-year visiting assistant professor in Islam in context, for the 2013-14 academic year. We seek someone whose expertise in Islam will also address the religious complexities of either South Asia, Southeast Asia, or Africa in their historical, social, and political contexts. So, for example, a candidate might teach courses on the interactions of Hinduism and Islam or on the history and interactions of Islam with indigenous religious traditions, Buddhism, and/or Christianity in these parts of the world. We especially welcome candidates whose teaching will feature post-colonial/decolonizing approaches. 

Please send a letter of application, c.v., summary of current research, short description of suggested courses, and three letters of reference by October 30, 2012, to Professor Denise Kimber Buell, Chair, Department of Religion, Williams College, 85 Mission Park Drive, Williamstown, MA 01267. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts that has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.
Application Information

Postal Address:

Denise Kimber Buell, Chair Religion
Williams College
85 Mission Park Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267

9. Postdoctoral Fellowship, Contemporary Asia-Pacific Studies at Stanford University

Application Deadline: December 31, 2012

Institution: Stanford University
Posted: October 9, 2012
Location: California
Employment Level: Post-doc
Website: http://aparc.stanford.edu
Category: Ethnic/ multicultural studies, Political science/ international relations
Employment Status: Full-time
Salary: Not specified
The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University is pleased to announce its search for two 201314 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellows in Contemporary Asia-Pacific Studies. Made possible through the generosity of Walter H. Shorenstein, awards will be made to two junior scholars (recent PhDs must have degree conferral by August 31, 2013) for research and writing on Asia.

The primary focus of the fellowship is on contemporary political, economic, or social change in the Asia-Pacific region (including Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia), or topics in international relations and international political economy. Fellows must be in residence for the duration of the appointment. They must take part in center activities throughout the academic year, and are required to present their research findings in center seminars. Fellows will also participate in the centers publication program. The fellowship is a 10-month appointment with a stipend rate of $50,000 plus $3,000 for research materials. Appointments will begin in the fall quarter of the 201314 academic year.

Applicants should submit:
(1) a brief research statement (not to exceed five typed pages), which describes the research and writing to be undertaken during the fellowship period as well as the proposed publishable product;
(2) curriculum vitae; and
(3) three letters of recommendation.

Submit all materials and queries to: shorensteinfellowships@stanford.edu

Please note: all applications will be accepted only through email.

10. Conference, Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS)

Deadline for abstracts: October 31, 2012

The Center for Lao Studies (CLS) in San Francisco and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison are pleased to announce that the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) will be held on April 19-21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies.

What: Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies

When: Friday-Sunday, April 19-23, 2013

Deadline for Abstracts: October 31, 2012

Early Registration Deadline: January 15, 2013. 15% discount will be given to all CLS members on registration. To become a member, please click HERE

Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (Pyle Center)

For more information, please visit: www.laostudies.org/conferences

11. Conference, Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures 2013

Location: Thailand

Call for Papers Deadline: March 31, 2013

The College of Social Communication Innovation, Srinakharinwirot University is holding an international conference on arts and culture and Asian indigenous knowledge titled The Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures 2012 between June 13- 14, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The conferences objective is to bring together the academics and experts from different parts of the world to share knowledge, research and academic works in various aspects, and consequently create an academic network of those who contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of Asian arts and culture.

Weeranan Kamnungwut
College of Social Communication Innovation
Srinakharinwirot University
114 Sukhumvit 23 Road, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand

Email: acacconference@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://www.acacconference.com

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr. 53706
Tel: 608.263.1755 / Fax: 608.263.3735
Website: http://seasia.wisc.edu/
E-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu