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University of St Andrews School of Modern Languages Professor of Chinese Studies – AC2219MR

The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a founding Professor of Chinese Studies in the context of the University’s decision to create a new Department of Chinese Studies at the University of St Andrews. Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant area of Chinese Cultural Studies and should possess native or near-native language skills in Chinese (Mandarin) and English. In addition, applicants should possess an internationally recognised record of research excellence, have a successful track record in attracting both external funding and postgraduate students, and demonstrate expertise in curriculum development and teaching. We welcome applications not only from current chair holders, but also from candidates who are advanced Readers/Senior Lecturers/Associate Professors.

Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist research interest in any area of Chinese Cultural Studies (including, but not limited to, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy and Religion, and Cultural History). The ability to establish links across other disciplines within the University will be an advantage. We are seeking to recruit an individual with the strategic leadership and intellectual drive to generate an innovative curriculum that will appeal to future generations of students. An ability to oversee and manage the delivery of a successful language programme in Mandarin will be essential.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic scholar to play a key role in the creation of a brand new department of Chinese Studies situated within one of the largest Schools of Modern Languages in the UK. The founding professor will be tasked to oversee the first intake of undergraduate students in 2021/22.

Our vision for Chinese Studies over the next 3 to 5 years as student numbers develop includes the recruitment of one full (founding) Professor and two Lecturers (Assistant Professors) working in the field of Chinese Cultural Studies. These three appointments will be supported by further (education-focused) Associate Lecturers whose primary responsibility will be language instruction. The founding Professor of Chinese Studies will play a key role in subsequent recruitment to these posts.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at

The School of Modern Languages is committed to equality and diversity in its recruitment and employment policies. The School operates a policy of family-friendly hours for core meetings and is happy to discuss flexible working arrangements for staff. The School also offers to cover reasonable child-care costs for applicants invited to interview.

Further detailed information about the School of Modern Languages can be found at

Informal enquiries can be directed to:

Professor Seán Allan (Head of School)

Closing Date: 3 December 2019

Interviews and presentations for this post are provisionally scheduled to take place on 15 & 16 January 2020.

We encourage applicants to apply online at

However, if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for an application pack.

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