Vacant Position: Academic Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-­‐Western Cultural History at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim

San Francisco, USA
Review begins: 5th Nov 2013

The Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco invites applications for the Academic Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-­‐Western Cultural History, a tenure-­‐track, open rank faculty position in the Humanities and Social Sciences with an emphasis on the study of Chinese-­‐Western interaction and exchange (i.e. cultural, religious, intellectual encounters, trade networks, and Christianity and the Jesuits in China) from the 15th to early 20th century.  

The Academic Director’s responsibilities include: envisioning research projects/proposals for the Institute; approving and overseeing the research and other activities of the Institute in consultation with Executive Director; enhancing the Ricci Institute’s archival development and library collection; expanding and promoting research on topics of Chinese-­‐Western cultural exchange that broadens the Institute’s community of scholars; leading the work of the Institute’s professional staff and post-­‐doctoral fellows; proposing and monitoring the Institute’s annual budget; assisting the Executive Director in development/fundraising efforts; and publishing academic papers and books on Chinese-­‐Western cultural exchange and/or encounters. Teaching responsibilities include: two courses per year (ideally one undergraduate and one graduate course).

Qualifications include: a PhD in relevant field with excellent record of teaching and publication, demonstrated intellectual and administrative leadership, ability and willingness to promote the Ricci Institute’s scholarly links with both domestic and global academic communities (some travel to China required), research interests that correspond to the Institute’s mission, and fluency in Chinese (Mandarin and ideally Classical). Experience in fundraising, administration at a research institute or academic department, and experience in leading staff preferred but not required.

Applicants should apply online at . Please submit the following documents electronically in PDF format:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of future research plans for the Ricci Institute

Any inquiries may be directed to

Review of applications will begin November 5, 2013, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Finalists will be asked to submit a writing sample and dossier.

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic University founded in 1855 to educate leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to work in a culturally diverse environment and to contribute to the mission of the University. USF offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Please see for more information. USF is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applications with disabilities upon request.



Prof. Melissa Dale
Chair, Search Committee
Executive Director
USF Center for the Pacific Rim



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