Language and Culture Center, Duke Kunshan University

Position ID:DukeKunshanUniv-Language and Culture Center-LANGUAGE [#10349]
Position Title: Chinese language faculty positions (rank open)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Kunshan, Baden-Wurttemberg 215316, China [map]
Subject Areas: Chinese Language
Language Instruction
Language, Literacy, and Learning
Languages / Chinese, Language and Culture
Appl Deadline: finished (2017/10/30, finished 2018/11/04)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Duke Kunshan University invites applications for faculty positions (rank open) teaching Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) in its Language and Culture Center. In summer 2018, DKU will launch an innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary liberal arts undergraduate program leading to both Duke and DKU degrees. For this new program, Language and Culture Center faculty will provide Chinese language instruction to international students, faculty, and staff. Positions begin in summer 2018.

All candidates must have a graduate degree, MA or PhD, in a relevant field such as foreign language teaching (teaching Chinese or other languages), and have experience teaching Chinese or other languages. In addition to a mastery of written and spoken Chinese, candidates should also have strong English skills. Preference will be given to candidates who have also studied the following:

  • Language learning (especially motivation and language learning strategies).
  • Chinese culture (literature, history, etc.), especially relating to the culture of the Jiangnan region.
  • Intercultural communication.


Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to Mandarin/Putonghua and English, also speak other languages, including other major varieties of Chinese (e.g. Shanghainese, Suzhounese, Cantonese). Similarly, a record of scholarly activity, such as publication or conference presentation, while not essential, is an asset. 

Applicants should provide a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching/research statement, and three letters of reference. All materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: The search committee also invites and encourages letters of nomination for potential candidates. Nominations and questions about the positions may be sent to using “Language and Culture Search” as the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled; priority will be given to applications received by January 1, 2017.  

DKU is a partnership between Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China (* The DKU campus is 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan, and is connected to Shanghai via an 18-minute high-speed train and a subway-light rail train system. DKU provides competitive compensation, benefits, and start-up packages. 

As an international intellectual community that encourages diversity, openness and creative learning, DKU welcomes outstanding faculty from around the world who contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to a global learning and research environment. DKU particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and minorities. 

 *Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is accredited by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China. Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in the United States to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees. Duke Kunshan University is not accredited by SACSCOC and the accreditation of Duke University does not extend to or include Duke Kunshan University or its students. Further, although Duke University agrees to accept certain course work from Duke Kunshan University to be applied toward an award from Duke University, that course work may not be accepted by other colleges or universities in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from Duke University. The decision to accept course work in transfer from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Duke Kunshan University | 昆山杜克大学
中国江苏省昆山市杜克大道8号 邮编:215316
No. 8 Duke Avenue, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China 215316

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