Council on International Educational Exchange, Study Center in Beijing
Adjunct Professor/'Environmental, Cultural + Economic Sustainability' and 'Chinese Language + Society' program
The Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) has been serving students and educating young adults for more than 60 years and currently operates nearly 180 programs in 60 cities in over 40 countries around the world. By professionally contributing to CIEE, you become part of a long-term legacy of innovation and excellence and contribute to our mission “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.”
The CIEE Study Center in Beijing invites applications for the position of Adjunct Professor at the Environmental, Cultural + Economic Sustainability and Chinese Language + Society program starting early February 2013. Our Center is located at Minzu University of China.
Currently, we seek qualified instructors to teach one of the following courses:
Field Research and Ethnographic Methods
This course trains students in interdisciplinary research methods drawn primarily from anthropology, sociology, and journalism. Selected methods emphasize field research skills that allow students to work with human subjects effectively for intended course projects. Within China as a research context, students use ethnographic mediums such as writing, photography, and film to document their findings through interactions with individual subjects, and observation of and participation in local cultural events.
Introduction to Sustainability
This course systematically introduces the field of sustainability through a "three-pillar" model articulating the critical need to balance environmental, sociocultural and economic needs in development. The course examines sustainability specifically within the Chinese national context, but also through the perspective that China is a part of, and situated within, the world and what happens in China also interacts with and impacts other regions and peoples. Thus China as a case study teaches us fundamental principles and issues of sustainability. In this course we examine the ongoing and evolving field of sustainability, including the environmental, sociocultural and economic aspects and their interdependencies, the nature and urgency of the current situation, the impacts of policy and regulation, the process of consensus building and public involvement, and the meanings of sustainability for humans who share this planet as equal heirs.
Ethnic Diversity and Identity in China
This is an interdisciplinary course on the current state of ethnic diversity in China, as well as factors influencing cultural and linguistic change and survival for groups in China. In this class students develop a critical understanding of how culture, in both conceptual and empirical senses, is dynamic and boundary-crossing and why China’s modernization project is implemented differently in Han Chinese and ethnic minority regions, with different effects. Through lectures, discussions, and mini-field trips the class addresses these questions through case studies of Tibetan, Uyghur, Hui, Miao, Han, and other ethnic groups.
Schedule: Class meets at our CIEE Center twice each week (approx. 2 hours per session) from mid-February to the beginning of June. [Contact hours: 45 hours]
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Candidates with a Ph.D. in any Social Science fields are preferred, but exceptional candidates with a defense date will also be considered. The research specialization of the candidate is open, but areas of particular interest include ethnicity, sustainability, and environment in China. PhD Candidates or recent PhDs with plans to be in Beijing during the Spring of 2013 are especially encouraged to apply.
Application review will begin November 12, 2012, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of successful university-level teaching. An example syllabus in a relevant field is also helpful. Information on our Center and programs can be found at http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/china/beijing/
Applications and/or questions about the position should be sent by email to:
Elena Caprioni, PhD
Academic Director, CIEE Study Center in Beijing
We thank all applicants for their interest, and advise that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
CIEE is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community.
Elena Caprioni, PhD
|Primary Category:||Social Sciences
Ethnic History / Studies