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Professor/Associate Professor on tenure term in Global and Area Studies (GLAS)

Ref.: 524460

Work type: Full-time

Department: School of Modern Languages and Cultures (05100)

Categories: Professoriate Staff


Applications are invited for appointment as Professor/Associate Professor on tenure terms in Global and Area Studies, specializing in Southeast Asian Studies (Ref.: 524460), to commence in January 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter.  This programme is housed in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts. The level of appointment will be determined based on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


The University of Hong Kong is ranked 2nd in QS Asia University Rankings 2024 and 24th for Modern Languages in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. The School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers comprehensive undergraduate and research postgraduate (M.Phil. and Ph.D.) programmes with regional concentrations and interdisciplinary orientations. Its team of 47 full-time professoriate and language teaching staff is actively engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching. More information about the School can be obtained at


Applicants should have an internationally recognised record of research excellence and possess proficiency in a Southeast Asian language as well as English. We particularly encourage applications from scholars whose work on modern or contemporary Southeast Asia is connected to other parts of the world. Relevant areas of specialization include such fields as Anthropology, Sociology, International Relations, Media and Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, Literature, HistoryArt History, Religious Studies, and other related areas. A digital approach to humanities, either methodologically or as research involving digital media (animation, gaming, etc.), is an additional advantage.


Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field and have extensive research and teaching experience at the tertiary level, with a strong track record of publications and research grants. The appointee is expected to teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervise research students, conduct high quality scholarly research in the related fields, and assist in administration. An appointee at the Professor level should be an internationally recognised leader in his/her field and be willing to provide academic leadership relevant to the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the strategic development of the Faculty of Arts. The appointee will be expected to contribute to teaching for the undergraduate major in Global and Area Studies and for relevant postgraduate programmes. The University and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council provide substantial competitive research funding.


A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, together with contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme at 15% of basic salary for fixed-term appointment.  Other benefits include annual leave and professional leave, medical benefits, and free access to on-campus gyms and libraries.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

The University only accepts online applications for the above post.  Applicants should apply online and upload (1) an up-to-date C.V., (2) a cover letter, (3) one representative writing sample of journal article length, and (4) outlines of two proposed undergraduate courses. Review of applications will commence as soon as possible, and continue until May 1, 2024, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier. 


The University is committed to diversity and inclusivity. The Faculty of Arts expressly encourages qualified persons from all genders to apply.




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