Postdoctoral Fellow in Humanities (Andrew W. Mellon Fellows)
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced a major grant to the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh to create and support a new Humanities major that would combine Literature, History, Philosophy and Comparative Religion, supported by extracurricular activities in music, dance, photography and the visual arts.
AUW is seeking applications from candidates who have recently acquired PhDs from reputable universities in the fields of History; Literature or Comparative Literature; Philosophy; or Religion for appointment as Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at AUW. The appointment, based in Chittagong, will be for two years on completion of which the Fellows may be considered for appointment as Assistant Professors.
We seek candidates who have a deep passion for uncovering the history of oppressed people and exploring philosophical and literary texts on the margins, but who are not ideologically charged to fail the students analytically. The teaching format can turn to creative and imaginative channels. For example, illustrative courses in Literature may include “Literature of Social Reflection,” “Banned Books,” “Shakespeare,” “Literature as Resistance to Oppression,” “Poetry of Faiz, Darwish, and Neruda,” and “Greek Tragedies.” In the field of History, some illustrative course samples may be: “History of the Empires,” “South Asian History,” “South East Asian History,” “Women’s History,” “History of Those Without History,” “Labor Movement History,” and “History of Industrialization.”
Vacancies: 9 (in areas of History, Literature, Philosophy and Comparative Religious Studies)
Employment Status: Full-time contractual
Job Location: Chittagong, Bangladesh
Job Context: Developing AUW’s capacity to teach the humanities from an Asian perspective and to generate fresh and exciting ideas
Research and publication in the applicant’s area of specialization
Teaching two courses per term (four per year).
Other duties as assigned by Dean of Humanities
Qualifications and Experience Required:
Doctorate from recognized university in relevant field
Experience of working in a liberal arts environment in a well-established university or college
Excellent command of spoken and written English
Appropriate IT skills
Experience of working in a multicultural environment with excellent communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity to build constructive partnerships and to engage in effective teamwork
Ability to represent the University in a professional manner and to communicate effectively and persuasively
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Mellon Fellowships will be generally tax free and come with funds for research and travel. Each Mellon Fellow will have the opportunity to continue his or her research with a mentor. The selected candidates will receive a tax-free salary of $30,000 per annum plus free housing and access to meals at the dining halls at no cost. Local transportation shall also be generally available at no cost.
Candidates with spouses who have similar intellectual pedigrees and interests are encouraged to apply. Similarly, candidates with particular connections or interests in the region are emphatically encouraged to apply.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Interested applicants should send their CVs along with a Cover Letter detailing how their qualifications, skills, abilities and experience meet the specific requirements of the role, as outlined in the job description; teaching and research statements; and three references (Name & Contact Information) addressing to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the other documents, applicants should also send an illustrative course description and syllabus. Please mention the position applied on the subject line. The review of applications will begin immediately. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
About Asian University for Women
About Asian University for Women (AUW):
Founded in 2008 and located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, AUW is the first of its kind: a regional institution dedicated to women’s education and leadership development through liberal arts and sciences education. It is international in outlook but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of the people of Asia. Chartered by the Parliament of Bangladesh, AUW exists solely to support a rising network of women leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers from across the region. It seeks out women who show significant academic achievement and potential, demonstrate courage and a sense of outrage at injustice, and are empathic to the woes of other people.
1160 students from 17 countries currently attend AUW: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and Yemen. More than 85% of AUW students are on full or near-full scholarships funded by supporters from around the world. The University has graduated over a thousand students to date. A majority of AUW graduates secure employment in the private and public sectors in their home countries while... about 25% go on to pursue graduate studies at other institutions of higher learning including Oxford, Cambridge, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Brandeis and Tufts, among others. To learn more about Asian University for Women, please visit https://asian-university.org.
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