Duke Kunshan University (DKU) invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position in North American Environmental History to begin in the academic year 2021-2022. This position is open with regard to rank, and we welcome tenured and tenure-track candidates. Mid-career and senior faculty are especially encouraged to apply. Areas of specialty could include, but are not limited to, cultural histories of the human-nature relationship, intersections with race and indigenous histories, histories/genealogies of environmentalisms, history of environmental sciences, as well as economic, business or policy histories of domestic or transnational environmental regulations and practices. Candidates whose research and teaching can develop connections with the natural and/or social sciences are particularly welcome. Successful candidates will articulate how they might contribute to DKU's interdisciplinary curriculum, including its interdisciplinary major in U.S. Studies. DKU is a community of teachers and researchers that values mutual support. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year, and we encourage especially candidates with experience and ability in the classroom or demonstrated promise as a teacher.
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 a collaborative partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China. Faculty teach and conduct research in interdisciplinary clusters without traditional departmental silos. Students are active participants in a distinctive and integrated liberal arts and sciences experience.
A highly selective institution with an acceptance rate of <8%, the current student body represents over 40 countries. Students receive a DKU and a Duke degree. The undergraduate student body will number 2000 students. DKU values research excellence and a commitment to pedagogical innovation in the context of an interdisciplinary research-oriented undergraduate curriculum. The faculty to student ratio is 10:1.
The DKU campus is 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan, and is connected to Shanghai via an 18-minute high-speed train. Phase 2 of the LEED certified campus is already under construction, and will provide expanded access to superior research facilities. DKU provides internationally competitive compensation, housing allowance, child education benefits (for applicable faculty positions), and a discretionary fund or start-up package.
In order to meet Chinese visa requirements, prior to the position start date international (non-Chinese) candidates must 1) have worked full-time (work experience obtained while studying full-time is not considered as full-time work experience) for at least two years in a relevant area (including post-doctoral work) after receiving their Bachelor’s degree, or 2) begin their appointment at DKU within 12 months of obtaining their Ph.D. and without having full-time work experience between graduation date on their Ph.D. diploma and position start date.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in an appropriate field. Applicants should provide a cover letter including a clear statement of the candidate’s specific interest in DKU, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, and a teaching statement, as well as three reference letters. All materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16763 . The search committee also invites and encourages letters of nomination for potential candidates. Nominations and questions about the positions may be sent to email@example.com using “US Environmental History” as the subject line. Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2020; we will accept applications until the positions are filled.
About Duke Kunshan University
Duke Kunshan University is a partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University to create a world-class university offering a range of academic programs and conferences for students from China and throughout the world. Duke Kunshan is located in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China.
Duke Kunshan welcomed its first students in August 2014 and initially offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as semester-long programs for undergraduate students enrolled at Duke and other universities.
Duke Kunshan will welcome the inaugural class in its undergraduate degree program in August 2018. The four-year bachelor’s degree program is based in the liberal arts and sciences tradition that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and exploration.
A state-of-the art campus covers a 200-acre area in Kunshan's Yangcheng Lake Science and Technology Park. Located in close proximity to both Shanghai and Suzhou, and connected to both by high-speed rail, the city of Kunshan is a center for business and high-tech research and manufacturing, and has one of the fastest growing economies in China.