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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian American Studies

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123597
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian American Studies
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: UGST-Asian American Studies Program
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park seeks applicants for the Calvin J. Li Fellowship in Asian American Studies. This position is renewable for up to two years. The Calvin J. Li Fellowship is intended to support a recent PhD with expertise in the issues facing second-generation children/adolescents of immigrants to the United States. A focus of the fellowship program is research on how children of parents from Asian backgrounds navigate identity, family, community, and life in the United States. Successful applicants might focus on the intersectionality of racial/ethnic, gender, or other social identities, challenges facing second-generation youth, racial and ethnic representation, acculturation, transnationalism, family dynamics, or closely related topics. The Li Fellow will teach at least one class during the academic year for the Asian American Studies Program related to their research. In addition, the Li Fellow will present their research to the University community through public lectures and, in particular, will distill research for a lay audience through a community-based lecture that will be coordinated by the Asian American Studies Program in conjunction with local Asian American community organizations and held in a local, off-campus location. The successful applicant is expected to work closely with a core or affiliate faculty member in the Asian American Studies Program and is expected to take an active role in dissemination of research related to the children of immigrants through traditional and new media outlets. The fellow will have ample opportunities for participating in research, writing and developing their own research questions, for seeking additional training and consultation, and for presenting his/her research findings at national conferences
Asian American Studies at the University of Maryland is a program of study that draws upon the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to explore critical questions about identity, representation, and power. Through a focus on Asian American communities, students learn about how racial categories are constructed, how groups are represented, and how power shapes social, political, and historical dynamics. The varied experiences of Asian Americans highlight a complex racial positioning that reflects both privilege and marginalization. As a predominantly foreign born group with members that hail from many different places, the experiences of Asian Americans also tell us much about how migration and transnationalism affect identity and belonging across diverse social, political and economic arenas.
The Asian American Studies Program is housed in the Office of Undergraduate Studies and offers 10-15 classes each semester taught by the program’s three core faculty and numerous affiliate and part-time lecturers. For more information about the Asian American Studies Program visit

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate must have earned a doctorate within two years of September 1, 2018. The Li Fellowship is open to disciplines in the Social Sciences or Humanities, particularly Psychology, Cultural Studies, Education, Sociology, Demography, and Family Sciences. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in Asian American Studies and their research must focus on issues related to the children of immigrants. In addition, applicants must demonstrate excellent written communication and interpersonal skills.


Ideally, candidates will have a strong interest in making their research accessible to a lay audience and experience teaching undergraduate students.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

For best consideration:
Applicants should submit the following materials electronically via the University of Maryland Jobs Portal ( for position #123597 no later than January 22, 2018: (1) cover letter summarizing qualifications; (2) current curriculum vitae and transcript of graduate work; (3) two reference letters from faculty who have worked closely with the applicant; (4) no more than three representative publications.

Posting Date: 12/11/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 01/22/2018
Physical Demands
Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Sample 1
  4. Writing Sample 2
  5. Unofficial Transcript
Optional Documents
  1. Supplemental Document 1

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