Surrey, BC

ASIAN STUDIES INSTRUCTOR - Competition Number 19-84

Status: One Non-Regular Type 2 (50%) (part-time temporary) position, formal start date January 1, 2020. Location: Surrey, Richmond or Langley.

The Department of Asian Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites applications for one 50% Non-Regular Type 2 (part-time temporary) faculty position. The position involves teaching a minimum of 4 courses (sections) across two semesters, starting on January 1, 2020. The courses will be offered at the Surrey, Richmond, or Langley campuses of KPU.

We are seeking applicants with a Ph.D. (or near completion) in Asian Studies or related fields. The successful applicant will teach an introductory course on Asia, as well as courses in at least two of the following areas:

  • Religions of East Asia
  • Cinema in East Asia (introductory and/or China focus preferred)
  • Folklore of China and Japan
  • Ethnicity in China and Japan
  • Gender in East Asia

This position comes with some expectation of departmental and institutional service.

Asian Studies at KPU is a multi-disciplinary degree program, offering both a BA Major and a Minor. Our students can choose an area focus, in South or East Asia, or a thematic focus such as cinema, diaspora studies, environment, gender, or ethnicity. We take great pride in our student-centered approach to learning, our emphasis on engagement and innovation, and our teaching-focused faculty. For more information about the Asian Studies program at KPU, please see; a list of our courses can be found here

Our university degrees and applied credentials successfully meet the evolving needs of the regional and global employment markets. KPU students have a unique opportunity to integrate (or bridge) their certificate and diploma credentials to complete a bachelor's degree at KPU, create the best of both worlds—undergraduate studies and the professional enhancement of applied programs. KPU's Office of Research & Scholarship and research institutes assist faculty and students in their efforts to produce innovative research relevant to the communities we serve.

KPU offers both day and evening courses in three academic terms (Fall: September-December, Spring: January-April, and Summer: May-August). Faculty of Arts courses are offered mainly at our Surrey, Richmond, and Langley campuses. Course delivery formats vary by department and include in-person, online, and blended (partially online) modes of instruction.

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary


  • Doctoral Degree (Preferred)