Assistant Professor - East Asian History

Illinois State University

Normal, IL

ID: 7175100
Posted: August 30, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
Illinois State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in East Asian History, beginning August 16, 2024. Specialization is open, but, in addition to a survey course on East Asian history, the hire will teach upper-division courses on both Chinese and Japanese history.

To demonstrate its commitment to our core values, ISU has committed $4.5 million over a five-year period (2022-2027) to develop an incentive program with the goal of attracting candidates who advance our commitment to fostering a climate of inclusivity.

Additional Information
Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

Salary Rate / Pay Rate
Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Qualifications
1. Ph.D. in history or closely related field earned by August 16, 2024.
2. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for his position, as mandated by state law.

Work Hours

Proposed Starting Date
August 16, 2024

Required Applicant Documents
1. A letter of application that includes a summary of current and future scholarship, teaching interests and experience.
2. A 300-500 word essay that describes your experiences in working effectively with a broadly diverse student population.
3. C.V.
4. A chapter-length sample of scholarship.

Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants
For full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 1, 2023. Review of applications will begin on November 2 and continue until the position is filled or withdrawn.
Given ISU’s commitment to EDI, candidate screening will begin with the evaluation of 300-500 word essay to concentrate the applicant pool on those that align closely to our institutional values.