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Lecturer in Chinese Literature, Culture and/or Cinema

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 4th, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Lecturer in Chinese Literature, Culture, and/or Cinema
The Department of Comparative Literature and Languages at the University of California, Riverside, seeks a lecturer to teach either CHIN 40: "Masterworks of Chinese Literature (premodern)," or CHIN 48: "Chinese Cinema," in Spring quarter 2021 (pending enrollment and funding.)

Spring quarter begins March 24, 2021; Spring quarter ends June 11, 2021.

Approximately $7047.00, based on 100% annual salary of $56,381 (pending final budget approval.) Appointment is eligible for renewal depending on need, funding and performance.

Minimum requirements are an M.A. or higher in Chinese literature, culture, and/or cinema. Applicants holding a Ph.D., or who are ABD are also encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to candidates with experience and success in teaching Chinese literature, culture, and/or film at an American university.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Duties will consist in the instruction of one course in Spring 2021; this course will be either:
CHN 40: "Masterworks of Chinese Literature (premodern)"
CHN 48: "Chinese Cinema"

Because of COVID-19, the class is to be taught online, either asynchronously (with assignments posted and lectures videoed) or synchronously (in real-time zoom meetings with students.)

According to the UCR COVID-19 Instructional Continuity Plan, “UCR will not require any instructor to teach in-person” and “During the 2020-21 academic year, we expect that the default instructional mode will continue to be remote-only, but this plan allows for the possibility of some classes to be taught in-person by exceptional approval.” For the current Plan, see

Application Procedure:
Please provide cover letter, CV, teaching statement, statement of contributions to diversity, sample syllabus or syllabi, teaching evaluations, (narrative and numerical), and 3 letters of recommendation. Materials should be uploaded using UCR’s on-line application system: . Letters of recommendation must be confidential. Please use the AP Recruit system to have your recommenders upload them directly.

Applicants who use Interfolio should use the feature that allows letters to be uploaded directly into AP Recruit. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer's email address. Interfolio refers to this as “Online Application Deliveries”. The following link at Interfolio shows how to set up the feature:

Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2021, and continue until position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by the review date.

Department Contact Person:
Professor Yenna Wu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

Job location

Riverside, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Sample Syllabus or Syllabi

  • Teaching Evaluations - (Narrative and numerical)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required