Monday, August 24, 2015

Center for Lao Studies Job Announcement - Program Coordinator

Founded in 2006 the mission of the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) is to advance knowledge and engagement in the field of Lao Studies through research, education and information sharing. The Program Coordinator is a key staff member of CLS. Reporting to the Executive Director, he/she provides planning and program leadership in all areas of the Center for Lao Studies.
Estimate % of timeKey Responsibilities
Program Planning and Development
  • Work collaboratively with different national and international institutions on various CLS programs.
  • Oversee planning, scheduling and organizing various programs deadlines and implementations.
  • Monitor enrollment, on-line memberships, applications, and other program logistics.
  • Work collaboratively with contractors and IT person.
Program Management
  • Manage day-to-day program operations.
  • Work closely with the Program Director and Executive Director to implement, up keep, recruit, and maintain program memberships.
  • Assist in updating CLS website with relevant and current information on the programs.
Program Promotion/Fundraising
  • Promote CLS programs through mass email, on-line social network, posters, flyers, and presentations.
  • Outreach to potential donors, members, students, and program participants.
  • Work with the Program Director and Executive Director to write articles and press releases to promote CLS and its programs.
  • Explore potential grants for program sustainability and expansion by research and networking.  
Program Evaluation
  • Implement consistent program evaluation practices to guide planning and decision-making and support efforts at continuous improvement.
  • Work with the Program Director to put together grant reports for funders.

Must be US Citizen or Resident
  • Bachelors Degree required
  • Masters Degree preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Minimum 2-3 years of management experience
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong facilitation Skills
  • Decisive
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Willing to travel
  • Willing to work some nights and weekends
  • Demonstrated belief in the Center for Lao Studies' mission and values
  • Knowledge of the Lao language is a plus, but not necessary
This is a one year temporary position that may be extended or become a permanent full time position. It is a contract position, half-time, 15 hour work week.
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send cover letter along with resume to by August 31, 2015. Please, no phone calls or walk-ins.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Assistant Professor in Asian Religions, University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor in Asian Religions

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Asian Religions. The committee especially welcomes applicants with research and teaching interests in gender, the body, affect, ritual, women’s studies, and/or queer theory. Religion(s) and region(s) of specialization are open (e.g., Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism; West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, East Asia). Recent PhD recipients are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania is a private research university located in Philadelphia. The successful candidate for this new faculty position should have a compelling and original research agenda and a commitment to pursue it within the interdisciplinary framework offered by the Department of Religious Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the wider University. The department has special strengths in material religion, visual culture, manuscript studies, interreligious contacts, and cultural history. The university’s resources for the study of Asian religions include the Department of South Asia Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, South Asia Center, Middle East Center, Penn Museum, and Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts.

A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system. The successful candidate will participate in the department’s undergraduate teaching mission as well as graduate teaching and training in the PhD program in Religious Studies.

Interested candidates should apply at and submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research, writing sample, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. The Department will begin reviewing applications on October 30th, 2015. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

The Department of Religious Studies is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

5th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2016

Project Southeast Asia invites proposals for Panels and Papers for the 5th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2016. The Symposium is the largest annual Southeast Asian studies conference in the world and will be held at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford. 

The 2016 Symposium will focus on the theme of “Human and Environmental Welfare in Southeast Asia”, but proposals on any topics relating to Southeast Asia are welcome. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2015.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Position Available at University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of its initiative to re-envision the study of the languages, cultures, and societies of Asia, is seeking to hire a TransAsia / transdisciplinary scholar with expertise in at least one South or Southeast Asian language, beginning August, 2016.  Rank and area of specialization are open. The tenure home will reside in the newly- forming Department of Asian Studies. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the ability to cross disciplinary and cultural borders in their research and teaching, and who have the vision and skills to build new academic programs.  A tenured appointment requires a proven record of excellence in research and teaching at all levels. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work addresses pressing issues of the day, in areas including but not limited to: digital humanities; literary, media, or cultural studies; qualitative and fieldwork-based social sciences on themes such as poverty, health, migration, human rights, and the environment; or religious studies.  Salary is competitive.  Qualified applicants should send a complete dossier (including letter of application, CV, sample publication or thesis chapter) and three letters of reference to:

Chair, Search Committee
Department of East Asian Languages and Literature
1208 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2015.

Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentially. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.  UW-Madison is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.