Visiting Lecturer in Chinese as a Second Language (Suzhou, China)

Duke Kunshan University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Lecturer position in Chinese language in its Language and Culture Center. DKU offers an innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary liberal arts undergraduate program leading to both Duke and DKU degrees, and the Language and Culture Center provides Chinese language courses at all levels to international students in this program. The successful candidate for this position will teach beginning level Chinese language courses, online and probably also face-to-face. The contract starts in July 2021.

Candidates must have a graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. Chinese, applied linguistics, East Asian languages and cultures), and university-level Chinese language teaching experience. In addition to mastery of spoken and written Chinese, candidates must also have strong English skills. Ability to speak and coach learners of other languages (e.g. Japanese, Korean, Spanish) or other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Shanghainese, Suzhounese, Cantonese) is also an asset.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a teaching/research statement, and also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted. All materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online The search committee also invites letters of nomination for potential candidates. Questions about the positions and nominations and may be sent to “” using “Language and Culture Search” as the subject line. Priority will be given to applications received by June 1, 2021; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

DKU is a partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China ( Our campus provides an elite, interdisciplinary liberal arts experience to a student body that will number 2000. The DKU model draws on the best of Duke’s educational experience and resources to reimagine undergraduate instruction in an intimate campus setting. A highly selective institution with an acceptance rate of <8%, the current student body represents over 50 countries. Students receive a DKU and a Duke degree. The current faculty to student ratio is 7:1.

The DKU campus is 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan, and is connected to Shanghai via an 18-minute high-speed train. DKU provides competitive compensation, benefits and start-up packages. As an international intellectual community that encourages diversity, openness and creative learning, DKU welcomes outstanding faculty from around the world who contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to a global learning and research environment. DKU particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and minorities.