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Thu Jan 31 2002

Jobs: Mandarin: Lecturer at Leiden Univ, Netherlands

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  1. M J P Okker-deJager, Mandarin: Lecturer at Leiden University, The Netherlands

Message 1: Mandarin: Lecturer at Leiden University, The Netherlands

Date: 30 Jan 2002 13:23:31 -0000
From: M J P Okker-deJager <>
Subject: Mandarin: Lecturer at Leiden University, The Netherlands

Rank of Job: Lecturer
Areas Required: teaching Mandarin as a foreign language
Other Desired Areas: Chinese linguistics, classical Chinese literature
University or Organization: Leiden University, Faculty of Arts
Department: personnel department
State or Province: zuid-holland
Country: The Netherlands
Final Date of Application: review starts on 18 March 2002
Contact: M J P Okker-deJager

Address for Applications: 9515
zuid-holland 2300 RA
The Netherlands

Lecturer in Chinese, Leiden University, The Netherlands

The Faculty of Arts at Leiden University invites applications for a
lectureship in the Department of Chinese Studies. Applicants must be
native speakers of Mandarin with recent teaching experience at
university level. Appointment will be for an initial period of three
years starting 1 September 2002, with the possibility of renewal and
tenure. Rank and salary will be commensurate with the successful
applicant's qualifications as assessed by the selection committee.

The lecturer will make a substantial contribution to the teaching of
Mandarin as a foreign language, at all levels of the BA and the MA, in
various modalities: e.g. grammar lectures, tutorial groups,
supervision of reading assignments. S/he will be actively involved in
quality control of pedagogical and curricular matters such as the
selection and production of teaching materials, and coherence of the
modern language program. Further duties may include the teaching of
classical Chinese, of which s/he must have a good command. Depending
on qualifications, s/he will offer content courses, and supervise BA
and MA graduation theses and co-supervise PhD theses. Minimally 0,5
and maximally 0,9 fte of the lecturer's duties will be in teaching and
supervision. S/he will perform appropriate administrative duties, up
to a maximum of 0,1 fte.

Research duties will be commensurate with the lecturer's
qualifications and ambition, up to a maximum of 0,4 fte. Academics
with a research interest of any disciplinary orientation may apply, as
long as their research contributes to the Department's identity in
Chinese Studies. Candidates whose research is in linguistics or
classical literature are especially encouraged to apply.

The lecturer's essential qualifications are a native command of
Mandarin; a good command of classical Chinese; solid academic
training, teaching experience and linguistic competency suited to the
teaching of Chinese as a foreign language at Leiden University (see
below); team spirit. In addition, the selection committee and the
Faculty Board will take applicants' research qualifications and
ambitions into consideration during the appointment process and for
the assignment of duties.

For further information on the position, please contact Professor
Maghiel van Crevel at or

Applicants should send a letter of application (quoting vacancy # TCC
2-017), curriculum vitae listing evidence for their ability to meet the
position's requirements, a sample of their research if applicable, and
the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three confidential
referees to:
M J P Okker-de Jager
Head, Human Resources (PZ)
Faculty of Arts
PO box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Applications by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. Review of
applications will begin on 18 March 2002 and continue until the
position is filled. Applicants may be invited to demonstrate their
teaching abilities in practice. The position is advertized in the
University-internal job bulletin as well as external media. University
policy stipulates that in the case of equal qualifications, current
employees of the University be given priority.


Leiden University was established in 1575. Its first chair in Chinese
Studies dates back to 1874. At present, the Department of Chinese
Studies contains three sections, each of which is headed by a chair
professor: Chinese language & literature, Chinese history and Modern
China. There are 15 academic staff with a wide range of disciplinary
interests in the humanities and social sciences, anthropology, art &
material culture, economics, history, linguistics, literature & film,
media studies, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and
approximately 175 students. The languages of instruction are Dutch,
Chinese and English. In addition to the University Library, the
Department has easy access, in the same building, to one of the best
sinological libraries in Europe, and is home to the Documentation
Center for Contemporary China. Departmental staff edit or co-edit
China Information, Glot International, Nan NĂ¼, Historiography East &
West and Het trage vuur. The number of PhD students in Chinese Studies
number typically around five at any given time, and operate under the
Leiden University Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian
Studies, aka the Center for Non-Western Studies CNWS and the Leiden
Center for Linguistics (ULCL). CNWS and ULCL also administer the
research projects of staff in the Department of Chinese Studies. In
co-operation with the nearby International Institute for Asian Studies
(IIAS), the Department regularly accommodates postdoctoral scholars
whose work is funded by domestic and international research
organizations, as well as visiting scholars from China, Taiwan and
elsewhere. Through various exchange programs and scholarships, most BA
and MA students spend at least one year studying at universities in
China or Taiwan, and Chinese Studies staff and PhD candidates have
ample opportunities to make extended professional visits to East
Asia. The Department is committed to excellence in teaching and
research, and to their mutual integration to the benefit of students
and staff.

More information on the Department, mostly in Dutch, with some
individual homepages in English, is available at Departmental English pages are under
construction. The Faculty's and University's sites are and, with
English pages at and For CNWS, ULCL and IIAS, see, and
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