Head of Division of Humanities

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Hong Kong

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Role Managed by:

Felix Chan

Research Associate

t: +852 3702 6493

e: Felix.Chan@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate upon experience

Closing Date:

The Division of Humanities of the School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Division of Humanities.

The University

Founded in 1991, HKUST is a publicly-funded international university dedicated to undergraduate and postgraduate education and research in science, engineering, business & management, and humanities & social science. We seek to nurture students with entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking, and global outlook and strive to work together to make a strong societal impact.

The University is one of the most international universities in Asia, comprises 4 Schools and an Interdisciplinary Programs Office and multiple research institutes/central research facilities with around 700 faculty members, and an enrollment of about 10,150 undergraduate and 5,900 postgraduate students. English is the language used in teaching, research, and administration.

Within a short history of 29 years, HKUST has already established a strong presence in global higher education and received a number of international recognitions. Among others, it was ranked No.1 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings in 2020; the 10th worldwide and No.1 in Greater China in the Global Employability University Ranking in 2019; and the 27th in the latest QS World University Rankings.

At the heart of the University’s pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and societal impact lies uncompromising efforts to recruit and retain the best talents globally and locally. We seek to diversify HKUST’s critical mass of world-class academics, researchers, staff and students in order to drive cutting-edge education and research initiatives and deliver academic and administrative excellence. The University promotes a diverse learning environment that enhances student development of their creativity, innovative thinking and global outlook. Proactive faculty recruitment is undertaken from around the world in all disciplines of the University. HKUST upholds the values of diversity and an inclusive and collaborative community.

The Role

The Division has a multidisciplinary faculty of 30+ members, specializing in anthropology, creative arts, history, literature, linguistics, and philosophy. Directly accountable to the Dean of SHSS, the Head is the chief executive of the Division who is responsible for curricular matters, research direction, faculty recruitment as well as resource and personnel management. The Division offers MA in Chinese Culture and MPhil/PhD in Humanities; and participates in the BSc program of Global China Studies. It also provides humanities education as a common core to all undergraduates at HKUST.

Additional information about the University and the Division of Humanities is available on the websites www.ust.hk and www.huma.ust.hk respectively.

The Candidate

Applicants should be senior scholars in any field and specialty in humanities at the rank of Professor or above at the time of appointment, with demonstrated academic leadership and relevant administrative experience.

Terms of Appointment

Appointment to the position of Division Head will be on a three-year fixed term basis, renewable by mutual agreement. Qualified candidates will be considered concurrently for substantiated employment at the Professor or Chair Professor rank. Competitive remuneration and generous fringe benefits, including housing where appropriate, will be provided.

How to Apply

HKUST will be supported in this appointment process by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. Applications for the role of Head of the Division of Humanities should include the following:

  • a covering letter
  • an up-to-date CV
  • related dossier, including representative publications in .pdf format and teaching  evaluation records
  • names and email addresses of three referees

Please apply, or download further information about the role via this page.

Initial enquiries and requests for information may be directed in confidence to Dr. Felix Chan via this page. The search committee will begin to review applications in early August and the review will continue until the position is filled. All applications and nominations will be treated in strict confidence.

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