New Position in Korean Literature at George Washington University

George Washington University logoThe Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures at The George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty invites appli­ca­tions for an open-rank, tenure-track or tenured fac­ul­ty posi­tion in Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture. The new posi­tion – The Korea Foun­da­tion and Kim-Renaud Pro­fes­sor of Lit­er­a­ture and Cul­ture Stud­ies – is antic­i­pat­ed to start as ear­ly as fall 2018.

Min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the posi­tion include a Ph.D. in Kore­an lit­er­a­ture or a close­ly relat­ed field; native or near-native flu­en­cy in Kore­an and Eng­lish; evi­dence of excel­lence in teach­ing Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture at the col­lege lev­el, as demon­strat­ed by eval­u­a­tions; and active research expe­ri­ence in the field of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture, as indi­cat­ed by schol­ar­ly pub­li­ca­tions. ABD appli­cants will be con­sid­ered but must com­plete all require­ments for the Ph.D. by date of appoint­ment. Aca­d­e­m­ic rank and salary will be com­men­su­rate with qual­i­fi­ca­tions and experience.

For the com­plete job descrip­tion and and instruc­tions regard­ing the appli­ca­tion process, see

Review of appli­ca­tions will begin on Decem­ber 18, 2017, and will con­tin­ue until the posi­tion is filled. 

For infor­ma­tion about the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures, see

Vanderbilt Seeks Assistant Professor in Korean Studies

Vanderbilt University logoThe Asian Stud­ies Pro­gram at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty, with the sup­port of The Korea Foun­da­tion, is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for a tenure-track posi­tion as assis­tant pro­fes­sor in Kore­an stud­ies. The field of spe­cial­iza­tion is open to any dis­ci­pline with­in the arts, human­i­ties, and social sci­ences. Can­di­dates who inte­grate their research and teach­ing of Kore­an stud­ies with mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary and inter­re­gion­al exper­tise are pre­ferred. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will pos­sess a clear research tra­jec­to­ry and will have com­plet­ed the Ph.D. by August 16, 2018. Pro­fi­cien­cy in both Eng­lish and Kore­an is required for teach­ing and research in the program.

Can­di­dates should sub­mit a let­ter of appli­ca­tion, cur­ricu­lum vitae, research state­ment, evi­dence of teach­ing effec­tive­ness, a research sam­ple, and three let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion through Inter­fo­lio: Review of appli­ca­tions will begin on Novem­ber 15, 2017, and will con­tin­ue until the posi­tion is filled.

East Meets West International Essay Competition Targets High School Students

Donghwa essay contest logoThe 2017 East Meets West Inter­na­tion­al Essay Com­pe­ti­tion seeks to pro­vide an intel­lec­tu­al and cre­ative forum that empow­ers young voic­es and broad­ens the dia­logue on cul­tur­al exchange. This year, the com­pe­ti­tion is open to all high school stu­dents. The grand prize is a $1,000 cash award. Gold, Sil­ver, and Bronze awards in the amounts of $300, $200, $100 amounts also will be award­ed to stu­dent winners.

The East Meets West Inter­na­tion­al Essay Com­pe­ti­tion is orga­nized every year by the Dongh­wa Cul­tur­al Foun­da­tion, a non-prof­it 501(c)(3) orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes East Asian cul­ture, phi­los­o­phy, and art through pro­grams and events. For infor­ma­tion on the com­pe­ti­tion, and to read the win­ning entries from pre­vi­ous years, vis­it

Entries will be accept­ed through Novem­ber 27, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST). Essays must be sub­mit­ted to

All con­tes­tants must sub­mit an on-line appli­ca­tion. Use this link to the appli­ca­tion form to reg­is­ter for the essay competition.

Folow this link to read fur­ther infor­ma­tion on essay top­ics and com­pe­ti­tion guidelines.

Inquiries should be sent to or tele­phone (201) 871‑3033.

Ewha Korean Music Orchestra to Perform Here

Ewha Korean Music OrchestraThe Ewha Kore­an Music Orches­tra will per­form in con­cert Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The eigh­teen-mem­ber group, led by Pro­fes­sor Young Seok Won, is the only all-woman Kore­an music orches­tra. This tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music orches­tra is com­posed of tal­ent­ed Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents major­ing in tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music. Since Kore­an tra­di­tion­al music was estab­lished as a major in the Music Depart­ment in 1974, Ewha has encour­aged stu­dents to cul­ti­vate their tal­ents and tech­niques in tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music and in West­ern and con­tem­po­rary Kore­an music at the same time.

The orches­tra con­sists of three groups of relat­ed musi­cal instru­ments that could be cat­e­go­rized as wood­winds (daegeum and pipes), per­cus­sion, and strings (gayageum, geo­mun­go, haegeum, and ajaeng). Their aes­thet­ics and musi­cal style are not lim­it­ed to pre-mod­ern Kore­an music. Though root­ed in the Kore­an tra­di­tion, they incor­po­rate West­ern and con­tem­po­rary music into their reper­toire, includ­ing orches­tral, court, and cham­ber music. The orches­tra also per­forms new­ly cre­at­ed com­po­si­tions for a con­tem­po­rary glob­al audience. 

The con­cert, titled “Ewha Fan­ta­sy,” is a spe­cial event to raise funds for the Hawaii Ewha Alum­nae Asso­ci­a­tion Schol­ar­ship. Tick­ets for the con­cert cost $10 and can be pur­chased by con­tact­ing the Hawaii Ewha Alum­nae Asso­ci­a­tion by phone at (808) 741‑0406 or by e-mail at

Korean Studies Position at the University of North Carolina

UNC arts and sciences logoThe Depart­ment of Asian Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na, Chapel Hill (, invites appli­ca­tions for a tenure-track posi­tion in Kore­an stud­ies at the rank of assis­tant pro­fes­sor, to begin July 1, 2018. Duties include teach­ing, research, and ser­vice. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of the Department’s pro­gram in Kore­an stud­ies is expected.

The Depart­ment wel­comes appli­cants with doc­tor­al degree in hand or near com­ple­tion in Kore­an stud­ies, Kore­an lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, or a relat­ed field such as, but not lim­it­ed to, anthro­pol­o­gy, mod­ern his­to­ry, qual­i­ta­tive soci­ol­o­gy, cul­tur­al stud­ies, gen­der stud­ies, visu­al stud­ies, or per­for­mance studies. 

Native or near-native flu­en­cy in Kore­an and Eng­lish and demon­strat­ed poten­tial for inno­v­a­tive schol­ar­ship are required.

Those inter­est­ed should sub­mit an online appli­ca­tion at Appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als should include a detailed let­ter, cur­ricu­lum vitae, sam­ple syl­labi, and a writ­ing sam­ple. Paper or e-mail appli­ca­tions will not be accepted.

Appli­cants will also be required to iden­ti­fy the names, titles, and e-mail address­es of four pro­fes­sion­al ref­er­ences at the time of appli­ca­tion. Rec­om­menders iden­ti­fied by the appli­cant will be con­tact­ed via e-mail with instruc­tions for upload­ing their let­ters of recommendation.

Review of appli­ca­tions will begin Novem­ber 8, 2017. The search will remain open until the posi­tion is filled.