Director, Institute of East Asian Studies

The Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) is seeking a new Faculty Director, for a start date of January 1, 2024. We invite nominations of tenured Berkeley faculty. The candidate should have a well-established research and professional reputation in a relevant discipline as well as demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities. We anticipate that commitment for this position will approximate a half-time effort.

Please note that this effort is a relaunch of a search initiated in the autumn of 2022. We welcome re-nominations from that prior search.

About IEAS

The Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) serves as the focal point for all UC Berkeley programs related to East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Established in 1978, IEAS and East Asian studies at Berkeley are frequently ranked first in depth and breadth among all such programs in the nation. Considered a campus model of a highly successful and efficient institute, IEAS fosters and coordinates a wide range of Asia-focused regional centers and programs, including the Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, IEAS Publications, and the Berkeley APEC Studies Center.  

IEAS is one of the largest research units at Berkeley in the Humanities and Social Sciences, promoting interdisciplinary research and teaching to maintain and strengthen Berkeley’s longstanding pre-eminent role in these fields. Funded largely by its own endowments, gifts, grants, and state funding, IEAS and its centers collectively mount 150+ conferences and colloquia annually, host 60+ visiting scholars, support 300+ graduate and undergraduate students, 100 core faculty, and the Berkeley library collections; encourage curriculum and materials development for K-12 teachers and other college faculty; and provide information to the public, media, business, and government.

Desirable Candidate Qualifications 

Nominee must be a tenured Berkeley faculty member and should demonstrate some/all of the following criteria:

  1. Distinguished Record of Scholarship in East Asian Studies or Related Discipline, and competence in an East Asian Language
  2. Community Outreach and Engagement
  3. Leadership and Administrative Abilities to Provide Outward Looking Vision
  4. Program Development
  5. Fundraising Abilities
  6. Commitment to UC Berkeley's Principles of Community | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, & Justice

Nomination Process

Please submit nominations by completing the online nomination form as soon as possible and no later than Friday, November 3, 2023. Self-nominations are welcome. Upon receipt of nominations, the appointed search advisory committee will request that interested nominees submit a letter of interest by Monday, November 20, 2023. 

Search Advisory Committee Members:

  • Steven Vogel, Chair (Political Science)
  • Mark Csikszentmihàlyi (East Asian Languages & Cultures)
  • Yam Long (Sociology)
  • Robert Sharf (Buddhist Studies)
  • Stacey Val Vleet (History)