Short-Term Teaching Opportunity in Taiwan, 2014–15

Invitation and Call for Applications


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As part of its 5-year "Top University Strategic Alliance" (TUSA) agreement with the Taiwan Ministry of Education and a consortium of twelve Taiwan universities, the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) is pleased to announce short-term teaching opportunities in Taiwan for summer 2014 and academic year 2014‑15.

Ladder-rank Berkeley faculty members in any field of East Asian or Buddhist studies are invited to apply for funds to teach at Alliance universities in Taiwan for 3-5 week stints. At least two slots are available for 2014-15. Under the terms of the TUSA agreement, Berkeley faculty members will be provided air transportation, lodging, meals and a $20,000 stipend. Instruction may take place at any of the following Alliance universities:

  • Chang Gung University
  • National Central University
  • National Cheng Chi University
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • National Chiao Tung University
  • National Chung Hsing University
  • National Sun Yat-sen University
  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • National Taiwan University
  • National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • National Yang Ming University

Berkeley faculty will either teach short-term courses on their own, or will co-teach a significant portion of an existing course with a colleague from Taiwan. Visits will likely take place during the months of December-January, May-June, or the summer, though other times are possible for those who are free during Berkeley’s fall or spring semester. Instruction may take place in either Chinese or English.

Guidelines for Proposals


Ladder-rank Berkeley faculty in all fields of East Asian studies, including those working in environmental, media, urban, legal and other studies, and at all career stages, are eligible.

Locating a candidate university and department

Interested Berkeley faculty are responsible for exploring teaching opportunities at the Alliance universities listed above. Faculty are encouraged to reach out to their colleagues in Taiwan to discuss possible teaching or co-teaching opportunities. If an Alliance university expresses interest in hosting a Berkeley faculty member for short-term teaching, that faculty member should then apply to IEAS for funding. Berkeley faculty may refer potential hosts to IEAS for more information about the Alliance program.

Applications should consist of the following:

  1. Application cover page: full contact information for the Berkeley applicant, including name, email, phone numbers and department address; name and number of course to be taught; name of institution in Taiwan; approximate dates of proposed visit; name of contact, and contact information in Taiwan.
  2. Draft syllabus for the proposed course, with a clear indication of what portion(s) of the course will be taught by the Berkeley faculty member.
  3. Brief statement from the applicant detailing the objectives of the teaching opportunity (1 page max).
  4. Copy of an invitation letter from the host university in Taiwan. (Note: host institutions will be provided with Alliance funding to cover maintenance and lodging of the Berkeley visitor. $9500 is budgeted for airfare, lodging, meals and other expenses).
  5. CV of Berkeley applicant (2 pages max).

Berkeley faculty will earn a $20,000 Alliance stipend for teaching. Teaching may begin as early as May 2014 or as late as summer 2015. IEAS will review applications in a timely manner.

Applications should be sent by email (in one PDF or Word file) to Martin Backstrom, Associate Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton St., 6th floor, Berkeley, CA, 94720-2318 (; 510-642-2815). Questions about the program may also be directed to him.

Deadlines and Timeline

Applications may be submitted to IEAS at any time for 2014-15, and will be reviewed as they are submitted by the IEAS Executive Committee starting with its February 2014 meeting. Applicants hoping for a decision by late February should submit their applications by Tuesday, February 4. Applications received at later dates will be considered at subsequent meetings in the spring or fall of 2014. Faculty interested in applying at later dates should check with IEAS about the ongoing availability of funding for 2014-15.

We expect additional funding for this program to be available in 2015-16.