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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Job opportunity: UMKC seeks instructor to assist in China-oriented LLM program

I am posting the following at the request of Prof. Pat Randolph of the University of Missouri at Kansas City:

We will hire an non-tenure track instructor who will assist in the development of a number of course offerings for our foreign LLM programs, almost all of which are from mainland China.  Next year we will have 14 such students, and are aiming for 20 foreign LLM's (again, mostly from China) in the future.

The job will involve a renewable twelve month contract, and the person will be expected to start at least by early July.  Compensation will be at the instructor level - and will be negotiated based upon the applicant's qualifications.  Although this  is not a "tenure track" position, the school is willing to provide reasonable research support for candidates with an interest in research.  Although I presently have the title of Director of Chinese programs, and the candidate would have the title of Associate Director, it is anticipated that I will retire at some point (I'm 62) and the Associate will be a candidate for the Directorship.  The law school also conducts a summer school program for Western law students at Peking University, and there may be some opportunity to travel to Beijing in relation in early summer months in connection with  that program or other law school initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have a JD from an American law school and some practice experience, either in the U.S. or in China, interest in teaching and working with Chinese law studernts and in program development in China from a U.S. base, and ideally would be fluent in Mandarin Chinese and, of course, in English. 

UMKC Law School is a well established "mid level" law school with a significant history in dealings with China and Chinese law schools. The law school  is located on the main campus of a 15,000 student university in a very attractive part of a very attractive and livable city.   

Kansas City itself, the birthplace of Edgar Snow, has a very open attitude toward China.  The Chinese government recently established here one if its new "Confucious Centers," and that will add to the already broad interest in relations with China.  Kansas City has a sister city relationship with Xi'an. Although it has most of the amenities of a major urban area, housing costs in Kansas City are relatively low, traffic is not a real problem, and the quality of the air is better than virtually any other urban center.  Contrary to the image that some "coasters" have of Kansas City, it is neither flat nor bare.  There are rolling hills and old neighborhoods and the place is very green.  In addition to major league sports franchises, it has a fine symphony, opera, ballet, and one of the finest art museums anywhere for a city of this size, with an outstanding collection in Chinese art.  A major airport connects Kansas City to numerous airline networks, and its central location makes travel to and from the city easy.

I see this position as an ideal opportunity for someone interested in getting into an academic environment and perhaps to undertake a research portfolio with all the research support that the job like this in a place like this offers, while still enjoying an outstanding standard of living.

Interested persons can contact me directly at prandolph@umkc.edu. 

This is my own announcement, and not the "official announcement," and the law school "official" position may vary somewhat from what I say here.  I am just trying to get out the word as quickly as possible. 

I will be in China from March 19 - 28, and can meet with persons having an interest in this position.  If you cannot reach me, you may schedule an interview by contacting my assistant, Nancy Kunkel, at kunkeln@umkc.edu.

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