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Teaching Assistant (Asian Studies)

Date: 14-Mar-2023

Location: ARTS & SOC SC, Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

The National University of Singapore (NUS) launched the College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS) in August 2021, an enhanced undergraduate experience for students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and the Faculty of Science (FoS). CHS includes a Common Curriculum of 13 modules that provide foundational skills in literacy, numeracy and critical thinking, as well as broad exposure to Humanities, Social Sciences and Asian Studies. 

The successful candidate will be part of the teaching team offering the CHS Integrated Asian Studies module and will be housed under the Department of Southeast Asian Studies. The anticipated start date is January 2023. The appointment is for a period of 1-2 years with the possibility of extension.


  • Conduct tutorials (discussion groups) and support students via email, office hours.
  • Provide administrative support and assist in the day to day running of the module.
  • Prepare educational resources and course materials.
  • Evaluate module assessment components.
  • Teach up to 240 contact hours per academic year.


  • A good honours degree or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (Humanities/Social Sciences with a focus on Asia)
  • Candidates must have excellent verbal, reading, and written skills, and be able to explain difficult concepts clearly.
  • Be able to work well independently, and as a member of an interdisciplinary team with diverse interests and opinions.
  • Strong interest in continued engagement with a variety of humanities and non-humanities disciplines, as well as pedagogical improvement.
  • Strong ability to facilitate discussions for undergraduate students.
  • Past teaching and facilitation experience (especially at the university level) with good student feedback will put candidates in a strong standing.


  1. CV: An abridged CV (5-page maximum), including details on education, employment history, past experience of teaching and supervision, research activities (including publications) and achievements, honours and awards, and service accomplishments.
  2. Qualifications: Include scanned copies of academic degrees.
  3. Teaching Portfolio:
    • A Teaching Statement that commences with a preface (maximum 300 words) that makes the case for appointment. This should be a highly distilled summary of key contributions to student learning and, if applicable, educational leadership, guided by key points from the candidate’s teaching philosophy. The rest of the Statement should focus on outlining the teaching philosophy, providing evidence of a strong commitment to education and learning and, if applicable, innovation and leadership in teaching, and on future pedagogical plans.
    • Teaching evaluations and peer review reports, if available. Other evidence of teaching excellence and/or other contributions to education, e.g., curriculum development, pedagogical innovation etc., should also be provided.
  4. A Research Statement (optional), highlighting how a candidate plans to advance pedagogical and/or disciplinary knowledge through inquiry.
  5. THREE referees’ letters (one of whom must be the applicant’s PhD supervisor, if applicable).
  6. COVID-19 Vaccination Report

Note that the Teaching and Research statements combined should be no more than a maximum of 2000 words.

For full consideration, please submit a complete application. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to for interviews.

Covid-19 Message

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Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.