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Southeast Asia Center News

Position Announcement

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track
Cultural Anthropology
University of Washington

December 15, 2014

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in cultural anthropology, with a teaching and research emphasis on the Theravada Buddhist regions of Mainland Southeast Asia. The topic of this search is open, but preference will be given to scholars whose research addresses the anthropology of health or the environment. We are particularly interested in those whose work focuses on the transnational dimensions of these areas.

The University of Washington and the Department of Anthropology value colleagues who have a strong commitment to an academic environment that promotes diversity. The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected veterans. The position will begin on September 16, 2015. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service.

Applicants must have earned a PhD, or foreign equivalent, by the start of the appointment. Candidates in the final stages of their PhD may be considered.

To apply, send a
single PDF file including the following items: (1) a cover letter that describes the applicants research and teaching interests; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample; (4) up to two course syllabi; (5) contact information for three professional references; and (6) a brief statement on how your research, teaching, mentoring, and/or community outreach addresses diversity and encourages inclusion of individuals and groups from under-represented backgrounds in the classroom and larger university community. Send this file to with the following subject header: UW Southeast Asia Position Your Name. Cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Celia Lowe, Chair, Southeast Asia Search Committee, Department of Anthropology. Applications received by January 1, 2015 are assured consideration. Questions should be directed to Dr. Celia Lowe at, M32 Denny Box 353100 Seattle, Washington 981953100.


SEAC secures four more years of Title VI funding

October 14, 2014

We are very pleased to announce that the UW Southeast Asia Center once again secured Title VI funding for our Center as well as for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. This four-year, 2 million dollar grant will help support UW students studying Southeast Asian languages and will allow us to continue to offer quality innovative programming and activities about Southeast to the UW campus community and the broader public. We will be offering advanced levels of Tagalog and Khmer as well as strengthening our other Southeast Asian languages, initiating new collaborations with Highline Community College, the Suquamish Museum, and the Northwest Indian College, strengthening collaborations with the Philippine Women's University and the Indonesian Institution of Arts Education, and running a Search for a new Anthropologist of Theravada Buddhist Mainland Southeast Asia among our many initiatives.

To learn more about Title VI funding, please refer to the US Department of Education website:

More than $63.3 Million Awarded to Colleges and Universities to Strengthen Global Competitiveness through International Studies and World Language Training

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About the Southeast Asia Center

About the Southeast Asia Center

The Southeast Asia Center promotes and sustains the study of Southeast Asia and encourages understanding of Southeast Asia in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. We pursue this mission by offering language study and courses in various disciplines that focus on Southeast Asia. Southeast Asian languages offered on a regular basis by the University of Washington include Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese as well as the self-study of Burmese. The Southeast Asia Center actively organizes Southeast Asia-related programs such as teacher training, outreach activities and an accessible resource library that includes: print materials, microfilm, maps, and instructional media materials. These activities of the Center are assisted by funding from the University of Washington and the U.S. Department of Education.

A US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies in the Pacific Northwest, the Southeast Asia Center is housed in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies where, along with seven other area study centers, it fosters cooperative efforts in teacher training and outreach. The Southeast Asia Center's interdisciplinary academic programs include an MA in Southeast Asian Studies as well as a BA in International Studies with a Southeast Asian Concentration and PhD and professional degrees involving area concentrations and research in Southeast Asia.

The Center's forty core and affiliate faculty come from the College of Arts and Sciences as well as various UW professional colleges. The Center's directorship rotates among core UW faculty. The Associate Director is a professional UW staff member who manages the daily operations of the Center along with oversight from the Director and faculty. The Center depends greatly on the contributions of student assistants, part-time staff, and university and community volunteers.

-Laurie J. Sears
Chair, Southeast Asian Studies


Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-9606 tel
(206) 685-0668 fax

Laurie Sears, Director

Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant