Recruitment Pamphlet 2015, Faculty of History

Date  Jan 06, 2016



Applications are invited for a number of full-time positions at the grades of “chair professorships”, “distinguished professorships”, “talent professorships”, professorships, associate professorships, lecturerships and postdoctoral fellowships in the Faculty of History of Nankai University. Short-term “chair professorships” and “part-time professorships” are also open for applications. There is no deadline.




Salary, benefits and pension will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, in accordance with University regulations. Every appointee will be provided an independent office of 16 square metres. In addition to packages offered by the University, appointees may be entitled to research funding from the Faculty. The University may offer jobs to spouses of appointees who are above the grade of “talent professorships”. The Faculty will back eligible young (under 45 years old) appointees in the selection process of the “Hundred Young Discipline Leaders Nurture Programme” launched by the University. The salary range for a “Young Discipline Leader” is between 150,000 and 200,000 CNY per annum.


Person of Contact


Please contact Mr. Wang Hao for further enquiries.

Tel: +86 (0)22 2350 1637



Applications are warmly welcome.



General Information about the Faculty of History




The Faculty of History at Nankai University is one of China’s oldest and most successful institutions for historical studies, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research. History as a discipline was taught at Nankai since the foundation of the University in 1919. In the early 1920s, Liang Qichao, delivered a series of lectures at Nankai University, based on which one of his masterpieces—Approaches to Chinese Historical Studies—was compiled. The Department of History was created in 1923. The eminent scholar Dr. Jiang Tingfu (Tsiang Tingfu) was the founding father and first chair of the Department of History. New vitality was injected to the Department by the recruitment of the Harvard University graduate Liu Chonghong and the Illinois University graduate Cai Weifan, who contributed considerably to the teaching and research of the Department.


In the wake of the Marco Polo Bridge (Lugou Bridge) Incident in July 1937, Nankai University was ordered to move southwards and to merge with two other top universities in China—Peking University and Tsinghua University, forming Changsha Temporary University. In April 1938, the staff members from the three universities moved to Kunming and the university they formed was renamed the National Southwest Associated University.The restoration of Nankai University in Tianjin took place in the aftermath of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The restructuring of the Department of History was made possible by the recruitment of a number of eminent historians including Yang Zhijiu, Li Guobin, Yang Shengmao and Wang Yuzhe.


The Department of History has been making considerable progress since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. In the early 1950s, Wu Tingqiu, Xie Guozhen, Gu Xiegao, Lai Xinxia, Wei Hongyun and others joined the Department one after another. As a result of the nationwide restructuring of departments in higher education directed by the Ministry of Education in 1952, Professor Zheng Tianting, formerly Head of the Department of History at Peking University, and Professor Lei Haizong, formerly Head of the Department of History at Tsinghua University, moved to Nankai and took up the positions of Head of the Department of History and Director of the Division of World History respectively. The Department was further strengthened by the recruitment of Yang Yixiang, formerly of Peking University, and Wu Tingqiu, formerly of Wuhan University. By the mid 1950s, the History Department consisted of three divisions, namely Ancient Chinese History, Modern Chinese History and World History, and one research office for History of Ming and Qing Dynasties. The year 1964 saw the establishment of three more research officesAmerican History, Japanese History and Latin American History. Strong on scholarship and balanced between various disciplinary areas, the Department of History established itself as one of the focal points of historical research in China.


With the advent of China’s Opening-Up Policy, the Department revived. It developed to host six teaching divisions, including Ancient Chinese History, Modern Chinese History, Ancient and Medieval World History, Modern World History and Museumology. The departmental library, museum and computer room were also opened. In 1979, the Institute of Historical Studies was created, with Professor Wu Tingqiu from the Department of History as its first Director. In 1983, the Institute of Ancient Books and Cultural Studies was established, headed by Professor Yang Yixiang from the History Department.  Half of the Institute’s staff graduated from the Department of History. In October 2000, the Department of History became the Faculty of History.


In 1981 and later in 1986, four “second-level” disciplines under the “first-level” discipline of History—Ancient Chinese History, World Regional and National History, Modern Chinese History and History of Historiography—were granted, one after another, the right to confer doctoral degrees by the Office of the State Council Academic Degree Committee. In 1987, three disciplines—Ancient Chinese History, Modern Chinese History and World National and Regional History—were granted the status of “Priority Disciplines” by the Chinese National Education Committee. In 1994, the Department was among the first history institutions to be selected as a “National Foundation Humanities Disciplines Talents Nurture and Research Base”. In 1996, the discipline of History was designated by the National Education Committee as one of the first institutions supported by the “211 Project”. In December 1998, the discipline of History, as a “first-level” discipline, was granted the right to confer doctoral degrees. In the next January, the discipline of History was designated as a “Postdoctoral Mobile Research Station”. In June 2000, the Centre for Chinese Social History was designated by the Ministry of Education as a “Priory Research Base for Humanities and Social Sciences”. The year 2005 saw the designation of the Centre for Modern World History as another Ministry of Education’s “Priory Research Base for Humanities and Social Sciences”. This was followed by the foundation of two “Innovation Bases for Philosophy and Social Sciences” supported by the “985 Project”: the Centre for the Study of Chinese Thought and Society and the Centre for World Modernization Studies. In August 2007, three “second-level” disciplines under the “first-level” discipline of History—Ancient Chinese History, Modern Chinese History and World History—were designated as “National Priority Disciplines”, while the discipline of History itself was among the first to be designated as a “first-level” “National Priority Discipline”. In 2010, in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s regulations, the “first-level” discipline of History was divided into three “first level” disciplines, namely Chinese History, World History and Archeology. All three of the Faculty’s “first-level disciplines” are registered with the Ministry of Education. In 2005 and again in 2008, the discipline of History was ranked the 2nd in China in the Ministry of Education’s assessments.


The Faculty’s remarkable academic achievement was made possible by the effort of generations of staff members whose expertise covered a wide range of historical studies. The pioneer historians of the Faculty include Zheng Tianting, Lei Haizong, Wu Tingqiu, Wang Yuzhe, Yang Zhijiu, Yang Shengmao, Yang Yixiang, Li Guobin, Lai Xinxia, Wei Hongyun, Liu Zehua, Feng Erkang, Fan Zeng, Yu Xintun, Wang Dunshu, Chen Zhenjiang and Zhang Youlun.




The Faculty of History currently has a full-time teaching and research staff body of 82, of which 40 are professors and researchers, 29 are associate professors and associate researchers and 13 are lecturers. 70 of the staff members hold doctoral degrees, and 43 members are doctoral supervisors. Among them are Professor Nan Bingwen, specialized in history of Ming Dynasty, Professor Li Zhi’an, specialized in history of the Mongols and Yuan dynasty, Professor Chang Jianhua, specialized in social history, Professor Wang Lihua, specialized in environmental history, Professor Qiao Zhizhong, specialized in history of historiography, Professor Wang Xianming, specialized in modern Chinese history, Professor Chen Zhiqiang, specialized in ancient and medieval world history, Professor Yang Dongliang, specialized in Japanese history, and other experts such as Xu Tan, Li Zhuo, Ha Quan’an, Zhao Xuegong, Jiang Pei, Li Jinzheng, Liu Yi, Yu Xinzhong and Chen Jie. They have made a significant contribution to the construction and development of the Faculty.


The Faculty of History has three “first-level” disciplines: Chinese History, World History and Archeology. Under these three “first-level” disciplines, all “second-level” disciplines, which cover almost all fields of historical studies currently known in China, have the right to confer masters and doctoral degrees. The Faculty’s excellence in teaching and research is widely recognized. In 2011, Professor Li Zhi’an won a “Nationally Renowned Teachers” Award. Two courses of the Faculty are recognized as “National Premium Courses”, which are “Ancient and Medieval World History” instructed by Professor Ha Quan’an and “Late Ancient Chinese History” instructed by Professor Li Zhi’an and Professor Wang Xiaoxin. Two other courses are recognized as “Municipal Premium Courses” of Tianjin city, which are “Early Ancient Chinese History” instructed by Professor Sun Liqun and “Modern Chinese History” instructed by Professor Hou Jie. There are also several “University Premium Courses”. Each year, the Faculty accepts approximately 50 doctoral students, 80 masters students, 80 undergraduate students, and a number of postdoctoral research fellows.