Job Opening: East Asian religions, St. Olaf College

job opening - 5Institution:       St. Olaf College, Religion Department
Location:          Minnesota, United States
Position:          Visiting Assistant Professor, East Asian Religions

The St. Olaf College Religion Department announces a full-time one-year position in East Asian Religious Traditions with a secondary competence in either comparative theology or comparative scriptures (including Christian theology and/or Scripture), beginning August 15, 2016. Teaching responsibilities will include core courses in Buddhism and Religions of China and Japan, as well as courses that will count for the college’s biblical and theological studies general education requirement.  Particular area of expertise is open, though a deep familiarity with Buddhist traditions is preferred.  The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to the liberal arts, and the ability to contribute broadly to the Religion Department, the Asian Studies program, and the general education curriculum.

A Ph.D. by August 15, 2016 is preferred, but candidates near completion at time of appointment will be given full consideration, and teaching experience is highly desirable.

Applications should be submitted via the College’s employment website:

A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of teaching philosophy and graduate transcript (unofficial). Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. There is a possibility of interviews at the AAS meeting in Seattle.

For additional information, please contact Religion Department Chair, Jamie Schillinger, at

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

A liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.


Barbara E. Reed
Chair of the Asian Studies Department
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN 55057

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