Job Opening: Buddhist Studies, Skidmore College

job opening - 5Institution: Skidmore College, Religious Studies and Asian Studies Program
Location: New York, United States
Position: Assistant Professor

Skidmore College’s Department of Religious Studies and Asian Studies Program invite applications for the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorship in Buddhist Studies, a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. The College is especially interested in candidates from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations and who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and service. We seek candidates with expertise in the Buddhist traditions of East Asia and are particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and scholarship engages with other religious traditions of East Asia.  Command of the appropriate research languages and an active scholarly agenda are essential.  The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or Buddhist Studies (or expected by May 2017) and will contribute to both the Religious Studies Department and the interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program. As such, they will be able to teach core courses in both Religious Studies and Asian Studies, including Introduction to the Study of Religion, Introduction to Asian Studies, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, and the Senior Seminar/Capstone courses.

Responsibilities: Skidmore is on a semester system with a normal teaching load of five courses per academic year. In addition to delivering the core courses above on a rotating basis, the candidate will also teach intermediate and advanced courses in their area of specialization. Periodic participation in the College’s interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar program and active engagement in student advising, mentoring, and research is also required.

Ph.D. in Religious Studies or Buddhist Studies (or expected by May 2017) strongly preferred.

We encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse student populations. Successful applicants should highlight any specific knowledge, skills, experiences, and or abilities related to building an inclusive educational environment in their application materials.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online at:

Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations; women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, military or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.Bs


Contact: Benjamin Bogin, Chair

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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