Job Opening: Asian Religions, Occidental College

job opening - 5Institution: Occidental College, Religious Studies
Location: California, United States
Position: Assistant Professor

The Department of Religious Studies at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin August 2017. We seek a scholar with expertise in Asian religions.  We welcome applications from scholars specializing in East or South Asia. The successful candidate will be hired at the Assistant rank; we welcome applications from recent PhDs, as well as scholars who have been teaching for several years.

Strong candidates will be able to teach a range of courses attractive to liberal arts students, including an introductory course in Buddhist traditions, courses in the first-year Cultural Studies Program, and courses that can cross-list with other departments. Strong candidates will possess a record of teaching experience and success.

Strong candidates will also possess a record of, or potential for, robust scholarly research and publications and will be prepared to actively participate in long-range departmental planning.

The Department of Religious Studies and Occidental College are committed to supporting the academic excellence of our diverse student body.  We actively seek candidates equipped to further our mission with their teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

Occidental College is a highly-selective, urban liberal arts college recognized for its diverse student body, its commitment to academic excellence and equity, and its undergraduate research programs. Named one of America’s most beautiful campuses, the College is situated in the vibrant neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Highland Park in Northeast Los Angeles. As one of the few urban liberal arts colleges in the country, Occidental affords students and faculty unique engagement with communities, cultural institutions, and academic resources throughout Los Angeles.

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.We strongly encourage underrepresented minorities, women, and LGBTQIA+ candidates to apply.

Candidates should send their application as an electronic file to Ms. Marguerite Dessornes A complete application will include the following materials: (1) a cover letter detailing your interest in teaching at Occidental, a liberal arts institution with a mission of equity and excellence; a discussion of your research; and a description of your teaching experience; (2) a statement of teaching philosophy including how your pedagogy creates an equitable learning environment for a racially, ethnically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse student body; (3) a list and brief descriptions of courses you could teach at Oxy; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as, student evaluations, peer teaching reviews, or other data if available); (5) a sample of your scholarly work; (6) Curriculum Vitae; and (7) three confidential letters of recommendation, with at least one attesting to your teaching.

Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2016.  Interviews of semi-finalists will be held over Skype.

Inquires about the position or about the Religious Studies department can be directed to the Chair, Prof. Kristi Upson-Saia:


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