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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with Specialization in Buddhist Studies

Apply now Posting #: 3800
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences

Position Title & Department:

 Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with Specialization in Buddhist Studies
Posting #

3800

Department Description:

Department Description:

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is a diverse community of scholars who advance the teaching and study of religion with particular attention to fostering understanding of Catholic traditions. Information about the department is available at www.sandiego.edu/theo. Cover letters should clearly state how the applicant’s expertise would contribute to our program and community of scholars.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego announces a tenure-track position in Religious Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Area of specialization is Buddhist Studies with a focus on South Asia and/or East Asia. The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate active engagement in broader conversations surrounding theory and method in the study of religion through their teaching and scholarship.

The position carries a 3-3 teaching load. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses as well as upper-division courses in the area(s) of specialization, and may include courses that fulfill the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice requirement in our core curriculum. The candidate would be expected to teach lower division courses (such as Introduction to World Religions and Exploring Religious Meaning) in alignment with core learning outcomes. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and scholarship are preferred.

Candidates with a subspecialty or demonstrated interest in the topics of "Climate Change and Environmental Justice" or "Borders and Social Justice" will join other scholars in a cluster cohort with faculty across multiple departments. Candidates should indicate an interest in one of these areas in their letters of intent and include a statement about their interest in a cluster theme in their application. For further details, please click here.
Job Requirements:

Applicants should hold an advanced degree, preferably a doctorate by the time of the appointment, September 2022. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, an active scholarly agenda, and commitment to collaborative leadership are required.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. Materials should include:    

  1. Letter of application, include reference to the cluster(s) of interest
  1. Curriculum vitae
  1. Teaching Statement and a sample syllabus
  1. Research Statement and a sample of scholarly or creative work
  1. Diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research.
  1. Contact information for three references who will be contacted for letters of reference.

Applications should be complete by October 5, 2021. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom in October and/or November, with finalists invited to our campus (either virtually or in person) in December 2021.

Contact Russell Fuller, fuller@sandiego.edu or (619) 260 - 4050

If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu
Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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