Visiting Teaching Asst Professor in Hinduism/Hindu Studies

Denver, Colorado, USA
May 08, 2017
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The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver is currently comprised of eight active and productive, nationally-recognized scholars in the Division of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (AHSS). The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region and enrolls over 11,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies DU as a research university with high research activity. Our department offers BA and MA degrees in Religious Studies.

Position Summary

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a one-year, non-tenure track Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Hinduism/Hindu Studies effective September 1, 2017. The successful candidate will teach eight courses during the 2017-2018 academic year, primarily at the undergraduate level.

In addition to introductory courses on Hinduism, the ideal candidate should be able to offer courses that contextualize Hindu tradition, experience and practice (e.g., Yoga in History & Practice, Death & Dying in the Hindu Tradition; Hinduism through texts, Modern Hinduism, etc.). As appropriate, other courses that draw upon the expertise and specialization of the candidate may be proposed and offered. Courses should generally be appropriate for interested undergraduate students without significant background in Hindu studies, and should be pitched to attract a broad variety of students. Undergraduate courses will be expected to fulfill University requirements toward the core curriculum. Interest in and the ability to teach a service learning course would be particularly welcomed.

Essential Functions

  • Teach eight courses during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Teach courses fitting the analytical inquiry: society and culture component of the University's core undergraduate curriculum.
  • Teach departmental electives in the candidate's specialty area, as appropriate.
  • Frame courses to meet University and Departmental learning outcomes and assessment practices.
  • Mentor and advise students.
  • Serve as a good citizen within the Department of Religious Studies and the University of Denver.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to offer courses that contextualize Hindu tradition, experience, and practice (e.g., Yoga in History & Practice, Death & Dying in the Hindu Tradition; Hinduism through texts, Modern Hinduism, etc.).
  • Ability to offer courses that attract undergraduate students in a wide variety of majors.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of Ph.D. prior to appointment (no exceptions). Degree may be from any relevant department (e.g., religious studies, comparative literature, anthropology, history, languages and literatures).
  • Strong language competencies in the relevant language(s).
  • Proven record of successful teaching experience during and/or after ones graduate training.
  • Strong indications of scholarly promise.
  • Strong commitment to successful teaching and scholarship that demonstrates knowledge and experience with culturally responsive pedagogies aimed at engaging broadly diverse student populations.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with department chair.

Application deadline

Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, May 29, 2017, but will consider applications until the position are filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to begin application. The University of Denver and the Department of Religious Studies are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter and supporting materials information about how they will advance this commitment in their teaching. For questions related to this position, please contact Alyssa Boltinghouse at

Please include the following with your application:

  1. Letter of application (including a statement of areas of competency and interest)
  2. C.V.
  3. Teaching portfolio (teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and any evidence of teacher training)
  4. Inclusive-excellence statement (should be a succinct description of how the candidates teaching and/or service contribute to inclusive excellence)

Note: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

In addition, three letters of reference should be emailed to Alyssa Boltinghouse at

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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