Assistant Professor of Religion (Islam)

Sep 28, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Puget Sound

Assistant Professor of Religion (Islam)

Job ID: 3786

Location: Religion

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Appointment: Full-time, tenure-line position; begins Fall Term 2018


We invite applicants for a position in Religious Studies (Islam). The successful candidate will teach introductory and upper-level courses on Islam, in addition to a secondary set of courses in Jewish Studies and/or an interdiscplinary field of demonstrated strength and interest (such as African-American Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, etc.).


Ph.D. (or ABD considered) in Islamic studies, with demonstrated interest and expertise in a secondary interdisciplinary field.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

About Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities.

The Department of Religious Studies is a collegial group of teacher-scholars with a passion for undergraduate teaching. The Religious Studies department has strengths in Christianity, ethics, Asian religions, and cultural studies.

Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than November 6, 2017 to ensure consideration.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Curriculum vitae Letter of interest that includes the following: (1) your interest in this specific position and reasons why you believe you are the right match for us; (2) your teaching philosophy, including your views on campus and/or societal issues of diversity.
      University of Puget Sound is very attentive to ongoing changes both within the academy and within our student body, and we are committed to understanding diversity in its broadest context—demographically, intellectually, and ethically. How would your pedagogy and/or scholarship engage critically with such a broad formulation of diversity? Do you have examples of pedagogical experiences, lived experiences, or ideas for ways you might contribute to this element of the curriculum and/or campus learning?
    Writing sample (no more than 25 pages) Unofficial transcripts Teaching portfolio, which could include syllabi, evaluations and/or teaching statement Three (3) letters of reference. Candidates will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA