Assistant Professor of Hinduism/Hindu Studies

Denver, USA, Colorado
Oct 06, 2017
University of
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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position: Assistant Professor in Hinduism/Hindu Studies effective September 1, 2018. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year over three quarters (autumn, winter, spring). The position is benefitted and the salary competitive. The doctorate must be completed prior to appointment; ABDs who cannot provide proof of a scheduled defense date should not apply. Degree may be from any relevant department (e.g., religious studies, history, comparative literature, anthropology, sociology, languages and literatures, interdisciplinary or area studies programs).

In addition to introductory courses on Hinduism, the ideal candidate should be able to offer courses that contextualize Hindu traditions, experiences and practices. While we provide a rigorous introduction to theory, we are also committed to teaching engaged traditions courses that highlight lived religion and incorporate opportunities for the observational study of religion (e.g., multiple site visits). Most courses should be accessible and appealing to undergraduate students who represent a broad range of majors, with no background in the subject. Some upper-divisional courses will be open to a mix of advanced undergraduate and entry-level MA students. Lower-level undergraduate courses will normally fulfill University requirements toward the core curriculum.

Essential Functions

  • Teach five courses per year over three quarters (autumn, winter, spring) that reflect candidates area of specialization.
  • Teach courses that serve the University's common (general education/core) curriculum.
  • Contribute to the Department's MA program and to the Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion the University of Denver shares with the Iliff School of Theology, which includes teaching MA- and doctoral-only seminars, serving on MA and doctoral committees, and thesis/dissertation supervision.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations; implementation of inclusive excellence principles in the classroom.
  • Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Serve as a good citizen within the Department of Religious Studies, the University of Denver, and the community beyond.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to offer courses that contextualize Hindu tradition, experience, and practice.
  • Ability to offer courses that attract undergraduate students in a wide variety of majors.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and experience with culturally responsive pedagogies aimed at engaging broadly diverse student populations.

Required Qualifications

  • Completed Ph.D. prior to appointment (no exceptions). Degree may be from any relevant department (e.g., religious studies, history, comparative literature, anthropology, sociology, languages and literatures, interdisciplinary or area studies programs).
  • Appropriate, advanced-level language training in one or more research languages to sustain informed pedagogy and support one's scholarly goals.
  • Proven record of successful teaching experience during and/or after one's graduate training.
  • Strong commitment to both successful teaching and scholarship.
  • A clearly defined research and publication agenda.

Preferred Qualifications

  • We seek qualified candidates who can contribute to our diversity and to the advancement of inclusive excellence through their teaching, research and service.
  • The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and research focus on the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and social location.
  • Interest in and the ability to teach a service learning course would be particularly welcomed.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please apply by October 25, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed until position is 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 apply. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Greg Robbins at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of application (including a statement of areas of competency and interest)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching portfolio (teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and any evidence of teacher training)
  4. Separate inclusive excellence statement - The University of Denver and the Department of Religious Studies are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants should acquaint themselves with our priorities and initiatives by visiting these websites: and Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter and supporting materials information about how they will advance this commitment in their teaching.
  5. Send three letters of reference

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