Assistant Teaching Professor of Religious Studies

Oct 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Teaching Professor of Religious Studies

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Position Status:

Basic Function:
Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Humanities and Arts Department invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor in religious studies. This is a one-year position that is renewable annually for up to three years.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • We welcome candidates with specialization in one or more under-represented religious traditions, including but not limited to: African-American, Asian religions, Islam, indigenous religions, and religions of Africa, South America, Central America, or Oceana. Candidates with a specialization in race, gender, or sexuality issues in religion are also welcome.

    Position Requirements

  • We seek an exceptional scholar who will contribute to our program in Philosophy and Religion and our strong undergraduate curricular commitment to providing a broad liberal education. Facility with philosophical thought and issues in social justice, and the ability to teach a course in the problem of evil or bioethics would be an asset. Teaching load is seven courses per year on a seven-week term system and involves a balanced mix of introductory-level courses, mid-level courses, and small seminar-style courses. Ph.D. in religious studies preferred, but qualified candidates with degrees in other relevant disciplines and ABD candidates who will complete their degree within 12 months of hiring date will also be considered. People of color are especially encouraged to apply.

    WPI is a private technological university whose unique 47 year-old curriculum, The WPI Plan, makes humanistic study central to undergraduate education. Faculty and students enjoy many opportunities to undertake societally meaningful work in and beyond their disciplines and to participate in transformative educational experiences, including community-based scholarship in urban and rural settings around the globe. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low: faculty, students, and other partners work together on the real-world projects and purposeful research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. We are most proud of a recent No. 1 ranking for “faculty who best combine research and teaching” (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016). Located one hour west of Boston, the university’s campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation.

    We will be interviewing at the American Academy of Religion in November. Search will continue until position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, description of teaching and research interests, and at least 3 confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be received by November 1.

    Posting Date: 10/16/2017

    Open Until Filled:

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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