Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with Specialization in Indigenous Religions in the Americas

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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with Specialization in Indigenous Religions in the Americas

Department Description:

The University of San Diego strives to be an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. Our campus sits on the Indigenous homeland of the Kumeyaay people. The San Diego region is the third most populated area for American Indians in California and is surrounded by four autonomous Indigenous nations: the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño, and Cahuilla. These four nations, represented by 17 federally recognized tribes, make San Diego County home to the largest concentration of individual tribes in the United States. San Diego is also the second largest city in the state, near the busiest port of entry on an international border, and hosts significant ethnic, immigrant, and refugee communities from around the globe, including Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. Serving more than 5,500 undergraduate students, the university holds a commitment to advancing academic excellence, global citizenship, ethical knowledge and conduct, and compassionate service. 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. The department is interested in expanding opportunities for faculty to engage undergraduates in research projects and publications. Information about the department is available at Cover letters should clearly state how the applicant’s expertise would contribute to our program and community of scholars.

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 Native American and Indigenous Studies in the Americas. The successful applicant will be actively engaged in theory and method in the study of religion as a major aspect of their scholarship and teaching.

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 newly redesigned 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 ability to incorporate diverse perspectives into teaching and scholarship are preferred. Applicants must have a willingness to work with local tribes and communities and mentor American Indian and Indigenous students. Demonstrated experience working with Native American and Indigenous tribes and communities is strongly preferred.

Job Requirements:

Applicants should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, September 2019. 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 12% 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

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Applications should include a letter of intent and dossier that includes CV, graduate school transcripts, samples of scholarly work, and copies of teaching materials (e.g., syllabi, typical handouts, and student evaluations) and three references.

Applications should be complete by October 19, 2018. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion convention in November on a pre-arranged basis.

Contact Emily Reimer-Barry, [email protected] or 619-260-6827.

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]

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.

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Posted: 8/1/2018
Application Due: 9/26/2018
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