Assistant Teaching Professor of Religion

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Job location: Worcester

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-05-01
Req: R0001315

Assistant Teaching Professor of Religion




Humanities & Arts Department


Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI


The Department of Humanities and Arts (HUA) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks to appoint a teaching-track assistant professorship of religion in August 2021. We encourage applications from humanists whose teaching and research explores East Asian religious, philosophical, cultural and intellectual traditions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism, folk religions and / or indigenous traditions.

Core duties include teaching 8 undergraduate courses over the course of four 7-week terms, including Introduction to Philosophy and Religion and Introduction to Asia and contribute to the religion/philosophy curriculum as well as an emerging Asian studies curriculum. The successful candidate will have broad liberty to design those courses and create a teaching agenda that can include disciplinary and interdisciplinary humanities courses and global project-based learning opportunities. We encourage pedagogy that is regional and intersectional while anchored in the academic study of religion and philosophy. Therefore, in their application materials, we encourage candidates to discuss how their scholarship and teaching in religion and philosophy can enhance the department’s existing and emerging thematic strengths in ethnicity and indigeneity; gender and sexuality; social justice; science and technology; environmental studies. Further, as home to a humanities-based International and Global Studies program, we ask candidates to consider how their approach to integrating transnational, international, comparative or global perspectives creates opportunities not only in religion and philosophy but in global studies broadly defined.


Job responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching courses and seminars as assigned;
  • Participating in initiatives conducted by the Humanities and Arts Department;
  • The ability to work creatively and collaboratively with faculty across disciplines;
  • Contribute to religion and philosophy curriculum and curricular development.


  • Ph.D. in Religion, Philosophy, Asian Studies or a related field in hand before August 2021;
  • Fluency in language of scholarship;
  • Capacity to work in synergy with the other disciplines in the humanities and arts; and
  • Evidence of teaching experience, excellence and versatility at the university level.


As part of your application, please submit:

  • Cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy and experience and how you see yourself adding to WPI’s efforts to build more diverse, equitable, inclusive learning and working environments;
  • C.V. that includes contact information for three professional references
  • Three letters of reference
  • Materials that show evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness, including at least two syllabi
  • A writing sample will be required for those candidates who advance to a second stage.

Review of applications will begin on May 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled


United States of America (Exempt)

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.




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Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 7/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time