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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with Specialization in Buddhist Studies

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University of San Diego
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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with Specialization in Buddhist Studies

Department Description:
Department Description:

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. Information about the department is available at www.sandiego.edu/theo. Cover letters should clearly state how the applicant’s expertise would contribute to our program and community of scholars.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.


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 Buddhist Studies with a focus on South Asia and/or East Asia. The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate active engagement in broader conversations surrounding theory and method in the study of religion through their teaching and scholarship.

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 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 commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and scholarship are preferred.
Candidates with a subspecialty or demonstrated interest in the topics of "Climate Change and Environmental Justice" or "Borders and Social Justice" will join other scholars in a cluster cohort with faculty across multiple departments. Candidates should indicate an interest in one of these areas in their letters of intent and include a statement about their interest in a cluster theme in their application. For further details, please click here.

Job Requirements:
Applicants should hold an advanced degree, preferably a doctorate by the time of the appointment, September 2022. 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 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
Click Apply Now to complete our online application. Materials should include:
  • Letter of application, include reference to the cluster(s) of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching Statement and a sample syllabus
  • Research Statement and a sample of scholarly or creative work
  • Diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research.
  • Contact information for three references who will be contacted for letters of reference.

  • Applications should be complete by October 5, 2021. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom in October and/or November, with finalists invited to our campus (either virtually or in person) in December 2021.

    Contact Russell Fuller, [email protected] or (619) 260 - 4050
    If you have any 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.

    The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.


    To apply, visit https://jobs.sandiego.edu/cw/en-us/job/494602/assistant-professor-of-religious-studies-with-specialization-in-buddhist-studies





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    The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

    Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

    Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

    USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

    Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

    To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

    While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

    Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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