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Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Religions in Asia

Denison University
Granville, OH

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Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Religions in Asia

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Denison University, Religion Department Contact Person: K. Christine Pae Specific Field(s) for research: Religions in Asia; Buddhism, Hinduism, and/or Islam in Asia; Religious Diversity in Asia; Religion and Conflict Resolution in Asia; Religion, Culture, and Society in Asia Tenure-track Position in Religions in Asia at the Rank of Assistant or Associate Denison University’s Department of Religion invites applications for a tenure-track position in Religions in Asia at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning Fall 2022. Field of specialization should address at least one religious tradition (or the intersection of multiple religious traditions) originating and currently practiced in Asia, with a geographic focus in South Asia and/or East/Southeast Asia, and with relevant language expertise. We seek a skilled, experienced, and enthusiastic teacher with a commitment to teaching and mentoring at a liberal arts college. Teaching responsibilities include semester-long courses on Buddhism, Hinduism, and/or Islam as lived religions in Asia, as well as introductory and advanced-level courses within the person’s field of specialization. An ability to teach writing-intensive religion courses that meet Denison’s writing program requirements is essential ( The candidate will regularly teach Thinking about Religion (REL 200) and the Senior Research Colloquium (REL 450). The scope of the candidate’s teaching and research may demonstrate, but need not be limited to, historical approaches, textual analysis, postcolonial critiques, materialist approaches, and/or engagement with critical social theories. Candidates should have robust research agendas, showing a solid record of academic publications and active participation in their academic societies (especially if applying at an Associate or an advanced Assistant rank). Candidates are required to have by start date a Ph. D. in Religious Studies or a closely related field (ABD will be considered as Instructor until Ph. D. is attained). Preference may be given to candidates capable of teaching Religion courses cross-listed with the International Studies Program ( and contributing to the core curriculum of the program. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to cross-list courses with a range of interdivisional programs such as Global Commerce, Global Health, East Asian Studies, and Environmental Studies as well as contributing to such programs in other ways. Denison faculty teach five courses per year.

Applications must be submitted online at Applications received by October 31st, 2021, will receive full consideration. Open until filled. Applications should include:

(1) A letter of interest that states a candidate’s evidence of appropriate undergraduate teaching experience and strong research agenda. (2) Curriculum Vitae(3) A transcript of all graduate work(4) A teaching statement that discusses the candidate’s teaching and working closely with diverse students as a primary responsibility of the job, supporting a diverse student community, and exposing students to a wide range of ideas and perspectives.(5) A sample course syllabus in a candidate’s area of teaching(6) A list of three professional references and contact information (They will submit their letters of recommendation online.)
(7) An article-length writing sample will be required if an applicant is invited to the online interview.
Denison values faculty who are successful and effective teachers, who develop active and productive research programs, and who are involved in the life of the college. To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide ( Denison University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Denison University is an academically rigorous liberal arts college with an increasingly diverse campus community. It offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including pre-tenure sabbatical upon successful 3rd-year review (pre-tenure review) and generous Professional Development fund. Denison is located in the village of Granville, 25 miles from Columbus, Ohio, the state capital, which hosts a wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities. Granville also offers an excellent public school system and easy access to outdoor activities.

Any questions and inquiries should be directed to Dr. K. Christine Pae, Chair of the Religion Department at [email protected]


Religion Department

Posting Number:

F 121300184

Full or Part Time:

Full Time


K. Christine Pae

Open Date:


Close Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

All application packets should be submitted on-line.

Additional Information:

All inquiries should be directed at K. Christine Pae ([email protected])

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide. Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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