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Part-Time Non-Tenure Track Religious Studies Instructor

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The Religious Studies Department at Occidental College seeks a part-time non-tenure track instructor for Fall semester 2022 to teach 1-2 courses in Religious Studies.

We are seeking courses that will add breadth to our planned offerings (courses that will be taught by existing faculty include: Introduction to Islam: Religion and Climate Change; Medicine, Magic, and Miracle in the Ancient Mediterranean; Muslim Bodies: Islam, Gender, and Health). Applicants may propose courses already in our course catalog, courses of their own design, or a mixture of both. Applicants should feel free to propose as many courses as they are prepared to teach to provide the selection committee with options to choose from. The new hire(s) may also be eligible to teach course(s) in the first-year seminar program, based on the Core Director's approval.


Applicants must be trained in Religious Studies or an affiliated field, either with a PhD or doctoral candidates in the ABD stage. Strong candidates will possess a record of or potential for teaching excellence. They will engage a variety of teaching approaches, as well as best practices to support the intellectual flourishing of all members of our diverse student body.


Applications are due by February 20. Applications should include: (1) A cover letter describing your teaching experience and how many courses you are available and prefer to teach in Fall 2022; (2) Titles and paragraph-length descriptions of the courses you could teach at Occidental. The best descriptions provide us with a detailed and specific sense of the course topics and assignments. Again, you may include courses already in our course catalog, courses of your own design, or a mixture of both. For courses already in our catalog, please provide your own course description that indicates how you would teach the course. (3) Curriculum Vitae.

Please submit applications to Linh Vo, Department Manager at [email protected].

Inquires about the position, about the Religious Studies department, or about current and proposed courses can be directed to the search committee Chair, Prof. Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa at [email protected].


This position is included in the Non-Tenure Track Bargaining Unit, and the successful applicant will be a bargaining unit employee, subject to the terms of the College’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with SEIU Local 721.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and consistent with the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. A comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: excellent health, dental, life, and retirement benefits; tuition benefits for the employee, spouse, domestic partner, and dependents; additional extras including use of gym facilities and the College Library. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit: https: //

Occidental is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Occidental College is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with qualifying disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application or employment process, please contact Human Resources ([email protected]).

As a condition of appointment to a faculty position, Occidental College requires that all candidates who have received a conditional offer of employment complete an application form (if they have not already done so) and consent to a background check. Satisfactory completion of a background check, along with pre-employment verifications and references are required as a condition of employment, but only as permitted by federal, state, and local law, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


Nestled in Eagle Rock, between downtown Los Angeles and historic Pasadena, Occidental gives you the best of both worlds: small-town charm and L.A.’s rich cultural life. You'll find a collegial and intimate academic work environment, and our students, faculty and staff make up a diverse, close-knit community of peers.

Oxy offers excellent health, dental, vision, life and retirement benefits, along with many other extras. These include a tuition exchange program, special discounts, use of our new swimming pool and tennis courts, weight room and gym facilities, plus all the perks that Southern California and a small liberal arts school have to offer.

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