Kalamazoo College
Department of Religion

Assistant Professor of Religion

The Religion Department at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Religions of South Asia to begin in September 2021. The successful candidate will demonstrate a research agenda in the study of religion of South Asia and design a range of exciting courses in an undergraduate religion program. The successful candidate will also demonstrate teaching expertise in at least two of the major religious traditions of South Asia, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and in post-colonial religious studies. Teaching competency in the critical methods and theory of religion is required. The successful applicant will teach within the College’s Shared Passages program of first-year and sophomore seminars and senior capstone courses. The teaching load is six courses per year on a quarter system (2/2/2), with additional duties including directing senior theses and academic advising and contributing to the departmental junior and seminar seminars in regular rotation. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose intellectual and pedagogical approaches to the discipline will be effective in attracting and retaining historically underrepresented students. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to working with students, faculty and staff from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective nationally known liberal arts college offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. It is a member of the Posse Program and home of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. The campus is located in a diverse and vibrant city in southwestern Michigan, midway between Chicago and Detroit, and is the home of the Kalamazoo Promise. The Kalamazoo area encompasses a community of 335,000, which supports several college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. For more information about the College, see our home page and department web site.

Completed applications received by March 8, 2021 will receive full consideration, with later applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Applicants should upload 1) a cover letter to include a description of scholarly interests and title and brief descriptions of potential course offerings, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) detailed statement of teaching philosophy and goals with attention to working with underrepresented students and engaging issues of diversity and inclusion in the curriculum and pedagogical approaches, and 4) undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable) in PDF format below. Please have three confidential letters of recommendation sent in PDF format to ReligionSearch@kzoo.edu. Questions may be directed to the same email.

Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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