Assistant Professor in Asian Religions (Islam included) — University of Pennsylvania

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Please see the advertisement below for a new position at the University of Pennsylvania. The Religious Studies department is very serious about its interest in the study of Islam, so relevant people should apply.

Assistant Professor in Asian Religions

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Asian Religions. The committee especially welcomes applicants with research and teaching interests in gender, the body, affect, ritual, women’s studies, and/or queer theory. Religion(s) and region(s) of specialization are open (e.g., Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism; West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, East Asia). Recent PhD recipients are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania is a private research university located in Philadelphia. The successful candidate for this new faculty position should have a compelling and original research agenda and a commitment to pursue it within the interdisciplinary framework offered by the Department of Religious Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the wider University. The department has special strengths in material religion, visual culture, manuscript studies, interreligious contacts, and cultural history. The university’s resources for the study of Asian religions include the Department of South Asia Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, South Asia Center, Middle East Center, Penn Museum, and Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts.

A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system. The successful candidate will participate in the department’s undergraduate teaching mission as well as graduate teaching and training in the PhD program in Religious Studies.

Interested candidates should apply at and submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research, writing sample, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. The Department will begin reviewing applications on October 30th, 2015. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

The Department of Religious Studies is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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