Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and Severance Chair in the History of Religion - Department of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with a focus on Asian religions, beginning July 2023. The successful candidate will also hold the Severance Professorship in the History of Religion. A PhD in Religious Studies or relevant area is required. 

The department welcomes all approaches within the field of religious studies and encourages candidates whose research focuses on East and Southeast Asia. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester. Duties include teaching undergraduate courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise, teaching introductory and advanced courses on theory and method in religious studies, as well as contributing to the curriculum and service needs of the Department of Religious Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Ample research support and opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research exist in the department and the university, and participation in these endeavors is encouraged, including collaborating with faculty, departments, and programs in related disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences, e.g., Art History, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, International Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The successful candidate will be encouraged to participate in the many interdisciplinary opportunities within the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities.

Case Western Reserve University is part of University Circle, which has one of the nation's largest concentrations of educational, cultural, medical, and performing arts organizations. The College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, and mathematical sciences. The College comprises 21 academic departments, 35 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and 270 faculty members. Students are encouraged to conduct research in their chosen or related fields within the College as well as in collaboration with nearby cultural institutions. 

To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials via Interfolio at by Monday, December 5, 2022. A complete application consists of a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; a research statement; a sample syllabus; three letters of recommendation; and a diversity statement, which explains either:
a) How the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future, Or

b) How the candidate values diversity, equity, and inclusion within their research and discipline(s) and how their own scholarly work might contribute to structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also suggest how the candidate’s work, while as a member of Case Western Reserve University, will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how moving forward they intend to foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference.  

Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Later applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 or to request reasonable accommodations. Determination as to granting accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.