Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Area of Buddhist Studies

Fairfield University

Fairfield University is a comprehensive Jesuit Catholic institution that prepares students for leadership and service in a constantly changing world. Founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, the University has grown from an initial class of 303 undergraduate male students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1947 into a coeducational university of more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Along the way, the University has awarded over 45,000 degrees since 1951, developing and supporting a reputation for educational excellence both regionally and nationally.

Fairfield University’s Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Buddhist Studies beginning in the fall of 2024 (pending final budget approval). The Department of Religious Studies enjoys a collegial culture that values intellectual exchange and active mentorship of faculty.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the discipline of Buddhist Studies. A specialization in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism is preferred. The candidate should also be prepared to demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching and show promise of scholarly contributions to the field with a solid grounding in the languages and literatures of the discipline. The ability to engage with any number of the interdisciplinary programs at the University, such as Asian Studies, Peace & Justice Studies, Health Studies, or Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, among other possibilities, is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will teach 3 sections each semester. These courses can be offered at both the introductory 1000-level as well as the more advanced 2000-level.

Applications should be received by November 3, 2023 in order to receive consideration for preliminary interviews, which are tentatively scheduled later in November and will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

Application instructions
For full consideration, please click “–Religious-Studies_JR0001861” and upload the following materials:

  1. a letter of application,
  2. curriculum vitae, and
  3. a recent article-length work of scholarship, and
  4. evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Letters of recommendation will only be requested if a candidate’s application advances. Please have references send letters directly to the following email address:

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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