Chapman University, Religious Studies Department

Position ID:Chapman University-Religious Studies Department-AP [#19966]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Tenure Track, August 2022
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Area: Religious Studies / Comparative Religion
Appl Deadline:2021/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/10/07, finished 2021/11/17, listed until 2022/04/06)
Position Description:    

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Chapman University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of Comparative Religion within the Department of Religious Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, effective August 2022. Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The University achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities and is ranked #124th among Best National Universities by US News and World Report (2021). Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the Department of Religious Studies and Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is available at

Chapman University is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion across campus. As part of this ongoing work, the university recently hired a new Vice President of diversity, equity, and inclusion to coordinate existing efforts across departments and offices and to cultivate new initiatives that support faculty, students, and staff. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at In addition, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences has established Engaging the World, a series of semester-long, interdisciplinary examinations of key societal issues and challenges, with a focus on “Environmental Justice” in Fall 2021:

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Religious Studies by August 1, 2022 is required. The successful candidate will be a teacher-scholar whose area of specialization complements existing department faculty expertise in South Asian religions and comparative religious ethics, Christianity and Latinx/Latin American theology, religion and the arts, archeology of ancient Israel, gender studies, Holocaust studies, and interfaith leadership. The candidate should demonstrate a strong research trajectory, including the promise of publications, presentations, and involvement in professional organizations, and provide evidence of a commitment to teaching, creative course development, and student engagement commensurate with the university’s commitment to personalized education. The department greatly values diversity, engaged scholarship, and inclusive pedagogy in fostering academic excellence.

Responsibilities: Tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research agenda for future tenure consideration and are evaluated on their research/scholarly/creative activity, teaching, and service. The faculty member will teach core courses in world religions and theory and methods as well as additional undergraduate courses appropriate to the candidate’s expertise and maintain active research and publication agendas.

Contact Information:

Qualified applicants should electronically submit: • Letter of interest • Faculty Employment Application • Curriculum Vitae • Three letters of reference

At Academic Jobs Online Writing samples, teaching documentation, and a statement on diversity and inclusion will be requested after initial review of applications, reference letters, and CVs by the search committee. Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to Dr. Nancy Martin, Search Chair, at Please use “Religious Studies Position” in the subject line.

Applications received by December 1, 2021 will receive first consideration. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Chapman University offers a relocation expense reimbursement package as well as a first-time Orange County homebuyer assistance program. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. This position is subject to final budget approval.

Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment here:

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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Further Info:
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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