San Diego State University, Arts and Letters, Religious Studies
Assistant/Associate Professor: Religion and Society
Location: San Diego, CA
San Diego State University’s Department of Religious Studies invites
applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant or
associate professor in Religion and Society with a specialization in the
social scientific study of religion (anthropology of religion, or
sociology of religion) to begin fall semester 2016. The faculty member
will bring the methods and tools of the social sciences to researching
the contemporary nexus between religion and social issues. We seek a
specialist in an area outside the USA, including, but not limited to,
Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Southeast
Asia, or India. The candidate must be trained in the social scientific
study of religion and should demonstrate expertise in particular areas
of study and in specific religious communities. Areas of specialization
could include racial ideology, gender and equality, environmental
theology, or other possibilities, but the primary requirement is
expertise in social science methods. The successful candidate will
combine historical and language expertise with modern social theory
using their object of study as an example of wider, cross-cultural
social forces and issues. Engagement with issues of methodology in the
academic study of religion is essential. The chosen candidate will show
promise to teach lower, upper, and cross-listed division courses, and
produce a well-planned research/scholarship agenda whose interests will
enhance existing strengths within a department known for its
interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, will participate in
professional organizations, collaborate with other departments, serve
the larger San Diego community, and complement the mission and
collegiality of the department.
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving
Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive
excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including
race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual
orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy,
medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and
sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with
demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working
effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter”
under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is
required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive
Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be
completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position
with the CSU.
Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the
application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU
employees who apply for the position.
Qualifications include demonstrated skills in teaching undergraduates.
Candidates must possess a strong commitment to teaching excellence and
demonstrate promise for continuing research and publication. A Ph.D. in
the sociology of, or anthropology of religion, must be in hand at time
Applicants must apply via Interfolio. Applicant screening will begin
September 15, 2015 and the position will remain open until filled.
Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.