Professor Sophia Pandya – Chair of the Dept. of Religious Studies, CSULB
Job Number: 516637
Position: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Effective Date: August 17, 2023 (Fall Semester)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin October 6, 2022. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled).
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Religious Studies
Ph.D. in Religious Studies, South Asian Studies, or similar field. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2023.
Specialization and expertise in Classical and/or Contemporary Jainism, including (but not limited to) Jain religion, history, literature, politics, and philosophy
Ability to fulfill the duties of the Bhagwan Suvidhinath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies
Demonstrated potential for teaching
Experience or potential for teaching courses in Jain Studies and the Religions of India at undergraduate and graduate level
Ability to develop new courses in Jain Studies and the Religions of India at the undergraduate and graduate level
Demonstrated potential for an ongoing successful record of research, scholarly and creative activities in Classical and/or Contemporary Jainism, including (but not limited to) Jain religion, history, literature, politics, and philosophy
Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population
Expertise in South Asian religions
Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level
Demonstrated well-defined research program
Ability to teach foundational courses in Religious Studies
Ability to contribute to the South Asian Studies minor
Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body (demographics)
Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in religious studies including Jain Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics; Religions of India; Jain Studies; South Asian Religions; and foundational courses. [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
Perform the duties of the Bhagwan Suvidhinath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies, which include outreach activities related to Jain Studies, involving students and the greater community; organizing symposia on Jain Studies, facilitating study abroad programs having to do with Jain Studies, giving lectures on Jain Studies, and developing relationships with the local Jain diaspora.
Collaborate with other departments within the campus as appropriate towards creating productive relationships and promoting Jain Studies
Develop graduate level courses on Jain Studies and South Asian Religions
Engage in ongoing research, scholarly, and creative activities in Jain Studies, resulting in publication in peer-reviewed
Advise and mentor our students
Provide and participate in service to the department, college, university, and community
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Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/careers/benefits/Documents/employee-benefits-summary.pdf
How to Apply – Required Documentation:
An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit: http://www.csulb.edu/EquityDiversityStatement
Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the finalist stage)
Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)
How to Apply: Click
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Requests for information should be addressed to:
Dr. Sophia Pandya, Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Religious Studies
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-5341 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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