Assistant Professor – East Asian Buddhism in the Department for the Study of Religions, WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY – Review begin immediately and close 21 October 2022

Job description

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY’s Department for the Study of Religions invites applications for a tenure-track position in East Asian Buddhism with a focus on religion in society and/or cultural history at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 2023.

We seek highly qualified candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a relevant area with graduate-level training in the field of religious studies.

A focus on any historical period is welcome and areas of specialty may include China, Japan, and/or Korea. Advanced training in one or more East Asian languages (ancient or modern) is expected, and candidates should have a firm grounding in interdisciplinary and intersectional methods and approaches. While the primary focus must be on East Asian Buddhism, an ability to teach the history of Buddhism at an introductory level is expected, and a working knowledge of other East Asian traditions (Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, etc.) is beneficial. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and/or teaching include (but are not limited to) the intersection of Buddhism and, in alphabetical order, bioethics, ecology, gender, medicine/healing, meditative/contemplative practices, popular culture, ritual, sexuality, or violence. The successful candidate will be expected to offer innovative and dynamic courses at the upper level to undergraduates on such topics.

The department offers undergraduate and M.A. degrees in Religious Studies. More information about the department is available at The teaching load is nine courses over four semesters, housed in the Department for the Study of Religions.

Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: Review of applications will begin immediately and close 21 October 2022. The application should be submitted as ONE PDF file and it should include all of the following: (1) a cover letter that addresses the motivation to join our teacher-scholar community and incorporates a statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion; (2) a CV with clear list of three potential professional references (references will be contacted only for short-listed candidates); (3) a teaching statement including a plan to establish an inclusive learning environment in the liberal arts context; (4) a research statement describing plans and potential impact of scholarly pursuits; (5) a writing sample of up to 10,000 words; and (6) copies of graduate transcript(s) (official copies only required upon employment). If access to the internet is a serious issue, a hard copy of the application may be submitted to Attention: Dr. Jarrod Whitaker, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Divinity and Religious Studies Building Room 118, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.

For additional questions about the position, please contact Dr. Jarrod Whitaker (
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