Religious Studies Assistant Professor in Material Culture Studies and Religion

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Religious Studies

Position Type
Humanities/ History/ Philosophy

Position Description
The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of Religious Studies and Material/Visual Culture. Time period, religious tradition, and sub-specialization are open and may include scholars who approach the study of religion through related methodological approaches in the areas of art history, archaeology, architecture, ethnography, film and media studies, gender and embodiment, material texts, and visual studies. The search committee is interested in specialists with research experience in religions in Africa and the African Diaspora, the Americas, Asia, or the Middle East. The successful candidate for this new faculty position should have a compelling and original research agenda and a commitment to pursue it within the interdisciplinary framework offered by the Department of Religious Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the wider University. Recent PhDs are particularly welcome to apply.

The successful candidate will participate in the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching mission. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system.

Interested candidates should apply at and submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research, writing sample, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Religious Studies is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Position Posting Date

Open Until Filled

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement/Research Proposals
  4. Other Document 1
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