JOB > Open-Rank Professor in Religious Studies (Chinese Buddhism)

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The Department of Religious Studies at University of the West invites applications for a full-time, open rank, tenure-track/tenured position in Buddhist Studies for Fall 2020. We seek a dynamic teacher-scholar with primary research expertise in Chinese Buddhism. An appreciation of Buddhist practice and applied approaches is also desired.

The successful candidate will be expected to sustain an active career of research and publication, along with teaching graduate courses in Chinese religions, Mahayana Buddhism, and method and theory in the study of religions. Candidates should have a demonstrated mastery of both modern and classical Chinese. We also seek a dynamic builder, who can immediately contribute to the department’s graduate programs in Buddhist Studies and activities with the Institute for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism. We also expect applicants to be interested in contributing to interdisciplinary dialogue with colleagues throughout the University. Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies or an allied field must be awarded before appointment start date (August 15, 2020).

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of at least three academic references electronically to

University of the West is a private, nonprofit, non-sectarian, co-educational university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Founded in 1991 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, it is one of five worldwide universities and colleges in the Fo Guang Shan University Consortium.

The Religious Studies Department at UWest specializes in Buddhism, offering MA and PhD degrees in religious studies. In addition to their teaching mission, faculty members engage in significant research projects, including study of Chinese-, Sanskrit-, and Pali-language Buddhist texts and the study of Asian religions in the contemporary world. The department collaborates with other units, particularly Buddhist Chaplaincy.

University of the West is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, disability, gender, national origin, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, Veteran status or genetic information.