Job Opening: East Asian Religions, Lehigh University

job opening - 5Institution:       Lehigh Universiity, Religion Studies
Location:          Pennsylvania, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions

Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions

The Department of Religion Studies, in cooperation with the Asian Studies program, is inviting applications for a tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor from candidates with expertise in East Asian religious traditions. A PhD in Religion Studies is preferred but applicants from other related disciplines will be considered. Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to (1) Religions of China, (2) Religions of Japan, and (3) Buddhism in an East Asian context, with the ability to teach in all of these areas on at least the introductory level. The department is particularly interested in scholars whose work focuses on issues of gender. In addition to working in an area of specialization, this individual must also teach general courses in Asian and Religion Studies.

The position carries a 2/2 teaching load. It will be a joint appointment. The person filling this position will be expected to participate in the instruction and advising of undergraduate students both in the Asian Studies program and the Department of Religion Studies.

Submit all application materials (letter of application, c.v., a statement of research agenda, three letters of recommendation and a statement of teaching interests) via Academic Jobs Online ( by October 31, 2014. Please do not submit any additional materials at this point. Only electronic submissions via Academic Jobs Online will be considered. The review of applications will begin as they are received and continue until an appointment is made. Questions should be directed to Michael L. Raposa, Search Committee Chair, at

The College of Arts and Science at Lehigh is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and curriculum. Candidates who contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Lehigh University is an AA/EOE and it provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits (For more information consult

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University is a small (more than 4,700 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students) private university that emphasizes original research and excellent teaching. With 153 buildings resting on its three contiguous campuses, including two libraries housing more than one million volumes, the university supplies significant resources and generous space for the activities of its faculty and students. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences (in which both the Asian Studies program and the Religion Studies department are housed), the university embraces three additional colleges: Business and Economics, Engineering and Applied Science, and Education. These four colleges support a total of nearly 90 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs (offering the PhD in more than 20 disciplines, including English and History). Since U.S. News and World Report established its ratings of academic institutions 30 years ago, Lehigh has consistently ranked in the top 40 among national universities. It is in the most competitive category in Peterson’s Guide and Barron’s Profile of American Colleges.

The university is located on a scenic, 1,600-acre campus in Bethlehem, a historically rich and ethnically diverse city in eastern Pennsylvania. Bethlehem is adjacent to Allentown and Easton in the Lehigh Valley (a growing urban center with a population approaching 750,000), 75 miles to the west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia.

The Lehigh Valley is an attractive place to live and work with reasonable cost of living, easy community, good schools, and abundant cultural activities. For more information, connect to the following links:; and

LINC is a newly created regional network of diverse organizations designed to assist new hires with dual career, community and cultural transition needs. Please for more information.

Contact:            Michael L. Raposa, Search Committee Chair, at




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