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San Diego State University’s Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant or associate professor in Religion and Society with a specialization in the social scientific study of religion (anthropology of religion, or sociology of religion) to begin fall semester 2016. The faculty member will bring the methods and tools of the social sciences to researching the contemporary nexus between religion and social issues. We seek a specialist in an area outside the USA, including, but not limited to, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, or India. The candidate must be trained in the social scientific study of religion and should demonstrate expertise in particular areas of study and in specific religious communities. Areas of specialization could include racial ideology, gender and equality, environmental theology, or other possibilities, but the primary requirement is expertise in social science methods. The successful candidate will combine historical and language expertise with modern social theory using their object of study as an example of wider, cross-cultural social forces and issues. Engagement with issues of methodology in the academic study of religion is essential. The chosen candidate will show promise to teach lower, upper, and cross-listed division courses, and produce a well-planned research/scholarship agenda whose interests will enhance existing strengths within a department known for its interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, will participate in professional organizations, collaborate with other departments, serve the larger San Diego community, and complement the mission and collegiality  of the department.
Qualifications include demonstrated skills in teaching undergraduates. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to teaching excellence and demonstrate promise for continuing research and publication. A Ph.D. in the sociology of, or anthropology of religion, must be in hand at time of appointment.
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
Applicants must apply via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/30156. Applicant screening will begin September 15, 2015 and the position will remain open until filled. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.
Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
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