Job in East Asian Religions at Oberlin



Title:  East Asian Religions

Job Summary:

The East Asian Studies Program and Religion Department at Oberlin College invite applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in East Asian Religions in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning fall of 2019, and will carry the rank of assistant professor.


Founded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, selective liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio and is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was the first college in the US to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission. The College continues to view a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational environment as essential to the excellence of its academic program.


The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (4.5 courses per year) in the general area of East Asian Religions. This is a joint appointment in Religion (.67 FTE) and East Asian Studies (.33 FTE).

Teaching responsibilities include introductory courses (First Year Seminars or 100-level courses), survey courses covering diverse regions, traditions, and historical periods, intermediate-level thematic courses, advanced seminars, and methods in religious studies. Candidates who specialize in Buddhist studies with a focus on material and visual culture are especially encouraged, as are candidates with a demonstrated ability to foster diversity in the campus, curriculum, or discipline.

The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.


Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2019-2020). The incumbent should be a specialist in the religions of China, Japan, or Korea (or any combination thereof) with additional expertise in the academic study of religion.  Expertise in the relevant languages, texts, and cultural frameworks is essential.  Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching.  Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable.


Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Special Instructions:

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy and scholarship / artistic interests; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders.* All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at:

*By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on your behalf. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.

Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the October 26, 2018 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to:, Chair of the East Asian Studies Program (440-775-5315) or, Chair of the Religion Department (440-775-8578).



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