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Religion and Asian Studies

Bowdoin College
Maine, United States
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Posted date
Aug 1, 2018
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Bowdoin College invites applications for a tenure-track position jointly appointed in Religion and Asian Studies to begin July 2019. We seek a scholar of the religions of South and/or Southeast Asia who utilizes a ‘lived religion’ approach; however, the successful candidate should have a significant grasp of the textual traditions and be able to teach courses across both premodern and modern periods. Required course offerings include Hindu and Buddhist traditions as well as methodological and comparative courses such as Introduction to the Study of Religion and Theories About Religion. The appointment will be at the assistant professor level.

Bowdoin welcomes applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s ethnic and cultural diversity. We value a community in which students of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed. In your application materials, we ask you to address how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentorship may support our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.

Both the Religion Department and the Asian Studies Program value a strong commitment to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment and to research grounded in the languages and cultures of South and/or Southeast Asia. Bowdoin offers internal funding in support of research, a junior sabbatical leave, and an accelerated post-tenure sabbatical schedule. The teaching load is two courses each semester. A Ph.D. in religion or related fields is expected by date of appointment. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit: 1) a cover letter that details your scholarly research agenda, 2) a statement about your approach to teaching, 3) a curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin October 8, 2018.

Founded on the Maine coast in 1794, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin's reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, its intimate size, its strong sense of community, and its commitment to diversity (31.5% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first-generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College please visit our website:

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