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Assistant Teaching Professor of Religious Studies, (Job 128575)

School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Tempe, Arizona
not specified
Date posted
Nov 21, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Teaching Professor of Religious Studies, (Job 128575)
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University (SHPRS) is pleased to invite applications for a full-time, benefits eligible, non-tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2024. This is an academic-year position within the Religious Studies faculty on the Tempe campus. Subsequent annual renewal is possible contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university. This full-time, benefits-eligible career-track position includes a path to promotion to Associate Teaching Professor and Full Teaching. 

The successful candidate will teach four courses each semester, including both introductory and upper division courses, and will contribute to Religious Studies programming, service, and community. Applicants with the ability to teach Religions of the World; Religion, Culture, and Public Life; Religion in America; American Religious Traditions; and/or Religion and Popular Culture courses are especially welcome. The ability to teach in-person and online formats is required.

Arizona State University, a Research One Institution, is one of the largest universities in the U.S. with approximately 50,000 students on the Tempe Campus; in addition, ASU Online provides accessible, quality education available to approximately 60,000 undergraduate and graduate students around the world. In 2022, ASU was officially named a Hispanic Serving Institution by the US Department of Education, which features centrally in the University’s teaching mission. 

ASU’s Tempe Campus is located in the midst of three of the twenty‐two Indigenous communities in Arizona—the Salt River, Gila River, and Ak‐Chin reservations. Tempe is part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, which has excellent museums, restaurants, and professional sports teams. The Sonoran Desert region also includes beautiful natural areas and opportunities for outdoor recreation. 

The appointment will be in the Religious Studies faculty of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS), the largest transdisciplinary school in the humanities division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The faculty of Religious Studies offers both on‐ground and online undergraduate programs, and has on-ground MA and PhD programs. For more information please see:

Minimum Qualifications:
•    A PhD in Religious Studies (or related disciplines like Anthropology, Sociology, History, Black/African American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, Hispanic/Chicano/Latino Studies, Asian Studies) from an accredited institution by the time of appointment;
•    Experience and demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate religious studies or religion courses to a diverse student body;
•    Ability to teach Religions of the World; Religion, Culture, and Public Life; Religion in America; American Religious Traditions; and/or Religion and Popular Culture courses;
•    Ability to teach large-scale on ground and online courses in a large metropolitan university setting;
•    Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to advance the principles of the ASU Charter. 

Desired Qualifications:
•    Experience teaching large sections of in-person undergraduate courses in religious studies;
•    Experience teaching and mentoring underrepresented student populations;
•    Experience teaching online undergraduate courses in religious studies;
•    Experience using Canvas as the Learning Management System for undergraduate courses;
•    Pedagogical experience with writing intensive undergraduate courses;
•    Ability to pedagogically innovate and incorporate the latest pedagogical tools and technologies.

To apply, candidates must submit application materials online at Application materials should include the following: 
1.    cover letter, stating qualifications; 
2.    CV, clearly identifying areas of specialization and competence; 
3.    names and contact information for three references;
4.    evidence of teaching excellence including a teaching statement and up to two syllabi. 

The application deadline is January 8th, 2024.  If not filled, applications received thereafter will be considered on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to the search committee chair, Evan Berry, at

A background search is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

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