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Open Rank Professor in Jain Studies - Department of Religious Studies

Florida International University
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 30, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Florida International University is Miami’s public research university, focused on student success. According to U.S. News and World Report, FIU has 42 top-50 rankings in the nation among public universities. FIU is a top U.S. research university (R1), with more than $200 million in annual expenditures. FIU ranks 15th in the nation among public universities for patent production, which drives innovation, and is one of the institutions that helps make Florida the top state for higher education. The Next Horizon fundraising campaign is furthering FIU’s commitment to providing students Worlds Ahead opportunities. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers, and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA, with more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. The university has awarded more than 330,000 degrees to many leaders in South Florida and beyond. For more information about FIU, visit


Open Rank Professor in Jain Studies – Department of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at Florida International University is searching for an open rank tenure-track or tenured (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) candidate to serve as the Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies. The start date is Fall 2022. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related appropriate field is required. ABD candidates will be considered with the expectation that the Ph.D. is completed before the start date. The candidate will demonstrate a record of teaching excellence at the college or university level. Candidate must be proficient in English and have knowledge of at least one language of India, have published works on Jainism and other religions of India, pursue a substantial research agenda, and should have significant field experience in India. A secondary specialization in Hinduism, Buddhism, environment, medicine, ethics, or feminist theories and/or experience in interreligious dialogue is preferred but not required. The candidate will teach a regular 3-2 load and will focus on a range of courses about the religions of India in general and Jainism in particular, and background in the field of religious studies and knowledge of world religions is desirable. The person hired will work closely with the Jain Studies committee at FIU as well as the Jain Educational and Research Foundation (JERF) to organize lectures and symposia and oversee and develop exchange programs in India, including summer study programs and tours. The department, with twelve full time members, offers B.A. and M.A. degrees, and is located within FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). We strongly encourage historically underrepresented minorities and people with experience in teaching diverse student populations to apply and welcome applicants to reflect in their cover letter on how they could enhance the Department's strengths and offerings.

In September 2021, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) received full membership in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). This prestigious organization includes the top 40 schools of international affairs in the world. The SIPA is among 25 in the US with this designation, 5th in the Southeastern United States, and the 1st and only in the State of Florida.

Qualified applicants should apply to Job Opening ID 526485 at Please submit your cover letter, C.V., and a diversity statement ( Three letters of reference will be solicited from finalists at a later date.  In your cover letter, please discuss your scholarly profile, your teaching expertise and pedagogical innovations, any externally funded projects, and how you envision your work enhancing and diversifying the Department’s strengths. Your cover letter should also speak to your demonstrated commitment to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus community and your vision for contributing to this work at FIU.  For more information about ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at FIU, visit and  Please address any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Iqbal Ahktar at To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by April 18th. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 


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FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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