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Assistant Teaching Professor of Religion
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted May 4, 2021
Title Assistant Teaching Professor of Religion
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Philosophy
    Religion and Theology

Assistant Teaching Professor of Religion


Humanities & Arts Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Department of Humanities and Arts (HUA) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks to appoint a teaching-track assistant professorship of religion in August 2021. We encourage applications from humanists whose teaching and research explores East Asian religious, philosophical, cultural and intellectual traditions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism, folk religions and / or indigenous traditions.

Core duties include teaching 8 undergraduate courses over the course of four 7-week terms, including Introduction to Philosophy and Religion and Introduction to Asia and contribute to the religion/philosophy curriculum as well as an emerging Asian studies curriculum. The successful candidate will have broad liberty to design those courses and create a teaching agenda that can include disciplinary and interdisciplinary humanities courses and global project-based learning opportunities. We encourage pedagogy that is regional and intersectional while anchored in the academic study of religion and philosophy. Therefore, in their application materials, we encourage candidates to discuss how their scholarship and teaching in religion and philosophy can enhance the department's existing and emerging thematic strengths in ethnicity and indigeneity; gender and sexuality; social justice; science and technology; environmental studies. Further, as home to a humanities-based International and Global Studies program, we ask candidates to consider how their approach to integrating transnational, international, comparative or global perspectives creates opportunities not only in religion and philosophy but in global studies broadly defined.


Job responsibilities will include:
  • Teaching courses and seminars as assigned;
  • Participating in initiatives conducted by the Humanities and Arts Department;
  • The ability to work creatively and collaboratively with faculty across disciplines;
  • Contribute to religion and philosophy curriculum and curricular development.

  • Ph.D. in Religion, Philosophy, Asian Studies or a related field in hand before August 2021;
  • Fluency in language of scholarship;
  • Capacity to work in synergy with the other disciplines in the humanities and arts; and
  • Evidence of teaching experience, excellence and versatility at the university level.


As part of your application, please submit:
  • Cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy and experience and how you see yourself adding to WPI's efforts to build more diverse, equitable, inclusive learning and working environments;
  • C.V. that includes contact information for three professional references
  • Materials that show evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness, including at least two syllabi
  • Three letters of reference and a writing sample will be requested from those candidates who advance to the second stage

Review of applications will begin on May 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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