[Job Posting] UofT: Associate Professor in Contemporary Study of Buddhism and Religion in Japan and North America

Associate Professor – Contemporary Study of Buddhism and Religion in Japan and North America
Date Posted: 10/28/2020
Closing Date: 12/03/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 1472
Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Department for the Study of Religion
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department for the Study of Religion in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Contemporary Study of Buddhism and Religion in Japan and North America. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in the Study of Religion/Religious Studies, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths, and who can contribute to the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies, the Centre for the Study of the United States, and other related centres. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level, and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. Candidates must demonstrate a considered and long-term engagement with Religious Studies and Buddhist Studies, with a comparative focus on religion, law, and international relations in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Japan and North America, using historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies. Candidates must have active research agendas focusing on one or more of the following thematic areas: law, policy, and religious freedom; popular culture; method and theory in the study of religion; critical secularism studies; religion and education.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications with top-ranked and field relevant university presses and journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample course materials and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. We encourage candidates to consult our Department’s Action Plan on Anti-Racism, Decolonization, and Equity, found on our website at https://www.religion.utoronto.ca/.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department for the Study of Religion is located at the University of Toronto, one of the world’s leading research universities. Building upon the expertise of our faculty and the extensive resources of the university, the Department for the Study of Religion is uniquely positioned to nurture critical scholarship and teaching. We draw students from across the world and are situated in one of the most diverse metropolitan regions in North America, on the traditional land of many Indigenous nations, including the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; one recent publication; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to reflect in their research and teaching statements on their contributions to equity and diversity, such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at religion.undergrad@utoronto.ca by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed), with the job title in the subject line. PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Further inquiries about the position can be directed to Professor Pamela Klassen, Chair, at chair.religion@utoronto.ca.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 3, 2020

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

More details at the link: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-Associate-Professor-Contemporary-St…

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