Lecturer in Jainism and South Asian Religions

University of California Los Angeles Center for the Study of Religion

Jainism & South Asian Religions Lecturer

Job #JPF06078
  • L&S Humanities - STUDY OF RELIGION

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 18th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Jan 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Feb 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Center for the Study of Religion at UCLA welcomes applications for a lectureship in Jainism and South Asian Religions. The position will be expected to teach a total of four courses over the 2021-2022 academic year. Two courses will be in the area of Jain Studies, one comparative course in the area of Jainism and non-violent religious traditions, and one course in Religions of India. This position will also assist the Center Director with programming in Jain Studies.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an Religious Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Literature, Philosophy, or related disciplines, and must demonstrate an approach to undergraduate teaching of religion that balances a philosophical, doctrinal, or ethical framework with engagement in the anthropological, social, historical, and political dimensions of religious traditions. A record of academic training in Jainism or of academic research on Jainism is a requisite, but candidates should be qualified and available to teach survey courses not only on Jainism but on other major living South Asian religious traditions such as Hinduism and Sikhism. Focus on modernity or the present age, experience of field research, research on gender and sexuality, diaspora, media and popular culture, political organization and activism, and inter-religious dynamics in South Asia and within the South Asian diaspora will be considered favorably.

Applicants should apply online via UCLA Academic Recruit. This position requires submission of a CV, cover letter, and contact information for a minimum of three individuals who may be contacted for a letter of recommendation.

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • (Optional)
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)