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Visiting Assistant Professor in Buddhism and East Asian religions

Apply now Job no: 492771
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department of Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Gambier, OH, invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor (VAP) in Buddhism and East Asian religions. The VAP will be responsible for teaching five courses over two semesters (2/3 or 3/2) for each of the two years. Candidates will be expected to teach one section each year of the department’s introductory course, Encountering Religion in its Global Context, as well as introductory and advanced-level courses in Buddhism and/or East Asian religions. The courses will be taught in person on our campus. The term of appointment will be July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024. A Ph.D. in hand by August 30, 2022 is required. 

A complete application will include: 1) A cover letter detailing teaching experience and teaching philosophy, including methods for incorporating issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity into teaching and advising, as well as a description of scholarly work and trajectory; 2) A curriculum vitae; and 3) Contact information for three recommenders. Letters of reference, writing samples, statements of teaching philosophy, and unofficial transcripts will be requested from candidates selected for an initial interview. 

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon’s website at All applicants will receive a timetable of the search upon receipt of the application. Review of applications will begin on October 11th and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by October 11th are guaranteed full consideration. Initial interviews will be conducted remotely. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon welcomes applicants from diverse identities and backgrounds. Please direct questions to Joy Brennan, Search Committee Chair (

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon is a great place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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