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Assistant or Associate Professor of Jain Studies, Department of Religious Studies

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 1st, 2018
Last review date: October 15th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: November 23rd, 2018
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 Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis invites applicants for a faculty position in Jain Studies at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position is tied to the recently established Mohini Jain Presidential Chair in Jain Studies; the successful candidate, once tenured at Davis, will be the inaugural holder of the Chair. Research focus and methodology within this area are open, and we welcome candidates whose research engages textual sources, visual and material culture, and/or performance practice. Advanced expertise in an Indian language is required with competency in a second Indian language preferred. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary work in areas that complement those already represented in the UC Davis undergraduate and graduate programs are encouraged to apply. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in community outreach, specifically to the Jain community, and we particularly welcome applicants interested using the platform of the Presidential Chair to develop the Religions of India Initiative at UC Davis. Applicants must demonstrate a strong research profile and a commitment to excellence in teaching. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field must be in hand by the first day of classes, September 25, 2019. Preliminary interviews will be held via Skype or at the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Denver, CO between November 17 and 20, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

For full consideration, applications should be received by October 15, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered by the search committee.

Applications are to be submitted via Recruit at:

A complete application includes:
● Cover letter describing your Research and Teaching interests
● Statement of Teaching Philosophy (no more than 2 double-spaced pages, approximately 500 words)
● Statement on Community Outreach (no more than 2 double-spaced pages, approximately 500 words)
● A Contribution to Diversity Statement (no more than 2 double-spaced pages, approximately 500 words)
● Curriculum Vitae
● One (1) publication or professional paper (no more than 30 pages, approximately 8000 words), (ABD
applicants may submit an excerpt of equal length from the dissertation)
● Authorization to Release Information
● Four (4) Letters of Recommendation

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments:

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenured positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Describe your research and teaching interests

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy - No more than 2 double-spaced pages, approximately 500 words

  • Statement on Community Outreach - No more than 2 double-spaced pages, approximately 500 words

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • One (1) publication or professional paper - No more than 30 pages, approximately 8000 words. ABD applicants may submit an excerpt of equal length from the dissertation.

  • Authorization to Release Information - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the final candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 4 letters of reference required

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