Job Opening in Religion and Culture

August 10, 2012

The Department of Comparative Studies announces an open rank, tenure track position in Religion and Culture. Candidates applying at the level of assistant, associate, or full professor are welcome. Comparative Studies is a uniquely interdisciplinary department that is offering a new major in Religious Studies, but it also has concentrations in folklore, cultural studies, comparative literature, science studies and comparative ethnic and American studies. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated expertise in at least one major religious tradition, language area and historical period, as well as an ability to bridge between one or more other concentrations in our department. Candidates working on religion and sexuality, religion and American studies, religion and politics, and religion and science are particularly encouraged to apply. We also welcome candidates who can work with other programs and departments at Ohio State, such as Classics; History; South Asian Studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and others.

Applicants should be prepared to teach an introductory lecture course on world religions, an upper-level theory and methods class for undergraduate majors, an advanced theory seminar for graduate students, and courses on religion and culture related to their own areas of expertise.

Applicants should hold a doctorate in hand by the time of appointment, August 2013. A letter of intent, along with three letters of recommendation and curriculum vitae should be sent to the following address by November 1, 2012:

Hugh B. Urban, Chair
Religious Studies Search Committee
451 Hagerty Hall
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer and seeks gender, cultural, and ethnic diversity in its administration, faculty, staff and student populations. Contact: Hugh B. Urban:, 614-292-9855.