CSUN Hiring Assistant Professor – Religious Studies

Looking to Hire:

Assistant Professor
Department of Religious Studies
California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

About the University:

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to historically underrepresented students and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard of hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.


About the College:

The College of Humanities comprises nine departments: Asian American Studies, Central American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Linguistics, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. The College is also home to five interdisciplinary programs: American Indian Studies, Jewish Studies, Liberal Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and Queer Studies. The College offers thirteen bachelor’s degrees, six master’s degrees, and twenty-three minor programs. The College plays a fundamental role in the university’s general education program.


CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.


For more information about the University, visit: http://www.csun.edu


Qualifications: Doctoral degree by date of hire with a specialization in the discipline of Religious Studies. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to research and teaching in the areas of Hinduism and South Asian Diaspora. The Bhagvan Ahitnath Endowment in Jain Studies supports this position, in part.  This Endowment will provide additional research time and support to the successful candidate, beginning at the end of the first two-year probationary period. Knowledge of the Jain tradition is an essential criterion.  University-level teaching experience, competency to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in Religious Studies and publications will also be required. The successful candidate must demonstrate ability to effectively 1) teach a diverse student population and 2.) link one’s research to teaching.


CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.


At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.



The person the Department seeks will develop and teach lower- and upper-division courses on Hinduism and South Asian Religions.  The development of courses on the Jain tradition would be required. This person also will have a demonstrated competence to teach the Religious Studies lower-division courses such as Introduction to Religious Studies or World Religions and to teach upper-division courses such a Contemporary Religious Thought and Theory and Method in Religious Studies.  The person will give evidence of willingness and ability to develop and teach a range of other Religious Studies courses if called upon.   At California State University, Northridge (CSUN), faculty teach four (4) undergraduate courses per semester and engage in scholarship and community service. The University especially seeks individuals who will; contribute to both their chosen disciplines and the University’s significant commitment to teacher preparation and general education.


Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin December 01, 2018. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit a letter of application), curriculum vitae, statement on student success, and three current (dated 2016 or later letters of recommendation to the address below.  In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.


Inquiries and applications must be addressed to:

Search and Screen Committee

Religious Studies Department

California State University, Northridge

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8316


General Information:

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The person holding this position may be considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/_expression_, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at (818) 677-2101.