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California State University, Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with approximately 2,151 full- and part-time faculty and a diverse student body of approximately over 38,948 enrolled in Fall 2015. The university offers a broad spectrum of degree programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as applied and professional fields with 55 at the baccalaureate level and 54 graduate programs including a doctorate in education and doctor of nursing practice. Learning is preeminent at Cal State Fullerton. We combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaborations to expand knowledge. Research and other creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions. Faculty members were awarded more than $22.7 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2014-15. The university has a longstanding tradition of collegial governance. Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. CSUF is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (the only one in Orange County) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. We are ranked 5th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State Fullerton is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, disability or Veteran's status or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Religious Studies with appointment to begin Fall 2018. CSUF values and is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, and/or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.

We are seeking applicants who are trained in the Social Scientific Study of Religion with a focus on South Asian Religious Traditions and Religion in South Asia Today.  The ideal candidate is a scholar of religion who specializes in the social scientific approaches, broadly construed, and can demonstrate broad teaching expertise in Asian religious traditions.

Responsibilities include online teaching as part of a normal teaching load.  The successful candidate will also be expected to develop new courses as well as teach some established upper division lecture and discussion courses related to their expertise and interests.

Our new colleague should also be able to teach the following introductory level courses:

Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching as well as research, peer-reviewed publication, and participation in the broader disciplinary community. Faculty members are expected to contribute to and serve the department, college, and university community.  Departmental responsibilities and service may include any of the following:   advising students, serving on committees, planning events, or advising the student group.


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 application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Rank and Salary
The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, go to

Appointment Date
August 2018

Application Procedure
A complete on-line application/resume must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration.  To apply, please go to: to view all job listings and select 9942BR to begin the application process and provide the following materials:

  1. Letter of application addressing  the listed required qualifications as they apply to you
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Graduate transcripts
  4. Research agenda in which you describe your research program moving forward. 
  5. Writing sample of a publication or professional academic presentation (peer-reviewed preferred).
  6. A syllabus of a religious studies course you have taught or designed that is relevant to this position.
  7. Teaching evaluations by both peers and students along with evaluative data (if available).
  8. A student success statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in teaching or working with a diverse student population (approximately one page, single-spaced)
  9. Three letters of recommendation (see instructions below).

On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application.  They will immediately receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter.  You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

Please direct all questions about the position to:  Dr. Jeanette Reedy Solano at or call 657-278-7554.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin immediately.  Applications received by December 1, 2017 will be given full consideration.  Position is open until filled.

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

The person holding this position is 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.

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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