University of Alberta

Associate Professor, East Asian Religions

ART East Asian Studies

Competition No.  -    A110231954
Closing Date  -    Mar 31, 2017

The Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta, invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor in East Asian Religions. This is a joint position between East Asian Studies and the Interdisciplinary Program in Religious Studies, shared 50/50 between the two and East Asian Studies as the home department.

Period, specific region, research focus, and disciplinary specialization are open, but the successful candidate must have demonstrated teaching expertise in Buddhism. Applicants must have a PhD in East Asian Studies, Asian Studies, Religious Studies, or a relevant field, and teaching experience and publications equivalent to that of a tenured associate professor. An expert in East Asian Religions, research excellence will be demonstrated in a record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations in highly regarded venues. The successful candidate will be fluent in Chinese or Japanese and be able to handle primary source materials in their original language(s). The successful candidate will also have knowledge of the theoretical discourses that define the disciplinary practices of Religious Studies. A record of external research funding is preferred.

The successful candidate will offer undergraduate courses on East Asia’s variety of communities and their religious traditions and practices, teach Introduction to Buddhism (RELIG 240), participate and in some years lead the entry-level East Asian Studies 101 course or Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions (RELIG 103), contribute other teaching and service to the position’s home department, and participate in the growing graduate programs in Religious Studies and East Asian Studies by supervising graduate students on topics in the area of the candidate’s expertise. The normal teaching load is four courses per academic year.

Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation as being one of the best universities in Canada, based on our strength in teaching, research, and service. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.84 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on  five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus. The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and one of the largest research and teaching centres in Western Canada. The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of the province of Alberta. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the country with a population of approximately one million. Edmonton is located only a few hours’ drive from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in summer.

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Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales:

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • cover letter that includes the names and contact information of three references who have agreed to write for you
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • evidence of excellence in teaching (teaching philosophy statement, student evaluations, etc.)
  • statement of research
  • writing sample of between 20 and 40 pages (attach under "list of publications")

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (with your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

Applicants are expected to contact their referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to the Executive Assistant in East Asian Studies, Lora Slobodian Referees should enter “A110231954 REFERENCE" in the subject line.

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Dr. Christopher Lupke, Chair, Department of East Asian Studies.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Business Address:

Department of East Asian Studies
3-32A Pembina Hall
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Canada, T6G 2H8

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.