Capital University
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • Full Time

Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, family education benefits, short-term and long-term disability, life and critical illness insurance and free parking.


Capital University, a mid-size, comprehensive, private university in Columbus, Ohio, invites applications for a tenure track position as Assistant or Associate Professor of Religion, rank and salary commensurate with experience. Ph.D. and substantive teaching experience are required.


Area of specialization: anthropological study of religion, using social scientific methodology. Teaching will include world religions and Indigenous religions. We especially seek expertise beyond the Abrahamic traditions. Applicants working with postcolonial/decolonial approaches are welcome.


Teaching load for this position is 4/4 (12 credit hours) per semester, 75% in one or more of four Signature Learning courses: an introduction to religion required of all undergraduates, a first-year seminar reflecting area of specialization, and 300-level courses in humanities and in global systems reflecting area of specialization that will be cross-listed as religion electives. Courses to be taught in addition to those in Signature Learning might include Introduction to Asian Religions, Advanced Asian Religion and Philosophy, Native American Religions, Mythology Around the World, and courses designed by the instructor.


The successful candidate also will maintain an active profile of service and scholarship, provide academic advisement to students, participate on committees, and provide service to the university and profession.


Applications should be submitted ApplicantPro by November 15, 2022, for full consideration. Preliminary Zoom interviews will begin mid-January.

Submit: (1) a letter of interest that addresses your qualifications for the position and states how your teaching, scholarship, and service will support the university mission: Capital University transforms lives by empowering an inclusive community of learners through engaging academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience evincing best practices in student-centered pedagogy, and (4) a complete set of evaluations from one class. Applicants considered for preliminary interviews via Zoom will then be asked in early January to submit an unofficial graduate transcript, a separate statement (maximum 500 words) outlining how you would support Capital's goal of increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum, and three letters of recommendation, including at least one letter that directly addresses teaching experience and expertise. If the Ph.D. will not be in hand by March 2023, the applicant must submit a letter from the dean of the applicant's graduate program indicating approval for graduation no later than August 2023. The contract will be contingent upon having the Ph.D. in hand.

Please upload all forms listed above to the drop box included on the application.


Capital University is enhanced by its location in the city of Columbus. Columbus is the 14th largest city in the nation, the fastest growing city in the Midwest, and Ohio's capital and most populated city. Rich in cultural diversity and the arts, Columbus is the center of the state's political activity, headquarters to several Fortune 500 companies, and ranks in Money magazine's picks of the ten best big cities. The tech and medical sectors in particular are growing.


Capital University requires all employees in all positions to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the first day of employment. If hired, you will be required to provide proof of having the full COVID-19 vaccination OR file and be granted approval for a valid religious or medical exemption. If you have any concerns regarding compliance with this requirement, you will need to discuss your concerns with Capital University's HR Department after you receive an offer of employment. Capital University does not require applicants to discuss vaccination status prior to receipt of an offer of employment and complies with all applicable laws requiring reasonable accommodation.


Capital University is committed to increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum. This commitment includes Capital's dedication to the development of faculty and staff who are committed to inclusive practices in teaching, learning, working and all other campus and community interactions. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply.


For more information on Capital University, visit our website at www.capital.edu.


Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, family education benefits, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance and free parking.

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