Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) – Religion

The property
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

The teaching load for this position is 4/4 (12 credit hours) per semester, 75% in one or more of four Signature Learning courses: an general religion course 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 ReligionsAdvanced 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.

To Apply

Applications should be submitted via ApplicantPro by clicking here: Preliminary Zoom interviews will begin mid-March. 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 instudent-centered pedagogy, (4) 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 (5) a complete set of evaluations from one class. Applicants considered for preliminary interviews via Zoom will then be asked to submit an unofficial graduate transcript 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.

About Capital University

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 is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and curriculum. This commitment includes our 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.
Capital University is an equal opportunity employer, and supports an inclusive campus community. Faculty candidates of any or no faith tradition are encouraged to apply. As an affiliate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) we embrace interfaith dialogue and support free inquiry and holistic education. Accordingly, Capital University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, caste, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by the law.
For more information on Capital University, visit our website at
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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Columbus, OH, USA

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