The Department of Religious Studies at University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the social scientific study of religions to begin on July 1, 2015. PhD in Religious Studies, Sociology or related field should be completed by the time of appointment. Area of focus is open, but we prefer candidates whose research interests will complement and/or enhance our  strengths in Religions of North America (race and religion, religion and law, new religious movements and indigenous traditions) as well as methodological approaches (historical, ethnographic and cognitive) in a department known for interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of religion. An ability to engage issues of ethnographic and qualitative and quantitative methods in the academic study of religion is essential. The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the social scientific study of religions, research methods, and religions in contemporary North America. For information on our department please visit our website at

To ensure full consideration, please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to the Search Committee through UC Recruit, at Complete applications received by October 31,2014, will receive full review. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the department chair, Professor Kathleen Moore, at  Preliminary interviews will be held at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego.

The Department of Religious Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.  We anticipate that UCSB soon will be designated a Hispanic serving institution under the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines (where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of total enrollment).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.