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Assistant Professor - Buddhist Studies

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Asian Languages & Literature

Title: Assistant Professor - Buddhist Studies

Position Details

Position Description

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, beginning Autumn, 2020. This tenure-track appointment, full-time appointment (9-month service period) is in Buddhist Studies with a focus on original language textual studies.

University of Washington faculty engage in research, teaching, and service. Given the tradition of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature in the area of Indian/South Asian Buddhism, research and teaching areas may include Indian/South Asian Buddhism and texts in original languages such as Sanskrit and Pali or other Prakrits. Teaching duties will include offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in addition to instruction in the languages relevant to the applicant’s area of research. Undergraduate offerings will include general courses on Buddhist literature and related areas as well as on more specialized topics. At the graduate level, offerings will include seminars on specific issues or texts and in-depth text-reading classes that may reflect the applicant’s specific areas of research specialization.


Applicants must demonstrate a strong record of research and teaching in the field of Buddhist Studies as well as a high level of command of one or more of the major languages of the Buddhist tradition. Applicants must have a PhD, or foreign equivalent degree, by the date of appointment.


To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, a diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation.  For further questions on the position, the status of the opening, or disability accommodations, contact Professor Collett Cox at Priority will be given to applications received before December 1, 2019.

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