Bhagwan Vimalnath Lectureship in Jainism and South Asian Religions
University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Letters & Science - Humanities and Fine Arts - Religious Studies
United States

Bhagwan Vimalnath Lectureship in Jainism and South Asian Religions


  • College of Letters & Science - Humanities and Fine Arts - Religious Studies



Open date: November 28th, 2018
Next review date: March 15th, 2019

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: May 31st, 2019

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Religious Studies Department at University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for the Bhagwan Vimalnath Endowed lecturer position in Jainism and South Asian Religions beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. Responsibilities include teaching three quarters of Hindi language plus two undergraduate courses in the area of Jainism and nonviolence studies, plus two undergraduate survey courses in the study of South Asian religions and Indic civilizations. Minimum qualifications: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application. PhD must be awarded by the time of appointment. Fluency in Hindi and English. Excellent record of teaching experience of undergraduates at the college level and experience teaching Hindi language are highly desirable. Preference will be given to applicants who already have a PhD.


This endowed lecturer position will complement a core faculty in the academic study of religion and specifically South Asian religions. The Department of Religious Studies offers a major and a minor in religious studies, with a very strong component in South Asian traditions, which currently enables students to acquire a fundamental knowledge of Sanskrit, South Asian history, Vedic traditions, Bhakti traditions, Hindu philosophical traditions, modern Hindu traditions, South Asian Islamic traditions, South Asian Buddhist traditions, and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The Department also has a vibrant PhD program in South Asian traditions, drawing many excellent graduate students specializing in South Asian religions and requiring language training.


This newly endowed Bhagwan Vimalnath Lecturer in Jainism and South Asian Religions will strengthen not only the Religious Studies Department's offerings but also the campus-wide interdisciplinary South Asian Studies group comprising eighteen core faculty whose teaching and research interests involve a significant focus on South Asia. The lecturer position is renewable pending funding and an excellent teaching record.


The Department is especially interested in candidates who contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. UCSB has been designated a Hispanic serving institution (HSI) under the US Department of Education's guidelines (where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% total enrollment). For information on our Department please visit our website at


To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three or four letters of recommendation sent to UC Recruit, at Initial review of applications will begin after March 15, 2019. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Fabio Rambelli, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.


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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law



Santa Barbara, CA



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