Lecturer Job in Modern Asian Religion at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

job description

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London is seeking to appoint a lecturer with expertise relating to one or more South, South East or East Asian religions, whether Buddhist, Hindu, Japanese or Chinese. The expertise may relate to textual, theological, philosophical, anthropological, sociological, current and/or historical political or practical aspects, whether in Asian and/or Diasporic contexts. An understanding of relevant conceptual sources and languages ​​is essential. The successful candidate will teach a range of general, introductory and more specialist and advanced modules at the BA and MA, and should be willing to supervise PhD students. Different disciplinary backgrounds are welcome, and candidates should be able to teach and research in a department recognized for the integrated and postcolonial study of theology and religious studies.

At King’s, we are committed to ensuring that applicants from underrepresented backgrounds and/or those with protected characteristics feel confident applying to us. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups with protected characteristics and/or who have been marginalized for any reason, to better reflect the community we serve.

About the faculty: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums

About the Department of Theology and Religious Studies: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/trs

This position will be offered on a full-time, indefinite-term contract.

Main responsibilities

  • Participate in the planning, organization and delivery of teachings within the department, particularly in relation to one or more Asian religions
  • Contribute to scholarship and research, as well as to the research culture of the department and faculty
  • Contribute to relevant research seminars/conferences
  • Supervise bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral theses
  • Participate fully in assessment and examination processes, as appropriate, and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning
  • Contribute to the administration of the department
  • Contribute to co-taught modules in the department as needed
  • Engage in professional development as appropriate
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Head of Department

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the post.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

1. PhD in a relevant subject

2. Ability to teach an Asian religion or religions as part of a theology and religious studies department

3. Broad understanding of one or more Asian religions and their intellectual histories, as well as a thorough understanding of aspects of their modern and contemporary manifestations

4. Teaching experience to undergraduate students

5. Demonstrated contribution to research and publication relative to career stage

6. Administrative, organizational and leadership skills

7. Good command of concepts and language(s) relevant to the religion(s) in question

8. Collaborative spirit and ability to work with others in a supportive manner in the context of a friendly and collegial service organized in small teams

9. Willingness to contribute to student care and to welcome and support students from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities

10. Involvement in Professional Organizations and Service to Academia

Desirable criteria

1. Teaching experience to postgraduate students

2. Research with non-academic impact and wider benefits

More information

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place the last week of July. The selection process will include a presentation to the interview panel and an interview.

To facilitate the shortlisting process, applicants are encouraged to include a copy of an article or chapter (published or intended for publication) along with a CV and supporting statement. You must clearly indicate in your supporting brief how you meet each of the selection criteria for the position using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained through employment, education, voluntary activities or career breaks (such as time off to care for dependents).

Lyle L. Maltby