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Assistant Professor - Religious Diversity - Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (deadline extended)

We are no longer accepting applications for this recruitment


The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a non-tenured appointment to the faculty at the Assistant Professor level, with an expected start date of July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be appointed to one or more Departments at Berkeley (depending on the candidate’s background) in affiliation with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. The candidate will be expected to participate in the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute and collaborate with the Chair to provide guidance and academic leadership in the field.

The goal of the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute is to study the ways that religious diversity affects inclusiveness, fairness, tolerance, and other aspects of social cohesiveness, health, and well-being. The University seeks applications from those who study the nature and sources of religious diversity and the implications of this diversity for the economy, society, and polity. Illustrative areas of concern include but are not limited to the following:

-- Political, sociological, legal, economic, or historical studies of the impacts of religious diversity on social and political conditions; how social institutions create or inhibit religious diversity and how religious diversity affects social institutions and religious tolerance and inclusiveness.

-- Anthropological, demographic, geographic, historical, humanistic, or sociological explorations of the diversity of religious doctrines, meanings, practices, and membership; comparisons of diversity across places, times, and cultures.

-- Psychological, cognitive, social, linguistic, or neurophysiological studies of the sources of diverse religious feelings, beliefs, and identities and of the determinants of tolerance (or intolerance) for this religious diversity.

The University encourages applications from social and behavioral scientists, humanist and historical scholars of religion, and cognitive scientists with a strong interest in the causes and consequences of religious diversity. The University also encourages applications from international area studies scholars with regional expertise on issues of religious diversity.

Basic Qualifications: The basic qualification required to be considered an applicant for this position is a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, or the completion of all degree requirements (except the dissertation) at the time of application. The qualifying degree must be held within one year of employment.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to scholars who have demonstrated the potential to make significant research contributions, who have a clear interest in teaching as supported by sample syllabi and teaching evaluations at the undergraduate and graduate level, and who show future leadership potential to further develop an interdisciplinary program on religious diversity within the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Applications: To apply, please go to the following link:

Candidates should submit the following materials for a complete application: a current Curriculum Vita; a cover letter; a clear statement of research interests; two to three examples of scholarship (for example, two chapters of their dissertation and one research article), and contact information for three references. Reference letters will be requested in the second round of candidate review.

A Statement of Teaching and/or a Statement of Contributions to Diversity are optional. The committee will begin reviewing applications on November 22, 2017, but will continue to accept applications until December 15, 2017. All applications will receive full consideration.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Ketchpel, Assistant Dean for Administration for the Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720-7320, or via email at

Confidentiality Policy: All applications will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: prior to submitting their letters.

Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of its faculty, including dual career couples, new parents, and single parents. Please visit the Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare home page at for more information.

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society is interested in candidates who will substantially contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research, teaching, and service.

The deadline to submit an application is December 15, 2017. New applications after that date cannot be considered. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 22, 2017; early applications are encouraged, but all complete applications received by the final date will receive full consideration. (Note that this deadline is extended from the original deadline (of 12/4). Applicants that have already submitted an application need not reapply.)

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, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Example of Scholarship - 1

  • Example of Scholarship - 2

  • Example of Scholarship - 3 (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)