Department for the Study of Religion
Faculty of Arts and Science
University of Toronto

Job Posting: Assistant Professor (Part-time) – Sikh Studies

Posting Date: November 7, 2017
Closing Date: December 15, 2017

The University of Toronto invites applications for a part-time (50%) position in Sikh Studies located in the Department for the Study of Religion. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Part-time, effective July 1, 2018. The appointment will be for one year initially, possibly extendable to three years depending on teaching performance.

The successful candidate will have to be familiar with the critical historiography of Sikh studies, and be able to address the issues of the origin of Sikhism and its historical developments, its historical and philosophical relationships with other South Asian religions, its scriptures, practices, ethics, and philosophy as well as more specific themes such as (but not limited to) diaspora, migration, violence and mysticism, and religion and politics. Candidates must have earned a PhD in Religion or a closely related discipline by the time of the appointment and have a demonstrated record of research and excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the relevant primary languages.

Responsibilities will normally consist of a one-semester introduction to Sikhism, an upper level or graduate course in the area of Sikh Studies (depending on candidate qualifications). She or he will be responsible for the organization of a yearly colloquium or workshop on Sikh Studies.

Applications should include (1) a cover letter, and (2) a curriculum vitae combined in a file labeled cover letter and CV, (3) a sample of academic writing, a statement of research interests, and (4) a teaching portfolio and should be emailed as four separate PDF files to The teaching portfolio should demonstrate outstanding teaching abilities and the capacity to teach a wide range of courses.  It may include, for example, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and/or descriptions of teaching strategies and innovations.

Applicants should arrange for four letters of reference, at least one of which must comment on the applicant’s teaching abilities to be sent directly by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Professor John Kloppenborg Chair, Department for the Study of Religion, via e-mail to by the closing date. The subject line should say Reference Letter: Sikh Studies. All applications must be received by December 15, 2017. Inquiries only may be directed to Professor John S. Kloppenborg, at For information about the Department of Religion please go to

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.