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Native American Religion and Spirituality

Western Michigan University, Department of Comparative Religion,
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Closing date
Dec 24, 2021

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The Department of Comparative Religion invites applicants for a full-time position in Native American Religion and Spirituality. This is an academic year tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. The position may be filled by persons working in any field of Native American Religion and Spirituality pursuing any methodological approach/es. Ph.D. (completed by December 31, 2022) in Comparative Religion or related field (including Native American and Indigenous Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Gender Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies). The successful candidate will have a firm grounding in the academic study of religion. Preference is for specialization in Religion and Health broadly conceived, including Environmental Health (or related fields) or specialization in topics related to social inequality. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the success of diverse students. The successful applicant will be asked to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate students, undertake service appropriate to the rank, and participate actively in the events of the department. They will be welcomed into a large university community that encourages interdisciplinary dialogue and is committed to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As articulated in the College of Arts and Sciences strategic plan, we are committed to fostering a community of diverse, inclusive, equitable and globally-engaged scholars, learners and leaders. They will have the opportunity to shape programming in this crucial area of study, and will have the support of others on campus including the Native American Affairs Council and Center for the Humanities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities. To apply go to and submit Faculty Credential Summary (completed through the online job application portal); a comprehensive C.V., a teaching philosophy statement, a letter describing qualifications, accomplishments, and professional experiences related to the position; and names, titles, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and continue until position is filled.

Western Michigan University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX Institution. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and, in the spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, Vietnam-era veterans, and person of disability.


The major and minor programs in the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University are designed for those who, whether they are religious or not, want to know more about religion, the role and significance of religion in societies today and in the past, and the ways in which academics think about and analyze religion and related concepts. In courses offered by the department, students and instructors:

  • Examine the concept of religion as well as specific religions from around the world and throughout history.
  • Analyze religion as a part of culture and in relation to other parts of culture.
  • Study components of religions like myths, rituals, doctrines and institutions.
  • Compare, evaluate and employ academic definitions and theories of religion.

The comparative religion major and minor provide a solid foundation for graduate study in religion and related fields. Many students combine a major in comparative religion with another major from within the humanities or social sciences. Comparative religion courses also provide knowledge and skills relevant to and useful in a large and growing range of careers and professions, including health care, non-profit and public sector careers, culture and the arts, religious vocations, and business and marketing.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
  • This employer does offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
  • This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.

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