JOB – Assoc. or Full Prof.; Chair of Department of Philosophy and Religon; California Institute of Integral Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) invites applications and nominations for an associate or full professor to serve as Chair of the Department, beginning fall 2013. The Chair will be a distinguished scholar who is also an experienced, collaborative institution builder. The Chair will work with existing leadership to inspire and re-envision an innovative interdisciplinary graduate program in Philosophy and Religion. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to electrify and energize a successful and flourishing graduate (MA/PhD) program.

Composed of a transdisciplinary array of distinguished scholars, the Department of Philosophy and Religion is dedicated to the critical study of and engagement with the diverse philosophical and religious inheritances of our world, including both majority and underrepresented (esoteric, contemplative, Earth-based, and subaltern) traditions. Oriented toward a vision of liberation and planetary healing, the Department affirms the value of multiple ways of knowing. Current areas of concentration in the Department include: Asian and Comparative Studies; Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion; Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness; and Women’s Spirituality.

Candidates must possess considerable experience with successful collaborative leadership, as well as substantial experience with graduate education. A well-established and distinctive record of scholarly publication that engages Philosophy and/or Religion is required. The field of specialization is open. Those with research and teaching interests in Gender and Women’s Studies, Ecology and Religion, Native American traditions, Judaism, or Islam are especially encouraged to apply. The candidate will teach courses in her or his area of specialty, mentor master’s and doctoral students, and lead the process of imagining and introducing new areas of concentration within the Department.

Applicants whose information is received by October 31 will be given priority consideration and may be able to meet with faculty representatives at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Chicago on November 17-20. All applications must be received by December 15. Finalists will be invited to San Francisco for on-campus interviews in February 2013.

To apply, please send the following materials to and note “Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion” in the email subject line:

  1. Cover letter describing how your skills and experience match the requirements of the position
  2. Curriculum vita
  3. List of three professional references
  4. Samples of recent publications, presentations, and the like

CIIS is an urban university, located in the heart of San Francisco. The Institute is known for the diversity of its people, programs, and opportunities to learn. CIIS provides generous health benefits and sabbatical leave. More information about CIIS and the Philosophy and Religion department can be found at the university’s official website. CIIS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. CIIS is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from minorities and individuals with disabilities.