Information for Religious Studies Job Applicants

Opening for Visiting Faculty

Claremont McKenna College invites applications for a visiting faculty appointment in Religious Studies for the 2016-17 academic year in the field(s) of U.S. Latino, African American, and/or U.S. religion and race, with the possibility of extending the position to a second year. The teaching load is five courses per year. Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. by the time of appointment in July 2016.

Given our commitment to cultivating an inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who will excel at teaching students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and political viewpoint. Applications should contain CV, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please upload electronic copies of all materials to:

We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, May 30, 2016. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via in-person or Skype in June.

For further inquiries, contact the search chair Dr. Gaston Espinosa.

CMC is a highly selective liberal arts college. It is a member of the Claremont Colleges, which also include Pomona, Scripps, Pitzer and Harvey Mudd Colleges, and the Claremont Graduate University. Collectively, the Claremont Colleges constitute an academic community of 6,000 students and more than 20 philosophers.

CMC hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490. Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States.

About CMC

Claremont McKenna College is a private liberal arts college located in Claremont, California, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The college has top-tier students and a serious commitment to scholarship.

Scholarly Community: One of the most attractive things about teaching Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College is that it is part of an intercollegiate program.

The major in Religious Studies is a cooperative program offered jointly by Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps and Harvey Mudd colleges. Most undergraduate professors in Religious Studies are elected to be faculty of Claremont Graduate University, whose graduate programs in religion are internationally known, and whose students often populate undergraduate courses. All of these colleges are physically contiguous, so your colleagues at other colleges are at most a five-minute walk away. Effectively, then, each of us has dozens of colleagues in religious studies within the greater Claremont community, thus combining the faculty size of a large research university with the intimacy of a small liberal-arts college.

The Religious Studies program serves both as one focus of a liberal arts education and as a pre-professional foundation for students planning to pursue the study of religion beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students may enroll in courses offered at any of the undergraduate colleges, and advanced students may, with permission, enroll in master's-level courses in their area of specialization at Claremont Graduate University. While offering a broadly based and inclusive program in the study of religion for all liberal arts students, the Religious Studies major affords the opportunity for more specialized work at the intermediate and advanced levels in particular historic religious traditions, geographical areas, philosophical and critical approaches, and thematic and comparative studies.

The program in Religious Studies recognizes the importance and legitimacy of personal involvement in the study of religion, but it does not represent or advocate any particular religion as normative. Rather, our aim is to make possible an informed knowledge and awareness of the fundamental importance of the religious dimension in all human societies — Eastern and Western, ancient and modern. In addition to preparing students for graduate study in religion or the ministry, the multidisciplinary nature of the major affords students intellectual training to enter a variety of fields and careers. Recent graduates are, for example, in schools of law, medicine, and business administration. Others have careers in management, journalism and the media, college administration, primary and secondary education, government, and health and social services.

Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College benefits from a rich interest in the discipline in the Claremont community, and students and faculty have access to a number of talks, lectures, and discussions at the Claremont colleges and surrounding areas.

Scholarship: Both the College and the philosophy department are committed to serious scholarship. You can get an idea of our research interests and publication records by looking at the faculty page. Our tenure standards are rigorous, but not so overwhelming that they prevent our faculty from keeping a serious focus on teaching.

Teaching: At Claremont McKenna, faculty are given the opportunity to seriously engage with their students. Our students are among the best in the nation.

Location: The city of Claremont is close to downtown Los Angeles but far enough east that it doesn't suffer from the problems of a large city. Claremont itself is a pleasant college town. The thing people like least is the smog and accompanying heat, which for about a month each summer reaches the 100s (though without humidity). Claremont offers plenty of benefits: proximity to the cultural attractions of Los Angeles and to outdoors attractions such as the beach and the mountains. The best thing about Claremont may be the almost-constant California sunshine.