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Faculty Position – Religious Diversity Cluster, University of California, Berkeley

November 20, 2013

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenured appointment to the faculty at the Associate or Full Professor level, to begin July 1, 2014. The candidate will be expected to provide organizational leadership for the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

The successful candidate will be appointed in one or more departments at Berkeley (depending upon the candidate’s background). The successful candidate will also be considered for appointment to the Haas Distinguished Chair for the Study of Religious Diversity.

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, scholars of religion and the humanities, and cognitive and biological scientists with a strong interest in the causes and consequences of religious diversity.

Preference will be given to scholars who have demonstrated the potential to make significant research contributions, who have a clear interest in teaching, and who show leadership potential to lead an interdisciplinary program on religious diversity within the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Candidates must have been awarded the Ph.D. (or its equivalent) at the time of application. Applicants must upload a cover letter highlighting specific field(s) of study; curriculum vitae; contact information for up to four references (letters of reference are not required at this time); and one sample of a significant research piece, to http://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00285. A statement of research and teaching is optional.

All letters 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 (http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The application deadline is February 14, 2014. Early review of applications will begin on December 16, 2013, but all applications will receive full consideration. Applicants may contact Brian Underwood at brianu@berkeley.edu with any questions regarding this recruitment.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action employer and is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office at calcierge@berkeley.edu or visit calcierge.berkeley.edu.