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This page is for Academic Positions in Religious Studies that begin in 2014.

NEW PAGE for Religious Studies positions that begin in 2015: Religious Studies 2014-2015

Last Year's Page: Religious Studies 2012-2013

See also: Biblical Studies 2013-2014 and Jewish Studies 2013-2014

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DemographicsEdit

ABD (early): 10

ABD (will finish this academic year): 37

Ph.D. in hand (one-year, VAP, Lecturer, Post-doc) 45

Assistant Professor: 14

Associate Professor: 3

Full Professor:

Search Committee: 2

Lurker: 2

Faculty "Job Coach":

TOTAL: 108 <----- update the total!

Fields of Study (feel free to add your field if it isn't represented below)Edit

African Religions: 1

American Religion(s): 16

Ancient Near East:

Anthropology of Religion: 5

Asian Religions-Buddhism: 5

Asian Religions-Chinese/Japanese: 3

Asian Religions-Hinduism: 1

Asian Religions-Southeast Asia: 1

Christianity-Early: 12

Christianity-Medieval: 3

Christianity-Early Modern/Modern: 4

Christianity-Modern/Ethics: 3

Christianity-Global: 2

Christianity-Catholic and Latin American Studies:

Ethics: 1

Esotericism: 

Hebrew Bible: 2

Intercultural Studies:

Indigenous Religions: 1

Islam: 10

Judaism: 7

New Testament: 5

Philosophy of Religion: 2

Political Theology:

Practical Theology (Homiletics): 2

Religion and Literature: 2

Religion and History of Science: 2

Religion and Pop Culture: 1

Secularism: 1

Sociology of Religion: 1

South Asian Religions: 9

Theology: 11

Women's Studies / Queer Theory: 2

Sources of ads: Out of curiosity, what web sites or publications are we using to find these postings? Please add to the list as appropriate.Edit

2013-14 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track Edit

Aarhus University - IslamEdit

The Department of Culture and Society at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for an assistant professorship in Islam. The position as assistant professor is a three-year fixed-term appointment with the possibility of re-appointment to the position of associate professor in Islam. The appointment begins on 1 January 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position: We are seeking a dedicated candidate that will contribute to develop research and teaching in Islam at the section for the Study of Religion. The section for the Study of Religion is an ambitious and internationally oriented research environment encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to religion. The section for the Study of Religion is placed within the Department of Culture and Society, which holds a thriving research environment specifically related to Islam, including Anthropology and Arab and Islamic Studies. The candidate is expected to contribute to the development of this research environment. The applicant will be expected to participate actively in a relevant research programme at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. We are looking for a candidate, who can demonstrate international commitment and ability to collaborate with key areas of national and international research within the fields of the Study of Religion in general and Islam more specifically.

  • All applications must be made online and received by 19 December 2013.
  • Please apply online here
  • how are other people dealing with uploading letters of rec? is the assumption that these are supposed to be in the possession of the applicant?
  • i just wanted to note (belatedly) the very impressive confirmation of applicaton, which included information concerning the number applications and names and affiliations of external reviewers. looks like an incredibly transparent process, compared other places.

Aarhus University - Theology (Early Christianity, Assoc. Prof)Edit

The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of associate professor in theology with special emphasis on early Christianity and the research field of Religious Roots of Europe. The associate professorship is a permanent position which begins on 1 January 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

  • The position: We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate with a focus on Aarhus University's core activities in the areas of research, education, researcher talent development and knowledge exchange. The future associate professor is expected to develop the study of early Christianity, which is an important research priority area for Aarhus University. The associate professor must be prepared to act as a coordinator for the international Master’s degree programme in Religious Roots of Europe in collaboration with the Nordic universities involved (Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lund and Oslo) and other educational institutions.
  • Research: The position is affiliated to the existing research environments (such as Centre for the Study of Antiquity and Christianity and Christianity and Theology in Culture and Society). As the focus of the associate professorship is on the history of early Christianity (from about the year 100 until about the year 500), applicants must document research qualifications at international level in this field. The Department of Culture and Society places emphasis on research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding.

Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College - Lecturer (Renewable) Edit

  • The Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University is expanding its faculty and invites applications for a position in the core Honors faculty. The faculty members of Barrett are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers; most are on three-year renewable and rolling appointments. The main teaching responsibility rests on a two-semester interdisciplinary seminar course, The Human Event, in which students examine important ideas from earliest writings to the present. Special attention is given to critical thinking and argumentative writing skills. In addition, faculty members teach upper-division seminars, and mentor honors students throughout their four years in independent studies, individual conferences, theses, and other forms of scholarly achievement.
  • Barrett attracts many of the top students in the country and provides them with an enriched academic experience that challenges them and enables them to become better citizens. The typical Barrett freshman is in the top five percent of his or her high school class, has SAT scores of 1320 or above, and has a high school grade-point average of 3.81.
  • We seek to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position whose primary responsibility will be to teach the first-year Human Event seminar. Successful applicants will demonstrate experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. The position begins August 2014; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.
  • Qualifications: A PhD in any field of the humanities, natural or social sciences that complements the academic focus of the existing faculty members. Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple areas of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and/or the humanities are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching argumentative writing skills is required, and experience leading seminar-based discussions is highly desired.
  • Application: Please send: (1) a letter of application detailing teaching philosophy and experience, disciplinary training and research, and how you can contribute to honors education; (2) a C.V.; (3) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in The Human Event, and a list of readings for the first and second semesters; (4) two letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching. Sample syllabi for this course can be found under faculty profiles on the college website. Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: bhcfacultysearch@asu.edu. Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Joseph P. Foy, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, at bhcfacultysearch@asu.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2014.
  • Arizona State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, age or veteran status in the University’s services, educational programs, and activities, including, but not limited to, admission to and employment by the University. The Office of Equity & Inclusion has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, Arizona 85287, Intercampus Mail Code 5612. Phone: (480) 965-5057. For information about ASU’s non-discrimination policies and procedures for filing complaints, please see http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://provost.asu.edu/index.php?q=policies/procedures/p20.htmll.

Arizona State University - Religion, Science and TechnologyEdit

The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religions Studies (SHPRS) at Arizona State University-Tempe campus seeks candidates for Assistant Professor in Religion, Science, and Technology, beginning August 16, 2014 with tenure home among the Religious Studies faculty within SHPRS.

The successful candidate will explore the interface of religion, science, and technology from historical, philosophical, sociological, and/or anthropological perspectives, with attention to conceptions of nature, on the one hand, and conceptions of the human, on the other hand. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, the successful candidate is expected to advance interdisciplinary research on the interplay of religion, science, and technology throughout ASU by reaching out to faculty in related units (e.g., The School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the School of Life Sciences, The School of Sustainability, The Beyond Institute, and the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity). In addition, the candidate will be actively involved in promoting the international society Judaism, Science, and Medicine Group (JMSG) by writing research grants and organizing conferences.

Required Qualifications: By the time of appointment, the candidate must hold a doctoral degree in Religion and Science, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, History and Philosophy of Science, Science and Technology Studies, Intellectual History, or related academic field from an accredited institution. Demonstrated knowledge of western religious and scientific traditions. Demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary research.

Desired Qualifications: Training in the natural sciences. Ability to work with texts of the western intellectual and religious canon, especially Jewish texts. Ability to speak to normative issues that emerge from the interplay of religion, science and technology. Demonstrated interest in working with colleagues on collaborative grants and projects.

  • To apply: submit the following application materials in PDF format: 1) a letter of application that includes a statement of research and teaching interests; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a copy of three dissertation chapters or scholarly publications; 4) three letters of recommendation; and 5) two relevant course syllabi to: shprsjobs@asu.edu with “Religion, Science and Technology” in the subject line. Application deadline is January 15, 2014; if not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until search is closed. Background check is required for employment. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Linell Cady, co-chair of the search committee, at LCady@asu.edu. ASU Is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.
  • 23/01 -- Any news here or still too early?
  • Has anybody heard anything, including even confirmation that their application was received? (2/12)
  • Rejection received by email (3/14)
  • Rejection received by e-mail as well (3/14)

Azusa Pacific University - Theology and EthicsEdit

The Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology seeks to make a full-time appointment in its Department of Theology and Ethics, to begin the 2014-15 academic school year. Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. and have expertise in areas of theology, ethics, and the interface of Christianity and culture. Candidates must be able to speak and write both in the English and Korean languages. Demonstrated ability in teaching and research at the graduate level is required. Rank is open.

The Graduate School of Theology is a seminary program with a Wesleyan heritage; it has a diverse faculty and student body. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical status, or status as a veteran.

The person holding this appointment will teach six courses per year in semester, intensive, and on-line formats, based upon a nine-month contract. The faculty office will be located in the Los Angeles Regional Center, where classes will be taught in Korean or English. Attendance is required at faculty meetings on the Azusa campus.

Faculty members are required to affirm Azusa Pacific University's Statement of Faith annually. The Statement of Faith along with other beliefs and values of the University may be found online in the category of "What We Believe"

  • Hire Date: Fall 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Online App. Form: https://apufacultyjobs.silkroad.com/

Azusa Pacific University —Faculty in Ministry and Practical Theology Edit

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running. The university provides outstanding opportunities for faculty in advancement, professional growth, and Christian ministry. APU seeks faculty who model excellence in their discipline and have a clear and compelling understanding of their faith and Christian commitment.

Position in the undergraduate Division of Religion & Philosophy beginning in August 2014 or sooner, to teach ministry-related courses in the specialization noted above. APU is an institution of higher education with a tradition of Wesleyan evangelical Christianity. Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged. Position subject to final funding.

Specialization: Experience with vulnerable populations

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities, research, student advising, and standard committee assignments

Level: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank dependent on experience

Qualifications: Earned terminal degree required. Bilingual communication skills desired

Experience: Demonstrated abilities in effective classroom teaching with undergraduate students and effective ministry experience especially in one or more of the possible specialization areas is expected combined with interest and engagement in scholarly research. Ability to and experience in working with outside agencies is desirable.

Workload: Collaborative department responsibilities include teaching (typically eight undergraduate courses per academic year with consideration given for research), student advising, and standard committee assignments.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects
  • Ability to think and communicate theologically
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form
  • Ability to appropriately balance and apply personal strengths in teamwork

Hire Date: August 2014

  • For Faculty jobs please apply directly at https://apufacultyjobs.silkroad.com/. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary - Peace Studies and Christian Social EthicsEdit

  • This candidate will be expected to: Teach in the areas of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics [topic areas could include environment, power and anti-oppression analysis, economics, war and violence, conflict mediation, etc.]; Advocate appreciatively and critically for Anabaptist and Mennonite perspectives while being conversant with other viewpoints; Oversee Peace Studies activities at AMBS and assess curricular offerings; Utilize several modes of instruction including teaching in on-line environments; Advise and serve students as they progress toward completion of MA or MDiv degrees; Contribute to AMBS’s community life through scholarly research, regular worship, faculty committee assignments, community activities, and constituency assignments;
  • Terminal degree (Ph.D.) with interdisciplinary competence in peace studies (or related social science disciplines) and Christian theology or social ethics; Post-secondary teaching experience preferred; International and cross-cultural experience of significant duration required; Passion for the church as a witness to the centrality of peace and justice in the gospel of Jesus Christ; Capacity to inspire the church by communicating the importance of peace studies for its mission; Integration of personal commitments to peace and justice, spiritual practices that sustain that commitment, and scholarly analysis of peace studies and social ethics; Ability to communicate well in face-to-face and on-line teaching environments and to inspire student learning
  • Send a curriculum vitae; a letter indicating interest, availability, and ways in which you meet the qualifications listed above; and the names and locations of three references (no letters at this time) to: Dr. Rebecca Slough, Academic Dean; Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary; 3003 Benham Avenue; Elkhart, IN 46517; rslough@ambs.edu
  • Start Date: July 1, 2014
  • Application Deadline: Review of application letters and curriculum vita will begin September 15, 2013
  • ​I have heard from search members, privately, that this job will go to a female applicant since the last 4-5 hires at the school have been males. (6/17/13).
  • Has anyone heard anything about interviews yet? (10/15/13)
  • They must be getting close. I received an email yesterday from the search chair releasing me from the search. They should be close to deciding on phone/AAR interviews. (10/16/13)
  • Also got a rejection via email (10/16/13)
  • Candidates being interviewed at campus. 2 females, previously tapped, and one male. (11/20/13)
  • what does "previously tapped" mean? sounds dirty (11/25/13)
  • they hired a graduate of their institution, not ABD yet
  • actually they hired two women. Both were alumna. One is ABD, the other has her PhD. 1/17/14
  • men who applied could get a class action suit on this. <---really? gross. just gross.
  • no, the one isn't even ABD yet. Well... 1/20
  • I can confirm that, the school announced her as a "PhD candidate," when she hasn't even passed her exams yet.

Baker University (KS) - World Religions and Biblical StudiesEdit

Bard College - Islamic StudiesEdit

Bard College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Islamic Studies, to begin September 2014. Bard College is a highly selective college of liberal arts and sciences, located 90 miles north of New York City in the Hudson Valley. For more information on Bard, visit http://www.bard.edu//.

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts setting. Applicants should possess a strong foundation in the formative or classical traditions and literatures of Islam, with appropriate language proficiency, and an understanding of later and contemporary developments within Islamic societies. The geographical area of specialization is open, though the successful candidate will also teach within the Middle Eastern Studies program. For more information on the Religion program, visit: http://religion.bard.edu/. Candidates should possess a PhD or be near completion, and teaching experience is highly desirable.

  • To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to: http://apply.interfolio.com/22348 by October 31, 2013. We anticipate conducting initial interviews at the American Academy of Religion, which will be held November 23-26, 2013, in Baltimore or by Skype if candidates will not be attending the conference.
    • Anyone heard anything?
  • No, so far I have not heard anything (11/11) x5
  • No. I have not. At least they were kind enough to include the option of Skype. Kudos to them. We are a almost a week in front of AAR. You might want to look at their website, though. There is a VAP who neatly fits the description. That's saying much of nothing, though, since this person may have other offers coming their way.
  • To the best of my knowledge, it is not legal simply to hand over a TT position to a VAP, however qualified; a standard, competitive search has to be carried out. Now, it may be the case that a department has already made up their minds and wants to hire the VAP anyway, at which point the process becomes a formality. But the point is that *some* kind of search must take place, or the search as a whole could be called off with no hire.
  • I agree. I've been witness to searches that have gone both ways. I will say that in smaller, more intimate colleges (SLACs), the loyalty clause (particularly if the person has done good work for the department) has more mileage than at an R1. This is my experience but YMMV.
  • If there is an inside track candidate, I've also seen it go both ways. Sometimes the inside track candidate gets beaten out by an outside application--less likely, but possible. That said, I think those of us on the hook here, and chatting about it blind on this website, would probably have heard something by now.
  • I've seen it go both ways too. however, I've had a hunch it will be an inside hire from the minute I uploaded my app and received the following automated reply (paraphrasing here): 'Your application is complete. don't call us. don't call our HR dept.... check our website for updates.' This prompted me to take a closer look at their faculty. I noted 2 potential insiders: the obvious visiting instructor (ABD) as well as a recent hire (asst prof) in their affiliate dept MES (also ABD). Twofers are common now and since this person also fits the bill, it seems plausible.
  • I didn't notice the second person. Off to look. Yes, I'm not very hopeful about this one. I believe they have to legally run through the motions. At least if their intentions are to simply stage a serach (and certainly, no one can say for sure), I give them a lot of credit for allowing potential interviewees to Skype in. Good on them. Too many other places have not even bothered to make contact well in advance of AAR. I feel badly that two ICs may be pitted against one another. Bard is a beautiful place. Lots of friends were really excited when the post went up.
  • Not one, but two potential ICs on this one. Skype is optional. All signs point to "we have the perfect person in mind". I could be wrong, but it seems this way.
  • Invitation to interview at AAR (11/19 x3)
  • Awfully quiet here since November. No job talks listed on their website (applicants were instructed to look for updates there).So did anyone actually hear from them?  
  • Still no news? Really down to the wire... (11/16)
  • Likely result (3/8)
  • Not one, but two potential ICs on this one. Skype is optional. All signs point to "we have the perfect person in mind". I could be wrong, but it seems this way.
  • Eight semi-finalists at AAR. Some Skyped.
  • Three campus visits (contacted late December)
  • Job talks late January through early February. All posted on Bard's calendar. January and February do not show online anymore unless the candidate's name is googled.
  • Offer made and accepted within the last week. Committee did not notify the other two finalists. Two finalists mailed the committee and received a kind, but "whoops, I forgot to mention..." email, saying an offer had been made and accepted. Those who did not make it into the semi-final/final pool may not have receive any info.
  • Less relevant discussion moved to Talk page [3/13]

Baylor University - Historical TheologyEdit

POSITION: Assistant Professor of Historical Theology

QUALIFICATIONS: The Program is especially interested in applicants in Medieval Christian Thought. Successful applicants will need to engage literary, theological and philosophical texts from other historical periods. Ph.D. required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching load: 2/2. Enthusiasm for undergraduate education is essential.

RANK AND SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

  • I've heard from committee members that the medieval piece is non-negotiable (8/22/13)
  • What exactly is one supposed to write in terms of a response to the mission statement. I've never seen such a requirement in a job app before. I gather that I'm supposed to show that I'm committed to their Christian identity and mission, but what that looks like, I don't know. I'm afraid as a Catholic I won't know the proper lingo. (9/24/13)
  • I've heard that they do have Catholics on the faculty, so there's hope! (10/7)
  • I've applied to a position at Baylor before, and then the explicit requirement was that one be an active, practicing Bapist. This may be what they're still looking for, albeit more indirectly, or they may just want applicants to evidence theological and pedagogical resonance with their Baptist mission.
  • I would not worry too much about it: I've heard they have a specific candidate in mind.
  • From whom did you hear that?
  • Faculty in the Religion Department at Baylor are required to be practicing Baptists, but this requirement does not extend to other departments or units at the University (e.g. the Philosophy Department, the Honors College, etc.). There is, however, a prima facie requirement that one be a Christian. (I say this as someone who taught as a lecturer in the Honors College several years ago.)
  • Has anybody heard anything regarding interviews? (11/2)
    • email request for preliminary interview at AAR (11/6 x4)
  • Email rejection (12/11)
  • Any news from those who had preliminary interviews?
  • I interviewed at AAR but have heard nothing since (20 Jan) (x2)
  • rejection by e-mail, having interviewed at AAR (24 Jan) (x2)

Bellarmine University (KY) - Global ChristianityEdit

The Department of Theology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Global Christianity to begin August 2014. An interest in interreligious dialogue and/or spirituality is desirable. Teaching responsibilities include introductory classes in theology and upper level undergraduate courses, and contributions to the Master of Arts in Spirituality program. The teaching load is 21 credit hours per academic year.

Requirements: A Ph.D. is expected by August 2014.

  • Additional Information: Review of complete applications will begin November 5, 2013. Search committee representatives will be interviewing candidates at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. Candidates should note in their application letter if they will be attending that meeting.
  • AAR interview request (11/8) [x4 (via phone)]
  • Post-AAR-interview rejection (12/3) [(via email)]
  • On-campus-interview invitation [(via phone)]
  • Rejection by email 2/21

Blackburn College - Religion and PhilosophyEdit

Blackburn College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Philosophy and Religion beginning Fall 2014. The position involves teaching a variety of undergraduate courses in Religion and some in Philosophy in a broad curriculum that serves the entire student population. Small classes and a unique work program provide opportunities to mentor undergraduates in a variety of contexts. The normal teaching load is twelve hours each semester. While field of specialization is open, applicants with teaching interest in comparative religion, history of religion, sociology of religion, or leadership in faith-based organizations are especially encouraged to apply. Required qualifications include: earned doctorate in Religious Studies or any comparable field, strong interest in teaching and student research, and ability to teach a variety of courses in the field of religion and religious studies. Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and contact information for at least three professional references to Human Resources, Office of the President, Blackburn College, 700 College Avenue, Ludlum 209, Carlinville, IL 62626, or ann.allen@blackburn.edu. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. EOE. No phone calls or walk ins.

  • Received email saying they will be contacting references (12/16)

Boston College - Historical TheologyEdit

  • Boston College Department of Theology invites applications for a position (open rank) in Historical Theology with specialization in the theology of Thomas Aquinas. We seek a scholar who is attentive both to Thomas' historical context and relation to the intellectual currents of his time, as well as to his ongoing significance for the Roman Catholic theological tradition. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate as well as doctoral level courses.
  • Please submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation by October 21, 2013, to Boyd Coolman, chair of the search committee (boyd.coolman@bc.edu).
  • Update (Aug. 7): In order to be considered as an official applicant, please note that it is necessary to apply directly online at our site: https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/21935.
  • E-mail rejection after AAR interview, 12/21 (x2)

Boston University - Theology and ScienceEdit

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY, School of Theology, Tracking Code: 9275/I1113

Job Description: Boston University School of Theology invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Theology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2014. Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders for diverse forms of ministry in religious communities and faith-based organizations, as well as teaching doctoral students for the professoriate and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities and opportunities include teaching four courses per year in masters and doctoral programs of the School of Theology and BU Graduate School Department of Religious and Theological Studies, some of which may be in collaborative programs with other Boston University schools. In addition, the person will have the opportunity to give leadership, with others, in the School of Theology and in Boston University programs in religion and science. Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment.

Required Skills: The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar in theology, holding a PhD or ThD in Theology or an appropriate, equivalent degree, and having potential for a strong record of publications in the field. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) is highly desirable. The candidate should be a theologian conversant with Christian traditions and specializing in religion and science, with a focus on theology in relation to one or more of the natural sciences. Areas of competence are open, but particular consideration will be given to candidates who have additional expertise in historical theology, comparative theology, or religion and conflict.

  • Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
  • DO NOT APPLY THROUGH THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY HR WEBSITE. Applications – including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research plans, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately) – should be sent to Dr. Claire Wolfteich, Chair, Theology Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Nathan Bieniek at nbieniek@bu.edu.
  • Does anyone know if they are strict about the specialization and focus?
    • Yes. Boston University (as most top tier schools) are very strict about the focus. If you haven't published anything in religion and (natural) science, don't bother for this one.
  • Recieved invitation to inverview at AAR in Baltimore (X1) [posted 10/31]
  • Skype interview with BU.
  • Invitation for on-campus interview (posted 12/19)
  • have heard that they have somebody in mind
  • Is the "somebody" me?
  • Job offer accepted (2/28)
  • Does anyone know if they have announced who actually got the position, or if it can be posted here?
  • Wiki isn't really for posting identities; at some point, they'll post courses for the fall, and it should be easy to figure out then.

Brooklyn College - CUNY - Islamic StudiesEdit

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Brooklyn College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Islamic Studies, beginning Fall Semester 2014. Applicants must be prepared to teach a wide range of courses on Islamic religion, history, and thought from the classical period to the present day. The successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in the College's interdisciplinary program in Religious Studies. Commitment to research. Usual committee responsibilities. All appointments are subject to financial availability. QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. required. Evidence of scholarly excellence and outstanding teaching. The position is open to candidates in any area of specialization within Islamic Studies. HOW TO APPLY STEP ONE: To be considered for this position, please submit your application online by clicking on "Apply Now" below. Applicants should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence, and a writing sample in doc, pdf or rtf format.

STEP TWO: All applicants are required to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted electronically by their recommenders as described below. Please go to http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/hrref/?45 and enter the contact information for three (3) recommenders. The online system will automatically send your recommenders a request to submit a letter via the system. Full instructions will be provided. Emailed or hard copy applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact HR at 718-951-5131.

  • CLOSING DATE: Open until filled with the review of applications to begin on November 5, 2013.
  • LINK to APPLY
  • does anyone know anything about the teaching loads for Brooklyn College? They seem to be in flux. I saw something about 2/3, but not sure if that is current.
  • It's 3/3
  • anyone hear from Brooklyn College yet? (11/10)
  • Nope, no news so far (11/12). x2
  • Still no news? (11/18)
  • Nothing on 11/19, the description doesn't mention anything about the AAR, so maybe they won't be conducting interviews there? It looks like the main faculty member in charge of the search is in history.
  • Has anyone heard any news on this one; it's been an awfully long silence.
  • Not yet, but my friend who works at another CUNY campus said the hiring process at CUNY is often quite long.
  • E-mail invitation for Skype Interview - 12/9 (x2)
  • I'm guessing this is a long shot at this point but - any news on this one? (2/6)
  • campus visits are underway (2/7)
  • Many thanks for the update.
  • Has an offer been made? (2/24)

California Lutheran University - Global Christianity or Global IslamEdit

California Lutheran University's Department of Religion invites applications for a tenure track position (assistant professor) to begin August, 2014. Candidates should have a completed Ph.D. by that date, training in social-scientific methodologies, and a focus in Global Christianity or Global Islam. In addition, the successful candidate will incorporate innovative pedagogies, demonstrate excellence in teaching, seek collegial opportunities for interdisciplinary work, and be committed to the study of religion in a Liberal Arts institution at an ELCA related University. The typical teaching load is 6 courses per year (3 per semester), including 3 courses in an area of expertise and 3 courses of CLUs general education Religion requirement, Introduction to Christianity.

  • Applications should include a letter of application, CV, a one page statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and a faculty employment application (found at http://www.callutheran.edu/hr/documents/FacultyAppSept12.pdf). Submissions should be sent electronically to Julia L. Fogg, Ph.D., Chair of the Religion Department, c/o Randy Toland at Toland@callutheran.edu . Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration.
  • Recieved email from chair that my application was complete
  • Emailed to set up phone interview (12/7) (x2)
  • Was told not to expect any updates until after Jan. break, so maybe late Jan./early Feb.
  • Received email invitation for campus visit (12/18)
  • Offer has been made
  • Offer has been accepted

California State University, Fresno - Asian ReligionsEdit

Position Summary: The Department is currently accepting applications for a tenure-track position in Asian Religions at the Assistant Professor rank with a Fall 2014 start date. We are seeking expertise in one tradition with competence in a second. These may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, etc. This position emphasizes teaching undergraduate students, conducting research, and engaging in service. Opportunities to teach in Peace and Conflict Studies are available.

Overview: The Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno offers B.A. degrees with concentrations in Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Pre-Law. We also host the University's interdisciplinary Ethics Center, Middle East Studies program, and Peace and Conflict Studies program.

Faculty Responsibilities: As educators, scholars, colleagues and community members faculty have a responsibility to uphold the standards and ethics called upon by the profession. Regular responsibilities include research, publication, and other scholarly activities, as well as advising students and engaging in service at all levels of the university.

Required Education: An earned Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a closely related discipline from an accredited U.S. institution (or international equivalent) is required. Doctoral candidates (ABDs) will be considered; however, candidates must have the doctorate completed by 8/18/2014 for an appointment.

Required Experience: Evidence of success in teaching and research. A publication history commensurate with years of experience. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment and/or ability to work with diverse faculty, staff, and students. The University is committed to promoting the success of all, and to reducing the barriers to success related to differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and more. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. For additional information on the University's commitment to diversity visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity .

Preferred Qualifications: Research experience in the country or countries of specialty. Graduate level competency in an Asian language. An interest in the religiously diverse populations of California's San Joaquin Valley. An interest in and ability to contribute to the Peace and Conflict Studies program.

  • Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials before November 15, 2013. Applications must be submitted electronically using the University's online system accessed from http://jobs.fresnostate.edu and include the following file attachments: (1) Cover Letter addressing qualifications and experience; (2) Curriculum Vitae; (3) Statement of Teaching Philosophy including experiences with diverse students; (4) Unofficial Transcript from the Ph.D. granting institution. A writing sample and minimum of three letters of recommendation will be requested from semi-finalists, and official transcripts from finalists. For inquiries contact: Dr. Vincent F. Biondo, III, Search Committee Chair; California State University, Fresno; Department of Philosophy; 2380 E Keats Ave M/S MB105, Fresno, CA 93740; Phone: 559-278-2621; E-mail: vbiondo@csufresno.edu.
  • Updates anyone?
  • Is there information about their timeline?
  • Does anyone know where this search stands? Any follow-up news to report? (12/24)
  • No clue, but would love to hear something. Happy holidays to all!
  • Email invitation for the phone interview (12/30)
  • Any updates post phone interviews? (1/31)
  • Updates? (2/24)

California State University, Sacramento - European Medieval and Early Modern Culture (fields incl. Religions)Edit

California State University, Sacramento - Islamic StudiesEdit

  • California State University, Sacramento, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies to begin Fall 2014. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with languages of Islamic cultures, and will be able to traverse disciplinary boundaries and connect the study of religion to other cultural aspects. Preference will be given to candidates with competence in one or more of the following areas: ancient Near Eastern cultures, Asian Islamic cultures, African Islamic and indigenous cultures, global religions, gender and religion. Applicants must have a doctorate in hand at the time of appointment.
  • Applicants are to submit a letter of application, official transcripts of all graduate-level work (unofficial copies accepted until invited for interview), a current curriculum vita, contact information of at least three recent references, and a statement of teaching and scholarly interests to: Jeffrey Brodd, Chair, Dept. of Humanities & Religious Studies, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6083. For a detailed vacancy announcement, please visit http://www.csus.edu/hr/facultyvacancies/vacancies.html.
  • To ensure consideration, applications should be received by January 20, 2014; position open until filled. AA/EEO Employer. CleryAct statistics available. Mandated reporter requirements. Criminal background check may be required.
  • Received email requesting recommendation letters (1/23/14). (x2)
  • Can you clarify? The job listing asks for contact information for referees, which indicates to me that the committee would contact the referees directly. Did they ask you to have your referees submit letters, or did they ask you to submit the contact information (ie, perhaps your application was incomplete)?
  • they asked for three recommendations, I sent them through Interfolio (x2)
  • Thank you. Good luck!
  • so does this mean they have narrowed down the pool of candidates?
  • It seems that they are still in the process of narrowing. They are making "due diligence" telephone calls to references provided by the candidates, presumably to check the credentials of candidates they intend to interview. No interview calls yet. (x2)
  • email request for Skype interview (2/18/2014) (x2)
  • Any word on whether these interviews via Skype are preliminary, to be followed by campus visits? (2/22/14)
  • Yes, skype interviews are to be followed by campus visits. Invitations to campus will be sent out at the end of this week. (2/24)
  • news anyone?
  • campus invitations sent out (3/11)
  • Rejection arrived by snail mail (3/10)
  • Email rejection (3/12)
  • Have they made an offer yet? (4/8)

Carroll College (MT) - New Testament and Spirituality/Pastoral TheologyEdit

Carroll College, Helena, MT, an independent, Catholic, diocesan, liberal arts college announces a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in New Testament beginning August 2014.

The position requires a doctorate degree in Theology/Religious Studies and a willingness to join our faculty team in curriculum development and assessment.

We seek candidates with expertise in New Testament and Spirituality/Pastoral Theology, and with interest in developing courses to complement our programs.

We seek an enthusiastic, effective teacher who has a commitment to Carroll’s Catholic Liberal Arts mission and who can bring students to understand and appreciate the Catholic Tradition.

Please electronically submit the following materials to the Office of Human Resources - employment@carroll.edu: 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vita; 3) copies of graduate school transcripts; 4) written response to Carroll’s mission statement that incorporates reflection on teaching and scholarship; 5) three letters of professional reference

  • Review of applications will begin October 15 , 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To view additional information about Carroll and the mission statement please visit our web site at http://www.carroll.edu.
  • Also posted at Biblical Studies 2013-2014
  • There appears to be an adjunct there doing NT, who appears to be the husband of another, tenure-tracked faculty member. Anyone know if this an inside hire situation?
  • NOTE from Biblical Studies page: "Skype interview scheduled 11/13"
  • - rejection letter received Jan. 2014

Case Western Reserve University - Catholic Studies (Senior Position)Edit

Case Western Reserve University invites applications and nominations for a full-time, tenured senior position as the Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies. Strong preference will be given to candidates whose distinguished record of scholarship and teaching explores some aspect of global Catholicism. Command of appropriate languages commensurate to an advanced research agenda will be required. The normal teaching load is 2 courses per semester.

The successful candidate will teach courses in Catholic studies, global Catholicism, as well as in theory and method in the academic study of religion. Appointment at the senior level will be in accord with the CWRU Faculty Handbook and the guidelines of the Department of Religious Studies.

Case Western Reserve University offers the student quality and class size of a strong liberal arts college, within one of the nation's major research universities.

  • Complete applications will include a letter describing the applicant's academic background and prior teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (sent separately by the recommender) to Ms Lauren Gallitto; Department of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University; 243 Tomlinson Hall, 10900 Euclid Avenue; Cleveland, OH 44106-7112; or send materials electronically through Interfolio or directly to lauren.gallitto@case.edu. Applications received by January 15, 2014 will receive full review. Additional information about the CWRU Department of Religious Studies may be found at http://www.case.edu/artsci/rlgn/.

Claremont McKenna College - IslamEdit

Claremont McKenna College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor of religious studies in the field of Islam. Applicants should be able to engage Islamic texts and traditions from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The normal teaching load is two courses per semester.

  • Procedures and Timetable: Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment in July 2014. Applications should contain CV, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please send electronic copies of all materials to: https://webapps.cmc.edu/jobs/faculty/login.php. Applications must be received by October 18, 2013, to ensure full consideration. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore.
  • Any news on this job? (11/8)
  • No, I have not heard anything from them so far (11/8). (x5)
  • I have been contacted by them today by email with an interview offer for the AAR meeting (11/8) (x6)
  • Only 7 folks list Islam as their area of specialization (5 nahs, 5 yahs = 10). So much for demographics. Good luck to all who've landed interviews to date!
  • Does anyone know if they've scheduled campus interviews?
  • No, there has been no further communication after the interview (12/06)
  • Campus invitations have been sent. (are you a candidate?) date?
  • Earlier this month.
  • Can someone please confirm this with more information? Can someone confirm that they have received an actual invitation or rejection and if so, when? On another note: vague posts like these are not helpful. Without more information they are just rumor (12/11).
  • Disagree ^^^^. This person wants to preserve his or her anonymity while providing info. Be thankful that he/she even updated in the first place. I know the job cycle is crazy-making (I'm there too), but let's read charity into the comments. [x3]
  • any updates? (3/8/2014)
  • -Position was offered and declined. Apparently there were 4 finalists so must have gone to the next candidate.
  • -Seems like the second finalist also declined the offer and the search has failed.
  • - How do we know the search has "failed"?  Maybe they have moved to number 3.
  • -remaining finalists were emailed and told so. [posted 3/15]

Clemson University - IslamEdit

  • Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Islam. In addition to an active research agenda, the ability to teach existing courses on the history of Islam and on the Qur'an as well as upper -level seminars in the candidate's area of specialization, is essential. Must also be willing to teach Studying Religion: Theories and Methods, a required course for majors, on a rotating basis with other department faculty. Excellence in both undergraduate teaching and scholarship is essential.
  • Send letter of application detailing qualifications, C.V., and complete dossier including evidence of teaching ability, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Steven Grosby, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Philosophy & Religion, 126D Hardin Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0528. We cannot accept materials by fax or electronic attachments. Preliminary interviews will take place at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore.
  • Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by: October 25, 2013.
  • Any news? (11/12)
  • Email invitation for AAR interview (11/12) (x4)
  • updates anyone? (1/12)
  • from a trusted source: campus invitations were sent out recently
  • Offer made and accepted
  • What is the specialization?

Clemson University - African American ReligionsEdit

The Clemson University Department of Philosophy and Religion seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of African-American religious traditions to begin August 15, 2014.  We are looking for a specialist in African American Religions with an active research agenda who is also prepared to teach existing courses on the History of Religion in the United States.Must also be able to teach Studying Religion: Theories and Methods, a required course for majors, on a rotating basis with other department faculty.  Excellence in both undergraduate teaching and scholarship is essential.  Ph.D. by December 2014.

Send letter of application detailing qualifications, C.V., and complete dossier including a writing sample (no more than 25 pages), evidence of teaching ability, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Steven Grosby, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Philosophy & Religion, 126 D Hardin Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0528. We cannot accept materials by fax or as attachments. Deadline for application is April 7, 2014, but consideration of applications will occur immediately. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.Clemson is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.

Clemson University, with a student body of nearly 20,000, is a top-25 national public university according to the latest U.S. New and World Report rankings and combines the scientific and technological horsepower of a major research university with the academic and social environment of a small college. It is situated half way between Charlotte and Atlanta in South Carolina’s rapidly growing Upstate region.

Any news (4/10)? 

  • Emailed with search committe: Likely will cancel search (4/11)
  • To the comments above: How are they going to cancel a search already with an application deadline of only April 7, 2014. (4/14).
  • Well they did pull the search until the fall and interview then at AAR. Very disappointing. (4/15)
  • Testing the waters... the waters, I guess, were shallow--but weird time to start a search (4/16)
  • I am not remotely attached to this search in any way (I know nothing about the department, nor is this my area) but it could be that their funding came into question. It isn't necessarily about the candidates. Again, this is a totally ignorant $.02.

College of St. Scholastica (MN) - Catholic Studies DirectorEdit

The College of St. Scholastica, a Catholic Benedictine college dedicated to providing our students intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living, invites applications for a tenure-track position as Director of The Braegelman Catholic Studies Program within the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, beginning August 2014. Rank and salary commensurate with experience.

The Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies is endowed by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery to foster critical reflection and dialogue on faith and reason in a Catholic Benedictine context. The program consists of a major and minor as well as general education requirements. Catholic Studies courses aim to broaden students' grasp of the accumulated wisdom of the past so that challenges of the present may be met with wisdom, faith, and imagination. An Advisory Committee comprised of sisters, faculty and community representation assists the program in evaluation and goal setting.

Candidates should be well-versed in the Roman Catholic intellectual tradition and bring vision, creative energy, and a commitment to advancing the program to its full potential. She or he must be a collaborative colleague prepared to recruit majors and minors and create enrichment activities for the College community, regional Catholic institutions, and the general public. They should be able to develop multi-disciplinary partnerships with College faculty as well as be prepared to teach basic and advanced courses in Catholic theology and related cognate areas. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to building partnerships with diverse audiences in the College and the wider Catholic community. She or he will collaborate with faculty and staff to contribute to and participate in fostering a culture of inclusion in support of College diversity goals.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Catholic Studies or Catholic Theology by the starting date of the appointment. An active scholarly agenda is required. She or he must be committed to undergraduate teaching and mentoring and possess organizational and administrative skills; proven ability to work collaboratively; demonstrated experience interacting effectively with diverse students, faculty and staff and demonstrated experience in promoting dialogue with diverse perspectives. Familiarity with the Benedictine tradition as well as multidisciplinary experience preferred.

  • Please submit a letter of intent, current C.V., and a philosophy of teaching with the online application at https://www.csshrjobs.com. Applicants wishing to be considered for an initial interview at the AAR/SBL meeting in Baltimore should submit their application no later than November 15, 2013. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
  • Any news here? (01/03)
  • I did NOT interview at AAR, but had email from head of dept saying that they are conducting interviews (01/22)
  • I interviewed at AAR and have heard nothing since. (1/22) (x3)
  • Campus interviews being scheduled (2/5)
  • Email rejection of application (2/10) x2
  • When are on-campus interviews?

College of William and Mary - HinduismEdit

  • The Department of Religious Studies of the College of William and Mary seeks applications for a tenure track position in Hinduism at the level of assistant professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment (August 10, 2014), teaching experience, and professional competence in the appropriate language(s). Preference will be given to those who can also teach Theory and Method in Religious Studies. The College of William and Mary emphasizes research and publication along with teaching excellence. Candidates must apply online at https:/jobs.wm.edu. Submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter including a statement of research and teaching experience. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.
  • For full consideration, submit application materials by October 31, 2013. Applicants who submit materials by this deadline will be considered for interviews at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore in November. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed. The College is an EEO/AA employer. The College conducts background checks on applicants for employment.
  • AAR interview request (via email) - (Congrats! If possible, can you please tell us if you are a PhD candidate or with degree in hand?) x4 11/14 (2- degree in hand, 2-ABD)
  • Request for additional materials (via email) x7 11/11
  • Heard there was an internal candidate who already taught there for a year?
  • Campus interview invitation via email [12/9]
  • May I know what specialization?
  • Updates?
  • offer made/accepted

College of Wooster (OH) - American Religious HistoryEdit

  • The College of Wooster invites applications for an assistant professor (tenure track) position in American Religious History in the Department of Religious Studies, beginning August 2014. The successful candidate should be a Religious Studies teacher-scholar focused on the history of religions in America, with research and training centered on the 19th century to the present but able to teach the full historical scope. Teaching profile includes: an Introductory course on American Religious Communities, and upper level courses which could include Global Christianity, New Age Religious Movements, American Catholicism, Native American Religions or other upper-level courses appropriate for undergraduate students on topics that reflect the candidate’s expertise. The position requires sometime who can treat the religious, ethnic, racial and gender diversity of America’s religious history and who can effectively address religious pluralism. The position includes directing and supporting students working on Junior and Senior Independent Study program. Applicants will also be expected to contribute to the College’s First Year Seminar Program. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field.
  • Send application letter, c.v., graduate transcripts, reference letters, and other supporting materials (e.g., sample syllabi, scholarly work, brief descriptions of proposed courses) by November 30, 2013. Electronic submission of materials is preferred to Santha Schuch (sschuch@wooster.edu).
  • I noted that with both this search the other (Biblical studies) that Wooster is running, there seem to be Visiting Assistants in the Religious Studies Department that closely match the desired descriptions. Does anyone have inside knowledge as to whether the end results of these searches is already determined? That is, could they be little more than attempts to fulfill some institutional requirement for national searches prior to hiring? (9/23)
  • The descriptions are indeed a suspiciously close match to their VAPs. I'm a little bewildered by the closing date. On one had, if it's simply an institutional requirement, they posted the job very early for an 11-30 deadline. On the other hand, that early posting may indicate there will not be a lengthy process (no AAR interviews, for example). If you're like me, though, you have to err on the side of Wooster's true openness to outside/unknown candidates. VAPs can be types of inside candidates, but one never knows the situation on the ground (nor does one know what the VAP may have in the way of offers this coming year).
  • I am positive I saw one of the two VAP "ICs" waiting to do an interview at the AAR employment center. Since I highly doubt they would have travelled to interview for "their" position, I have to assume that they were there to interview for positions elsewhere. This confirmed for me what many others on the forum have said: maybe it is helpful to know if there is a possible "inside candidate", but STILL APPLY because you never know what offers the "IC" may have or the reasons you might be more attractive than the supposed "IC" (11/26).
  • Of course the VAPs were at AAR. They would be extremely naive not to be applying elsewhere. No one can assume they have anything in the bag, even if there have been many winks and nods along the way. Their presence at AAR, however, does not indicate that they *don't* have an advantage at their home institution. Wooster may be inclined toward hiring him/her. These ICs are acting wisely by applying widely. And, there's always the possiblity that a more attractive offer could be in their futures. So go to the campus invite and do your best.
  • So, aside from the speculation on ICs, etc, has anyone heard anything on this position?
  • Well, hey there College of Wooster. Aren't you sassy sending out your Affirmative Action statements more than two months after your application deadline. (2/3, AA survery received via email) x5
  • Right there with you--although HR depts are often not on the same page as the hiring dept., this is kind of horribly funny. So, is "Outside Candidate" an acceptable answer for any of the HR self-identification questions?
  • Very short notice request for campus interview: scheduled today, visiting next week, no phone interview beforehand. Anyone else? (2/3) --> Yes, they called last week, same (2/4)
  • Congrats to the previous poster (better late than never, eh?). I think we're starting to see some pieces fall into place as some American Religion positions get filled, and some institutions start reshuffling and readjusting as candidates withdraw. I have little hard evidence for this re: this year and this search, but I've watched the market the past few years, and February into early March is typically a nutty time.
  • Request for campus interview (2/13) Someone withdrew, I suppose?
  • Saw on fb that a candidate was offered and accepted the job (3/3)
  • Official email rejection (3/17)

College of Wooster (OH) - Religious Studies / Biblical StudiesEdit

Columbia Theological Seminary (GA) - American Religious & Cultural HistoryEdit

Columbia Theological Seminary, a graduate educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), invites applications or nominations for a tenure-track, faulty position in American Religious and Cultural History. The successful candidate will teach required and elective courses in all degree level programs and non-degree programs, including the Center for Lifelong Learning. The successful candidate will be a historian whose primary field is American Religious and Cultural History from the pre-colonial period to the present. Special interest in church history focusing on the American South is highly desirable. Demonstrated knowledge of Presbyterian and Reformed history is essential as is demonstrated understanding of the histories, experiences, and cultures from the Americas and other regions of the global church, and American religious communities other than Christian. Commitment to the formation of students for service in the mission of the church with special attention to diversities of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, ecclesial traditions, theological and pastoral identities is highly desirable. The successful candidate should have completed the PhD (or equivalent) at the time of employment, July 1, 2014.

  • Applications or nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, and may be sent to HistoricalDoctrinalSearchCommittee@ctsnet.edu. CTS is an EEO employer seeking a diverse work force.
  • e-mail request for additional materials and AAR interview on 11/8 (posted 11/8) (x3)
  • email request for AAR interview on 11/11 (x3)
  • e-mail invitation for on-campus visit/request of some additional materials (posted 12/2)--I got the sense from the committee that their process is a little spread out, so don't get too worried if you had a preliminary interview and have not been contacted.
  • As several of the Religion in America searches seems to be rolling/resolving, an update here that may help all of us to clarify the general state of things: scheduled for a campus visit in Feb.--knew it would happen in Jan, just scheduled it about two weeks ago. Sorry for the delay posting (2/13)

Columbia Theological Seminary (GA) - TheologyEdit

Assistant Professor Theology-Tenure Track. Columbia Theological Seminary, a graduate educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track, faculty position in Theology. The successful candidate will teach required and elective courses in all degree level programs and non-degree programs, including the Center for Lifelong Learning. The candidate should have particular expertise in Reformed theology. The candidate should have demonstrated interest in and passion for teaching that engages diversity in service of the mission of the church including age, culture, ethnicity, gender, ecclesial traditions. Commitment to the formation of students in their theological and pastoral identities is highly desirable. Women and racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply. The candidate should have completed the PhD (or equivalent) at the time of employment, July 1, 2014. *Applications or nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, and may be sent to HistoricalDoctrinalSearchCommittee@ctsnet.edu. CTS is an EEO employer seeking a diverse work force.

  • Invitation by e-mail to AAR interview. (11 Nov) (x2)

Columbia University - Sheng Yen Chair in Chinese BuddhismEdit

The Departments of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University invite applications for a joint appointment to the Sheng Yen Chair in Chinese Buddhism, at the level of tenure-track assistant professor or tenure-track associate professor. Area of research and teaching specialization is open, although demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching is necessary. Ph.D. required by the time of appointment. Candidates will be expected to sustain an active research and publication agenda and teach in undergraduate and graduate programs.

  • Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching and research, dissertation abstract, three reference letters, writing sample, and samples of syllabi. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2013 and continue until position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AAR annual meeting in Baltimore in November.
  • For more information and to apply for the position, please use the following URL: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58085
  • Email invitation for AAR interview (11/11)
  • On-campus interview scheduled (12/12)
  • Anyone know what happened with this position? (4/15)

Copenhagen University (Denmark) - History of Religions (Religions in the Contemporary World)Edit

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University, Denmark, invites applications for an associate professorship in History of Religions to be filled by 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies works with languages, cultures, religion and society, primarily in the world outside Western Europe and the US. Cross-cultural competences and knowledge of the complexity of the world are of vital importance in the globalised world - politically, economically, and culturally.

Job content: The associate professorship is offered in the field of the History of Religions. In assessing research qualifications emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant has conducted research and published in the field of religion in its historical context: for instance modes of religious expression in text, image and practice and their roles in processes of historical change. The preferred focus for the research is the ancient religions of the Mediterranean and/or the Middle East.

It is particularly important that the applicant have a command of the language(s) relevant to his/her particular research and is thus able to conduct contextually well-grounded analyses. Moreover the research should document originality, innovative academic approaches as well as familiarity with the methods and theoretical reflections of the discipline of Religious Studies.

The successful applicant should be able to teach the modules History of Religions 1 and 2,ToRS Common Course - Science and Theory of Science and Individually Studied Area within the B.A. curriculum as well as modules within the M.A. curriculum (with the exception of Philosophy of Religion). The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of these courses. The successful applicant must be able to supervise PhD students.

The position also involves outreach activities as well as a certain number of administrative duties. The associate professor is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration, and also to manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, support assistant professors and participate in academic assessment panels.

For further information about the position please contact the Head of Department Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail: i-leder.tors@hum.ku.dk

  • The post will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, see http://www.movingtodenmark.ku.dk. If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark before you apply for a position at University of Copenhagen. See: http://ism.ku.dk/ , http://workingconditions.ku.dk/ and https://www.workindenmark.dk/. The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.
  • The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, 18 February 2014. Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered. Please quote reference number 211-0109/13-4000 in your application
  • LINK to Apply

Copenhagen University (Denmark) - History of Religions (Religions in Historical Time)Edit

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University, Denmark, invites applications for an associate professorship in History of Religions to be filled by 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies works with languages, cultures, religion and society, primarily in the world outside Western Europe and the US. Cross-cultural competences and knowledge of the complexity of the world are of vital importance in the globalised world - politically, economically, and culturally.

Job content: The associate professorship is offered in the field of the History of Religions. In assessing research qualifications emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant has conducted research and published in the field of religion in its historical context: for instance modes of religious expression in text, image and practice and their roles in processes of historical change. The preferred focus for the research is the ancient religions of the Mediterranean and/or the Middle East.

It is particularly important that the applicant have a command of the language(s) relevant to his/her particular research and is thus able to conduct contextually well-grounded analyses. Moreover the research should document originality, innovative academic approaches as well as familiarity with the methods and theoretical reflections of the discipline of Religious Studies.

The successful applicant should be able to teach the modules History of Religions 1 and 2,ToRS Common Course - Science and Theory of Science and Individually Studied Area within the B.A. curriculum as well as modules within the M.A. curriculum (with the exception of Philosophy of Religion). The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of these courses.

The successful applicant must be able to supervise PhD students.

The position also involves outreach activities as well as a certain number of administrative duties. The associate professor is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration, and also to manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, support assistant professors and participate in academic assessment panels. For further information about the position please contact the Head of Department Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail: i-leder.tors@hum.ku.dk

  • The post will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, see http://www.movingtodenmark.ku.dk. If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark before you apply for a position at University of Copenhagen. See : http://ism.ku.dk/ , http://workingconditions.ku.dk/ and https://www.workindenmark.dk/. The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.
  • The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, 19 February 2014. Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered. Please quote reference number 211-0110/13-4000 in your application
  • LINK to APPLY

DePauw University (IN) - BuddhismEdit

  • Tenure-track position in Buddhism (East Asia) beginning August 2014. Rank/salary commensurate with experience. Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field preferred; ABDs considered. Broad training in study of religion in addition to East Asian Buddhist Studies. Commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching within liberal arts setting essential. Teaching: introductory comparative Buddhism and religious traditions of East Asia; upper-level Buddhist traditions of China and Japan. See http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/religious-studies/. Pre-tenure leave and funding for professional and curriculum development available: http://www.depauw.edu/offices/academic-affairs/faculty-development/.
  • Send, in electronic (PDF) format, application letter, CV, statement of teaching interests, statement of scholarly interest, three reference letters, graduate transcripts, and, if you wish, evidence of teaching accomplishments to: religionsearchbuddhism@depauw.edu.
  • Applications received until November 1, 2013; will interview shortlisted candidates at American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meetings, November 23-26.
  • Any news?
  • shortlisted candidates have been invited to interview at AAR/SBL
  • rejection email received (12/5)
  • On-campus interview scheduled (12/20)

Davidson College (NC) - Religions of East AsiaEdit

The DAVIDSON COLLEGE Department of Religion invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Religions of East Asia, to begin August 1, 2014. Qualifications for this position include a Ph.D., an ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in the religions of East Asia, familiarity with the methods and perspectives of religious studies, and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary ventures of the department and college.

  • Davidson is a highly-selective, independent liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina, close to the city of Charlotte. The College has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Davidson faculty enjoy a low faculty-student ratio, as well as an environment that honors excellence in teaching and offers support for research. Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.
  • Applicants should visit the college employment Web site at https://jobs.davidson.edu to begin the application process, which will include the electronic submission of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy. The electronic process will also include means for the submission of graduate school transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Applications received after October 31 may not receive full consideration. Preliminary interviews will be held at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, Nov. 23-26. Inquiries about the position may be directed to H. Gregory Snyder, Chair of the Religion Department (grsnyder@davidson.edu).
  • 11/08 Anyone heard about additional materials / interviews yet? I know the deadline was pretty late but AAR is approaching.
  • 11/12 AAR interview scheduled
  • 12/13 Campus interviews scheduled (3 finalists)
  • 2/3--Have campus interview been completed? Anyone else have word yet?
  • Campus interview completed (2/3)

Denison University - Religion / Biblical StudiesEdit

  • The Denison University Department of Religion invites applicants for an entry level tenure-track position in Biblical Studies, beginning August 1, 2014. Candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the department’s curriculum and faculty are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Teaching responsibilities are five courses per year, including a core course required for majors. The candidate must be prepared to teach wide-ranging thematic courses that deal with Biblical Studies within historical and comparative contexts, and that address varied interpretive communities and perspectives. Areas of additional teaching could include courses on Jewish history, Christian history, and the Bible in global contexts. Courses should engage undergraduates within the context of a liberal-arts education. Religion faculty members may contribute to Denison’s interdisciplinary programs (Black Studies, East Asian Studies, Queer Studies, Women’s Studies, and International Studies).
  • Ph.D. must be in hand by August, 2014, and undergraduate teaching experience is preferred. Evidence of a scholarly agenda is expected. We will begin reading applications on September 15, 2013, in preparation for interviewing selected candidates at the November 2013 AAR/SBLmeeting in Baltimore.
  • To be assured full consideration, please apply at Denison’s website https://employment.denison.edu by September 15, 2013. Position open until filled. Required Applicant Documents: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Philosophy, Syllabi, and Recommendations (3)
  • Also posted at Biblical Studies 2013-2014
  • NOTE from Biblical Studies page: "Email invitation to interview at the AAR (11/7) (x2)"

Denison University - Religion / Ethics (2013 Postion)Edit

  • Opened June 4 and closed June 28th. Department would not describe the position and referred to human resources. ---> see full post at Religious Studies 2012-2013

Eastern Mennonite University - Assistant Professor of Christian Formation, Preaching and WorshipEdit

Tenure track, continuing faculty position in Christian Formation, Preaching, and Worship; readiness to contribute to a generous Anabaptism and a richly ecumenical student body.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach Christian Formation and courses in such formation-related and Practical Theology areas as Preaching, Worship, Christian Education, Leadership; potentially direct the Preaching Institute. Lead broader Christian Formation initiatives stressing ownership and nurture of formation resources by all faculty. Coordinate with more specialized Spiritual Formation and Direction courses and resources, including Summer Institute in Spiritual Formation. (A secondary appointment in the Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate Bible and Religion Department may be explored.)

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD, ThD or equivalent terminal degree. Track record indicating potential for effective teaching and scholarship. Ongoing professional experience/scholarship expected.

COMPENSATION: Nine-month contract. Salary and rank determined by education and experience. EMU uses a tenure track contract system.

APPOINTMENT DATE: Position begins fall 2014. EMS reserves the right to fill the position at anytime or keep the position open. Rank to be determined according to qualifications and experience, assistant professorship strongly preferred.

  • INQUIRIES: Application review begins immediately; candidates prioritized for further conversation to be notified by Dec. 31, 2013. After the initial inquiry, some applicants may be asked for transcripts, three references, and further engagement with EMS/EMU mission and values. Send application letter (e-mail preferred) and curriculum vitae by Nov. 15, 2013 to: Dr. Michael A. King Vice President Seminary Dean Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA 22802 michael.king@emu.edu http://www.emu.edu

Eckerd College (FL) - Buddhism or HinduismEdit

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, tenure-track position, to start in September 2014. Ph.D. with specialization in Buddhism or Hinduism, and demonstrable professional and teaching competence in both. Teach seven courses (3-1-3) per academic year, including a survey course in Non-Western Religions, as well as a regular rotation in Introduction to Religious Studies and a senior capstone course concerning method and theory in the study of religion. Participation in an interdisciplinary, values-oriented general education program is required, including regular rotation in a two-semester freshman course. Opportunities to take students abroad. Eckerd College, the only independent national liberal arts college in Florida, has a tradition of innovative education and teaching/mentoring excellence.

  • Send a letter of application, vita, teaching evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation by October 11, 2013 to http://www.eckerd.edu/hr/employment Inquiries to Dr. David J. Bryant, bryantdj@eckerd.edu. Qualified candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for the College. EOE. Applications from women and minorities encouraged.
  • Received invitation to interview at AAR (x4) (10/30/2013).
  • PhD in Buddhism (Primary) and Hinduism (Secondary) with teaching experience in both areas.
  • PhD in Hinduism, with teaching experience in South Asian Religions. X2
  • Campus Invite (12/11)
  • May I ask what specialization?
  • Received nice rejection email letting me know that they have already scheduled 3 on-campus visits (01/09/2014)
  • Have any offers been made?

Elizabethtown College (PA) - African American ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Elizabethtown College invites applications for a tenure-track position in African-American Religions, beginning in Fall 2014. The candidate hired for this position will enhance the Departments ongoing efforts to incorporate a greater array of diverse religious traditions and cultural experiences into its curriculum as well as helping the College to realize its goal of promoting understanding across religious and cultural boundaries in keeping with the historic peacemaking mission of its founders.

Teaching responsibilities (3-3 course load) include a first-year seminar developed by the instructor in a subject of his or her interest and expertise, as well as introductory and advanced courses in Religious Studies. The ability to teach courses on Islam preferred. The ability to develop courses in interreligious engagement, religion and politics, religion and gender, and peace and conflict studies would also complement the departments strengths. Undergraduate advising and research with students are also expected.

Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field expected (ABDs nearing degree completion will be considered) Candidates must demonstrate successful college teaching experience and/or a strong commitment to teaching and advising undergraduates. Candidates must demonstrate promise for continuing research and publication.

Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, Elizabethtown College offers its 1,900 students more than 47 academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies. Driven by its commitment to Educate for Service, Elizabethtown centers learning in strong relationships, links classroom instruction with experiential learning, emphasizes international and cross-cultural perspectives and nurtures the capacity for lives of purpose and leadership as global citizens. For more information, consult http://www.etown.edu.

  • To apply, candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, further evidence demonstrating commitment to the teaching and advising of undergraduate students, and the Colleges faculty information form (found at http://www.etown.edu/offices/humanresources/careers/aspx): hr@etown.edu (preferred) -OR- Elizabethtown College, Attn: Human Resources, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
  • For more information visit: http://www.etown.edu/offices/human-resources/
  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion meeting in November.
  • Any news on this one? AAR is fast approaching. (11/16)
  • Contacted for AAR interview on 11/18
  • Skype interview scheduled for 12/11 (was not asked to interview at AAR).
  • Notified that I was not a finalist for campus visit via email on 12/16 (interviewed at AAR)
  • Invited for on-campus interview on 12/16

Elon University (NC) - Director, Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and SocietyEdit

  • Elon University invites applications for Director of the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, a two-thirds administrative and one-third (two courses per year) teaching position. The primary responsibilities of the Director are to lead the Center to become a national model for 1) creating a premier research-oriented interdisciplinary program in the study of religion that promotes significant scholarship among faculty and excellence in undergraduate research on religion, culture and society; 2) integrating academic approaches to the study of religion into the University's co-curricular multi-faith initiatives; 3) fostering public conversations between academics and religious and community leaders about emerging and enduring issues related to religion, culture and society.
  • Reporting to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Director is the visible leader for advancing the goals of the CSRCS. Working with an interdisciplinary advisory committee, and in conjunction with the multi-faith center advisory board, the Director will be responsible for developing CSRCS initiatives (e.g., a year-long research colloquia and events that bring together faculty, staff, students, community leaders, and the public for conversation about current intersections between religion and the public square), pursue funding for the CSRCS, and support the goals of multi-faith efforts at Elon.
  • In filling this 12-month position, we seek a proven administrator with an active scholarly agenda in the academic study of religion and a record of effective teaching. Among the skills and experience we seek are long-range planning; program development and implementation; ability to collaborate with faculty and staff across disciplines; leadership development and group facilitation; budget management; and grant writing and fundraising. The candidate should have expertise in the study of religion, although the field of study is open. Those fields may include but are not restricted to anthropology, art history, communications, ethics, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and sociology. Ph.D. required.
  • Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at http://www.elon.edu.
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be received by November 8 to be assured of consideration. Submit a letter of application and a C.V. to the attention of Dr. Anthony Hatcher, Search Committee Chair, to CSRCSsearch@elon.edu. Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.
  • Anyone heard anything about this position? (12/12) I haven't yet (12/12) Nothing here either (12/16)
  • rejection email received 12/31 (x2)
  • Skype interviews conducted first week of February.
  • Anyone heard anything further (3/5)?
  • they sent out an email a while back stating they had chosen the candidate
  • Previous post: can you offer more details about the e-mail? I was told that the search is still open and candidates are brought to campus in April.

Episcopal Divinity School (MA) - Church HistoryEdit

Episcopal Divinity School invites applications and nominations for a full-time, tenure-track position in Church History, rank open, commencing July 1, 2014. We are particularly interested in candidates who can creatively combine Anglican and Episcopal History with one or more of the following areas: Practical Theology, utilizing contemporary contextual analysis and the social sciences; Missiology, including the missional calling of the church in a postmodern, postcolonial, interfaith, and digital world; and Religion and Society, including new religious and social movements.

Candidates should hold a completed PhD degree or its equivalent at the time of appointment. Experience with and/or ordination in the Episcopal Church is desired. Candidates should be able to teach a broad range of students at MDiv, MATS, and DMin levels, including those preparing for ordination in the Episcopal Church, as well as ministry in other Christian denominations. Experience in the use of educational technologies is required.

For a complete description of the position along with application information, please consult the EDS website at http://www.eds.edu

  • Deadline: November 1, 2013.
  • Emailed rejection 11/8. That was fast. x4 (no kidding!)
  • Request for AAR interview [posted 11/21]

Fairfield University - American ReligionEdit

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in American Religion, beginning in the fall of 2014.

The candidate must hold the Ph.D. with a specialization in the study of religion in the United States, be prepared to demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching, and show promise of scholarly contributions to the field of religion. The successful candidate for this position will teach three courses per semester in a department that serves the Universitys undergraduate curriculum, be eager to teach both the departments required Introduction to Religious Studies and a variety of courses in her/his specialty, enjoy advising and mentoring students, and engage in appropriate departmental, university, and professional service. We seek a scholar to complement our departments strengths, and will also value one who might contribute to the many interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Fairfield University is a highly-selective institution in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition, consistently ranked among the top four comprehensive universities in the North by The U.S. News & World Report. The serious exploration of religion is a central part of the institution's mission and identity. Fairfield University, located in southeastern Connecticut 52 miles from New York City and 18 miles from New Haven, is situated on a beautiful 230 acre campus. The Department of Religious Studies enjoys a collegial culture that values intellectual exchange and active mentorship of junior faculty.

  • Applications consisting of a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be submitted by November 1, 2013 in order to receive consideration for preliminary interviews at the annual meeting of the AAR in Baltimore, MD. The search will be led by Dr. Nancy Dallavalle, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University; applications will be accepted only through our on-line process at https://www.axiommentor.com/fairfield/RS. Applications from minority and women scholars are strongly encouraged. EEO/AA employer. http://www.fairfield.edu
  • Invitation to AAR interview via email, 11/6 (x3)
  • Any word about on-campus invites?
  • I haven't heard a thing (1/10)
  • Invites were made in December. A colleague has a visit this month. (1/10)

Fuller Theological Seminary - Theology and CultureEdit

Fuller Theological Seminary invites candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture (with an emphasis in the arts) and Director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Houston, beginning September, 2014. Fuller is a multi-denominational seminary in the evangelical tradition that seeks candidates who share fully in its mission, are committed to theological education, work freely and creatively from out of its theological stance, and are committed to the training of men and women for leadership in both church and society. In particular, Fuller invites ethnic minority and women applicants to apply.

  • Review of the applications will begin September 23, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

Professional and Personal Qualifications: PhD or equivalent with a focus in theology and the arts, preferably with expertise in the visual arts. An advanced degree in theology and the ability to teach in other areas of the curriculum. Interest and experience in the relevance of the arts/art world for the church and its worship. Ability to work collegially with others throughout the Fuller campuses while leading the worship and arts initiative at Fullers Houston campus. Experience and/or promise in teaching and research, with publication record or promise thereof. Experience and/or promise in administrating a new program. Helpful, but not essential, is the ability to teach in Spanish; familiarity with black culture; expertise in an art form, and/or experience in ministry. Willingness to abide by community standards and to sign our Statement of Faith.

Teaching, Research and Administrative Work: Teach courses in theology and the arts with an emphasis in the visual arts, in theology and/or in worship both at the Houston campus and at the Pasadena campus. Lead in the organization and development of the Brehm Centers Houston initiative, including the ability to bridge between churches and artistic communities, connect with Texas congregations, plan and oversee arts-related events, and relate to the artistic communities in the region. Continue Fullers strong commitment to research and scholarship in theology and the arts.

Rank and Other Considerations: Assistant professor; tenure-track; position starting September 2014

  • Applications: To apply email cover letter and vitae to Dr. Robert K Johnston (johnston@fuller.edu), Chair, Faculty Search Committee.

George Mason University - Latin American Religion or African ReligionEdit

The George Mason University, Department of Religious Studies with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track appointment in either Latin American Religion or African Religion. Teaching load is 2-2, with one semester of paid pretenure leave and opportunities for summer research funding.

Qualifications: It is not required that candidates connect Latin America and Africa in their research or be competent in both. Preference will be given to candidates with scholarly expertise in both Christian and indigenous religious traditions in Latin America or Africa, and with the ability to offer courses on Christianity more broadly. Candidates should demonstrate familiarity with religious studies theory and methodology, as well as relevant social sciences such as anthropology or sociology. They must have a clear research agenda with strong evidence of future research potential. Additionally, they must demonstrate that they are effective, engaging and innovative undergraduate teachers. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to the department's curriculum in the cross-cultural study of religion, as well as to the college's interdisciplinary programs. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in-hand at time of appointment.

The department will interview selected candidates at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore, Md., November 23-26, 2013.

George Mason University is one of the fastest growing universities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and has a strong commitment to both research and teaching excellence. It is the largest state university in Virginia and boasts one of the nation's most ethnically and culturally diverse student populations.

  • For full consideration, applicants must apply online at http://jobs.gmu.edu for position number F9128z by October 15, 2013; complete the faculty application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Hard copies of the cover letter, CV, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation should be directed to: Dr. John Farina, Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 3F1, Fairfax, VA 22030.
  • --Received phone call for AAR interview. 11/1 (x2)
  • Rejection Letter 11/4
  • Post-AAR-interview rejection email received 11/27.
  • Invitation for on campus interview extended by phone on 12/11 (x1)
  • Offer made on 2/15
  • Offer accepted.

Georgetown University - American Religious and Philosophical ThoughtEdit

Georgetown University, Theology Department, invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in American Religious and Philosophical Thought. The area of expertise is open, but preference will be given to applicants whose research engages the religious dimensions of contemporary American philosophy, particularly Pragmatism. In addition, special consideration will be given to applicants who can provide undergraduate course offerings in areas not yet covered by the department's regular faculty (for example, science and religion). Starting date is August 2014. Candidates should be prepared to teach at all levels from introductory undergraduate courses to graduate seminars and to conduct and publish research. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the life of the university and of the department, which is large and collegial and committed to diverse approaches to the study of religion, and in the university's interdisciplinary American Studies Program. Ph.D. is expected at the time of appointment.

  • The deadline for applications is November 1, 2013. Applicants should submit a dossier, including letter of application, vita, and three letters of recommendation, to: Christopher Steck, Chair, Theology Department, Box 571135, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057-1135; email: theology@georgetown.edu. Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.
  • Anyone have any information on this position, or the department? Inside candidates or any of that?
  • Georgetown has a lectuerer in exactly this area (starting 2009). Maybe he is being given an opportunity here?
  • I don't see this listed any more@ AAR or Chronicle. Anyone know what's up?
  • It is still posted at H-Net (10/7)
  • This job isn't remotely close to what I do, but re: inside candidates: you can't worry about it. Just apply and let the chips fall where they fall. Trying too hard to read the tea leaves will just make you crazy. Apply and then don't think about it.
  • Pretty sure it is an inside candidate, though; rumor is it's written for the husband of one of their professors. He has been visiting there for a few years, I think. Anyway...
  • Request to interview at AAR by email, 11/9
  • Campus interview scheduled, 12/13
  • any more news on this?
  • Offer received, 2/7
  • Rejection letter received by email, 3/10.  Thank God for the wiki.
  • Offer accepted, 3/12.

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar - Theology/Study of Religion Edit

Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service aims to recruit one research-oriented faculty member in Theology/Study of Religion for a core faculty position in the School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q). Core faculty positions are full-time positions, which carry the job security, professional opportunities, and commitment to academic freedom associated with tenure-track appointments. Positions described in this advertisement are part of a large, multi-year strategic expansion of the SFS-Q faculty (http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/grow/).

We seek applications from qualified candidates at all ranks beyond the Ph.D., although we aim particularly to recruit at advanced assistant, associate and full ranks. We are looking especially for candidates whose research and teaching interests combine one or more of our priority areas below.

Religious areas: Islam: Law and Ethics, Politics and Society; Religions of East and South-East Asia; Judaism
Thematic areas: Contemporary Religious Trends and Movements; Religion and the Environment; Religion and International Affairs;Religion and the Arts

Applicants at advanced rank must have substantial research accomplishments and evidence of ambitious ongoing research agendas. Entry-level applicants must have exceptional promise of future research productivity, and an existing record of publication will be beneficial. Successful candidates will be expected to sustain a strong commitment to the conduct of major research endeavors in their fields of specialization.

All applicants must have outstanding teaching credentials and be committed to undergraduate teaching. The normal teaching load is 2-2. However, entry-level appointments carry course-load reductions during the first year. Junior colleagues are then eligible to apply for a junior research semester free of teaching. Colleagues who earn, or are appointed at, senior core faculty status (a tenure equivalent) are eligible to apply for periodic research sabbaticals. Successful candidates will be expected to teach lower division general education as well as upper-level courses in their areas of specialization.

Qatar offers a diverse, safe, and family-friendly environment. Compensation and expatriate benefits packages are highly competitive. Salary range is $110,000 - $191,000, depending on rank and experience - inclusive of a 2/9ths summer research stipend. SFS-Q provides generous research support and support for conference travel. SFS-Q faculty are eligible to apply for Qatar National Priorities Research Program grants from the Qatar National Research Fund. These competitive grants are up to $350,000 per year for up to three years. QNRF also offers competitive research grants for early-career scholars. (For more information see http://www.qnrf.org/.) For more information on the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, see http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/. For an appreciation of our broader development, and to find out more about life and work in Qatar and at SFS-Q, see our dedicated website on (http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/grow/).

  • Deadline for applications is 30 October 2013. First-round interviews will be held at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 23-26 in Baltimore, and/or via Skype video conferencing or alternative means between mid-November and early December. Campus visits to Doha for shortlisted candidates are provisionally scheduled to happen in January 2014.
  • Applicants at advanced rank should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three scholarly references. Entry-level candidates should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a chapter- or article-length sample of written work submitted (or about to be submitted) for publication, copies of teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation. Applications must be made via Georgetowns online application management system at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3140. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
  • Are people applying for this one?

>I think you should just assume that people are applying for every posting.

  • Let's not get chippy, friends. It's tough out there, so let's support each other rather than turn on each other
  • I applied for this, but no word. Anyone else? (11/10)
  • No nothing; I guess all the suspense will be over latest by this Friday if not before, if they want to meet at AAR. (11/10).
  • Inivited for interview at AAR (11/14). (x4)
  • For those invited, would you mind sharing your broader field?
  • For others who interviewed, did you get the sense that the search committe looked closely at your materials, esp. the writing sample? All the questions I received were very general, and am wondering whether others had the same experience.
  • Yes, I had the same experience but do not find that to be unusual in the least. Is this your first time interviewing?
  • thank you for the response. i have interviewed quite a bit, this just seemed somewhat at the extreme end of continuum. please report any campus visit invites!
  • Three finalists have been invited to Doha in January.
  • Oh No! There goes my $130 K.....best of luck to those invited
  • Offer accepted

Georgia State University - American ReligionsEdit

  • The Department of Religious Studies anticipates a tenure track hire at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2014, pending budgetary authority. Qualified candidates will work in the area of American religions, broadly conceived. The Department is particularly interested in candidates who can document a history of interdisciplinary research and/or collaboration. The successful candidate will complement existing research and programmatic strengths in the Department and will be able to fill gaps in course instruction that the current faculty cannot offer.
  • The Department will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2013, and anticipates interviewing candidates at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in November; review will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, copy of graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation to Ellen Logan at elogan@gsu.edu; e-mail subject line, Religious Studies TT Search. GSU's Department of Religious Studies is a dynamic and growing program that offers B.A. and M.A. degrees and serves a talented and diverse student body in downtown Atlanta. For more information about the Department of Religious Studies, see www.gsu.edu/religion. The position is contingent upon budget approval and an offer of employment is conditional upon verification of a candidate’s background. A Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment. The University System of Georgia, of which Georgia State is a member, is an equal opportunity employer. The department seeks diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • Have applicants received AAR interview invitations?
  • Nothing here. (x3) - Are they planning on AAR interviews? I'm surprised by how many of these jobs have such late deadlines - I guess the AAR is becoming irrelevant for interviews?
  • Received invitation for AAR interview via phone [11-15] x3
  • Received invitation to on-campus interview via phone [12-6] X2
  • any word on this one?  [3-7] --> yep [3-30].

Gonzaga University - East Asian ReligionsEdit

The Religious Studies Department of Gonzaga University invites applicants for a tenure-track, full-time, position in East Asian Religions to begin fall 2014. Rank is at the assistant professor or instructor level. The position is a 3/3 teaching load, with primary emphasis on undergraduate teaching. Required qualifications: Ph.D. or ABD in the field of East Asian Religions (with degree in hand by the end of the first year of employment). The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in any aspect or historical period of East Asian Religions, with additional demonstrated expertise in either cross-cultural and comparative religious perspectives, gender, or methodology in religious studies; evidence of promise in the areas of scholarship and research; and evidence of proficiency in primary language(s).

  • Applicants must complete an online application at https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/. A complete application consists of (1) a cover Letter, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) three letters of recommendation. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Linda Schearing, Chair, Department of Religious Studies at schearing@gonzaga.edu.
  • Position closes on November 15, 2013, midnight, PDT. For assistance with the application, please call 509.313.5996. Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is also an AA/EEO employer committed to diversity.
  • Any news on this one?
  • They have not made any final decisions yet (12/5/2013).
  • To the above poster, would you happen to know what the delay is? No delay. They are on a schedule.
  • Phone interview schedled (12/12).
  • Campus interview invitation (late Dec).

Gonzaga University - American Religious CulturesEdit

The Religious Studies Department of Gonzaga University invites applicants for a tenure-track, full-time, position in American Religious Cultures/History to begin fall 2014. Rank is at the assistant professor or instructor level. The position is a 3/3 teaching load, with primary emphasis on undergraduate teaching. Required qualifications: Ph.D. or ABD in the field of American Religious Cultures/History (with degree in hand by the end of the first year of employment). The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in American Religious Cultures/History with an emphasis in either African-American, Native-American, Latino/a-American, or Asian-American Religious Experiences/Traditions/Cultures; and show evidence of promise in the areas of scholarship and research.

  • Applicants must complete an online application at https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/. A complete application consists of (1) a cover Letter, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) three letters of recommendation. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Linda Schearing, Chair, Department of Religious Studies at schearing@gonzaga.edu.
  • Position closes on November 15, 2013, midnight, PDT. For assistance with the application, please call 509.313.5996. Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is also an AA/EEO employer committed to diversity.
  • Any news yet on this one? App still shows "under review" in the system. (12/3, sorry forgot to add before)
  • Pretty sure first-round interviews were held in November (AAR, Skype) (12/4)
  • AAR was *only 6* days after the closing date. Hard to see how they could have culled apps and arranged interviews in time. What evidence is there for this claim? (12/4)
  • Phone call to schedule a phone interview (12/10) x2 (12/11)
  • Contacted for on-campus interview (12/20)
  • Offer made and accepted (updated 3/18, happened last week)

Gordon College (MA) - TheologyEdit

We are welcoming candidates for a Theology faculty position opportunity in the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries. Gordon College invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track assistant or associate professor appointment. Position to begin August 2014. Rank will be commensurate with experience.

Join a faculty committed to the authority of the Scriptures as well as the relationship of those Scriptures to the life of the Church and the world. And join a College and department that are committed to historic centrist evangelical theology, diverse in expression and ecumenical in spirit. This position will be filled by a person who can teach an introduction to Christian theology that provides a historical overview of the various systems and themes of theology and who understands the relationship of theology to contemporary questions of faith and life. A person filling this position will also have the opportunity to develop courses related to his or her scholarly interests and pursuits that are in keeping with the needs of the department and the College.

The Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Gordon College is composed of nine full-time faculty and several adjuncts. Our specialties include Jewish roots of the Christian faith, understanding the relationship of Christianity to the broader world, church leadership, spiritual formation, history and theology of the Wesleyan tradition, Gospel and Pauline studies, historical geography of Israel, and providing access to Christian resources world wide on the web. Our faculty have written books and articles on a wide range of biblical and theological subjects, and travel both nationally and internationally to speak in churches and at conferences and to continue their scholarly research.

Graduates of the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Gordon College go on to minister in various capacities in churches worldwide, continue to study in top graduate schools and seminaries in preparation for teaching, and follow vocations in a wide range of fields including both public and private school teaching, law, medicine, and numerous businesses.

The ideal candidate will have: a doctorate degree completed by the time of appointment; a passion for teaching and mentoring of undergraduates; a strong research program or potential for its development; a strong commitment to the Christian mission of the college; collaborative skills that cross departmental and disciplinary boundaries; a ready and willing spirit to serve the department in whatever courses and responsibilities are needed to continue to enhance the rare collegial ethos of the department The preferred candidate will also: Be committed to integrating undergraduate research into his or her own research agenda; Be open to develop his or her scholarship with the assistance of Gordons faculty development program and of various grants for which members of the Gordon faculty are encouraged to apply. Be constantly willing to serve our students and assist them with their academic pursuits and the shaping of their goals and aspirations in preparation for their lives after graduation. Gordon College is recruiting accomplished faculty who demonstrate the ability to combine outstanding scholarship with a passion for teaching and mentoring, and who are dedicated to preparing thoughtful Christian men and women for lives of service and leadership worldwide. As one of the country's top liberal arts colleges with a vibrant Christian community, Gordon is uniquely positioned to lead the conversation at the intersection of faith and cultural engagement. We need scholars with a depth of understanding, a breadth of knowledge, and the desire to be part of the dialogue.

Interested applicants need to submit a Curriculum Vita that includes the names of 3 references, a sample of academic writing, and a letter of application that addresses their fit with the Christian mission of Gordon College and with the specific position.

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY: Please go to http://www.gordon.edu/teachatgordon . The review of applicants will begin on November 1 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Does Gordon College require faculty to sign a statement of faith? How diverse is their theology faculty?
    • Yes.
  • I was told by a recent grad and active alumna that they do not hire Catholics.
    • This is true.
  • Anyone have an idea of what the salary ranges are like for assistant professors at Gordon?
    • The average pay for an assistant professor at Gordon College is purportedly $54k-$57k
  • email request to complete a Faculty Application Questionnaire and to send letters of recommendation (11/6 x 6)
    • Just out of curiousity: how many applicants does a search committee normally contact for further information like this? I am guessing 10-12, but I have no experience with such things.
  • Withdrew application and letters of rec (11/29). (This is a gem of an institution. All the best to the rest of you applicants.)
  • AAR Interview (x2)
  • I thought they were going to interview via SKYPE?
  • Email rejection (12/12) x3
  • Any word on campus visits?

The position is on hold.

Anyone know, or have an idea, why this position is on hold (e.g. pending budgetary approval, etc.)?

Grinnell College (IA) - Gender and Religion in Asia Edit

  • GRINNELL COLLEGE. Tenure-track position in the Department of Religious Studies (Gender and Religion in Asia), starting Fall 2014. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) or Associate Professor possible. While the area specialty for the position is Asia broadly defined, the ideal candidate will be expected to teach an introductory course on religions of East Asia on a regular basis as well as courses on Buddhism and on religion and gender in Asia. Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college. The College's curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major. The teaching schedule of five courses over two semesters will include both introductory and upper-level courses; every few years one course will be Tutorial (a writing/critical thinking course for first-year students, oriented toward a special topic of the instructor's choice).
  • In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. They should also discuss how they might contribute to a college community that has diversity—of people, personal and educational experiences, and disciplinary perspectives—as one of its core values. *To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by November 1, 2013.
  • Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at https://jobs.grinnell.edu. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), teaching evaluations, and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Henry Morisada Rietz, at ReligiousStudiesSearch@grinnell.edu or 641-269-3157.
  • NOTE: this appears to be a repeat of a search which was run last year; see Religious Studies 2012-2013
  • Anybody know what happened with this search last year?
  • It's a repeat. Last year's search failed.
  • Any news?
  • 11/10: Received phone call requesting additional materials and asking to schedule AAR interview. (x2)
  • Any word about campus visits?
    • Nothing yet... starting to get anxious!
    • I heard they have already scheduled campus visits.
    • YES: Job talks were given on 1/22, 1/28, and 1/30.
    • Thanks for the update!

Guilford College (NC) - Religious Thought/TheologyEdit

  • Tenure track position in Contemporary Religious Thought/Theology, beginning August 2014.
  • Candidates are expected to teach courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate levels. Course responsibility will include Contemporary Theology, Feminist/Womanist Theology, and the History of Christianity. Strong commitment to teaching undergraduates is essential, and the ability to teach courses in American religious history (e.g., History of Religions in America, and African American Religion and Theology), including courses in Womens Studies, is desirable.
  • A completed Ph.D. and teaching experience are preferred. Submit cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, research plan, academic transcripts, and three referents online at https://guilford.peopleadmin.com. Hard copies are not accepted. Review of applications will begin in late October, 2013, and interviews will be conducted at the AAR in Baltimore.
  • Guilford College is a selective liberal arts college founded by the Religious Society of Friends. The College seeks applications from people representative of diversity based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, ethnicity, religion, national origin, career and life experiences, socioeconomic background, geographic roots, as well as members of the Religious Society of Friends. EOE/AA
  • I strongly believe this is a situation in which the VAP is the IC. I have no more information to substantiate this than would anyone who did some basic internet searching. But this one grates on me a bit. It's understandable if an institution has a VAP in whom they'd like to invest long-term; congrats to the VAP, and I hope all goes well. It's understandable if the institution wants to minimize the number of applicants they'll receive by announcing the job very near the time they say they'll begin reviewing applications. I have less sympathy for institutions that (a) require numerous documents for such a quick-turnover application, and (b) provide an online application that contains vague instructions and requires something like the labors of Hercules to complete (in this case, take a look at the referent requirements if you apply). While it is true that we would-be applicants simply can choose not to apply to jobs if we don't like the situation/process (indeed, that's probably what the institution is counting on), the scarcity of jobs means that most of us are not in a position to be selective. We can't afford not to apply. If my suspicion re: the VAP/IC is true--and this is, I admit, a big "if"--the framers of this job application are exhibiting at least an ignorance of, at most a profound disrespect for, the people on the market. If there comes a day when I'm chairing a search committee, or I'm in a position where my department wants to hire a VAP for a TT job, perhaps I'll see things about the process I cannot see now. But I hope that I'll not forget what it felt like to be on the market, and that I'll help design applications in a way that honors the people whom I'll never hire, whom I may never meet. [10/28]
  • VAP as IC or no, the requirements for this position are identical to those for this school's 1-year Islam position. This could be an institutional requirement--albeit an onerous one--that the department cannot control.
  • Even if it is an IC situation, apply anyway. Some schools prefer the shiny coin over the one they've gotten to know. In any case, you never know what the IC has coming their way. In some cases, they are looking over their should for a better job.
    • I totally agree. Sometimes IC's are actually at a disadvantage because of over-familiarity, or just because a committee is so afraid of having the search look like a pro forma exercise that they judge the IC more stringently. Sometimes the fresh candidate who comes in and dazzles for two days wins out over the IC, whose flaws are more visible. Sometimes a faculty just isn't satisfied with the performance of an IC. And any IC is crazy not to be applying for other positions, because of precisely these points. In recent years, I've tracked a number of positions where the IC was passed over (and others where the IC got it).
  • Not sure what the first commenter above is describing as Herculean about the online app. This was no different than some others I've done online this go round. It's a pain, sure, but not unique to this opening. Agreed, though, that the number of docs seems a bit much.
  • Invitation to interview at AAR. No follow up since then (12/14)

Gustavus Adolphus College (MN) - Islam/World ReligionsEdit

Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Islam/World Religions in the Department of Religion to begin September 1, 2014.

We seek candidates who have an earned doctorate, but will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status. Area of specialization is open. The successful candidate will be familiar with content and approaches in Religious Studies. A commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising is essential.

The Department educates students in Religious Studies and Theology, contributes to interdisciplinary programs, and supports general education. Gustavus values campus diversity (domestic and international) and in keeping with this commitment, we welcome applications from diverse candidates and candidates who can contribute to our community and global engagement initiatives.

Primary responsibilities will include teaching a mid-level course in Islam, upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of specialty, and contributing to general education. Candidates must be able and willing to teach the introductory course in World Religions, which meets the college’s requirement for a course with a global focus. The teaching assignment for the academic year is six courses.

  • To apply, please send the letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, evidence of successful teaching or promise of successful teaching, transcripts (copies acceptable), and three confidential letters of professional recommendation (sent directly from the reference) to: Dr. Mary Solberg, Chair, Department of Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W College Ave, Saint Peter, MN 56082-1498 or msolberg@gustavus.edu
  • Electronic applications are acceptable only if promptly followed by the required materials in hard copy. Application information is also available at http://www.gustavus.edu/jobs. For more details, visit the department web site at http://www.gustavus.edu/religion or contact Dr. Mary Solberg (507-933-7470 or msolberg@gustavus.edu). Review of complete applications begins 21 October 2013 and continues until the position is filled. For consideration for initial interviews at the AAR annual meeting, complete applications must be received by 1 November 2013.
  • Any news on this one? I know the app date was late, by AAR is soon. (11/12)
    • Was told they are still reviewing applications (11/12)
  • Email invitation to AAR interview (11/12)
  • Can those who get interviews here let us know whether they are primarily Islam scholars that can teach World Religions, or World Religions scholars who can teach the intermediate course on Islam?
    • Islamicist
  • 2 candidates have been invited to campus
  • Offer Made

Hampden-Sydney College (VA) - Asian ReligionsEdit

Tenure-Track Replacement Position in Asian Religions

The Religion Department invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Asian Religions with a specialization in Buddhism or Hinduism to begin in August 2014; an interest in interreligious dialogue or comparative theology is a plus; Ph.D. required. The position will entail teaching lower-level courses in world religions and upper-level courses related to the candidate's area of specialization. All Religion faculty participate in college-wide programs, including student advising and teaching freshman seminars, writing, or Western culture. Hampden-Sydney College is a selective private liberal arts college for men located in south-central Virginia and enrolling over one thousand students. (College website: www.hsc.edu) Hampden-Sydney expects and supports excellence in classroom teaching and a successful program of professional development and scholarship. Send letter of application, vita, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Robert G. Hall (Asianreligionssearch@hsc.edu), Chair, Department of Religion, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney VA 23943. Review of applications will begin October 20, 2013 for preliminary interviews at the Baltimore AAR/SBL Annual Meeting. Hampden-Sydney College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

  • Any news post AAR?
  • Received invitation for on-campus interview
  • Great news! Would you mind sharing your area of specialization?
  • Buddhism and Hinduism

Harvard Divinity School - TheologyEdit

  • Harvard Divinity School invites applications and nominations for a new faculty appointment in Theology. We seek a scholar at the junior or senior level who engages with the theology, traditions, and the legacy of the Protestant reformations. We are particularly interested in someone with constructive interests; theological engagement with ethical, social and/or political dimensions of contemporary life is also desired.
  • Familiarity with forms of analysis that address race, gender and social location is expected, as is the desire to collaborate across academic boundaries in our wider curricular and intellectual enterprises. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Divinity School’s curricula, including the multi-religious Master of Divinity, the Masters of Theological Studies, and the Doctor of Theology, as well as and the Ph.D. in the Study of Religion and undergraduate (A.B.) programs based in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
  • Excellence in teaching and research is required. Applicants must also be competent in research languages appropriate to their specialties. The doctoral degree must be held by July 1, 2014.
  • Applications should be made online at: http://academicpositions.harvard.edu. A cover letter, current curriculum vitae, writing sample (or sample publication), and the names of three referees is required of all junior candidates (any candidate not currently holding the title of “Professor”). A letter of interest and current curriculum vitae is required of senior candidates. Review of applications will begin October 15 and continue until the position is filled. To insure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by November 8. Selected candidates may be invited to initial interviews at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, November 23-26, 2013.
  • Request for reference letters out 8/10/13
  • review of applications started and 'invitations to brief interviews at the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings in Baltimore, MD, will be circulated after Nov. 7' (29/10/13).
  • Are there any updates?
  • they requested letters from me too around 10/15 but no further word from them
  • I wonder if this means they are going with a senior search (first); since few senior faculty use this Wiki, there may be invitations going out but not being reported. (11/14).
  • Invited for an interview at AAR/SBL (11/18) x4
  • Any interviewees hear anything about anything?
  • Invited for campus interview via email (junior, 12/10)
  • Received an e-mail stating that they're interviewing senior candidates presently, and that they've not eliminated anyone from the list of first-round candidates (i.e., interviewees at AAR) (1/16)
  • Did they ever hire anyone? (4/8/14)
  • They hired one of their own PhD students. No publications or accomplishments to date.
  • This is the second year in a row that HDS has hired a straight-out-of-PhD (actually ABD since neither had finished the diss when they got the offer) from its own students. (I am also a Harvard religion PhD finishing this year). The person they hired is brilliant and has great potential. But I too am bothered (or jealous...) by these hires. HDS just did a huge search in my field (American religion) last year and all the finalists were either tenured with great books or about to be... I can't imagine HDS hiring an ABD in our field (I don't think I know of anyone from our field getting a TT job this year anywhere who hasn't at least been a VAP or a postdoc). Is this just a difference in fields?
  • Um, can you say institutional incest!

Hood Theological Seminary (NC) - Christian EthicsEdit

Hood Theological Seminary seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track eligible, faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Christian Ethics beginning July 1, 2014.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or its equivalent by the start date and should be able to demonstrate teaching excellence, scholarly potential, collegiality, and a capacity to engage postmodern conversations on the application of ethics theory in contemporary Christian ministry practice. The candidate will teach courses in the M.Div., M.T.S. and D.Min. programs and engage in the overall life of the seminary community through committees, public lectures, and worship in the seminary chapel.

Candidates who have secondary competencies in other areas of the theological curriculum are encouraged to apply and elaborate on those competencies in their letter of interest. Candidates conversant in Methodist and Black Church traditions desired.

  • Applicants should send a letter of interest that includes their philosophy of teaching and a CV to the search committee chair, Dr. André Resner, at aresner@hoodseminary.edu. All application materials should be submitted electronically in PDF format. Applicants should include the names and contact information of three references. Applications will be received until November 26, 2013.

Houston Baptist University - Chair, Open SpecialtyEdit

  • HBU is a broadly evangelical institution with a "mere Christian" faculty in the School of Christian Thought. The chair may have any specialty among the traditional theological disciplines--biblical studies, historical/systematic theology, and/or practical theology. As the new chair of the Department of Theology the successful applicant will help lead this growing department to expand even further, particularly by the initiation of a PhD program. "Experiences with distance learning options, accreditation processes and curriculum development are a plus."
  • Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but submission of applications by October 31 is encouraged. Apply through the "Apply Now" link. Then, after the provost's office determines that the prerequisites for the position are met, other supporting documentation (e.g., cover letter, CV, teaching evaluations, etc.) will be requested by email.

Illinois Wesleyan University- Religions of South AsiaEdit

The Department of Religion at Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor, beginning August 2014. Ph.D. preferred (ABD considered).

The area of expertise for this position is the Religions of South Asia, including Hinduism and Islam with an emphasis on the modern context. Responsibilities will include teaching six courses over two semesters (May Term teaching optional), and, after the first year, participation in departmental and campus-wide service committee work and student advising. The candidate must be prepared to teach historical and topical courses in Hinduism and Islam from a comparative perspective, Introduction to World Religions, and the first year writing seminar.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a serious commitment to, and understanding of, teaching religious studies at a small liberal arts university. Previous teaching experience and evidence of productive research activities are preferred. The faculty member may contribute to International Studies, Women's Studies and/or Asian Studies programs as well.

  • Send, in hard copy form, a letter of application with current curriculum vitae, one sample syllabus, and three letters of recommendation to: Robert Erlewine, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Religion, Illinois Wesleyan University, P.O. Box 2900, Bloomington, IL 61702-2900. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2013, with a limited number of interviews at the November AAR anticipated. Please direct questions to Prof. Erlewine at rerlewin@iwu.edu. Illinois Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.
  • Contacted for initial interview (10/23) X 3 + 1
  • interview (10/24) X 2
  • Have interviews been scheduled for AAR (if so, which days, please) or by telephone only?
  • phone interview X 2
  • AAR Interview scheduled X 3 [posted 11/12]
  • Gave AAR interview @ Baltomore X1 [ABD, posted 11/29]
  • campus visits scheduled X2
  • Did anyone get any good news?
  • Have any offers been made?
  • Updates?

Indiana University - Religion in the AmericasEdit

Indiana University Bloomington, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Religion In The Americas. Ph.D. or equivalent required. Area of specialization open. The successful application will document an active research program, a record of creative and effective teaching, as well as the interest and ability to engage the study of religion across fields. Teaching obligations will include introductory courses in American religion, mid and upper-level undergraduate courses, and graduate training at the master's and doctoral levels. Applicants should send a cover letter, C.V. and at least three letters of recommendation and should anticipate the possibility of a preliminary interview at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Indiana University in an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Deadline for applications: Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/369
  • Is anyone else having issues with the online system and letters of recommendation? I've input the requisite emails but no one has received an email asking for the letter. Is this a system that only sends the email once the application is complete? (Searching the Help/FAQs was unhelpful and it's not clear whom to contact...)
  • Email requests go out immediately once you submit your full application--but not before.
  • Invitations for interviews at AAR have been made. [posted 10/16]
  • Already?
  • Is it safe to assume that none of us at the rank of "wiki follower" received one of these invitations?
  • Official email rejection (x8) [10/29]
  • invited for campus visit 12/6
  • offer extended 2/13
  • Offer Accepted.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Hinduism / South Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2014.

The Department of Religious Studies seeks a scholar who is committed to undergraduate liberal arts education, and who specializes in Hinduism with a strong competency in one other South Asian religion, preferably Islam. The qualified candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Religious Studies and Asian Studies Program, advise students in the undergraduate program, engage in scholarly work in the field, and participate in related university and community services. In addition to upper level courses in her or his specialty, the person to be hired will also be expected to teach introductory courses in Religious Studies, such as World Religions and Introduction to Religion. The successful candidate may also be asked to teach the introductory course in the Asian Studies program and a Core course in The Honors College. To learn more about our department, visit our web site at http://www.iup.edu/religiousstudies/.

Ph.D.in Religious Studies or a related field is required by the time of appointment. We are seeking a candidate committed to teaching excellence and ongoing research and publications appropriate to ones area of specialty are expected. Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during the interviews, which will include a teaching demonstration.

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled . The following submissions are required: letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts (official transcripts required before hiring), statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation
  • Posted at the Chronicle (10/10/13)
  • AAR interview scheduled (via email, 11/15/13) x3
  • Anyone hear anything back post AAR? No word yet...
  • campus visit invite via phone (1/21)
  • They made an offer, congrats to the chosen one. What was your specialty?

Indiana Wesleyan University - TheologyEdit

The School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in the field of Theology. The primary focus of this faculty position is the teaching of theology courses that form students in a theologically rich historical consciousness.

  • Responsibilities include teaching in the areas of Christian theology (dogmatic, systematic, or historical) and a secondary area of expertise (such as church history or philosophy) as well as advising and committee work. Preference will be given to candidates who have significant ministry and teaching experience. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidate must be an active member of a church in the broader Wesleyan tradition. A Ph.D. in theology, systematic theology, or related fields is required. Preference will be given to members/clergy of The Wesleyan Church.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven record of innovative teaching that engages students in meaningful learning, significant scholarship and ministry experience, and a creative approach to undergraduate ministry education. She or he must also embrace a collaborative learning environment. The candidate must be a committed Christian who embraces a Christ-centered approach to undergraduate liberal arts education and operates from an evangelical Wesleyan theological perspective. Especially welcome are applications from those who bring diverse ethnic, racial, and international perspectives to their teaching, scholarship, and Christian faith.
  • Application Process: Please note that the application page will expire 60 minutes after it is opened. We encourage you to review the application, gather the appropriate information and formulate responses to questions before reopening the application to submit your information. Please have the following documents accessible to attach and/or reference: A letter of interest; Résumé/curriculum vitae; A list of names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional and three personal references; Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial).
  • Pending budget approval, the position will be open for fall of 2014. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The final candidate(s) selected must have the ability to pass a comprehensive background screen. [job posted 9/21/13]
  • LINK to Apply
  • Request for supplemental materials/response to supplemental questions (10/30/13)
  • Contacted by phone to arrange phone interview, notified that search is down to 3 candidates (11/15)

Iona College (NY) - Islam / Religions of IndiaEdit

Iona College, New Rochelle, NY seeks applicants for-Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Tenure-track)

Description: The applicant's area of specialization will be Islam and the area of competence will be religions of India.

Successful applicants will: ·Demonstrate a passion for teaching undergraduates in a core curriculum ·Show a deep interest in collaborative engagements within the Department and the College ·Have the ability to teach and research in interdisciplinary modalities ·Provide evidence of a research agenda

Faculty members teach four (4) sections a semester including the introductory courses required of all students as well as courses in their field.

Requirements: Ph.D. in the history of religions.

Finalists for the position will be required to teach a class as part of the application process.

  • Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and the names of three references, by December 17, 2013, to: Marie Pace, Executive Assistant to the Dean, mpace@iona.edu. Consideration of candidates and nominees will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
  • - Has anyone heard anything from Iona? (2/7/14)

Iowa State University - World ReligionsEdit

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Religious Studies Program. Opening in World Religions. Tenure-track position at assistant professor level. Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field required by effective date of appointment, August 16, 2014.

The area of specialization is open, but we prefer teaching experience in the following areas: African/African American, Latin American, and East Asian religions. The department and the college encourage collaborations with scholars in related fields.

Teaching load is five undergraduate courses per year. Applicants must be well grounded in the theories and methods of the academic study of religion and be able to teach introductory sections of comparative world religions, upper level courses in their specialty, and/or sections of the introductory course in religions in America. Teaching experience is preferred. The appointee is expected to conduct an active research and publication program. Salary is competitive.

  • Please submit online i) a letter of application, ii) graduate transcripts, iii) curriculum vitae, iv) teaching evaluation summaries, and v) one short sample of academic research at www.iastatejobs.com. In addition, please arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be mailed to Religious Studies Search Committee, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, 402 Catt Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.
  • Application deadline is October 15, 2013, or until position is filled. Please indicate if available to interview at the November AAR meeting. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. See www.philrs.iastate.edu for more information on faculty and courses in Religious Studies.
  • any word on this?
  • Phone call to interview at AAR (11/9)
  • Email rejection. Informed that 4 candidates have been invited for campus interviews starting next month. One is an Africanist with African-American competence. (12/3)
  • Just to clarify the previous post. Did you interview at the AAR and then recieve an e-mail rejection and in that e-mail they informed of you of the on-campus visits? (12/5)
  • I second this inquiry. Did anyone else not receive a rejection post-AAR interview? (12/6)
  • Invitated for campus interview by email (12/19)
  • Invited for campus interview by email (12/27)
  • Also did no receive post-AAR interview rejection. Told that there was no development thus far--have campus interviews already been completed? (2/3) Yes (2/10)
  • Offer made and accepted (2/17)
  • Congratulations! Would you mind sharing your AOS? (2/17)
  • Thank you! The AOS is Latin American religions.

Johns Hopkins University - Islamic StudiesEdit

As part of a new Islamic Studies Initiative across the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a newly established tenure-track assistant professorship in modern/contemporary (post -1700) Islamic studies. We welcome applications from a variety of research specializations and disciplines.

The tenure-track line belongs to the Islamic Studies Initiative. However, the successful candidate will hold the rank of Assistant Professor and be appointed in the home department of his/her discipline. Excellent knowledge of Arabic is essential; knowledge of other relevant research languages is highly desirable. PhD required at the time of appointment.

  • Question: Hopkins doesn't have a religion department or a divinity school. Their NELC program doesn't cover Islam. I imagine then that this is for folks in Anthro, Soc, or polo sci? Am I wrong in assuming this or are there plans to develop a religion program?
  • Don't know the answer, but it is notable that JHU recently advertised a Mellon postdoc program focused on "Religious Culture and the Arts: Christianity, Judaism and Islam" that doesn't seem to be accepting Religious Studies PhDs . So maybe that's the case with this position too? Might be worth inquiring, though.
  • At Hopkins, there are some programs which exist, and I imagine they may be seeking to develop an Islamic Studies program similar to the Jewish Studies and Latin American Studies programs. They aren't full departments, and they are typically interdisciplinary. Whoever is hired will probably be housed in another department (maybe Philosophy, Political Science, or the Humanities Center?).
  • Anyone have any sense of the timeline for this one? Any one heard something from them?
  • automated request for referee letters from interfolio (Oct 3). did this go out to everyone? please enlighten, and cross-post for the other three places where this job is listed if possible.
  • Yes I also got this email. Seems like it went to everyone. now was misspelled as "not".
  • others, do please post if you got the email too, as I got the sense from the secretary that there would be a selection process before referee requests were made. (I need to know whether it's worth bugging my referees about this.) Do anyone *not* get the email?
  • I did get the email.
  • So did I. Does sound like everyone got it.
  • I got it the email as well, mispelling and all...
  • anyone have a sense of where they will interview? (Perhaps skype). Or will they go from reference letters to campus visits?
  • has anyone tried removing and then adding any of the material earlier submitted (like cv, writing sample, etc)? I am tempted to update the files, but worry that if I remove them I won't be able to upload new versions.
  • New files upload easily. There is no problem with that. My only concern would be that by this stage they may already have seen your stuff and changing docs may cause bit of confusion. But perhaps they haven't. But yeah there should be no problem deleting and uploading docs on interfolio, at least I have done it many times.
  • Anyone hear anything about this? 11/10
  • No, there was an email sent in mid-october that the closing date for the application is Nov 15th, so I would not expect anything before that.

What's happening with this one? Intense scrutiny of applications or dysfunctional search committee? Anyone have any clue?

  • Still no news? If no one has heard anything, I will try to follow up with an email (12/20)
  • No news....yes please do if you know who to email. Am not sure who exactly is running this search (12/20)
  • Niloofar Haeri is the SC Chair.
  • No. Seems like they forgot they were running a search. (1/29).

So is this search still on? Anyone heard anything!

Campus visits are underway and will continue until April (posted 2/26/2014). (There were no preliminary interviews.)

  • can't help wondering how this will shake things up for those candidates who thought this was a lost cause and have contracted elsewhere but may be interviewing here. The shuffle will be interesting. JHU is a top school and of course, the best of the best have been contacted. Have they already been contracted? I guess time will tell. Edited to make the post a bit more ambiguous. Let's not be naive, people.
  • -If this is actually the case then it is very problematic on two counts: 1) the fact that someone is campus visiting after having signed a contract elsewhere and 2) posting on a public website that one of the finalists for this position has contracted elsewhere. I think such a posting goes against the intent and spirit of this website (sharing info about developments regarding a position rather than sharing gossip about candidates) and should elicit moderator intervention.
  • Since no candidates are actually named here and the conjecture is framed in rather broad, vague terms, I see no reason for intervention. +1.
  • And though I'd never engage in potentially litigious behavior (it's not my thing), this happens all_of_the_time. Perhaps the person above ^^^^^ has not been on the market that long? SCs as well as candidates look out for numero uno. True fact. Check your anecdata and let us know what you find. (I did not apply here, by the way, so I don't have much of stake either way.)
  • I don't really have an opinion on your second point, but as to the first point I think we should be a little more generous. If someone accepted, for example, a short-term job and then was contacted by a TT job I really think very few people would turn down the TT possibility. We all do this to greater or lesser degrees all the time; you put in your classes for the fall where you're adjuncting knowing that there is a chance you might get a better offer and leave. People get tenure and then still get cherry-picked or simply apply elsewhere if something else comes up. This is a hard enough market without judging each other for doing the best we can in it. And if someone does go back on an accepted offer it just means one more job back open. All that being said, this isn't my field so I don't have a dog in the fight, and I also batted 0 for like a million on my search this year, so take my thoughts with a mountain of salt.
  • Offer Made.
  • the post above ("offer made") was made in mid-March. Yet campus visits were only completed in April. Does this mean that an offer was extended before the visits were over? Clarification would be appreciated.
  • Does anyone know who was hired for this position? 

Lafayette College- Religious Studies (Jewish Studies)Edit

Lafayette College announces a position open to applicants at any rank, beginning fall 2014, for a scholar with expertise in Jewish Studies to be appointed as the Philip and Muriel Berman Scholar. In addition to teaching courses in his/her area of specialization, the successful candidate will teach courses in world religions, and contribute to the College’s interdisciplinary programs as well as the Berman Center for Jewish Studies. Candidates applying at the senior rank must have a distinguished record of scholarship in their field(s) of specialization.

Lafayette is a highly selective liberal arts college of 2,400 students offering degrees in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, located in eastern Pennsylvania approximately 70 miles from New York and Philadelphia. Faculty members teach a 3:2 load and receive generous research support. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

  • Applicants should upload a letter of application, C.V., short writing sample, and teaching portfolio, and arrange for academic transcripts and three confidential letters of reference to be uploaded by Oct. 15, 2013. Questions may be directed to Robin Rinehart, Head, Department of Religious Studies, rineharr@lafayette.edu.
  • Also posted at Jewish Studies 2013-2014
  • Email request for AAR/SBL interview on 11/14.

Louisiana State University - History of ChristianityEdit

The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Louisiana State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the History of Christianity that begins Fall 2014 at the rank of assistant professor. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active record of publication and teach two courses per semester (four courses per year). These will include a survey of Christianity as a living world religion, advanced courses in the history of Christianity, and a general education course, such as a survey of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree with a specialization in the History of Christianity is required for appointment to assistant professor. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

  • Applications must be submitted online and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. In addition, please have three letters of recommendation and transcripts of graduate work sent to Michael Pasquier, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Further information about the department can be found at http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/hss/prs/. Queries about the position may be directed to Michael Pasquier at mpasquier@lsu.edu.
  • To apply and view a more detailed ad, go to: http://www.lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu. Position #006167. Quick link at ad URL: https://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56571
  • Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Email request for interview at AAR (11/4 x 4)
  • Classy e-mail rejection letter (rare) (11/18) x3 (11/19), (11/20)
  • Same here - much appreciated
  • Agreed - personally tailored. That's a nice touch.
  • Amazingly considerate, no wonder they're not arriving all at once.
  • For those who got interviews: area of specialization?
  • Early Christianity
  • Early Modern Christianity
  • Any news since AAR?
  • Phone call requesting campus interview (12/16).
  • I finally received my thoughtful e-mail rejection letter (12/19).

Loyola Chicago - Ecclesiology/Church and MissionEdit

The Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago invites applications for a position (rank open) in Ecclesiology/Church and Mission beginning August 2014. The selected individual will teach courses in ecclesiology/church and mission, with attention to the global and contextually diverse nature of the contemporary church and the variety of ministry settings.

The successful applicant will bring an earned doctorate in theology or a related field, as well as a strong record of (or clear potential for) excellence in research, teaching, distinguished scholarship, and student mentorship in ecclesiology/church and mission at the interface of ministerial and theological practice.

Candidates must be supportive of Loyola's Catholic and Jesuit mission. Now in its fifth decade as one of the premier academic programs in education for ministry, the IPS contributes vitally to this mission, offering Masters degrees in pastoral studies, divinity, spirituality, pastoral counseling, health care mission leadership, and social justice and community development.

  • Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and the names of three references through Loyola's online application system which, along with a more complete position description, can be found at: http://www.careers.luc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56579
  • Applications should be received by November 25, 2013 for full consideration. Inquiries about the position should be directed to: M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Chair, Search Committee, mlysaught@luc.edu


  • Heard nothing after submitting application, rejection email [24 March] (1x)

Loyola Chicago - Pastoral/Practical TheologyEdit

The Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago invites applications for a position (rank open) in Pastoral/Practical Theology beginning August 2014. The selected individual will teach courses common to many IPS programs that match the individual's strengths and attend to the diversity of pastoral contexts particularly within the U.S.

The successful applicant will bring an earned doctorate in theology or a related field, and a strong record of (or clear potential for) excellence in research, teaching, distinguished scholarship, and student mentorship in pastoral/practical theology at the interface of ministerial and theological practice.

Candidates must be supportive of Loyola's Catholic and Jesuit mission. Now in its fifth decade as one of the premier academic programs in education for ministry, the IPS contributes vitally to this mission, offering Masters degrees in pastoral studies, divinity, spirituality, pastoral counseling, health care mission leadership, and social justice and community development.

  • Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and the names of three references through Loyola's online application system which, along with a more complete position description, can be found at: http://www.careers.luc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56580
  • Applications should be received by November 25, 2013 for full consideration. Inquiries about the position should be directed to: M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Chair, Search Committee, mlysaught@luc.edu

Loyola Maryland - World ChristianityEdit

Loyola University Maryland, a Jesuit Catholic comprehensive university in Baltimore, Maryland, seeks applicants for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Theology, with primary specialization in World Christianity in historical and contemporary perspective, concentrating on one or more of the following geographical areas: Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Applicants should be familiar with the expressions of Catholic Christianity in their area and period of study and be proficient in the relevant research languages. The position begins in the fall of 2014 and the successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree completed by the time of employment.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and masters-level courses in his or her area of specialty, applicants must be able to teach a one-semester undergraduate introductory course in Theology, encompassing an introduction to scripture, soundings in the theological tradition, and contemporary theological questions. Candidates must be supportive of the Catholic Jesuit mission of the University.

  • For more information about this position, and to apply, please go to https://careers.loyola.edu to complete the online application. A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and may be attached at the appropriate prompt on the application. Letters of recommendation from three professional references and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work should be sent to: Frederick C. Bauerschmidt, Chair, Department of Theology, Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210-2699 or by e-mail to fbauerschmidt@loyola.edu. Applications received after October 21, 2013 may not receive full consideration.
  • Received invitation to interview via email (x3) [posted Nov. 10]
  • Received invitation for an on-campus interview via email on 12/12
  • Offer made and accepted (2/5/14)

Loyola Marymount - Yoga Studies ProgramEdit

Loyola Marymount University seeks a full time clinical professor to teach in its Master of Arts in Yoga Studies Program. This will be a one year, renewable position beginning August 15, 2014. Duties will include the teaching of beginning and intermediate Sanskrit, including reading courses in the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutra; an introduction to the academic study of yoga; survey courses on the Hatha Yoga texts in translation and the various schools of modern yoga; and supervision of completion exams and projects. Loyola Marymount University, a comprehensive university in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks professionally outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. 

The successful candidate is expected to hold a doctorate in an appropriate field, have strong Sanskrit skills, and a record of the academic study of yoga. . The following materials should be sent by March 1st to Professor Christopher Chapple(cchapple@lmu.edu), Chair, Search Committee for Yoga Studies, 3763 University Hall, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045: letter of application; curriculum vita; statement of teaching history and philosophy; three letters of recommendation; sample syllabi; graduate academic transcripts; scholarly works published; other supporting materials. In its hiring practices, LMU seeks highly qualified, ethnically diverse women and men who are supportive of and will contribute to LMU’s mission as a Catholic/Jesuit/Marymount University. 

Loyola Marymount University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. LMU is actively working to promote an intercultural learning community. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. (Visit www.lmu.edu for more information.)

  • Anyone heard about campus interviews? (4/22/14)


Marquette University - Medical/Health Care EthicsEdit

Marquette University Department of Theology invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning August 2014 at open rank for a position in theological health care/medical ethics to support its PhD track in Health Care Mission and Ethics designed to prepare ethicists for Catholic hospitals and health care systems. The successful candidate will also be skilled in ethical methodology/fundamental moral theology and able to teach topics such as the fundamental categories, concepts, and norms used in moral theology to analyze human moral experience; the role of Scripture and tradition as foundational sources in moral theology; the church as the locus for Christian moral reflection; principal issues in the historical development of moral theology; theological ethics and the Catholic moral tradition; and the relation of moral philosophy to moral theology.

Duties and Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching theology at the undergraduate and graduate level. The department seeks a person with a strong record of publication, an active research agenda that complements existing faculty strengths, evidence of effective teaching, and an ability and willingness to teach introductory theology courses to undergraduates.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities: Earned doctorate or a terminal degree. Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence and high quality research.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities: Candidates must support the Catholic and Jesuit ideals and mission of the University, which can be found at http://www.marquette.edu/about/mission.shtml. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must have the PhD in hand within the first semester of employment.

  • Applications, including letter of application, C.V., nonofficial transcripts, three letters of recommendation, teaching philosophy, and writing sample must be received electronically through the Marquette University online employment site at: http://employment.marquette.edu/postings/1997.
  • Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013, and continue until position is filled. Official transcripts required at time of on-campus interview. Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL, Chairperson, Department of Theology, Marquette University, 100 Coughlin Hall, P. O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.

McGill University - Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith StudiesEdit

The Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University invites applications from established scholars for appointment to the newly endowed Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies. We seek a dynamic scholar whose area of research is broadly devoted to a better understanding of the ways in which societies, communities, and persons adhering to or influenced by different religions engage one another, and of how they perceive that engagement. Areas of specialization may attend to any historical period and/or geographical region, with specific reference to the interactions among religions. This tenure-stream appointment will provide an opportunity to define an exciting and emerging scholarly area, in collaboration with colleagues in Religious Studies and in interdisciplinary networks across the university. We anticipate appointment at the level of tenured, full professor. The Chair will be expected to contribute fully to the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Faculty, attract and supervise students at the MA and PhD levels, and participate in the work of the Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR). Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in Religious Studies, teaching and graduate supervisory experience, as well as an active research program and excellent publication record. Salary will be negotiable, according to qualifications and experience. Applications should include curriculum vitae and a cover letter that includes a statement addressing how your research and teaching expertise contributes to the shaping of this new emerging field of Interfaith Studies, along with the names of three references who may be contacted at a later stage in the search.

  • The appointment is available from August 1, 2014. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on January 10, 2014 and will continue to do so until a suitable candidate is found.
  • Please forward letter of application, names of references, and c.v. to: Dean Ellen Aitken, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, 3520 University Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2A7. Materials will also be received electronically at ellen.aitken@mcgill.ca

Merrimack College - Catholic Moral Theology/EthicsEdit

The Department of Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College invites applications for a tenure track appointment as Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Studies with expertise in Catholic Moral Theology/Ethics. Candidates with additional expertise in comparative religious ethics, environmental ethics, feminist ethics, or social justice education are desired.

This is a tenure track appointment. The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D., Th.D., or S.T.D. in the field and must also demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarship. Responsibilities include teaching introductory-level courses in theology and religious studies and courses in moral theology. The course load is 3-3, usually with two preps per semester. Applications received by December 15, 2013 will be given preference.

Merrimack College is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college with strong professional programs in business, science, and education sponsored by the Order of St. Augustine.

  • Please send letter of application detailing qualifications, CV, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to: Linda Tankersley, Department of Religious & Theological Studies C-2, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845 or tankersleyl@merrimack.edu. Letters of recommendation may be requested as the search advances. Position pending approval. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Merrimack is an equal-opportunity employer.
  • The job posting has been removed as of 11:30pm on Feb. 25. No indication of why this is. I have not heard back whether this position has been fulfilled or cancelled due to financial limitations (as per the online posting).
  • Notice that this position has been filled has been sent to applicants. (3/3)

Michigan State University - Director, Muslim Studies ProgramEdit

Michigan State Universitys Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP) seeks applications for a Director of MSUs Muslim Studies Program to begin spring or fall 2014. MSP is a cross-college and cross-regional program that promotes a large and diverse set of research and educational operations. MSP involves faculty from across the university, including but not limited to the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Social Science, James Madison College, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. Unlike Middle East Studies programs, MSP is distinguished by its geographic breadth with respect to associated curricula, research, and outreach. Reflecting MSU's overall commitment to internationalization, MSP facilitates academic and programmatic excellence and linkages between the Muslim world and MSUs faculty, students, other educators, non-governmental organizations, the media, and state and regional leaders in government and business. For more information on MSP, see: http://muslimstudies.isp.msu.edu/

Qualified applicants must: (1) be an advanced Associate Professor or a full Professor in a major discipline, preferably in the social sciences or the humanities; (anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology or religious studies); (2) have an established research focus devoted to some aspect of Islamic/Muslim studies and a general expertise of the Muslim world; (3) possess a distinguished record that includes research and publications, teaching and advising, and grant acquisition; (4) be fluent in at least 1 non-Western language spoken in the Muslim world; and, (5) demonstrate a proven record of administrative experience and leadership in the higher education context. The Directors appointment will be 50-75% in the Muslim Studies Program and 25-50% in an academic department (the tenure home). Exact percentages are subject to a mutual agreement between the successful candidate, the Dean of ISP, and the home academic department/college. The directorship will be an annual (12 month) appointment for a period of five-years, with a possibility for renewal. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.

  • See full position description at the Chronicle
  • To Apply: A complete application must include: (1) a letter indicating interest, qualifications, and how research, administrative, and teaching experiences support the candidates application; (2) a current vita; (3) a list with the names of 3 references who can address the candidates scholarly, instructional, and administrative skills (applicant must also arrange for their references to submit letters directly and confidentially); (4) samples of scholarly writing (e.g., peer-reviewed articles or book chapters); and, (5) a teaching portfolio that includes sample syllabi from previously-taught classes, a statement of teaching philosophy, and associated evaluations. The position is posted online at MSUs employment website under posting #8473. Except for letters of reference, all application materials must be uploaded at: http://jobs.msu.edu. Letters of recommendations must be mailed directly to: International Studies and Programs, Attn.: Muslim Studies Program Director Search, International Center, 427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 207, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035. The deadline for receipt of complete applications (including letters) is October 31, 2013. Late applications will be considered until the position is filled. For questions regarding this search contact Dr. Assefa Mehretu, Chair, Search Committee, Muslim Studies Program Director. Dr. Mehretu can be reached at the mail address above or at mehretu@msu.edu or (517) 353-5921.
  • Has anyone heard anything about this search since the Oct. 31 deadline?

Michigan State University - South Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, in conjunction with the Program in Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities, is seeking applications for a tenure system opening at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in South Asian Religions in a Global Context. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies or relevant field completed by date of appointment. Evidence of strong research and teaching interests in Hinduism with additional competence in the study of Buddhist traditions on the Subcontinent. Research and teaching interests for Global Studies include issues of conflict and justice, boundary crossing, or media use.

  • Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site https://jobs.msu.edu/, position number 8531, where you will find the full description of this position.
  • Campus interview invitation extended (by phone) [12/18] x2
  • Any good news? Please let us know if the final decision is out.

Missouri State University - Religious Studies (post-Biblical Judaism)Edit

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, anticipates an August 2014 opening for an assistant professor specializing in post-biblical Judaism, tenure eligible.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. completed by August 1, 2014, and must demonstrate strong potential in teaching and research. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and M.A. courses in Judaism and will regularly teach one of the department's survey courses. The department is particularly interested in scholars of rabbinic, medieval, or early modern Judaism, whose research interests engage fields such as classical texts and/or biblical commentary, gender studies, or interreligious encounter. Candidates should be interested in engaging broad intellectual questions and be familiar with issues and approaches in the academic study of religion. Additionally, they must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations and to integrating multicultural issues into their courses.

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (course evaluations), course documents (syllabi), copies of all transcripts, and a publication or writing sample are to be submitted with the online application at https://jobs.missouristate.edu.

Three confidential letters of reference are to be sent to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Austra Reinis, Religious Studies Department, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO, 65897 (fax: 417-836-4757). Inquiries may also be addressed to Dr. Austra Reinis, e-mail: austra.reinis@missouristate.edu.

  • First consideration of applicants begins on September 3, 2013, and continues until position is filled. AA/EOE. Employment will require a criminal background check at university expense
  • Also posted at Jewish Studies 2013-2014
  • Contacted for phone interview (9/27)
  • From Jewish Studies page: "Contacted for campus visit (10/19)"

Molloy College (NY) - Asst. Professor, Theology and Religious StudiesEdit

Molloy College, a private college in the Catholic and Dominican tradition, is accepting applications for the full-time faculty tenure track position of Chairperson of the Theology and Religious Studies Department. The candidate will provide creative leadership and vision to program and curricular development. A Ph.D. in the discipline is required.

The successful candidate will be a dedicated professional with scholarly publications, a commitment to undergraduate teaching, excellent organizational, administrative, interpersonal and communication skills, the ability and desire to work with a diverse body of students.

Position involves recruitment, academic advisement, collaboration on departmental activities, willingness to serve on college-wide committees, a commitment to on-going scholarship through publications and presentations at professional conferences.

  • Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three references to humanresources@molloy.edu or mail to: Human Resources, Molloy College, P.O. Box 5002, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002
  • Did anyone apply for this job? A TT position has just recently been listed (http://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=175849519&Title=Assistant%20Professor%20of%20Theology%20and%20Religious%20Studies). Did they decide to relaunch this search without the chair piece or is this a different search altogether?
  • It looks like it's the same search, but now modified. The original post (see the link in the title) was on 12/9/13 and was deleted on 1/17/14. The new posting from 1/24/14 says it is a repost of one from 12/9/13. I'm assuming the search was edited and relaunched.
  • Confirmed receipt of application for the second position.
  • Did anyone submit an application for the recently posted position? Did anyone who applied for the first position hear anything from them at all?
  • Submitted app for second posting (not for first ad); received email confirmation of materials received. No news as of 2/20 (x2)
  • This same ad now posted on American Academy of Religion Employment Listings Feb. 20, and application deadline on College's HR site extended to March 15....

Moody Bible Institute - Spokane - TheologyEdit

Moody Bible Institute (MBI)-Spokane seeks a junior/senior faculty member in the theology department for the fall of 2014. Candidates should possess an expertise in Theology and competency in Philosophy. Teaching responsibilities include courses in the undergraduate theology core, and the successful candidate should be able to teach an introductory philosophy course, a theology capstone course (Apologetics), and Systematic Theology. The teaching load is 12 hours each fall/spring, with opportunities to teach summer courses in Europe through the international studies program.

MBI-Spokane is a 650 student branch campus of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. The growing faculty holds doctoral degrees from Aberdeen, Baylor, Biola, Fordham, Gonzaga, Gordon-Conwell, Missouri, TEDS, Trinity-Bristol, Washington State, and Western Baptist. MBI is dispensational and generally Calvinist. Faculty are required to affirm the Institute's doctrinal statement annually. For more information, go to http://www.Moody.edu. Click on the "Moody Believers" button at the bottom right. MBI-Spokane is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

Moody is looking for candidates who exhibit an attitude of openness, who work collaboratively, and have an appreciation of ideas. Who have a high level of personal integrity, energy, and resilience. Commitment to transformational learning and motivation to mentor and develop students. Desire to prepare young people for ministry is a must.

Preference will be given to applicants with a PhD in theology in hand by the time of appointment (July 1, 2014). Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. Interviews will be conducted at ETS in Baltimore, MD, November 18-21, 2013.

  • Interested persons may submit a Faculty Employment Questionniare through our website at http://www.moodyministries.net/jobs. Please submit a cover letter and a curriculum vita with your completed application.
  • Application deadline is November 15, 2013.
  • Received email requesting a completed "Moody Doctrinal Statement Response" within two weeks time (09/27).
  • Received rejection email from human resources (11/12).

Morgan State University - World ReligionsEdit

Morgan State University seeks to fill a tenure-track position in World Religions at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning in August, 2014. Applicants are encouraged from a wide range of disciplines within religious studies (e.g. History of Religions, Comparative Studies, Ethics), but all should be able to demonstrate that their research directly engages multiple religious traditions. Candidates with the ability to teach African diasporic religions are especially encouraged to apply. Ph.D. must be completed by August, 2014. Teaching load is four courses per semester. Morgan State University is one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is the chartered urban university of the state of Maryland. Applicants should send CV, letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching excellence to: Joe Pettit, Search Committee Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251. Morgan State University is an EOAA employer.

  • In order to be considered for interview at the meeting of the American Academy of Religion, applications must be complete by November 4.
  • Invited by email for AAR interview (11/18)
  • any news on this front? (12/10)
  • nothing yet, anyone else? (12/17)
  • 99.9% sure they made a short list by now. As they said at the AAR that they would let people know before the holidays, and we're past that time now. (12/30)
  • Has anyone heard anything about second round? If so, please post. (1/7)

Mount Allison University - East Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Mount Allison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in East Asian Religions. Candidates are required to have a PhD in East Asian religions, with expertise in one or more of the following related areas: arts, material culture, politics, ritual studies. The Candidate should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and have an appreciation for the Liberal Arts context. He or she should be competent to teach in the areas of religions of China and religions of Japan, and be able to offer further thematically related courses in both areas as well as address the intersection between religion and the contemporary world. The successful candidate shall also contribute to the general research culture and activities of the Department.

  • Applications should include a CV, an example of scholarly writing, a summary of ongoing research, a teaching dossier, and three letters of reference. These must be sent electronically to: Fiona C. Black, Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, E4L 1G9 Canada. T: (506) 364-2555. religion@mta.ca
  • The due date for applications is December 31, 2013.
  • Any word on this?
  • Has this search been cancelled?
  • Not sure... might just be that those who have been invited don't use the Wiki... either way I'd love to know!

New York University - Religious Studies and AnthropologyEdit

The Religious Studies Program and the Anthropology Department in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University invite applications by outstanding scholars for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting September 1, 2014, subject to budgetary and administrative approval.

We seek someone ethnographically and theoretically engaged in understanding how religious practice continues to be an important cultural, social and political factor in the rapidly globalizing world. We seek a specialist in an area outside the USA, including, but not limited to, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, or India. The candidate should be prepared to teach Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion, as well as three other courses per year, one of which will usually be at the graduate level.

  • Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, letter of application including descriptions of possible courses in Religious Studies and Anthropology (addressed to Chair, Search Committee), statement of current and future research plans, and three letters of reference (which should be submitted directly by the referees). Application deadline is November 1, 2013. To apply, follow the "Employment" link at http://religiousstudies.as.nyu.edu/page/home.
    • Any news on this one? Some one has had contact with them? (11/12)
  • Invitation to interview over Skype (11/19).
  • invitation to interview (11/30)
  • Was this second invitation to interview also a Skype interview or have they moved onto campus invites?
  • Email rejection letter (12/18) X3
  • Invitation to campus interview (12/23)
  • any other campus interviews? and when is it scheduled for?
  • Campus interviews are spread over the month of February.
  • Failed search
  • Was it a budget or administrative issue (as per their original job description)?

Northwestern University - HinduismEdit

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor for a specialist in the study of Hinduism beginning September 1, 2014. Candidates may specialize in any time period, but the successful candidate must demonstrate expertise in Classical Sanskrit. Candidates must also combine their research interests with questions of theory and method in the study of religion, and must engage with Buddhist Studies. The successful candidate will contribute to the graduate and undergraduate programs of a religious studies department.

  • Please send in PDF format a cover letter, 3 letters of recommendation, CV, and writing sample no longer than 25 pages. For details on preparing the application and applying online, please visit http://www.religion.northwestern.edu and contact us at religion@northwestern.edu if you have any questions. Applications received by November 1, 2013 will be given primary consideration. AA/EOE. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • anyone heard anything yet? are they interviewing at AAR?
  • Invitation for AAR interview X3 [posted 11/13]
  • Any news after interviews? May I ask what specializations? Heard there was an internal candidate.
  • no internal candidate for this position and campus visits will be completed by the end of Jan
  • Invited by email for campus interview [12/2] X 3
  • Anyone else receive a request for further information? (1/24)
  • waiting for any good news.
  • If anyone else receives a campus invite, please let us know.
  • Have any offers been made?
  • Search failed.

Northwestern University - Islam in African Societies (Assoc. or Full)Edit

  • Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies is accepting applications for a full-time tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with an active research agenda that focuses on the role of Islam in African societies. The appointment will be contingent upon a successful tenure review. The appointment will be in a home department in the College of Arts & Sciences (including but not limited to Religious Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Literature, or History) and will be associated with the interdisciplinary Program of African Studies. The ability to engage across disciplines and the capacity to provide leadership for interdisciplinary collaboration to support the study of Islam at Northwestern University is highly desirable.
  • Applicants should submit (1) a letter of intent describing their current research agenda and teaching experience/interests, (2) representative written work, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) the names and contact information for three referees via the application system found at https://facultysearch.weinberg.northwestern.edu/apply/index/NjY. Only electronic application materials will be accepted. The internal review process for applications will begin immediately and continue until October 1, 2013. Questions can be directed to african-studies@northwestern.edu . We strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. AA/EOE.

Notre Dame of Maryland University - Systematic TheologyEdit

  • The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Systematic Theology, with an emphasis on the Roman Catholic tradition in a global context. The appointment will begin August 15, 2014. Teaching responsibilities include upper- and lower-level courses across a broad curriculum and may also include graduate courses. In addition to the introductory class required of all undergraduates in Biblical Studies, course assignments will include Jesus Christ, Christian Hope, Sin and Grace, Trinity, and Christian Worship. This faculty member will be expected to participate in design and delivery of on-line courses. The successful candidate will have earned the Ph.D. by the beginning of the appointment and will be able to document and demonstrate effective classroom teaching.
  • Applications must be submitted through the on-line system. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three recent letters of recommendation.
  • Questions regarding the position should be referred to Sharon Kanis, SSND, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21210. Paper applications will not be accepted.
  • The deadline for applications is October 30, 2013. Initial interviews will be conducted in the EIS Center at the AAR Annual Meeting in November.
  • Apply online at: http://ndm.interviewexchange.com
  • Invitation to interview at AAR via email [11/8]
  • Invitation to campus interview via email on 12/20
  • Offer accepted 

Oberlin College - Assistant Professor of Religion and Applied EthicsEdit

The Department of Religion at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning first semester of the 2014-15 academic year, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (currently 4.5 courses per year) in the general area of religious ethics with a focus on applied ethics. Academic training in more than one religious tradition is expected, along with proficiency in the theories and methods in the academic study of religion. The incumbent will offer a survey lecture course on contemporary ethical issues from religious perspectives, thematic lecture course (highly desirable topics include biomedical, environmental, economic, and war and peace ethics), an introduction to religion course, as well as first-year and advanced-level seminars, and will participate in our senior capstone program.

The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position, and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2014-15). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Courses and faculty research areas in the department span eastern and western traditions, from the ancient world through contemporary issues and topics. Further information is available at http://new.oberlin.edu/arts-and-sciences/departments/religion/.

  • To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference, should be sent to religionappliedethics@oberlin.edu or to: A. G. Miller, Chair, Department of Religion, Oberlin College, c/o Brenda Hall, 10 North Professor St., Oberlin, OH, 44074 by October 25, 2013. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Preliminary interviews may be conducted at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, November 23-25, 2013.
  • - Email invitation to AAR interview (11/15) (x3)
  • Can people who got interviews share their AOS?
  • Environmental ethics

Any post-AAR news on this one?

  • All Quiet in my email box (12/12). (x2)
  • Responses to my thank-you e-mail, week after thanksgiving, mentioned having been very buTsy post-AAR.
  • I emailed dept. administrator this morning requesting timeline update - no response (12/17).
  • They already had, at least, one on-campus visit.
  • Offer made; offer accepted (12/18)
  • Got a rejection letter in the mail about a week ago. I am very impressed with the quick work and professionalism of this search committee. Congratulations to the new hire, and thanks, Oberlin, for handling this one well.

Old Dominion University (VA) - Religious Studies / Jewish TraditionsEdit

Old Dominion University (VA) - Asian Philosophy and ReligionEdit

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) AOS: Asian Philosophy and Religion. AOC: open. Candidate will be responsible for teaching introductory World Religions, as well as upper-level courses in Asian Philosophy and Religion (e.g., Asian Religions, Comparative Philosophy, Hinduism, Buddhism). Course load: 3/3. Compelling evidence of teaching effectiveness and scholarly potential required. Successful candidate will be expected to pursue an active research agenda. Completed PhD in Philosophy or Religious Studies required by the time of appointment and preferred by time of application. The candidate may also have opportunities to teach other upper-level courses that complement the department's existing areas of curricular strength.

  • To apply, please submit evidence of teaching effectiveness, CV, three reference letters, writing sample (10,000 words max.), and unofficial transcripts to https://jobs.odu.edu/ To ensure full consideration, application must be submitted by 1/3/2014. Phone interviews will be conducted in early 2014. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.
  • Anyone else find their online application infrastructure antiquated and tedious (especiall for the recommendation process)?
  • Phone interview scheduled by email (received 1/23).
  • Congrats! What's your field of research?
  • East Asia (esp. Japan)
  • Cool. Anyone else make the first cut? (I didn't...)
  • how do you know that you didn't make the 'first cut'? Did you receive an email releasing you from the search, or did you just not receive an invitation for the phone interview?
  • No interview invite, that's how. What about you? (I have not yet been asked for any interview--to respond to your note below: there has surely been more than one candidate interviewd! Not all candidates check Wiki :). Good luck to you!)
  • So only one person had a phone interview? Can others share their areas of research. I'd like to know what the SC intends by Asian (East, South, both, etc.).
  • They currently have someone with a terminal MA teaching courses in Buddhism and Buddhist Philosophy. Maybe they're looking for something similar from the candidate? Or, completely different? No idea....
  • OP here. I wouldn't go too much by what they have on the website. They told me it was somewhat outdated. The successful candidate would be the only specialist in Asian religions in the department, so I'm guessing it's probably Asia broadly conceived. I don't know whether they have contacted other interviewees yet, but it seems that they are interviewing multiple people. I'll be sure to post here if I hear anything else.
  • That's very helpful, thank you. I only ask to see how many Buddhist specialists are being interviewed vs. other Asian traditions. Best of luck to everyone!
  • Campus visit invite (2/17)
  • Offer made and accepted (3/28)

Our Lady of the Lake College (LA) - Religious Studies/TheologyEdit

The preferred candidate will have an earned doctoral degree in systematic theology, historical theology, or sacred Scripture and be eligible to apply for a mandatum. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition.

The successful candidate will be eligible to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses and embrace service commitments and scholarship. In addition, the College seeks an individual who has experience in providing online education or a willingness to provide online education following appropriate preparation. Religious Studies/Theology is administered in the Department of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in the School of Arts, Sciences and Health Professions, supports the general education core for all programs, and provides an area of concentrated study in the Liberal Studies baccalaureate degree. The successful candidate will teach the required introduction to theology course and other upper division courses depending upon need and expertise. An individual who is broadly trained, committed to student learning, willing to teach a variety of courses, and eager to propose new ones will flourish in this position. In addition to teaching responsibilities, faculty members participate in service to the College community and scholarship.

  • Submitted application on 1/20/14, received rejection via e-mail on 1/25
  • Phone interview 2/25 - invitation to campus 3/3
  • Offered to, and accepted by, a friend a few weeks ago (5/6)

Pacific Lutheran University - Constructive Theology in a Global ContextEdit

Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position to teach at the assistant professor level in Constructive Theology in a Global Context. The department seeks a teacher-scholar trained in constructive theology able to teach religious pluralism, global Christianities, and classical theology of the Western tradition. Candidate could also contribute courses in environmental theology and/or feminist, womanist, mujerista theologies. The successful candidate must be conversant with the Lutheran theological tradition.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Teaching (annual six-course load), scholarship, and service responsibilities commensurate with a tenure position and as per Pacific Lutheran University's Faculty Handbook. The candidate will be expected to teach courses consistent with her or his scholarly expertise.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2014.

  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit your application including a letter of application, current C.V., and all unofficial graduate transcripts online at http://employment.plu.edu. Three-five confidential letters of reference will also be requested by PLU upon application. Inquiries only to Dr. Antonios Finitsis, Search Chair, at finitsak@plu.edu. Pre-arranged interviews only at the AAR Annual Meeting.
  • Closing Date: 10/18/2013.
  • Rejection by e-mail [11/4] (x6)
  • Invited (by phone) to interview at AAR [11/4]
  • Rejection by email [11/8]

Pacific Lutheran University - History of ChristianityEdit

Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position to teach at the assistant professor level in the history of Christianity. The department seeks a teacher and scholar trained in any era of Christian history prior to the Reformation, with knowledge of both eastern and western Christian traditions. Applicants whose expertise complements current faculty strengths in western Christian history are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be able to offer courses that feature historical rigor and deep engagement with Christian theology. Familiarity with the Lutheran tradition of higher education is highly desired.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Teaching (annual six-course load), scholarship, and service responsibilities commensurate with a tenure position and as per Pacific Lutheran University's Faculty Handbook. The candidate will be expected to teach courses consistent with her or his scholarly expertise.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2014.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit your application including a letter of application, current C.V., and all unofficial graduate transcripts online at http://employment.plu.edu. Three-five confidential letters of reference will also be requested by PLU upon application. Inquiries only to Dr. Kevin O'Brien, Search Chair, at obrien@plu.edu. Pre-arranged interviews only at the AAR Annual Meeting.

  • As it seems that that they will have to move with some haste, has anybody heard anything yet?
  • Interview scheduled for AAR/SBL (10/28) x3
  • Contacted via email.
  • Rejection by email 11/1 (x8)

Princeton Theological Seminary - World ChristianityEdit

  • Princeton Theological Seminary seeks to fill a position in World Christianity in the Department of History and Ecumenics. Besides a relevant disciplinary training, applicants should have a broad competence (including diaspora communities of World Christianity in the global North) and a regional specialization in the global South (Latin America, Africa, or Asia). Contributing to intercultural theology in an ambience characterized by the Seminarys Reformed and ecumenical heritage will be essential. Academic credentials should include a doctorate and, preferably, a theological degree. Rank will be assistant professor on a tenure track; publications and teaching experience preferred. All faculty teach in all degree programs (M.Div./Th.M., Ph.D.) and actively assist a diverse body of students preparing for church-related ministries and careers in higher education.
  • As Princeton Theological Seminary is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), all faculty are expected to be able to work constructively within a theological environment informed by the Reformed tradition.
  • Applicants are required to apply online at https://tns-apps.ptsem.edu/facultyapplicationworldchristianity/login.aspx. Applicants must provide a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, and the other in an area of specialization). Three confidential recommendation letters are also required. Applicants request all references through the online application where complete instructions will be found.
  • Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2013.
  • Does anyone know if they are interviewing at AAR?
  • Email invitation for AAR interview (x2) [posted 11/21]
  • Email invitation for further interview via Skype (12/20)

Princeton Theological Seminary- Pastoral TheologyEdit

Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology to begin July 1, 2014. Candidates must display a vital theological and ecclesiastical understanding of pastoral theology in the context of practical theology and hold the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees or their equivalents. The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory and advanced courses in pastoral care and counseling in the M.Div. and Th.M. degree programs of the seminary and to offer Ph.D.-level seminars in Pastoral Theology. In addition, he or she will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one or more specialized areas of research and practice, including models of care and leadership in a congregational context; multicultural pastoral care; gender issues in pastoral care; pastoral care around issues of dying, death, and grieving; pastoral responses to mental illness or addictions; developmental psychology; and/or the psychology of religion.

As Princeton Theological Seminary is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), all faculty are expected to be able to work constructively within a theological environment informed by the Reformed tradition.

  • Applicants are required to apply online at https://tns-apps.ptsem.edu/facultyapplication/login.aspx Applicants must provide a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, and the other in an area of specialization). Three confidential recommendation letters are also required. Applicants request all references through the online application where complete instructions will be found. Review of applications will begin on October 1.

Princeton University - Religion in AmericaEdit

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Department of Religion, invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Religion in America, to begin September 1, 2014. We seek applicants who have research expertise in some aspect of the religious cultures of the colonial period through the nineteenth century. Candidates should also be trained broadly in U.S. religious history with strengths and interests that complement those of continuing faculty in the department's subfield of Religion in the Americas. It is expected that the candidate will have completed the Ph.D. by the time the position begins or will be very close to completing it. Princeton University is committed to both diversity and community in a context of academic excellence and we strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply.

  • Interested applicants should apply online and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a sample of recent scholarly work at http://jobs.princeton.edu. Three letters of reference should be sent directly c/o Mary Kay Bodnar, Department of Religion, 141 1879 Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2013, and will continue doing so until an appointment has been made. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.
  • This seems like the same position advertised last year. Anyone know what the story is?
  • Search failed after 2 declined offers, according to last year's page.
  • Request for more materials (10/2) x1 (10/17) x1 (11/2) x1
  • Four people have been invited for campus interviews (11/30) x2
  • Rejection received via email (1/29 X3)
  • Friend accepted job (2/3)

Reed College (OR) - South Asian Religion and HumanitiesEdit

  • Reed College seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Religion and Humanities at the Assistant Professor level for the 2014-15 academic year, to commence in the fall of 2014. We seek outstanding candidates who specialize in non-Abrahamic religions of the Indian subcontinent. Candidates who work on the intersection of race/ethnicity and religion, colonialism/nationalism and religion, and/or gender and religion are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience teaching and advising student research projects on a wide range of topics in religious studies is highly desirable.
  • Reed College is a selective liberal arts institution with a commitment to high standards of scholarship and teaching excellence in a seminar setting. The successful candidate will teach both introductory and advanced courses in his/her area of specialization annually. On a rotating basis, he or she will also teach theoretical and methodological courses in the study of religion as well as in the interdisciplinary, team-taught Humanities 110 course for freshmen that focuses on the ancient Mediterranean world. In addition, the position involves supervising year-long senior thesis projects.
  • Reed College believes that cultural and intellectual diversity is essential to the excellence of its academic program. In your letter of application, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service might support Reed College's commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College's diversity statement (http://www.reed.edu/diversity). The Religion Department is using Interfolio to collect faculty job applications electronically. Through Interfolio, please submit a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation. For more information and application instructions, see http://apply.interfolio.com/23198.
  • Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013. For further information about this position, please contact Kambiz GhaneaBassiri (ghaneabk@reed.edu). Initial interviews will be held at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in November. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed values diversity and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.
  • Any news?
  • AAR interview scheduled x2 (PhD candidate x1; PhD in hand x3) [posted 11/18]
  • AAR interview requested via email (PhD candidate x1)
  • Campus interview invitation via phone call x2 [12/5]
  • Have any offers been made?
  • Made and accepted [3/20]

Rice University (TX) - Catholic History & ThoughtEdit

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor, starting Fall 2014 pending final approval of funding, in CHRISTIANITY, with expertise in CATHOLIC HISTORY AND THOUGHT. The time period of specialization is open, although ability to handle the patristic corpus and/or religious philosophy is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to be conversant in the history and methods of the study of religion, and engage critical tools appropriate to her/his specialty. Candidates will be expected to develop and deliver both undergraduate and graduate curriculum with a 2/2 course load, maintain an active research program in a department that values the discourse of religious pluralism inclusive of movements outside the mainstream. Candidates also will be expected to participate in significant service activities at the department/school/university and community levels. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent. Send a single PDF file to louies@rice.edu with the following documents included in this sequence: letter of application, curriculum vitae, two sample syllabi, one writing sample (one chapter or article), and contact information for three references. Letters of application may be addressed to Professor April DeConick, Chair of Department of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, MS #15, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251-1892. Rice University is an equal opportunity employment/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applications will begin to be reviewed on October 7 and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Contacted by phone for AAR interview (10/25)
  • Contacted by e-mail for AAR interview (10/25)
  • Did any of those interviewed hear when they might make a decision about campus interviews by? [11/30]
  • Contacted by phone for campus visit (short notice--contacted 12/2 for visit 5-7 days later)
    • Are all 3 contacted already? (12/4)
  • Received final rejection notice. Hire is recent grad. (1/11)
  • No identifying info on this site - either names nor institutions.
  • Rejection by post (1/15). Congratulations to the new hire!

Rosemont College (PA) - Catholic Systematic TheologyEdit

Job Summary: Rosemont College, located in suburban Philadelphia, is a community of learners dedicated to excellence and joy in the pursuit of knowledge. Since 1921, thousands of students have benefited as recipients of an education from the world's only Catholic college offering Cornelia Connelly's "solid education" - one grounded in the liberal arts, but focused on developing the unique gifts of each person.

The Undergraduate College of Rosemont College is seeking a full-time faculty member in Religious Studies for a tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level. We are seeking an individual with a specialization in Catholic systematic theology.

Duties & Responsibilities: This faculty position entails responsibility for teaching courses throughout the religious studies discipline, including in the Survey of Catholicism, Ecclesiology, Christology, and Sacraments. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach courses at the introductory level or in Rosemont College's new General Education program. These courses can fulfill the College's religious studies requirements or be interdisciplinary courses that will meet requirements in areas of our GE curriculum such as ethics, sustainability, or global awareness. A full-time load is 12 credit hours; approximately 4 courses per semester. In addition to teaching the successful candidate is expected to contribute in scholarship and service as defined by the Boyer model. The position is available for spring or fall 2014.

Any news on this?

  • Open until filled (posted 09/26/13). LINK to Apply
  • Does it seem strange to anyone else that there is no due date for the application "open until filled"? Also, it looks to me that the recommendation letters are supposed to be uploaded BY THE APPLICANT to the electronic application itself. This also seems strange to me. A serious question: is this a reputable college? I don't know much about it.
  • A: a) "open until filled" is not that strange or unusual (there are several other jobs on this page with a similar due date) b) probably there is some kind of work-around for the rec. letter issue--contact HR to let them know of the problem (usually they'll give you some sort of email address to use instead, if you ask: "If you have questions, please email the Human Resources department at employment@rosemont.edu"). c) This is a legitimate college, although it is small and has struggled financially in the past (I believe there was some talk of merging with Villanova at some point, but nothing came of it). However, it's my understanding that it is on sounder footing these days (esp. since it went co-ed). Not directly involved with the place, but know someone who has been.
  • I was in contact with Prof. Paul Mojzes at pmojzes@rosemont.edu who was helpful. He said the deadline is the end of October. (posted 10/14/13)
  • Did they make contact with anyone before AAR? [11/22]
  • Rejection email after hearing nothing before AAR [01/15 x 3]

Rutgers University, Camden - World ReligionsEdit

  • Assistant Professor of Religion, tenure-track, beginning Fall 2014, in World Religions or Comparative Religions. Additional teaching competence desirable in Religion and Ethics, Art, Literature, or Culture. 4 courses/year (2/semester). Candidates with innovative, interdisciplinary interests and ability to create links with other programs and departments are of particular appeal. Undergraduate focus with graduate teaching opportunities in other programs. Ph.D. prior to appointment. Competitive salary. Rutgers is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University and our departments seek to attract an active, culturally diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, in a single PDF document if possible, plus three letters of recommendation to: Roxanne Huertas, rhuertas@camden.rutgers.edu, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Rutgers University-Camden, 429 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102. Inquiries may be directed to Stuart Charmé, Search Committee Chair, scharme@camden.rutgers.edu.
  • Application deadline: October 4, 2013. We will conduct interviews at the November AAR Annual Meeting.
  • Anyone know anything further about this post, or the department?
  • Where did this posting go up? I can't find it anywhere other than here...? (10/3/13)
  • It is still posted at the University's jobs page: http://fas.camden.rutgers.edu/faculty-research/fas-job-searches/ (10/3)
  • Any word on this one?
  • With a description that broad they likely got 300-400 applications, so it might be a while.
  • Contacted for AAR interview (10/27) x 5
  • Might those who got interviews post their area? I am interested in whether the had a particular area in mind.
  • Buddhism in America
  • Hinduism with cross-over into Asian/metaphysical trads. in America (x4)
  • Received rejection email; 170 applicants (11/12) x7
  • Any word on results of AAR interviews? Campus invites or rejections?
  • campus visit invitation (12/10)
  • May I ask what specialization?
  • Hinduism in America

Saint Louis University - Health Care EthicsEdit

  • Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service is seeking applicants for a tenure-track appointment, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) with a joint appointment in the Department of Theological Studies (DTS). The candidate may also be considered to serve as the Director of the PhD Program in Health Care Ethics.
  • The appointee must have a PhD in Theology, with strength in Catholic Theological Ethics with emphasis in Health Care Ethics/Bioethics. She or he will also either have a strong publication record or have demonstrated the potential to publish. She or he must also demonstrate the ability to teach graduate level courses and show promise in supervising PhD dissertations.
  • Position responsibilities include publishing scholarly work, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in health care ethics and theological ethics more broadly, with the possibility of administering the PhD Program in Health Care Ethics. The successful candidate will have a tenure home in both in the Center for Health Care Ethics and in the Department of Theological Studies. This 12-month appointment has either a 2:1 teaching load, with administrative work as the PhD Program Director in Health Care Ethics (with one, usually cross-listed undergraduate/graduate course, taught between the Center and DTS), plus usual service commitments, or a 2:2 teaching load with usual service commitments (with the same CHCE/DTS teaching distribution mentioned above). The appointee will report to the Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center, who will be in close consultation with the Chair of the Department of Theological Studies.
  • All applications must be made online at https://jobs.slu.edu/; req number 20130473 applications must include curriculum vitae, a sample of written (published) work and a cover letter. Applications received by September 30, 2013 will receive full consideration, but applications will remain open until the post is filled.
  • Looks like they hired Tobias Winright: http://www.slu.edu/bioethics/faculty/tobias-winright

Saint Louis University - Theological EthicsEdit

  • Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service, seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant professor in Theological Ethics within the Department of Theological Studies, beginning August 2014. Candidates should be well-versed in the Roman Catholic moral tradition, and should possess an active research agenda in one or more areas within the discipline that complements existing faculty strengths. They should be prepared to teach the basic undergraduate course on the Christian Moral Life as well as upper level courses in their more applied area(s) of interest. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in hand by the starting date for this appointment. She or he should also be committed to undergraduate teaching and mentoring that supports the university's core and departmental major/minor programs, and should be able to offer graduate instruction and mentoring at the M.A. level. Standard departmental teaching load is 2/2. Candidates, regardless of their own faith tradition, must be supportive of the Catholic and Jesuit ideals of the university. For more information about the faculty and our programs, visit our website at https://theology.slu.edu.
  • Deadline for receipt of applications will be Wednesday, September 30, 2013. All applications must be made online at https://jobs.slu.edu and must include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one sample of scholarly work, a sample course syllabus, and names and contact details of three referees. Any questions regarding the position or the search process should be submitted electronically to Dr. Tobias Winright, Ethics Search Committee Chairperson, at twinrigh@slu.edu.
  • NOTE: Deadline has evidently been extended to Nov. 1. See updated job announcement (PDF).
  • Received an email from the chair asking me to have my references send letters. Also, they will not conduct AAR interviews. (10/22) (x4)
  • received email requesting initial interview (11/14)
  • Anyone receive rejection letters?
  • Received rejection letter in the mail (12/12 x2)
  • Campus invites went out in early December
  • job has been offered and accepted.

Saint Michael's College (VT) - Christian-Muslim RelationsEdit

SAINT MICHAEL'S COLLEGE invites applications for a tenure-track position (rank open) in the Religious Studies Department with a concentration in Christian-Muslim Relations, beginning in Fall 2014. The department seeks candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: the relationship of Christianity and Islam in any era or geographic region; contemporary Christian-Muslim dialogue; women in Christianity and Islam. Ph.D. must be in hand by August 2014. The successful applicant will be expected to teach introductory courses in the Christian tradition and upper level courses in their area of expertise. Other opportunities include teaching in interdisciplinary courses and team-teaching within the department. Evidence of scholarship or promise of scholarly excellence is required. Competitive salary and benefits. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to innovative undergraduate teaching and be able to apply appropriate technology to the teaching & learning process. Candidates should be supportive of the mission of this Catholic, residential, liberal arts college with an undergraduate enrollment of 2000 students. Saint Michael’s College is committed to fostering and affirming an inclusive, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment for its students, faculty, and staff. Applicants are invited to discuss how they might contribute to this diversity in their cover letters. Review of full applications will begin November 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. For consideration for a preliminary interview at the AAR in Baltimore, send a cover letter and C.V. before November 8, 2013. Please submit cover letter, C.V., three letters of recommendation, and graduate transcripts online at: http://smcvt.interviewexchange.com>. "*Any word since the AAR? [posted 12/19]

  • None so far. [posted 12/25]
  • Anyone heard anything about this position's status? [Posted 1/24]
  • I have not, which is puzzling. I had expected to hear in mid-December. [2/1]
  • I wrote to someone there, and was told that there are financial issues that have held things up. So no news is not necessarily bad news at this point. [2/9]
  • Just received an email that the position has been filled. [2/25] x3
  • Does anyone have information on speciality etc. for the person who got the job?
  • Islam in America. 

Samford University (AL) - Social Scientific Study of ReligionEdit

The Department of Religion at Samford University seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the social scientific study of religion effective August 2014. Samford University is the largest privately-supported and fully-accredited institution of higher education in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has about 325 full time faculty and more than 4,800 students. The university is consistently one of the highest ranked comprehensive universities in the South.

The successful candidate will have expertise in the social scientific study of religion (including sociology, psychology, church social work, or anthropology) and an applied focus in some combination of congregations, faith-based organizations, communities, families, and individuals. This person will play a leading role in developing our existing concentration in congregational studies into a concentration in religious leadership and organizations. Possible areas of expertise and interest include religious leadership, faith-based community development, congregational studies, religion and health, faith development, and pastoral care and counseling. This person will complement the existing strengths of Samford's faculty in its religion and social science departments including its new College of Health Sciences.

The Ph.D. is required for this position. The successful candidate will have a record of excellence in teaching and a promising record of research. Experience in writing and administering grants is preferred, especially for collaboration with Samfords Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence in research and program development. Church-related experience or research is required. Candidates must be willing to support the universitys Christian mission.

The teaching load of three courses per semester will include undergraduate courses in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences in the general areas of congregational studies, faith development, and the candidates field of expertise, as well as in the universitys Core Curriculum. Courses in the candidates expertise may include cross-listed courses in a social science department or in the College of Health Sciencess forthcoming social work program. Additional responsibilities include advising and service to the department and university and sustaining a record of achievement in research. For additional information please see the detailed position description at http://www.samford.edu/jobs/faculty.aspx.

  • Please incorporate into a single PDF a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information for three references. Send this and, separately, three letters of recommendation to David R. Bains, acting chair, Department of Religion, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229; email: drbains@samford.edu. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 2, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Skype interview request (12/2)

San Diego State University - American Religious DiversityEdit

  • San Diego State University, Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at assistant professor rank in American Religious Diversity, with a specialization in any aspect of the religions and religious history of African Americans in North America, to begin Fall semester 2014. Research interests may combine the study of religion with other fields such as philosophy, social theory, literature, and the arts. Candidates working on Afro-Caribbean traditions, or other aspects of African-American religious experience are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will teach several core General Education courses including “American Religious Diversity,” “Religion and American Institutions,” in addition to courses in “Black Religion and Spirituality,” “Atheism, Humanism, and Secularism” and “Hip Hop and Religion.” The chosen candidate will show promise to teach other lower, upper, and cross-listed division courses, produce a well-planned research/scholarship agenda, whose interests will enhance existing strengths within a department known for its interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, will participate in professional organizations, collaborate with other college and university departments, serve the larger San Diego community, and complement the mission and collegiality of the Department of Religious Studies.
  • The successful candidate will have research expertise in American religious history and an ability to engage issues of theory and method in the academic study of religion and will have pedagogical skills in World Religions. Alongside their teaching of religious studies courses, the desired candidate will also be able to teach Africana Studies courses such as “Africana Intellectual Thought” and “African Foundations of Africana Studies” which are courses anchored in the African Diaspora experience. The area of specialization should include African American religious cultures and traditions, ethnography of religion, religion and race, religion and culture, and/or theological studies.
  • Qualifications include demonstrated skills in teaching undergraduates. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to teaching excellence and demonstrate promise for continuing research and publication. Ph.D. shall be in hand at time of appointment. Applicant screening will begin October 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Send cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation to Search Committee Chair, Department of Religious Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-6062.
  • This position has not been widely advertised; I would suggest this may be an inside hire of a current lecturer.
  • It was in the AAR-SBL listing and the Chronicle of Higher Education (both of which cost a fair amount of money for a department to place an ad). and perhaps more. How widely must a job be posted to avoid the implication of inside candidate? Is this the only evidence?
  • Course descriptions and qualifications fit an internal candidate who is completing his PhD at a nearby university perfectly. Google search reveals the matches. No reason people shouldn't know what they're up against given the time an application takes.
  • Can I suggest that the moderator remove the above comment (or this entire discussion) as unnecessary, inappropriate and hostile to the particular candidate involved? We all know the potential of inside hires in every opening, and there is no reason to focus on this one.... (disclosure: I edited the first comment in this thread to remove an individual name pursuant to wiki policy.) X2 - I second this. These kinds of statements only reinforce the fear of the internal candidate and cast blame on them. If you're lucky enough to have a department that is willing to go to bat for you with their administration for your long term interests, you shouldn't have to suffer for it. Plus, do we even know if that's true in this case?
  • Contacted on 10/11 for a Skype interview that took place 10/18. Sorry for the delayed posting. (10/23)
  • I am not in this particular field, but I don't agree that the comment about the possible IC should be removed. I think it's good to know these things. Some departments are mandated to go through the motions, but there are such things are ICs. On the flipside, it's well-known that the IC may not land the job and may lose out to someone fresher, more published, etc. Apply for the job no matter what. If the description is written to fit the internal, that may be more grounds for suspicion, but it's foolish not to apply based on these things alone.
  • On one hand, I think (1) it's not off-limits to discuss ICs generally (though the earlier naming of the candidate was rightly removed), (2) in this particular case, there is strong evidence that the VAP in question matches well--suspiciously well--with the job posting. However, (1) the discussion on this thread re: the IC started after the application deadline passed, so it doesn't really affect things one way or another, and (2) however compelling or not the above proofs are, that "establish" the VAP is an IC, they don't offer anything new to the conversation. We all have internet capabilities; we all have access to San Diego's faculty site; we can (and should) scope out the situation re: any job before we apply for it. Unless theories about ICs can be accompanied by something more than evidence that any reasonable applicant could investigate on our own (and some such evidence might be ethically dubious on a site such as this), I'm not sure where this leaves us--unless this is all about we the rejected using the wiki to self-medicate via explanations involving ICs (and, hey, I'm not opposed to some self-medication!). I'm with the person above who recommended not worrying about the VAP=IC question when you apply. I have a friend who beat out a VAP for a job last year. A few years ago, I was a runner-up to an "IC" for a job, but the faculty liked me and made a (failed) pitch to the provost to try and hire me, too. Jobs come in unorthodox ways these days.
  • Since we don't seem to have a consensus among the wiki community yet about the desirability of removing the comment, I'm letting it stand for now. It is correct that proper names of candidates should not be posted on the page, but more ambiguous suggestions about "inside" candidates are usually allowed to remain. I believe several posters above have already indicated the appropriate level of caution with which such rumors should be treated by wiki users. --Una74 (talk) 19:48, October 23, 2013 (UTC)\
  • If the IC rumors are true, this is very disappointing. I applied for this position when I first saw it in early October. I have not heard anything, not even a confirmation of the receiving of my materials. I think that I need to contact the them today. (11/19)
  • They've already done their first round of interviews on Skype and invited candidates to campus. (11/21)
  • The IC rumor turned out to be true. (12/19)
  • Has an offer been made? (12/19)
  • Yes. (12/20)

Santa Clara University - Religion and the Natural SciencesEdit

  • The Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position to begin Fall 2014.
  • We seek applicants whose expertise is in religion and natural science. The department is multidisciplinary, with several fields of religious and theological studies represented. If the applicant is not a theologian, the applicant must be able to dialogue with theological and religious studies disciplines. The area of specialization in the natural sciences is open, including but not limited to physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, environmental biology, genetics, and neuroscience. The candidate must demonstrate potential for success as a teaching scholar and understand and support the University's Jesuit mission.
  • The department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University is multidisciplinary, with over twenty full-time faculty representing a variety of fields in theological and religious studies (http://www.scu.edu/religiousstudies).
  • The successful candidate will teach six undergraduate courses per year on the quarter system, will be expected to successfully develop a research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications and potentially includes undergraduates, and will provide service to the department, College, and University, as appropriate to rank. The successful candidate will offer a range of undergraduate courses that will serve the departments participation in the Universitys Core Curriculum (http://www.scu.edu/core) and our major.
  • Qualifications: 1. Completion of the Ph.D. by the time of appointment. 2. Evidence of potential for effective and excellent university-level teaching in upper-and lower-division classes is required at the time of appointment. 3. Evidence of an agenda for scholarship and promise of publication in the area of science and religion within the disciplines of theology and religious studies is required. Starting Date: September 1, 2014
  • Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter or personal statement that includes (a) a statement of teaching philosophy, (b) a projected research agenda, (c) the applicant's experience or interest in working with people of diverse cultures and identities, (d) a statement on the candidates ability to contribute to interdisciplinary ventures that contribute to the department, College, or university priorities, and (e) the applicants understanding of the mission of Santa Clara as a Jesuit, Catholic university; (2) a curriculum vitae and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (3) sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from any courses taught;(4) an example of scholarship, e.g., in-press or published article); (5) three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent in electronic form (Word and/or PDF format) to RSApp@scu.edu. All questions should also be directed to that same email address.
  • Application Deadline: October 18, 2013.
  • Can someone tell me why undergraduate transcripts are of any use for someone who has a PhD?!
  • They want to know what you've been formally been exposed to so they can get a sense of how broadly they can ask you to teach. It's about teaching, I think.
  • Unless they specifically ask for OFFICIAL transcripts, I use unofficial ones. You can get your unofficial undergrad transcript once, save it, and then re-use it as much as needed.
  • Rejection received by email 11/4 (x4)

Seattle University - Christian EthicsEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Christian ethics in the Catholic theological tradition beginning September 2014.

Responsibilities include teaching courses in the major and the university core, with potential opportunities to teach in the graduate School of Theology and Ministry. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop and maintain an active, high quality program of research/scholarship, engage in program and university service activities, and promote interdisciplinary dialogue within the university and the surrounding community. Candidates who can contribute to interdisciplinary programs in Catholic Studies and Women and Gender Studies are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D.; teaching competence in Catholic social teaching and Catholic moral theology; demonstrated or potential excellence in teaching and scholarship.

  • Applicants should submit materials online at https://jobs.seattleu.edu. Include a letter of application; CV; names and contact information for three references; statement of teaching philosophy; samples of scholarly writing (up to two publications or dissertation chapters). Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013. Open until filled.
  • This is a second attempt at a failed search from last year. (9/2)
  • Anybody know anything about why it failed?
  • They offered it to someone who accepted an offer elsewhere, and after that I am not sure.
  • wtf? Is there a dedicated place here for rants? Because to declare a failed search in this economy, with so damn many qualified people, is just absurd....
  • rejection by email [11/2] (x5)
  • Dumb question, but what might it mean if I haven't received a rejection? The pessimist in me says they are just doing rolling rejections....
  • It might mean that your rejection is in your spam folder (as mine was). Or it might mean something good. If it's not in spam, I've got my fingers crossed for you!
  • Still haven't gotten a rejection, but also no invitation for an interview - frustration!
  • Email request for AAR interview [11/13] x2

Seminary of the Southwest - Church HistoryEdit

SEMINARY OF THE SOUTHWEST invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Church History to begin Fall of 2014. A seminary of the Episcopal Church, Southwest prepares Christian leaders for lay and ordained service within and outside the church. In addition to priestly formation and general academic study, the seminary houses special programs in Hispanic Church Studies, Counseling, Pastoral Care, and Spiritual Formation.The successful candidate will teach required and elective courses in Church History and will contribute to the formation of lay and ordained leaders within the Anglican and Episcopal tradition. The position requires full participation in the academic, pastoral, and communal life of the seminary and includes student advising, liturgical, and committee responsibilities. Proven teaching ability, familiarity with the Anglican tradition, and a demonstrated commitment to the Church's ministry are essential. A person of lively faith, the appointee will have a passion for the formation of Christians in a variety of vocations and across a diversity of contemporary ecclesial contexts. The seminary values a collegial working style and encourages inter-disciplinary conversation and team teaching. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Church History. Southwest is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is actively committed to diversity within its community. Rank is open. Applications should include a cover letter responding to this position description, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Applications may be emailed to Laurel Schlueder at laurel.schlueder@ssw.edu or mailed to Scott Bader-Saye, Academic Dean, Seminary of the Southwest, P.O. Box 2247, Austin, TX 78768-2247.

  • Deadline for applications: October 1, 2013.
  • Has anyone heard anything from them? Are they conducting AAR interviews?
  • Still waiting. I'm not sure what their plans are for interviews.
  • They have already done skype interviews and have invited a few candidates to campus.

Shenandoah University (VA) - ReligionEdit

The College of Arts and Sciences at Shenandoah University invites applications and nominations for full-time, career contract, assistant professor of Religion to begin in August 2014.

Religion faculty teach a broad range of courses in religion and support the university's JustFaith Christian Leadership Certificate Program (www.su.edu/spiritual-life/justfaith), whose aim is "to prepare and empower leaders for the 21st century church who are committed to spiritual depth and social justice as integral aspect of the church's ministry in a global context." Priority will be given to candidates with appropriate credentials to teach in the university's Going Global First-year Seminar (http://www.academics.su.edu/academics/first-year-seminar-going-global-2). Ph.D. in Religion or related discipline required.

  • Complete applications will include a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three professional references. All materials are preferred electronically and should be sent to employment@su.edu with Religion Faculty in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries for information may be addressed to Barry Penn-Hollar at bpennhol@su.edu. Shenandoah University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.
  • acknowledged receipt of application materials via email/link to demographics questionnaire (11/5)
  • This ad was just posted on AAR's site - I wonder if this means the original candidates weren't up to snuff? Thoughts?
  • Forgive my ignorance: was it originally posted somewhere else? (I discovered it on AAR yesterday.)
  • It was posted at HigherEdJobs.com a few days before it evidently appeared at AAR. I doubt there is much significance to the fact it was posted in more than one place. Many jobs are advertised in multiple venues, and lags between postings are likely the result of administrative or technical issues more than anything else [11/8].
  • I agree. It wasn't posted on HigherEdJobs (where I also first saw it) for long enough for them to have undertaken a full review.
  • Does anyone know if they are doing AAR interviews?
  • Contacted by phone for short list interview via Skype (11/19)
  • Looks like this was just re-posted at HigherEdJobs (2/12)
  • It was actually offered and accepted this week (2/20)

Skidmore College - Assoc./Full Prof, Assoc. Director of Religious StudiesEdit

Skidmore College invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track position at the advanced Associate or Full Professor level in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, commencing in the fall of 2014. This will be a newly created senior faculty position of Associate Director of the Religious Studies Program. The Religious Studies Program is in the process of transitioning from a program within the Department of Philosophy & Religion to an autonomous Department of Religion. The Associate Director will work closely with the Director of Religious Studies to grow the program and begin the process toward the transition of the program to an independent department. It is expected that the associate director will serve as the inaugural Religion Department Chair.

The successful candidate will hold the Ph.D. in Religion and document a record of excellence in teaching and scholarship, plus administrative experience and expertise in program/curriculum development. Areas of specialization and competence are open, but must include experience developing and teaching core courses in the discipline, including Introduction to the Study of Religion, Theory & Method in the Study of Religion, and a Senior Seminar/Capstone course. Interdisciplinary program experience is also highly desirable. Skidmore is on a semester system, with a teaching load of five courses per year.

We especially seek candidates from under-represented groups, as well as individuals who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, and who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Skidmore is committed to being an inclusive campus community. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Submit cover letter, vita and other supporting materials through the online system to Prof. Mary Z. Stange, Director of the Religious Studies Program. For a more complete position description, contact either Professor Stange at mstange@skidmore.edu or the departmental administrative assistant Ruby Grande, rgrande@skidmore.edu.

  • Review of applications will commence on October 15, with telephone interviews later in the fall semester and on-campus interviews in February.
  • To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online at: https://careers.skidmore.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54718
  • Email rejection (11/14)
  • Email request for reference letters (11/11)
  • Finalists (not me) invited to campus, campus visits in early April (3/13)
  • Offer made and offer accepted (4/14)

Skidmore College - South Asian StudiesEdit

St. Edward's University (TX) - World Religions (spec. Asian Traditions)Edit

St. Edward's University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Studies in the area of World Religions with a specialization in Asian Traditions to begin Fall, 2014. The person in this position will be expected regularly to teach survey courses in world religions and to develop courses that pertain to Asian Traditions, interreligious dialogue and comparative theologies. The successful candidate will contribute to and support diversity at St. Edward's University.

Responsibilities: Full-time teaching responsibilities (4 courses per semester). Teaching responsibilities include courses fulfilling general education requirements and courses in the Religious Studies major/minor. Curriculum development in light of areas of expertise. On-going professional development and scholarly activity in area of expertise and in collaboration with faculty colleagues and students. Enthusiastic participation in planning and implementing the departmental (i.e. Religious and Theological Studies) goals. Participation in departmental, School of Humanities and University projects, events, and committee assignments. Fulfillment of other required faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty Manual.

Qualifications: Ph.D. required in Religious Studies or Theology (Area: World Religions; Specialization: Asian Traditions). Demonstrated effective teaching at the undergraduate level required. A record or the potential of professional involvement and publication. Educational philosophy consistent with a liberal arts emphasis and the mission of St. Edward's University. Successful completion of an employment and criminal history background check required.

About St. Edward's University: Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 5,300 students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's is a highly diverse, Hispanic-serving university committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment and to principles that promote inclusive practices. St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities.

  • How to Apply: Full consideration given to applications received before November 8, 2013. Please submit an on-line application. Attach a letter of interest that addresses how the candidate will contribute to and support diversity at St. Edward's, vita, three current letters of reference. Sealed official transcripts should be sent to: Religious and Theological Studies Search Committee; School of Humanities; C/M 1033; 3001 S. Congress Avenue; Austin, TX 78704-6489.
  • Any thoughts on applying for this position with a PhD NOT in Religious Studies, but in a related field? For example, in East Asia Studies, with a focus on Buddhism and the religions of China and Japan?
  • I've known people from other humanities disciplines (ie: history) who were successful candidates for religious studies positions, so I would say why not give it a shot?
  • I also think candidates in related humanities disciplines should apply. Perhaps, though, it is worth emphasizing one's training in and ability to teach theories and methods in the study of religion. The strongest candidates for such positions that I know of indeed hold PhDs in Area Studies or History, but also have a background (BA or MA/MTS) in Religious Studies. Good luck!
  • Any news? (11/15) Not yet (11/15)
  • Received email invitation for AAR interview (11/16) x2
  • What are people's area of study?
  • Has anyone heard about second-round interviews or know their timeline? (12/19)
  • Haven't heard anything yet, although I remember them saying that it might be quite late in December before they get to second-round invitations.
  • Any news? I am assuming that second-round invitations have already been scheduled given the late date (1/7)
  • Has anyone been invited for a campus visit?
  • I emailed yesterday to ask about where they are in the process, no response yet. (2/7)
  • Updates? (3/6)
  • So, campus visits have happened and/or are still happening. (3/7)
  • Three finalsist were on campus two weeks ago. (3/12)
  • They probably chose their candidate, since I recieved the following message today:  "Thank you for your interest in employment at St. Edward’s University.We had the opportunity to review your application materials and regret to inform you that we have chosen to pursue other candidates whose skills, background, and education more closely match our current needs." x2

St. Norbert College (WI) - Liturgical Studies and Sacramental TheologyEdit

St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, invites applications for a tenure-track, entry-level position in Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology. Ph.D. required. Start August 2014. St. Norbert College is a Catholic, nationally ranked Liberal Arts College that embraces the Norbertine vision of community and is committed to providing an educational environment that is intellectually, spiritually, and personally challenging. We welcome candidates from all faith traditions who can address how they can contribute to the College’s mission. Please visit the College website at www.snc.edu/mission and the Religious Studies page at www.snc.edu/religiousstudies for the Religious Studies discipline’s statement of its relation to the mission of the college.

  • Applications must be received by October 24. Dossiers for applicants should include an application letter, curriculum vitae, a list of references with contact information, and a list of the candidate’s graduate courses. Please send dossiers to: Dr. David Duquette, Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, St. Norbert College, 100 Grant St, De Pere, WI 54115-2099. Electronic submissions strongly encouraged and can be sent to kelly.krummel@snc.edu, addressed to Dr. David Duquette.
  • Any news here? (11/08/13)
  • Disappointed that I was not selected for an interview (11/15)
  • Has anyone been invited to interview for this position at AAR/SBL? (11/20)
  • Application submitted early Oct. Have heard nothing as of 11/27. Anyone else?
  • I heard that they interviewed select candidates at AAR/SBL. Uncertain of next steps (11/27)
  • Any news here? Campus visits or offers? (01/03)

St. Thomas More College (Canada) - Latin Christian AntiquityEdit

Stanford University - South Asian Studies (inc. Religious Studies, Open-rank)Edit

Stanford Univesity invites applications for a tenure-line, open-rank position in SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES to begin in the academic year 2014-15. The scholar-teacher appointed will be based in a department but is also expected to make contributions to the interdisciplinary study of South Asia across the University. The appointment can be in one of the following departments in the School of Humanities and Sciences: Art and Art History (including Film and Media Studies), Economics, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Teaching responsibilities will be determined by the home department.Applicants should provide a cover letter including a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including list of publications, and sample(s) of recent scholarship. Assistant level and untenured applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted to Interfolio. Currently tenured applicants should submit the names of three references. For full consideration, materials must be received by October 1, 2013.

Apply through Interfolio: https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/21848.

  • Deadline: 10/1/2013
  • Also posted at Art History 2013-2014
  • Anyone, any word of any kind?
  • Nothing regarding interview. I did hear though that they are looking to make a senior scholar hire. But who knows. Since there isn't a separate thread for it, anyone have any info on the University of Minnesota South Asian Studies job?
  • Not sure if this is the position you mean, but a job at U Minn. in South Asian Lit and Culture is posted on the Comparative Lit. page: Comparative 2014. Somebody there just noted a Skype interview scheduled. [11/8]
  • Yes this is the one. Thanks for the investigative work!
  • Received an interfolio-generated email from Asso. Director of SA studies saying that the applications are currently being reviewed and they'll be in touch when there is 'more news to share.' Presumably this was sent to all applicants? (I also received the mail)
  • Form rejection e-mail received ("We have completed making our selections for on-campus interviews...") [12/17] x 2
  • campus invites without interviews....clearly they were going for a senior hire....

Texas A&M University - Africana Studies and Religious Studies (Open Rank)Edit

  • The Africana Studies and Religious Studies programs at Texas A&M University invite applications for a tenured or tenure-track position at the assistant, associate or full professor rank, to begin September 2014. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Africana Studies or a closely related field by August 2014 is essential. Applicants should have teaching and research credentials in one or more of the following areas: Religions of Africa, Religions of the Caribbean, African Religions in North America, Indigenous African Religions and/or Religions of the African Diaspora. Multiple theoretical perspectives are welcome. Teaching and research in Womens and Gender Studies or Womanist Theology is desirable. Standard teaching load is 2/2. Teaching will include Introduction to Africana Studies, a new course in World Religions, and specialized courses in the area of expertise. Service to the Interdisciplinary Programs in Religious Studies and Africana Studies and research publication are expected.
  • Submit letter of application describing your teaching and research, a statement of your research agenda and goals in an academic institution, c.v., and a list of references who can provide a letter of recommendation to Dr. Donnalee Dox, Chair AFST/RELS Search Committee, Religious Studies Program, MS 4346, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013 and continue until an appointment is made.
  • Anybody heard anything about interviews at AAR.
  • Anybody heard anything about this search (12/9/13)?
  • Invited for campus interview by phone and email (ABD)
  • I called today (2/13/14). I was told by Donnalee Dox that no campus interviews had been arranged. However, she was not what I woudl describe as candid. She informed me that the committee was moving quite slowly and that they hoped to send out letters by late March or early April.
  • Any body heard anything as of 4/7?
  • I received an e-mail today with for the voluntary self disclosure form. This makes absolutely no sense. (4/14)
  • offer made; if not accepted, new search will be started [5/1]
  • Received voluntary self disclosure form via email, nearly a month after other applicants did. (5/9)

Texas State University - Religious StudiesEdit

Tenure track Assistant Professor in Religious Studies. Religious Studies is located in the Department of Philosophy which houses 3 holders of the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship, a unique Dialogue Series with over 40 public presentations each semester, and a growing research-active faculty. We seek a specialist in the modern period, with a geographical specialization in the Americas and a strong comparativist background; specialization may be North or Latin American, with competence desired in the other area. Additional desirable competencies include some of the following: modern Christianities; new religious movements; linkage between religion and race, ethnicity, class, or gender; religion and culture; ritual studies; method/theory of religious studies; ability to teach philosophy introduction. Responsibilities include developing undergraduate and graduate courses and assisting with a proposal for a B.A. in religious studies. Teaching load is 3/3, with a 2/2 load in the first year with teaching assignments commensurate with competencies. Active scholarship and university service required. Qualifications: Required: Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with specialization stipulated in Position Description. Preferred: Ability to teach introductory philosophy (18 graduate hours in philosophy).

  • Application Procedures: Please submit CV with contact information for three references to Dr. Rebecca Raphael at raphael@txstate.edu or at Department of Philosophy, Texas State University, 601 University Drive San Marcos, TX 78666. Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • acknowledged receipt of application via email (11/6 x3)
  • on 11/8
  • Oh, well, fine. If we're being technical mine was on 10/23.
  • Received email request for supporting materials and AAR interview 11/17 (x5)
  • At the AAR in Baltimore, committee interviewed at least one candidate who registered with the AAR job center, rather than submitting an actual application (1/13)
  • Any news on this search? (2/5)
  • I just emailed and got a quick response. They are awaiting administrative approval of their finalists. (2/6)
  • Thank you to the above emailer! (2/7)
  • emailed to set up an on-campus interview (2/11)
  • phone call to set up campus interview (2/12)
  • Campus Interview week of 3/3
  • Anybody heard anything?  (4/4)
  • I was an on-campus interview finalist and heard in mid-March that a candidate had accepted. (4/5)
  • Received email response to my query that an offer was accepted, and formal notices 'just went out.'   Uncool, IMHO.  (4/6)
  • I received the official notice today. (4/7) x2
  • Sooooo...I just got the HR affirmative action self disclosure thing in the mail yesterday (5/16). I am usually good about filling them out, but since they job was filled months ago I kind of can't muster much interest in doing it.
  • Too funny. I'm the above finalist (4/6) ..I still have not received my offficial decline. 

Texas Wesleyan University - Christian Studies Edit

  • See full post at Biblical Studies 2013-2014
  • Phone call from HR requesting Skype interview (1/30)
  • Email requesting Skype interview (1/31)
  • Snail mail rejection indicating offer made an accepted. From the look of it and quick turnaround from Skype interview I'd guess this was an inside hire (2/27)

Trinity University (TX) - IslamEdit

Trinity University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Islam, beginning August 2014, at the rank of assistant professor. The candidate must demonstrate strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a small liberal arts institution. Expertise may include cultural studies of Islam, contemporary Islam, the interaction of Islam with other religious traditions, or the history of Islam. Courses to include the Islamic Tradition, the Qur’an and its reception, and topics in historical and/or contemporary Islam. Other course assignments may vary with background of instructor but must complement the curriculum. Three undergraduate classes per semester. Participation in the First-Year Seminar program desired. Demonstrated teaching abilities and scholarly research preferred. PhD must be completed by time of appointment. Salary is competitive.

  • Send letter of application, CV, up-to-date graduate institution transcript(s), three letters of reference, statement of teaching philosophy (maximum 300 words), and teaching evaluations if available to: Dr. Sarah K. Pinnock, Department of Religion, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200. Preference given to applications received by October 1, 2013. Electronic submissions preferred sent to religion-islam-search@trinity.edu. Selected candidates will be interviewed at the annual meeting of the AAR.
  • Invited for AAR Interview by Phone (10/29) and email (10/30) requesting writing sample (max. 25 pages) and two syllabi, one lower division and one upper division (x4)
  • Campus invitation extended by phone and email (x1) [posted Dec. 1]
  • any idea whether they've invited two or three people to campus?
  • Usually its 3. Any reason why it might be 2? Don't know.
  • any news/ (3/1/2014)
  • Offer was made and declined 2/26 (ouch!)
  • Did the search fail? 
  • Offer made and under consideration (4/4)

Tufts University - Early ChristianityEdit

Union Theological Seminary - Professor of PreachingEdit

Union Theological Seminary seeks applicants for an open rank appointment for the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching (3-5 year term appointment with possibility of renewal or movement to tenure-track). The position is geared toward innovative biblically rooted preaching and communication in a variety of social and cultural contexts. The position provides opportunities for teaching a range of required and elective courses in the M.Div. and M.A. curriculum as well as doctoral level courses and advisement of students.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have proven ability in the practice and teaching of preaching in diverse traditions and contexts. The candidate must be able to cultivate students who can speak in a public voice to a variety of social and theological issues. A doctoral degree in homiletics or a related field is desirable.

The candidate must

  1. Possess knowledge of the homiletics literature across a wide range of traditions and cultures.
  2. Teach the required introductory team-taught course in worship and preaching in collaboration with the Bible field.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of race, class, gender and sexuality as realities that shape preaching and listening.
  4. Demonstrate willingness to work closely with colleagues across fields, particularly those in the Biblical field, the Professor of Worship and Director of the Chapel.
  5. Possess a familiarity with performance, ritual and cultural studies and know how to bring these fields to bear on the work of preaching.
  6. Possess a familiarity with new media and social media.
  7. Possess an awareness of the needs of the urban church in a global city.

Union Theological Seminary, an equal opportunity employer, seeks a racially diverse, broadly representative faculty that is sensitive to cross cultural issues.

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Mary C. Boys, Dean of Academic Affairs c/o Alma L. Matos, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, New York 10027. Materials can also be submitted electronically to amatos@uts.columbia.edu

  • To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be submitted by October 31, 2013. Consideration of candidates will continue until the post is filled.

University of Alabama - Religion, Global Conflict, and LawEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position, beginning August 2014. The position in Religion, Global Conflict, and Law will anchor one of three tracks in the department's new curriculum. Proficient in critical and social theory, the ideal candidate will analyze the roles played by legal and religious systems in cross-cultural conflicts (whether physical, economic, racial, ethnic, or social). While the research specialty, region, and historical area are open, they should complement without reproducing the expertise of current faculty in the department.

At the time of hire, the ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in the academic study of religion or related area; however, candidates who are ABD nearing completion will be considered. All applicants should demonstrate a record of teaching excellence along with an active and on-going research agenda. The regular teaching load is two courses per semester, with typically one upper level and one lower level large enrollment course each semester.

The Department of Religious Studies (http://religion.ua.edu/) is an undergraduate degree-granting unit in a Tier I public university.

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with the possibility of meeting representatives of the search committee at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore. Applicants are required to apply online (http://facultyjobs.ua.edu), submitting: a C.V.; a cover letter; statement of teaching philosophy; and an essay-length writing sample. Applicants may later be contacted for at least three letters of recommendation and sample syllabi. Direct any inquiries to the Search Committee Chair, Steven Ramey, at sramey@as.ua.edu, (205) 348-4218.
  • Posted at the Chronicle on 10/7/13.
  • letter of recs requested 10/27
  • Anyone heard anything on this one?
  • invitation to AAR interview (phone 11/8)
  • On-campus invites went out - Did you receive an invite? Or did you come by this knowledge some other way?
  • Offer made and accepted (3/31)

University of Arizona - Hinduism in South Asia and the Modern WorldEdit

The Religious Studies Program at the University of Arizona seeks applications for a tenure track position in Hinduism in South Asia and the Modern World at the level of Assistant Professor.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a closely related field by August 1, 2014, professional-level competence in English, and an excellent record in teaching, including a demonstrated ability to teach courses in Hinduism. In addition, applicants must have the ability to teach Introduction to Religion and the Senior Capstone for the Religious Studies undergraduate major (taught on a rotating basis with other faculty).

Scholars specializing in Hinduism in the context of modern South Asia, with competence in the appropriate languages for research and teaching in this field, are encouraged to apply. In addition, the University of Arizona is interested in candidates with teaching competency in one or more of the following areas: Hindu-Muslim Relations; Hinduism and related religions in the Americas; Health, Healing, and Spirituality in the Indian tradition; and/or Hindu Ethics and modern Indian society.

This is a benefits-eligible position and the appointment starts in August 2014.

  • Review begins on (Continues until position filled): 11-10-2013
  • LINK to Apply
  • AAR Interview scheduled X 6 [11/20]
  • SKYPE interview scheduled x 3 [12/5] (Follow-up to AAR interview)
  • Any message after the sype interviews?
  • Campus Interview scheduled X 2
  • May I know what specializations ?
  • Offer made (2/14)
  • May I know what specialization?
  • Late medieval/early modern
  • Thank you! Congratulations! ABD or PhD? And offer accepted?
  • Thank you! ABD and offer accepted (2/21)

University of California, Berkeley - Religious Diversity Cluster (Assoc. or Full Prof.)Edit

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 are 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.
  • Received automated rejection e-mail (3/20)x2
  • After submitting an application 3 1/2 months ago, I'd like to know more about this search. Does anyone know how many applications they received? The description was pretty general. It will be interesting to see what they really had in mind once the candidates are shortlisted, and finally after they choose someone.

University of California, Riverside - Transnational Buddhism Edit

he Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the study of Transnational Buddhism, starting July 1, 2014. The area of specialization is open, but this position is deliberately defined for a candidate who engages Buddhism in both Asia and the West in its formation of local cultural networks, Asian immigrant communities, as well as its global dissemination. We particularly favor candidates adept at critical comparative study of religion, as well as those with a solid grounding in method and theory in the study of religion. UCR is located in immediate proximity to the largest East Asian and Buddhist population in the nation and our department is committed to establishing the study of Buddhism as part of our core institutional identity.

Teaching obligations will include an undergraduate introductory course on religions of Asia, upper division undergraduate and graduate courses on Buddhism, including significant developments of Buddhism outside Asia. The university is on the quarter system of ten weeks of instruction per quarter. A standard teaching load alternates between five courses one year, and four the next.

Ph.D. or advanced ABD status is required at time of appointment, and candidates with demonstrable research, publication, and teaching experience will be preferred. UCR is a research institution with high expectations for scholarly productivity and excellence in teaching. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

In lieu of a research statement, applicants should submit a short essay (500 word maximum) as a part of their cover letter that addresses the following questions: What are the most interesting general theoretical or conceptual problem (or problems) of religion? And, why? What problem (or problems) in the study of Buddhism interest them most? And, briefly, why? How does the studying of Buddhism contribute to a university humanities program?

  • Interested candidates should send electronic applications of their curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their interest in and fit for the position, a short essay (500 word maximum) included with their cover letter, teaching evaluations, at least three letters of recommendation; journal articles, book chapters, or other works-in-progress (if available) to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00048 or to the Department of Religious Studies, Attention Victoria Cross, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521. Electronic application and submission of materials is strongly preferred. Review of applications will begin December 20, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Professor Ivan Strenski, Chair, Religious Studies Search Committee, at ivan.strenski@ucr.edu.
  • Committee has begun to review applications (1/13)
  • Thanks for the update!
  • Has anyone heard back? (x3)(1/31)
  • On-campus invitations have been extended via email (2/3)
    • Did they skip phone interviews?
    • Yes, apparently they did skip phone interviews
    • Rejection (2/24) (x2)
    • Four on-campus interviews were conducted.  An offer has now been extended and accepted (3/27)

University of Chicago - Assistant Professor of Byzantine Theology and Visual CultureEdit

  • The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in Byzantine Theology and Visual Culture. The successful candidate, who may be trained in theology, history, art history or other disciplines, should have a broad and deep knowledge of the key textual sources of the Byzantine theological traditions and expertise in the study of Byzantine visual and material culture(s) and aesthetics. Attention to interactions and influences between Byzantine thought and culture and other religious traditions, language groups and geographical regions, historically and/or into the present, is welcome. The candidate for this new faculty position should have a compelling and original research agenda and a wish to pursue it within the interdisciplinary framework offered by the Divinity School and the wider University.
  • The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the study of religion at the University of Chicago, a private research university. Faculty in the School teach Ph.D. students in 11 different areas of study, and master's level students in M.A. and M.Div. programs, offering courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Many faculty hold associate appointments in other departments and schools of the University; such associations are encouraged. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a quarter system; in most cases that leaves one quarter open for research in residence (in addition to summers free for scholarship).
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of candidates will commence September 15, 2013. Application must be made online, at http://tinyurl.com/m5se92x. For questions contact Dean Margaret M. Mitchell, The University of Chicago Divinity School, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (mmm17@uchicago.edu). The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Also posted at Art History 2013-2014
  • Any idea on the number of applicants?
  • No idea on number of applicants. Did anyone receive any sort of response yet? Request for references? (10/04)
  • No response, but I think they have multiple searches (10/04)
  • Any updates? Has anyone heard in any capacity? (10/15)
  • Heard nothing (10/16, same person who posted question on 10/04)
  • Has anyone heard anything? (11/04)
  • Any news here? I have heard nothing - maybe they are pursuing their top candidates who are not following this wiki (11/14)
  • I have heard nothing. Has anyone had a request for letters of recommendation? (11/14)
  • Neither have I. All University of Chicago Divinity postings are showing the same lack of news on wiki (see below) (11/16)
  • Is this really an open position? We're already in December and nobody claims to have heard anything. (12/01)
  • Perhaps they move at a slower pace because of the quarter system? No news is never good news, but maybe we'll hear something within the next two weeks (12/03)
  • Skype interviews in progress (12/04) (x2)
  • From Art History page: "campus interviews scheduled (12/22) (x2)"
  • Received rejection letter today (01/03). Were any theologians invited to campus?
  • One theologian, a senior scholar, has been invited to campus, and three art historians have also been invited. (1/30)

University of Chicago - Religious Ethics (Tenured)Edit

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make a tenured appointment (Associate or Full Professor) in Religious Ethics. The candidate should exhibit a broad knowledge of the field of religious ethics, command of issues in moral theory central to religious ethics, and a coherent and creative research agenda and record of publication within the field. Religious traditions(s) of primary scholarly expertise and areas of concentration (e.g., philosophical, political, social ethics, the intersection of ethics and the life sciences) open.

The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the study of religion at the University of Chicago, a private research university. Faculty in the School teach Ph.D. students in 11 different areas of study, and masters level students in M.A. and M.Div. programs, offering courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Many faculty hold associate appointments in other departments and schools of the University; such associations are encouraged. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a quarter system; in most cases that leaves one quarter open for research in residence (in addition to summers free for scholarship).

  • Additional Information or Requirements: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of candidates will commence September 15, 2013. Application should be made online, at http://tinyurl.com/lxsrmc2. For questions contact Dean Margaret M. Mitchell, The University of Chicago Divinity School, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (mmm17@uchicago.edu).
  • Has anyone been contacted in any capacity? (10/25)
  • Not me. (10/25)
  • Not my field, and I didn't apply, but having been on the market a few years now, having seen this institution post and repost the same job openings year after year, and have seen how folks on the wiki anually wonder what in the world is going on, I'd say, don't expect prompt contact (if any contact).
  • agreed. After a few years of failed searches (in other fields) I also would not be surpised if this one stalls. The faculty need to get their act together in my humle opinion.
  • A senior scholar gave a lecture at the University of Chicago for this position in early November
  • I received a rejection e-mail stating that an offer had been made and accepted. First I heard anything since I applied in September! (2/6)

University of Chicago - Social Scientific Study of Religion (Rank Open)Edit

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make an appointment in the Social Scientific Study of Religion. Rank and salary are open. The School seeks a scholar with superior research skills and a promising agenda for future work in anthropology or sociology of religion. Candidates must combine theoretical sophistication with deep knowledge of one or more religious communities or traditions. Regional focus is open; specialists in the religions of Latin America, Africa or China are especially encouraged to apply. Ability to contribute to the wider conversation that is the academic study of religion is essential.

The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the study of religion at the University of Chicago, a private research university. Faculty in the School teach Ph.D. students in 11 different areas of study, and masters level students in M.A. and M.Div. programs, offering courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Many faculty hold associate appointments in other departments and schools of the University; such associations are encouraged. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a quarter system; in most cases that leaves one quarter open for research in residence (in addition to summers free for scholarship).

  • Additional Information or Requirements: Application must be made online at http://tinyurl.com/p2uy2d7. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applicants will commence on September 15, 2013. Contact: Dean Margaret M. Mitchell, The University of Chicago Divinity School, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (mmm17@uchicago.edu).
  • Also posted at Cultural Anthropology 2013-2014
  • Has anyone heard anything? (11/9)
  • Any news from anyone? Request for further material, rejection letters? (11/15)
  • This is another job that has been advertised for at least two years running. I can't imagine it's a serious search at this point and it seems like a waste of time to apply for/worry about.
  • Request for additional writing samples and letters of recommendation (12/9)
  • Campus visits scheduled (2/24)

University of Dayton - Christian OriginsEdit

University of Dubuque (IA) - Evangelism and Missional ChristianityEdit

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is seeking a faculty member in Evangelism and Missional Christianity to begin teaching in August 2014. This individual will play a major role in the Master of Arts in Missional Christianity program, contribute to the seminary mission/evangelism curriculum (including short-term mission), and encourage Christian witness across the university. She/he will teach in the residential and distance degree and non-degree programs of the seminary and may contribute to undergraduate programs. Advanced training in the field of ministry, theology/history, or Bible is required. A vibrant commitment to Jesus Christ, significant experience in Christian ministry and mission, and an appreciation of the Reformed theological tradition are expected. Applicants should embrace a vision for the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind and the promotion of social righteousness. Rank is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.

  • Applicants should send a letter of application, UD employment application, which is located on our website, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and three letters of reference to: HR@dbq.edu or Director of Human Resources, University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave., Dubuque, IA 5200. Application deadline is Dec. 6, 2013. The University of Dubuque is an AA/EEO employer.

University of Dubuque (IA) - Christian Discipleship and FormationEdit

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is seeking a faculty member in Christian Discipleship and Formation to begin teaching August 2014. The successful candidate will be able to teach practical theology courses in Christian discipleship and formation and coordinate Spiritual Formation Groups. Familiarity with youth/young adult ministry, pastoral administration, or pastoral care is desirable. A M.Div. or equivalent and an advanced earned theological degree are required. A vibrant commitment to Jesus Christ, significant experience in ministry, and an appreciation of the Reformed theological tradition are expected. Candidates will be expected to teach in the residential and distance degree and non-degree programs of the seminary and may contribute to undergraduate teaching. Rank is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.

  • A letter of application, UD application form, located on our website, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and three letters of reference should be sent to HR@dbq.edu or Director of Human Resources, University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001. Application deadline is Dec 6, 2013. The University of Dubuque is an AA/EEO Employer.

University of Houston - Religious Studies (Tenured Professor)Edit

University of Iowa - Religious Studies and Communication StudiesEdit

University of Mary (ND) - TheologyEdit

  • The University of Mary invites applications for a full-time position in the Department of Theology, to begin fall 2014. Rank and area of theological specialization are open; Ph.D. (or equivalent, e.g., Th.D., S.T.D.) is required by time of employment. Applicants should excel in teaching at the undergraduate level and possess the ability to teach broadly among the theological disciplines while having an active research agenda. The successful candidate will be expected to seek and receive the mandatum from the Ordinary of the Diocese of Bismarck and demonstrate a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine mission and identity of the University of Mary (see http://www.umary.edu/about/mission/missionidentity.php).
  • Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and names of 3 professional references with contact information to: Dr. David Fleischacker, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Mary, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504 dpfleischacker@umary.edu. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.umary.edu.
  • Review of applications will begin October 14 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank.
  • search over, accepted offer

University of Mary Washington (VA) - Asian ReligionsEdit

  • The University of Mary Washington's Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of assistant professor. Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Religion required. Areas of competence: Survey of Asian Religions and relevant language. Interest in religion and politics in Asia desirable.
  • The new hire's primary responsibility will be to develop and promote the Religion Program's Asian religions offerings. In addition, she or he will work with the directors of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies on annual programming and with affiliated faculty of the Asian Studies minor to promote Asian Studies at the university and in the community. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, November 23-26, 2013.
  • Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Religion required.
  • Areas of competence: Survey of Asian Religions and relevant language.
  • Letters of reference may be submitted electronically or sent by the closing date to: Dr. Mary Beth Mathews, Chair, Asian Religions Search Committee, University of Mary Washington, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The University of Mary Washington accepts only completed online applications. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications will not be considered. Employment offers are contingent upon the successful completion of criminal background checks. If accommodations are requested either before or at the time of the interview, contact the AA/EEO Officer in Human Resources at 540/654-1211.
  • Apply at: https://careers.umw.edu/
  • Deadline: November 7th, 2013.
  • Any ideas what they mean by "and relevant language"? If they're looking for someone to teach survey courses, they can't also be wanting the person to teach language courses. Or can they?
  • I take it to mean that they want to narrow the field of applicants to scholars of South Asian traditions - which makes sense if they are devolping an Asian Studies minor - by weeding out applicants who simply have "World Religions" credentials. I would also assume that a "Sacred Texts" and "Directed Readings" courses are not out of the question.
  • Any reason for assuming South Asian to the exclusion of East Asian or Southeast Asian?
  • No, there is no reason to assume a South Asia over East Asia studies focus...it says this nowhere.
  • Wonder why they extended the deadline by two weeks?
  • They never extended the deadline--it was mis-stated here on wiki: it was always 11/7 according to the school's announcement...
  • Actually, the job ad posted on the AAR did not stipulate a closing date while the one on the Chronicle website stated Oct. 25, hence the confusion. Good luck to all!
  • Phone call to schedule AAR interview (11/13) x2
  • Official rejection received via generic email (with a typo) on first night of the AAR (11/23x2)
  • Post-AAR rejection received via e-mail (1/28)
  • Updates? (2/24)

University of Massachusetts-Boston - Early Christianity/Religions of Late AntiquityEdit

Applications are invited for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor, to begin September 1, 2014.

  • The successful candidate will be a scholar of religion with a PhD in hand by the appointment date in Religious Studies or a related field and will show promise of becoming a productive scholar with a regular schedule of publications and an abiding interest in research. We seek a candidate with expertise in cross-cultural and comparative perspectives on Early Christianity and one or more of the following: Greco-Roman polytheism, Judaism, Asian or indigenous religions. We seek someone who will teach a variety of undergraduate courses in these areas and on other topics such as religion and ecology, religion and science, patristics, gender, and more generally the relation of religion and society. The typical teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will also collaborate with colleagues in allied departments to implement a newly revived Religious Studies minor and to develop a new major in the field.
  • We seek applicants committed to undergraduate education at a public, urban institution serving a highly diverse student body, as well as to making interdisciplinary connections at the undergraduate and graduate levels to units across the College of Liberal Arts and the university as a whole.
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV online. Three reference letters should be sent to kenneth.rothwell@umb.edu or mailed to Kenneth Rothwell, Search Committee Chair, Department of Classics, UMass Boston, Boston MA 02125-3393. For full consideration, application materials are due by the review date, November 8, 2013. We plan to interview selected candidates at the AAR/SBL Meeting.
  • LINK to Apply
  • Also posted at Biblical Studies 2013-2014
  • NOTE from Biblical Studies page: "SBL/AAR interview scheduled 11/20 (x4)"

University of Missouri - Indigenous ReligionsEdit

  • The University of Missouri announces a position in Indigenous Religions. The position will be filled at the tenure-track assistant professor/associate professor level. Area of specialization is open, but successful candidates must be able to teach a broad comparative course on indigenous religions and complement the existing strengths of our faculty. Other relevant criteria include: evidence of excellence in teaching; superior research skills; a clearly defined research agenda; ability to contribute to the department’s methodological diversity; and potential for significant contribution to the work of the department in a public research-intensive university context. Applicants’ work should be informed by methods and theories in the academic study of religion (religious studies). Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester and close work with undergraduate and graduate students. The courses will range from introductory undergraduate courses to master’s level graduate seminars. The appointment will begin August 15, 2014. A Ph.D. completed by August 2014 is expected.
  • Please apply online at: http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic . Merge your CV with a letter of application and upload the documents in the Resume/CV section of the application. Applicants should include a writing sample in the “attachments” portion of the online application system. Three letters of recommendation are required and should be sent by your referees to Dr. Richard Callahan, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, 221 Arts & Science Building, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211-7090; or email callahanrj@missouri.edu. You may also contact him with any questions about the job duties. Contact Human Resource Services muhrs@missouri.edu for any questions about the application process. ABD’s and recent Ph.D.’s should also arrange for copies of transcripts to be sent.
  • Applications received by October 15, 2013 will be considered for an interview in November at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The University of Missouri is an EO/AA/ADA employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Invited for Campus interview by phone (11/19)
  • No campus interviews have been scheduled.The above information is incorrect. Was it posted to the wrong job? [believe it was meant for Nebraska job immediately beneath this one on the page] AAR interviews have been scheduled (11/19)
  • On-campus interviews scheduled (12/13)
  • Offer made (02/12/14)
  • Congratulations!
  • Offer accepted

University of Nebraska at Omaha - Islamic StudiesEdit

A growing department of religious studies in the metropolitan campus of the state university, the Religion Program of the University of Nebraska at Omaha invites applications for a specialist in Islamic Studies to fill a full-time, tenure-line position as Assistant Professor. The university and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a cognate field, a working knowledge of Arabic, and evidence of an active research agenda (e.g., academic publications) in some branch of Islamic studies. The successful applicant will demonstrate training in and/or ability to teach an Introduction to World Religions (freshman survey), Islam (junior level), Qur’an, and other courses in Islamic studies. He or she will have the opportunity to help shape the curriculum of our department by revising and developing courses, to maintain an active research and publication agenda, and to participate in a variety of program events and priorities, including opportunities within UNO and the larger community. Publication in a peer-review academic journal is highly desirable.

  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin 15 November 2013. To apply, go to http://www.unomaha.edu (employment listings at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/unomaha/default.cfm). Cover letter, curriculum vita and list of three references must be attached to the electronic application. Materials that cannot be electronically attached should be sent to: Dr. Paul Williams, Chair, Religious Studies Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68182-0298.
  • Invited for Campus Interview by phone (11/19)
  • Offer Made.
  • Offer accepted

University of Notre Dame - Byzantine TheologyEdit

  • Religion: The University of Notre Dame is committed to creating a world-class program in Byzantine studies. The library resources, notably the Milton V. Anastos collection, are among the best in the United States, and the program has recently received financial support from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the Niarchos Foundation. The University plans to make two appointments, one in Byzantine history and the other in Byzantine theology. Period and area of specialization are open for both positions. The appointments are anticipated at the junior level, although associate professors are also encouraged to apply. The University particularly seeks candidates who demonstrate excellence in both teaching and scholarship. For the history position, send letter of application, cv, and three letters of reference to Professor Patrick Griffin, Chair, Department of History, 219 O'Shaughnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame, 46556. For the theology position, send letter of application, cv, and three letters of reference to Professor Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, 130 Malloy Hall, University of Notre Dame, 46556.
  • Review of applications for both positions will begin on October 1, 2013. The University of Notre Dame is an affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to fostering a culturally diverse atmosphere for faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are encouraged to apply. Information about Notre Dame is available at www.nd.edu and information about the departments is available at http://history.nd.edu/ and http://theology.nd.edu/ .
  • When does "Byzantine" theology begin? After Chalcedon?
  • If you don't know the answer... does the answer even matter? Also: you're not asking entirely the right question. Where matters as much as when.
  • Anyone have any news? [posted 10/16]
  • Nothing yet.
  • Too much pressure! I'm bailing on this ap; good luck to the rest of you. (10/22)
  • Too much pressure? Could you elaborate? Have you received any contact from ND? (10/22)
  • No contact from ND, just self-induced pressure. Sorry for the false alarm. (10/22)
  • Received request via email for an interview at the AAR (11/13) (X 3)
  • Did anyone receive rejections? (11/14)
  • No, but I expect to soon. (11/16)
  • Any clues as to the number of first round interviews?
  • I heard that they only interviewed 4 or 5 candidates at the AAR, but I expect that there may have been some phone/Skype interviews in addition to these.
  • Still no updates here? no news from me, which must be bad news (01/13)
  • Has anyone received an invitation for a campus interview yet? (01/22)
  • My understanding is that they will update everyone once they have selected finalists. But I have heard nothing and have not been invited to campus. (1/22)
  • Any news here? Campus interviews or offers? It's getting late - I can't imagine that the committee has not invited anyone for a campus visit yet (1/31)
  • At least one campus interview has been scheduled for later this month. (2/1)
  • Received notice through a friend that finalists have been selected: I had an initial interview and have not heard anything from the Chair or search committee. Congrats to finalists. (2/4)
  • Any rejection letters for this one? (2/6)
  • Not yet. (2/8)
  • Rejection letter (02/12) x2
  • Was an offer made? (03/19)

University of Oklahoma - Christian StudiesEdit

  • The University of Oklahoma announces a tenure-track position for Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, with a 2/2 teaching load, beginning August 2014. The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced courses in the Christian religious tradition that complement the specializations of our current faculty, show promise of both scholarly and pedagogical excellence. Ability to teach courses on gender and religion, theory and methods is highly desirable. A completed doctorate or strong evidence of timely completion by the date of appointment is required. The position will be housed in the rapidly expanding interdisciplinary Religious Studies program.
  • Screening begins November 1, 2013, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. Applications should include a cover letter, cv, graduate school transcript(s), statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Send to Prof. Charles Kimball, Director, Religious Studies Program, 731 Elm Avenue, ROBT 140, Norman, OK, 73019-2130.

News on this one? (11/12)

  • Received EOE form in mail. (11/12). Nothing else. (x2)
  • 11/19: email invitation to AAR interview (x3)

- Out of curiousity, can those who have interviews share their AOS?

  • American Religious History
  • Christian Theology

Any post-AAR news on this one? None here (12/13)

No, nothing.

  • Received invitation for campus interview by email (12/16) x2
  • Offer made and accepted (2/25)

University of Oklahoma - Hinduism and South Asian ReligionsEdit

  • The University of Oklahoma announces a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with broad general training in religious studies along with a 2/2 teaching load beginning August 16, 2014. The successful candidate will have broad training in religious studies, the ability to teach Hinduism and South Asian religions, and show promise of both scholarly and pedagogical excellence. The candidate will teach a blend of introductory and advanced courses. Ability to teach world religions, theory and methods is desirable. A completed doctorate or strong evidence of timely completion by the date of appointment is required. The position will be housed in a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary Religious Studies program, which emphasizes a balance between diverse religious traditions and different approaches to the study of religion.
  • Screening will begin after November 1, 2013, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. Applications should be sent to Charles Kimball, Director, Religious Studies Program, 731 Elm Avenue, Robertson Hall Room 140, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-2130. Applications should include a cover letter, cv, graduate school transcript(s), statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation.
  • Received invitation by email to interview at AAR (11/17) x6
  • Any post-AAR news, campus interviews, or anything?
  • Received invitation for campus interview by email (12/16) x2
  • When were visits scheduled?
  • Any news? Was an offer made this week as originally planned?
  • I do not have any news but I am a candidate in the other OU search and was expecting news this week as well. (2/14)
  • Have any offers been made?
  • Offer extended and accepted (2/22)
  • Would you mind sharing your field of specialty? ABD/PhD?

University of Oregon - Early Chinese Literature, Thought or ReligionsEdit

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) and Religious Studies (REL) invite applications for a shared tenure-track Assistant Professor in Early Chinese Literature, Thought or Religions to begin Fall 2014. We seek a high quality scholar and teacher whose research expertise will add real strength in the early China field to the vibrant East Asian Studies community at the UO. Research fields are open, but preference will be given to candidates who are competent in Confucianism and Daoism. The ideal candidate will be ready to teach undergraduate and graduate courses for EALL that include attention to close readings and textual aesthetics, as well as early Chinese religious thought and cultures at the undergraduate level for REL, advise graduates and undergraduates, and mentor graduate students at all stages of their training. We seek candidates committed to working with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Required are a Ph.D. in hand in an appropriate discipline and near-native fluency in Chinese and English. Priority will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and originality of research. Salary will be commensurate with experience. For full job announcement, see http://hr.uoregon.edu/jobs/.

  • Please submit a statement of research and teaching interests, a CV, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3634. To ensure consideration, please submit applications by January 6, 2014. The position is open until filled. For inquiries about the position, please contact the Search Chair, Professor Yugen Wang, ygwang@uoregon.edu AA/EO/ADA Employer.
    • Phone interview scheduled (1/17)
    • From Chinese Language and Literature 2013-2014: "Had video interview two weeks ago. Seemed like they were interviewing about 16 people prior to inviting finalists to campus. [posted Feb. 6]"

University of Pennsylvania - East Asian ReligionEdit

  • The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in East Asian religion. The search committee welcomes applications from specialists in any discipline, including (but not limited to) cultural history, gender studies, and ritual studies. The successful candidate should have training in relevant languages and be deeply engaged with primary sources. He or she will contribute to the Department’s undergraduate program by offering courses in both Chinese and Japanese religion, with graduate offerings appropriate to his or her expertise. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system. As this new faculty position is part of a cluster hire in Asian religions, cooperation with colleagues in the Departments of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies is essential. Candidates should have a compelling and original research agenda and a wish to pursue it within the interdisciplinary framework offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the wider University.
  • Interested candidates should apply at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/67 and submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research, writing sample, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. The Department will begin reviewing applications on November 15th, 2013. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
  • Anyone know if there's an inside candidate?
  • News on this search? Getting close to winter holiday so what's going on? x3
  • Surely someone must know something about the progress of this search, no? (12/24)
  • Anything new on this one? (1/10)
  • Am I the only one starting to question if this search is even real? Who's the SC? Someone should email her/him and ask what's going on.
  • Only contact info I could find attached to any of the job postings was for the assistant to the chair, whom I emailed (1/14)
    • Did you hear back from them yet? We're dying here!
  • Thanks for emailing! Keep us posted!
  • Got a response that they are still deliberating. (1/16)
    • Thanks for letting us know. Keep us posted if you hear anything else.
  • First campus interview took place this week (4 finalists)
  • Some misinformation here. Why would above poster say she was told the SC is still deliberating if it is known campus visits are underway?
  • could be that the person who sent the email response was being deliberately uninformative
  • Offer made to a non-specialist 
  • I agree. bad choice.
    • We don't think it was a bad choice.

University of Pennsylvania - Religion and Material Culture (Latin America, Caribbean or Black Atlantic)Edit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of Religious Studies and Material/Visual Culture. The search committee is interested in specialists with research experience in the Latin American, Caribbean, and/or “Black Atlantic” region (including West Africa) either in the contemporary period or the pre-or-post-colonial period. The successful candidate should have a broad and deep knowledge of the sources and languages of the region. Attention to interactions and influences between Latin American, Caribbean, and/or the Black Atlantic thought and culture and other religious traditions, language groups, and geographical regions, historically and/or into the present, is welcome. The candidate for this new faculty position should have a compelling and original research agenda and a commitment to pursue it within the interdisciplinary framework offered by the Department of Religious Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the wider University. The successful candidate will participate in the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching mission. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system.

  • Interested candidates should apply at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/53 and submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research, writing sample, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. The Department will begin reviewing applications on October 15th, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 20th, 2013.
  • Any news on this position?
  • Campus visits scheduled (2/7)

University of Southern California - Early Christianity (Open Rank)Edit

  • Professor (Open Rank) of Early Christianity - University of Southern California
  • The School of Religion in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position in Early Christianity, rank open (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor), anticipated to begin Fall 2014. Candidates should have a PhD by the start date, and should have demonstrated the promise of excellence in both research and teaching.
  • In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the "CLICK HERE" button at the top or bottom of this page. The applicant should upload a CV, a sample research paper, a statement of research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, as well as provide the names of three referees. Junior candidates should also provide graduate transcripts. Inquiries may be sent to religionsearch@dornsife.usc.edu.
  • Review of applications will begin on October 15, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

University of St. Thomas - Early Christian TheologyEdit

The University of St. Thomas, a Catholic urban university with a strong liberal arts tradition, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Early Christian Theology.

  • The teaching load of three courses per semester involves some combination of the following: a first-level course, The Christian Theological Tradition (historically structured and centered on select primary texts); a second-level course, Early Christian Theology; and, third-level theologically-based interdisciplinary courses (please consult our website for more information on the three-level structure of our curriculum, http//www.stthomas.edu/theology).
  • Preferred candidates have earned doctorate and teaching experience. ABD's with a close completion date will be considered (with initial appointment at the rank of instructor). Applicants should have extensive knowledge of the Catholic tradition, be able to engage issues of Catholic theology, be interested in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and be committed both to excellence in undergraduate teaching and ongoing research in their field.
  • To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by October 30, 2013. Please submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness with your online application at http://jobs.stthomas.edu/postings/14944. Additionally, candidates should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly by mail or email to the search committee chair, Dr. Bernard Brady (bvbrady@stthomas.edu).
  • Email to schedule AAR or phone interview (11/12 x3)
  • Any rejection letters? (11/20)
  • Rejection by email x2 (11/29)
  • I had an AAR interview. Just heard that I will not be invited to campus. (12/17 x5)
  • Offer has been made and accepted. (12/19)
  • So there were no campus visits?
  • There were. Three finalists were invited.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Hinduism - CANCELLEDEdit

The Department of Philosophy and Religion of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for an assistant professor of religion specializing in Hinduism with competency in other South Asian traditions (Islam and/or Buddhism preferred). The candidate should also demonstrate teaching experience in the area of specialization and in world religions. Knowledge of relevant research languages, especially Hindi and Sanskrit, is desirable. This is a tenure-track appointment beginning August 1, 2014. Candidates must hold the doctorate in religion by the time of appointment.

  • Please submit a letter of application outlining teaching experience and research interests, transcript, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. All materials, except the transcript, must be submitted electronically to FacultyVitae16@utc.edu, not to the department, by December 15, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Search Discontinued. Notified 1/13/2014.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - IslamEdit

  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Islam to begin August 2014. PhD in a relevant field and teaching experience are preferred, but ABDs in a relevant field in the final stages of completing their dissertations will be considered. Area of expertise is open to any historical period and geographic location. Possible areas of specialization include but are not limited to: textual and historical studies of Islam; anthropological studies of Islamic practice; issues of gender, ethnicity, and globalization; the emergence of new forms of Islam. Preferred applicants will have a background in Religious Studies and a knowledge of Arabic and other languages relevant to their research in Islam.
  • The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university. Salary will be competitive.
  • Please send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Rachelle Scott, Search Committee Chair, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Tennessee, 501 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0450 or to rscott@utk.edu. Review of applications begins October 4, 2013 for applicants wanting to be considered for a preliminary interview at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Any news on this? (10/30)
  • No. So far only 2 Islam jobs have sent interview requests.
  • Which two?
  • Dear fellow wiki users--"only 2 Islam jobs have sent interview requests" is not a fair statement to make! Of course not everyone on the market is on this site and we should take what we see here with a grain of salt. With all due respect, we should all get back to writing our dissertations or articles or whatever and try not to check this site more than once a day :) (yes, I should take my own advice!).
  • I don't see anyhing "unfair" in this statement. One cannot assume that the person who made this statement did so with this page as the sole evidence. If someone else has info about more than 2, then she/he can tell us and we will know more. That's the point of this page and it can be very useful. Why even once a day in that case. Just a very friendly disagreement. All the best to everyone.
  • Very good discussion there. Back to the point, though, has anyone heard anything yet?
  • No nothing yet.
  • Invited to AAR interview by email (11/5) (x3)
  • AAR interview invitation by email (11/12)
  • Offer Made.
  • Has the person accepted the offer?  Specialization?

​University of Virginia - pre-modern East Asian HumanitiesEdit

The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, which is supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. Candidates may be in any field of the humanities whose research addresses the connections between images and texts in any part of East Asia prior to the nineteenth century. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in cross-disciplinary approaches to research and teaching.

Expertise in digital humanities is preferred. The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester (graduate and undergraduate) in various fields within the candidate's areas of specialization, and provide service to the University and professional organizations. Candidates must also demonstrate strong potential to interact productively across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The appointment start date will begin August 25, 2014. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2014 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

  • To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0612668 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article- or chapter-length scholarship of approximately 60 pages (Attach to Writing Sample 1). Three letters of recommendation are required. Please have reference letter writers email letters directly to gch8r@virginia.edu. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013 and priority will be given to applications received by that date.
  • Also posted at Asian History 2013-14 and Art History 2013-2014
  • Phone interview scheduled, second week November [posted 11/4]
  • Anyone else here get a phone interview?
  • I wonder what field they are looking for since it is so broadly defined.
  • Relisted on CAA [College Art Association] Careers website 12/9/2013

University of Virginia - Islamic StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies, along with the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC), at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Islamic Studies. We seek a colleague whose primary area of expertise is the Qur'an, hadith and medieval exegetical traditions. The candidate should also possess an understanding of later and contemporary developments within Muslim societies. It is expected that candidates will be proficient in classical Arabic and other research languages as relevant. Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to: the construction of gender in early Islam, Islamic law, Islamic theology, formation of the qur'anic text, hermeneutics in qur'anic exegesis, and/or contemporary applications of classical texts. The successful candidate will offer courses in both Religious Studies and MESALC. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to teaching excellence and advanced research in Islamic Studies. Candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and to provide service to the University, to the Department and to professional organizations. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment. The appointment start date is August 25, 2014.

  • To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0613080 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article- or chapter-length scholarship (Attach to Writing Sample 1) and contact information for three references. Please have reference letter writers email letters directly to pwo3v@virginia.edu.
  • Please direct questions about the position to Peter Ochs, Chair, Islamic Studies Search Committee, pwo3v@mail.virginia.edu. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Mick Watson, maw4fp@eservices.virginia.edu.
  • Open until filled (posted 10/30/13) - LINK to Apply
  • Does anyone know if they are planning to conduct interviews at the AAR, Nov. 23-26? (11/18)
  • It seems this job description is tailored for an inside candidate who is currently teaching there for the second year. I would not get your hopes up with this opportunity.
  • Not true: this is a replacement of another line, following the departure of Sachedina.
  • Does anyone know anything about their expected timeline? (12/17)
  • From someone reputable: They have someone in mind. This person was their undergraduate and a current holder of a PhD in this very field.

University of Virginia - Religious Ethics / BioethicsEdit

The University of Virginia Arts & Sciences department of Religious Studies invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Religious Ethics with a concentration in Bioethics. We seek candidates dedicated to our mission and passionate about teaching in a world-class institution. Candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and provide service to the University, Department and professional organizations. The successful candidate will teach and conduct research in religious ethics broadly, but with particular focus on the ethics of biomedicine, clinical practice, medical research, public health, and the like. This position works closely with bioethics colleagues in other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Law; the successful candidate will have demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.

Required: Competence in religious ethics, with a concentration in religion and bioethics as evidenced by course work, examination, dissertation, publication, and/or clinical experience. Competence to teach and conduct research in areas of religious ethics other than bioethics also necessary. We are open to candidates with specializations in any religious tradition and welcome those with expertise in more than one. Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. PhD must be in hand by the appointment start date.

  • To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0613170 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article or chapter-length scholarly work (Attach to Writing Sample 1) and contact information for three references.
  • Please have reference letter writers email letters directly to Charles Mathewes, Department of Religious studies at: ctm9d@virginia.edu. Priority will be given to applications received by December 6, 2013 in selecting candidates for preliminary interviews. However, the search will remain open until filled.
  • At a recent major conference, there was talk and speculation that this position was created with someone in mind. I cannot verify this, but the source was not random. Still, good luck to all.
  • I can confindently assert that such a rumor is untrue.
  • I agree - I don't think they have a certain person in mind as the chair of the dept. sent out an email adverstising the position and asking colleagues to pass on the job description. The email said they were hoping for a wide pool of qualified applicants.
  • Agreed: the rumour is untrue and the search remains wide open.
  • My apologies for my careless comment above. I meant to write this under the Islamic Studies search where I've heard (from a reputable source) that indeed, they do have someone in mind. Of course, by all means, everyone should proceed as if these "rumors" don't exist. But they should also temper their hopes. The academic grapevine is alive and well (and much of the time, though not all, accurate).
  • I have heard that campus interviews are scheduled for mid-January
  • Late January and early February.
  • The search remains open until the post is filled.
  • Have interviews been scheduled?
  • Has anyone heard anything one way or the other?
  • I have not heard anything. (1/14)
  • I know that 3 on-campus interviews have been scheduled. (1/15)

University of Waterloo (ON) - Anthropology of Religion, IslamEdit

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire - Non-Western Religious TraditionsEdit

A probationary tenure track faculty position in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies with an emphasis in Religious Studies is available at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 25, 2014.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field from a regionally accredited higher education institution is required. ABD applicants must have completed the terminal degree by the start date of August 25, 2014. Salary will be commensurate with teaching experience.

  • Area of Specialty: Non-Western Religious Traditions, with the ability to teach the introductory survey course in the world's major religions. Expertise in indigenous or shamanic religious traditions, the ability to enhance the diversity of the department offerings and serve as a role model and mentor for women and/or minorities will also be considered assets.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants will be expected to teach courses as assigned in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies [the equivalent of 12 credit hours per semester], participate in research and scholarly activities, provide academic advising to students as assigned, engage in service to the university and community, and participate in department, college, and university committee work.

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies offers majors and minors in both Philosophy and Religious Studies. Many of our courses serve as electives for other programs as well as for the university Liberal Education core. We currently have the equivalent of eight full-time and several part-time teaching positions.

  • Applications are submitted electronically. Interested candidates should apply online at: http://www.uwec.edu/Employment/uweccareers.
  • If you have application questions, please email Chair Charlene Burns at burnscp@uwec.edu .
  • To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by November 1, 2013. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Applicants' names are subject to public release unless confidentiality has been requested in writing. Names of all finalists must be released upon request. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.
  • Email invitation to interview at AAR (11/7 x5)
  • Would anyone who got an interview mind sharing what your research areas are?
  • Buddhism
  • Modern HInduism.
  • Received email for follow-up Skype interview (12/2) (X 4)
  • Did anyone who interviewed at AAR NOT get a follow-up interview? (12/4)
  • Interviewed at AAR but no follow up interview as of yet (12/9)
  • Campus interview invitation (12/16).
  • Good news! May I ask which area/specialization?
  • Offer made, offer accepted (02/24)

University of Wisconsin - Fond du Lac - Assistant Professor of Religious StudiesEdit

Position: The Department of Philosophy of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Fond du Lac invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Religious Studies.

Qualifications: Applicants should be trained in Religious Studies, with demonstrated generalist competencies in methodologies employed in the academic study of religion (the history, psychology, and/or sociology of religion, for example).
Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or closely related area. ABD candidates will be considered, provided the PhD is obtained by the start of the appointment.

Teaching expectation will involve on-line and campus-based teaching opportunities, for a total of 12 credit hours per semester to advance religious studies among the 13 campuses of the UW Colleges. S/he will have primary responsibility for teaching REL 101, Introduction to the Study of Religion. There is potential to teach REL 302, Religion and Cultural Conflict; there is also potential to develop new courses. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong potential for excellence in undergraduate education, especially at the freshman-sophomore level, and the relevance of religious studies to other academic pursuits and career possibilities. The successful candidate's teaching assignment will normally include up to three face-to-face on campus classes and five online classes per academic year.
Candidates should also demonstrate competencies in the history and theology of the world's major religious traditions, and accomplishments in teaching excellence. Experience teaching on-line courses strongly preferred. Other preferred qualifications include experience teaching Asian philosophy, and interest in academic advising, service learning, and community engagement. This tenure track position requires teaching, research and publication, and participation in faculty governance and community and/or professional service.

  • Applicants are required to apply online. For best consideration, apply by February 1, 2014. UW Colleges will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must attach all required documents at the time of application. Required application materials: a letter of application addressing qualifications, current vita, unofficial transcripts, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference specific to this position from those familiar with your academic career and teaching experience. If you are unable to obtain your reference letters to be attached with your application, you may have your reference provider email directly to hrstaff@uwc.edu; however, please inform them to specifically reference your name and recruitment number. Student evaluations of teaching may also be submitted if available. ABD candidates should also provide evidence of the advanced status of their dissertation.
  • Any word? I emailed them, but no reply yet. (4/1/2014)
  • on-campus interview confirmed (4/2)
  • Offer accepted 

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Philosophy and Religious Studies (Liberal Studies Coordinator)Edit

Position: Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies & Liberal Studies Coordinator. Rank: Faculty Tenure Track

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in either Philosophy or Religious Studies by the time of application. Specialization is open to any area in Philosophy or Religious Studies. Candidates must excel in undergraduate teaching (face-to-face and online), have active research agendas, and be committed to liberal education. Candidates must also be able to work with a diverse population of students. We prefer candidates who can demonstrate proficiency in administration.

As the Liberal Studies Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for advising Liberal Studies majors, assessing the program, initiating and directing needed curricular changes in the program, and communicating program needs to other university bodies. The Coordinator will teach Introduction to Liberal Studies and our capstone course for Liberal Studies majors. The Coordinator will also teach upper level courses in Philosophy or Religious Studies that support the Liberal Studies Program as well as our upper level general education course, World of Ideas. A significant portion of the courses taught by the Coordinator will be online.

Typical department member teaching load is 4/4, but the Liberal Studies Coordinator will receive a one course reduction per semester to accommodate administrative and advising duties.

  • Application: A complete application package must include: A cover letter; Vita including all relevant professional experience; Evidence of teaching effectiveness in face-to-face and online courses; Unofficial transcripts; Three (3) letters of recommendation; And, if possible, evidence of successful administrative experience. Applications must be received by December 1, 2013 to receive consideration for interviews. We will conduct preliminary interviews in January 2014 via Skype. Please submit materials via e-mail to: libstjob@uww.edu
  • (11/13) Note: they have a lecturer who seems to fit this eclectic position PERFECTLY. Sure looks like it was created with him in mind.
  • Has anyone heard anything? A: I just finally received the HR Affirmative Action form via email to complete (12/11), which suggests they may be moving slower than expected since those forms typically go to all applicants.
  • Email request for Skype interview (1/7) (x3)
  • request for on-campus interview (to take place mid-Feb)

Valparaiso University - World Religions: Islam Edit

The Department of Theology announces a search for a tenure-track position in World Religions: Islam at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2014. Ph.D. preferred, but A.B.D. candidates near completion will be considered. Courses to be taught are chiefly at the undergraduate level and include "Islamic Religion and Culture," "Topics in Abrahamic Religions," the "Theology Seminar" and the department’s required general education course, "The Christian Tradition." Ability to teach courses in World Christianity will enhance the candidate’s prospects. The successful candidate will also be prepared to join the departmental rotation of instructors in the University’s first-year humanities sequence. Standard teaching load is 3+4. Responsibilities beyond teaching include the construction and pursuit of a clear scholarly agenda, as well as fair share of departmental business, including advising, curricular review and development, student recruitment and good campus citizenship.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at http://www.valpo.edu/equalopportunity/index.php. The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. At the same time, candidates should be interested in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition. While students, faculty and staff represent many religious backgrounds, Valparaiso reserves the right to seek, hire and promote those who personally support the goals and mission of the institution, including the right to prefer co-religionists. Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.

  • Interested applicants should submit electronically, in MS Word or PDF format, concise letters of application, curriculum vitae and graduate school transcripts, to WorldReligionsSearch@valpo.edu, with their names in the "Subject" line. Candidates should arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly by their authors to the same address. Questions concerning the position may be directed to Prof. Mark Bartusch, Chair of the Search Committee, at mark.bartusch@valpo.edu. Consideration of candidates will begin on October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • not a peep from this school since applying, anyone hear anything from them? (12/18)
  • Yes. They have offered someone the job. I was one of the finalists (I did not get offered the job). I'm wondering why this is just now appearing :)?
  • Job offered and accepted. (12/23)
  • Go Crusaders! (down the line if Valpo wants to grow its Islamic Studies faculty (or student body) they may want to rethink their mascot)

Vanderbilt University - Religion, Psychology, and Culture (Div. School)Edit

  • VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY DIVINITY SCHOOL seeks a professor in religion, psychology, and culture able to teach courses in the Divinity programs (M.Div. & M.T.S.), where students are trained for pastoral care and ministry, and in the Graduate Department of Religion (M.A. & Ph.D.), to prepare students for teaching and research. An earned doctorate in the field, an established record of scholarly research and publication, and clinical training and experience are required.
  • Highly desirable attributes include: racial minority and/or international representation; ability to oversee doctoral programming and study; knowledge and interest in pastoral therapy, empirical research methods, cultural theory, issues of diversity, and/or practical theology; pastoral experience; expertise in a particular social science.
  • This is a tenured appointment (rank open) scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014.
  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications October 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Address inquiries, letters of nomination, or applications including a CV and at least three letters of reference to: John S. McClure, Chair, c/o Marie McEntire, The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37240. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Victoria University of New Zealand - Islamic TraditionsEdit

  • We invite applications for a full-time permanent position as Lecturer in Religious Studies (equivalent to tenure track assistant professor) who will teach and conduct research on Islamic traditions.
  • Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand's first ranked university for research and its Religious Studies Programme is the country's largest, with an outstanding profile in teaching and research. Teaching duties include an Introduction to Islam course and advanced courses in the candidates area of expertise. Area of research specialisation is open. Possible areas of expertise include but are not limited to: South-East Asian Islam, Islam and gender, political Islam, or Islam in the contemporary world. The candidate should have facility in relevant languages.The Lecturer is expected to supervise MA and PhD research on a broad range of topics relevant to the position.
  • Apply online at http://vacancies.vuw.ac.nz
  • Applications close 30 November 2013.
  • Request for more information. Applicant pool narrowed to 15. (Jan 3rd).
  • How do you know this? Have the candidates been notified? Are you requesting more information?
  • Shortlisted candidates have been asked for more information.
  • -Job offered (3/31).
  •        -has the offer been accepted?  

No, this particular offer was turned down.

- I hope this search concludes successfully...this hiring committee was extraordinarily professional and pleasant.

Villanova University - Theological EthicsEdit

  • The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in fall 2014.
  • The successful candidate has background in contemporary Christian ethics and the Catholic moral tradition. Particular consideration will be given to candidates conversant in comparative ethics, bio-ethics, evolutionary ethics, and issues of sexuality or the family in the U.S. and global contexts.
  • Review of applications begins September 23, 2013 and continues until the position is filled. Please consult our website or send email to mark.graham@villanova.edu, chair of the search committee. To apply, submit all material electronically at https://jobs-villanova-edu.careerliaison.com/.
  • Any word on this one?
  • none yet (11/12)
  • Position was filled (11/12)
  • Really? Huh.

Virginia Theological Seminary - Church HistoryEdit

Virginia Theological Seminary invites applications for a full-time, tenure or tenure track faculty position in Church History to begin August 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. The faculty member will share responsibility for teaching a basic survey course in Church History with the other VTS faculty member in church history. She or he will also offer elective courses in the D.Min, M.Div. and Masters level degree programs and teach in other seminary non-degree programs. Priority will be given to candidates with concentration in the Anglican tradition and strength in one or more of the following: Reformation or Early Modern Europe, Patristics, and Global Christianity. A normal fulltime faculty teaching load is fifteen credit hours per year. The person or persons selected will be expected to contribute to the field of church history and to the broader life of the church through research and writing. All faculty members are expected to participate in daily seminary worship, work with advising groups, and share in the work of faculty committees. The person or persons selected will also be expected to live in faculty housing on campus. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references.

  • Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2013. Electronic submission is encouraged. The Very Rev. Ian Markham, Ph.D., Dean and President, Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22304.
  • Has anyone heard anything about this search? AAR is in a few days...
  • I received a rejection letter about a week ago in the mail.
  • I haven't heard a thing from them either way. 11/20
  • They're interviewing at AAR - perhaps the applications of those of us who haven't heard are being held as backups in case their first round of interviews doesn't go well? (11/20)
  • I haven't heard anything on my own application, but I know two people, both modern church history/theology specialists, who will be interviewed at AAR, and they received invitations about two weeks ago (11/22)

Wake Forest University - Assistant Professor of Chinese ReligionsEdit

Wake Forest University Department of Religion invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Chinese Religions beginning Fall semester 2014. The successful candidate will have:

  • Research expertise in Daoism or Buddhism and competence in other religions in China, including popular folk traditions and new religious movements
  • The ability to place Chinese religions in the contemporary global context
  • Full command of relevant textual sources and the ability to conduct research in Chinese or relevant languages
  • Demonstrated competence in theoretical and comparative approaches to the academic study of religion, with preference given to ethnography·
  • A strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. Teaching responsibilities (nine courses over two years) will include introductory courses on Asian and/or Chinese Religions, and the development of upper-level courses in the area of specialization as well as courses on a selection of traditions found historically in China (e.g., Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, popular Chinese religions, etc.)
  • Demonstrated promise for continuing research and publication

Completed Ph.D. by July 2014 is required

  • Wake Forest University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. For complete details and to apply, go to http://wakejobs.silkroad.com or call (336) 758-4700. Applications must include a statement on teaching and research, CV, and a sampling of teaching evaluations. Candidates must also supply three letters of reference to be sent separately by their authors to religionletters@wfu.edu (.pdf documents preferred, Word documents accepted).
  • All application materials are due by October 25, 2013. Only online applications will be accepted. Specific questions about the position may be addressed to Jarrod Whitaker, chair of the search committee at whitakjl@wfu.edu. Wake Forest University is an EEO/AA employer.
  • Contacted via email for AAR interview (11/02)
  • That seems awfully fast! Mind sharing whether you do Buddhism or Daoism?
  • Anyone else invited for an interview?
  • Hey, people! Any others got interviews?
  • Rejection letters sent out, short list finalized (11/12)
  • Also received rejection letter. It was very nice of them to send these early (11/12). An interesting fact that was in the letter was that there were "over forty applications."
  • I agree, this rejection letter was professional and I really appreciated receiving it. Just puts everything to rest in a nice way. I wish other search committees would do the same. x2
  • Email rejection letter, short-list finalized for campus visits (12/9)

Wake Forest University - Edith B. and Arthur E. Earley Chair in Catholic and Latin American Studies Edit

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY Department of Religion and School of Divinity invite applications for the Edith B. and Arthur E. Earley Chair in Catholic and Latin American Studies. This is a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall semester 2014. Methodological approaches to Catholic and Latin American studies could include anthropological, sociological, political, historical or theological, but primary academic interest needs to reside in the theoretical and comparative study of religion. This position will have teaching responsibilities in both the Department of Religion and the School of Divinity, but the primary home will be determined by the candidate’s teaching and research interests. In addition, this position will involve teaching in the Latin American Studies program. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses and the development of advanced electives in the area of specialization. Qualifications include completed or equivalent of Ph.D., a strong commitment to teaching excellence, and demonstrated promise for continuing research and publication. Wake Forest University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

  • For complete details and to apply, go to http://wakejobs.silkroad.com or call (336) 758-4700. Applications must include a statement on teaching and research, CV, and a sampling of teaching evaluations. Candidates must also supply three letters of reference to be sent separately by their authors to religionletters@wfu.edu (pdf preferred, word documents accepted). All application materials are due by October 15, 2013. Only online applications will be accepted. Specific questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee at crainsjy@wfu.edu. Wake Forest University is an EEO/AA employer
  • request for interview via email (x3) [posted 11/6]
  • post-AAR interview rejection email received 12/9 (x2)
  • Does anyone know of anyone hearing something positive from Wake post-AAR?

Washington University in St. Louis - Tenured Senior Position in Religion and PoliticsEdit

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, invites applications and nominations across the humanities and social sciences for a senior (tenured) faculty position, to begin as early as July 1, 2014. Candidates should have scholarly expertise in one or more religious traditions with presence in the United States and should be broadly trained in U.S. religious history, the sociology of religion, American politics, or a related field. It is expected that candidates will have completed the Ph.D. and have a significant record of publication. Duties for the position will include teaching, conducting research, writing for publication, presenting seminars, participating in Center governance, and university service. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Washington University is an equal opportunity employer committed to affirmative action. To apply, send a letter of nomination or application, along with a curriculum vitae, to the following e-mail address: rap@wustl.edu.

  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications as early as December 15, 2013, and will continue doing so until the search is complete. For more information, see http://rap.wustl.edu/.

Western Michigan University - Buddhism/World ReligionsEdit

Western Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in World Religions/Buddhism beginning August 2014 at the rank of Faculty Specialist I, pending budgetary approval. Ph.D. in Comparative Religion or related field (or evidence of imminent award thereof) required in the area of Buddhism and Religions of the World with a preference for specialization in East Asian Buddhism (Japan/China) or Buddhism in the U.S. A further sub-specialization in religion and health/medicine is desirable. The successful candidate will have a firm grounding in the academic study of religion. The successful candidate will have a mastery of relevant research languages, ability to work in original sources, and fieldwork experience. 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 activity. WMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer consistent with applicable federal and state law.

  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must visit http://www.wmich.edu/hr/careers-at-wmu.html to apply. Online applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and if available, teaching evaluations. Transcripts and three letters of recommendation can be sent directly to Dr. Kevin J. Wanner, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Comparative Religion, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5320. Email: kevin.wanner@wmich.edu, Tel: (269) 387-4383; Fax: (269) 387-4930.
  • Received email to arrange interview at AAR (11/18)
  • Campus invite by email (12/17)

Western Washington University - South Asian StudiesEdit

The Liberal Studies Department at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in South Asian Studies, beginning September 16, 2014, to teach lower- and upper-division undergraduate courses. Ph.D. with training in social or cultural history of South Asia is required, along with a promise of future scholarship and a commitment to excellence in teaching.

  • Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary humanities department with a focus on cultural history and academic study of religion. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in interdisciplinary teaching; a background in the study of religion; and/or a background in gender studies.

A letter of application, C.V., and graduate transcript are required, along with three letters of reference sent by the referee directly to the department. Applications must be submitted electronically through Western’s Electronic Applications system (EASE), where full description and application procedures may be found.

  • Review of applications will begin November 8, 2013. Position open until filled.
  • LINK to Apply.
  • Any news? (11/20)
  • Campus invite by email x3 (12/14)
  • Congrats! Can I ask what are your areas of study?
  • South Asian Studies (tantra) x2
  • Campus invite X1 (12/23)
  • Very kind rejection email received x2 (12/16)
  • When did the campus visits take place? Has a candidate been chosen? Did anyone else NOT receive a rejection email?
  • I think that a colleague of mine interviewed there around the last week of Jan, so they still may be doing campus visits. I have no idea if this person has heard anything yet, but I presume it takes some time...They also have a VAP. I did not apply, so I do not know about the 'rejection email' (many places I have applied to have not communicated in any way, so you're not alone!).
  • the final decision might be out sometime over this week.
  • An offer has been made. (2/10) (...made and accepted? or...)
  • Is this search over? Can someone please confirm. Thanks!
  • they sent a letter (can you please say when? email or post?) informing that another candidate was selected..
  • the letter (received on 2/17 via usps) stated that the offer was made to another candidate.
  • Ok, thank you. best of luck to you!

Whitman College - IslamEdit

  • Tenure-track position in Islam at the rank of assistant professor. Effective August 2014. Ph.D. required. We are particularly interested in candidates who are able to approach Islam in its cultural contexts, as well as presenting Islam in its classical formulations. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses in Islam and advanced courses in the candidate's area of specialization. Teaching competence in Judaism would also be desirable. We are a department focused on the non-confessional, comparative study of religion; therefore, an advanced degree in Religious Studies or significant, graduate-level experience in the comparative study of religion is required.
  • All applications must include the following materials: letter of application as well as separate statements addressing the candidate's teaching interests and scholarly/performance agenda; curriculum vitae; three letters of reference; graduate transcripts; and teaching evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction. The application should address the candidate's interest in working at a liberal arts college with undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction. In addition, because Whitman College is committed to cultivating a diverse learning community, the applicant should explain how his or her pedagogy will serve to create and sustain an inclusive learning environment.
  • To apply, go to https://whitmanhr.simplehire.com/, click "Faculty" and "Assistant Professor of Religion".
  • Deadline: October 15, 2013.
  • Short list contacted for preliminary interviews [posted 10/29]
  • Skype interview conducted 10/30 (x4)
  • Any news? (11/20)
  • Candidates invited for campus interviews [posted 11/21]
  • Have they made the offer?
  • Offer made (posted 12/28)
  • Offer accepted.

Whittier College - Social Ethics/Religion and Society/Science and Religion/Africa/South America/Middle EastEdit

  • Whittier College: The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor to begin fall 2014. Candidates should be competent to teach interdisciplinary courses in religious studies in a liberal arts curriculum. Candidates should have a specialty in one of the following areas: social ethics (including peace studies), religion and society (including civic engagement of religions), science and religion (including environmental emphases), or the religions of Africa, South America, or the Middle East. Preference will be given to candidates who complement the strengths in the Department, who will have received their Ph.D. by September 2014, and who have evidence of excellence in teaching and scholarly productivity. Applications received before December 15, 2013, will receive thorough consideration. Preliminary interviews at the AAR meeting in November are anticipated.
  • Applicants should send letters of interest, curriculum vita, and names of three references to Joseph L. Price, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90608. Inquiries and submissions via email (to jprice@whittier.edu) are encouraged at the initial phase of the search.
  • received very nice (read: personalized) confirmation email. (11/11) (x2) -- same (11/4), ditto (11/2)
  • received email invitation to AAR (11/16)
  • received email for follow-up Skype interview after AAR interview (12/9) (x2)
  • received invitation for campus visit via email (12/19)
  • anyone have a sense of how the two different applicants deadlines work together? Some people sent their applications in pre-AAR (and therefore had a chance to be interviewed there), but other people didn't get their applications in until the Dec. 15th deadline.
  • How does it work when they are reviewing Cover Letters and CVs for one group at the same time that they're inviting people from a different group for campus visits?
  • unfortunately search has been stopped due to admin problems, job has been downgraded to VAP with higher teaching load and lower salary and they won't be able to make a decision about the new position for a while.
  • received email detailing the change of focus to Islamic Studies for this position, with an offer made and accepted in that specialization. (4/2) x3--very surprised to see the identity of the successful candidate revealed in the email.  That is certainly unusual.
  • actually the focus was on Islamic Studies from the beginning even though the ad was broader. All three candidates who were originally invited for campus visits were specialists in Islam

Xavier University (OH) - Christian EthicsEdit

Xavier University, Department of Theology, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Christian Ethics at the Assistant Professor level beginning in August 2014. Expertise in the Catholic tradition of moral theology as developed in the spirit of Vatican II and in the church’s social teaching is required. Additional competence is desired in one of the following: sexual ethics, ecological ethics, health care ethics, or ethics of race, class and gender. Teaching responsibilities include an introductory theology course as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses. Ph.D. (or equivalent) or imminent receipt of doctoral degree by the start date of the appointment is required. Some teaching experience is preferred.

Xavier University is a Roman Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition, committed to excellence in teaching, high quality scholarly activity, and creative and intelligent engagement with questions of interfaith dialogue, peace, justice, and ecological sustainability. Xavier University has a strong commitment to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women and minorities.

  • Preliminary interviews of select, qualified applicants will be conducted at the AAR meeting in Baltimore in November of 2013. To ensure consideration, interested candidates should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, and graduate transcripts by Monday, October 14, 2013.
  • Request to interview at AAR (10/30)

Yale Divinity School - Christian Social EthicsEdit

  • Yale Divinity School is seeking to fill a tenure-track appointment in Christian Social Ethics at the assistant professor level, to begin July 1, 2014. The area of specialization is open, but the capacity to contribute actively to the joint degree program with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is particularly desirable. In an ecumenical environment and in discussion with other religions, Yale Divinity School prepares students for lay and ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of religious leadership roles, professional involvements, and public service. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. by July 1, 2014.
  • A letter of application with curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a brief writing sample should be submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3175
  • Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013.
  • News on this one? Anyone know if they are planning on AAR interviews? (11/12)
  • it said on the original AAR post that there would be interviews at AAR, but no word yet about them (11/12)
  • Received invitation via email to interview at AAR (11/21)
  • I have heard conflict news on weather the environmental ethics aspect was really what they were looking for. For those who received interviews, would you mind sharing what your focus is? (11/27)
  • On "weather" they're really looking for *environmental* ethics. Good one.
  • very nice/personal rejection via phone (12/16)
  • campus invitations have gone out
  • Received email rejection (12/19 - I had not been invited to interview at AAR or campus)
  • Those with campus invitations, would you mind sharing if environmental ethics is your area of specialty?
  • campus interviews have concluded.  does anyone know if an offer has been extended?
  • I've heard from numerous sources (including a finalist) that the search was discontinued, no hire made [3-15]

2013-14 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments / Postdocs Edit

Arizona State University (AZ) - Non-TT Instructors in Religious Studies / US HistoryEdit

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University invites applications for full time instructors in US History and in Religious Studies for the 2014-15 academic year to start August 16, 2014. The positions are one–year, non-tenure track positions. The positions are renewable on an annual basis contingent upon sufficient enrollment, availability of resources, performance, and the needs of the unit. The successful candidates will teach courses in US History and Religions of the World, Religion in America, American Religious Traditions, Ritual, Symbol, and Myth, and other courses in his or her areas of competence, as called upon.

Required qualifications. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in History or Religious Studies at time of appointment, have experience teaching online at the university level, and the ability to teach US History courses, Religions of the World; Ritual, Symbol, and Myth; and other courses in area of competence.

Desired qualifications Experience in teaching both online and in person at the undergraduate level, especially large classes and survey classes.

To apply, candidates must submit: 1) a cover letter stating qualifications, experience and teaching interests; 2) curriculum vitae or resume; and 3) contact information for three professional references (including the nature of their relationship to applicant).  Application materials should be sent as a single pdf to shprsjobs@asu.edu with “Instructor Job #10797” in the subject line.

  • Application deadline is July 18, 2014, 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time; if not filled, applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until search is closed. A background check is required for employment.
  • Also posted at North American History 2013-14

Bates College (ME) - Postdoc, Cultural Studies in ReligionEdit

The Religious Studies Department invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in Cultural Studies in Religion with a particular emphasis on creative pedagogical innovation, to begin August 1, 2014 and concluding July 31, 2016. Specialization is open and the following areas of expertise are of particular interest: Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, African Studies, African American Studies, and American Cultural Studies. Candidates must complete the Ph.D. by September 1, 2014, and should be no more than three years beyond the doctorate.

Candidates must be interested in exploring innovative approaches to teaching in religious studies. This may take any of a number of forms, including, but not limited to: creative uses of digital technologies and on-line resources in the humanities; new strategies for fostering student engagement and interaction; creative ways of structuring assignments and the use of classroom time; possibilities for connecting student learning to wider local and global communities; and exploration of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of religion. The College and the Religious Studies Department are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply; the search committee expects candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses that make vibrant contributions to the college's educational diversity goals and might be cross-listed with other departments and programs in the college. This is a fulltime lecturer position with salary and benefits competitive at the assistant professor level. The teaching load is a total of 5 courses over the two-year term: one course each semester and one 5-week short term (April-May) course in the first year. In addition, the successful candidate will actively contribute to ongoing curriculum review and renewal, both by modeling innovative course design and by convening campus conversations about pedagogy.

The Religious Studies Department and college appreciate the importance of ongoing professional research; the successful candidate will possess a demonstrated record of excellence in both teaching and scholarship. The Mellon half-time teaching load provides release time to help balance research and teaching. Funds to support research expenses such as, but not limited to, the purchase of books or materials or travel to conferences, meetings, and archives are also provided. Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and will provide an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship.

  • Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480, at academicservices@bates.edu, a cover letter highlighting pedagogical vision and practice along with likely course offerings, c.v., graduate school transcript, and two letters of recommendation (one of which speaks to candidate's teaching). Please include your last name and R2074 in the subject line of all submissions. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check. For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website: http://www.bates.edu.
  • Does anyone know if "a cover letter highlighting pedagogical vision and practice along with likely course offerings, c.v...." means that the course offerings are part of the cover letter or separate? The grammar is a little unclear.
  • I think you should put stuff in the cover letter re: course offerings. Agreed the wording isn't ideal, but they'd probably indicate in no uncertain terms if they wanted additional document.
    • Any news? Are they really planning on AAR? Rec'd email acknowlegement (11/4)
    • No news here. I hope if they're really planning on interviewing at the AAR (seems like a short timeline given that it wasn't even posted until mid-October), they get in touch soon.
    • Anyone hear anything? (11/13)
    • Radio silence (11/14)
    • Contacted by phone to schedule AAR interview (11/15) (x8), (11/18) (x2)
    • I was contacted to set up AAR interview, I'm not attending AAR so I was told the faculty will be in touch to schedule a Skype interview
    • Anyone know who the interview will be with? What Bates faculty members?
      • AAR interview email listed professors who will interview there.
      • When/from whom did you get an email? I was told I would get one but haven't yet (checked the spam box too)? thx.
    • What areas of specialization are people who got invited?
      • AOS: religion and politics, with a focus on gender, x2
      • AOS: bible and cultural studies
      • AOS: religion and secularism, anthropology
      • AOS: American religious history, x3
      • AOS: American religion (some lib arts college teaching experience)
      • AOS: American religion and media, focus on gender
      • AOC: Religion, politics and society, US & Eastern Europe
  • Post-AAR news anyone? --> nope (12/11) Its early yet- I talked to the chair on the 5th and he said they'll be choosing candidates for on campus interviews in "the next few weeks" which could be anything between now and after the holiday break
  • Email from department stating that they're still deliberating and will invite candidates after the the 1st of the year. (x2)
  • I interviewed and never received the email from department about deliberating. (x2)
    • Me neither. Any news? (1/9)
    • I got the department email on 12/13 saying wait until new year; no word since. (1/10)
    • I spoke to someone on 1/4 who received a phone call for a campus interview.
      • I spoke to a someone who was told they were "still deliberating" after 1/4. (I'm not doubting someone else has gotten an on-campus, it's just not clear to me why the deliberation subterfuge is necessary. The information channels on this search seem twisty.)
  • I called today and spoke to someone in the department, who said that the committee is still "working on it" and will notify candidates either way. No word on when. (2/6)
  • Friend accepted position today (2/13)
  • E-mail rejection, 3-27; first contact since AAR interview

Bucknell University - VAP - History of Christian Thought/Traditions, 2014-15Edit

The Department of Religion at Bucknell University invites applications for a one-year visiting position (Visiting Assistant Professor) for AY 2014-15 in the History of Christian Thought/Traditions, to begin in the fall 2014. The teaching load for AY 2014-15 is six courses. Teaching responsibilities include the following possible courses "Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam" (RELI 110), "Christianity" (RELI 212), "Essentials of Christian Thought" (RELI 215) and courses in the candidate's expertise. ABD is required.

  • Applicants should submit a complete dossier including a letter of application, CV, evidence of teaching proficiency (Other Document 1), and a sample of scholarship (a book chapter or journal article of no more than thirty pages) (Other Document 2), and arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded to http://www.bucknell.edu/jobs by March 2, 2014. Completed applications will be reviewed on March 3, 2014.
  • Bucknell University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.
  • Bucknell University is located in Lewisburg, PA in the scenic Susquehanna River valley one hour north of Harrisburg and three and one half hours from New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
  • For further information, see our website:http://www.bucknell.edu/Academics/Colleges_Departments/Academic_Departments/Religion/index.html
  • Has anyone heard anything about the status of this one?
  • Rejection email 5/5

Carleton College - African American Religions (2 yr. postdoc)Edit

Carleton College, Department of Religion, seeks qualified candidates for a two-year postdoctoral fellow in African American religions (and/or religions of the African diaspora), to begin Sept. 1, 2014. Candidates’ fields and specializations may be focused on a particular tradition (e.g. Islam or Christianity) or a disciplinary area of study (cultural studies, theology, ethics, history, anthropology, etc.). We also seek candidates interested in contributing to an inter-disciplinary program such as American Studies, African/African American Studies, and/or Women’s and Gender Studies.

We seek applicants who are committed to teaching a diverse student body in a religiously-unaffiliated, highly selective, liberal arts environment. Candidates should be able to situate their work within the broader theoretical and methodological concerns of the field of religious studies. The candidate must have a Ph.D. (received less than five years ago). Appointment involves half-time teaching and half-time for research and writing (2-3 courses per year each year). Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities. Full benefits apply.

  • To apply, please complete the online application found at , including electronic submission of a cover letter, C.V., 2-3 sample syllabi, and contact information for three letters of reference. Please send questions to <lpearson@carleton.edu>, Lori Pearson, Chair, Department of Religion, Carleton College, Northfield, MN. Review of applications will begin March 10, 2014.

Carthage College - Islam (3 yr. term appt.)Edit

CARTHAGE COLLEGE seeks a scholar of Islam for a three-year term appointment beginning in the fall of 2014. Rank and specialization open. Aside from teaching an existing survey of Islam, the successful candidate will develop specialized courses that reflect his or her interests and expertise. Additionally, within the context of liberal arts education, a commitment to Carthage's intellectual and teaching mission is required. Faculty members are also expected to teach courses to fulfill general education requirements; the successful candidate will do so by offering courses that satisfy the College's Global Heritage requirement.

Carthage was founded in 1847 and is a private college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the ELCA Lutheran Church with approximately 2,500 full-time and 720 part-time students. The College awards degrees in more than 40 subject areas and has a long-standing commitment to educating the whole person by nourishing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical dimensions of students' lives. The Carthage curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking while challenging students to express themselves effectively. The College is located on the picturesque shore of Lake Michigan midway between Chicago and Milwaukee and is a focal point in the Kenosha community. Additional information is available at http://www.carthage.edu, as well as the Religion department web site at http://www.carthage.edu/religion/.

  • Application: Send cover letter outlining the candidate's qualifications for the position, teaching philosophy, and scholarly interests. Include curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and any supporting documents. For best consideration, complete applications should be received by November 15, 2013. Applications received by November 15 will be considered for preliminary interviews at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Baltimore. All documents submitted by the candidate should be sent in a single PDF file to religion-search@carthage.edu. Letters sent on the candidate's behalf may also be sent to: religion-search@carthage.edu, Professor Maria Carrig, Chair, Division of the Humanities, Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140
  • Invitatation for campus interview (12/7)
  • Anyone else invited to the campus?
  • Has this been offered? 

Central Washington University - VAP, History of ChristianityEdit

Visiting Assistant Professor, full-time, non-tenure track, for 2014-2015. AOS: History of Christianity. AOC: Contemporary underrepresented religious traditions (such as African or African American, Latin American or Latino/a). Candidates should also be prepared to offer an upper-division survey course in Judaism or Islam. The department has strong and very active programs in Religious Studies and Philosophy.

The successful candidate's responsibilities will involve teaching nine courses (quarter system), including general education and major courses in religious studies. Ph.D. in Religion or Religious Studies required prior to 16 September 2014; must have demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at the undergraduate level; experience working with multicultural curriculum preferred. Experience with or willingness to learn how to teach online courses is preferred but not required. This is not a sabbatical replacement.

  • Screening begins November 25 and will continue until the position is filled. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. A complete application must include an application letter, CV, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, and at least three letters of recommendation. Submit all materials at: https://jobs.cwu.edu/, except recommendation letters, which should be mailed to Religious Studies Search Committee Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7555; or emailed to philo@cwu.edu. For more information, see http://www.cwu.edu/philosophy/.
  • contacted for phone interview (2/7) (x2)
  • contacted for second round of interviews (in lieu of campus visit) (2/13)
  • Offer extended (3/11)
  • Was the offer accepted? (3/28)

Earlham College - Visiting Asst. Professor of African and African American Studies/Black ReligionEdit

Earlham College, a Quaker liberal arts college, has an opening for a (preliminary) three-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in African and African American Studies (AAAS), with disciplinary foci in Black studies and Black religion, to begin Fall 2014.

Areas of competence particularly desired: African American Studies; and one or more of the following: history, ethics, culture, and/or politics of the African American religious experiences; the religions of Africa, the Caribbean and/or the Black Atlantic; African American (including Black Feminist/Womanist) theology and Biblical interpretation; theories and methods in the study of religion.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: Successful candidates will be eager to teach courses related to the areas stated above. In addition candidates must be enthusiastic about, and committed to, teaching talented, thoughtful undergraduates from multiple perspectives and traditions.

Experience & Qualification:Ph.D. or ABD required.

  • Application Instructions: Candidates should send applications as a single PDF including cover letter detailing teaching and research interests, resume and three letters of reference to: Cheri Gaddis, Social Science Division administrative assistant, at cherig@earlham.edu.
  • Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013, and continue until the positions are filled.
  • Emailed for phone interview (11/22)
  • Invited for on-campus interview on 12/13
  • Offer made.

Guilford College (NC) - Islam (1 yr. Position)Edit

  • Full-time, one-year position in Islam with the ability to teach courses in religious ethics, beginning August, 2014.
  • Candidates are expected to teach courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate levels. We seek a person with a Ph.D. (ABD considered) with strong teaching experience who is able to address, at both an introductory and more advanced level, economic, racial, gender, and political issues within a diverse global context from a Religious Studies perspective. The department has a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, religious pluralism, and working for social justice. The College emphasizes teaching excellence, a writing intensive curriculum, interdisciplinary collaboration, and College community participation. Guilford seeks applications from people representing diversity based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, ethnicity, religion, national origin, career and life experiences, socio-economic background, and geographic roots, as well as from members of the Religious Society of Friends. EOE/AA.
  • Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in November in Baltimore.
  • Submit cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, research plan, academic transcripts, and three referents online at https://guilford.peopleadmin.com. Hard copies are not accepted.

Harvard Divinity School - Research Assoc. / Visiting Faculty, Women's Studies & Religion, 2014-15Edit

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL announces five full-time positions as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2014-15 in its Women’s Studies in Religion Program. Proposals for book-length research projects utilizing both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed. Priority will go to book projects for which most research has been completed. They may address women and religion in any time, place or religious tradition, and may utilize disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the fields of theology, the humanities, and the social sciences. Full-time residence at Harvard Divinity School during the 2014-15 academic year is required. Associates meet together regularly for collective discussion of research in progress; each Associate teaches a one-semester course related to the research project; and the Associates present their research in a public lecture series and at an annual conference . Salary for 2014-15 will be $55,000. The appointment is full-time, lasting ten months, and includes health benefits and reimbursement of some expenses.

  • Completed applications must be submitted online by October 15, 2013. Applicants must have received their PhD by October 1, 2013. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the WSRP Search Committee and submitted electronically in word, rich text, or PDF format to wsrprec@hds.harvard.edu. Information and application may be accessed at: http://www.hds.harvard.edu/wsrp/appform/application.htm.

Illinois College - VAP, ReligionEdit

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Illinois College seeks applicants for a full-time, visiting Assistant Professor of Religion for academic year 2014-2015, with the possibility of renewal for academic year 2015-2016.

The area of specialization and the area of competence are open, but preference will be given to someone able to teach several existing courses in the department, including Abrahamic Faiths and Religion and Film. As part of the College's General Education Program (IC BLUEprint), these courses have specific designations such as writing or speaking extensive experiences. For information about departmental courses and the IC BLUEprint, see http://www.ic.edu/academics.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D., or ABD, in a field in religion or biblical studies. Undergraduate teaching experience is preferred but not required.

Illinois College is a liberal arts college dedicated to student opportunities for excellence and success. We emphasize experiential learning, service, leadership, and helping students move towards professional careers. The College, founded in 1829, is located in Jacksonville, Illinois, a historic town 35 miles from Springfield.

  • Interested candidates submit a letter of application, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three reference letters to the Office of Academic Affairs, Professor John Laumakis, Chair in the Department of Religion and Philosophy, Illinois College, 1101 West College Avenue, Jacksonville, IL 62650, or to deansearch@ic.edu. Review of applications begins October 1 and continues until the position is filled. Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.
  • 10/9 Received a signed letter from the search chair via snail mail acknowledging receipt of my application; not sure if that's SOP, but I thought it was quite nice and thoughtful. (x6)
  • Anyone heard anything new on this? Are they planning on doing AAR interviews?
  • I finally broken down and emailed them and got this response about timeline (12/5): "The committee is currently narrowing its search with the hope of bringing a few candidates to campus in February 2014 and concluding the search by early March 2014." I guess that means no first round at all?
  • Thanks for biting the bullet for the rest of us. I thought funding for this one had been yanked or something.
  • Email request for phone interview. (12/2)
  • Well then that was sort of disingenuous of them to tell me on the 5th they were working on a campus visit short list if they had contacted people for phone interviews the week before. <harumph>
  • offer made and accepted. (3/21)

Johns Hopkins University - Mellon Postdoc: Religious Culture and the ArtsEdit

  • See full post and updates at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-2014
  • NB: even though the advertisement excludes RS from acceptable fields of study (absurdly!), the FAQ says that people in non-named disciplines can apply. So if you study the intersection of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the arts, give this one a go!

Kenyon College - Visiting Asst. Prof., East Asian ReligionsEdit

Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, seeks applications for a one-year position teaching East Asian religions in the Religious Studies Department for the academic year 2014-15. Pending administrative approval, there may be a national search for a tenure-track position in this field to begin the following year. Area of specialization may be China, Japan, or Korea. Ability to teach our introductory course, Religion in Global Context, and at least one course on Buddhism is expected. Subfield of Women's and Gender Studies would be a welcome addition. Teaching load 3/2.

  • To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at https://employment.kenyon.edu. A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter; 2) a statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy including a list of courses taught; 3) a Curriculum Vita; and 4) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders 5) writing samples, 6) unofficial graduate transcripts. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website.
  • Review of applications will begin November 5, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AAR meeting in Baltimore.
  • 11/18 phone call to set up AAR interview (x3)
  • Any idea what their timeline is?
  • Recieved phonecall to schedule on-campus interview (01/06)
  • Anyone get post-AAR interview rejection/notification? Spoke with them couple of weeks ago, but no news thus far.
  • Offer Made, Offer Accepted (02/19)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - Research Associate, Kingship in Narrative, Memory, and History in TibetEdit

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages (Berkeley, CA) - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Buddhist StudiesEdit

The Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages in Berkeley invites recent Ph.D.'s in Buddhist Studies or closely related fields to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship, starting in the summer/fall of 2014, with flexible starting date flexible. The position is for one year, potentially renewable for a second year. Applicants must have been officially awarded the Ph.D. prior to commencement of the fellowship.

Candidates should have advanced language training in Sanskrit and at least one other canonical language. A strong interest in Buddhist sūtra and śāstra traditions and familiarity with the digital humanities is desirable. Applicants should have a serious interest in philology and lexicography, since this will be a major focus of their work. Experience in teaching Sanskrit or Tibetan or Buddhist Studies is also helpful.

Fellows will work with the Mangalam Academic Director, current postdoctoral fellows, and short-term Scholars in Residence. Their primary responsibility will be research related to the Buddhist Translators Workbench, an online resource now under development, funded in part by a grant from the NEH. Depending on training and interests, Fellows may also be asked to teach in the newly established MRC Postbaccalaureate Program (http://www.mangalamresearch.org/postbac), as well as in summer language intensives in Sanskrit or Tibetan.

Postdoctoral Fellows’ weekly time commitment on MRC projects and programs will average 25-30 hours. Housing, some meals, and medical insurance are provided as part of the compensation package, and there is a travel allowance for attending conferences. Previous fellows have received the status of Visiting Scholar from the University of California, Berkeley, which gives them full access to University facilities and resources.

A small, independent institution, the Mangalam Research Center was founded in 2008 and offered its first programs in 2009. Since 2010, its programs have been attended by over 50 senior scholars in Buddhist Studies and related fields. The Academic Director is Professor Luis Gómez, who also supervises the BTW Project and is in residence at various times throughout the year. Other scholars also visit, and leading scholars participate in conferences, seminars, and symposia. Located in downtown Berkeley, a short walk from the campus of the University of California, Mangalam Research Center has a close working relationship with Buddhist Studies programs at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. For more information, see http://www.mangalamresearch.org.

  • Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2013 and should be sent via email attachment to the Director of Mangalam Research Center, using this address: jackp@mangalamresearch.org. Applications need take no particular form, but should include the following:
  • A detailed description of your academic credentials, language skills, and teaching experience (official transcripts are not required);
  • Statement of purpose describing your interests and research plans and any other information you consider relevant;
  • Three letters of reference from academic advisers or persons in the field who know and can evaluate your work.
  • Applicants with suitable credentials will be invited for interviews in person or over the internet. Decisions will be announced by January 15, 2014. For more information, contact jackp@mangalamresearch.org. Interested applicants may also wish to arrange to meet with Jack Petranker at the upcoming meeting of the AAR in Baltimore.

Rutgers University (NJ) - Visiting Assistant Professor, Buddhist StudiesEdit

The Department of Religion at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track position in Buddhist Studies during the 2014-2015 academic year. The position will be in a one-year, non-renewable contract. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; the position carries a full package of university benefits. Teaching duties for the position (of 18 credit hours, or 6 courses, for the year) will be a combination of courses in Buddhist Studies and Asian religions, depending on the specialization of the candidate and the needs of the department.

Candidates should have PhD in Buddhist Studies (East Asian, South Asian or Southeast Asian) or a closely related field, although applicants who are ABD will also be considered. The successful candidate will show evidence of commitment to dynamic and effective teaching and demonstrate preparedness to teach general courses in Asian religions as well as courses in his/her field of specialization, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidate might need to help M.A.-level students with theses related to the candidate’s area of specialization.

  • An application letter, updated curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and three recommendation letters should be submitted electronically at: http://apply.interfolio.com/24813.  Review of complete applications will begin Monday, May 5th, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Had Skype Interview (5/9/2014).

Saint Louis University (MO) - 1 yr. non-TT Asst. Professor, Theological StudiesEdit

  • Saint Louis University, a Jesuit Catholic institution dedicated to education, research, healthcare and service, seeks applicants for a non-tenure track position at the rank of Assistant professor in Theological Studies within the Department of Theological Studies, beginning Janury 2014. The appointment will last for one year. The area of specialization is open but the successful candidate will be able to teach in most areas of theological studies at the undergraduate level. S/He will also be assigned 1-2 sections of the department's Theological Foundations, for a total of a 3-3 teaching load. In addition, the successful candidate will design least one undergraduate course as an online offering in the Spring 2014 semester and then teach online in the Fall 2014 semester. Accordingly, s/he will have experience with online course development and teaching in theological studies in a higher education setting. Candidates, regardless of their own faith tradition, must be supportive of the Catholic and Jesuit ideals of the university. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Theological Studies and have at least one year of teaching experience in a higher education setting.
  • For more information about the faculty and our programs, visit our website at http://theology.slu.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position it filled. All applications must be made online at https://jobs.slu.edu and must include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample course syllabus, and names and contact details of three referees. All queries about this position may be directed to the departmental chair, Dr James R. Ginther (ginthej@slu.edu).
  • Posted at HigherEdJobs.com on 10/5/13.
    • Posting has been deleted from HigherEdJobs.com 10/25/13
  • It begins this January?!

Saint Mary's College of California - Visiting Faculty for Liberal Arts (All Disciplines)Edit

St. Lawrence University (NY) - VAP (Christianity)Edit

St. Lawrence University invites applications for a one-year visiting position at the assistant professor level in Christianity to begin August 2014. The successful candidate will be asked to teach the department's Christianity survey course, and a 100-level thematic course that introduces students to the academic study of religion of the candidate's design. Other courses are open depending on the candidate's specific competencies, but, if possible, courses on global Christianity, and religion and violence are preferred. Preference will be given to those who are conversant with academic method and theory in the study of religion. Normal teaching load is three courses per semester. A Ph.D. is preferred but ABDs near completion may be considered.

  • Interested candidates should submit, via email only, a letter of application, C.V., and two sample syllabi and arrange to have three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses teaching, to: Professor Mark MacWilliams, mmac@stlawu.edu, Department of Religious Studies, St. Lawrence University and copy Ms. Joyce Sheridan, jsheridan@stlawu.edu. The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is June 21, 2014. Applications received after this deadline may be reviewed, but only in the event that the position has not already been filled.

St. Vincent College (PA) - Theology (3 yr. Position)Edit

The Position: Saint Vincent College seeks applications for a full-time, renewable three-year position as an Assistant Professor in the Theology Department beginning August 2014.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. or S.T.D. in Theology by time of appointment is required. Specialization in one of the following areas is desired: systematics, interreligious dialogue, or Hebrew Scriptures. The ideal candidate will have experience in undergraduate teaching and demonstrated promise as an active scholar through a record of presentations and publications.

Duties: Responsibilities include teaching the first year course required of all undergraduate students, as well as courses in the candidate's areas of specialization, including graduate courses in Saint Vincent Seminary. Other duties will include academic advising and department service.

About Us: Saint Vincent College is a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and sciences college of 1600 students located thirty-five miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Saint Vincent College maintains a strong commitment to the liberal arts and sciences that grows out of a 1500 year old Benedictine educational tradition. The Saint Vincent Core Curriculum ensures students a broad exposure to humanities, fine arts, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences, yet allows flexibility for students. Class sizes tend to be moderate: 25-30 students would be typical for an introductory course and 25 or fewer would be common in advanced courses.

The faculty community is enhanced by several interdisciplinary initiatives including the Interdisciplinary Writing program and a Freshmen Seminar program. The Teaching Enhancement Mentoring Program provides opportunities for professional development. As a primarily residential college serving traditional age students, Saint Vincent faculty work closely with students in and out of class. The College offers support for conference participation and a modest intramural faculty research grant program. Computer and library support are competitive with other liberal arts institutions.

  • To apply: Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of teaching philosophy to: Director of Human Resources, Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690 or electronic submissions can be mailed to employment@email.stvincent.edu. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAR/SBL Convention in Baltimore. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; for full consideration, apply by November 1st, 2013. This position requires the incumbent to be able to fully embrace the unique mission and identity of the College as a Catholic, Benedictine, and liberal arts institution. EOE
  • Interview at AAR scheduled 11/13
  • rejection via email 11/19 (x3)

Stanford University - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literary Cultures of Muslim South AsiaEdit

Union College (NY) - 2 yr. VAP in Religious StudiesEdit

Religious Studies: Union College (Schenectady, NY). The Program in Religious Studies is inviting applications for a 2-year Visiting Assistant Professor position, beginning September 2014. There is a possibility that the position could be extended past two years. A strong program of research and a commitment to undergraduate teaching are necessary. In addition to teaching the introductory class in Religious Studies and the upper-level seminar in Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, we are looking for someone whose expertise lies in the area of Religion and Science. Ph.D. by appointment date preferred. Union is a small, highly selective private college founded in 1795 with a long history of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. Union is located in New York's Capital Region, a mid-sized metropolitan area full of affordable, livable neighborhoods and interesting cultural and recreational opportunities. It is also about an hour from the Adirondack Mountains and about three hours from Boston and New York City.

Teaching load is two courses per trimester. Interested candidates should send an application letter, C.V., statements of teaching and research interests, three letters of recommendation, and any evidence of scholarship and teaching skills, including course evaluations if available, to Prof. Peter Bedford, Director, Program in Religious Studies, at bedfordp@union.edu. Questions may be emailed to Peter Bedford at bedfordp@union.edu.

  • Applications will be reviewed starting May 14, until the position is filled. Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s). Union College's strategic plan highlights the role of diversity in providing an effective education for the 21st century at the heart of our mission and vision for the College. Diversifying the student body, the faculty, the administration, the staff and the curriculum requires a commitment to honor our mission and advance our goals.
  • See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000830789-01#sthash.A9oRRboP.dpuf

University of Cambridge Faculty of Divinity - University Lecturer in PatristicsEdit

The Faculty of Divinity, West Road, Cambridge, invites applications for a University Lectureship in Patristics (Grade 9, £37,756- £47,787). Candidates, whose research specialism may be in any field of Patristic thought and culture to the end of the first millennium, should have a doctorate in the field and will be expected to undertake teaching and research in Patristics. Candidates should be able to take up the post on 1 October 2014. The appointment will be subject to five years' probation.

  • Further particulars are available from the Administrative Officer in the Faculty of Divinity (tel: (01223) 763002; e-mail: faculty-office@divinity.cam.ac.uk), and on the Faculty website, where additional information on the Faculty is available: http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/ . Enquiries about the post can also be addressed to him. Applications should be sent via the on line system to the Administrative Officer (details as above) by 17 February 2014.

University of California Santa Barbara - Postdoctoral Fellow in Classical Islamic TraditionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to appoint a Faculty Fellow in Islamic Studies. This fellowship has a term of one year. It offers recent recipients of the Ph.D. (awarded between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2014) a unique opportunity to develop their research and teaching interests within the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies. The Faculty Fellow appointment is designed for a recent Ph.D who has not held the rank of Assistant Professor. The Fellow will teach four courses on the classical Islamic traditions: the Qur’an, hadith, tafsir, usul al-fiqh, etc. We strongly prefer at least one course taught from primary texts in Arabic. We are especially interested in candidates who can teach from a source-critical, historical approach to the classical Islamic traditions. Courses will be offered at the introductory, intermediate and advanced (graduate) levels. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or in Near Eastern or Middle Eastern Studies is required. This is a temporary appointment. Fellowship award provides an annual salary of $50,000. The award also includes health, vision and dental benefits, and up to $2,000 for research related and conference travel expenses.   

  • The Committee will begin reviewing applications on May 23, 2014.  Applications, including a letter of interest, a CV, and two letters of recommendation should be sent to the Classical Islamic Traditions Committee at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00299. Questions may be addressed to Professor Kathleen Moore, at kmoore@religion.ucsb.edu.  The Department of Religious Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

University of Dublin, Trinity College - Asst. Professor of Religious Studies (4 yr. Fixed Term Appt.)Edit

Applications are invited for a four year fixed term appointment based in the Department of Religions and Theology, within the Confederal School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics, from candidates with a Ph.D. in the following areas: history of the study of religion; classical authors in the study of religion; contemporary theories of religion; current debates on religion, modernity, and the public sphere; and / or the influence of religion on the cultural development of Europe and the West since Antiquity.

Obligations will include teaching and supervision from undergraduate to postgraduate levels on classical and contemporary authors in the study of religion, on methodology, and on the history of religion from antiquity to modernity, as well as sharing in the administrative duties in the life of the Department and the School. The successful candidate will have a track record in, and current plan for, research in religious studies, reflecting the relationship to disciplines such as philosophy, classics, sociology and theology, and show evidence of creative and effective teaching.

Further application information for this position can be obtained at: www.tcd.ie/vacancies - Please note candidates who do not submit the required information as outlined on the Job Description will not be considered for shortlisting.

Please Note: The successful candidate is expected to be in post by 1st January 2014. Interviews for this position will be held the week of the 16th September 2013

  • A question: why are they creating a 4-year fixed-term contract? Is this common for universities in Ireland? I only know the Canadian and US systems and this is new to me.
  • A: I would guess that it is about funding. (a four year deal is part of the way the business model has taken over university hiring; it allows for permanent cheap labor. So long as there are excess PhDs, salary and benefits can remain stable--it is a gross practice that cannot be prohibited in Ireland but should be in the U.S. In an age where jobs are tight, small colleges can offer a 'competitive product' without fair compensation. Now that AAUP has been declawed and there are no rights to junior academics, this practice is expanding especially among boutique liberal arts colleges in the US that can remain current with short term appointments. While it is obviously exploitive (i.e., ignores the need for a 3 year leave and develops a divided group of academics), colleges, especially progressive ones are fooled into thinking they are doing the would be hire a favor by providing a job at all. It is nonesense and the participants in middle management (i.e., assistant chairs and chairs) know full well that this new model does not work but will take what their own mediocrity permits. Just a thought! PS not a failed applicant here...just a concerned citizen. And no blame to the recipient of the job and apologies if this offends.)
  • Rejection recieved by email, 9/3

University of North Dakota - 1 yr. Asst. Professor, ChristianityEdit

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA. The Department of Philosophy and Religion invites applications for a one year (AY 2014-15), non-tenure track position, at rank (depending on qualifications) of assistant professor or instructor, effective August 2014. The teaching load is 3/3. The successful candidate will be a broadly trained, dynamic teacher/scholar with primary expertise in Christianity, specialization open. Candidate must be committed to both general education and working with the major, and thus should have competence to teach a wide range of courses, such as: Introduction to Religious Inquiry; Religions of the West; Religious Ethics; and Death and Dying. Ph.D. preferred but ABD will be considered.

  • Please submit a dossier, including a cover letter detailing your teaching and research interests, CV, and three letters of recommendation. Electronic applications preferred (send to: lori.robison@email.und.edu), or send hard copies to: Religion Search Committee, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Dakota, Merrifield Hall Room 201, 276 Centennial Drive, Stop 7128, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7128. Deadline for receipt of all materials is May 23, 2014. For more information about the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the University of North Dakota, and the Grand Forks, ND community, visit: http://arts-sciences.und.edu/philosophy-religion/. If you have further questions, please email lori.robison@email.und.edu.

University of Washington, Tacoma--Senior Lecturer in Religous Studies (up to 5 years appt.)Edit

The Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) program at the University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for one Full-Time Lecturer position in Religious Studies. This is a renewable position with appointment terms of 1 to 5 years beginning September 16, 2014. The position requires a terminal degree or foreign equivalent in Religious Studies or related field at the time of appointment, and college-level teaching experience. The successful candidate will teach upper- and lower-division courses in Religious Studies. We especially welcome candidates who can offer classes on religion in the United States, religion in the modern world, religion and politics, philosophy of religion, and other coursework contributing to interdisciplinary majors. Candidates will be expected to work with diverse student populations and integrate new techniques into teaching.

We seek candidates who will become integral members of an interdisciplinary faculty and staff committed to excellence and innovation in teaching. S/he will be a member of the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program (IAS), and will join faculty in the Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs which houses majors in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and Law and Policy. We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives.

One of three University of Washington campuses, UW Tacoma is located in new and historic facilities in downtown Tacoma and serves students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. The South Sound is a beautiful place to live with outstanding opportunities for both cultural and recreational activities. It also has vibrant business and nonprofit communities including organizations like the world-renowned Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom, RealNetworks, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, the Port of Tacoma, and more. For more information on UW Tacoma, visit our website at https://www.tacoma.uw.edu.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation email. This information will not be shared with the search committee. The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower-division, upper-division, and graduate instruction.

  • To apply, please submit: 1) a letter describing your teaching interests, qualifications, and teaching experience 2) a curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught, 3) a statement of your teaching philosophy, 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 5) three letters of reference. Submit all application materials to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3756. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin February 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, email Turan Kayaoglu, search chair, at turan@uw.edu.
  • Request for Skype interview (2/7)
  • Request for campus interview (3/4)
  • Short list complete

Valparaiso University - Lilly Fellows Program, Residential Postdoctoral FellowshipEdit

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Washington University in St. Louis - John C. Danforth Postdoctoral Research Assoc. in Religion & PoliticsEdit

Washington University in St Louis - Postdoctoral Research Associate, East Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Program in Religious Studies at Washington University in St. Louis invite applications for a one-year full-time postdoctoral teaching fellowship in East Asian Religions, beginning in August 2014. The successful candidate will be asked to teach three courses, one in the fall and two in the spring, and be prepared to offer an introductory course in Buddhist Traditions, as well as undergraduate survey and/or topic courses in one or more of the religious traditions of East Asia.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should be able to demonstrate prior successful teaching experience, and must have a Ph.D. in East Asian Religions or related field prior to the start of the appointment.Applicants should also have broad training in the study of religion.

Preferred Qualifications: Teaching interests that include modern and contemporary religious movements in East Asia and/or East Asian religions in the global context would be highly desirable.

Salary Range: Compensation includes a nine-month academic salary commensurate with experience, healthcoverage and benefits, office space, and access to a computer, the library, and other facilities available to members of the University community.

  • Applicant Special Instructions: Applications must be submitted through the Washington University HR website and include: 1) a cover letter, descriptions and/or syllabi of the courses you would be prepared to offer 2) a CV 3) a statement of up to 1,500 words describing your research interests 4) three letters of reference should be sent under separate cover directly to the search committee chair: Beata Grant, Search Committee Chair, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Washington University, Campus Box 1111, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899. Inquiries may be addressed to ealc@artsci.wustl.edu . Application review will begin February 1, 2014.
  • Link to Apply
  • Any word here?
  • rejection (2/24)

Williams College - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islam in ContextEdit

The Department of Religion at Williams College seeks to appoint a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islam in Context, beginning in the fall of 2014. We seek someone whose expertise in Islam will also address the religious complexities of either Africa, South Asia, or Southeast Asia, in their historical, social, and political contexts. So, for example, a candidate might teach courses on the interactions of Islam with Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and/or indigenous religious traditions in these parts of the world. We especially welcome candidates whose teaching and research features post-colonial/decolonizing approaches. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester. Ph.D. must be in hand or expected by September 2014; new Ph.D.s are especially encouraged to apply.

The Fellow will be included in the activities of the Religion Department as a regular junior faculty member. They will work closely with a faculty mentor; participate in Williams’ First3 Program; and receive feedback on pedagogical skills and teaching effectiveness through our standard evaluation procedures.

The fellowship includes a salary of $43,500 plus benefits and funds to support research and travel. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or expect to pursue a teaching career in the United States. The position is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Interview scheduled 11/5
  • Interview scheduled 11/11
  • Offer made 1/17.

Williams College -Three-Year Visiting Assistant Professor-History of Christian Thought - CANCELLEDEdit

The Department of Religion at Williams College invites applications for a three-year visiting assistant professor position in the History of Christian Thought, beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. We seek someone with expertise in Medieval or Early Modern periods who can also develop broader courses addressing aspects of the Christian tradition and its relation to other religious and social formations from late Antiquity through the Counter-Reformation. The area of specialization is open, but we especially welcome candidates whose teaching or research includes critical race, feminist, postcolonial, or queer lenses and/or engages contemporary philosophical traditions (continental or analytic), and/or Christian, Jewish, and/or Muslim thought in the period.

  • Please submit a letter of application, c.v., summary of current research, short description of suggested courses and teaching vision, and three letters of reference by February 1, 2014. All materials should be addressed to Professor Jason Josephson, Chair, Department of Religion and must be submitted through Interfolio. Follow this link to apply for the position: http://apply.interfolio.com/24254.
  • Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts that has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.
  • Any news?
  • I heard they invited someone to campus for an interview in early April. 3/22
  • Any word on whether fly-outs did in fact take place? (4/7)
  • recieved email that search was cancelled. Might re-post the search later this summer. No details on why 4/14 (x2)
  • any idea why search was cancelled? (4/14)

York University (Toronto, Canada) - Two 1 yr. Positions (Classical Judaica AND Modern Religious Thought and/or Modern Comparative Religion)Edit

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies invites applications from qualified candidates for two (2) one-year Sessional Assistant Professor positions in Humanities. The positions will contribute to the Department’s Religious Studies offerings. For one of these appointments, preference will be given to candidates with scholarly training in classical Judaica (biblical and/or rabbinic and/or medieval) and the successful candidate will have knowledge of Hebrew and may be asked to teach one course in Hebrew language or literature in York’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. For the second position, preference will be given to candidates with scholarly training in modern religious thought and/or modern comparative religion. A PhD in Philosophy, History, Literature, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies or a related field, demonstrable excellence or promise of excellence in teaching, and an active research program in a relevant area are required. The successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge of, and a commitment to, the goals and methods of General Education. These appointments carry a teaching load of three full courses or the equivalent.

  • Applicants should submit, in hard copy, a letter of application, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly. Apply to: Professor Martin Lockshin, Chair, Department of Humanities, 206 Vanier College, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014.
  • Also posted at Jewish Studies 2013-2014
  • Rejection received by email, 3/17 (x2)

Xavier University (OH) - Visiting Assistant Professor, Spirituality and Pastoral TheologyEdit

  • Xavier University announces an opening at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor in the field of Spirituality and Pastoral Theology beginning in August 2014. The person holding this position will develop and teach graduate and undergraduate classes at the interface of spirituality, pastoral theology, and psychology. All candidates must also be able to teach our undergraduate introductory course, Theological Foundations. Candidates will be able to engage questions of justice and diversity within a pluralistic context. Required: Ph.D. or Th.D. (or equivalent) in theology or religious studies; knowledge of Christian tradition, Catholic history and practice, including the Ignatian tradition. Strongly desired: evidence of expertise in pastoral counseling, pastoral psychology, or spiritual direction. Imminent receipt of doctoral degree by the start date of the appointment is required. Some teaching experience is preferred. The position is renewable for up to three years.
  • Xavier is a Jesuit Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition, committed to excellence in teaching, high quality scholarly activity, and creative and intelligent engagement with questions of interfaith dialogue, peace, justice, and ecological sustainability. Xavier University has a strong commitment to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women and minorities.
    • Preliminary interviews of select, qualified applicants will be conducted at the AAR meeting in Baltimore in November of 2013. To ensure consideration, interested candidates should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, and graduate transcripts by Monday, October 14, 2013. In addition, by that same date, three letters of recommendation should be sent to Professor Sarah J. Melcher, Department of Theology, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-4442 or by email to theologylor@xavier.edu.
  • How did people find the interview?

See Also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14Edit

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