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This page is for Academic Positions in Religious Studies that begin in 2015.

NEW PAGE for 2016 jobs: Religious Studies 2015-2016

Last Year's Page: Religious Studies 2013-2014

See also: Biblical Studies 2014-2015 and Jewish Studies 2014-2015

Please list advertised positions, with updates as they occur, including acknowledgments of receipt, phone interviews, campus interviews, and offers. Listing the names of those hired is a violation of privacy.

Use "Heading 3" when adding names of schools/positions to this page. [NOTE: Admin. does not have access to AAR/SBL list, so those with access are particularly encouraged to post any positions from that list that do not appear here].

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DemographicsEdit

ABD (early): 3

ABD (will finish this academic year): 39

Ph.D. in hand (one-year, VAP, Lecturer, Post-doc, adjunct) 28

Assistant Professor: 7

Associate Professor: 1

Full Professor:

Search Committee Member:

Lurker: 2

Faculty "Job Coach":

TOTAL: 73 (as of Dec 1, 2014) <----- update the total!

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

African Religions: 1

African-American Religions: 1

American Religion(s): 9

Ancient Near East: 1

Anthropology of Religion: 3

Asian Religions-Buddhism: 6

Asian Religions-Chinese/Japanese:

Asian Religions-Hinduism: 1

Asian Religions-Southeast Asia: 

Catholic Studies: 1

Christianity-Early: 7

Christianity-Medieval: 4

Christianity-Early Modern/Modern:3

Christianity-Modern/Ethics: 3

Christianity-Global: 1

Christianity-Catholic and Latin American Studies:

Comparative: 2

Ethics: 5

Esotericism:

Hebrew Bible: 4

Intercultural Studies: 1

Indigenous Religions: 1

Islam: 9

Judaism: 2

New Testament: 1

Philosophy of Religion:

Political Theology: 4

Practical Theology (Homiletics):

Religion and Literature: 1

Religion and History of Science:

Religion and Violence: 2

Religion and Pop Culture: 1

Secularism:

Second Temple Judaism: 1

Sociology of Religion:2

South Asian Religions: 4

Theology: 5

Women's Studies / Queer Theory: 1

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

2014-2015 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track Edit

Agnes Scott College (GA) - Religious Studies (Middle East, Religion and Conflict)Edit

The Agnes Scott College Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank in Religion and Conflict with a regional focus on the Middle East to begin August 2015. The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory and advanced courses related to both historical and contemporary Islam and the role of religion in understanding contemporary conflict in the Middle East. The 3/2 teaching load will include introductory and upper-level courses in the candidate’s specialty, along with at least one course supporting the college’s global learning initiative. The ability to teach courses in other religious traditions of the Middle East and general courses related to the academic study of religion is desired. The Department of Religious Studies offers majors in both Religious Studies and Religion and Social Justice and is committed to interdisciplinary studies. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related discipline is preferred; advanced ABDs considered. The successful candidate will possess teaching experience and a commitment to working with a socially and economically diverse undergraduate student population. Candidates should also address their interest in teaching at a liberal arts college for women.

  • To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample, sample course syllabi, three recent letters of recommendation, by October 15 to relsearch@agnesscott.edu or to Tina Pippin, Chair of Religious Studies, Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. Additional materials, including course evaluations and graduate transcripts, will be solicited from selected applicants later in the search. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Members of the search committee will conduct interviews at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in November 2014, but it is not necessary for applicants to attend the conference to apply for this position.
  • Had phone interview Nov. 13; nothing since. 
  • Received email request for AAR interview. 11/19
  • Invite for campus visit 12/11.
  • Offer made and accepted. 

Albright College (PA) - Religions in AmericaEdit

Albright College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Religions in America, to begin Fall 2015. We are especially interested in a candidate whose focus is on religious diversity in the Americas, including North and South America, African-American/Caribbean traditions, Islam in America, and/or Asian religions in America. Secondary expertise in gender studies, migration studies, transnational studies, material religions and/or popular culture is welcome.

The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching and have a strong research agenda. The teaching load is 3 courses per semester. Albright College's religious studies department serves our majors but also contributes to the General Education program. The College has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary; faculty members have the opportunity to teach in their areas of expertise as well as contribute to other departments and programs on campus. Candidates should have a Ph.D. but advanced ABD will also be considered. Experience in the undergraduate classroom is preferred. Candidates should send a letter of application, c.v., three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and writing sample to hr@alb.edu.

Albright College is a Methodist-affiliated liberal arts institution with a strong tradition of excellence in religious studies. The College consists of approximately 1700 students, and is located within an hour of Philadelphia and two to three hours of New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Additional information about Albright College is available at www.albright.edu.

  • Review of dossiers will begin on October 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. We will be conducting interviews at the Annual Meeting of the AAR/SBL in San Diego.
  • Received emailed request for an AAR interview (10/31 X3)
  • I heard from a friend who received one that campus visits have been scheduled (x2).
  • I heard that an offer has been made and accepted (04/06)

Appalachian State University (NC) - East Asian Religious TraditionsEdit

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position in East Asian religious traditions at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2015. The requirements for the position include a Ph.D. in Religious Studies by June 30, 2015 (candidates with the degree in a closely related field will also receive consideration), and while the area of focus is open, the successful candidate will assume instructional responsibilities for the various traditions associated with East Asia. Similarly, the successful candidate will demonstrate proficiency in the methodological and theoretical study of religion through both scholarship and classroom instruction. The teaching load is 3 courses per semester for faculty with an active research agenda. Teaching responsibilities will include an introduction to global religions, an intermediate-level course(s) on East Asian religious traditions, and upper-level offerings of the candidate's choosing. Faculty members are expected to maintain an active program of scholarship as well as participate in service activities.

Appalachian State University is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the university has approximately 17,000 students, primarily in bachelors and masters programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs. Additional information about the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the university, and the surrounding area is located at: http://www.appstate.edu.

Applicants must send electronically a complete application consisting of a letter of application detailing research and teaching interests, a current C.V., an official transcript from the Ph.D. granting institution, a writing sample (no more than 20 pages), and three confidential letters of recommendation to: easiarel@appstate.edu.

  • Review of completed applications will begin October 15 and continue until the position is filled. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. For more information, please visit - http://www.hrs.appstate.edu/employment/epa-jobs/academic-affairs
  • Has anyone been contacted yet?
  • No.
  • Still no news?
  • Skype Interview requested

Asbury Theological Seminary (TN) - TheologyEdit

ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY announces a faculty position in Theology (with administrative responsibilities) for its Memphis, Tennessee site, commencing July 2015. Tenure and non-tenure tracks are possible depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. For the non-tenure track, which is initially a three-year appointment, the accrued years of service would count toward tenure if the position becomes permanent (in Memphis, Florida, or Kentucky). Rank is open. Consistent with the Seminary's commitment to distance learning, the person hired in this position will be expected to be available to teach online courses as needed.

Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. or comparable degree in theology, with strong preference given to persons with degrees in some aspect of Wesleyan theology. In addition, since part of the workload will be coordinating with the Dean of the School of Theology and Formation, and the various student services offices in Kentucky, skills in organizational administration will be deemed a valuable asset. Some knowledge of Spanish and experience in distance learning are desirable, but neither is required.

Asbury Theological Seminary is a confessional seminary in the Wesleyan tradition. Enthusiastic agreement with the Seminary's confessional statement of faith, faculty covenant, and ethos statement is essential. Nominations, applications (letter, CV, and three letters of reference), or questions may be addressed to:

Gina Young, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Theology and Formation

Asbury Theological Seminary

204 N. Lexington Avenue

Wilmore, KY 40390-1199

Digital submissions are acceptable in PDF formatting:

Email: regina.young@asburyseminary.edu.

Azusa Pacific University - Systematic TheologyEdit

Azusa Pacific University' invites applications for a full-time position in Systematic Theology with rank open beginning in September 2015.  Teaching load of 24 units per year and usual non-teaching responsibilities.  Possible teaching load reductions through competitive faculty research awards.  Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Phil in Systematic Theology in hand by beginning of the appointment.  The position involves teaching introductory and advanced courses in Systematic Theology with additional ability to teach 2/3 world theologies (e.g. liberation and postcolonial theologies).  Demonstrated excellence or promise in teaching and scholarly research required.  Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.  Azusa Pacific University is a Christian university in the tradition of Wesleyan evangelical Christianity and expects commitment to the religious mission of the school.  For a complete job description and to apply, visit http://www.apu.edu/cp/employment/.  Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

  • Invitation for AAR interview extended (11/10)
  • on campus interview invitation (11/23)
  • Job offer (1/31)
  • Offer Accepted (3/8)

Bard College (NY) - BuddhismEdit

BARD COLLEGE invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Buddhist studies to begin fall 2015.

The position requires a dedicated commitment to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts college. Applicants should possess a broad and strong foundation in the formative or classical traditions and literatures of Buddhism in Asia, with appropriate language proficiency, and an understanding of later and contemporary developments within Buddhist traditions. The geographical area of specialization is open.

The successful candidate will contribute to both the Religion and Asian Studies Programs and Bards First-Year Seminar Program. Ph.D. in hand or near completion is required, and teaching experience is highly desirable.

  • Please send application materials including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample through Interfolio by Committee: http://apply.interfolio.com/25370 by October 15, 2014.
  • Emailed to schedule AAR interview (11/14)
  • How many invited to interview at AAR, does anyone know?
    • The email I received said "about 10 applicants" are being invited to AAR interviews
  • Received email for campus visit (12/12)
    • Congrats! May I ask your area of specialization?
  • Campus visits were finished about two weeks ago. Does anyone know whether an offer has been made?
    • offer made (email reply to unsuccessful candidate) 3/4
    • received generic email from Interfolio saying "search has been cancelled for reasons not related to the quality of the pool of candidates"
    • hm... I applied (was one of the finalists) and received nothing from interfolio. (3/17)
    • received same interfolio notice of cancelling the search.....it would seem as though the first choice candidate did not accept the first offer and no other candidate was considered ??
    • If anyone finds out what happened, please share!
    • Advertisement for part- or full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion (Buddhist Studies) for 2015-2016 posted on 4/22, apparently a stop-gap for the failed search. (4/23) <---Now posted below, under Visiting Positions (5/1)
    • This search did, in fact, fail. 3 finalists were invited out, they made an offer to the top candidate, who turned them down. They then cancelled the search withoug extending the offer to either of the other two candidates.

Barnard College (NY) - American ReligionEdit

The Religion Department of Barnard College announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of American religion. The area of specialization (e.g., historical period, geographical region, theoretical/methodological approach) is open, but we especially welcome applications from candidates whose work situates the study of American religion in transnational perspective. Ph.D. in religion or a related field is required. The successful candidate will be conversant with broad questions that currently animate the academic study of religion, including theoretical and comparative concerns, and will contribute to Barnard’s interdisciplinary American Studies program. All members of the Barnard Religion department participate in one or more of the College’s interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

Quick Link: http://careers-barnard-edu.careerliaison.com:80/postings/918

  • Complete applications should include a cover letter addressing teaching philosophy and research interests; a current c.v.; a short writing sample (e.g., a published article, a dissertation chapter, or the like); teaching evaluations (if available); and 3 letters of recommendation. Evidence of teaching excellence and a serious research program are essential.
  • Review of applications begins October 1, 2014.
  • Does anybody know if this position already has an inside candiatee?
  • They have a VAP with similar, though not identical credentials so make of that what you will.
  • Does anybody know how we are meant to upload/request our referees' letters? 
  • I admit to not having completed the application yet, but I have used the system before and normally it generates an email request directly to the referee/Interfolio. Did it not do that?
  • Thanks, I have not completed yet, either. I suspected it might generate an email request to the referee, but this wasn't stated anywhere in the instructions, unlike some of the other ads that use the same type of service. 
  • Yes, it is email generated. 
  • Has anyone found the names of the selection committee to address letters to?
  • Received e-mail. 130 applied, I did not make the cut. x4
  • I will note though, that as befits a position with a strong IC, the letter indicates they are cutting straight to campus visits, so it is a VERY short short list. Also, it was a very personalized letter, mentioning my specific research and some of the things I mentioned in my letter, so good on ya, Barnard!
  • Email invitation for campus visit.
  • What day did people receive the e-mails? I haven't received a rejection or an invitation for a campus visit. 
  • Second poster here; I got mine fairly late Sunday night (11/9) and quite a while after the first person posted. If they are really doing, like, 127 personalized emails it may take a while. FWIW my last name is towards the top of the alphabet in case that has anything to do with the order they used.
  • Anyone else still waiting for an email as of this afternoon (11/10) — Yes. x3
  • Yes, still waiting. My last name is toward the end of the alphabet. (x2) Yours? -- mine is near the beginning. Mine is toward the middle.
  • Just got mine, last name in middle of the alphabet. It was the nicest rejection letter I have ever received. (x2)
  • Such a nice rejection letter! It is so much more disappointing to receive a nice letter from someone who would have been such a kind colleague.
  • Still waiting (11/11) (x3) - last name is in the middle of the alphabet
  • Finally got a rejection (11/12) (x4)
  • Heard offer was extended to IC (1/23)

Bates College (ME) - Religions of AsiaEdit

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Religions of Asia to begin in September 2015. Discipline, geographical focus, and area of specialization (India, Tibet, Southeast Asia, China, and/or Japan) are open, and an ongoing program of original research and publication is expected. Candidates should be prepared to teach general undergraduate courses in subjects like The Buddhist Tradition, Religions of India and/or China and/or Japan, as well as seminars in their own areas of interest and specialization.

The teaching load is 5 courses per year, either 3/2 or 2/2/1 (Bates has a five-week May term), plus advising of undergraduate theses. It is expected that most of the courses taught by the successful candidate will be cross-listed in the College's own interdisciplinary program in Asian Studies. In addition, the Department is particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to innovative and engaging models of pedagogy and who could establish and sustain connections with one or more of our other interdisciplinary programs such as Women and Gender Studies, Classical and Medieval Studies, or Environmental Studies, as well as with other departments in the College.

Bates College and the Department of Religious Studies are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus and the curriculum. We welcome applications from all individuals with the ability to contribute to the college's continuing commitment to social and cultural diversity, inclusiveness and the transformative power of our differences. The search committee expects applicants to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas and describe how their research, teaching, and/or outreach can further this goal.

Qualifications Ph.D. preferred, but ABD candidates near completion will be considered.

  • Link to Apply: http://apply.interfolio.com/26718
  • Consideration of candidates will begin November 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be scheduled for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Please submit c.v., graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, and cover letter. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
  • - Good people of wikia: does anyone have any info on the Bates position? Any AAR interviews on the horizon?
  • - Silence for me... If AAR interviews were requested, I haven't heard about it (which isn't saying much, but i know two other candidates)
  • It's getting mighty close to the AAR... I've also heard nothing

Nothing here either...I'm wondering if it might be worth writing the department's assistant to inquire--? I actually hope they DON'T end up interviewing at AAR...it'll free up otherwise busy days. But I'd sure like to know one way or another.

  • Contacted for AAR interview (11/18) x2
  • Those contacted--congrats!--by phone or email?
    • email
  • Could someone remind me of their timeline? Were they going to decide on campus interviewees before January?
    • They said "by the end of December"
    • Got an email which said they are still deliberating. Will let us know in the New Year. (x2)
    • Happy New Year. Still nothing... (1/25)
      • No news is good news? (I hope?)
      • Hard to say. At this late date it might just mean that none of the people invited use the wiki.
      • at least some people (not me) have been invited for campus visits (Feb 26)
  • I heard that an offer has been made.
  • Offer accepted

Belmont University (TN) - ReligionEdit

The College of Theology and Christian Ministry at Belmont University is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August, 2015.

Job responsibilities include teaching introductory and general education religion classes. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentoring, scholarly activity, and college and university service. A research doctorate in Biblical studies, theology, or a related discipline is required. Candidates with significant progress toward a doctorate and with an anticipated completion date by June 2015 will be considered. University teaching experience is preferred. As all Belmont undergraduates complete an innovative general education program with significant interdisciplinary components, Belmont University is particularly seeking applicants who can demonstrate the interest and ability to work collaboratively in course design and to teach interdisciplinary and topical courses in this program. For additional information about the position and to complete the online application, candidates are directed to https://jobs.belmont.edu. An electronic version of a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Philosophy, and Response to Belmont's Mission, Vision, and Values statements must be attached in order to complete the online application.

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. [posted 10/31/14]
  • E-mail acknowledging receipt of application and time table of application review. (12/8) (x3)
  • Rejection email received (1/13). Said 257 applications were submitted.
    • 257 applications. That is the worst thing I have ever heard.
  • E-mail saying that they are still narrowing down the list (1/13)
  • Rejection e-mail (1/27)
  • On campus Interview Scheduled (2/3)
  • Rejection received after on-campus interview

Bennett College (NC) - African American or Womanist TheologyEdit

Full time faculty position at Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level, depending on credentials and experience. Teach courses for General Education requirements and in religion and the Womanist Religion Program. Ph.D. in Religion, Theology or related field is required. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A Ph.D. in Religion, Theology or related field is required. Preferred specialization in African American or Womanist Theology. Teaching experience at the college level, or practical experience in the discipline preferred; Evidence of scholarship potential (e.g., published)

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, application for employment (found at http://www.bennett.edu), and three (3) recent letters of recommendation (all letters must be signed and dated within one (1) year), reference Job Code 14-1104BPB Please submit unofficial transcripts from every college and university attended. Official transcripts are required if an offer of employment is made. Application packets will be forwarded to the hiring manager once all requested documents are received.

You can send your information one of three ways: Mail to: Human Resources, Bennett College, 900 East Washington Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 Email to: hr@bennett.edu Fax to: 336-517-2103 Resumes received without the job code will not be considered.

  • Deadline Not Stated (posted 11/04/14)

Bethany Theological Seminary (IN) - Theological StudiesEdit

Bethany Theological Seminary invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, faculty position in theological studies, beginning fall 2015. Rank: open. PhD preferred; ABD considered. The appointee will be expected to develop and teach the equivalent of an average of five graduate courses per year, including at least one online course per year, and offer one nongraduate course for the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership biennially. These courses will include the introductory course in theological reflection as well as advanced courses in an area of expertise.

Other duties will include: student advising, supervision of MA theses in the area of theological studies as needed, serving on at least one major institutional committee annually, participating in the recruitment of new students through interviews and informal contacts, and regular participation in faculty meetings and other campus events. Commitment to the values and theological emphases within the Church of the Brethren is essential. We specifically encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2015.

  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2014. Interviews will begin in early 2015. Send a letter of application, CV, and names and contact information for three references to: Theological Studies Search, Attn: Deans Office, Bethany Theological Seminary, 615 National Road West, Richmond, IN 47374 - deansoffice@bethanyseminary.edu
  • Skype Interview Scheduled (12/18)
  • 3 on campus interviews scheduled by email/call on 1/22. One per week the 1st 3 weeks in February.

Birmingham-Southern College - Christian Theology/Ethics Edit

The Religion Department at Birmingham-Southern College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Christian Theology and/or Christian Ethics at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2015.  Birmingham-Southern College is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church and a sheltering institution of Phi Beta Kappa.  The College’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research.  The annual teaching load is three classes per semester and an intensive course during January.  The successful candidate will develop courses at the introductory and upper levels.  While the area of expertise is open, special attention will be given to candidates who research and teach in the areas of African-American religious traditions and theology or global Christianities.  Ability to contribute to other interdisciplinary programs of the College is highly desirable.  The successful teacher/scholar will have a robust research agenda, avid interest in pedagogical development, and a desire to be an active and engaged citizen of the Birmingham-Southern community as well as a contributing and collegial member of the Religion Department.  Eligible candidates must have received their Ph.D.by time of employment. 

  • Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable), a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and three reference letters.  Additionally, each application should include a one-page statement that addresses the applicant’s concept of diversity and how the applicant will contribute to the education of students for engaged participation in a diverse world.  The committee will begin screening applications October 1, 2014 and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.  Initial interviews will be conducted at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in November 2014.  Questions about this position should be sent to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Amy Cottrill, at acottril@bsc.edu.  Applications should be sent to religionsearch@bsc.edu.
  • AAR interview invitation (10/4)
  • I suspect the above poster meant 11/4; I also received an AAR interview invitation on 11/4
  • Any word? (1/9/15)
  • I also had an interview at AAR but haven't heard anything as of 1/9/15 (x3). I believe I remember 1/6/15 as a start date for second round interviews but would love to be wrong.
  • I know of an on-campus interview that took place last week. (1/12/15)

Boston College (MA) - Theology (Professor of the Practice, Non-TT)Edit

Boston College Department of Theology invites applications to fill a full time, non-tenure-track position renewable every 3 years with primary responsibility to teach in the PULSE Program for Service Learning.

Long a leader and innovator in service learning, the PULSE Program educates more than 400 undergraduate students each year through the integration of community-based social service and social advocacy fieldwork with the study of theology, philosophy, and social analysis. The successful candidate will teach two yearlong sections (6 credits per section per semester) of 26 students each.

We invite applicants from within any of the theological disciplines. Familiarity with the Catholic social justice tradition and with service learning is highly desired but not required. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching. PhD must be completed before assuming the position.

  • Please submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/26504. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2014. Boston College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Boston College (MA) - Muslim-Christian Dialogue and Contemporary Islam ("Professor of the Practice" - Non-TT)Edit

The Department of Theology and the program in Islamic Civilizations and Societies at Boston College seek to fill a non tenure-track position in Muslim-Christian dialogue and Contemporary Islam, beginning in September 2015. The successful candidate will teach two sections of the year-long Theology core, Engaging Christianity in Dialogue with Islam, as well as one elective and one core course in the Islamic Civilizations and Societies Program. The course load is three courses per semester.

  • APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a letter of intent and curriculum vitae (letters of recommendation will be requested of the final candidates) via the Interfolio system. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2014. http://apply.interfolio.com/27360

Boston College (MA) - Lonergan StudiesEdit

Boston College invites applicants for an open rank, tenure-track position with specialization in the thought of Bernard Lonergan, S.J.  We are especially interested in candidates capable of bringing Lonergan’s work into constructive dialogue with a variety of disciplines and contemporary issues. Successful candidates must demonstrate excellence in previous scholarship on the work of Lonergan, as well as excellence in teaching. Candidates will be expected to contribute significantly to the work of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College (http://bclonergan.org/), as well as to research and teaching in the Departments of Theology and/or Philosophy. Teaching responsibilities (2-2 course load) will include undergraduate and graduate courses, plus PhD supervision.  Boston College is a Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition (http://www.bc.edu/cwis/mission/mission.html). Dossiers must include: cover letter, CV, statements on teaching and on research, writing sample (publications if available). EO/AAE. Women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Submit complete dossier, and arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation sent through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/26751.

  • The deadline for applications is December 1, 2014.

Boston University (MA) - TheologyEdit

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 2015. Candidates should be committed to the School's mission of preparing leaders for diverse religious communities and faith-based organizations and for teaching doctoral students for the professoriate and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities include teaching in masters and doctoral programs of the School of Theology and the Boston University Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Opportunities include collaborations with other Boston University schools and the Boston Theological Institute. 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.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar in theology, holding a Ph.D. or Th.D. in Theology or an appropriate equivalent degree, and having potential for a strong record of publications in the field. The candidate should be a theologian operating in a constructive mode, specialization open, with a preference for competence in comparative theology. 

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 the Omnibus Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
  • Has anyone heard anything about this position yet? 12/8/14
  • Any news?
  • Offer made and accepted.

Boston University (MA) - Pastoral Psychology & TheologyEdit

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Pastoral Psychology and Theology at an Assistant Professor rank. 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, clinical practice, and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Opportunities also include doctoral advising in the PhD program in Practical Theology and participation in the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute, which operates an out-patient mental health clinic, supervises a clinical training program, and supports the teaching and research program of the School of Theology. 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.

The candidate will hold a PhD or ThD in Pastoral or Practical Theology, Psychology, or an appropriate, equivalent degree. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) is highly desirable. Candidates should have a strong research record and research skills in pastoral psychology that includes interdisciplinary expertise in engaging psychological studies, practical theology, theology, and/or religious studies. They should also have clinical experience, including extended experience under supervision; some form of licensure or certification is preferable, along with experience providing pastoral or spiritual care in multi-faith contexts. A further desideratum is that a candidate will have areas of expertise that contribute to the School's strengths in psychology and spirituality, practical theology, trauma studies, and/or diversity competency.

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 the Omnibus Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Danielle Stecher at dstecher@bu.edu . Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
  • No hire after first round of candidates on campus; Second round candidates visiting campus through April 16

Boston University (MA) - Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social EthicsEdit

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time tenured faculty position in Social Ethics at the rank of Professor, to begin in Fall 2015. Candidates should be committed to the School's mission of preparing leaders for diverse religious communities and faith-based organizations and for teaching doctoral students for the professoriate and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities include teaching in masters and doctoral programs of the School of theology and the Boston University Graduate division of Religious Studies. Opportunities include collaborations with other Boston University schools and the Boston Theological Institute on a broad range of intellectual and ethical issues in a global context. 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 a distinguished scholar who has an international reputation in social ethics, holds a Ph.D. or Th.D. in Ethics or an appropriate equivalent degree, and has a strong record of publications in the field. Candidates should have a research history and an agenda in social ethics, informed by inquiry and theory in theology, philosophy, and the social sciences. Areas of specialization are open.

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 the Omnibus Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
  • Offer made.

Bucknell University (PA) - ChristianityEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Bucknell University invites applications for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Christianity, to begin in August 2015. The Department of Religious Studies at Bucknell serves majors and minors in Religion, as well as a large number of students from other majors. We seek a teacher-scholar who can help us maintain the department's reputation for effective teaching and productive research, and whose teaching, research, and service will contribute to the department's commitment to diversity and academic excellence. Completion of the Ph.D. in Christianity/Religious Studies or advanced ABD is required. The ideal candidate will have an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to the academic study of Christianity.

Teaching responsibilities: Five undergraduate courses per year, including, but not limited to: Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (RELI 110); Christianity (RELI 212); Essentials of Christian Thought (RELI 215); History of Western Religious Thought (RELI 223); and Theories of Religion (RELI 330).

  • Applicants should submit a complete dossier, using Bucknell's Interfolio ByCommittee, including a cover letter, CV, a teaching philosophy, a sample of scholarship (a book chapter or journal article of no more than thirty pages), and arrange to have three letters of recommendation by October 1, 2014. The Religious Studies department is committed to diversity and inclusiveness; candidates should discuss their relevant experience and expertise in these areas in their teaching philosophy. Preliminary interviews will be held at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego. Applications are only accepted through Interfolio ByCommittee. Please go to http://apply.interfolio.com/25494 to apply.
  • Has anyone been contacted for an AAR interview?
  • Received rejection e-mail from HR (11/13) x 6
  • Were rejection letters form letters or individualized?
  • It had my name, but I took it to be a form letter sent to all the rejectees.
  • Mine didn't have my name. (x2)
  • Received an [email] invitation to interview (10/31, 11/1). (x3)
  • Any ideas what no invitation to interview nor a rejection e-mail might indicate?
  • In the same boat; could mean anything (maybe we're on a "wait list" or maybe HR just got backed up.) I personally wouldn't expect the ball to go my way at this point, given the state of the market, but hey, you never know. (x5)
  • Strong possibility of inside candidate here.  
  • Please clarify?
  • I can confirm for a fact that this is an open search; candidates are advised to read the job description carefully.
  • Any word?
  • Final rejection received. I assume the offer has been made. 2/3 (x2)
  • I can confirm that an offer has been made (2/26) (not an inside candidate)

Cabrini College (PA) - Religious StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies, Cabrini College, Radnor, Pennsylvania, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religious Studies - specialization in the Christian tradition open - with the ability to teach courses relevant to the theme of Roman Catholic social justice in the Cabrinian tradition, especially ethical issues in medicine and law; Latin American theological thinking; legal justice; political theology; religion and public interest; and issues and rights of contemporary immigration. At least half of this faculty member's teaching schedule will consist of community engagement/service learning courses related to Cabrini College's "Engagements With the Common Good" series within the College's Justice Matters Core Curricular Program. Responsibilities within this service learning/community engagement and social justice component include overseeing students and collaborating with non-profit organizations engaged in advocacy on behalf of local immigrant communities. Ability to offer courses in Spanish and work within the College's Master of Social Justice program is also anticipated.

Qualifications: Master's Degree in Theology and a doctorate or equivalent professional degree.

To apply, submit a, cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names and contact information for three professional references electronically.

  • LINK to APPLY
  • Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate pool is established.[posted 10/31/14]

California Lutheran University (CA) - Contemporary IssuesEdit

Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Department of Religion.  California Lutheran Universitys Department of Religion invites applications for a tenure track position (open rank) to begin August, 2015. Candidates should have a completed Ph.D. by that date, along with academic training in history, theology or ethics. The Religion Department faculty members seek a colleague who works on contemporary issues (e.g. science and religion, religious epistemologies, inter-religious or inter-faith conversations) and is conversant with the Lutheran tradition. 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 courses in areas of expertise and sections of CLUs general education Religion requirement, Introduction to Christianity.

  • Please address a letter of application, a completed faculty employment application (http://www.callutheran.edu/academic_affairs/faculty_resources/newemployeeforms3.php), a one page statement of teaching philosophy, and a CV as well as three letters of recommendation to Julia L. Fogg, Ph.D., Chair of the Religion Department, c/o Randy Toland (toland@callutheran.edu), California Lutheran University (mc 3900), 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Applications received by November 1 will receive priority and will be considered for interviews at the AAR Annual Meeting in San Diego.
  • Email invitation for AAR/SBL interview (11/5) (x3)
  • This seems extremely fast. Were you an inside candidate? 
  • No prior connections whatsoever.  Although they're a little quicker than some others who interview at AAR, the response wasn't that fast.
  • after AAR interview, invitation via phone for campus visit (11/25)

California State University, Bakersfield (CA) - Ethics Theory and PracticeEdit

Tenure track position beginning September, '15 at Assistant or Associate rank. Areas of Specialization: Theoretical and Practical Ethics. Areas of Competence: Any combination of Business Ethics, Professional Ethics, Legal Ethics, Bioethics, Engineering Ethics, Neuroethics, and Environmental Ethics. Our hope is that the hire will also fill a significant leadership role within the Kegley Institute of Ethics, as well engage faculty and students from across the campus in ethics research and education. Evidence of teaching excellence is essential. The standard load is seven quarter courses per year with usual advising and committee responsibilities. Ph.D. at time of appointment expected.

Submit a complete dossier to Dr. Christopher Meyers, Search Committee Chair, via the American Philosophical Association’s Interfolio system or by email to ethicssearch@csub.edu. Please indicate in your application if you wish notification of final search outcome.

  • We will begin reviewing applications on December 8 and continue until the position is filled. We will conduct Skype interviews of our semi-final candidates.

California State University, Northridge (CA) - Transnational SpiritualitiesEdit

FACULTY POSITION OPENING: #15-62 - CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE, Northridge, California 91330

Department: Religious Studies

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 19, 2015 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary: $58,000.00 - $64,000.00

Qualifications: Doctoral degree by date of hire with a specialization in the discipline of Religious Studies. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to research and teaching in the area of Transnational Spiritualities from Central America, and be able to develop curricula dealing with Central American Religions, Migration and Hybridity, the political dynamics between the Roman Catholic Church, Liberation Theology, and the Evangelical Movement. This position will be housed in the Religious Studies Department but will also teach related courses for Central American Studies at CSUN. University-level teaching experience, competency to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in religious studies, and publications are also required. The successful candidate must demonstrate ability to effectively (1) teach a diverse student population and (2) link one's research to teaching.

Responsibilities: The person the department seeks will develop and teach lower and upper-division courses on the Transnational Spiritualties from Central America and will assist colleagues in incorporating religio-political dynamics of migration and hybridity into existing curricular offerings, and teach related courses for Central American Studies. This person also will have a demonstrated competence to teach the Religious Studies lower-division courses such as Introduction to Religious Studies or World Religions and to teach upper-division courses such as Contemporary Religious Thought, and Theory and Method in Religious Studies. The person will give evidence of willingness and ability to develop and teach a range of other Religious Studies and Central American courses if called upon. At California State University, Northridge, faculty are expected to teach four (4) undergraduate courses per semester and to engage in scholarship and community service. The University especially seeks individuals who will contribute to both their chosen disciplines and the University's significant commitment to teacher preparation and general education.

  • Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin October 27 , 2014. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline. However, the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three current letters of recommendation to the address below. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates. Inquiries and applications should be addressed to: Department of Search and Screen Committee - Transnational Spiritualities, Religious Studies Department, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8316

California State University, Northridge (CA) - Women and ReligionEdit

ACULTY POSITION OPENING: #15-59. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE, Northridge, California 91330

Department: Religious Studies

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 19, 2015 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary: $58,000.00 - $64,000.00

Qualifications: Applicants will hold a Doctoral degree by time of hire with a specialization in the discipline of Religious Studies. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to research and teaching in the area of Women and Religion, and the Philosophy of Gender (LGBT), Sex and Sexuality. The successful candidate will be able to develop curricular offerings in such subjects as Women and Religion, Feminism, violence against women, the philosophy of gender, sex, sexuality, and race. This candidate will also have demonstrated the ability and willingness to work closely and effectively with the Department of Philosophy and colleagues across the university. Also required are extensive university-level teaching experience, competency to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in religious studies and scholarly publications. The successful candidate must demonstrate ability to effectively (1) teach a diverse student population and (2) to link one's research to teaching.

Responsibilities: The person will develop and teach lower and upper-division courses on Women and Religion, Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality, and will assist colleagues in incorporating issues of Gender and LGBT into existing curricular offerings. This person also will have a demonstrated competence to teach the lower-division courses Introduction to Religion, World Religions, and to teach the upper-division courses Contemporary Ethical Issues and the Philosophy of Feminism, Sex, Gender and Sexuality. The person will give evidence of willingness and ability to develop and teach a range of other Religious Studies courses if called upon. At California State University, Northridge, faculty are expected to teach four (4) undergraduate courses per semester and to engage in scholarship and community service. (Three courses per semester the first 2 years). The University especially seeks individuals who will contribute to both their chosen disciplines and the University's significant commitment to teacher preparation and general education.

  • Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin October 27, 2014. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline. However, the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three current letters of recommendation to the address below. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates. Inquiries and applications should be addressed to: Department Search and Screen Committee - Women and Religion, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8316.
    • Does anyone know if they will interview at AAR?  Has anyone heard anything beyond letter acknowledging receipt of application?
    • Received email requesting phone interview 12/3 x2
    • Offer made and accepted

Capital University (OH) - Contemporary Christian ThoughtEdit

Capital University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Contemporary Christian Thought, effective for the Academic Year 2015-2016.

We seek a scholar-teacher who has broad-based training in contemporary theology, religious culture and ethical engagement with an emphasis on Christian discourse and debate within a global and pluralistic context. The ideal candidate should have the ability to help students connect academic theory to engagement with contemporary social issues and action. Candidates should demonstrate broad intellectual training and interests. A secondary interest and an ability to teach courses in youth ministry and/or Christian education will be given priority. We are especially interested in candidates with experience teaching service learning courses and the ability to help develop service-learning opportunities.

This position has a 4/4 teaching load, at least 50% of which will be teaching sections of our required general education course in religion. The successful candidate will also teach in our new university wide first-year experience program. Capital University is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and candidates should be able to engage in critical dialogue about the Lutheran commitment to higher education and free inquiry. Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or an approved dissertation by March 1, 2014.

Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, dental, retirement, family education benefits, long-term disability, life insurance and free parking.

Application Process: Interested candidates should send 1) a letter of interest, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) letters of reference, and 4) a teaching statement. Course syllabi, assignment descriptions, rubrics and/or teaching portfolio are encouraged.

  • Received email invitation for AAR interview. (11/4)
  • Email rejection (1/8); (x 2)
    • stated that there were 88 applicants
  • Anyone heard about campus interviews?
  • campus interview request (email 1/21). Four candidates invited.
  • Received email that committee has extended offer to a candidate & it has been accepted.

Carroll College (MT) - Moral TheologyEdit

Carroll College, Helena, MT, an independent, Catholic, diocesan, liberal arts undergraduate college announces a full-time faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in Moral Theology beginning August 2015.

The position requires a doctorate in Theology/Religious Studies. We seek an enthusiastic, effective teacher who can bring students to understand and appreciate the Roman Catholic tradition and who can contribute to Carrolls mission. We seek candidates with interest in a range of theology courses (including Healthcare & Environmental Ethics) as well as developing interdisciplinary courses to enhance our curriculum.

Please submit as one PDF file: 1) letter of application 2) CV 3) a response to Carrolls Mission Statement that incorporates reflection on teaching and scholarship, 4) copies of graduate school transcripts. Please also arrange for three letters of professional reference to be sent under separate cover.

All materials should be submitted electronically to employment@carroll.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, 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.
  • Skype Interview: 11/14 (x2)
  • Any word regarding on campus invites?
  • Three candidates interviewed as of 12/15.
  • Recieved hardcopy letter saying search was cancelled. 

Carthage College (WI) - Jerald Brauer Chair for Lutheran StudiesEdit

Carthage College seeks established religion scholar to serve as its next Jerald Brauer Chair for Lutheran Studies, starting fall 2015. This position includes immediate tenure. Teaching excellence is the chief criterion, and the successful candidate will show lively interest in coursework that ignites undergraduate enthusiasm. Along with exploring Lutheran engagement with world concerns, such courses might highlight world Christianities, issue-driven ethics, science and religion, religion and gender studies, religion and film, or other compelling areas of study.

The chair recipient will join eight colleagues in a department that oversees 80 sections annually, provides numerous international study travel opportunities, makes extensive use of teaching technologies, and emphasizes both inter-religious encounter and interdisciplinary inquiry. Rank is negotiable. The typical departmental course load is 3-1-3, and all department members teach some general education religion courses. Finally, all Carthage faculty show commitment to liberal arts education generally, and to Carthage's intellectual and teaching mission in particular.

  • Please submit by October 31 a single .PDF document containing your cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a list of references, and three reference letters. E-mail PDF application materials to Professor Maria Carrig, Humanities Chairperson, mcarrig@carthage.edu.

Central Washington University (WA) - Christian TraditionsEdit

Assistant Professor, full-time, tenure track, to begin September 2015. We seek a promising scholar of religion with broad knowledge of Christian traditions and the ability to contribute to at least one of the college's interdisciplinary programs, such as Latino & Latin American Studies, Africana & Black Studies, or Women's & Gender Studies. Candidates must also be prepared to offer an upper-division survey course in Islam and/or Judaism. Please note that this position is not in Theological Studies or Missiology.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field required prior to September 15, 2015
  • Broad knowledge of Christian traditions
  • Ability to contribute to at least one of the college's interdisciplinary programs, such as Latino & Latin American Studies, Africana & Black Studies, or Women's & Gender Studies
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence, or the potential for teaching excellence, at the undergraduate level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies
  • Prepared to offer an upper-division survey course in Islam and/or Judaism
  • Experience with teaching online courses
  • Experience working with multicultural curriculum

Job Duties: The successful candidate's responsibilities will include teaching seven courses annually (quarter system); supervising senior theses; advising; other customary service; active and productive scholarship.

Link to Apply: https://jobs.cwu.edu/postings/8031

  •   Screening date:  11/17/2014 .
  • Rejection e-mail (11/20 2x)
  • Did rejection emails indicate whether invitations to interview had also been sent out? Or is it possible that they haven't reached this stage?
  • Invitation (by phone) for phone interview (12/5 2x)
  • rejection email (12/8) (was never invited for phone interview.) 2x
  • Campus interview request (12/17)
  • Rejection email (had phone interview, but no campus interview) (3/11)

Claremont McKenna College (CA) - Islamic StudiesEdit

Claremont McKenna College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor of religious studies in the field of Islamic Studies. 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.

Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment in July 2015. Applications should contain CV, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

  • Applications must be received by October 31, 2014, to ensure full consideration. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego
    • has anyone heard anything from them yet? (11/7)
    • Phone-call invitation to interview at AAR (11/13)
    • Received a generic rejection letter. There were 90 applicants in total. (12/2)
    • Any news post-AAR interviews?
    • Campus Visits scheduled. 
    • Offer made and accepted

Clemson University (SC) - African American ReligionsEdit

Tenure track Assistant Professor of Religion position in the Department of Philosophy & Religion. Must be able to teach Studying Religion: Theories and Methods, a required course for majors, on a rotating basis with other department faculty. Will also teach existing courses on the History of Religion in the United States.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D by December 2015. 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. Excellence in both undergraduate teaching and scholarship is essential.

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 applications is October 17, 2014, but consideration of applications will occur immediately.
  • Invitation for on campus
  • Has there been any additional campus visits or offers made?
  • Offer made and accepted (not me) (posted 3-20)

Colgate University (NY) - Buddhist Studies/East Asian ReligionsEdit

COLGATE UNIVERSITY'S Department of Religion seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professorship in the study of Buddhism, beginning fall semester 2015. Specialization in terms of time period is open, but expertise in Buddhism in the context of East Asian Religions is preferred. Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Religion and familiarity with problems and issues in the study of religion are required. Doctoral degree is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire. The successful candidate will contribute to Colgate's Asian Studies program and is expected to participate in all university programs, including the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.

  • Applicants must submit a letter of application, current vita, three letters of recommendation, and evidence of successful teaching via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4259. Review of applications will begin October 13, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Anyone heard anything? (11/11)
    • The deadline was extended to 7 Nov
    • Really? How did you come to this info?
    • The Academic Jobs Online posting specified that the deadline was extended to Nov. 7.
  • Received email request for an AAR interview (11/13) x2
  • Received email invitation to on-campus interview (12/12/14) X3
  • Offer made
  • Thanks for the info.  Could you post again when the offer is accepted or rejected?
  • The offer was accepted.

College of Charleston (SC) - African American ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship, to begin August 16, 2015. We seek a candidate with a PhD degree in Religious Studies or a related discipline, with specialization in African American religions and religions of the American South; the ability to teach religions of Africa or the African Diaspora, such as Afro-Cuban-Caribbean religions, will also be considered. Candidates should have competence in current theories on religion, race, gender, and ethnicity, with some preference for training in ethnography and fieldwork. A PhD by August 2015 in Religious Studies or a closely related discipline is required.

  • Apply online at [HTTPS://JOBS.COFC.EDU HTTPS://JOBS.COFC.EDU ] by October 17.
  • Any updates on this position? (3/2/15)
  • I heard an offer has been made.

College of William and Mary (VA) - Religious EthicsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary seeks applications for a tenure track position in Religious Ethics at the Assistant Professor level. William and Mary is a public liberal arts college that prioritizes student-faculty interaction, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural teaching, and rigorous faculty research. The candidate must exhibit a broad knowledge of the field of religious ethics (comprising theological, political, philosophical, and comparative inquiry). Academic training in more than one religious tradition is desirable, along with proficiency in the theories and methods in the academic study of religion. Religious tradition(s) and primary focus of scholarly expertise are open. Teaching excellence and a serious research program are essential. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in religious ethics or a related field at the time of appointment (August 10, 2015).

Apply online at https://jobs.wm.edu. Please submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, and evidence of teaching excellence, including teaching evaluations. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by us with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.

  • Applications submitted by November 3 will receive full consideration for interviews at the AAR meeting in San Diego. Applications received after November 3 will be considered only if needed.
  • Request for an interview just this morning (11/14) x4
  • Email or Phone request for interview?
  • email request x3
  • Area(s) of specialization?
  • Conflict and peace; religious violence and martyrdom
  • Contacted for on campus visit -e-mail- (12/2) x2 (religious violence and martyrdom)
  • Would you mind sharing your specialization, focus?
  • Offer made and accepted. 

Copenhagen University (DNK) - East Asian Religions/The Religions of East AsiaEdit

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS), Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University, Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Religious Studies to be filled by 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position will link the Religious Studies programme at ToRS with Asian studies programmes in Japanese, Korean and Chinese Studies. It requires a command of a relevant East Asian language as well as a disciplinary foundation in Religious Studies including the theories, methods, and research history of Religious Studies. 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. Further information can be found at http://ccrs.ku.dk/

Job content: The tenure-track assistant professorship is offered in Religious Studies with focus on modern Asian religion(s). In selecting an applicant, special emphasis will be placed on the scope of the applicants research, future research plans and the researchs solid and well-documented grounding in knowledge of a relevant Asian language and its cultural and social contexts. The successful applicant must be able to teach and supervise at BA and MA levels and in relation to religion in the relevant Asian society, and, where necessary, he/she must be able to include materials in the relevant language in his/her teaching. He/she must be able to supervise at PhD level. The successful candidate should be willing to undertake outreach activities and to communicate academic research to the general public.

Applicants specializing in the religion(s) of any of the modern East Asian regions are encouraged to apply. The department expects that the applicants research on and teaching of the modern religion(s) of the region is based on good and well-documented historical knowledge and acquaintance with the relevant classic religious traditions. The applicant should demonstrate some experience in university administration.

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving research and teaching. The person appointed to the post will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching designed especially for assistant professors, and is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration. Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess if the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor. Read more about the tenure-track program at the University of Copenhagen at this homepage: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/

Qualification requirements: Applicants must have a PhD degree or its equivalent within the area advertised. Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can demonstrate teaching experience at university level. [...] Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as interact with colleagues and students.

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff: http://ufm.dk/lovstof/gaeldende-love-og-regler/uddannelsesinstitutioner/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdf For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail: i-leder.tors@hum.ku.dk.

Application: You can apply for this position online at https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/ApplicationForm.cfm?PortalID=3788&VacatureID=661315

  • The closing date for applications is 4 September 2014, 23:59 CEST. Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered. Please quote reference number 211-0118/14-4000 in your application.
  • Committee formed to evaluate my application, after which they will decide if I am to be invited to interview (12/2)
  • The assessment committee has a deadline 20 February. We expect to send evaluations at the end of this month. (16/2)

Corpus Christi College (Vancouver, Canada) - Catholic Theology and Religious StudiesEdit

Corpus Christi College invites applicants for a five-year position at the rank of Assistant Professor, running from May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2020, with possibility of renewal. We seek an outstanding and enthusiastic scholar who has a demonstrated excellence in teaching and learning, as well as course and program development across a range of formats: Socratic, online, interdisciplinary, hybrid, and cross-curricular. The successful candidate will possess proven expertise in contemporary Roman Catholic Theology, including the capacity to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, the candidate should feel comfortable teaching courses in a wide range of the Catholic theological tradition, with awareness of historical context as well as theological unity across those areas. While the area of research specialization is open, teaching is required in broad areas of our curriculum, and may include the following areas: Introduction to the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church; The teachings of the Second Vatican Council; Ethics and Morality

A background in an area of Catholicism and Culture would also be considered an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill a teaching load of six courses/classes throughout the academic terms, and will in addition be expected to share in service responsibilities in support of Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges, including attending and participating in the meetings of the Educational Council and participating in some of its related duties.

Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree, in hand or near completion (including defense of the doctoral dissertation), by the date the appointment begins. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority in this search.

  • Applications, including curriculum vitae, three letters of reference (sent electronically by the referees), statement of teaching philosophy, as well as an example of scholarly writing, should be sent by email to: HR@corpuschristi.ca
  • Hiring will be in keeping with the “Corpus Christi College Founding Document” and Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The successful candidate must be able to receive a Mandatum from the Archbishop of Vancouver. All application materials must be received by January 16, 2015. Corpus Christi College is a Catholic Liberal Arts college in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, situated on the campus of St. Mark’s College, the Catholic Theological College affiliated with the University of British Columbia.
  • http://corpuschristi.ca/employment
  • Applications Due Jan 16, 2015.

Daemen College (NY) - Religious Studies or TheologyEdit

Daemen College invites applications for tenure- track position in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at the Assistant Professor Rank. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or Theology. (ABDs will only be considered with evidence of degree completion prior to start date of the position) Teaching load is 3/4, majority of which must be undergraduate (lower and upper division) core-approved courses, appropriate to students from a variety of backgrounds and academic majors. Inter-disciplinary collaboration is a staple of Daemen's core and the successful candidate will be encouraged and expected to take a collaborative, innovative approach to working with faculty in other departments on new and existing courses. The candidate must be able to teach in two or more of the following areas: interreligious dialogue, health care, race, gender, globalization, social practice, environment, or film. A demonstrated ability to develop and offer service learning and learning community courses is highly desired. Evidence of teaching excellence, potential service contributions, and scholarly promise are required.The position begins September 2015 and is contingent upon final budgetary approval. A comprehensive fringe benefit package is available.

  • Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, and unofficial transcripts from all degree granting institutions via http://daemen.applicantpro.com no later than December 15, 2014. Incomplete packages or applications received using other delivery methods will not be considered. Daemen College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from women, veterans, people of color, individuals with disabilities and candidates who will contribute to and support the cultural fluency and diversity of our campus.
  • Skype interview requested (12/28/14) (1/01/15)
  • Those of you who have interviews, what are your specialties?
    • Theology: Race & Visuality
    • Faith and Health
  • automated rejection email (3/2/15) x 2

Dartmouth College (NH) - Modern Religious Thought, and/or Religious Ethics, and/or Philosophy and ReligionEdit

Dartmouth College Department of Religion invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2015 in the fields of Modern Religious Thought, and/or Religious Ethics, and/or Philosophy and Religion. While the precise area of specialization is open, the successful candidate will be expected to have expertise in some area of modern religious thought, religious ethics, the philosophy of religion, and the related literatures in light of the intellectual, cultural, and social challenges posed by modernity, modernization, globalization, and post-modernity. The successful candidate will also be expected to demonstrate scholarly conversance in at least one religious tradition, in order to ground his or her work within the study of religion. Finally, the successful candidate will be expected to teach a broad range of introductory, intermediate-level, and advanced courses within the fields of modern religious thought, religious ethics, and the philosophy of religion, while participating as well in the teaching of courses in the Department’s core curriculum, including an introduction to religion and a senior-level culminating experience.

Qualifications include a Ph.D., or near completion of the Ph.D., preferably awarded in a Department of Religion, plus demonstrated teaching abilities. Salary is competitive with those at other research universities. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U. S. prior to the start date of the position.

Please submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement describing current and planned research, a statement of teaching philosophy, transcripts, a writing sample, names and contact information of 3 references, and an e-mail address and phone number at which the candidate may be reached. Evidence of teaching experience and expertise is also welcome.

  • 10/15: The Interfolio application asks for three letters of recommendation, but the prompt above asks only for the names and contact information of three references. Has anyone checked to see whether letters are required or will be solicited at a later date? I believe that once we enter the names into Interfolio, it requests letters...
    • 10/17: Looks like the wording of the ad has been clarified. I've sent requests to my referees via interfolio; they then get an email with a link. It seems they have to create a Letter Writer's account to upload.
    • They contacted me over email and apologized-- explaining that they initially thought to contact references, but then decided against this-- and require interfolio references.
  • Rejection email via Interfolio (11/11) x2
  • Received a rejection email
  • Was that also via Interfolio, or sent directly to your personal e-mail?  -directly to my personal email.
  • Invitation to interview at AAR.  (11/10/14) (x2)
  • Congrats! Would you mind mentioning your area of specialization.
  • Just got an e-mail stating I was not in the initial pool of applicants invited to interview, but was also not yet eliminated. Anyone else? In any case, if anyone has been wondering where your acceptance/rejection e-mail was, it's possible you may be getting something similar. x3
  • Rejection email via Interfolio (11/15) x2
  • Rejection email via Interfolio (11/16)
  • Anyone hear updates since the AAR? (12/19) 
  • Campus visits scheduled (12/20)
  • Any updates from campus visits? Anyone else put on stand-by back in December? (1/23)
  • Very kind email announcing offer made and accepted (2/4) 
  • They plan to hire again next year, replacing the other of the two recent retirees and framing the search to complement their hire. At least, that was the plan. 

Duke University (NC) - Early ChristianityEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Duke University invites applications and nominations for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor in the study of Early Christianity. Candidates may research any aspect of the literary, cultural, social, political, or otherwise historical dimension of Christianity in the late ancient world (ca. 3rd to 7th century). The appointee will teach courses at the undergraduate level as well as offer courses and mentor graduate students as a member of Duke’s Graduate Program in Religion; collaboration with other programs and departments at Duke as well as with colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is expected.

  • Applicants should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names and complete contact information (email, phone, and postal address) of three references electronically through Academic Jobs Online. Initial review of applications will begin November 1, 2014. Consideration will continue until the position is filled. Start date is August 2016. Informal enquiries about the post can be addressed to Prof. Laura Lieber at laura.lieber@duke.edu. Applications should be made through Academic Jobs Online.
  • Rejection letter received 1/8
  • Hire announced today (4/17).

Durham University (UK) - Lecturer in the Study of ReligionEdit

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University has a long-standing tradition of outstanding research and is widely recognized as one of the leading departments in its field. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise it was ranked first in the UK, while its teaching quality is shown in its consistently obtaining exceptionally high rankings in both National Student Surveys and independent league tables. Its strengths range across the Study of Religion (the anthropology, sociology and psychology of religion), Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament, ancient Judaism, and Biblical languages), and Christian theology (Greek and Latin patristics, the history and theology of late antiquity and the early middle ages, the Reformation, doctrinal and philosophical theology, and theological ethics). It also has Centres in Catholic Studies and in Death and Life Studies, and research projects in Spirituality, Theology and Health, and Anglican Studies. The Department has a welcoming and collegial atmosphere, and is beautifully sited between the Cathedral and the Castle on the World Heritage Site in the centre of the city of Durham.

This new post welcomes applicants from those with research expertise in any area of the social scientific study of religion, including anthropology, psychology and sociology. In view of the Department’s lively interface between the social-scientific and the historical study of religion, applicants with expertise in the application of these methods to historic contexts would be particularly welcome.

  • Further particulars available here .
  • Form rejection letter, 14 Jan
  • In case it's helpful to anyone, I had a brief email back-and-forth near the deadline and was told that no candidates would be considered who did not have the PhD in hand at time of application. This wasn't in the job call, obviously, but it was enough to dissuade me (a May 2015 expectee). (1/20)
  • offer was made and accepted. 1/30

Ecumenical Theological Seminary (MI) - 2 Full-Time Positions - Open Discipline Edit

Assistant Professor - Open Discipline Search. Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) invites applications for two full-time faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level, to start in August 2015.  We consider the disciplines for these positions to be open within a range of the following disciplines, as we are interested in finding faculty colleagues who are able to contribute to the desired strengths and aspirations of the Seminary through their competencies within specific disciplines and/or intentional interdisciplinarity:

-          Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
-          Practical Theology (including, but not exclusively: Christian education, congregational studies, pastoral care and counseling, preaching and worship, evangelism, spirituality, and sacred music)
-          Church History/Historical Theology
-          Systematic and Ecumenical Theology

In addition, we are interested in candidates who are able to demonstrate potential contributions within some of Ecumenical Theological Seminary’s main areas of interdisciplinary strength and urban commitments:

-          Ministry and Urban Economic Redevelopment
-          Religion and the Arts
-          Urban Agriculture and Environmentalism
-          Inter-Religious Dialogue

The roots of Ecumenical Theological Seminary go back to 1957 with the founding of the Institute for the Advancement of Pastoral Studies, the first center for continuing education for clergy in the United States. Over the years, a number of mergers and programs were initiated, culminating in today's ETS, now offering seven degree and certificate programs.  The Seminary achieved full accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools in 2006.  ETS is located in the heart of Detroit in the Midtown neighborhood.

The persons selected for these positions are expected to teach students at the graduate theological level in the M.A.P.S., M.Div., and D.Min. programs, as well as students from a broader educational level exploring pastoral ministry through our Diploma in Urban Ministry.  We are interested especially in applicants who have a vocational background in pastoral ministry to supplement their academic achievements, and successful candidates will have the Ph.D., Th.D., D.Phil., or their equivalent, or will have it by the time that employment begins.  The full range of duties expected of faculty members at Ecumenical Theological Seminary includes research and teaching, service on faculty committees, participation in faculty meetings and programs, advisement of students, and active participation in the life and work of the Seminary.

  • Applicants must provide a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and three confidential recommendation letters by email to President Stephen Butler Murray at smurray@etseminary.edu.  Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2014.  We will conduct preliminary interviews at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in November in San Diego, although we will consider applications from those who are not able to meet with us for that round of preliminary interviews. Ecumenical Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Also posted at Biblical Studies 2014-2015
  • Email application acknowledgement asked for AAR availability times, but did not offer interview [11/7]
  • Phone Call, Interview Scheduled for AAR  x 2 [11/18]
  • Email alert about top five status [11/25] x2
  • Email alert about on-campus interview in February [12/23] x2

Elon University (NC) - TT Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Islam)Edit

Elon University invites applications for a Distinguished Emerging Professorship in the study of Islam. This tenure-track Assistant Professor position within the Religious Studies department begins mid-August 2015.

We seek persons with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies completed by August 2015.  Applicants must demonstrate excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and strong scholarly potential.  Teaching responsibilities will include Religion in a Global Context and Islamic Traditions, as well as upper level courses in their areas of specialization. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to Elon’s interdisciplinary Core Curriculum program and appropriate interdisciplinary programs and minors. While the area of specialization is open, we are especially interested in candidates who bring interdisciplinary interests to their teaching and whose theoretical and methodological approaches complement those of the current faculty.

The Distinguished Emerging Scholar Professorship, designed to assist the recipient in rapid career development, will provide a course reassigned time, funds for professional travel and research, and a stipend in addition to the annual salary. This Professorship is limited to six years, leading to the tenure and promotion decision.

  • 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 website at www.elon.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and must be received by November 3, 2014, in anticipation of interviews at AAR/SBL. Complete applications including letter of interest, curriculum vitae, short statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of effective teaching, sample syllabi, graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation should be sent to elonislamsearch2014@elon.edu, preferably as one PDF file. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately to the same email address.  Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applications.
  • Did anyone have an interview with them at AAR?
  • I did a Skype interview with them yesterday instead. They said the want to draw up the list of candidates for campus visits within the next two weeks or so (12/03/14)
  • I interviewed with them at AAR (x2). They had a booth, so I am assuming they interviewed others too. 
  • Phone request for a campus visit (for February) (12/04/14) - I received a request today via phone (01/12/15)
  • Offer extended and accepted (03/01/15)

Emory University (GA) - Hindu TraditionsEdit

The Department of Religion at Emory University invites applications for an assistant professor appointment in Hindu traditions, beginning in Fall 2015, with primary research in one or more regional languages and traditions. Preference for colonial and/or pre-colonial period of specialization. The successful candidate must have capacity to guide graduate research in Hindu traditions, and teach undergraduate courses on Hinduism. We seek a scholar who will complement existing strengths at Emory University in South Asian religions and who has the agility to engage in robust interdisciplinary conversations in the Department of Religion and the Graduate Division of Religion. PhD is required by the time of appointment, as well as excellent teaching potential in both the college and the graduate school.

  • Letters of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically by October 15, 2014, to Gary Laderman, Hindu Traditions Search Committee Chair (hinduismsearch@emory.edu). Members of the committee will conduct preliminary interviews at the American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego. Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. For additional information, please contact chair of search committee at: hinduismsearch@emory.edu
  • Received an email acknowledging receipt of application.  Anyone heard anything else?
  • Received email to interview at AAR (11/07/14) x4
  • Received thoughtful rejection e-mail (11/7) x2
  • Did anyone else NOT get either an invitation or a rejection?
  • Yes, no invite, no rejection.
  • Received thoughtful post-AAR interview rejection email (12/15) X3
  • What's the news here? Has an offer been made?
  • Offer made and accepted (2/22)

Florida Southern College (FL) - Christian Theology and EthicsEdit

The Department of Religion and Philosophy at Florida Southern College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Christian Theology and Ethics at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 2015. The successful candidate must show the ability and enthusiasm to teach broadly, including courses for General Education and at the upper levels. The area of specialization is open, but the desire to teach the practical application of Christian theology to issues of social justice and personal moral formation is required. The teaching load is three classes per semester. Preferred candidates will have the Ph.D. prior to employment, a demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates, a commitment to engaged learning, a willingness to mentor and advise students, and scholarly promise. Faculty members are expected to be engaged, collegial members of the department and to contribute to the shared governance of the college by participating in campus-wide committees and advising student organizations.

Please address application materials to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Include (1) a letter of interest detailing your qualifications for the position and relevant experience, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a list of three professional references.

  • Electronic applications in MSWord or pdf format are preferred and may be sent to HR@flsouthern.edu. Review of applications will begin November 3, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Prearranged and open interviews will be held at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the AAR in San Diego.
  • Any news? (11/18)
  • AAR is coming up soon -- haven't heard a thing?  Anybody get an invite? (11/18)
  • Email invitation to interview at AAR (11/19) x2
  • They had over 170 applications for this position. 
  • No word, and what do "open interviews" mean in addition to "prearranged interviews" at AAR?
Open interviews are when employers set up interviews with candidates onsite. Interviews are arranged onsite when a request is sent through the Message Center, a response is given, and a time selected and confirmed completely through the Message Center by the candidate and employer.
Prearranged interviews are when an employer schedules an interview with a candidate who has already applied for the position prior to the start of the Employment Center (generally the candidate has sent in an application through the job ad posted on Employment Listings). These employers are not expected to respond to general inquiries.
  • News on campus invitations?
  • Haven't heard anything yet. I did a Skype interview in late December and they indicated that they were hoping to do on-campus interviews in January...
  • Received invitation for on-campus visit.
  • Previous poster: Congrats!  When was the invitation received?
  • Any further news on this?  Invitations/Rejections?
  • They have at least one on-campus interview this week (1/21/2015)
  • Hard copy rejection letter (2/09/15)

Fontbonne University (MO) - Endowed Chair in Catholic ThoughtEdit

As a Catholic institution of higher education, Fontbonne University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought. A private, coeducational institution of higher learning, Fontbonne is dedicated to the discovery, understanding preservation, and dissemination of truth. Fontbonne is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition and fosters the values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity, community, justice, service, and Catholic identity. Founded in 1923 and located in the Clayton suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, Fontbonne serves a culturally diverse student body of approximately 2,000.

The person holding the Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought will promote an understanding of Catholicism, its history, and its intellectual tradition and will lead efforts to strengthen and reinforce the Catholic theological tradition, history, and social teaching into the Fontbonne community.

This tenure-track position will teach a reduced course load and will be responsible for organizing annual guest lectures or symposia open to the Fontbonne and St. Louis communities. It is expected that one annual lecture be given personally by the chair-holder and that an annual faculty seminar will be conducted to facilitate an understanding of the relationships between Catholic theology and other traditions. Other duties may include guiding student research projects; organizing student discussion groups on topics related to Catholic social teaching, history, or tradition; and working with individual faculty or small groups of faculty to integrate Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic thought, and Catholic social teachings into the curriculum. Additionally it is hoped that the holder of the endowed chair will use the reduced teaching load to conduct original research in the field of Catholic Thought. The reduction in teaching load will be negotiated during the hiring process and will be contingent on an agreed conception of the scope of non-teaching activities. This position will report directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and serve as a faculty member in the department of History, Philosophy and Religion.

The successful applicant must have an earned doctorate in theology or in an interdisciplinary field that includes theology. In addition to expertise in the Catholic tradition, the successful applicant should have a record of scholarly activity, including publications and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level. The person must be able to communicate Catholic theology and its relationships to other disciplines in the university. The ability to collaborate with diverse constituencies is essential.

Fontbonne University is dedicated to academic excellence and to the Catholic intellectual and liberal arts traditions. We seek candidates who value the universitys Catholic identity, tradition, and spirit and who will support its commitment to the intellectual and ethical development of our students, faculty, and staff.

  • Fontbonne University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Screening of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. The starting date for the appointment is August 2015.
  • Cover letters should address the question of how Catholic theology and culture can enrich the intellectual life of Fontbonne University. In addition, a resume or curriculum vitae citing evidence of teaching success and research, along with the names, phone numbers, and emails of five professional references should be sent to: Human Resources, Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 or via email at resumes.Fontbonne.edu
  • Skype interview scheduled (1/27)
  • Have campus interviews been scheduled?
    • Yes. A friend of mine has one in mid-March.

Georgia Southern University (GA) - Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of Literature and Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Asian Religions. Georgia Southern University is a member institution of the University System of Georgia and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship, and service. At Georgia Southern we provide a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success.

Founded in 1906, the University now serves more than 20,500 students and offers more than 100 campus-based and online degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. Our 900 acre park-like campus in Statesboro, Georgia is not far from historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island and provides the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a much smaller college in a classic Main Street community. Within this setting, the Religious Studies Program introduces students to scholarly attempts to understand and explain religion within the context of social life. A specialist in Asian Religions would teach survey courses on diverse religious practices in the Asian context, along with teaching students how to employ theories and methods from different disciplines in the academic study of religion. The candidate will work with other faculty to recruit students to a growing program with over 60 Religious Studies minors.

Reporting to the Chair of Literature and Philosophy, the Assistant Professor of Religious Studies will teach three courses per semester (with the occasional possibility of additional reassigned time for research), including courses in Asian Religions as well as general courses that introduce students to theory and methods in the study of religion. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda evidenced by publications and presentations in professional venues. Service to the department and university is also required. The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • Postmark deadline for receipt of applications is October 17, 2014. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2015. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample of no more than 30 pages; a syllabus from a course the candidate has taught or would propose to teach; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications, submitted by mail or electronically, will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:  Finbarr Curtis, Search Chair, Search # 67219, Department of Literature and Philosophy, Georgia Southern University, P. O. Box 8023, Statesboro GA 30460-8023. Electronic mail: fcurtis@georgiasouthern.edu Telephone: 912-478-0222
  • Anyone know if the VAP is an inside candidate for this one?
  • There is an inside candidate... but of course they could choose someone else.
  • After many years on this merry-go-round, my advice is to not worry about it. 
  • Received email asking for additional materials. They stated that they are *NOT* planning on doing AAR interviews. (11/17) X2
  • Any news?
  • Nothing (12/11)
  • Request for phone interview - to happen in January (11/12) x2 (12/12)
  • Anyone received an invitation to campus?
  • Email invitation to interview on campus (1/31)
  • Have campus interviews concluded? Has an offer been made?
  • Yes, offer made.

Georgetown University (DC) - Buddhist StudiesEdit

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, Theology Department, invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor in Buddhist Studies. The area of expertise is open, but preference will be given to a scholar of Buddhist modernism and/or contemporary Buddhism. Starting date is August 2015. 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 also 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. Ph.D. is expected at the time of appointment.

  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014. Applicants should submit a dossier, including letter of application, vita, and three letters of recommendation, (1) by postal mail to: Christopher Steck, Chair, Theology Department, Box 571135, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057-1135, or (2) by email to theology@georgetown.edu.
  • Received an informal email from the chair, notifying me that I would be contacted soon to schedule an AAR interview. [posted Nov. 10] x4
  • Anyone get an email 11/19 with their diversity form and the statement, "Our committee is in the process of reviewing applications at this time.  We will select a short list of candidates whom we will schedule for preliminary interviews"? Is it that they're now getting around to having their rejects comply with HR diversity screening and they're recycling an old email?
  • I got that email on 11/10 so you are probably right in thinking it's recycled boilerplate. 
  • Received invitation for campus visit.
  • Any news on a decision? Has an offer been made?
  • Offer made and waiting for answer
  • Was the Offer Ever Accepted?
    • I believe the initial invitation was given to a candidate who was also considering an invitation from another university, which has delayed the process considerably.
  • Offer accepted.
  • Offer was only verbally accepted and then turned down for a job at UVa. 
  • What a mess.
  • I guess they will have to continue their search next academic year.

Georgetown University (DC) - Practical Ethics (Kennedy Institute of Ethics - Open Rank)Edit

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, Washington, DC seeks a mid-career, tenured or tenure-ready scholar at any rank. The Kennedy Institute is a vibrant community of scholars whose work typically reaches across disciplinary boundaries and across the divide between academia and the larger community. See kennedyinstitute.georgetown.edu for more details.

Area of specialization: practical ethics, broadly and inclusively construed. We are especially interested in researchers whose work has a strong interdisciplinary component, and intersects productively with the research of the current scholars, who are primarily philosophers. For instance, researchers in critical race theory, science and values, health and social justice, and environmental ethics are strongly encouraged to apply. We seek a faculty member with a substantial and growing research track record. The tenure home will be in a traditional department (such as Philosophy, Government, Psychology, Biology, or Anthropology). Teaching will be at both the graduate and the undergraduate level and may include graduate supervision. The teaching load will three courses spread over two terms.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

  • Candidates should send a letter of interest, a current c.v., and contact information for three referees to KIESearch@georgetown.edu. Applications received by January 31, 2015 will get full consideration but the position is open to applications until filled. Questions about the position may be directed to the search committee chair, Prof. Rebecca Kukla, at rkukla@gmail.com.
  • -- received rejection letter this week.

Gettysburg College (PA) - Indigenous Religions of AmericaEdit

Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in religious studies at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department (http://www.gettysburg.edu/academics/religion/) beginning August 2015.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the time of appointment, with primary specialization in Indigenous Religions of the Americas. Subfields of particular interest include migration, immigration, performance studies, and the environment. Applicants utilizing ethnographic research methods are especially welcome. The successful candidate should expect to teach both introductory and advanced classes in the field in addition to a Religious Studies Theory and Methods course and Introduction to Religion. Evidence of effective classroom teaching, along with a strong scholarly research agenda, is essential.

  • Application Details: Applicants should send materials to Carol Priest, the department administrator, at cpriest@gettysburg.edu . A cover letter, addressed to Department Chair Professor Stephen Stern, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching (i.e., teaching philosophy and teaching evaluations), a statement of research goals, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses the candidate's teaching ability should be submitted for full consideration. Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2014 and will continue until a successful candidate is found. Letters of recommendation must be received by October 15, 2014. Inquiries and letters should be addressed to the Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Stephen Stern, Ph.D. at sstern@gettysburg.edu .
  • -10/28 Invited by phone to interview at AAR 
  • 12/14 campus interviews scheduled
  • Did anyone receive a rejection? I haven't heard anything since AAR
  • I heard they keep the candidate pool open until they make a hire. But that means the 3 who are visiting campus are gonna have to blow it before we get a call ;-)

Grove City College (PA) - Biblical and Religious StudiesEdit

Grove City College is accepting applications for a regular, full time faculty position in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, beginning in the fall of 2015. Successful candidates must possess a Ph.D. in a relevant area, with seminary training desired. Scholars in the field of Old Testament studies are particularly welcomed to apply. However, strong candidates in either Systematic Theology or Theological Ethics will also be considered.

Part of the teaching load will include classes in the Grove City College General Education Program either in the Humanities Core area or in the Interaction of Science and Theology area. Evidence of potential for teaching excellence and demonstrated scholarly aspirations are valued. Pastoral, ministry, or mission experience is a plus.

The Grove City College Department of Biblical and Religious Studies is a robust and collegial community of scholars. Candidates must be committed to teaching highly motivated students at a Christian liberal arts institution. We are seeking a scholar who affirms the full authority of Scripture and who is passionate about teaching the Christian faith and mentoring students of all backgrounds. The candidate should be committed to working within a Department that is largely reformed in character. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications.

  • Send a current curriculum vitae, names of four references (three professional and one pastoral), copies of transcripts, and a letter of interest that includes an explanation of how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with Grove City College's unique mission as a Christian college (see http://www.gcc.edu/about/whoweare/Pages/Mission.aspx) to: Ms. Jamie N. Christy, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Grove City College, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127-2104 or electronically to employment@gcc.edu. Official transcripts may be requested later in the process. Completed applications should be received by February 2, 2015 for full consideration.

Hampshire College (MA) - Asian ReligionsEdit

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for the position of assistant professor of Asian religions, beginning July 1, 2015.

We seek candidates with a specialization in one or more of the major religious traditions of East or South Asia qualified to teach introductory and upper-level classes in Asian religions and in world religions more generally. We are especially interested in candidates with a broad training in the history of religions and some expertise in one or more of the following areas: religion and literature, religion and philosophy, or religion and the arts. The successful applicant will be expected to teach two courses per semester and supervise independent work. Special consideration will be given to candidates with scholarly promise and demonstrated strengths in undergraduate teaching and advising. Ph.D. required at time of appointment.

  • Please submit a letter highlighting teaching and professional work, a CV (including email address), sample course syllabi, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of three professional references to http://jobs.hampshire.edu/.  No hard copies will be accepted. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 in time for interviews at AAR.
    • Contacted by email to schedule interview (11/10)x3
    • Rejection via email (post-first round interview)
    • When did you receive the rejection email? Thank you. Happy holiday and good luck with your other applications. 

Hamilton College (NY) - Religious and Ethnic Diversity in the United StatesEdit

The Religious Studies Department at Hamilton College announces an opening for an Associate Professor focusing on religious and ethnic diversity in the United States to begin on July 1, 2015. Preferred candidates are grounded in a particular American tradition but also work from a comparative / international perspective. Distinction in teaching, excellence in scholarship, and a strong record of service to the academic profession is required. The letter of application should address the ways in which the candidate would further the College's goal of building a diverse educational environment. Previous experience teaching, or working with diverse student populations is an asset. Approximately 50% of students who major in Religious Studies self identify as students of color.

  • Interested candidates should submit letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, teaching portfolio and samples of published scholarship to: http://apply.interfolio.com/25582. The letter and any questions should be addressed to Professor Stephenson Humphries-Brooks, Chair, Department of Religious Studies. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
  • They have a Visiting Associate Professor (not me) with these exact qualifications who happens to have a zillion publications. So...do with that what you will. (8/13)
  • Request to complete the application received via Interfolio today.  Could be an automatic thing that Interfolio sends to all incomplete applicants, but language seemed to suggest they are in fact starting the process of reviewing materials. (10/1)
  • "Insider" not a finalist for position. (1/30)
  • Offer made and accepted. Rejections via email. (3/24)

Haverford College (PA) - Religion, Ethics and SocietyEdit

Haverford College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Religion, Ethics and Society at the Assistant Professor level. A more advanced junior appointment may be considered under exceptional circumstances. The position, located in the Department of Religion, will begin in Fall 2015. The search is open with regard to geographical coverage, time period and religious tradition; however, candidates should demonstrate expertise in particular areas of study and in specific religious communities. Haverford expects that the successful candidate will maintain an active research agenda in religion, ethics and society, and productively engage students in a variety of methodological and theoretical accounts of religious studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at all levels of the curriculum to a student body of diverse backgrounds and interests, and might also contribute to one or more of the interdisciplinary programs at Haverford College (http://www.haverford.edu/academics/departments_and_programs/). Areas of specialization could include, but are not limited to: the social scientific study of religion; racial ideology; gender and equality; theological ethics; material religious culture; or other fields that engage questions of religious ethics. Completion of the Ph.D. by the time of appointment is expected.

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, cv, a list of three possible courses with short descriptions, a writing sample, and also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/25817) or via email to: Georgia Davidis Malone, Faculty Dossier Coordinator, Religion Ad Hoc Search, Haverford College (gdavidisma@haverford.edu). To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received in electronic form by October 15, 2014.
  • In case anyone was inclined to send any application materials via email, I have just been informed by Ms. Malone (10/1) that she would prefer all materials to be sent through interfolio.
  • 10/15 - I will second this. Before reading the above comment I had submitted my application materials via e-mail; this morning I found an e-mail from Ms. Malone in my inbox asking me to resend the application through Interfolio.
  • This job description seems all over the place.  Does anyone know what the deal with it is?  (Aside from the fact that there are presumably conflicting interests on the hiring committee).
  • They are looking for someone comfortable with RS methodologies who uses their study of a particular context to illuminate the relationship between religion and ethics and society in that context. According to department members' public comments, they know they are going to get inundated, but they really are just looking for the "best" person they can find, and they didn't want to limit themselves by their own imaginations. This is not to say that other issues won't come into play in their ultimate decision-making, but that the ad comes from a place of deliberate open-mindedness. But this is not a "compromise" search: this is a search they are excited about, one that reflects Haverford's institutional commitment to social justice and the idea that there is no area of study removed from questions of social justice. Hope that helps!
  • Yes, thanks!
  • Does anyone know who we should address cover letters to/who's chairing the search committee? Ms. Malone hasn't responded to my inquiry...
  • Anyone know what their interview plans are?
  • I called Ms. Davidis Malone this morning (11/11). They are still reviewing applications, will update applicants via Interfolio, and ARE planning to interview at AAR next week. I had the sense that decisions are being made right now.
  • Email of advancement to interview at AAR - via Interfolio email (11/12) x2
  • Anyone receive a rejection yet?  Are they planning to notify those who won't be moving forward?
  • Would those selected for an interview be willing to share their areas of specialization?
  • I study Christianity and its critique in modern Europe and US, related ethical discusions
  • Anyone hear anything post AAR interview?
  • Did anybody hear about a campus interview?
  • Invitation extended for campus visit.
  • Any word on whether an offer been made?
  • Received Interfolio email notification that offer was made. Appointment named explicitly (sort of interesting). (2/25)
  • They hired not only the person named but another person as well. It's unclear if that second hire has anything to do with the "Quaker Studies" posting listed below.

Haverford College (PA) - Quaker StudiesEdit

Haverford College invites applications for the newly endowed Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professorship in Quaker Studies.

Haverford College, founded in 1833 by Quakers, invites applications for the newly endowed Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professorship in Quaker Studies. This tenure-line faculty position is open to teacher-scholars at all levels (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) whose scholarly work engages the history, culture, religion, literature, peace building or social activism of the Religious Society of Friends. The successful candidate will maintain an active research and teaching program that includes opportunities for faculty-student collaboration, preferably utilizing Haverford’s extensive Quaker Collection of manuscripts, organizational records, artifacts, and artwork gathered from the 17th century to the present. Haverford faculty members teach five courses per year, of which the Steere professor will teach at least two courses that substantially address some feature of Quaker Studies within the candidate’s disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields of study. Additional courses should contribute to one of Haverford’s existing academic departments and/or programs (http://www.haverford.edu/academics/departments_and_programs/).

Candidates for the position should have a Ph.D. and a strong record of research and teaching. The position also requires a firm commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and the emerging field of Quaker Studies. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and research and travel money accompany this endowed professorship.

Please submit a cover letter addressing your vision for this new position, a curriculum vitae, a sample syllabus for a course in Quaker Studies, a research statement, a writing sample (published work or work in progress), and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted to (http://apply.interfolio.com/27495). Questions about the application process should be directed to Georgia Davidis Malone, Faculty Dossier Coordinator, Haverford College (gdavidisma@haverford.edu). To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received in electronic form by December 10, 2014.

  • Any news? (12/23)
  • Anything?
  • I heard they had campus visits. Is it true?
  • Yes.

Henry Ford College (MI) - Religious StudiesEdit

Henry Ford College Social Science, Arts and Fitness Division invites applications for Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty in Religious Studies. REQUIRED: Master's degree in Religious Studies. At least two years of experience.

Anticipated Employment Date: 08/20/2015

  • Posted: 06/16/2015. Open Until Filled.
  • I was fortunate to have been of the four interviewed of the 72 applicants on July 22nd. I heard back from them on July 23rd that they weren't offering me the position.  A committeee member told me that they had offered it to a PhD teaching scholar who had been adjuncting for them and a nearby University for the past few years. If it is the person I believe, he has very strong reviews on ratemyprofessor.com, extensive training in both philosophy and religion, and seems to have already published a book on Japanese martial arts and religion.

High Point University (NC) - Islamic Studies / South Asian StudiesEdit

The Department of Religion and Philosophy at High Point University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Islamic Studies and/or South Asian studies to begin fall 2015. Candidates must possess a record or promise of scholarly publishing, relevant linguistic proficiency, and a completed Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates whose teaching and research engages contemporary issues in South Asia, as well as applicants with competence in comparative methodology and the field of womens and gender studies. Candidates should demonstrate a dedication to teaching and be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in the context of a liberal arts institution related to the United Methodist Church. Depending upon expertise, the successful candidate will be able to support departmental and University Global Studies needs by teaching and developing introductory and upper division undergraduate courses in Islamic and South Asian Studies. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, to Ms. Shannon LeFever, slefever@highpoint.edu. Inquiries about the position can be sent to Dr. Mark Toole, mtoole@highpoint.edu.

  • Priority will be given to applications received by Feb. 9, 2015.
  • Did anyone apply for this? Any interviews to date?
  • Campus visits underway (03/03/15)
  • Can you confirm "campus visits underway"? Skype interviews were last week and the chair said they would reach out this week to begin scheduling campus visits. Still haven't heard anything either way. 
  • I'm in the same boat as the above wiki user. They seem to be very organized and kind...meaning I'm sure candidates would have heard either way if campus visits were underway. Mis-information afoot here (3/4/15)
  • Still nothing? Anyone heard? (3/20/15)
  • On campus interviews started this week and finish next week. (3/21/15)
  • Anyone receive an offer? (3/30/15)?
  • Nothing yet. (3/30/15)
  • Overheard from a colleague that they will tell candidates this week--good luck, good people! (Did anyone receive an offer after all? 4/7/15)
  • No, not that I know of (4-8-15).
  • Final word, was this a failed search?
  • Offer made and accepted (5/4/15)

Houston Baptist University - Open Rank/Open Discipline (Pref for OT or Historical/Systematic Theology)Edit

Houston Baptist University seeks a professor for the Department of Theology. Rank will be commensurate with qualifications. Candidates should be available to begin work in August, 2015. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will have appropriate academic (PhD or terminal degree) and professional experience in a field related to one of the programs in the Department of Theology. The candidate will provide documentation of an excellent teaching record and evidence of scholarly interests and achievements. Candidates should have a strong research record. In addition, candidates may be considered for the role of Director of one of the graduate programs in the School of Christian Thought.

  • [posted 11/18/14]
  • A friend said they have preferences for Old Testament and/or Historical/Systematic Theology, but they are accepting applications from any discipline in the Department.
  • They are likely starting an MDiv program, so the Director role would probably be for that.
  • Job search cancelled for this year.

Houston Baptist University - Open Rank/Classics and Biblical LanguagesEdit

Houston Baptist University seeks a professor for the Department of Classics and Biblical Languages. Rank will be commensurate with qualifications. Candidates should be available to begin work in August, 2015. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will have appropriate academic (PhD or terminal degree) and professional experience in a field related to one of the programs in the Department of Classics and Biblical Languages. The candidate will provide documentation of an excellent teaching record and evidence of scholarly interests and achievements. Candidates should have a strong research record. In addition, candidates may be considered for the role of Director of one of the graduate programs in the School of Christian Thought.

  • [posted 11/18/14]
  • A friend said they have preferences for someone that can teach two of their three languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
  • They are likely starting an MDiv program, so the Director role would probably be for that.
  • Any news?
  • Job search cancelled for this year.

Huron University College(CAN) - Huron Lawson Chair in Moral and Pastoral TheologyEdit

http://www.huronuc.ca/Assets/website/Document/FOT/HL%20ad%20Web.pdf

  • Review begins 31 Dec. 2014.
  • invited for on-campus interview (1/30)

Iliff School of Theology (CO) - Religion and Social JusticeEdit

Area of Expertise: Discipline or area of specialization is open, i.e., ethics, theology, history, practical theology, liberationist thought, critical theory, and/or postcolonial studies. Preference will be given to those with expertise in African American studies, womanist thought, and/or black feminism. Facility with the languages, sources, and context appropriate to the area of expertise is expected.

Desired Strengths: The ideal candidate will possess in-depth expertise in some aspect and/or area of African American studies but also be able to relate their scholarship to broader issues in the study of religion, as well as areas of concern that are central to the school, such as bringing the study of social justice theories and methodologies to bear on contemporary issues, interreligious dialogue, and the diversity of global Christianity. We seek a candidate who will enable our students to think critically about social issues and encourage M.Div. students to incorporate praxis into their ministries. Although the position is open to those from any (or no) faith tradition, candidates from historical Methodist traditions are especially encouraged to apply.

The Iliff School of Theology is a United Methodist-related graduate theological school with an ecumenical and interfaith spirit offering the following degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Social Change; Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. In addition we offer a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion with the University of Denver. Iliff is an equal opportunity employer and strives to include diversity in its faculty and teaching, including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural diversity, and is committed to becoming a more globally conscious and globally connected community. For more information, visit us at http://www.iliff.edu.

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph,D. or equivalent degree by the time of appointment to the position. Applications should include an application letter, curriculum vitae, and a sample syllabus of a course you either taught or plan to teach dealing with religion and social justice. For fullest consideration, candidates should submit all materials no later than October 29, 2014 [Deadline exteded to December 1st, 2014 (announced on AAR/SBL listings on 11.3.14)]. Please send materials electronically to the search committee chair, Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, at socialjusticesearch@iliff.edu. In addition, please have three reference letters submitted electronically to the same email address (please have persons writing reference letters write the candidate’s name in the subject line).

  • Anybody know why the deadline was extended? (12/3)
  • Invitation by phone for Skype Interview next month. (12/10)
  • Received very kind print rejection letter. (2/17)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA) - Indigenous African 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 2015.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field is required by the time of appointment. The Department seeks a scholar who is committed to undergraduate liberal arts education, and who specializes in Indigenous African religions. A secondary competency in African Diaspora and/or African American religions is desirable. We are seeking a candidate committed to teaching excellence and ongoing research, and publications appropriate to one's area of specialty are expected. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during the interviews, which will include a teaching demonstration.

Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Religious Studies and Pan-African 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 will also be expected to teach Introduction to Pan-African Studies and exhibit leadership in the Pan-African Studies program. We would also expect that the faculty member would develop at least three courses in her/his area of expertise which would serve Religious Studies majors and Pan-African Studies minors. The successful candidate may be assigned to perform work at off campus sites and/or to provide instruction through distance education. To learn more about our department, visit our web site at http://www.iup.edu/religiousstudies/.

  • How to Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 17, 2014. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system at http://www.iup.edu/employment. Please do not fax, mail or email any documentation. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will contain a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, names and email addresses of three references and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Three (3) letters of reference must be on file with IUP before consideration is given for an on campus interview. Official transcripts will be needed for hire.
  • Has anyone heard anything about this position?
  • I had a campus interview for this call back in February.  The search committee said they'd reach a decision sometime during the first week in March, but I haven't heard anything.  I would guess an offer has been extended to another candidate and is in negotiation. 

Indiana Wesleyan University (IN) - Urban MinistryEdit

The School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Practical Ministry with a specialization in Urban Ministry. The primary focus of this position is the teaching of courses in Urban Ministry that form and equip students for a lifetime of transformational service to the global church.

Responsibilities include teaching urban ministry courses, practical ministry courses, survey courses, advising and committee work. Preference will be given to candidates who have significant ministry and teaching experience. A Ph.D. in fields related to practical theology (leadership, pastoral theology, homiletics, etc.) or a D.Min with a practical ministry focus is strongly preferred. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Must be an active member of a local congregation and an ordained minister. Preference will be given to members/clergy of The Wesleyan Church though a diversity of evangelical traditions will be considered.

Successful candidates will be creative in their approach to undergraduate ministry education and 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 a broadly evangelical Wesleyan theological perspective. Candidates should be able to begin full time employment in the fall of 2015, pending funding.

Especially welcome are applications from those who bring diverse ethnic, racial, and international perspectives to their teaching, scholarship, and Christian faith.

Founded in 1920, Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christian academic community.  A member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, it is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the Best in the Midwest master’s universities, is listed among “America’s Best College Buys,” and is recognized among the top tier of the Best Christian Workplaces in the large organization category.  The School of Theology and Ministry forms over 400 students for varied ministry settings and vocations and services 2900 undergraduate students’ general education. 

James Madison University  - BuddhismEdit

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY'S Department of Philosophy and Religion invites applications for a tenure track position in Buddhism at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 24, 2015. While the precise field of specialization is open, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in one or more forms of Asian Buddhism. This position is contingent on approval of funding. The successful candidate will teach in the University's General Education program and offer upper-level courses in his/her area of specialization. Evidence of ability to teach a survey course in world religions, and also a method and theory course in the study of religion, is essential. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. Teaching load is 3/3, with 2 preparations. Salary is commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2014. To apply go to JobLink.jmu.edu, reference posting number 0406251, complete the faculty profile, and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, list of three references, and unofficial graduate transcripts as Other Document #1. In addition, mail evidence of teaching excellence to Buddhism Search Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religion, MSC 8006, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807. The names and contact information for the three references will be requested at the end of the application. Each reference listed will receive an e-mail requesting that they submit a letter of recommendation through the JobLink system. James Madison University is an AA/EEO employer, and is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and to maintaining a work and educational environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

  • AAR interview scheduled (11/11/14) x2
  • On-campus interview scheduled (12/3/14)x2
  • Rejection rec'd Feb 3
  • Offer accepted

Lancaster Theological Seminary (PA) - Preaching/HomileticsEdit

Lancaster Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Preaching/Homiletics to begin Fall 2015.

The successful candidate will demonstrate primary teaching competency in Preaching/Homiletics, with secondary teaching competency in Worship, Evangelism, Church Leadership, or Congregational Studies.

The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree in one of the academic areas named above; demonstrated experience within African-American or Latino/a religious communities; and commitment to teaching within a diverse community.

Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience, including online education.

As a member of the full-time faculty, the successful candidate will teach 15 credit hours per year and share in the general responsibilities of the faculty, including committee assignments and advising students in the MA(R), MDiv, and DMin programs.

  • Deadline for application is November 14, 2014. Candidates should submit a letter detailing their qualifications for this position and a current C.V. to facultysearch@lancasterseminary.edu. Candidates should also request three letters of references to be sent directly to: Ms. Carter Farmer, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 555 West James Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603

This search was cancelled due to curriculum restructure. 

Lehigh University (PA) - East Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religion Studies, in cooperation with the Asian Studies program, is inviting applications for a tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor from candidates with expertise in East Asian religious traditions. A PhD in Religion Studies is preferred but applicants from other related disciplines will be considered. Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to (1) Religions of China, (2) Religions of Japan, and (3) Buddhism in an East Asian context, with the ability to teach in all of these areas on at least the introductory level. The department is particularly interested in scholars whose work focuses on issues of gender. In addition to working in an area of specialization, this individual must also teach general courses in Asian and Religion Studies. The position carries a 2/2 teaching load. It will be a joint appointment. The person filling this position will be expected to participate in the instruction and advising of undergraduate students both in the Asian Studies program and the Department of Religion Studies.

  • No AAR Interviews--Skype
  • Were you invited?
  • Not I.
  • Poster of "Skype," were you invited to interview or are you just passing on the info that interviews will be via Skype? (meaning invitations haven't gone out yet) [Just passing on information]
  • This is my first time contributing to this thread. Folks who wrote the above. It is uninformative. Please answer the question: Do you know, for a fact, that the skype interviews already happened. Please answer in a complete sentence. 
  • It's December 1...any updates? (2x)
  • Invited for Skype interview (1 December), to be held in December.
  • Anyone heard back about the day/time of your Skype interview?
  • Not yet
  • Have Skype interviews been held, thank you!
  • Skype interviews were last week.
  • Thank you!
  • Very kind rejection received. 12/26
  • Any updates after the campus visits?
  • Received email stating that an offer was made and accepted.

Leiden University (NLD) - Christianity in the Modern WorldEdit

Leiden University invites applications for a fulltime university lectureship in Christianity in the modern world. We welcome applications by scholars of religion whose work reflects sensitivity to historical and socio-cultural contexts and the ability to position Christianity in local and global configurations, with attention to its interactions with other cultures and communities. Appointment will be fixed-term from January 2015 through December 2016, with the possibility of extensions of up to four years, and of a permanent position thereafter. Leiden University is committed to diversity, inclusiveness, and equal opportunities. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Before submitting your application, please read the full call for applications at: http://werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl/vacatures/wetenschappelijke-functies/14-200-university-lectureship-in-christianity-in-the-modern-world-vacancy-leiden-university.html

  • Application deadline: 1 September 2014.
  • Invited by email to an on-campus interview in November (09/18)
  • invited by email to an on-campus interview in November
  • Offer made and accepted (12/2)

Macalester College (MN) - Reformed Protestant Theology and CultureEdit

Macalester College Department of Religious Studies seeks an Associate Professor or Professor of Reformed Protestant Theology and Culture. The successful candidate will conduct research in a field of history and/or theology that relates to the Protestant religious traditions of Europe and America, and will teach a range of courses in Religious Studies dealing with protestant traditions, and with disciplinary questions of method and theory. Candidates should also show a strong commitment to undergraduate education and broad interdisciplinary interests in the humanities and social sciences. We especially encourage applications from scholars with interests in the religious lives of minorities and people of color as we hope to expand our department’s curriculum in the area of American religion and religious diversity in America. The successful hire can look forward to being named the Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Religious Studies.

  • In order to apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a teaching statement, a research statement, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4189. Online applications only. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Jim Laine, Chair, (email: laine@macalester.edu). Screening of applications will begin­­­­ October 15, 2014.
  • Just contacted by the committee chair about making the shortlist. (10/29) 
  • Position filled in early January. (1/30)

Marquette University (WI) - Theological EthicsEdit

Marquette University (MU), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Theology invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Theological Ethics at the rank of Assistant Professor. For more information about the Department of Theology please visit its website. Normal teaching load is 3/2 and encompasses undergraduate and graduate instruction; opportunities exist for support for research. The successful candidate should expect ordinary committee responsibilities.Candidates for the position must have competence in foundational theological ethics (i.e., ethical methodology). Those candidates with research interests and/or additional competences in healthcare/medical ethics will be given preference. Candidates must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a clear potential for distinguished scholarship, and student mentorship. The successful candidate must have Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment. The candidate should be willing to support the mission of MU and the goals of a Jesuit, Catholic Education. 

  • Special Instructions to Applicants:  Candidates should submit a letter of interest, current Curriculum Vitae, a teaching statement/research agenda, and writing sample to http://employment.marquette.edu/postings/3157 .  Three letters of recommendation should be emailed or mailed to: Dr. Robert Masson, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Theology, Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 532011881.; robert.masson@marquette.edu.
  • Application deadline is October 10, 2014.
  • Anyone hear anything yet? 
  • Update? (11/18)
  • Received invitation to campus via phone (12/3)

McDaniel College (MD) - Religions of North AmericaEdit

The Religious Studies Department at McDaniel College invites applications for a tenure- track position at the assistant professor level to begin Fall 2015. Candidates should have expertise in the Religions of North America, including marginalized as well as mainstream communities. Special preference will be given to candidates whose scholarship focuses on the contemporary mid-Atlantic region. Candidates should be prepared to contribute generally to a program in the study of religions within a secular, liberal arts setting, to participate in interdisciplinary teaching, and to contribute to the College’s First Year Seminar and other general education programs. The ideal candidate will combine excellence in undergraduate teaching with scholarly potential. Ph.D. preferred by time of appointment.

  • Applications should be submitted electronically at http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/apply/RS, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference (at least one specifically addressing teaching). Candidates may address questions directly to the chair of the search committee, Gregory Alles, at galles@mcdaniel.edu. Review will begin on December 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.
    • Checked the website. *Very* strong I.C.: undergraduate alum of McDaniel currently lecturing there whose specialization fits the description like a glove. Make of that what you will.
    • Word from folks who know some of the people at McDaniel... yeah, this is more or less the I.C.'s to lose. Will be curious if they even bring other candidates to campus.
    • Any news?
    • Skype interview request (1/22/15) (X3)
    • Any news on campus visit invitations? -- nothing yet. They mentioned official campus invites could take awhile since two of the committee would be away from the country for two weeks after the interviews.
    • I heard from someone who got a campus interview that they already had three campus interviews. - thanks for the update!
    • Offer made and accepted (not I.C.)

Memphis Theological Seminary (TN) - Church HistoryEdit

Memphis Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure track position in Church History to begin in the fall of 2015. Responsibilities include teaching all aspects of Church History from a global perspective in masters and DMin level programs. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Church History and a commitment to diversity, collegiality, and the life of the church. Area of specialization is open. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, especially those from traditionally under-represented populations. More information about the position may be found at http://MemphisSeminary.edu. Send letter of application, vita, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Stan Wood. Memphis Theological Seminary, 168 East Parkway South, Memphis TN 38104.

  • Review of applications will begin January 5, 2015.
  • Wasn't this same job posted a year or two ago?

Miami University of Ohio (OH) - Anthropology of ReligionEdit

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Anthropology of Religion beginning August 2015. The successful candidate will have an active research program in contemporary North American Christianity in global and comparative context and teach introductory level courses, courses in anthropological theory and ethnographic method, and upper division courses in the candidate's areas of expertise. Ph.D. in anthropology required by time of appointment.

Required qualities include: excellence in teaching, active research program, willingness to provide service to the university and the profession, and ability to contribute to a 4-field anthropology department.

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing teaching and research, curriculum vitae, summary evidence of teaching excellence, and list of three references to www.miamiujobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=53973. Screening of applications will begin November 10 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates whose applications are received by November 10, 2014, may be contacted for prearranged interviews at the AAA meetings in Washington, DC December 3-7, 2014.

Michigan State University (MI) - South Asian ReligionsEdit

  • Posting Number: 0142

The Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University is seeking applications for a tenure system Assistant Professor with a specialization in South Asian Religions. The successful candidate will be appointed on an academic year basis, and will engage in an active program of teaching, research, and service.

Active participation in the Asian Studies Center and in the College's general education program is expected, with opportunities to participate in study abroad programs and to engage in scholarly outreach and collaborative interdisciplinary work in conjunction with the MSU Museum, the science and culture museum at Michigan State University.

A PhD in Religious Studies or relevant field is required. Initial teaching assignment is two courses/semester, and a scholarly agenda consistent with a research-intensive land grant institution is expected. Evidence of strong research and teaching interests in Hinduism with additional competence in the study of Buddhist traditions on the Subcontinent is required. Effective teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate level in the areas of expertise is expected, as is a record of teaching excellence supported by instructional technology. Grant writing is encouraged.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 7th, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site https://jobs.msu.edu/. Applicants should provide electronic (PDF) documents that include a letter expressing interest in this position and describing qualifications and experience, a current curriculum vitae, three referee letters, a publication sample (up to 30 pages), and a teaching statement with demonstration of teaching excellence (for instance, student course evaluations). For more information contact Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, via our secretary, Debbie Ray (raydeb@msu.edu).
  • Has anyone heard anything?
  • Yes, invitation for Skype interview on 12/1 (by phone) x3
  • Has anyone heard anything post-interview?
  • Thoughtful rejection letter recevied 12/18/14. (x2, post-Skype interview)
  • Rejection letter, no Skype interview.
  • Offer made (1/30) and accepted (2/5)

Misericordia University (PA) - Religious Studies (Biblical Studies or History of Christianity/History of Religion)Edit

Misericordia University is currently accepting applications for a full-time (ten month), tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.  The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in Theology or Religious Studies with expertise in Biblical Studies or History of Christianity/History of Religion.  Evidence of competency to teach an introductory-level course in World Religions is required.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and active engagement in academic research.  Experience with interdisciplinary teaching and research will distinguish an application.  Responsibilities include undergraduate teaching and departmental and University-wide committee work.  

Misericordia University is committed to student, faculty and staff diversity and values the educational benefit this brings to campus.  Candidates should indicate any experience and/or leadership that contribute to this goal. Misericordia University, a 90-year-old Catholic institution founded and sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees and is located adjacent to the Pocono Mountains region of Northeastern PA, approximately 2 ½ hours from NYC and Philadelphia.  The University's approach of combining a quality liberal arts education with professional preparation and service to others has resulted in its wide regional acclaim.

Applicants must send a letter of interest, an official transcript, C.V., and three letters of professional reference to hr@misericordia.edu.

Molloy College (NY) - Theology and Religious StudiesEdit

Molloy College, a private college in the Catholic and Dominican tradition, is accepting applications for the full-time tenure-track faculty position of Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies. A Ph.D. in the discipline is required, dedication to continuing scholarship is expected, and college teaching experience is preferred.  The successful candidate will be committed to undergraduate teaching of non-majors as well as majors, will participate in innovative and creative approaches to curricular development. The candidate will also possess interpersonal and communication skills and have the ability and desire to work with a diverse student body and collaboratively with faculty in disciplines other than Theology and Religious Studies.

Duties and Responsibilities: The position involves teaching twelve credits per semester, academic advisement, collaboration on departmental activities including recruitment, willingness to serve on college-wide committees, a commitment to on-going scholarship through publications and presentations at professional conferences.

To Apply: 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: Office of Human Resources, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, P.O. Box 5002, Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002

  • Application deadline is October 15, 2014.
  • Applied for this last year -- heard noting and it doesn't look like they hired last year.  Anyone know what's going on? (x2)
  • On 11/21, received email from Human Resources - application still under consideration for next phase of review process, which will commence in mid-January.
  • Received a request for a skype interview and asked to select date from 12/16, 17, or 18. Then on 11/26 received email that the search is being suspended?!?!
  • Any more recent updates on the Molloy search?  Has it been suspended for sure (meaning they won't be filling the position this year)?

Mount St. Mary's University (MD) - TheologyEdit

The Department of Theology at Mount St. Mary's University seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Theology beginning August 2015. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong competency for teaching in and research related to Catholic theological ethics/moral theology. In addition to teaching the core moral theology course, the candidate will also be expected to contribute broadly to other requirements of the Veritas Program, the Mount's common liberal arts curriculum, including the Veritas Symposium (a freshman liberal arts course centered around "fundamental questions of the human condition"), and the departmental introductory Catholic theology course which is structured around the biblical narrative of salvation history. Teaching load: 7 courses per year. Successful candidates will share our commitment to the dignity of and solidarity with all persons and the value of intercultural understanding. Ph.D. is expected; ABD candidates will also be considered.

Mount St. Mary's University, the second oldest Catholic university in America, seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our Catholic identity. Application materials should discuss how you might contribute to the University's Catholic liberal arts mission, how theology can assist other disciplines to appreciate the unity of truth, and the role of theology in the mission of the Church.

Please send a cover letter, vita, and three letters of recommendation to resume@msmary.edu or to the following address: Joshua Hochschild, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Theology Search, Mount St. Mary's University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727

  • Application review will begin on October 25; applications received by this time will receive full consideration. Interviews by Skype anticipated in early November. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
  • Received email request for Skype interview (11/7)
  • Two candidates interviewed as of 12/15.
  • Offer made... Accepted as of 12/23.
  • Email rejection 1x (2/9)
    • there were 'over 70 applicants'

Muhlenberg College (PA) - Pre-modern JudaismEdit

The Religion Studies Department and the Jewish Studies Program of Muhlenberg College invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position specializing in Pre-Modern Judaism at the rank of Assistant Professor. Area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will have the ability to teach broadly in the field of Jewish Studies within the context of Religion Studies. Demonstrable excellence, or promise of excellence, in teaching, and an active research program in a relevant area are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of and a commitment to the liberal arts and the ability to contribute broadly to the department's curriculum and the College's general education program. This appointment carries a teaching load of three courses per semester. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, transcripts, teaching dossier, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to the address below.

  • Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, applications must be received by October 31. Preliminary interviews will be held in San Diego at the annual meetings of the AAR/SBL, though other arrangements can be made for those not attending the conference. Application materials and further inquiries should be directed to Prof. William “Chip” Gruen, Chair of Religion Studies and Prof. Jessica Cooperman, Director of Jewish Studies at religionstudies@muhlenberg.edu. An equal opportunity employer, Muhlenberg College is committed to hiring and supporting faculty who can contribute to our development of a culturally diverse community through teaching, research, scholarship, and service.
  • Also posted at Jewish Studies 2014-2015
  • Received email request for AAR/SBL interview (11/12) x1

Naropa University (CO) - Buddhist StudiesEdit

Naropa University announces a new faculty position in the Religious Studies Department, available Fall 2015.  As Naropa University expands the Religious Studies Program, we seek to appoint a faculty colleague to teach in both online and residential courses for the graduate and undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Buddhist Studies.   This position is a full-time core candidate position at the Assistant Professor level.

  • Review of applications begins December 15, 2014, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified candidates should apply online at (http://www.naropa.edu/about-naropa/employment/faculty-employment/index.php?ATSPopupJob=22349) and include:  A letter of interest and curriculum vitae, including a description of training in individual religious traditions, contemplative practices, and teaching philosophy; A published writing sample from a peer-reviewed journal; Names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Any word? (1/23/2015)
  • Received email request for Skype interview (01/31/15)
  • Any movement? (3/22/15) - Crickets (3/24)

Nashotah House Theological Seminary (WI) - Dean and PresidentEdit

Nashotah House Theological Seminary invites aplications and nominations for the single positon of Dean and President. The apointment likely wil be not later than July 1, 2015, as our Board of Trustes shall determine. The Dean and President is the chief executive oficer of Nashotah House. The roles entail responsibilty for al operations of the seminary, its leadership and management, its academic mision, its spiritual mision, fundraising, alocation of its resources, personel, and more. The Dean and President reports directly to the Chairman of the Board of Trustes and serves under the authority of the Board of Trustes and its policies and procedures. The sucesful candidate wil be an ordained member of the Anglican Communion who poseses a commitment and devotion to Jesus Christ, to the Christian faith, and to prayer and worship, all in acord with the Seminary’s Statement of Identiy. The candidate wil also poses an active and wel-nurtured life in the Anglican Communion and a demonstrated record of accomplishment and suces in administration. Idealy, the candidate wil hold an advanced degree such as a PhD, ThD, or DMin. The new Dean and President wil have the abilty and commitment o lead Nashotah House dynamicaly and in harmony with its Statement of Instiutional Purpose and its Strategic Plan. Such leadership wil require skils and abilties in theological education, financial development, faculty and staff recruitment and oversight, public relations, and leadership development. The new Dean and President wil serve as Ordinary of the seminary’s Chapel. Interpersonal skils, virtues of Christian faith, colaborative leadership, conflict resolution, integrity, humor, and humilty wil be vital to a sucesful tenure.

Additonal information about Nashotah House is acesible through its website: http://www.nashotah.edu

Applications, nominations, inquiries, and expresions of interest should be forwarded in confidence to:

The Rev. Edward T. Kelaher

Search Commite Chairman

EdKelaher@aol.com

Nominations and applications wil be acepted until the positon is filed.

  • For fullest consideration, aplication materials should be received by October 20, 2014
  • Position was filled three days after the deadline by unanimous consent of the search committee. It was an inside hire. So much for a search.

New York University (NY) - Religious Studies / 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, 2015, subject to budgetary and administrative approval.

We seek someone ethnographically and theoretically engaged in understanding how religious practice continues to be elaborated with vigor to become an ever more 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, descriptions of possible courses in Religious Studies and Anthropology, statement of current and future research plans, and three referees. Application deadline is October 15, 2014 November 10, 2014. To apply, follow the "Employment" link at http://religiousstudies.as.nyu.edu/page/home.

New York University Shanghai (CHN) - Early ChinaEdit

NYU Shanghai is currently inviting applications for one or more tenured or tenure-track appointments at any level (assistant, associate, or full professor). Scholars should have expertise in two or more of the following fields, all pertaining to Early China from the Shang to the Tang dynasty: (a) archeology and material culture; (b) history and geography; (c) philosophy, religion and textual traditions; (d) paleography (excavated texts), epigraphy, and linguistics. Successful candidates will have excellent reading of Classical Chinese and an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The ability to handle a wide range of different sources would be especially desirable.

The terms of employment are comparable to U.S. institutions and include housing subsidies and educational subsidies for children. Faculty may also spend time at NYU New York and other sites of the NYU global network, engaging in both research and teaching. The appointment can begin as soon as September 1, 2015, with a later starting date possible, pending candidate availability.

North Dakota State University (ND) - Religious StudiesEdit

The Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at North Dakota State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Religious Studies to begin August 17, 2015. The area of research specialization is open, but the Department is already well served in early Judaism and biblical studies. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, teaching five courses per year, pursuing an active research agenda, and engaging in service, especially at the departmental and college levels during the probationary period. The salary is competitive.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD in Religious Studies, the History of Religions, or a related field by start date; Expertise in at least one major religious tradition with the ability to situate this tradition in a global context; Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; Active research agenda appropriate to a Carnegie-RU/VH university, including presentations or publications; Evidence of effective teaching at the college level

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to teach courses on world religions at both lower- and upper-division levels; Demonstrated ability to contribute to programs in history and philosophy, e.g., through cross-listed courses; Ability to contribute to public engagement through the initiatives of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute or the Center for Heritage Renewal; Ability to teach or research on topics related to gender, diaspora, or religious pluralism

Online App. Form: http://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/4992

  • Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Received emailed request for a phone interview (10/31) (2x)
  • What are your fields?
  • American Religion
  • Request for references (11/15)
  • Sorry, can you just clarify if you were one of the phone interviewees and now they have requested references, or if this is a separate set of contacts?
  • May I ask the American religionist what his/her specialities are (I'm an Americanist who didn't get an invite, so just trying to glean, if you are so inclined, what they might be looking for). x2
  • To answer all those questions: My research is on twentieth century American Christianity.  The request for references followed a phone interview.  They also called my current employer (not on the list I gave them). (12/2)
  • Campus visit invite (via email) (12/4) x2
  • Offer made (1/29)
  • Offer accepted (2/2)

Northwestern University (IL) - HinduismEdit

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment beginning September 1, 2015 at the rank of Assistant Professor for a specialist in the study of Hinduism of any period. The department welcomes applicants with diverse research interests, such as classical texts, lived religious practice, material culture, and others. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in the relevant research languages. They must also combine their research interests with questions of theory and method and 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. Applications must be submitted online and will be given primary consideration if received by October 15, 2014. For details on preparing the application and applying online, please visit http://www.religion.northwestern.edu and feel free to contact us with questions at religion@northwestern.edu.
  • Has anyone heard anything (11/8)?
  • Invitation (via e-mail) to interview at AAR (11/10) (x3)
  • Would you mind sharing your area of specialization? 
  • post-AAR interview email requesting dissertation and other documents (11/25) x2
  • Has anyone heard anything after their request for dissertation etc.? 
  • Rejection Letter on 12/17/2014
  • Offer has been made (02/01/15) (made and accepted? search has been completed?)
  • Offer has been accepted

Ohio Northern University (OH) - Eastern Religious TraditionsEdit

Assistant Professor of Religion (Full-Time Faculty)

General competence for teaching undergraduate introductory classes in world religions, a sophomore course on Eastern Religious Traditions, and selective upper-division courses in Asian religious traditions and comparative religion; normal teaching load is 12 hours per semester (4 courses, 2-3 preparations). An active research in the area of candidate's specialization is expected.

Principal Responsibilities: Teaching world religions classes; Active research in the area of candidate's specialization; Involvement with campus activities; Other duties as assigned

Required Skills: Skills involving teaching undergraduates.

Minimum Qualifications: ABD; Willingness to work closely with students in a United-Methodist related institution

To apply, please complete an online application at http://jobs.onu.edu/postings/2784

  • Closing Date: 12/15/2014.
  • Received email today to set up a phone interview (1/13/2015) for next week.
  • Rec'd email invitation for campus visit (1/26/15).

Ohio State University (OH) - Islamic StudiesEdit

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a position as a tenure-track assistant professor or a tenured associate professor of Islamic Studies, commencing autumn semester 2015. The ability to teach all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses in Islamic Studies is required, as well as advanced research competence in classical Arabic. We are looking particularly for a scholar knowledgeable in the textual traditions of Islam and well versed in current methods in the study of religion. The successful candidate will be expected to play a leading role in supervising the department’s Islamic Studies undergraduate degree program and to advise doctoral students in collaboration with other departmental faculty. It is hoped that the successful candidate will contribute to Ohio State's interdepartmental strength in religious studies and classical, late ancient, and medieval scholarship. Benefits are competitive.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Islamic Studies or closely related field; advanced ability in classical Arabic; proven record of publications of research in the field. Advanced ability in another language of Islamic textual traditions, such as Persian or Turkish, is preferred. Applicants must show a record of (or high promise of) maintaining an active program of research, publication, and teaching. The language of instruction at Ohio State is English.

Application Instructions: Complete applications will consist of: letter of interest detailing research and teaching interests, C.V. indicating three referees who may be contacted by the search committee, with their contact information, and one or two samples of publications in electronic form (articles or book chapters). Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Kevin van Bladel, chair of the department, at vanbladel.2@osu.edu. Letters of interest should indicate whether or not the candidate may be available for a meeting with departmental representatives at the 2014 meetings of the AAR or MESA (both Nov 22-25).

  • Formal review of applications will begin on November 24th. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4980.
  • Request for additional material and Skype interview. 12/4
  • Campus vists have been conducted 2/18/15
  • heard from a friend that this has been accepted 

Ohio State University (OH) - Religious Traditions of East AsiaEdit

We seek a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in Religious Studies and a focus on the religious traditions of East Asia and their linguistic, historical, and cultural aspects. Serious candidates must be well grounded in the history and methods of the study of religion as a disciplinary field. Issues of women, gender, and sexuality, or religion and media or East Asian religions and politics are of particular interest. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the interdisciplinary teaching and research profile of the Department of Comparative Studies, the cross-departmental major in Religious Studies, as well as contribute to related programs across the College of Arts and Sciences. Applicants should be prepared to teach an introductory lecture course on world religions, an upper-level theory and methods class for undergraduate majors, an advanced theory seminar for graduate students, as well courses on East Asian Religions related to their own areas of expertise. Qualifications: Applicants should hold a doctorate in hand by the time of appointment, August 2015. Applicants must be fluent in at least one Asian language, be well grounded in the history and methods of the study of religion as a disciplinary field, be able to demonstrate a record of excellent teaching, and be able to document an active research program. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Ohio State is an NSF Advance Institution.

  • Invited for interview in December (11/18). (x2)
  • Invitation for campus visit extended.

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University (CA) - Lutheran History and TheologyEdit

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, long an active participant in the ecumenical and interfaith consortium of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), and since January 2014, a part of California Lutheran University (CLU), seeks a Luther scholar for a full-time, tenure-track position, open rank. Potential candidates are expected to be excellent scholars with earned doctorates, possess promise for teaching excellence, demonstrate a willingness to teach online and an intentional dedication to collaborative work with other PLTS, GTU and CLU colleagues, and hold a deep commitment to forming and preparing persons for ministries in the ELCA and beyond.

Areas of specialization:

Luther studies, the Lutheran Confessions, and Reformation history
Lutheran public theologies in contemporary, multicultural, and global contexts

Candidates should submit: 1) letter of interest 2) curriculum vita 3) completed Application form found at: http://www.callutheran.edu/academic_affairs/PLTSApplication.php 4) statement of up to 500 words describing how in their teaching and scholarship they will: a) engage a diversity of pedagogical practices; b) engage multicultural and pluralistic contexts, c) envision their role in preparing leaders for the church, the academy, and the world and d) further the ongoing life of a seminary community.

E-mail complete applications to: facultysearches@plts.edu.

  • Deadline for application: October 1, 2014.
  • Skype Interview (10/31)

Offer made and accepted. Public announcement.

Phillips Theological Seminary (OK) - History of ChristianityEdit

Phillips Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure or tenure-track faculty appointment, beginning July 1, 2015, in History of Christianity. Rank open; salary commensurate with rank. PhD or ThD preferred; ABD considered. The successful candidate will be able to teach in an additional field that contributes to the curriculum at Phillips. Responsibilities will include teaching in both the Master’s and Doctor of Ministry programs across on-campus and online formats.

  • Please send a cover letter expressing interest in the position and detailing relevant academic and professional experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample syllabus, and the names and contact information of at least three references to staci.copenhaver@ptstulsa.edu. In addition, please include a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy that addresses how experiences of diversities in a seminary community connect to the education of leaders in congregations and in a variety of public settings. The search will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Phillips is an ecumenical seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, and is committed to expanding the diversities of its board, faculty, staff and student community. See http://www.ptstulsa.edu/Employment for position description.
  • Email invite to interview at AAR [11/11]
  • Anyone interviewed at AAR hear anything back yet?
  • Not me!
  • Hire announced last week.

Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ) - Christianity and SocietyEdit

Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications and nominations for a Professor of Christianity and Society. Candidates must be outstanding scholars in one of the social sciences (e.g., sociology of religion, anthropology, economics, or social and cultural theory). The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of full professor and must be qualified to guide interdisciplinary research, teach in all degree programs, including M.Div. and Th.M. students, supervise Ph.D. students, and serve as faculty in the Seminarys Program in Religion and Society. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to be theologically informed and to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed Tradition.

A letter of interest should be addressed to James F. Kay, Dean of Academic Affairs, Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803, or submitted electronically at academic.dean@ptsem.edu. Persons wishing to submit nominations for this position may also contact Dean Kay.

  • Review of candidates will begin on October 15, 2014.

Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ) - Congregational StudiesEdit

Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a Professor of Congregational Studies. Candidates must be outstanding scholars in Practical Theology, together with a related social science that illumines congregational life, leadership, and practices. We would particularly welcome candidates whose work focuses on contemporary ecclesiology, organizational theory and management, leadership development, or changing demographics. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of full professor and must be qualified to guide interdisciplinary research, teach in all degree programs, including M.Div. and Th.M. students, supervise Ph.D. students, and serve as faculty in the Seminarys Program in Religion and Society. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical and evangelical ethos informed by the Reformed Tradition.

A letter of interest should be addressed to James F. Kay, Dean of Academic Affairs, Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803, or submitted electronically at academic.dean@ptsem.edu. Persons wishing to submit nominations for this position may also contact Dean Kay.

  • Review of candidates will begin on October 15, 2014.

Quest University (CAN) - Religious StudiesEdit

Quest University Canada seeks applicants for a full-time continuing faculty position in the Arts and Humanities, with a focus on Religious Studies (rank and field open). The successful applicant will have exemplary teaching skills, a broad perspective on the Arts and Humanities, and a willingness to rethink higher education. The applicant will contribute to our current foundation courses (there are three general categories: Texts, Scholarship, Culture), and teach concentration courses in his or her area of specialisation. In collaboration, all Quest faculty teach four interdisciplinary courses: Cornerstone, Rhetoric, Question, and Keystone. About Quest: Quest University Canada offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts and science education to undergraduates in seminar-style classes limited to 20 students. Run on a block schedule (18 days, 3 hours/day), courses are intensive and highly interactive. Our faculty collaborate frequently across disciplines in both curricular development and paedagogical innovation. Further details about Quest and the application procedure can be found under Employment/Faculty Openings on our website (http://questu.ca).

Applicant requirements: A completed PhD or equivalent must be in hand by the start of contract (no exceptions). Candidates are expected to have taught at least one university-level course or equivalent. Candidates without this level of experience are encouraged to apply for a teaching fellowship. Although research, especially that involving undergraduates, is encouraged, those seeking a research-focused faculty position should not apply. Hiring for this position is subject to budgetary approval. All applications must include: (1) A cover letter of no more than three pages. At a minimum, your letter should: (i) address how your background prepares you to deliver specific aspects of the Quest curriculum; (ii) describe how you are qualified to teach in one (or more) of the categories of Foundation courses in the Arts and Humanities; (iii) discuss specific courses you can create for our Concentration programme. (2) A curriculum vitae emphasising your experience with teaching, mentoring, collaboration, and innovation. Please include the name and contact information for three references. (3) A description of your Ph.D. in language appropriate to an educated but non-specialist audience (~250 words). (4) A two-page statement of your teaching philosophy providing evidence of effective and innovative teaching practice. Please do not include letters of reference or teaching evaluations (they are not solicited at this stage). We will only consider applications that are submitted electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF).

  • Applications should be received by October 31, 2014. Interviews for finalists will begin November 14, 2014. The start date for the position will be August 1, 2015. Applications should be sent to humfaculty@questu.ca.
  • Has anyone heard back on this yet? - Nothing as of 11/12 -Nothing as of 11/17
  • Not a peep, so I just went ahead and emailed them. I'll report back if they respond. Okay, I heard back; she said they are "still reviewing applications." She didn't exactly confirm that interviews are NOT starting on Friday, but it sounds that way. - Thank you for the update!
  • Phone interview request (11/14 x2)
  • Did they contact you via email or phone? --email
  • Other than the solitary contact on the 14th, anything at all from anybody? Wondering if I should contact the head of the search or just close the book on this one.
  • I've heard nothing and am curious as well.
  • My suspicion is that with an advertisement this broad they must have gotten an enormous number of applications -- far too many to meet the original 2 week turnaround. But if somebody hears back, please post.  
  • I wrote to the chair and was told that "the interview process is on schedule, but no candidates have been eliminated at this stage." (11/26) -- thank you for inquiring!
  • Campus visits happening now/soon.  I know one person who was invited.
  • I inquired as a follow up to phone interview and was told campus visits NOT yet scheduled (12/09)
  • If possible, could the interviewees share their field/focus?

Rosemont College (PA) - Biblical Studies or World ReligionsEdit

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 specialization in either biblical studies or world religions. The successful candidate will teach in both areas.

Duties and Responsibilities: This faculty position entails responsibility for teaching courses in biblical studies and world religions. Many of these courses will be taught at the introductory level or in Rosemont College's 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. Ability to teach courses in interreligious dialogue, religious violence and peacemaking, and Holocaust and genocides are also desirable. 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 begins in the fall 2015.

Required documents are: cover letter. CV, writing sample, copies of transcripts, and three letters of reference.

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS SENT VIA E-MAIL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

To apply, please begin by completing an online application found on the Rosemont College website: https://jobs.rosemont.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp.

If you do not have Reference Letters at the time of applying for the position, simply upload a word document that states "Letters of Reference to come". Once you have your Reference Letters, they can be emailed to employment@rosemont.edu and they will be attached to your online application.

If you have any technical problems while applying for this position, please contact the website admin at 1-800-978-4545. If you are having trouble attaching documents, please contact employment@rosemont.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin January 30th, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

Saint Leo University (FL) - Director, The Center for Catholic-Jewish StudiesEdit

The Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies manages the selection, content, planning, and coordination of two or three interfaith education and dialogue programs each fall and spring semester. Within the context the Saint Leo University’s student-centered mission, programs will further the CCJS mission to build mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation among Jews, Catholics, and all people of good will by providing opportunities for dialogue for students, faculty, and members of the wider Tampa Bay community.

The Director also serves as the public face of the center to local and regional communities, congregations, clergy, religious affiliates, and other interfaith centers. This is a twelve (12) month, full-time, exempt position with a non-tenure track, faculty rank in the Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies, teaching one or two classes per term as determined by the Dean and Department Chair to serve the needs of our students. Position reports to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Further details and online application at: https://www.saintleo.jobs/postings/13507 .

Samford University (AL) - Social Scientific Study of ReligionEdit

Samford University's Department of Religion  seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the social scientific study of religion effective August 2015. 

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 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 Samford's Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence in research and program development.  Church-related experience or research is required. Candidates must be willing to support the university's 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 university's Core Curriculum.  Courses in the candidates expertise may include cross-listed courses in a social science department or in the College of Health Sciences 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 Kenneth Roxburgh, chair, Department of Religion, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229; email: kbroxbur@samford.edu. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Sept. 30, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Inquired by email. Quick reply. They did a round of Skype interviews. Have invited multiple candidates for on-campus interviews in Dec. [11/11]

Seattle Pacific University (WA) - Wesleyan or Methodist StudiesEdit

Tenure-track position in School of Theology available September 1, 2015. Ph.D. or Th.D. (field open) with an emphasis on Wesleyan or Methodist Studies. Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate courses in Christian Theology and seminary courses in Wesleyan History, Doctrine, and United Methodist Polity. Administrative/pastoral experience preferred and United Methodist membership required. Ability to network with United Methodist denominational judicatories, agencies, congregations, and pastors. Research trajectory in Wesleyan history or theology and its contemporary relevance. The candidate must be committed to classroom instruction, student mentoring, and discipleship in a Christian liberal arts setting. As a collegium, the School of Theology seeks to be faithful to the gospel so as to meet the needs of both church and world. We draw particularly from our Free Methodist heritage by seeking to expose divisions and heal wounds such as class distinctions, racial/ethnic tensions, and gender disparities. Candidates who can contribute to these aims are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, contact: Laurie Collins, Office Manager, School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 3rd Avenue West, STE 204, Seattle, WA 98119/ (206) 281-2136 / lcollins@spu.edu.

Seattle University (WA) - IslamEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, with a specialization in Islam, beginning September 2015. The Department of Theology and Religious Studies has two areas of specialization within the major: Christian Theology and Comparative Religion; this position will include active engagement with both specializations.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching introductory and more specialized undergraduate courses in Islam, Qur’an, world religions, and interreligious courses (e.g., Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Muslim-Jewish Dialogue); will engage in an active scholarly program; and provide college and university service.

The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching; solid scholarly potential and an ability to interact with disciplines outside of theology and religious studies to enhance the university’s commitment to global education; and will support and be prepared to contribute to Seattle University’s strategic initiative and Jesuit Catholic educational mission to become a leader in interreligious dialogue.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Comparative Theology or related discipline by September 2015. Research area is open, but candidate should have expertise in classical or contemporary forms of Islam in Muslim societies, proficiency in Arabic and other relevant research languages, and preparation in the methods and theories of the academic study of religion.

  • Applicants should submit materials online at https://jobs.seattleu.edu. Include a letter of interest; CV; statement of teaching philosophy; samples of scholarly writing (up to two publications or dissertation chapters); and the names and contact information for three references (letters will be solicited upon submission of application). Review of applications begins October 15, 2014.
  • Phone request for interview for interview at AAR (11/5)
  • rejection letter (after interviewing at AAR) (12/4 x2)
  • Have they sent out campus visit emails yet? 

Sewanee: The University of the South (TN) - Religion and Migration (Americas and the Caribbean)Edit

The Department of Religion at Sewanee: The University of the South seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Religion and Migration with a focus on the religious constitution of the Americas and the Caribbean, to begin August 2015.

Applications are welcomed that reflect expertise in the transnational flow of religion/culture and borders and their fluidity related to the movement of people of African, Hispanic, indigenous, or Asian descent. While the Department is pleased to include a variety of foci (and so will consider, for example, both Latin Americanists and specialists in Latino/as or Caribbean peoples), a concentration on religious landscapes in the Caribbean and the Americas is required. The successful candidate will show evidence of effective classroom teaching and commitment to scholarly research and publication.

The University of the South comprises a highly-regarded College of the Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessees Cumberland Plateau within 90 miles of Nashville and Chattanooga.

  • 11/4 invited by email to interview at AAR
  • 12/7 informed by email that they had to close their search, no on-campus interviews.

Skidmore College (NY) - Frances Young Tang '61 Chair in Chinese Studies (Open Rank)Edit

Skidmore College is proud to announce the endowment of the Frances Young Tang '61 Chair in Chinese Studies. This new position reflects Skidmore's continuing commitment to international education and diversity in a liberal arts setting and is designed to further strengthen Skidmore's curriculum in Chinese studies.

For the first occupant of the Chair, Skidmore wishes to make a tenure-track appointment, open as to rank, in any discipline. The College is particularly interested in candidates with an area of specialization in Chinese religions, and those with additional competence to address the connections between religion, secularism and modernity in China. The successful candidate will teach five courses appropriate to his/her disciplinary background and will be expected to participate creatively in the broadening of the College's Asian Studies program.

Skidmore College is primarily an undergraduate institution which has always emphasized teaching excellence as the premiere credential for success. At the same time, we consider that faculty members must make significant scholarly and/or artistic contributions to their disciplines. The successful applicant will be one who has a commitment to involving undergraduates actively in her/his research. We are seeking to attract applicants from diverse backgrounds and those who have experience working with diverse student populations.

  • We are pleased to invite nominations and applications by November 1, 2014. Nominations should be sent to: Dr. Beau Breslin (bbreslin@skidmore.edu), Dean of the Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs
  • Also posted at Chinese language and literature 2014-15 and Asian History 2014-15
  • They are casting a wide net: It's open rank, open field, pre-modern and modern, etc. Does anyone have more information about what they are really looking for?
  • Any updates?
  • Has anyone heard from them?
  • Received email indicating that they had pared down the pool to 19 candidates. Writing sample and evidence of teaching success requested. Skype/phone interviews planned for February, to be followed by campus visits. 12/21/14
  • Skype interview scheduled. 01/09/15

Southern Methodist University (TX) - HomeliticsEdit

Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University seeks a senior scholar and teacher for a full time position in Homiletics at the rank of Full Professor (Position #050902) who will be eligible for appointment to the Lois Craddock Perkins Chair in Homiletics. Responsibilities include teaching in degree programs of Perkins School of Theology and in the Graduate Program in Religious Studies of the University, participation in the life and work of Perkins and the University, among them the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence, the D Min Track in Preaching and Worship, and continuing education work in the field.

Essential qualifications include holding a PhD or equivalent terminal degree, demonstrated achievement as a scholar and teacher in the field of Homiletics, ability to engage a broad range of the preaching traditions critically and constructively, demonstrated excellence as a preacher, commitment to the primary objectives of Perkins in preparing persons for leadership in the church and of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies in preparing persons for leadership in the academy, knowledge of and commitment to a faith community, and demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to working across diversities in preaching such as gender, class, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and culture.

Desirable qualifications include demonstrated achievement as a scholar in a field related to Homiletics (Biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, liturgical studies), ordination to the ministry of the Word, interests and abilities that complement those of others on the Perkins faculty, and knowledge of and appreciation for the Wesleyan theological traditions and their relationship to other Christian traditions.

Complete job description is available at https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/FacultyAcademics/FacultyOpenings. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

  • For most complete consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15. Applications must be submitted electronically at http://apply.interfolio.com/25168 and have a cover letter, c.v., and names and contact data for at least three references. The successful applicant should expect to begin teaching in the fall of 2015.

St. Norbert College (WI) - Ritual StudiesEdit

St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, invites applications for a tenure-track, entry-level position in Ritual Studies with an emphasis in liturgical studies and Catholic sacramental theology. Ph.D. required. Start August 2015. Commitment to undergraduate teaching is essential, including religious studies courses in the core curriculum. Opportunity also exists to teach in the Master of Theological Studies program. Desirable candidate will create and develop new courses in the core curriculum related to his/her areas of competence and expertise. Course load of three classes per semester. In addition to teaching, the responsibilities of this position include a program of scholarship, student advising, service on college committees, and other typical collegial duties.

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 http://www.snc.edu/mission and the Theology and Religious Studies page at http://www.snc.edu/religiousstudies for the Theology and Religious Studies discipline's statement of its relation to the mission of the College.

  • Applications must be received by October 15. 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. Preliminary interviews of selected applicants will be conducted at the AAR/SBL meeting in San Diego. St. Norbert College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • They put out a call for a tenure-track, assistant professor of "Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology" last year. There wasn't any news on last year's wiki that anyone got the job (only a claim by someone that they "heard" that SNC interviewed at AAR/SBL), so presumably the search failed and this is a re-do. 
  • Rejection by email (14 Nov) x 1 
  • They interviewed at the AAR and via Skype.
  • A friend of mine has been invited to campus (1/2)
  • Any news on this one? (18 Feb)
  • I heard that an offer had been made and accepted (as of 17 Feb)
  • Thanks for the news!

St. Olaf College (MN) - Lutheran ReformationEdit

The Religion Department invites applications for a tenure-tack appointment as assistant professor, beginning August 15, 2015. The successful candidate will teach six courses per year primarily in the religion department, for religion majors and non-major students. Most of these courses meet the college's general education requirements in Biblical and Theological Studies, including the required first-year course "The Bible in Culture and Community," and many carry a writing credit. In addition to courses focused specifically on Luther and the Lutheran tradition these may treat other eras (for example, late medieval or early modern), non-Western Christianity, or other topics. Other responsibilities include academic advising and service on religion department and college-wide committees. There are opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching, such as the Great Conversation Program, and off-campus teaching.

The successful candidate will have primary scholarly expertise in the Lutheran Reformation tradition and be conversant with the longer sweep of Christian history; a variety of secondary fields, such as religion and the arts, inter-faith relations, or religion and science, are possible. The candidate will be an excellent teacher who can contribute to the intellectual life of St. Olaf College. In particular, the candidate will demonstrate how the study of religion and a liberal education are mutually beneficial to undergraduate students. The candidate is expected to maintain an active academic agenda in research, publication, and other activities. In addition to a record of academic success and evidence of potential for further development, the candidate will show commitment to the mission of the college and the department. Ph.D. required; ABD considered.

  • Link to Apply: http://www.Click2Apply.net/96p9fmq
  • The search committee will begin reading completed applications on October 15, 2014. Applications completed by November 7 will receive full consideration for interviews at the annual meetings of the AAR/SBL, November 22-24. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. On campus interviews are anticipated in early December 2014.
  • Anyone heard anything yet? 
  • They have selected semi-finalists to interview. Not me though. 
  • AAR interview scheduled (11/11)
  • on-campus interviews scheduled for January x3
  • quasi-rejection letter by email (1/13) x 2
  • it says they are keeping all applicant files active until appointment is made
  • Offer made and accepted
  • smug confirmation of rejection (2/19) x 1
  • "Now that we have made an appointment, I write to express our gratitude that you were among those who expressed interest in our Reformation Studies position.  As is usually the case, the number of strong candidates far exceeded the single job.  My colleagues and I wish you satisfaction and success as your work unfolds."

St. Thomas University (FL) - Systematic TheologyEdit

The School of Theology and Ministry at St. Thomas University seeks qualified and experienced applicants for a full-time faculty position in Systematic Theology for Fall 2015. The School of Theology and Ministry especially welcomes candidates with the ability to teach a range of courses including Systematics, and whose priorities are student interaction and the desire to have an impact on their local church. Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. or its equivalent in the area of Systematic Theology at the time of the appointment. The position includes full expectations of teaching, research, and service as contracted and the candidate should be able to work collaboratively and creatively with colleagues and students while supporting the robust and ever growing School of Theology and Ministrys commitment especially to pastoral ministries, multicultural theological challenges, inclusiveness, social justice, as well as ecumenical and interreligious collaboration.

St. Thomas University, a Catholic Archdiocesan university located in culturally rich and diverse South Florida, embraces diversity. With a notably large Hispanic community and about 25% of our students from various communities of African-descent, St. Thomas welcomes people of all faiths with a broadly representative faculty that is sensitive to interreligious, racial, and cross cultural issues.

  • Application Process: Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts (official copies required upon hire), and contact information for three professional references sent to facsearch@stu.edu in MS Word or Adobe PDF format only. Review of applicants will begin September 1, 2014 and the deadline for applications will be January 9, 2015. E-Verify/EOE. Criminal background check is required.

Stanford University (CA) - Early Christianity (Full Prof.)Edit

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites nominations and applications in the area of early Christianity and/or Christianity in late antiquity for the Teresa Hihn Moore Professorship. We seek a senior scholar of distinction in the field, with an outstanding record of research and scholarship and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

The appointment will be at the full professor level, but scholars at the advanced associate level are also encouraged to apply. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2015 or as soon as practicable thereafter.

Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae (including bibliography) with a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests through Interfolio via the following url: http://apply.interfolio.com/25821

  • For full consideration, applications must be received by October 31, 2014.
  • Email request for additional materials (writing sample) 11/19/2014
  • Rejections sent out through Interfolio on 12/2/2014, "After today’s meeting of the search committee for the Moore Chair at Stanford, your application is no longer among those being considered for the job." etc.

SUNY Albany (NY) - Japanese Religious Studies Edit

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York, seeks candidates for a tenure track assistant professor position in Japanese Religious Studies to begin Fall 2015.  The successful candidate is expected to 1) teach five lower and upper division courses on pre-modern and modern Japan per year; 2) pursue an active program of research; and 3) participate in service responsibilities, including undergraduate advising.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in hand from a university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization. Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population.

Preferred qualifications: Candidates who focus on Buddhism and who have a sub-specialization in either Chinese or Korean Religious Studies. Near-native fluency in both English and Japanese. Professional Rank and Salary Range:  Assistant Professor, salary is competitive and commensurate with experience

Please apply online via http://albany.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=50506

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is December 31, 2014.
  • Request for Skype interview (1/14).
  • Anybody hear anything about campus visits?
  • Notta. (2/2)
  • Campus visit
  • Have they sent out campus visit emails already? 
  • Received email stating that an offer had been made and accepted.

Talbot School of Theology - Biola University (CA) - TheologyEdit

Talbot School of Theology invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in the graduate theology department, to begin August 2015.  Position will include both introductory and advanced courses in systematic theology.  Rank will be commensurate with experience.  A doctoral degree must be completed by the time of appointment.  Persons of color, women, and international scholars are encouraged to apply. 

Candidate must demonstrate exemplary skills in classroom instruction and an ability to help students understand the biblical basis of all Christian doctrine.  Candidate must also be committed to a program of research and publication and to the life of the local church.  All Talbot faculty are expected to show a collegial spirit, a concern for the spiritual formation of students, and a desire to assist Biola University broadly with the integration of faith and learning.  Candidate must personally affirm Biola University’s Doctrinal Statement and Theological Distinctives (http://www.talbot.edu/about/doctrinal-statement/) and must, above all, demonstrate a deep love for Christ and his word. 

Texas A&M University (TX) - Africana Religions (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 1, 2015. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Africana Studies or a closely related field is essential and must be complete by August 1, 2015. Applicants should have demonstrated 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 desirable. Standard 2/2 teaching load includes Introduction to Africana Studies, World Religions, and specialized courses. Service to the Interdisciplinary Programs in Religious Studies and Africana Studies and research publication expected.

Applicants at the Assistant Professor rank will have a Ph.D. and an established program of research that clearly demonstrates potential for sustained, nationally prominent scholarship. Applicants at the Associate rank will have a Ph.D. and a record of nationally prominent scholarship. Appointment at the rank of Full Professor may be possible for applicants with a Ph.D. and an exceptional record of nationally and internationally prominent research. Applicants at the rank of Associate or Full Professor must demonstrate a record meriting tenure at a research university that has a Carnegie classification of RU/VH and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

  • Submit letter of application, a statement of research agenda and goals in an academic institution, c.v., and a list of references to Dr. Donnalee Dox, Chair AFST/RELS Search Committee, Religious Studies Program, MS 4346, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843 or electronically to dox@tamu.edu. Review of applications begins October 15, 2014 and continues until an appointment is made.
  • Has anyone heard anything from them at all!? This seems to be the same search as last year and in both cases its like applying to a black hole (1/08). 
  • I didn't apply for this job, but it's in my field so I've heard rumors enough that add up to it being a poorly run search both last year and this year.  I know they've invited at least one person for a campus interview (1/27)
  • Any update on this position? Will this search fail once more? (3/2/15)
  • Yes, it has.  They're going to run it again next year.

Texas Wesleyan (TX) - Christian StudiesEdit

The Texas Wesleyan University Department of Religion and Humanities invites applications for a tenure-track position with a focus in Religious Studies at the Assistant Professor level, beginning in fall 2015.  The successful candidate would be prepared to teach introductory courses in Christian Studies, at the undergraduate level, as well as courses focuses upon one or more non-Christian global religious traditions.  He or she will encourage student engagement with issues of social justice and interreligious dialogue and will maintain a commitment to scholarship and service.  Teaching responsibilities may include introductory courses and upper-level undergraduate courses in Biblical studies, ethics and global religious systems. Experience in teaching in online and hybrid environments, in addition to traditional classroom settings, is preferred.  The ideal candidate would have completed a Ph.D. (or equivalent) by the start date of appointment, but ABD candidates may be considered.

Texas Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  It maintains a strong emphasis on teaching excellence.  In addition to its undergraduate programs, Texas Wesleyan offers graduate degrees in a number of fields.  Full-time faculty members at Texas Wesleyan University enjoy many benefits and teach a 4/4 course load.  For more information about the university, visit http://txwes.edu.

All applications materials should be received by November 1, 2014 to ensure full consideration. Initial interviews of selected candidates will be schedule by the Chair of the Search Committee. To apply, send application letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts and personal references to: The Office of Human Resources, Attn: Assistant Professor of Religion Search Committee, Texas Wesleyan University, 1201 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105, or HR@txwes.edu. Visit http://txwes.edu/HR for full job description.

  • Any news after phone interviews? (12/23)
  • Any updates? 
  • Campus interview invitation issued via email (1/2)
  • there may be an Inside candidate
  • any recent news? (3/6)

Trinity College (CT) - Anthropology of ReligionEdit

Trinity College, The Department of Religion and the Department of Anthropology, invite applicants for a fulltime, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, in the ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION, with a focus on African, Afro-Caribbean, and indigenous religions of the Americas. This is a 50/50 shared position between the two departments. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by the time of the appointment, and present some teaching experience. Successful candidates will have a strong background in both anthropological and religious-studies theory as well as ethnographic methods. The college has a five-course annual load, which is reduced to four each for the first two years for beginning faculty. The college also offers ample opportunity and support for scholarly research. Candidates should be able to teach engaging, rigorous courses in topics such as religious performance, transnationalism or diaspora, syncretism and creolization, magic & possession, traditional medicine, orality & media, indigeneity & the encounter of indigenous religions with Christianity or other major world religions. Candidates are encouraged to develop new undergraduate courses in their own field of research. For full consideration, submit a letter of application (including a statement of research and teaching interests), CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a sample of scholarly writing at https://trincoll.peopleadmin.com/postings/601. Only digital-format electronic applications will be considered. Three letters of reference are also required. Applicants will be asked to list contact information for reference providers, including email addresses. Once a completed dossier is submitted, automatic emails will be generated to each reference provider, directing each referee to a unique URL where he or she must go to upload a letter of recommendation. Applicants using Interfolio (or other dossier services) should provide the appropriate unique Interfolio email address for each reference letter writer. Questions about this position may be directed to the email address relig-anthro@trincoll.edu.

  • --11/13 My references told me they were contacted for letters.

Troy University (AL) - Philosophy/EthicsEdit

The Assistant/Associate Professor position for Philosopy/Ethics (subfields open) in the Division of History and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences is a full-time, ten-month, tenure-track position, and is responsible for regularly teaching introdctory courses in Ethics and Introduction to Philosophy; prefer ability to offer courses in non-Western Philosophy; developing courses based on topics relevant to one's educational background and research interests; and teaching four courses per semester, fall and spring, possibly including online courses.

Minimum Qualifications: 1. Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related area (must be completed by July 2015) 2. Knowledge and skill in the usage of technology in the classroom.

Qualified applications will be made available to the department/committee for review immediately upon submission. We ask that you provide email addresses for your reference providers and please be certain that the email addresses you list are accurate. If you are selected as a candidate for consideration by the department/committee, an instructional email will be sent to your reference providers to ask that they submit a reference letter on your behalf via a link to our reference portal. Separate reference letters will be requested for each position to which you apply (if applicable), so your reference providers will be contacted separately for each application on which you list them. Reference letters will not be copied from one application to another. You can assure your reference providers that our system is secure and that all letters are confidential. If your reference providers have trouble using the reference portal, please advise them to contact jobs@troy.edu.

  • Applicants must submit a cover letter, a CV, a list of references, and unofficial graduate transcripts via the Troy University website.  Apply online at https://www.troyuniversityjobs.com/postings/8240. (Cross-listed at Philosophy 2015-16)
  • any word on this? I completed my application late January, but there is nothing here about when review begins or when notifications would be made. 

Troy University (AL) - Philosophy/Critical ThinkingEdit

The Assistant/Associate Professor position for Philosopy/Critical Thinking (subfields open) in the Division of History and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences is a full-time, ten-month, tenure-track position, and is responsible for regularly teaching introdctory courses in Ethics and Introduction to Philosophy; teaching upper division courses on Critical Thinking; developing courses based on topics relevant to one's educational background and research interests; and teaching four courses per semester, fall and spring, possibly including online courses.

Minimum Qualifications:1. Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related area (must be completed by July 2015) 2. Knowledge and skill in the usage of technology in the classroom.

Qualified applications will be made available to the department/committee for review immediately upon submission. We ask that you provide email addresses for your reference providers and please be certain that the email addresses you list are accurate. If you are selected as a candidate for consideration by the department/committee, an instructional email will be sent to your reference providers to ask that they submit a reference letter on your behalf via a link to our reference portal. Separate reference letters will be requested for each position to which you apply (if applicable), so your reference providers will be contacted separately for each application on which you list them. Reference letters will not be copied from one application to another. You can assure your reference providers that our system is secure and that all letters are confidential. If your reference providers have trouble using the reference portal, please advise them to contact jobs@troy.edu.

  • Applicants must submit a cover letter, a CV, a list of references, and unofficial graduate transcripts via the Troy University website.  Apply online at https://www.troyuniversityjobs.com/postings/8241. (Cross-listed at Philosophy 2015-16)

University College London (UK) - Lecturer (Assistant or Associate Professor Level) in Jewish-Muslim RelationsEdit

The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL) invites applications for a Lectureship (Assistant or Associate Professor level) in Jewish-Muslim Relations, with a particular focus on contemporary Israeli and Palestinian society and culture.

UCL is the original and largest of the colleges comprising the University of London. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the Department's teaching at undergraduate, MA and PhD levels, to contribute to the running of the Department and University, and to conduct active research, leading to academic publications and to broader impact through public engagement. The post-holder will be encouraged to develop his/her individual research interests on the highest scholarly standards, as well as to apply for research funding, lead or participate in collaborative research projects, and supervise PhD students.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 September, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Ursinus College (PA) - Religious Studies (Islam)Edit

Ursinus College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in religious studies to begin in fall 2015. The successful candidate will specialize in the study of Islam. Desirable subspecialties may include the following: feminist and postcolonial theory; religions of South Asia and/or Southeast Asia. A Ph.D. in religious studies or equivalent is required by the start of employment. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory, comparative, and survey courses in religious studies, courses in the candidate's area of expertise, and an interdisciplinary liberal studies seminar for first-year students (the Common Intellectual Experience). The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting and should be comfortable teaching in areas outside his or her specialty. She or he will also mentor student research, carry out a continuing program of scholarly activity, and help develop the College's religious studies and relevant interdisciplinary programs. Letter of application should specifically address these requirements.

Course Load: 3/2 (semester schedule)

  • All applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will requested at a later date), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a writing sample, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants should request three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address teaching. Applications should be received by November 30, 2014 to ensure full consideration. For more information, please contact Prof. Nathan Rein at nrein at ursinus dot edu or 610-409-3571. Material may be submitted online via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/27650. The search committee will hold Skype interviews during December, 2014.
  • Any News? (12/17)
  • Also wondering if anyone has heard/already interviewed with them (1/3)
  • Radio silence here (1/5)

University of Alabama (AL) - Social Theory and the Ancient WorldEdit

Position Summary: The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Social Theory and the Ancient World beginning August 2015. At the time of hire, a Ph.D. in the academic study of religion or relevant related area is required. The position is a full-time appointment in Religious Studies.

Minimum Preferred Qualifications: Specific areas of publication and teaching are open, though they will have as their focus the academic study of the so-called "ancient world" (broadly conceived historically and geographically). An emphasis in exegetical and/or historical scholarship alone, however, is not sufficient to fulfill the needs of the position. The successful candidate will combine historical and language expertise with modern social theory, thereby using their object of study as an example of wider, cross-cultural social forces and issues. Engagement with issues of methodology in the academic study of religion is also welcome. Applicants should demonstrate an active and ongoing research agenda, a record of teaching excellence, and the ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service and citizenship. All faculty in REL contribute to teaching introductory courses as well as more specialized upper-level seminars.

  • Link to Apply: https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/35904
  • Special Instructions: Review of applications will begin on October 15. Applicants are required to apply online, submitting a cover letter, C.V., writing sample, and statement on teaching philosophy. Selected applicants will subsequently be asked to provide letters of recommendation. For information, please contact Professor Merinda Simmons Chair,Social Theory and the Ancient World Search Department of Religious Studies 212 Manly Hall P.O. Box 870264 University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0264 merinda.simmons@ua.edu

University of Arizona (AZ) - Japanese ReligionEdit

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson invites applications for a tenure track position in Japanese Religion at the assistant professor level. Time period and academic specialization is open.

Teaching commitment of two courses per semester will be divided between graduate and undergraduate courses, including lower division general education courses and courses in the candidate’s specialty. As an area studies department, we are especially interested in candidates with interdisciplinary teaching and research potential and highly value candidates with exceptional skill in Japanese language for research and for graduate-level teaching.

The appointment will begin August 2015 by which time Ph.D. must be in hand.

  • Include in your Letter of Interest the names and contact information for three references.
  • Statement of research and teaching (length = up to two pages)
  • An article or chapter length writing sample
  • 3 LETTERS OF REFERENCE (CAN BE MAILED/EMAILED AFTER APPLYING) MAILED TO: Clarity White, East Asian Studies, University of Arizona, 1512 E. First Street, P.O. Box 210105, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0105. clarityw@email.arizona.edu
  • Link to Apply: http://uacareers.com/56686
  • Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary screening of applicants will take place at the American Academy of Religion annual meetings in San Diego, November 22-25, 2014. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. More information about the benefits of working at the University of Arizona can be found at http://employment.arizona.edu/.
  • Received email request for AAR interview (11/13)
  • Interviewed at AAR, scheduled for Skype interview with committee (12/4) x2
  • three campus visit invites made for late Jan (12/11)
  • Anybody know if offers have been made or accepted?
  • Made and accepted. 

University of California-Davis (CA) - Religious Studies - TT Asst. Professor - Premodern JudaismEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Premodern Judaism, from the postbiblical to late medieval period effective July 1, 2015. Research specialization within this area is open, and may include areas such as Second Temple Judaism, the formation of rabbinic literature, Judaism in the later Roman or Sasanian world, the reception of the Hebrew Bible in ancient and medieval Judaism, Judaism in medieval Europe and the medieval Mediterranean. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary work in areas already represented in the UC Davis program will be preferred. The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate courses in the Hebrew Bible and its reception, the history of Judaism, and Religious Studies broadly conceived, as well as specialized courses in premodern Judaism at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field must be in hand by the first day of classes, September 21, 2015. Preliminary interviews will be held at the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, CA on November 22-25, 2014 and the Association for Jewish Studies in Baltimore, MD on December 14-16, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

University of California, Riverside (CA) - Global ChristianityEdit

Assistant Professor in Global Christianity UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE – The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment beginning July 1, 2015 at the rank of Assistant Professor for a specialist in the study of Global Christianity. The department welcomes applicants who engage in a cross-cultural or comparative frame and specialize in one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Candidates should be grounded in theoretical issues regarding the study of religion. Training in race and ethnic studies, gender studies, and/or post-colonial studies is desirable. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in the relevant research languages. They must also combine their research interests with questions of theory and method. Please apply through AP Recruit (https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00196) and upload to this system in PDF format a cover letter, 3 letters of recommendation, CV, and a writing sample no longer than 25 pages. If so desired, you may also submit student teaching evaluations, additional reference letters, or other relevant documents in the miscellaneous space provided in AP Recruit. ABD candidates may apply, but a Ph.D. is required at time of appointment.

  • This position is open till filled. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014.
  • Has anyone heard anything?
    • Nothing yet.
    • Invitation to interview at AAR. (11/17)
  • Anyone heard anything post-AAR? (12/14)
  • invitation to campus visit (12/20)

University of California, Santa Barbara (CA) - Social Scientific Study of Religion (pref. North America) Edit

The Department of Religious Studies at University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the social scientific study of religions to begin on July 1, 2015. A PhD in Religious Studies, Sociology or related field should be completed by the time of appointment. Area of focus is open, but we prefer candidates whose research interests will complement and/or enhance our  strengths in Religions of North America (race and religion, religion and law, new religious movements and indigenous traditions) as well as methodological approaches (historical, ethnographic and cognitive) in a department known for interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of religion. An ability to engage issues of ethnographic and qualitative and quantitative methods in the academic study of religion is essential. The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the social scientific study of religions, research methods, and religions in contemporary North America.

To ensure full consideration, please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to the Search Committee through UC Recruit, at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00326. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the department chair, Professor Kathleen Moore, at kmoore@religion.ucsb.edu.  Preliminary interviews will be held at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego.

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.  We anticipate that UCSB soon will be designated a Hispanic serving institution under the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines (where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of total enrollment).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

  • Apply Here
  • Complete applications received by October 31, 2014, will receive full review.
  • This position is to replace the retiring Wade Clark Roof. He used to teach 200A, the first quarter core class for Grad students that covers SSSR canon including Durkheim, Weber, Turner, etc. But now it's being taught by Taves. Check his bio for other courses taught.
  • Any updates?
  • Contacted for preliminary AAR interview by email on 11/18.
  • Also contacted by email for preliminary interview at AAR or via Skype 11-18
  • Contacted by email for additional materials (syllabi, disse22rtation progress report, chapter, other writing samples, etc.) on 11/28. Haven't heard anything back since (as of Dec. 9th). x2
  • Anyone know anything else regarding this search?
  • After prelim interview the committee indicated they'd contact for campus interviews this week or next (posted Dec 9)
  • Any updates here (Dec 20th)?
  • Nothing since Dec. 8th
  • Campus invitations sent out (Dec. 23). Three candidates for January. (x2)
  • Email rejection (Jan. 15 X3)
  • Offer accepted (2/23)

University of Chicago (IL) - Environmental EthicsEdit

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make an appointment for a new, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Ethics. A candidate for this position should be qualified to teach and direct research in Environmental Ethics (e.g., the value of and duties towards biotic realities, non-living realities and ecosystems, environmental criticism, animal rights, food ethics, the ethics of consumption, environmental law, etc.). The candidate must exhibit a broad knowledge of the academic study of religion and the field of religious ethics (comprising theological, political, philosophical, and comparative inquiry), a command of issues in moral theory central to environmental ethics, the ability to engage materials in the physical and/or biological sciences, and a coherent and creative agenda for research and publication. Religious tradition(s) and primary focus of scholarly expertise are open. The candidate should also have the ability and desire to work with the University's Program on the Global Environment. The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the academic 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).

  • Campus visits scheduled for (at least) two candidates 

University of Chicago (IL) - Religions in America (Open Rank)Edit

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make an appointment in Religions in America. Rank and salary are open.Religions in America is an interdisciplinary area of graduate study that investigates religious ideas, practices, institutions, and movements in colonial North America, the United States, and those of the broader hemisphere. The area brings together faculty and students with historical, sociological, ethnographic, literary, legal, demographic, comparative, and theoretical interests in American religion. The candidate for this position should be qualified to teach and direct research in American religious history broadly construed. Area of specialization, both in terms of religious traditions or movements, chronological periods, and disciplinary focus, is open. A coherent and creative agenda for research and publication, and capacity for intellectual leadership, are essential.The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the academic 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 on September 1, 2014. Application should be made online, at http://tinyurl.com/kgeu3cj.
  • Any news about this yet? (9/29)
  • Further writing samples requested on 9/27
  • Any invitations for preliminary interviews? (10/06)
  • Oddly enough--after all this time--one of my references was contacted.
  • Skype interviews took place in the Fall.  On-campus interviews have now been scheduled (1/14)
  • Rejection email received 1/14
  • Did this position ever actually get filled? Div School website shows no new faculty (10/8/15)

University of Chicago (IL) - TheologyEdit

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in Theology. Academic theology at Chicago represents a critical conversation among historical, philosophical, constructive and ethical forms of inquiry into religious thought. We seek a scholar whose work focuses on contemporary theology, and whose research and teaching interests may include such topics as theology and culture, theology and race/ethnicity, global theologies, theology and gender, political theologies, and post-modern theologies, as rooted in particular historical and religious traditions. Candidates should be able to contribute constructively to the disciplined conversations that constitute the academic study of religion, as situated within the wider intellectual conversation of the University.

The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the academic 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 on September 1, 2014. Application should be made online, at http://tinyurl.com/lj6f8b2.  
  • Any news about this yet? No word for me.  (9/15)
  • Not an applicant for this one, but I know from years of vouyerism on the wiki that Chicago is usually veeeeeeery slow with notifications. (9/15)
  • Received request for additional writing sample (9/10)
  • Received request for additional publications and dissertation chapters (9/27)
  • Rejection email received. Stated that Skype interviews have already been conducted and finalists invited to campus in January. Sigh. (12/22)
    • rejection email (1/9) x 1
  • Campus visit by one finalist week of 1/26 (per Div school calendar on web); other finalist withdrew to accept UVA Religious Ethics position. Unclear what current status of the search is now (as of 3/20) but does not appear that offer has been made.

University of Colorado Boulder (CO) - IslamEdit

The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a scholar of Islam for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies to begin August 2015. Candidates are expected to have command of the classical texts of Islamic religion as well as competence in the study of religious thought and practice. Candidates must possess a record or promise of scholarly publishing, relevant linguistic proficiency, and a Ph.D. prior to appointment. Also essential is a demonstrated ability to teach theoretical and comparative topics in the academic study of religion. The normal teaching load is four courses annually distributed between the Department's Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts course offerings. Salary, research support, and benefits are competitive. The University of Colorado Boulder is an AAU member institution with a strong commitment to the liberal arts tradition and an emphasis on broad interdisciplinary teaching and research.

  • Applicants must apply online at https://www.jobsatcu.com, posting #F01646 to create and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, CV, graduate school transcripts, samples of publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, sample syllabi, and at least three letters of recommendation. For inquiries about this position, please contact Professor Brian Catlos at Brian.Catlos@colorado.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 and will be accepted until the position is filled.
    • Email for AAR interview (11/10).
  • Any news?
    • Have campus interviews been scheduled? (12/18)
    • email request for campus interview (12/19)
    • Four campus visits scheduled in first half of Feb
    • Offer made
    • Has the offer been accepted?
    • Yes, to my knowledge

University of Florida (FL) - HinduismEdit

The Department of Religion at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time, tenure track nine-month appointment beginning Fall 2015 at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a specialist in the study of Hinduism who can engage with Buddhism or another tradition in South or Southeast Asia. The position involves teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses and contributing to our PhD program in Religions of Asia. Ability to teach Sanskrit and grounding in the theories and methods of religious studies is required. PhD is required by the time of appointment. We especially welcome applicants who will be able to work with other specialties in our graduate program and whose research interests encompass fields such as classical texts, performance, material culture, immigration, and/or religion and the environment.

Applications must be submitted on-line at https://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/58151 and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample no longer than 25 pages and evidence of teaching experience (if available).

  • For full consideration, application materials should be received by November 18, 2014 and the position will remain open until filled. Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.
  • Contacted by phone for skype interview (12/2)
  • Contacted by phone for campus interview (12/5)
  • job offered
  • final word? was this a failed search?

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL) - Islamic StudiesEdit

The Department of Religion at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Islamic Studies. Research area is open, but knowledge of classical Islamic thought and texts is required. Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the department, the university and the profession.  PhD or equivalent with a specialization in Islam is required by target start date, August 16, 2015.  The successful candidate should offer evidence of outstanding scholarly potential and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching. Creative use of instructional technology is highly desirable.  Salary is competitive.

To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your application materials: letter of application; CV, including contact information (or Interfolio ID) for three professional references; graduate transcripts; one or two representative writing samples; statement of teaching and research interests; and teaching evaluations if available. Referees will be contacted electronically upon the submission of the application. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

  • Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by October 15, 2014. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date, although no hiring decision will be made until after that date.
  • Anyone heard anything yet? (11/5)
  • - anything? Are they planning to interview at the AAR? (11/14)  
  • Does anyone have any idea what's going on with this search? Has it been cancelled? 
  • Four candidates invited for job talks (12/9)
  • Rejection letter that says an offer has been extended to someone (1/6)
  • Offer has been made and accepted in January (field: early Islam)

University of Kentucky (KY) - Arabic and Islamic StudiesEdit

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies to begin August 2015.  The successful applicant’s tenure home will be in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, a dynamic academic unit committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches.  Applicants should hold a Ph.D. (or be ABD) in Arabic Language and Literature.  Responsibilities of the position include pursuing an active research program in Arab culture, literature and/or film (we are open in terms of time period).  Arab diaspora studies, expertise in the Francophone world, and/or cross-cultural interactions are desirable.  A demonstrated record of excellence in teaching language is required. The successful candidate will, like all department faculty members, be expected to contribute regularly to the department’s core and cross-disciplinary curriculum; the teaching load is 2/2. Other qualifications include successful experience in teaching Arabic, a robust research program, and native or near-native fluency in both English and Arabic.  A competitive salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Only electronic applications will be accepted. Applicants should send a letter of application, a CV, three letters of recommendation (signed and on letterhead), a research statement, a writing sample, and a teaching portfolio that must include a teaching statement that discusses philosophy, successes, experiments, etc., sample course syllabi, and representative teaching/course evaluations to: apply.interfolio.com/26351. Applications will be acknowledged.

  • Deadline for the receipt of applications is 15 November 2014.  The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
  • Received rejection letter, I guess some people are working even though it is Saturday. 12/20. x2
    • There were 35 applicants for this job.

University of Massachusetts Boston (MA) - Religion and EcologyEdit

The Department of Classics & Religious Studies and the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston seek to jointly hire a tenure-track faculty member, at the assistant professor level, who would be qualified to teach and direct research in the areas of religion, social justice, and environmental ethics. The position will fill a critical role in our environmental studies programs and will advance collaboration and trans-disciplinary education at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The successful candidate will support the University's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service. Applicants should be enthusiastic about teaching, and will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to teach elective courses in religious studies as well as develop upper-level and graduate courses focusing on religious perspectives on the environment. We are particularly interested in candidates who bring diverse perspectives on U.S. and international environmental traditions. The successful candidate for this position will also be expected to develop a dynamic program of scholarship that utilizes community-based and/or historical approaches to examine the relations between religious traditions and environmental ethics and stewardship. Possible focal areas include, but are not limited to, contemporary religious philosophy and the environmental movement, ecofeminism, climate change, sustainability, urban planning, community development, and the environmental traditions of indigenous religions.

The successful candidate will be expected to build a dynamic research program that provides support and training for graduate and undergraduate students. School for the Environment faculty are expected to translate their scholarship through public service to the nation, state, university and local communities by serving on university and advisory committees and participating in other university and community activities.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in an appropriate field (e.g. Religious Studies; Religious Ethics; Theology, Ethics and Culture) with a strong background in the natural sciences (or the like) and with a particular research focus on cultural studies of the environment. Starting date will be September 1, 2015.

  • To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references online. Questions may be directed to kenneth.rothwell@umb.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. We expect to interview semi-finalists at the AAR/SBL meeting in San Diego, Nov. 22-24, 2014, although interviews on Skype will also be possible.
  • Link to Apply: http://umb.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=53871&jobboard=148
  • Also posted at Environmental Studies 2014-2015
  • I just found a request for references in my spam filter (heart attack) dated 10 days ago. It looks like they may have been requesting reference letters from the beginning. Obviously, at this point, I'm not going to spare anyone the same heart attack I just had, but you might check your spam filter for this one. 
  • E-mail Request for AAR Interview (11/18) x2

University of North Carolina Charlotte (NC) - East or Southeast Asian BuddhismEdit

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in East and/or Southeast Asian Buddhism, with either a global or domestic focus. The successful application will be able to demonstrate a research agenda and teaching interests that fit well with our curriculum organized around cultural, historical, and textual analysis, as well as a commitment to offering courses that address contemporary critical theory. Desired qualifications include dynamic, creative teaching sensitive to diverse student populations and capable of attracting undergraduates to the major.

The position carries an initial 2/2 teaching load that includes a commitment to teaching at least one general education course each academic year. The department offers both the B.A. and the M.A. with nine full-time faculty and four full-time lecturers (religiousstudies.uncc.edu). The College also has a flourishing program in Japanese languages and cultures (languages.uncc.edu/undergraduate-programs/Japanese). UNC Charlotte strives to create an engaging, collegial intellectual culture in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to, ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. AA/EOE.

  • Each applicant should submit the following items electronically through https://jobs.uncc.edu by November 12, 2014: a letter of application responding to the required and desired qualifications; vita; a statement of teaching interests; two sample syllabi or course outlines; and three letters of recommendation.
    • Invited for an interview at the AAR, 11/15 x2
    • Received polite rejection (re: campus visits) 12/5 x3
    • People invited to campus, what's your regional/theoretical focus?

University of Notre Dame (IN) - Moral Theology/Christian EthicsEdit

The Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame seeks applications for a tenured or tenure-track position in Moral Theology / Christian Ethics with a focus on bioethics. Appointment will be made at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, to begin in August of 2015. The position is part of the University's Initiative on Adult Stem Cell Research and Ethics (http://adultstemcell.nd.edu) and the newly created Center for Adult Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine. We particularly encourage applications from candidates with expertise in the ethics of scientific or biomedical research and an interest in contributing to this initiative. A strong background in one of the sciences is a further desirable feature. In all cases a record or demonstrated promise of excellence in teaching and research is required. The successful candidate will also be sympathetic to the mission of the University of Notre Dame, which seeks a distinctive educational and scholarly excellence that is founded on its Catholic identity. Information about Notre Dame is available at http://www.nd.edu. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and members of under-represented ethnic groups.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 6, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation to Professor J. Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology. Submission should be made electronically to theodept@nd.edu.
    • Update by email (11/18): deliberations to begin in December and extend through Christmas break; no AAR/SBL interviews scheduled. 

University of Notre Dame (IN) - Systematic TheologyEdit

The Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in systematic theology at the rank of assistant professor. While broad familiarity with the field of contemporary systematic theology is a must, the successful candidate will have particular expertise in the field of ecclesiology. Besides aptitude for high-level research and writing, a successful candidate will show evidence of ability to teach a range of subjects within systematic theology at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will also be sympathetic to the mission of the University of Notre Dame, which seeks a distinctive educational and scholarly excellence that is founded on its Catholic identity. Information about Notre Dame is available at http://www.nd.edu. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and members of under-represented ethnic groups.

  • Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation to Professor J. Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Electronic submission is encouraged: theodept@nd.edu.
    • Search Suspended (11/17)

University of Notre Dame (IN) - Patristics (Senior Position)Edit

The Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a senior (tenured) position in Patristics for an appointment beginning in the Fall semester of 2015. The successful candidates will be sympathetic to the mission of the University of Notre Dame, which seeks a distinctive educational and scholarly excellence founded on its Catholic identity. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and members of under-represented ethnic groups. The University particularly seeks candidates who demonstrate excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Information about Notre Dame is available at http://www.nd.edu.

  • Please submit letter of application and CV to Professor J. Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Electronic submissions are welcome, at theodept@nd.edu.
  • Review of applications will begin on August 18, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Did they make a hire?
  • Yes, but I do not know if it has been announced.

University of Oklahoma (OK) - New Testament/Early Christianity and Theories and Methods in Religious StudiesEdit

The University of Oklahoma announces a tenure-track position for Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, with a 2/2 teaching load, beginning August 16, 2015. The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced courses in the New Testament and early Christianity that complement the specializations of our current faculty, and will 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, 2014, 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. Application materials should be delivered online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4782.

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - Religion and Gender in AsiaEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Religion and Gender in Asia. Regional and religious areas of specialization are open, and the committee welcomes applicants from a broad range of sub-specializations within the study of gender (including but not limited to the study of the body and embodiment, feminism, health, monasticism, queer theory, ritual studies and women’s studies). The successful 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. Recent Graduates are particularly welcome to apply.

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. The University of Pennsylvania is a private research university and a member of the Ivy League.

  • Interested candidates should apply at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/265 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, 2014. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
  • Also posted at Queer/Women's/Gender Studies 2015
  • Does anyone know if they plan on interviewing at AAR? 
  • Has anyone's references been contacted yet?
  • Not mine, but they just might not be interested (11/4) Update: according to the Penn application website, they were contacted (11/7)
  • Reference contacted (11/7) x5
  • Anything new? (11/20)
  • Nothing here (11/24) - I am guessing this means no AAR interviews?
  • Per Anathea Butler on Twitter: they're calling candidates for interviews this a.m. for this or the other U Penn job, but someone's voice mail is FULL. https://twitter.com/AntheaButler/status/540514671657504768 (12/4)
  • But did anyone actually get a phone call?! (12/4)
  • Not I. (12/4) x2 -- nothing like a cryptic tweet to raise everyone's anxiety a little more :\
  • Anyone hear anything? (12/10)
  • Not yet. I wonder why they are taking this long.
  • Could be that they have contacted people, just not anyone who uses the Wiki? 
  • I'm assuming that the above commenter is correct (that the invited non-wiki users), especially if the campus invites for the material/visual culture job went out. No one knows a grad student in the relig. department there?
  • Sorry, but how do people know that the campus invites for the Material/visual culture job went out already? Have you heard this from someone in the Department or just assuming? (12/16)
  • Any news? Where there skype interviews? Are they already doing campus visits?
  • No idea. Maybe the funding is uncertain? (1/13)
  • Received a letter in the mail stating that the search was suspended.  It also said all applications will be kept on file.

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - Religious Studies and Material/Visual CultureEdit

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 especially interested in Material/Visual Culture specialists with research experience in Africa and the African Diaspora, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East. Time period and sub-specialization are open. The successful 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. Recent Graduates are particularly welcome to apply.

The successful candidate will participate in the departments undergraduate and graduate teaching mission. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system. The University of Pennsylvania is a private research university and a member of the Ivy League.

  • Interested candidates should apply at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/264 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, 2014. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
  • --This description is pretty close to last year's search, and I don't see any new asst profs on the dept webpage (yet?).  So did last year's search fall through?  --Yes it did.
  • my letter writers received the request to upload. (Nov. 7) x5 Is everyone being asked to upload at this stage?
  • the website said they may ask for letters at different times.
  • Just double-checked the app...it states "The University of Pennsylvania will contact references at various times in the candidate review process. References may not be contacted immediately."
  • Any news on AAR interviews?
  • Per Anathea Butler on Twitter: they're calling candidates for interviews this a.m. for this or the other U Penn job, but someone's voice mail is FULL. https://twitter.com/AntheaButler/status/540514671657504768 (12/4)
  • Does anyone actually know what is going on with this search? (1/7/2015)
  • Not having heard anything since my letters were requested in November, I have to assume no news is bad news. Still, it would really be nice to have some form of acknowledgment. I can't understand the radio silence (though sadly it's not just this department). 
  • I heard that (at least) one job talk was held in mid-February 
  • Wait, so what happened in the end? Did they make a hire? Or will this search also be run again next year (as above)?

University of Pikeville (KY) - ReligionEdit

The University of Pikeville is seeking applicants for a full-time, nine-month, regular* faculty appointment in the field of Religion starting August 2015. Rank and salary will be based on qualifications. All candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching in a small university setting and the ability to work effectively with others in a collegial environment dedicated to undergraduate student learning.

The candidate must be prepared to teach (four courses per semester) a variety of undergraduate courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level that are part of the University's Religion curriculum. Candidates must be able to teach introductory courses in Old and New Testament, and must be able to teach other courses in at least two of the following areas: Biblical studies, religion and popular culture, world religions, and/or philosophy. Candidates must also be committed to promoting the humanities and a liberal arts education. The position also requires advising undergraduate students, providing service to the university and community, assisting with departmental activities, and continuing scholarly growth and development. Candidates with a doctorate in Religion or related field are strongly preferred. Consideration will be given to candidates who have a master's degree in religious studies, are enrolled in a Ph.D. program in religion, and have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. Undergraduate teaching experience is highly desired. The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b) retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the University of Pikeville Title IX Coordinator by calling 606-218-5216.

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit http://www.upike.edu. Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting http://jobs.upike.edu. In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

In lieu of a tenure system, the University of Pikeville uses a "regular faculty appointment" system consisting of up to four years of one-year renewable probationary appointments followed by a series of regular three-year rolling appointments.

  • Did someone post that on-campus interviews had been scheduled? Was that edit deleted? Anyone know the current status for applications?
    • I was not the OP, but I did have a campus visit so I can confirm that they are in that stage. They made a point of saying, however, that they were continuing to receive and evaluate applications, so they may or may not make an offer from the group they brought to campus last week.
      • I spoke too soon; the dean emailed me this morning that an offer was made and accepted, and while they are still negotiating they are considering the job closed. 
    • OP here - yes, just after posting someone commented that campus visits were already underway.

University of Pittsburgh (PA) - Contemporary / Modern IslamEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh seeks to appoint a tenure-stream assistant professor of modern/contemporary Islam to begin September 1, 2015, pending budgetary approval. Geographical area and methodological approach are open. Teaching would include introductory courses on Islam (including premodern Islam) and upper-level courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. We welcome candidates who can develop thematic and comparative courses in broader religious contexts, especially religion and globalization, politics/conflict, gender and sexuality, film, or medicine/science. Preference will be given to candidates whose work complements existing areas of geographic strength in the department or cognate departments, programs, and centers at the University. PhD expected at time of appointment. Applications should include a cover letter indicating teaching and research interests, CV, representative article-length writing sample, sample syllabi, and 3 letters of reference. Please apply online to: https://facultysearch.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/OTA=. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery. In both cases, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 24, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants who respond by that date will be considered for an interview at the AAR meeting in November.
  • Any news on this one?  If they are intereviewing at AAR, I'd expect some updates. (11/14) x3
  • 11/21 - Email explaining that they are not interviewing at AAR but will conduct Skype interviews instead in December (x3)
  • well, its December - anyone been invited to interview? (12/05)
  • No news on my end (12/11) x3
  • Still nothing?  Any chance they cancelled the search?
  • A friend was invited for a Skype interview two weeks ago (don't know when/if it happened yet)
  • 1/11 - Email invitation for a Skype interview.  Seach Chair explained that committee was delayed by personal emergency but is now back on schedule. x2
  • Has anyone been invited for an on-campus interview?
  • same question here. was told 2 weeks from interview date was their timeline for deciding on campus visits.
  • Campus Visits have taken place
  • Has an offer been made?
  • offer has been made and accepted.  

University of St. Thomas (MN) - Christian-Muslim DialogueEdit

The University of St. Thomas invites applications for full-time tenure-track position (rank open) in the Theology Department with teaching responsibilities and responsibility for co-directing the Department's Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center.

The teaching load of two 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); second-level courses based on academic interest; 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

The Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, inspired by Catholic teaching from Nostra aetate to Evangelii gaudium, sponsors programs and serves as a resource for the University community and for Muslim-Christian relations in the Twin Cities area. The Center has also sponsored national and international dialogues. Please consult our website for more information: http://www.stthomas.edu/mcdc.

Applicants should be able to represent the Christian and Catholic perspective in Muslim-Christian dialogue. They thus should have extensive knowledge of the Catholic tradition, be able to engage issues of Catholic theology, have strong knowledge of Islam (some competence in Arabic is desirable but not required), experience in Muslim-Christian dialogue, be interested in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and be committed both to excellence in undergraduate teaching and ongoing research in their field. Preferred candidates have earned doctorate and teaching experience. ABD's with a close completion date will be considered.

  • To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by October 31, 2014. Please upload letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available). Please send graduate school transcripts, three reference letters or contact information for three references (references will be contacted only after the candidate has given permission), and direct any questions to Dr. Bernard Brady, Theology Department Chair, bvbrady@stthomas.edu, University of St. Thomas, JRC 153, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105.
  • Link to Apply: http://www.Click2Apply.net/hq5q67f
  • Rejection email (11/7) x2
  • Did this job just get rebooted as a non-TT?

University of Texas, Austin (TX) - Latin American ReligionsEdit

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the field of Latin American Religions, including Religions of the Borderlands to begin Fall 2015. We especially encourage applicants who have familiarity with methodological and theoretical issues in the study of religion and who can contribute to a graduate program in Religious Studies. The successful applicants will demonstrate expertise in the study of Latin American or Borderlands religions and should be able to teach a graduate class on approaches to Latin American religions. The selected candidate will be expected to demonstrate research productivity; to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; to direct graduate research; to participate in departmental colloquia; and offer service to the department, college and university. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should have Ph.D. prior to August 31, 2015, evidence of teaching excellence and a clearly defined research agenda.

  • To apply: applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV, three letters of recommendation, a sample of recent scholarly work, and evidence of teaching excellence via http://apply.interfolio.com/26245. Review of applications will begin on October 20; applications received after this date may not receive full consideration. Other correspondence may be sent to RSFacultySearch@austin.utexas.edu or by mail to Religion in Latin America Search/ Department of Religious Studies / The University of Texas at Austin / 1 University Station A3700 / Austin, TX 78712. Position is pending budgetary approval; a background check will be conducted for the final candidate. The University of Texas at Austin is an AA/EEO employer.
  • Any news? (12/8)
  • Any news? (1/3)
  • Offer made and accepted (1/22)

University of Toronto (ON) -  Religion and MediaEdit

The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Religion and Media at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will commence July 1, 2015.

Preference will be given to candidates who conduct research in any aspect of Religion and Media.  This may include new media, multimedia, social media, print media, broadcast media or otherwise.  Candidates should have the ability to comprehend and analyze the religious, historical, literary, cultural, performative and/or ritual contexts of the materials they study.  Applicants with expertise in any religious tradition are welcome to apply.  Research and teaching interests that complement and enhance existing departmental strengths would be an asset. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of excellence in and commitment to both research and teaching.  A PhD in Religion is required by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter.

The successful candidate will have the ability to teach a broad range of courses from the introductory to advanced levels about diverse aspects of Religion and Media, contributing to the undergraduate program on the Mississauga campus, and will hold a graduate appointment at the Department for the Study of Religion or other appropriate Department on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. The successful applicant will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leading university. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of the most fascinating, diverse, and “livable” places in the world.  Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Information about the Department of Historical Studies is available at: www.utm.utoronto.ca/historical-studies/.

  • All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the link below. Applications should be addressed to Professor Rebecca Wittmann, Chair, Department of Historical Studies, and must be submitted by October 31, 2014. The application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of academic writing, statement of research interests, all academic transcripts, and a teaching dossier (i.e. all teaching evaluations; sample syllabi, assignments and/or tests; descriptions of teaching strategies and innovations, etc.). Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Arrangements should be made for three letters of reference, at least one of which must comment on the applicant’s teaching abilities, to be submitted by the deadline to  historical.studies@utoronto.ca. Please include the candidate’s name and “Religion and Media Search” in the subject line. Questions about this position may be addressed to the same email address. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
  • Anyone contacted before and/or interviewed during the AAR in San Diego?
  • They did not do AAR interviews.
  • Any next steps on this search yet?
  • I applied and have not heard anything back as of yet. (12/19/14)
  • From a friend at the U of T: SC has met and decided upon the long list. Long list interviews will take place via Skype sometime in January. Interviewees will be contacted after the New Year. Campus visits to take place some time in February. I don't know anything else. 
  • Skype interviews being held in January
  • As I understand it, Skype interviews started this week and campus invites will probably go out by the end of the month (that is, by the end of January).
  • Campus invites have been extended to finalists.
  • Did they make a hire?
    • Yes.

University of Victoria, Wellington, NZ - Islam Asia-PacificEdit

We invite applications for a full-time permanent position as Lecturer in Islam in the Asia-Pacific region (equivalent to tenure track assistant professor). The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field, dedication to excellent teaching, a developing research profile, and facility in relevant languages. Area of research specialisation is open. Teaching duties include an Introduction to Islam course, advanced courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, and introductory courses in religious studies. The Lecturer is expected to supervise MA and PhD research on a broad range of topics relevant to the position. 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.

For more details please contact Dr. Rick Weiss, Religious Studies Programme Director. Email: rick.weiss@vuw.ac.nz

Please complete the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter by attachment at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/careers/current-vacancies

  • Applications close,  midnight New Zealand time,  January 23, 2015.
  • Received request for additional application materials and recommendations. 2/3/15   x2
  • Received email 3/15 stating that the search was still underway but taking longer than expected.  No word since (as of 4/10).  Have they made an offer?

University of Virginia (VA) - Buddhist StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications at the tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor level. We seek candidates dedicated to our mission and passionate about teaching and research in a world-class institution. Candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate level, and to provide service to the University, Department, and professional organizations. Candidates must be able to conduct original research in Buddhist Studies with a focus on one or more major Asian region: South Asia, Southeast Asia, Inner Asia, or East Asia. Area of research specialization is open. Deep familiarity with Buddhist Studies scholarship, and the broader social, religious and intellectual contexts of the Asian region(s) being studied is required, as is a strong background in the history of interpretation and contemporary methods in religious studies, and other academic disciplines as relevant. Strong proficiency in the relevant languages is required, such as Chinese, Japanese, Newari, Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Thai, and so forth. It is advantageous, but not required, that a candidate have interests in the fields of Contemplative Studies and Contemplative Sciences. Expertise and interests in digital humanities, interdisciplinary and inter-regional research and teaching, innovative pedagogies, and building collaborative projects are also looked upon positively.

  • To apply for the position, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu). Candidates for the tenure-track positon at the Assistant Professor level, should search on posting number 0614949. Candidates for the tenured position at the Associate Professor level, should search on posting number 0614950.
  • Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2014 in selecting candidates for preliminary phone/video interviews, as well as subsequent face-to-face meetings at the Annual Meeting of the AAR/SBL in San Diego, November 22-25. However the search will remain open until filled.
  • ?? AAR begins tomorrow. Has anyone been contacted for face-to-face meetings?
  • After the skype interview? No.
  • Invited for interview at the AAR. [posted 11/21-- reviseed 11/25]
  • You mean at the AAR, after having done the skype one?
  • Any progress on this one?
  • Face-to-face interviews - 10 or so from the timeslot selections I was offered -  were done at the AAR. They said they will short-list 4 people in total for the two jobs I was told I would hear about the next round "before Christmas."
  • Thank you, very helpful.
  • Campus invite (by email) 12/10
  • Anyone have word on the status? Rumor has it that one position was intended for a Chinese specialist, the other a Southeast Asian specialist. If 4 people were invited out of 2, I would suspect  a decision soon?
  • One of the positions, a tenured position, has been accepted.

University of Virginia (VA) - Race, Religion and the African Diaspora (Assoc. Prof.)Edit

he Department of Religious Studies and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies invite applications for a joint professorship in Race, Religion and the African Diaspora at the rank of associate professor. We seek candidates whose teaching and research explore the role of religion within black communities in the United States or the wider African Diaspora, and whose work considers the intersection of religion and race on any number of levels--cultural, historical, philosophical, or theological. Responsibilities include teaching half-time in Religious Studies and half-time in African American and African Studies, as well as proportional service to both units. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field. They should integrate interdisciplinary approaches in their scholarship and teaching, and possess a proven record of scholarly engagement and publication. The appointment start date is August 25, 2015.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@Uva (https://jobs.virginia.edu), select posting number 0615097 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample letter or chapter-length scholarly work (Attach to Writing Sample 1) and contact information for three references.

Your three reference letter writers should email their letters directly to Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton, Chair, Race, Religion and the African Diaspora Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, at: chh3a@virginia.edu. Questions regarding the application process in JOBS@UVa should be directed to Julie Garmel, Department of Religious Studies at: jg4e@virginia.edu

  • Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2014. The search will remain open until filled.

University of Virginia (VA) - Religious EthicsEdit

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 practical ethics. We are open to candidates with specializations in any religious tradition and welcome those with expertise in more than one. Area of specialty is open but preferably includes bioethics, broadly construed. Candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate level, provide service to the University, Department and professional organizations, and conduct research in religious ethics broadly, but with particular focus on some area of practical ethics.

Required: Competence in religious ethics, with a concentration in religion and practical ethics as evidenced by course work, examination, dissertation, publication, and/or professional experience; competence to teach and conduct research in other areas of religious ethics; and ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2015 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

Preferred: Teaching experience. Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration. Attention to issues of racial/ethnic diversity, sexual ethics, and/or gender particularly welcome.

  • Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2014 in selecting candidates for preliminary interviews. However, the search will remain open until filled. The appointment start date is August 25, 2015. To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0614918 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.
  • Email invitation for Skype interview (10/30) (x2)
  • Any news about offers out on this search (1/23)?
  • Email from search chair that position has been filled (2/3).

Vanderbilt University (TN) - Religions of the American SouthEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University seeks to make an appointment in Religions of the American South. Rank is Assistant Professor tenure-track. The ideal candidate will be able to address the complex and widely variable nature of the religious traditions of the South with a special consideration of the African-American religious experience and the multiple cultural and religious environments in which that was shaped. We encourage candidates who can place the religions of the South in their larger American and transnational contexts, whether the role of diasporic traditions from Africa and the Caribbean, Pentecostalism, Evangelical Protestantism, or Catholicism; similarly the connections to Islamic and even Hindu and Native American traditions, or other formative contexts, such as movements of social and political protest. While the specialization, historical period, and methodological approaches are open, the candidate must engage fundamental issues of the study of religion and culture. Command of appropriate languages commensurate to an advanced research agenda is required. 

The successful candidate will teach both introductory and advanced classes in the field; normal course load is generally four per year. Qualified candidates should be prepared to mentor graduate students and teach advanced courses in the methodologies appropriate to the study of religion in the Graduate Department of Religion’s field of Historical and Critical Theories of Religion (HACTOR). PhD must be in-hand before the beginning of the Fall 2015 term.

Please submit a letter of application, research statement, and assessment of teaching (if available), transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (or standard university graduate student placement dossier), and a brief writing sample that best reflects your research interests. 

Electronic Submission is preferred; send materials to: RLSTjobs@Vanderbilt.edu. For hard copy submission, send to: Tony K. Stewart, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, ATT: Religions of the South Search Committee, Vanderbilt University, VU Box #351585 [301 Garland Hall], 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235-1585 USA

  • Review of applications will begin on Wednesday 01 October 2014 and remain open until the position is successfully filled.
  • A very humane rejection letter from the chair (10/16/14), stating that they have narrowed the pool down from 34 to 6.
  • E-mail/letter informing me I am one of the six intermediate finalists (sent on 10-16-14) 
  • Judging by previous years' searches at Vandy (according to old Wikis), "humane" seems to be their mode--always respectful of all parties involved in the search, always willing and able to keep everyone informed about their progress.  Run an AAR panel on how to conduct good searches, Commodores! 
  • Received kind letter of rejection, 12-5, announcing their hire

Villanova University (PA) - History of Christian SpiritualityEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the history of spirituality at the rank of assistant professor. The candidate has expertise in the spiritual traditions and practices of the early modern period and extensive competency in the Catholic spiritual tradition. We are particularly interested in approaches that engage methodologies of "lived religion" and material culture and in scholars of any major non-Catholic tradition who are able to engage in conversations across and among traditions and periods.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Job Requirements: Candidates should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, August 2015. Publication, research, teaching, and service records should be commensurate with experience.

  • RECEIVED EMAIL THAT THE SEARCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED (10/7)
  • reopening with a different description on 2/15!  (2/21)
  • The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the History of Christian Spirituality at the rank of assistant professor, to begin in the fall semester, 2016, or sooner.
The successful candidate will have expertise in early modern (ca 1550-1800) spiritual traditions and practices with extensive competency in Catholic spiritual traditions and practices of the same period. The departmental faculty is particularly interested in scholars whose research and teaching enhances the Department’s focus on faith engaging culture and who bring historical questions in conversation with contemporary cultural issues. We especially encourage applications from ethnic minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.
Candidates must hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment. Publication, research, teaching, and service records should be commensurate with experience. The person who fills the position will have a rigorous research agenda; teach the theology and religious studies College core curriculum course (currentlyn titled Faith, Reason, and Culture); offer diverse undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses on a regular basis; and perform service to the Department, College, and the University.
Villanova is a Catholic University sponsored by the Augustinian Order located in the culturally diverse Philadelphia metropolitan area. The University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. For information about Villanova University and the Department, please consult our web­site at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/theology.html.
  • Complete packets, including letters of recommendation, must be received by April 15, 2015 to receive consideration. Direct inquiries to trsearch1@villanova.edu. To apply, submit all material at https://jobs.villanova.edu; we will only accept electronic applications. A complete application includes: letter of interest, current CV, writing sample, transcripts (unofficial copies), statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and three letters of reference. If chosen as a finalist, a statement of contribution to Villanova’s mission must be provided at the time of the on-campus interview. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.

Villanova University (PA) - Interfaith and Interreligious StudiesEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a tenure-track position in interfaith and interreligious studies at the rank of assistant professor. The successful candidate has expertise in at least one non-Christian religious tradition and competency in Catholic Christian theology. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with teaching and research interests in areas such as world religions (also as lived in the USA, e.g., immigrant religion), comparative theology, religious pluralism, and interfaith dialogue.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Job Requirements: Candidates should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, August 2015. Publication, research, teaching, and service records should be commensurate with experience.

  • Review of complete applications begins September 15, 2014, and continues until the position is filled. For information about Villanova University and the Department, please consult http://www1-villanova-edu.careerliaison.com/villanova/artsci/theology.html. Direct inquiries to trsearch1@villanova.edu. To apply, submit all material electronically at https://jobs-villanova-edu.careerliaison.com. A complete application includes: letter of interest, current resume, writing sample, transcripts (unofficial copies), statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and three letters of reference. Letters of reference can be submitted directly and confidentially by the reviewer who will receive an email with instructions ONLY ONCE YOUR APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED. If chosen as a finalist, official transcripts must be provided at time of interview.
    • Has anyone been contacted about this position?
    • Rejection e-mail, 12/9 (x3)
    • Rejection e-mail x2. I would be curious to hear the area of expertise of the people they invited to interview.

Villanova University (PA) - Religious and Theological EducationEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a tenure-track position in religious and theological education at the rank of assistant professor. The successful candidate will have expertise in the field of religious/theological education, including outcomes and evidence-based educational practices, curriculum development, and assessment in higher education. He/she also will have competency in pastoral studies or another area of studies that complements the Department's research and teaching focus on "faith engaging culture".

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

The person who fills the position should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, August 2015. He/she will have a rigorous research agenda and perform service to the Department, College, and the University. Publication, research, teaching, and service records should be commensurate with experience.

  • received rejection email (12/1)

Warren Wilson College (NC) - IslamEdit

Warren Wilson College is seeking applicants for a continuing, entry level faculty position in the departments of Religious Studies and Global Studies focusing on Islam and the contemporary Islamic world. The successful applicant should be able to teach a variety of courses, including the introductory course in comparative religions, the capstone course in the interdisciplinary Global Studies major, and other courses focusing on Islam and the Islamic world. We welcome candidates who are willing to develop short term international field study courses, can teach courses that relate to the themes of Global Studies (i.e. Religion and Globalization, Islam in Global Context), and complement our strong program in Peace and Social Justice Studies. We particularly encourage applicants with expertise in the Middle East region. Candidates must have a completed PhD in Religious Studies or an equivalent field in hand by August 1, 2015.

This is a full-time, continuing, junior level position in an extended contract system with a 3-3 load. Successful candidates will have significant and relevant publications, evidence of excellence in and commitment to teaching, and the expectation of continued scholarly work.

Warren Wilson College is an independent liberal arts college located on a beautiful 1135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the edge of Asheville, North Carolina. The college offers a holistic education combining the triad of academics, work, and service, and it has been widely recognized as progressive and committed to social, environmental, and global awareness. Environmental Studies is a well-established program that has been the college's largest major since 1986. We seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education, and a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.

  • Interested candidates should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to 2014religionfacultysearch@warren-wilson.edu. Electronic submissions are required. The documents should be pdfs titled as follows: LastName_Item. For example, Smith_cv, Smith_referenceJones. Review of applications will begin October 27, 2014, and priority will be given to applications received by that date.
  • 11/10 - Email from Chair requesting additional materials and expression of continued interest (x3)
  • 12/1 - Acknowldgement of the responce to written questions asked.
  • Rejection email received. 1/5. sigh. 
  • Have they scheduled Skype or even on-campus interviews?
  • Search concluded, position filled.

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - Islamic StudiesEdit

The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC) at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track position in Islamic Studies at the rank of assistant professor. A Ph.D. in a core area of Islamic Studies by August 1, 2015, is required. Candidates must have a strong grounding in classical Islamic texts and traditions and a serious interest in their connections to and interrelations with other cultures and traditions. Native or near-native fluency in Arabic is a prerequisite. The ability to traverse disciplinary boundaries and an understanding of later and contemporary developments in Muslim cultures and societies are highly desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate survey courses and more advanced, specialized topics, and to participate in the Religious Studies program and curriculum. Possible areas of specialization might include, but are not limited to, Qur'anic studies, Islamic law, religious thought and practices, and cultural interactions. All faculty are expected to teach, conduct research, write for publication, advise students, and take part in university service.

  • Applications are accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by November 1, 2014. Send application materials to Prof. Hayrettin Yucesoy / JINELC, Box 1121 / Washington University in St. Louis / One Brookings Drive / St. Louis, MO 63130. Washington University is an AA/EOE and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity og its faculty.
  • does anyone know if they are planning to interview at AAR? (11/14)
  • A friend of mine has a Skype interview with them today (11/17)
  • Rejection letter received (01/03) x1 (1/23)
  • Have they scheduled campus visits?
  • Campus visits have been scheduled (1/7)
  • Offer made, position filled (2/16)

Wesley Theological Seminary (DC) - History of ChristianityEdit

Wesley Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the History of Christianity, commencing July 1, 2015. General competence in all areas of church history is expected, and special expertise in the patristic era and in Methodist or Wesleyan studies is highly desired. Membership in The United Methodist Church is required. Teaching responsibilities will include core introductory courses as well as elective courses. Experience and expertise in online instruction will be advantageous. Rank is open, but we expect to appoint at the Assistant or Associate level. Ph.D. required; M.Div. or equivalent degree preferred. Wesley Theological Seminary is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to building a diverse community.

  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Robert Martin at chsearch@wesleyseminary.edu. The cover letter should indicate interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as commitment to the mission of the school (http://www.wesleyseminary.edu).
  • Any word? 11/17
  • Is this a canceled search? 2/5
  • It is not canceled. Finalists have been invited for on-campus interviews (2/26)

Whitman College (WA) - Religion (pref. Judaism)Edit

The Religion department at Whitman College is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religion, effective August, 2015, who will join us in our ongoing development of an innovative, transdisciplinary program. The field of specialization is open, but we are seeking someone whose work complements that of the existing faculty in the department without duplicating it; see: http://www.whitman.edu/academics/courses-of-study/religion. Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization in Judaism. Ph.D. in a relevant field is required; because we are a department focused on the non-confessional, comparative study of religion, an advanced degree or significant, graduate-level experience in Religious Studies is required. The successful candidate will also offer courses that contribute to the College's general education requirements. The standard annual teaching load is five-courses. The College provides a generous sabbatical leave program and professional development support for both research and teaching.

To apply, go to https://whitmanhr.simplehire.com/, click "Faculty" and "Assistant Professor of Religion".

  • Phone invitation for Sykpe interview (9/29) (3x)
  • Phone invitation for campus interview (10/23)
  • Phone invitation for campus interview (10/27)
  • Offer made and accepted (12/2)

Williams College (MA) - IslamEdit

The Department of Religion at Williams College seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the study of Islam, beginning in the fall of 2015. The area of specialization is open, and we would especially welcome a candidate whose research or teaching addresses issues of gender or sexuality. We also seek a candidate whose theoretical and methodological approaches complement those of other faculty in the department. Candidates will be expected to develop courses in their areas of specialization and periodically to teach the theory and methods survey and senior seminar for the department.  Ph.D. should be in hand or expected by September 2015.

  • 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 October 1, 2014. Cover letters should speak to your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  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: https://apply.interfolio.com/25648.  Fax and e-mail applications will not be accepted.
  • Talked to a member of the seach committee and they said being able to work on gender or sexuality studies would be a bonus, but not fully necessary. (Sept 21)
  • 10/13 - Contacted for a Skype Interview (for early Nov) by Dept Chair (3x)
  • 11/10 - E-mail invitation for a campus visit - for second week in December
  • 11/12 - Would you mind sharing when interviews will take place?
  • Are the job talks done? 
  • yes, and position filled.

Williams College (MA)  - Religions of the AmericasEdit

The Department of Religion at Williams College seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in Religions of the Americas, beginning in the fall of 2015. We seek someone with expertise in non-Christian Native American traditions and/or Afro-Diasporic traditions (such as Lukumí/Santería, Candomble, or Vodou). Within the Americas, geographical area of specialization is open. We invite specialists who look at a particular region or examine transnational connections throughout the American hemisphere (including North, Central, South America and the Caribbean). We particularly welcome candidates who focus on the Americas before 1900. An ability to teach American Christianity is appreciated, but not required.

Candidates may specialize in a range of disciplinary methodologies, but their approach to the study of religion should complement those of other faculty in the department. Candidates will be expected to develop courses in their areas of specialization and periodically to teach the theory and methods survey and senior seminar for the department. Ph.D. should be in hand or expected by September 2015.

  • 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 October 1, 2014. Cover letter should speak to your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  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: https://apply.interfolio.com/25655.  Fax and e-mail applications will not be accepted.
  • Has anyone heard from them?
  • Skype interview with candidate (not me) conducted 10/31.
  • Campus visit invitation (11/14).
  • Search cancelled. Not sure why. They claim it will be reoppend in a future year. (2/12)
  • According to rejection letter, search ended without a hire b/c they were "unable to reach a unanimous decision." Looking back on this job ad, it starts to make sense because it is all over the place:  native or Afro-diasporic, before 1900 and "American Christianity!" What a mess. I wish they had gotten their heads on straight before I spent all those hours on the application.

Xavier University (OH) - Pastoral TheologyEdit

Xavier University announces a tenure-track opening at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of Pastoral Theology beginning in Fall 2015. All candidates must be able to teach upper level undergraduate courses at the intersection of spirituality and pastoral theology as well as our undergraduate introductory course, Theological Foundations.The person holding this position will also develop and teach graduate courses in the Applied Spirituality and Pastoral Care track in the newly-established Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice.Candidates will be able to engage questions of justice and diversity within a pluralistic context. Required: Ph.D. or Th.D. (or equivalent) by the start of appointment in theology or religious studies; knowledge of Christian tradition, Catholic history and practice, particularly the Ignatian tradition. Strongly desired: evidence of expertise in pastoral counseling, pastoral psychology, or spiritual direction. Some teaching experience is preferred.

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.

Preliminary interviews of select, qualified applicants will be conducted at the AAR meeting in San Diego on November 22-23, 2014.

Link to Apply

In addition to applying on-line, three letters of recommendation should be sent, via email to theologylor@xavier.edu or mailed to Professor Sarah J. Melcher, Department of Theology, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-4442.

  • To ensure consideration, interested candidates must apply on the Xavier University website to submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, and graduate transcripts no later than Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
  • Request for interview at AAR [10/29]
  • Any word on campus interviews yet? [12/3]

Yale-NUS College (SGP) - Rev. Yap Lim Hao Chair in Comparative Religious StudiesEdit

Yale-NUS College, a collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Yale University, invites applications for an endowed Chair in the comparative study of religions: the Rev. Yap Lim Hao Chair.

The successful applicant will be a senior scholar of international standing, specializing in one or more of the world's religious traditions, with a distinguished research record, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, and an equally strong commitment to institution-building and to undergraduate education, including teaching in the College Common Curriculum. An ongoing research program that incorporates undergraduates would be highly desirable.

For information about the curriculum, please see http://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/curriculum/common-curriculum.

Salary, benefits, and leave policies will be competitive at an international level. Yale-NUS College is committed to supporting faculty research through various grants, research and travel allowances.

  • Review of applications will begin August 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be made to the Search Committee Chair, Jane Jacobs, Division Director of Social Sciences, and Professor of Social Sciences, yale-nus.college@yale.edu or see http://www.yale-nus.edu.sg. The College values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. For additional information about Yale-NUS College and the faculty hiring process, including submission guidelines, and to apply, we invite you to our web site at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/YaleNUS

Yale University (CT) - East Asian BuddhismEdit

YALE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES intends to make a tenure-track appointment in the field of East Asian Buddhism beginning July 1, 2015, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications are invited and welcome from scholars with research specialties in pre-modern Chinese and/or Japanese Buddhism. Expert knowledge of Japanese and Chinese required and a familiarity with Sanskrit desired. A PhD or equivalent degree at the time of hire is required. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities. A letter of application describing your research, a c.v., a two-page dissertation abstract, a chapter-length writing sample, a syllabus for an introductory undergraduate course, "East Asian Buddhism," and three letters of reference should be submitted on-line at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/Yale/RLST.

  • The review of applications will begin December 1, 2014.
  • Any updates ? (10/1)

2014-2015 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments / PostdocsEdit

Augustana College (IL) - Bergendoff Visiting Fellow in Religion (Global Christianities)Edit

Religion - Augustana College invites applications for the Conrad J. Bergendoff visiting Fellow in Religion for the 2015-2016 academic year. We seek a candidate with expertise in the study of Global Christianities, with a focus on Catholicism, Pentecostalism, the relationship between Christianities and indigenous religious traditions, and/or other contemporary religious movements beyond North America and Western Europe. We especially welcome candidates who engage in a cross-cultural or comparative frame, particularly the use of ethnographic, sociological, or historical research, and specialize in one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Caribbean. Candidates should have graduate-level training in theories and methods pertaining to the study of religion. Training in post-colonial studies, race and ethnic studies, and/or gender studies is desirable. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Teaching expectations: 7 classes spread over three terms, 5-6 of which will serve as one of the required, sophomore-level Christian traditions offerings (most likely, under a new Global Christianities title or alternative). Preference will be given to candidates who have recently completed a Ph.D. or Th.D. program. The Bergendoff Fellow will be expected to participate in programs designed to help new faculty develop their pedagogical skills. She or he will also be expected to make at least one on-campus presentation of scholarly work. Term of appointment: one year with the possibility of renewable for a second year, contingent on staffing needs, demonstrated excellence in the classroom, and funding. Health insurance, professional meeting allowance and other benefits provided. Bergendoff Fellows who secure tenure-track appointments at another college or university may request release from contract.

Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of 2,500 students, most of whom live on a wooded 115-acre campus. Rock Island, Illinois is one of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, a diverse metropolitan area with 400,000 residents. Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed. Details about Augustana, our expectation of the faculty, the selection process and the Quad Cities all are available at the Faculty Search website: http://www.augustanafaculty.org/. To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Search #113-15 RE/Berg Fellow Search Committee, C/O Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Associate Dean, Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201 or submit materials via email to sherrydocherty@augustana.edu . Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Eric Stewart at ericstewart@augustana.edu .

  • Review of applications will begin March 9, 2015.

Bard College (NY) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion - Buddhist StudiesEdit

Bard College invites applications for a part or full-time replacement position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Buddhist Studies for the 2015-2016 academic year. The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts setting. Applicants should possess a foundation in formative or classical traditions and literatures of Buddhism, and an understanding of later and contemporary developments within Buddhist traditions. The geographical area of specialization is open. The successful candidate will also participate within the Asian Studies program. Ph.D. or near completion is preferred, and teaching experience is highly desirable.

  • Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, a description of teaching experience, including course syllabuses and, if available, student evaluations; and three letters of recommendation to Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/29425. Screening of applications will begin immediately. For more information on Bard, visit http://www.bard.edu.

Bates College (ME) Visiting Assistant Professor in American Religious HistoryEdit

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a one-year visiting position for a scholar who specializes in the Religious Histories of the Americas, American Religious History, North American Religions, New Religious Movements and/or Religion and Culture to begin in September 2015. Ph.D. preferred, but ABD candidates near completion will be considered. Discipline, geographical focus, and area of specialization within American religious traditions are open. Candidates should be prepared to teach general undergraduate courses on subjects like American religious history, African American religious traditions, religion and politics, religion and American visual culture, as well as seminars in their own areas of interest and specialization. The teaching load is 5 courses per year, either 3/2 or 2/2/1 (Bates has a five-week May term), plus occasional advising of undergraduate theses. - See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000877977-01#sthash.K8pvEMR2.dpuf

The Department is particularly interested in candidates who can establish connections with our interdisciplinary programs, and offer courses that may be cross-listed with other departments in the college.

Bates College and the Department of Religious Studies are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

  • Consideration of candidates will begin April 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, c.v., graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
  • apply.interfolio.com/29228
  • Any news (4/19/2015)
  • None here (4/21)
  • Has anyone heard anything and/or reached out for a timeline? (5/1)
  • No, and sort of. I reached out to them about a week and a half ago about something else, and also asked about timeline and they responded to the first part of my question and ignored that part. Sorry. 
  • Broken record, but any news (5/17).
  • Nothing (5/18) x2
  • Generic Interfolio rejection 5/21
  • This one is over. Got word from the search chair that they've offered and it's been accepted (5/22)

Bates College (ME) - Islamic Studies LecturerEdit

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a one-year visiting position, contingent upon funding, in Islam Studies to begin in September 2015. Ph.D. preferred, but ABD candidates near completion will be considered.

Discipline, geographical focus, and area of specialization within Islamic Studies are open. Candidates should be prepared to teach general undergraduate courses in subjects like Islamic History and Traditions, the Quran, Islam and the Modern World, Sufism, Women and Gender in Islam, as well as seminars in their own areas of interest and specialization. The teaching load is 5 courses per year, either 3/2 or 2/2/1 (Bates has a five-week May term), plus occasional advising of undergraduate theses.

The Department of Religious Studies is particularly interested in candidates who can establish connections with our interdisciplinary programs, and offer courses that may be cross-listed with other departments in the college.

Bates College and the Department of Religious Studies are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

  • Consideration of candidates will begin April 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, c.v., graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
  • apply.interfolio.com/29230

Birmingham-Southern College (AL) - Visiting Assistant Professor in Hinduism, Buddhism, or IslamEdit

The Religion Department at Birmingham-Southern College invites applications for a one year, full-time position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam to begin August 2015.  Birmingham-Southern College is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church and a sheltering institution of Phi Beta Kappa.  The College's curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research.  The teaching load is three classes per term and an intensive course during January.  Ability to teach a survey of Asian Religions is desirable.  ABD candidates are welcome, though candidates who have received their Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field by time of employment are preferred. 

  • Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vita, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and three reference letters.  The committee will begin screening applications in June 2015 and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled. Application materials should be sent electronically to religionsearch@bsc.edu. Questions about this position should be sent to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Amy Cottrill, at acottril@bsc.edu. BSC is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. BSC complies with the Alabama Child Protection Act and E-Verify.

Bowdoin College (ME) - Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion Edit

The Bowdoin College Department of Religion is pleased to accept applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship to begin July 1, 2015. Fellows are expected to teach three courses each academic year, contribute new courses to the Bowdoin curriculum, and participate in the life of the department. The successful candidate will teach Introduction to the Study of Religion and two additional courses focused on modern Christianity from either a philosophical, historical, anthropological, or sociological perspective. Although the geographical focus is open, we especially welcome courses exploring gender, ethics, media, and church/state relationships.

Applicants for this fellowship must have completed their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2013. Candidates who expect their Ph.D. by June 30, 2015 should provide documentation from their home institution confirming this schedule. Applicants must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and a commitment to the liberal arts, which includes a non-confessional approach to the instruction of religion. The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,000 plus benefits, as well as a $4,000 research and travel fund.

  • Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit a c.v., a letter of application, sample syllabi for additional courses, and the names and contact information for three references who will provide letters of recommendation.
  • Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
    • email notification that references have been received and that the SC is in process of reviewing applicants (3/11) x 1
    • Their careers website is down. Anyone else having a problem with this? Are there alternative ways to apply for the position?
  • Skype interview scheduled 4/1 (x4)
  • Anyone know anything about this one?
  • Campus visit scheduled (04/09).

Centre College (KY) - Study of Judaism (Visiting Assistant Professor, three years)Edit

Centre College invites applications for a three-year visiting position in the Study of Judaism beginning in August 2015. Candidates must have a firm grounding in the academic study of Judaism within the context of religious studies. Field of specialization is open. Ideal candidates will demonstrate ability and dedication to teach at the undergraduate level, and be prepared to teach general education courses in Biblical History and Ideas and/or Western Religious Traditions (focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Ph.D. is preferred; ABD will be considered.

Centre College, a highly selective liberal arts college of about 1,400 students, has one of the nation’s premier study abroad programs and is ranked among the top fifty National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Classes are small and academic standards are high. Centre graduates enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad, and rewarding jobs. The College is located in Danville, Kentucky, a town of 18,000 recognized for its high quality of life. It is within easy driving distance of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati. Centre College is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. Centre strives to create an environment where differences are celebrated rather than discouraged, where the individuals have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experiences. Please view the Statement of Community. For information concerning the college, visit our web site at www.centre.edu.

  • To apply, please go to http://apply.interfolio.com/25835. Preliminary interviews will be held at SBL/AAR in San Diego. Review of applications begins October 01, 2014. Complete application will include cover letter, c.v., teaching statement, transcripts, and three letters of reference. Centre College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Anyone hear anything yet? (10/16/14)
  • Nothing. (10/31)
  • E-mailed for SBL interview (11/6) x1 (11/7) x1

College of Wooster (OH) - Visiting Asst Professor of WGSS and Religious StudiesEdit

The Religious Studies Department and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program invite applications for a visiting assistant professor of WGSS and RELS to begin in August 2015.

Area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate must have strong background in Women's/Gender/Sexuality/ Queer/ Feminist Studies (WGSQFS) and Religious Studies with a focus in comparative religions, theology, or ethics. A Ph.D. in either field with significant academic training in the other discipline is required. Prior teaching experience is desirable and applicants should provide evidence of their ability to teach introductory and upper-level courses.

The teaching load is 3-3, which may include advising senior Independent Study thesis projects. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses in both disciplines, an upper-level course in RELS, and Histories of Feminist Thought.

Applications should include: letter of interest; cv; official graduate transcripts; three letters of recommendation; and syllabi and/or teaching evaluations (if available). Application materials should be submitted electronically to Santha Schuch, Administrative Coordinator, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, at sschuch@wooster.edu. Job link: http://www.wooster.edu/offices/hr/jobs/opportunities/

  • Applications are due by February 15, 2015.
  • -Skype interview second week of March... anyone hear anything past that?

Connecticut College (CT) - Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Histories of the AmericasEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Connecticut College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor in the “Religious Histories of the Americas,” with a focus on Africana/African American religions and/or Latin@/Latin American religions. The visiting faculty member in Religious Histories of the Americas should have the Ph.D. or equivalent degree completed by the beginning of the Fall of 2015 semester. The Department seeks candidates with training in interdisciplinary fields, innovative methodologies, critical approaches, and advanced training in religious studies, history, anthropology, American studies or other area studies, global studies, cultural studies, or other comparable units. Serious consideration will be given to candidates who integrate transnational frameworks to the study of the religious histories of the Americas, and a sustained engagement with theory from critical race and ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, studies of empire and imperialism, gender and sexuality studies. This position presents a unique opportunity for the Department of Religious Studies to innovate and reinvigorate its curriculum especially through strengthening its interdisciplinary ties with existing programs and departments at the College, including the programs in American Studies, Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Departments of History, Hispanic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Anthropology. This new position in the religious histories of the Americas will also fortify a curricular pillar of Religious Studies, namely, historical approaches to the study of religion.

Visiting faculty members teach a 3-3 load. The College provides strong support for teaching and research. Connecticut College offers competitive salaries and full benefits for visiting faculty. AA/EEO.

  • Interested individuals should submit the following to http://apply.interfolio.com/28285: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, sample research, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin January 21, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Anybody have any word on this one (3-11)?
  • Offer made and accepted (4/11)

Denison University (OH) - Visiting Position in Religious EthicsEdit

The Department of Religion at Denison University, an increasingly diverse, highly-selective, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 2100 students from across the nation and around the world, invites applications for a one-year visiting, non-renewable position in Ethics, at the level of Assistant Professor or Instructor, beginning September 1, 2015. Qualifications: Ph.D. preferred, but A.B.D. will be considered, with a specialization in Religious Ethics. Teaching load is three courses per semester. Will teach the required course in the Major on Christian Social Ethics, as well as sections of an introductory course in religious ethics. We seek a versatile colleague—one who appreciates the interdisciplinary nature of a small residential, undergraduate, liberal arts institution. Denison University is located in Granville, OH, approximately 25 miles from the Columbus metropolitan area, which houses our state capital. The Department will begin reading files on March 9, 2015. Applications (complete dossiers must include application letter, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching experience and philosophy, sample syllabus, 3 letters of recommendation, doctoral-level course transcript) must be submitted on-line at https://employment.denison.edu. For more information about Denison and the Department of Religion see our website at: http://www.denison.edu.

  • Invited for on campus interview (4/1 - and no, not an April fools). Told that only two are going to be invited.
  • Offer made and accepted.

Eastern Washington University (WA) - Lecturer - Religion and HumanitiesEdit

The Colleges of Art and Letters & Education (CALE) and of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work (CSBSSW) at Eastern Washington University invites applications for a 50% time, 9-month per year special faculty appointment. Position will start on September 16, 2015 and will be based at the Cheney Campus. Contracts are renewable annually.

This special faculty appointment will include teaching, advising and mentoring activities for two colleges, College of Arts, Letters & Education, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work. The successful candidate will teach courses related to religion and the humanities and social sciences (including religion in philosophy, political science and/or psychology), through traditional, online and hybrid formats and will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with academic and student services departments within EWU.

  • Link to Apply: http://www.Click2Apply.net/dfn7dpy
  • Screening of applications will begin Monday, June 29th, 2015. All materials will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted until candidates have been notified.

Eureka College (IL) - Visiting Assistant Professor of ReligionEdit

Position— a one-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion starting Fall 2015. The successful candidate may also be eligible to apply for a possible tenure track position that is pending approval to begin Fall of 2016.

The College— Eureka is a small residential liberal arts college located in rural Illinois. Eureka currently has almost 700 students enrolled in 30 degree programs. It is associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For more information about the College, please visit http://www.eureka.edu.

Position Requirements--Area of specialization is open, but candidate must be competent to teach a variety of undergraduate Religion courses, including introductory courses in world religions, introductory courses in Biblical Studies, and advanced courses in the history of Christian thought (Christian tradition). Teaching load is four courses a semester. Ph.D. or near completion of doctorate required. Graduation from or teaching at a liberal arts college desirable. Affiliation with or ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) highly desirable. For more details about the position, see the posting on the College website employment section.

Applications Materials— Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement which addresses your approach to teaching in a liberal-arts environment and your expectations for further scholarly research and development, and have three letters of reference sent to employment@eureka.edu (please put Religion Position in subject heading). Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Scott Hemmenway, chair of the search committee, at hemmenway@eureka.edu.

  • Applications being accepted until the position is filled. (posted 06/08/15)
  • This should be moved to next year's page.
  • It is a visiting position that starts in Fall 2015, so it belongs on this page. The TT position for Fall 2016 is only mentioned as "possible" in this ad, not confirmed (and the successful candidate for the VAP only "may be eligible to apply" for the possible future TT job). If a TT position is actually confirmed and advertised, it will be posted on the 2016 page, perhaps with a note referring back to this post. [06/10/15]

Franklin & Marshall College (PA) - Religious Studies / IslamEdit

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE's Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a one-year visiting position beginning Fall 2015. The rank will be Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor, depending on qualifications. Applicants should possess or be close to completing a doctorate in Religious Studies or a related field. We seek a scholar of Islam, with the ability to teach both introductory courses and upper-level seminars. Teaching experience strongly preferred. Teaching load is 3/2. Candidates should submit the following materials as PDF files (searchable preferred) to Tami.Lantz@fandm.edu: letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, teaching statement, and teaching evaluations. Hard copies are also acceptable and may be sent to Tami Lantz, Franklin & Marshall College, PO Box 3003, Lancaster PA 17604-3003.

  • The deadline for receipt is February 16, 2015.

Haverford College (PA) - Three-Year Visiting Asst. Professor in Peace, Justice, and Human RightsEdit

Haverford College invites applications for a three-year visiting Assistant Professor (with possibility of renewal) in its Peace, Justice and Human Rights Program. The position is open to scholars at all pre-tenure levels with training in the humanities or social sciences who focus in their work on questions of justice, peace and conflict, human rights and related fields, with special attention to ethics or ethical leadership. Candidates should be able to teach an applied ethics course in issues of global justice and/or an introductory course on peace, justice and human rights, as well as offer more specialized courses. The teaching load is five courses per year. Successful candidates will be given resources to plan and host a symposium oriented around themes of ethics and justice in the second year of the appointment, during which the teaching load will be reduced to four courses to accommodate the responsibilities of preparing and hosting the symposium. Candidates for the position should have a Ph.D and demonstrated evidence of strong teaching at all levels of the curriculum to a diverse student body. ABD candidates may apply but must also provide assurance of completion of the degree by September 1, 2015 and evidence of relevant teaching experience. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Research and travel money is also available. Faculty housing on campus may be available. Haverford College is a leading liberal arts college serving highly motivated students on a nationally recognized arboretum in suburban Haverford, just outside Philadelphia. The program in Peace, Justice and Human Rights is an interdisciplinary concentration that students may add on to any major. Its goal is to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and creative new perspectives on entrenched problems. For more information, see http://www.haverford.edu/pjhr/

  • Please submit a cover letter addressing your fitness for the position, curriculum vitae, a sample course syllabus for “Introduction to Peace, Justice and Human Rights” or “Applied Ethics of Peace, Justice and Human Rights,” a short teaching statement and evaluations, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages to http://apply.interfolio.com/27643. In order to receive full consideration, all materials must be uploaded to Interfolio by February 6, 2015.
  • Also posted at Interdisciplinary Humanities and Liberal Arts 2014-2015

Kalamazoo College (MI) - Religion in the Americas (VAP - 2 yr. Appt)Edit

The Department of Religion at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor of Religion in the Americas beginning September 2015. The successful finalist will be prepared to teach U.S. Religious History, Religions of Latin America and upper level undergraduate classes in the Americas. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in any of the following areas: material culture; critical race and ethnic studies; women, gender and sexuality studies; or transnationalism.  Applicants may wish to address their ability to contribute to the college’s programs in Critical Ethnic Studies (under development); Jewish Studies; or Women, Gender and Sexuality. Faculty teach two classes during each of three ten-week academic terms. Ph.D. (or evidence it will be completed by September 1, 2015) highly desired. Salary is competitive and consistent with level of experience.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective, nationally known liberal arts college of approximately 1450 motivated students offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into domestic and international educational experiences. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan which is in a metropolitan area of 225,000.

  • Review of applications will commence January 10, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) in PDF format at https://www.kzoo.edu/religion/search. Please have three confidential letters of recommendation sent in PDF format to religionsearch@kzoo.edu with a subject line lastname_firstname. For more information, see the Kalamazoo College home page at www.kzoo.edu and the Religion Department website at http://reason.kzoo.edu/religion/. Please direct any questions regarding the position to Dr. Carol Anderson, Chair, Religion Department (carol.anderson@kzoo.edu). Kalamazoo College desires applicants who are committed to promoting access and success for all students, and strongly encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to identify themselves if they wish. We are an equal opportunity employer.
  • what's with their Ethnic Studies program that is "developing"? Through the lines, it sounds like they are looking for a Latino/a perspective... Anyone have a hunch of what this search is really about?
  • Request for Skype interview (1/21) (x3)
  • Campus invite (2/4)

Manhattan College (NY) - Bioethics in a Global Context (1 yr. Appt)Edit

The department of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, a private, liberal arts college in the Lasallian tradition, invites applications for a one-year visiting position in the department of Religious Studies with expertise in Bioethics in a Global Context. This full-time visiting assistant professor position will begin in August 2015.

We are seeking a teacher/scholar with training in religious studies or theology who will be able to teach our introductory course in Religious Studies, which is required of all students, in addition to special topic courses in Bioethics that could fulfill our requirement in Catholic Christian studies. We are especially interested in candidates who take a global and interdisciplinary approach to Bioethics and who integrate ethnographic work into their teaching and scholarship. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed their Ph.D. in Religious Studies or Theology.

Based in the Lasallian Catholic tradition, Manhattan College is committed to person-centered education and dedicated to issues of social justice. Manhattan College is proud to be the first Fair Trade college in New York City and the fifth in the nation. Located in the Riverdale section of New York, we encourage our students and faculty to utilize the great resources of the city at our doorstep.

  • Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to Michele Saracino, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471. All applications received by February 15, 2015 will receive consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Received e-mail 3/27 letting me know the search had ended and they'd selected another applicant.

Millsaps College (MS) - Islam, Post-DocEdit

MILLSAPS COLLEGE announces a Fellowship in Religious Studies beginning August 2015 for a postdoctoral or ABD scholar-teacher. This is a one-year teaching fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The half-time teaching load of 3 courses for the year will allow the recipient to strengthen teaching skills while also working on professional publications. The Fellow will be expected to engage actively in the intellectual life of the college and department and will have opportunities to participate in teaching colloquia and writing workshops and to be part of and lead discussions for a collegial department.

Specialization should be in the areas(s) of Islam and Qur'an; secondary areas could include comparative study of Scriptures in religious traditions, such as Christianity and/or Judaism and/or Hinduism. The teaching load will include two departmental Religious Studies courses and one Humanities core course with a focus in religion. Teaching experience is a plus, and ability to engage undergraduates vital.

We offer a competitive salary including health and other benefits, a travel and research stipend of $2000, reimbursement for moving expenses. Employment will be contingent on complete background verification. Send letter of application and C.V. via email to James E. Bowley at james.bowley@millsaps.edu. Have graduate school transcript and three letters of reference also sent via email.

Millsaps College is a nationally-ranked liberal arts college in the capital city of Jackson, Mississippi. Included in Colleges that Change Lives, Millsaps is committed to academic excellence and pedagogical innovation. Millsaps is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities. For more information about Millsaps see www.millsaps.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin on 1 February 2015.

Northeastern University (MA) - LecturerEdit

Position Title: Lecturer

Requisition Number: FTFR000655

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full Time

Non Tenure Track

Posting Date: 06/25/2015

Responsibilities: The Department of Philosophy and Religion is seeking a benefits-eligible, full-time Lecturer position to begin in the fall semester of 2015. The candidate should be able to teach courses in Aesthetics, Apocalypticism and Film, The Problem of Evil in Film, Science Fiction, Religion and Film. The full-time teaching load is 6 courses, 3 each in fall and spring semesters.

Qualifications: A PhD in Religious Studies or related field is required and prior teaching experience.

Oregon State University (OR) - Buddhist Studies (VAP)Edit

The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University invites applications from specialists in Buddhist Studies (Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist Philosophical Traditions preferred but other areas considered) for a limited-term appointment of nine months at the Visiting Assistant Professor level, effective September 16, 2015. Teaching responsibilities are 3 courses per quarter. We seek candidates qualified to teach introductory and upper-level courses in Buddhist Studies and Religious Studies. Candidates should have the ability to teach an introductory course on world religions. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence in Religious Studies theory and methods, have a PhD in hand, provide evidence of success in teaching at the college level, and possess the skill and enthusiasm required for teaching with excellence in Buddhist Studies and Religious Studies. Please submit your application online at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu to posting #0013246, including a letter highlighting teaching and professional work, a CV (including email address), sample course syllabi, a short writing sample, evidence of teaching experience, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three professional references.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 in time for interviews at AAR. OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Contacted for AAR interview (11/11)
  • Offer made (12/5), not accepted

Syracuse University (NY) - Bible/Jewish Studies (VAP)Edit

Visiting Assistant Professor for two semesters (August 2015 through May 2016) to teach undergraduate courses in the Religion Department and Judaic Studies Program for two faculty members on leave. Courses include REL/JSP 114 The Bible (Jewish and Christian canons) both semesters, and two more courses from among the following: Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Ancient Near Eastern Religions and Cultures, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianities, and The Bible as Literature. Successful applicants should have interest and experience in teaching in religious studies and liberal arts contexts and be trained in biblical studies and ancient Judaism and Christianity.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in directly relevant area of job description in hand by August 15, 2015. Responsibilities: Teach 6 credit hours per semester in academic year 2016, according to the following listing:*REL/JSP 114 The Bible (Jewish and Christian canons) both semesters, and two more courses from among the following: Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Ancient Near Eastern Religions and Cultures, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianities, and The Bible as Literature.

  • Applications will be reviewed beginning March 16, 2015 and will continue until an appointment is made. Applications must be received by April 1, 2015. Applications must attach a letter of application and curriculum vitae. Women and minorities are urged to apply. Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Tulane University (LA) - Jewish Studies (VAP)Edit

Tulane University seeks a visiting assistant professor in Jewish Studies, area of research open, starting August 2015. Applicants need to be able to teach an Introduction to Jewish Civilization course. We welcome applications from those with a focus in areas such as history, women's studies, sociology, communications, literature, and/or the arts.

  • Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV, teaching portfolio or sample syllabi, and three letters of reference to the posting at http://apply.interfolio.com/28245m. Full consideration will be given to all applications received before February 1.

University of Alabama (AL) - Instructor in Study of Religion (1 yr. renewable)Edit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a full-time instructor on a one-year contract that is potentially renewable, based on budgetary factors and positive annual performance reviews, for a total of three years. The area of specialization is open, but the position requires a strong background in theory and method and an area of specialization that will enhance the expertise of current faculty in the department. All applicants should demonstrate a record of teaching excellence. The position begins August 16, 2015. At the time of hire, a Ph.D. or equivalent in the academic study of religion or related area is preferred; ABD nearing completion will be considered.

The successful applicant will be teaching sections of the Introduction to Religious Studies as an Honors course (with a limit of 25 students per section; this course addresses methodological and theoretical issues in the academic study of religion) and another will be a more specialized lower or upper-level course, depending on the expertise and interests of the instructor.

The Department of Religious Studies (http://www.as.ua.edu/rel/) 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. Applicants are required to apply online (http://facultyjobs.ua.edu), submitting a cover letter that addresses teaching interests and approach, specifically in relation to the Introduction to Religious Studies course, and a C.V. that lists at least three references. Finalists will be contacted for a dossier with at least three letters of recommendation.

Direct any inquiries to the Search Committee Chair, Eleanor Finnegan, at edfinnegan@ua.edu.

University of Puget Sound (WA) - Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion and Gender & Queer StudiesEdit

Two-year Visiting Assistant Professor, full-time position, to begin fall 2015. Candidate will hold a joint appointment in the Department of Religion and the Gender & Queer Studies Program. Responsibilities: Teach six courses each year over two semesters: three courses in Religion, and three in Gender & Queer Studies. In Gender & Queer Studies the candidate will teach a 200-level introduction to gender, feminism and queer studies, will develop an upper-level theory and/or methods class on gender and queer studies and feminist thought, and will possibly teach other 300-level seminars on gender and/or queer studies based on candidate's area of expertise. In Religion the candidate will teach 200-level (introductory) survey course(s) and/or 300-level seminars. The candidate may also teach a first-year writing seminar. Qualifications: Ph.D. (ABD considered) with strong background both in Religious Studies and in Gender & Queer Studies and/or feminist thought. Candidates in Queer Studies particularly welcomed. In Religious Studies, candidates who can complement the department’s existing strengths would be welcomed, particularly those specializing in Biblical studies, religion in Africa or the United States, American religious history, Jewish studies, environmental ethics, or religion and the environment.

Compensation and Benefits: Rank: Visiting Assistant Professor Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices--services/human-resources/overview-of-university-benefit/.

About Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities.

  • Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than March 23, 2015 to ensure consideration.
  • For complete job description and application instructions, visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/employment
  • Has anyone heard anything on this position? 4 weeks is a long time for a VAP position, but hardly the longest I've ever had to wait...

Vanderbilt University (USA:TN) - Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities [Non-TT;VAP]Edit

  • Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities.
  • The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year.
  • The Visiting Research Assistant Professor will work full time on the publications of Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal (http://syriaca.org/), a digital reference project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • The researcher will be affiliated with an academic unit at Vanderbilt University depending on expertise (Classics, Divinity, History, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion, etc.). The scholar will also be invited to take an active role in the life of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, including its Digital Humanities seminar.
  • A complete application will include the following materials: 1. A cover letter indicating applicant’s qualifications in Syriac studies and, if applicable, digital humanities; 2. A current curriculum vitae; 3. A scholarly publication, dissertation chapter, or digital project representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential (these should be uploaded as attachments in the section marked “Resume and Cover Letter”); 4. Contact information for three referees.
  • Deadline: May 22, 2015
  • The committee will begin review of applications immediately, with priority given to those applications received by May 22. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Willamette University (OR) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious StudiesEdit

Willamette University announces a one-year visiting Assistant Professor position in Religious Studies for the academic year 2015-16. Teaching load is three courses per semester. The successful candidate will specialize in the study of religion and culture or Islam.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. or Th.D. is required.

Willamette University is a liberal arts institution with a long history of liberal education and critical inquiry, with historic roots in the United Methodist tradition. A strong record of undergraduate teaching is preferred. To learn more about the Religious Studies Department, faculty, staff and students visit http://www.willamette.edu/cla/religion

Willamette University, founded in 1842, is the oldest institution of higher education in the Far West. Situated in Oregon's capital city, Willamette includes the College of Liberal Arts (approximately 2,000 students), and graduate programs in Law and Management. The university is committed to living out its motto "Not unto ourselves alone are we born" by incorporating the principles of sustainability, social justice, and action. Salem is located in the center of the picturesque Willamette Valley, approximately an hour's drive from the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Portland and Eugene.

For more information about Willamette, visit our website at http://www.willamette.edu. Application Deadline: Open until finalists are selected. Review of applications will begin immediately. To review complete job announcement and to apply online, please visit http://jobs.willamette.edu/postings/1532 .

  • Interested applicants should send a letter, a current CV and the names of three references with contact information to: Prof. Stephen J. Patterson Department of Religious Studies Willamette University 900 State St. Salem, OR 97301
  • Open until finalists are selected. Review of applications will begin immediately. (posted 3/18/2015)

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2014-15Edit

DiscussionEdit

  • Is it just me or are there far fewer jobs posted in Christianity than there were by this time last year?  If it's not just me, does anyone have an idea as to why? I knew not to expect much, but I expected more than this (by which I mean exactly one position open to junior faculty that doesn't require a statement of faith)! I would especially love someone to tell me that there's another rush of postings on the way...
  • I think it's just random.  I wouldn't expect another *big* rush necessarily until the secondary market in the spring, but stuff will keep coming in all year.  
  • Actually, I was about to ask if it's just me, or if there are less job openings across the board than recent years (which already offered pretty slim pickings)? Seriously - is this an incorrect impression on my part?
  • It seems true for MLA jobs. The job trackers haven't reported data on religious studies yet (at least not that I've found): https://chroniclevitae.com/news/708-are-more-mla-faculty-jobs-on-the-way?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en
  • If there are fewer jobs than by this time in past years, the rise of Skype interviewing instead of interviews at the AAR might be part of the reason - you don't have to have a posting out in time for the AAR anymore.
  • I think it fluctuates every year. This year, there seem to be way more jobs in Asian Religions and Buddhist Studies than there were in the last year or two.
  • "Decline in Religion Faculty Jobs," InsideHigherEd - November 12, 2014
  • I suspect it is across the board and likely due to profs who refuse to retire, since they do not have to; and when they finally do, colleges and universities hire adjuncts and pay them slave wages.

  • I'm curious as to why folks ask about the areas of specialization for folks who have landed interviews. There are so many factors at play beyond area of specialization (e.g., teaching experience, ABD vs. Ph.D.-in-hand, etc.)... what is gained by knowing the area of specialization of a person who is granted an interview?
  • "I'm curious why you are so curious." :) It's not surprising. Candidates want to know the reason why others were selected over them. It's only natural, but of course there's no magic formula to discover. Search committees are irradic, unpredictable entities. Beyond the standard criteria, there are a host of other considerations that come into play that candidates simply cannot predict. If it's not entirely arbitrary beyond the standard criteria, it's at least an inexact science. Hence the elusive, amorphous language of "fit" that pervades searches.

  • A hey and hello to the person posting from IP address 146.141.1.80! And a request: please don't add to an entry unless you have new information or something to add to a conversation relevant to the position. The titles you've added are not helpful and actually bury the informative posts in the feed. Also, imho, they add to the sense of panic I think we're all trying to avoid:)
  • I wasn't the editor, but I kind of thought they were handy. For those who don't check the new comments a couple of times a day that way they can just see at a glance what the statuses of "their" jobs are. Those who want the more complete or nuanced disucssions can still read the whole conversation thread since nothing is being deleted. Anyhoo, just my two cents.
  • I find them unhelpful, because reading them, I got the impression that all the skype or conference interviews were scheduled and that phase of the search was over, but then reading the whole post, I realized that only a few interviews were scheduled and I was not totally out of the running.  So I would vote not to add them any more.
  • +2 against the screaming all caps headers. 
  • Removed the interview markings in headers because more people seemed to be against them than for them. This is done on other pages but it's by no means mandatory if users in this particular field don't find it helpful [11/06/14]

University of Alabama (AL) - Social Theory and the Ancient World (Discussion)Edit

  • 12/27: fix might have been in. Person in blog is ABD only, limited pubs (that seem to be connected to chair). Possibly foreign national. Wonder how that got past HR and adminstration?
  • Wow.  Bitter much?  Departments hire foreign nationals and ABD's all the time.  It must be January because the little green monsters of biblical studies are started to rear their ugly heads on the wiki.
  • The sucessful candidate is not a biblical scholar nor does the ad describe the position that way. Why assume the person commenting is a biblical scholar or even that she or he applied? Not sure the issue is jealousy but qualifications and fairness of the search. It might make applicants feel better to know that they were not rejected but rather that they didn't have a real shot at the job.
  • Moderators: Could these last posts and the link be deleted in favor of a simple "offer extended and accepted"? Hires should not be identified, precisely to avoid derogatory discussions of whether or not they deserved the job. This site is useful precisely because we stick to professional, informational posts, rather than personal attacks.
  • Yes, moderators, please silence the voices of the people. I think these comments are far less derogatory of the hire and more so of the dehumanizing hiring process. While it is true that many places still choose to operate under these antiquated and inhumane ways, it is no less upsetting or troubling when applicants have no real shot at a position and it becomes as obvious as it has with this search. Perhaps these comments might be taken into account if and when this department conducts searches in the future. Or perhaps not?
  • Hey team - old timer here.  I have been on the market for a long, long time, I have gotten many interviews at various stages of this process, and I can tell you this - the only people to whom it is news that the job market is "unfair" are people who are in their first or second round of this process.  I know absolutely nothing about this posting or this department; maybe it was an inside hire, maybe this person has written most of a gangbusters dissertation, maybe both of those things.  You don't know either.  But the fact of the matter is, universities have lots of different reasons to make hires for reasons that don't have anything to do with whether or not they have been "fair" (on your own estimation) to you, the candidate. What a person's "qualifications" are for any given job is highly situational.  People who are running searches know this.  They know it because they were in your position at one time in their lives as well; it isn't like people on the other side don't know this is an inhumane process.  They still have to make decisions on the basis of their own reasons. Chin up, keep cranking the work out, and don't get hung up on any particular posting, *especially* those postings that seem "perfect" for you.  They're perfect for you, and for 500 other people.  
  • I totally agree with the last post.  Search processes are highly idiosyncratic.  A search with an inside hire is *not* necessarily an unfair search.  Are committees not allowed to have someone particular in mind?  Do you think the hiring is any different in other professions, say, law, business, any other industry or profession on earth?  Do you think law firms don't give preference to somebody or other's friend or wife or daughter?  How is this dehumanizing?  Clearly, you have never actually been dehumanized if this falls under that category for you.  What makes academic hiring shittier than other areas is the paucity of jobs and the long application process.  Someone in the business world doesn't have to wait six months to hear at last whether they got a job.  That is the part that is ridiculous and could be changed if academics weren't so damn disorganized and tardy with everything.
  • New contributor, moving these comments to discussion section.  

I just got back from a campus visit and was told at the end that they would contact me in a few weeks.  I was wondering what other people's experience of the time lag between visit and notification about an offer, one way or another.  (I was the third of three candidates)

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