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This page is for Academic Positions in Religious Studies that begin in 2016.

NEW PAGE for jobs that begin in 2017: Religious Studies 2016-2017

Last Year's Page: Religious Studies 2014-2015

See also: Biblical Studies 2015-2016 and Jewish Studies 2015-2016

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DemographicsEdit

ABD (early): 3

ABD (will finish this academic year): 26

Ph.D. in hand (one-year, VAP, Lecturer, Post-doc, adjunct): 32

Assistant Professor: 6

Associate Professor: 1

Full Professor: 1

Search Committee Member: 1

Lurker: 2

Faculty "Job Coach":

TOTAL: (as of May 16, 2016) 72 <----- update the total!

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

African Religions:

African-American Religions:

American Religion(s): 11

Ancient Near East: 1

Anthropology of Religion: 3

Asian Religions-Buddhism: 4

Asian Religions-Chinese/Japanese: 3

Asian Religions-Hinduism: 2

Asian Religions-Southeast Asia: 

Catholic Studies: 1

Christian Spirituality: 1

Christianity-Early: 5

Christianity-Medieval: 3

Christianity-Early Modern/Modern: 3

Christianity-Modern/Ethics: 1

Christianity-Global: 2

Christianity-Catholic and Latin American Studies:

Comparative: 3

Ethics: 6

Esotericism: 1

Hebrew Bible: 1

Intercultural Studies: 1

Indigenous Religions: 2

Islam: 6

Judaism: 6

New Testament: 2

Pastoral Care / Religion and Psychology: 1

Philosophy of Religion: 3

Political Theology:

Practical Theology: 2

Religion and Literature:

Religion and History of Science:

Religion and Violence: 2

Religion and Pop Culture: 1

Secularism: 1

Second Temple Judaism: 2

Sociology of Religion: 3

Social Science of Religion/Methods: 1 

South Asian Religions: 3

Theology: 9

Women's Studies / Queer Theory: 5

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

2015-2016 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track Edit

Aarhus University (DK) - Associate Professorship, emphasis on Psychology and Science of ReligionEdit

The School of Culture and Society invites applications for an associate professorship in the study of religion. The associate professorship is a permanent position which begins on 01.01.2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position: We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The position focuses on the interdisciplinary psychology of religion and the new experimental science of religion. The future associate professor is expected to help further the integration of the interdisciplinary psychology of religion within the study of religion at the Department of the Study of Religion through teaching and research at the highest international level. She or he will be situated within the department’s Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit.

Research: The School of Culture and Society emphasises high-quality research and attaches great importance to interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects, and the ability to attract external research funding.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong profile and track record in the study of religion, as well as experimental expertise in psychology, neurocognition and the cognitive science of religion.

We are particularly interested in a candidate whose training and research integrates the above-mentioned fields. The associate professor will be expected to develop collaborative research initiatives locally and internationally.

  • All applications must be made online and received by 10 July 2015.
  • See full ad HERE.

American University in Cairo (EGYPT) - Comparative ReligionsEdit

The Abdulhadi H. Taher Chair in Comparative Religion was established and endowed in 2002. The AUC History Department is inviting applications for this tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank or higher, commensurate with qualifications and experience, to begin in the fall semester 2016. Candidates should demonstrate scholarly competence in (1) theoretical approaches to the comparative study of religion (both classical and contemporary) and (2) either a specific religious tradition or the religions of a defined geographic region (preferably Asia, Africa, or Europe). The successful candidate will teach introductory world religions courses, as well as upper-division undergraduate thematic seminars.

Requirements: Applicants must have earned a PhD in Comparative Religion or a closely related field by July 1, 2016. Evidence of teaching experience at the undergraduate level is required.

Application Instructions: Please submit the following: a letter of interest that highlights your experience and research and teaching interests, a current cv; and a completed Personnel Information Form. The Personnel Information Form is available when you create an account at http://aucegypt.interviewexchange.com. Your account login will enable you to respond to any additional questions from the Search Committee, if required.

  • Priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2015, although the Search Committee will consider application received after this date until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held in December 2015
  • Skype interview request (11/23).
  • Wow. I can't even get a phone interview for a job in Egypt! I'm starting to think I'll never get an Ivy League job.
  • Wow, what a disrespectful and clueless thing to say.  AUC did well not giving an interview to someone like you.  
  • Congratulations. Care to share your qualifications? Also, did anyone else get an interview request?
  • This makes me sad. I would do nearly anything for an endowed chair. Even if it meant moving to Cairo. Oh well. Congratulations to those who received interviews.
  • Skype interviews finished. I think it went well, but you never know.
  • Any updates on this one?
  • Offer made and accepted (Feb. 16)

Arizona State University (AZ) - Honors/Open Field/Open Rank (Renewable/Non TT)Edit

Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University invites applications for a renewable multi-year position in the core Honors faculty. Barrett Honors Faculty Fellows are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers with competitive salaries and generous benefits.

The main teaching responsibility rests on a rigorous two-semester interdisciplinary seminar course, The Human Event, in which students examine diverse intellectual traditions from earliest writings to the present. Special attention is given to critical thinking and argumentative writing skills. In addition, faculty members teach upper-division seminars, and mentor honors students throughout their four years in independent studies, individual conferences, theses, and other forms of scholarly achievement.

Arizona State University as an institution is committed to accessibility and excellence. Barrett attracts many of the top students in the country and provides them with an enriched academic experience that challenges them and enables them to become better citizens. The typical Barrett freshman is in the top five percent of their high school class.

We seek to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position whose primary responsibility will be to teach the first-year Human Event seminar. Successful applicants will demonstrate teaching excellence, including experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. The position begins August 2016; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.

Qualifications: A PhD in any academic field that adds richness to our college. Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching argumentative writing and leading seminar-based discussions is highly desired. We welcome applications from candidates whose teaching and scholarly activities address the diversity of our student population and seek a diverse candidate pool.

  • Please send: (1) a letter of application detailing teaching philosophy and experience, disciplinary training and research, and how you can contribute to honors education; (2) a C.V.; (3) two letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching; (4) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in the first semester of The Human Event (HON 171), and a schedule of readings for that course. Further information on this course can be found at https://barretthonors.asu.edu/academics/hon-171-human-event/. Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: bhcfacultysearch@asu.edu. Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, at bhcfacultysearch@asu.edu.
  • Application review will begin at 5:00pm on February 4, 2016.
  • UPDATE: Job is readvertised on Chronicle of Higher Ed website with deadline of March 16, 2016 - not sure if this is an additional position, or an extended deadline for the same position?
  • CLARIFICATION: The March 16 job is a different position. The Feb 4 job is for the main Tempe campus; March 16 job is for the downtown campus.  Two different jobs, with different criteria and a different search committee!
  • separate entry for the Downtown Phoenix job is below.
  • Received an email from the Chair that my application is now complete and that ASU will conduct interviews very soon (2/5) x2
  • Not everyone received these confirmations. I had to request confirmation from them myself, and my application was complete. Odd that they were selective in providing such confirmations. 
  • Additional materials request received by email. (2/18) (x2)
  • Might I ask what materials were requested?
  • Student Evaluations from last 2 years and Course Syllabus for HON 272
  • Has anyone gotten a follow-up request? I never know the turnaround for these sorts of things.... 
  • received request by phone for campus interview. (3.17)

Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus (AZ) - Honors/Open Field/Open Rank (Renewable/Non TT)Edit

Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus invites applications for a position in the core Honors faculty. The faculty members of Barrett are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers with competitive salaries and generous benefits; most are on three-year renewable appointments. The main teaching responsibility rests on a rigorous two-semester interdisciplinary seminar, The Human Event, in which students examine important ideas from earliest writings to the present. Special attention is given to critical thinking and argumentative writing skills. In addition, faculty members teach upper-division seminars, and mentor honors students throughout their four years in independent studies, individual conferences, theses, and other forms of scholarly achievement.

Barrett attracts many of the top students in the country and provides them with an enriched academic experience that challenges them and enables them to become better citizens. Typical Barrett first-year students were in the top five percent of their high school class.

We seek to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position with primary responsibility to teach the first-year Human Event seminar at the ASU Downtown Campus, located in the center of dynamic and culturally vibrant Phoenix. Successful applicants will demonstrate experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. A passion for teaching in an interdisciplinary environment is required, as our students’ majors span the Downtown Campus colleges of Nursing and Health Innovation, Journalism and Mass Communication, Health Solutions, Letters and Sciences, Education, and Public Service and Community Solutions. The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will be moving to the Downtown Campus in the near future For more information on the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus, see http://www.asu.edu/downtownphoenix/ . The position begins August 2016; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.

Qualifications: Required: (1) A PhD by June 2016 in any academic field, and (2) experience teaching undergraduate argumentative writing and leading seminar-based discussions.

Desired: Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple disciplines and who have experience in honors education are encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from candidates whose teaching and scholarly activities address the diversity of our downtown student population.

  • Application: Please send: (1) a letter of application detailing teaching philosophy and experience, disciplinary training and research, and how you can contribute to honors education; (2) a C.V.; (3) two confidential letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching; (4) contextualized course evaluations from your most recent two semesters of teaching, and (5) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in The Human Event (HON171 and HON272), and a schedule of readings for those two courses. Information on The Human Event can be found at http://barretthonors.asu.edu/academics/honors-courses-and-contracts/signaturecourses/ and sample syllabi are available under Barrett Downtown Honors Faculty Fellow profiles at http://barrettdowntown.asu.edu/about/barrett-downtown-honors-faculty/ .
  • Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: bhcdwtnfaculty@asu.edu. Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Katherine O’Flaherty, Chair, Downtown Faculty Search Committee, at bhcdwtnfaculty@asu.edu. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2016.

Assumption College (MA)TheologyEdit

The Department of Theology at Assumption College seeks to fill a tenure-track post at the position of Assistant Professor for the 2016-2017 academic year, teaching 7 courses per year. 

Assumption College, a Catholic liberal arts and professional studies college, was founded in 1904 by its sponsoring religious community, the Augustinians of the Assumption. Assumption College is an Affirmative Action/EEOC employer encouraging candidates who would enrich the College's diversity

Requirements: The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., possess broad and deep learning in the Catholic theological tradition, and possess a demonstrated ability to teach a full range of undergraduate courses in theology. While the AOS and AOC for this position are open, the person who holds this post must be able to teach in Assumption College's core undergraduate program and in the College's major and minor programs in theology. Candidates are expected to have already established a documented record of professional and scholarly activity. Applicants must be willing to contribute actively to the mission of the College as well as show respect for the Catholic and Assumptionist identity of Assumption College.

Application Instructions: to apply, please submit a letter of application, a Curriculum Vitae, transcripts, and names and contact information of three references who can attest to your teaching experience and qualifications. Materials must be submitted online as MS Word documents or PDF files at the following web site: http://www.assumption.edu/hr.

Applicants are additionally required to submit an electronic statement that 1) articulates their approach to teaching undergraduate courses in theology and 2) explains how their academic and scholarly life actively supports the stated mission of Assumption College. Please send official hard copies of all academic transcripts to Assumption College 500 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA 01609 Attn: Marc Guerra. Inquiries can be directed to Marc Guerra at mguerra@assumption.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 16th.
  • Email request to have LORs sent (Nov 6; Dec 3 x 5)
  • Those who submitted LORS any response or further feedback?
  • None here (as of Jan 12). x5
  • The job is no longer listed on their website.  I have no idea if this means the job search is canceled.  (1-14-16)
  • The fact that the job is no longer listed on the website doesn't necessarily mean anything other than they got all of the applications they need and they have closed the search to new apps
  • If you are really concerned, you could e-mail the chair
  • Very friendly rejection email received (Jan 22) (x5)
  • REJECTED!
  • Offer accepted (by a colleague-perhaps a while back) (3/14) 

Aurora University (IL) - ReligionEdit

RELIGION: Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Candidate will be expected to teach a wide range of both introductory and upper-level courses in the Religion program, and will also be expected to regularly teach core courses in the General Education program. Service will include, among other duties, committee work, program assessment, and curricular development, as well as student advising and mentoring. Area of specialization is open, but we would especially welcome a candidate whose research and teaching interests both complement and extend our growing program offerings, particularly in the areas of world religions, religion and culture, and gender and religion. Our department is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and emphasizes critical dialogue, the use of primary texts, and the value of interdisciplinary studies, all encompassed within our mission of cultivating an inclusive community and awakening in our students the transformative power of learning. Ph.D. in Religion, Religious Studies, or related field at time of appointment required, as well as demonstrated excellence in teaching, evidence of scholarly potential, and a clear commitment to university service.

All faculty positions offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, life, long term disability, and generous matching contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA CREF, and tuition remission included. Applications must include a letter of intent including description of education, certifications held, and all relevant experience, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references including phone numbers (candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted). Electronic applications welcomed. More information can be found at http://aurora.edu/facultyjobs .

Please submit application materials as follows:

Hardcopy submissions: Faculty Search, Office of the Provost, Aurora University, 347 S. Gladstone Ave. Aurora, IL 60506.

Electronic submissions: facultysearch@aurora.edu

  • Applications submitted by 1 November 2015 will receive full consideration.
  • Any word on this position from any applicants? 11/30
  • Still waiting...x4
  • Email request for phone interview (12/9)
  • Anyone (else) heard anything postitive or negative on this since?
  • Rejection letter received (12/18), dated 12/11
  • I had a phone interview before Christmas, but I haven't heard anything since--has anyone else? I'm assuming it's a no-go at this point (x 2, 1/29). 
  • Job no longer listed on their website. (3/10)
  • I guess TT is TT, but this is not a good university, at all. The provost has his degree from an online college and will try to intimidate you at the end of the day. Go elsewhere if you can. 
  • I totally agree with the above. Maybe the provost has changed. I had the unfortunate experience of interviewing with them a few years back. The provost is someone I will never forget. He ruined the whole day. He was super rude and had ivy envy. It was out of controll. Department did not impress either. In retrospect, I'm so glad I was passed over. One of the woman in the department got in trouble for intimidaing a student and using videos as teaching tools. Not impressive at all. Even in the provost has changed, I will never forget that man, ever. You will be working to getting out, I can vouch for that. 
  • ^^Seriously? Provost is a she with degrees from Manitoba and Nebraska.

Ball State University (IN) - Islamic StudiesEdit

Tenure-track faculty position available August 19, 2016.

Area of specialization: Islamic Studies.

Responsibilities: teach nine hours per semester; service; research.

Minimum qualifications: PhD in Religious Studies or related field prior to start date; evidence of research productivity; and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Preferred qualifications: earned doctorate in Religious Studies at time of application; demonstrated potential to excel in mentoring non-majority students, inclusive pedagogy, or diversity policy issues; and facility with high impact teaching practices see https://www.aacu.org/leap/hips .

Send curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and a brief statement of research interests to: Religious Studies Search, philrelst@bsu.edu .

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Complete applications received by October 26, 2015 are guaranteed full consideration.
  • Received an email on 10/23 letting me know only one reference had been received. 
  • Recieved an email on 11/6 scheduling Skype interviews for the first week in December (12 available timeslots)
  • Plan to notify about campus visits in late December/early January.
  • Check received in the mail 11/25 <--??
  • Invitation for campus visit sent via email on 12/18

Bard College (NY) - Buddhist StudiesEdit

Bard College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Buddhist Studies, to begin September 2016. The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts setting. Applicants should possess a strong foundation in the formative or classical traditions and literatures of 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 position contributes to both the Religion and Asian Studies programs. The successful candidate will also participate in Bard’s First-Year Seminar, the foundation of the college’s commitment to liberal education. Ph.D. or near completion is required, and teaching experience is highly desirable.

For more information on the Religion Program at Bard, visit http://religion.bard.edu/ or contact Richard Davis, rdavis@bard.edu.

  • Please submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation through Interfolio.com at: http://apply.interfolio.com/32217 by October 30, 2015.
  • Contacted on November 12th for AAR interview (x2)

Bard College (NY) - History and Theology of Judaism (Open Rank)Edit

Bard College invites applications for a full-time, open rank position in the Religion Program, in the area of Judaic Studies. This is an endowed chair, the Jacob Neusner Professor in the History and Theology of Judaism, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field and to Bard College. The position contributes centrally to both the Religion Program and the Jewish Studies concentration.

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts setting. The period of specialization is open.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Nominations are especially welcome. For more information on the Religion Program at Bard, visit http://religion.bard.edu/ or contact Bruce Chilton, chilton@bard.edu.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching and research statement, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation through Interfolio.com at: http://apply.interfolio.com/31517

  • Interfolio Link Closes: Dec 31, 2015.

Birmingham-Southern College (AL)- Christian Ethics or TheologyEdit

The Religion Department at Birmingham-Southern College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and/or Christian Ethics to begin August 2016. The teaching load is three classes per semester and an intensive course during January. Special attention will be given to candidates who research and teach in the areas of African-American religious traditions and theologies.  Ability to contribute to other interdisciplinary programs of the College is also highly desirable.  The successful teacher/scholar will have an avid interest in pedagogical development, a robust research agenda, 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.

ABD candidates are welcome, though candidates who have received their Ph.D. by time of employment are preferred. 

Birmingham-Southern College is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1300 undergraduate students. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, BSC is included in Pope’s Colleges that Change Lives and is a sheltering institution for Phi Beta Kappa.  The College’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research.  For more on the College’s faculty, students, educational mission, and national reputation, visit www.bsc.edu.

BSC is located just minutes from downtown Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama and a leading hub for banking and medical research in the Southeast.  There are six higher education institutions within a short commute.  The community sponsors a symphony, ballet, opera, and several museums as well as annual art, music, and film festivals.  Numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure activities also exist close by.

  • Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable), a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and at least three professional reference letters.  The committee will begin screening applications in late October 2015. Initial interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion conference in Atlanta in November 2015. Questions about this position should be sent to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Amy Cottrill, at acottril@bsc.edu.  Application materials should be sent electronically to religionsearch@bsc.edu.
  • [10-30] received e-mail on 10-30 from search chair indicating the search committee will not be conducting AAR interviews; rather, they will conduct skype interviews in Jan-Feb.
  • Any idea about when we might hear about interviews?
  • I've been wondering about this one lately.  I don't think their spring semester begins until February.
  • Had a Skype interview last Friday (writing this on 2/26). I believe they were also conducting online interviews this week. Received an email request to do so.
  • On-campus interviews completed.
  • Offer made and accepted (4/4)

Birmingham-Southern College (AL) - Islam, Hinduism, or BuddhismEdit

The Religion Department at Birmingham-Southern College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam to begin August 2016. The teaching load is three classes per semester and an intensive course during January.  Ability to teach a survey of Asian Religions and contribute to other interdisciplinary programs of the College is highly desirable.  The successful teacher/scholar will have an avid interest in pedagogical development, a robust research agenda, 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. 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. 

Birmingham-Southern College is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1300 undergraduate students. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, BSC is included in Pope’s Colleges that Change Lives and is a sheltering institution for Phi Beta Kappa.  The College’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research.  For more on the College’s faculty, students, educational mission, and national reputation, visit www.bsc.edu.

BSC is located just minutes from downtown Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama and a leading hub for banking and medical research in the Southeast.  There are six higher education institutions within a short commute.  The community sponsors a symphony, ballet, opera, and several museums as well as annual art, music, and film festivals.  Numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure activities also exist close by.

  • Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable), a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and at least three professional reference letters.  The committee will begin screening applications in late October 2015.  Initial interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion conference in Atlanta in November 2015. Questions about this position should be sent to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Amy Cottrill, at acottril@bsc.edu.  Application materials should be sent electronically to religionsearch2@bsc.edu.
  • E-Mail stating that original plans (to select interview candidates in October in time for AAR) have changed. They will now be interviewing in late January-February via Skype. (10/30) (x3)
  • Invitation for e-interview via Blue Jeans (2/4)
  • Campus Invite (2/19)

Boston University (MA) - East Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religion invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in East Asian Religions, starting July 1, 2016, with relevant research languages, substantial training in the academic study of religion, ability to teach introductory courses, and a commitment to teaching excellence. This position is subject to budgetary approval. The area of specialization is open. A preference for candidates who will complement and enhance the existing strengths in the comparative study of religion, philosophy of religion, or gender and sexuality in religion.

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, writing sample, evidence of teaching skills, and three letters of recommendation to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6075. Questions may be directed toward Search Committee Chair, Department of Religion, Boston University, 145 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215 or religion@bu.edu.

  • The application deadline is October 30, 2015. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAR Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
  • Received email saying they had contacted their candidates for interviews (11/10)
  • Campus invites out yet (26/11)?
  • Campus invite by phone (12/6)
  • Offer made and accepted.

Boston University (MA) - Sociology of ReligionEdit

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Sociology of Religion at the Assistant Professor rank, to begin July 1, 2016. Candidates should have a strong research record and research skills with an emphasis on congregational or community studies, and on cross-cultural and global issues in the field. Active engagement in empirical research and excellence in teaching are expected. The ideal candidate might also contribute to the School's strengths in lived religion, cultural studies, and practical theology. 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 programs in Theological Studies, particularly Practical Theology, and in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies. 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.

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 October 1, 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
  • Any updates on this job? Information requested? Interviews scheduled yet? The sociology boards got nada.
  • Updates just came through (10/29).  Interviews are being scheduled for AAR.
  • Any news re. campus interviews?
  • I know someone who received a campus invite (12/22, but heard news a few days ago)
  • Offer made and accepted (3/3/16).
  • pray tell, who?

Brown University (RI) - Chinese BuddhismEdit

Brown University's Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a position in Chinese Buddhism at the rank of assistant or associate professor, to begin July 1, 2016.  The Department is seeking a scholar who possesses expertise in pre-modern Chinese Buddhism and who will contribute energetically to the Department's Asian Religious Traditions graduate area.  

Preference will be given to applicants who are broadly trained in Religious Studies and East Asian Studies, and who are prepared to teach a range of undergraduate courses in Buddhism and East Asian Religions, as well as graduate seminars in Chinese Buddhism.  Command of the appropriate research languages, excellent written and spoken English, and experience conducting research in East Asia are essential.  The Ph.D. must be in hand before July 1, 2016.

Candidates should submit a letter of application (addressing qualifications, research, and teaching interests), a curriculum Vitae, and one representative writing sample or scholarly publication to the search committee.  In addition, applicants at the rank of assistant professor should submit three confidential letters of reference and graduate transcripts through Interfolio; applicants at the rank of associate professor should send the names of at least five scholars from whom the committee may request letters of reference (these materials should be added under the additional documents section as appropriate).

  • Priority will be given to applications received by October 16, 2015. Please send all application materials via Interfolio ( http://apply.interfolio.com/30492 ). General inquiries should be addressed to Nicole Vadnais, RS Department Manager, by email (Nicole_Vadnais@brown.edu).
  • Received a short acknowledgement email on October 23rd, saying that they will conduct campus interviews early in the spring semester 2016.
  • Rejection via email on January 27th, saying they had selected candidates for on-campus interviews.
  • Offer made. Also accepted, I heard. (3/1)

California State University, Bakersfield (CA) - Asian Religious TraditionsEdit

California State University, Bakersfield. Tenure track position beginning August, 2016. AOS: Asian Religious Traditions AOC: Comparative Religion and/or Social Scientific Approaches to the Study of Religion. We anticipate that the candidate will also play a role in developing interdisciplinary courses in gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies and/or cultural studies depending on areas of expertise. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to the liberal arts, and the ability to contribute broadly to the Religion Studies program and general education curriculum. Evidence of teaching excellence is required. The standard load is eight semester courses per year with usual advising and committee responsibilities. Salary based on CSU scale. Ph.D. at time of appointment.

Submit a complete dossier including ONLY the following: 1.) Cover letter, 2.) Curriculum Vitae, 3.) Three (3) letters of recommendation to rssearchcsub@gmail.com. Please indicate in your application if you wish notification of final search outcome.

  • Has anyone heard anything? 
  • Email invitation to Skype interview (4/6)
  • Anyone heard after Skype interview? 
  • Any news?
  • Offer made and accepted (5/23)

Catholic University of America (DC) - Latin Patristics and Early Church HistoryEdit

The Church History academic area in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America seeks to fill a tenure track position in Latin Patristics and Early Church History at the level of assistant or associate professor, to begin August, 2016. We seek candidates who understand, are enthusiastic about, and will make a significant contribution to the mission of the University, which reads as follows: “As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.”

The candidate must possess an earned doctorate and have primary expertise in Augustine or a major Latin patristic theologian of the early church. The person who fills the position will have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching and will be expected to: teach in undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs in the university, advise students, direct master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, and serve on committees. Rank and salary will be determined on the basis of academic credentials and publication record.

  • Please send a letter of application outlining research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, a one- to two-page personal statement indicating how the candidate, through his or her research, teaching, and service, would make a distinctive contribution to advancing the University’s mission, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair of the Search Committee in Latin Patristics and Early Church History, Caldwell Hall 106, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064 or CUA-STRS-JOBS@cua.edu by November 30, 2015. The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making the final offer of employment. The Catholic University of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Did anyone else hear about this one? It wasn't advertised anywhere but on their own website, as far as I can find, which seems really odd. 
  • rejection email 1/13 (x2)
  • Was it advertised on AARweb?? Other places??
  • I didn't apply to this position, but I think I saw it on the AARweb site in the fall.
  • I heard someone at my university had a Skype or phone interview recently, but no word from CUA since.
  • Any news??

Chicago Theological Seminary (IL) - Practical TheologyEdit

Chicago Theological Seminary invites applications for a full-time, three-year term (with potential for conversion to tenure-track) position in Practical Theology to begin July 1, 2016. We have special interests in Homiletics, Pastoral Care, and Psychology and Religion. Applications from scholars with strengths in the areas of mujerista, feminist, womanist, queer, and/or interreligious approaches to the practice of ministry are encouraged. Ph.D. required, experience with online learning preferred. Applicants should share the seminarys historic commitments to social justice and the care of persons, and be able to teach in six degree programs (MA, MARL, MDiv, STM, DMin, PhD) with several concentrations. The successful candidate will have a scholarly trajectory and be committed to developing a professional profile that includes publication.

  • Send a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references (name, address, telephone, and email) to Emily Vogt, Assistant to the Academic Dean, at either evogt@ctschicago.edu or Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637-2902. Deadline for applications is September 8. A seminary affiliated related to the United Church of Christ with a diverse, ecumenical, interreligious faculty and student body, Chicago Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity, Open and Affirming employer.
  • Does anyone know if there is a preference on field of expertise, or truly open among these 3?
  • Any news on this search (11/3)?
  • Skype interviews were held in early October.

Claremont Graduate University (CA) - American ReligionsEdit

The Religion Department at Claremont Graduate University invites applications for a tenure-track, advanced assistant or associate professor of American religions, with a preferred specialization in African American and/or Latino/a religion in North America. Candidates should be primarily prepared to teach and advise M.A. and Ph.D. students in the department’s program in American religions, while the ideal candidate will also contribute to the department’s program in comparative scripture. Special preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated ability to teach a graduate-level religious studies theory and method course. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in religious studies or related fields, as well as a proven track record and future trajectory of scholarly achievement. The appointment is scheduled to commence in Fall 2016.

Intellectual breadth is important in our department and university. Regardless of specialization, we seek candidates eager to help graduate students who possess a wide range of interests discover nuances and make connections across fields and topics in their scholarly work. In addition to research and teaching, faculty at CGU work closely advising and mentoring MA and doctoral students on their theses and dissertations and on their career preparation. The successful candidate will have outstanding teaching and mentoring skills, a demonstrably strong record of publications, and experience advising students from diverse backgrounds.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, and writing sample (30 pages maximum), and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Patrick Mason, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, 831 N. Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.

  • Contacted by email about AAR interview 10/29/2015.
  • Any word on campus invites?  Should be happening (or have happened) by now.
  • Word from search committee that they have moved on to finalists 1/9/2016

Coastal Carolina University (SC) - Lecturer of Religious StudiesEdit

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a Lecturer in Religious Studies. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible teaching position responsible for 10 courses per year. The position will start August 16, 2016. 

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and have at least two years of prior teaching experience at the university-level. Area of specialization is open, however candidates specializing in Religion in the Americas will be preferred. We especially encourage candidates with experience in mentoring, student outreach, and/or experiential learning to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to teach multiple sections of RELG 103 World Religions each semester, as well as periodic upper-division courses related to her or his area of specialization. The successful candidate will also assist the Department in recruitment for the Minor in Religious Studies. The successful candidate is eligible for promotion to Senior Lecturer after six years. 

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located just nine miles from the Atlantic coast resort of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Coastal enrolls more than 9,900 students from 45 states and 58 nations. The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and selective masters degrees of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services, a specialist degree in educational leadership, and a Ph.D. degree in Marine Science. 

To apply, applicants must submit the following items electronically at https://jobs.coastal.edu: 1) a letter of application stating your teaching and research interests, 2) current curriculum vitae, 3) copies of academic transcripts, 4) teaching evaluations or evidence of teaching accomplishment, and 5) three letters of reference.

  • Review of candidates will begin on January 4, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Dennis Earl, Chair of the Search Committee at dearl@coastal.edu. 

College of the Holy Cross (MA) -Assistant Professor of Social EthicsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment to begin in August 2016, in Christian Social Ethics with a focus on economics, gender, race, and ethnicity. Knowledge of ethics in a second religious tradition is desirable. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching at the introductory and advanced levels as well as scholarly achievement.

Ph.D. required. This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary one-semester research leave prior to tenure review and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for tenured faculty.

The College of the Holy Cross uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement on teaching, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to http://apply.interfolio.com/30890 .

In your cover letter, in addition to describing your research and teaching interests, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or service might support the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see statement) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/campus-life/diversity-and-inclusion.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015 and continue until the position has been filled. Initial interviews of selected applicants will take place in mid to late November.  We will conduct these preliminary interviews by SKYPE or at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, November 21-24, for those who will be attending the meeting.)
  • Any word yet?
  • Any word as of 11/3/15?
  • Email invite for AAR interview (11/6)
  • Any word about second round interviews post AAR? (12/1)
  • Campus visit (12/11)

College of William and Mary (VA) - Asian and Middle Eastern StudiesEdit

The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) Program at the College of William and Mary seeks applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful applicant will be jointly appointed in a home department and AMES. AMES is a concentration within the interdisciplinary major of Global Studies, and is supported by 32 faculty affiliates from eleven departments.

We are interested in individuals with research and teaching expertise in Middle Eastern, East Asian, and/or South Asian studies. We welcome applicants in the humanities or humanistic social sciences including, but not limited to Anthropology, Art and Art History, Cultural Studies, Government, Literature, Religious Studies, and other areas of scholarly expertise pending departmental approval. Teaching expectation is two courses per semester, and the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching the interdisciplinary core course in AMES as well as upper-level courses in AMES and his/her home department.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a related field at the time of appointment (August 10, 2016).

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated interest in comparative and trans-regional scholarship and teaching, and experience mentoring successful undergraduate research is preferred.

Candidate must apply online at https://jobs.wm.edu. Submit a curriculum vitae, and a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests. 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.

  • For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date, October 15th 2015. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed.
  • Nothing here (10/31)x2

College of William and Mary (VA) - Assistant Professor in Islamic StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Islamic Studies. We are particularly interested in those candidates who will or have taught courses on the historical development of Islam as a global religion. Fields of expertise may vary, but specialists in the Middle East or Africa will be favored. The successful candidate will teach 4 courses per year, with an opportunity to develop specialty courses at the undergraduate upper levels. Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies or a related field at the time of appointment (August 10, 2016). Language proficiency should be appropriate to specific fields of study. Those who make the short list for interviews will be asked by mid-November for student evaluations and a writing sample. Interviews will be conducted at the AAR or, if necessary, by phone.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies or a related field at the time of appointment (August 10, 2016). Language proficiency should be appropriate to specific fields of study.

  • For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date, October 1, 2015.
  • email acknowledging receipt of online application, 09/29
  • Any news on this search?
  • None here(10/31) (x4)
  • Any word yet?
  • Invitation for AAR interview + request for supplemental materials (11/11) (x3)
  • Any post-AAR follow-up? (12/22 x2)
  • None here (12/22)
  • Any updates on if they sent out invites for campus visits? (1/5)
  • I haven't heard anything (1/5)
  • Campus visits are on-going. First candidate already visited. Two more to go. (1/29)

Conrad Grebel University College (Waterloo, ON) - Practical TheologyEdit

Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a full-time definite-term faculty position in Practical Theology.  The position relates primarily to the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program.  It entails teaching, supervising students in ministry settings, and coordinating the Applied Studies option of the MTS. Persons from all specializations are encouraged to apply; applicants with research expertise in Spirituality and Aging may be eligible for connection to the University of Waterloo’s Research Institute for Aging (RIA).  The appointment is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2016 at the Lecturer or Assistant Professor level. 

  • Review of applications will begin February 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. The College is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified persons.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
  • Emailed Rejection (2/19)

Creighton University (NE) - Theology (Faith and Culture)Edit

Creighton University Department of Theology seeks a candidate who wishes to teach (primarily undergraduates and some graduates) at a Jesuit-Catholic University in a department committed to the Christian theological traditions. For this position, we seek a candidate in the area of Faith and Culture. The applicant should be trained in Christian theology and may specialize in any area that addresses Faith and Culture, including (but not limited to) comparative theology, American religion, science and religion, or Christianity and modern atheism. The individual selected will teach various courses in theology including a required freshman introductory theology course. There is an expectation of an active research agenda and service to the Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University. This position will be full-time, tenure track at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in August of 2016.

PhD in an appropriate field from an accredited college or university. Evidence of significant and appropriate teaching experience.

Candidates should send a complete dossier including an application form, cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcript (copies are acceptable for the interview; originals will be requested before formal offer can be made), teaching dossier (to include teaching philosophy, sample syllabus and information about student teaching evaluations), and three current letters of recommendation to: http://careers.creighton.edu The Official Creighton College of Arts and Sciences Application, available at https://ccas.creighton.edu/sites/ccas.creighton.edu/files/4.7%20Link%20-%20FacApp.pdf Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must speak to the candidate's teaching ability. Transcripts (as described in the College Application). A written statement addressing the candidate's understanding of the interrelated missions of the University, College, and department and the role she or he would hope to play in accomplishing those missions. Use the following links to access our mission statements:

Creighton University: http://www.creighton.edu/about/mission.
Creighton College of Arts and Sciences: https://ccas.creighton.edu/about/about-our-mission.
Theology Department: http://www.creighton.edu/ccas/theology/mission/index.php.)

Send print materials to Search Committee, Department of Theology, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178.

  • Application deadline: November 1st, 2015. Interviews will be scheduled with selected applicants at the AAR Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
  • any word about interviews for this position?
  • none yet (11/11)
  • request for AAR/SBL interview (11/11)
  • campus interview request (12/8)

Creighton University (NE) - Moral Theology/Christian EthicsEdit

The Creighton University Department of Theology seeks a candidate who wishes to teach (primarily undergraduates and some graduates) at a Jesuit-Catholic University in a department committed to the Christian theological traditions.  For this position, we are especially interested in candidates trained in moral theology/Christian ethics with a preferred specialization in environmental ethics. The individual selected will teach various core curriculum and upper-division courses in Christian ethics, as well as a required freshman introductory course in theology. There is an expectation of an active research agenda and service to the Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and the University.  This position will be full-time, tenure track at the rank of assistant professor, beginning in August of 2016. 

Creighton University is a private Jesuit, Catholic coeducational urban university in Omaha, Nebraska that encourages applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds who believe they can contribute to the distinctive educational traditions of the university. Creighton has regularly been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top regional liberal arts institutions in the Midwest. 

Application for this position requires the submission of both electronic and print materials. Applicants must submit a cover letter and University application electronically at http://www.creighton.edu/hr/careers/index.php.  Applicants must also submit the following by mail: 1.  The Official Creighton College of Arts and Sciences Application, available at https://ccas.creighton.edu/sites/ccas.creighton.edu/files/4.7%20Link%20-%20FacApp.pdf.  2.  A current Curriculum Vitae (as described in the College Application) 3.  Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must speak to the candidate’s teaching ability. 4.  Transcripts (as described in the College Application).  5.  A written statement addressing the candidate’s understanding of the interrelated missions of the University, College, and department and the role she or he would hope to play in accomplishing those missions.  Use the following links to access our mission statements:

Creighton University: http://www.creighton.edu/about/mission.  

Creighton College of Arts and Sciences: https://ccas.creighton.edu/about/about-our-mission.

Theology Department: http://www.creighton.edu/ccas/theology/mission/index.php.)  

  • Send print materials to Ethics Search Committee, Department of Theology, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178.  Application deadline: October 16, 2015. Preliminary Skype interviews will be scheduled with selected applicants in November. Applications from minorities and women scholars are strongly encouraged. 

Creighton University is a EEO/AA Employer: M/F/Disabled/Vets.

  • I believe I posted this ad before, but it may have been removed. As far as I (an applicant) know, this is a different hire than the Faith and Culture position above. I received this ad via email and am reposting it here in case anyone is following the search. (11/4)
  • Email for Skype interview 11/4 (x2).
  • Any word on campus interviews?
  • I had a Skype interview. If I recall correctly, I was told we wouldn't hear about campus visits till mid-January, because the same committee is also running the Faith and Culture search and has a lot on their plate. Can any other applicant confirm?
  • Hmm. I also had a skype interview and I might recall it differently. I thought I remember them saying that we would hear about campus visits in mid December and that it was the campus visits that would be mid-January. But I might be remembering that wrong. Or maybe they got it mixed up!
  • Received letter of rejection in the mail. Indicated that there were 3 people chosen for campus visits. (12/18) x2

Earlham School of Religion (IN) - Christian SpiritualityEdit

The Earlham School of Religion (ESR) seeks candidates for a full time teaching faculty appointment in Christian Spirituality. We seek candidates with both academic and practical experience in the area of Christian spirituality, and for whom the Quaker tradition of spirituality is integral to their teaching and practice. At a minimum, academic preparation should include the M. Div.; a Ph.D. in spirituality or related fields is preferred. Teaching experience and practice in spiritual direction is necessary.

The person holding this appointment will teach up to six courses per year in semester long, two-week, on-line and blended formats, and provide leadership for the annual spirituality conference. Sample courses include Spiritual Formation and Personal Practice, History of Christian Spirituality, Prayer, and Individual Spiritual Direction. The successful candidate will also be invited to develop courses relevant to their own interests so long as they support the objectives of the M. Div. program. Academic advising, committee service, and participation in the life of the seminary community are also expectations for this appointment.

A cover letter explaining interest in the position, vita and the names of three references are to be sent to: Phil Baisley, Clerk of the Search Committee, 228 College Avenue, Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN 47374-4095.

  • Applicants from the Religious Society of Friends, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin in January and the search will continue until the position is filled, though it is desirable that the position be filled in fall of the 2016-17.
  • Has anyone heard any news at all on this one? (2/17)
  • Emailed rejection letter received (2/23) noting that the position has been filled.

Eastern Mennonite University (VA) - TheologyEdit

POSITION: Full-time Assistant or Associate Professor in tenure-track faculty position in Theology

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D./Th.D in theology or related discipline; teaching experience in theology, peace studies and/or missiology/world Christianity; commitment to Anabaptist/Mennonite convictions; evidence of scholarship; cross-cultural and interfaith experience desirable

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching responsibilities (typically four courses per semester) include all levels of undergraduate courses in theology, peace studies and/or missiology/world Christianity as well as in the EMU Core curriculum. Applicants must have a strong commitment to high quality undergraduate teaching and be enthusiastic about mentoring and advising undergraduates. Engagement in ongoing scholarly activity and departmental and university service is expected. Ability and willingness to take on administrative responsibilities desirable.

COMPENSATION: Nine month contract. Salary determined by education and experience. Eastern Mennonite University uses a tenure-with-review contract system.

APPOINTMENT DATE: Position begins mid-August 2016. EMU reserves the right to fill the position at any time or keep the position open.

  • INQUIRIES: Application review begins immediately. Applicants will be asked to respond to questions specific to EMU’s mission after the initial inquiry. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and three letters of reference to: Dr. Deirdre Smeltzer, Vice President and Undergraduate Academic Dean. Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. ugdean@emu.edu (540) 432-4141. http://www.emu.edu (posted 10/08/15).
  • Anyone get asked to respond to mission-related questions?
  • email ab mission received (11/10)
  • Offer made and accepted

Ecumenical Theological Seminary (MI) - Systematic Theology and Church HistoryEdit

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Church History

Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) in Detroit, Michigan invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, to start in August 2016.  We are interested in finding a Faculty colleague who is able to contribute to the desired strengths and aspirations of the Seminary through her or his competencies within the disciplines of Systematic Theology and Church History.  The candidate should be able to be conversant with theological and historical issues in a wide range of Black, Womanist, Feminist, Latino/Latina, Asian, Euro-American, and European contexts.

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:

Faith-Based Economic Development
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 person selected for this Faculty position is 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 range of duties expected of full-time 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 Monday, October 26, 2015.  We will conduct preliminary interviews via Skype in early November, and semi-finalist interviews at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta.  We plan to conduct finalist interviews on campus in Detroit in December. Ecumenical Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Anyone hear on this yet? It's early November...
  • A letter on their Facebook page from the President stated they had over 50 candidates. Beyond that, haven't heard anything.
  • (11/10) Received an invitation from the President for a 20 minute Skype interview either on November 11 or 12.  His email indicated that there are 8 candidates that are advancing to the Skype interviews, and following that, up to 5 candidates will receive longer interviews at the AAR/SBL in Atlanta.
  • Any sense of the specific field for which they were looking?  Systematic Theology and Church History - that is pretty broad.
  • After the Skype interviews, we have invited four candidates for a longer conversation at the AAR/SBL meeting in Atlanta.
  • Fields of the four candidates?
  • The fields of the four candidates? Shocker - Systematic Theology and/or Church History, broadly conceived, just like the advertisement stated. If they had wanted a specialist in Antinomianism, they would have stated that.

Eureka College (IL) - Assistant Professor of ReligionEdit

Position:  Eureka College invites applications for a tenure track appointment as Assistant Professor of Religion starting Fall 2016.   The major is a joint one with Philosophy and is part of the Humanities Division.  We seek candidates interested in participating in our new General Education program which may involve designing and teaching interdisciplinary and team-taught courses.  Also of possible interest is the possibility of working with the chaplain on a Lilly grant concerning vocational discernment.   The normal teaching load is four courses (12 semester hours) per semester.  Interdisciplinary courses, like first-year or senior seminars, or an occasional honors course, may also be taught.

Area of specialization is open, but candidate must be competent to teach a variety of undergraduate Religion courses.  This includes introductory courses in world religions, introductory courses in Biblical Studies, and advanced courses in historical and contemporary Christian theology.  The candidate must possess a Ph.D. by August 15, 2016.   Graduation from or teaching at a liberal arts college is desirable, and an understanding and appreciation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College’s founding denomination, is necessary.

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 three letters of reference in WORD or PDF format to employment@eureka.edu (please put “EC Religious Studies position” in subject heading).  Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Scott Hemmenway, chair of the search committee, at hemmenway@eureka.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin January 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. 
  • There is an IC, so do with that what you will.
  • Yuppers -- definitely an Internal candidate on this one
  • Well, that's all well and good, but I just received an invite for a phone interview. I am not the inside candidate. (x2)
  • Well -- great for you there tough guy or gal !! But you may just be the 2nd or 3rd candidate they have to bring in in order to make the requisite 3 -- Tone down that attitude a bit maybe? As they may get the impression that you think the job is already yours.
  • Campus invite request received by phone (2/4)-- signed, not the tough guy/girl.
  • Good luck on your campus interview "not the tough guy/girl."  And you are a good sport.  The tough guy/girl seems to not understand that getting a skype or even an on-campus interview could mean absolutely nothing utlimately, as any of these places can basically do whatever they want or treat you however they want, as there are 100-200 applications for each of these positions and they can eliminate you from consideration for any reason they darned well please.  Or, they could cancel the search at any minute.  It only means something when you sign on that line agreeing to take the position.  And even then, if you have a tenure-track position, or even tenure, places basically have the power to get rid of you under certain circumstances.  All very tenuous, tough guy or girl. 

Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ) - TT Assistant Professor of HumanitiesEdit

Teaneck, NJ: Faculty - Liberal Arts - Humanities Faculty - Liberal Arts - American Studies Faculty - Liberal Arts - Ethnic & Multicultural Studies Posted:11/19/2015 Type:Full Time Job Summary: University College's School of the Humanities at Fairleigh Dickinson University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant Humanities professor with expertise in digital humanities. Humanities majors and minors pursue a concentration in an interdisciplinary area such as American Studies, British Studies, Digital Humanities, Global & Cultural Studies, Sustainability, or Liberal Studies. The ability to teach across three or more of these fields is an asset. Many of the majors also pursue teacher certification. The ideal candidate would have a commitment to program building and collaboration. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits. Application review will begin on February 15, 2016, and will continue until a candidate is selected. Required Qualifications: Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in a humanities related discipline in hand at the time of appointment; strong preference given to degrees in humanities, cultural studies, philosophy, anthropology, or religion in a global context
  • Expertise in digital humanities and technologies as well as evidence of digital humanities projects
  • Experience with innovative, quality online instruction
  • Demonstrated excellence teaching interdisciplinary courses and/or courses in multiple disciplines at the university level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience assessing student learning outcomesRequirements of the position:
  • Teach a broad variety of humanities courses (typically a 4/4 load)
  • Develop interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty in other departments or schools
  • Advise students in majors and minors
  • Evaluate and mentor adjunct faculty
  • Conduct learning outcomes assessment
  • Recruit students to the major and minor
  • Participate in curricular revision and development
  • Perform service at the departmental, school, campus and university levels
  • Pursue a scholarly research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications
  • Perform other relevant duties that may ariseEmployment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Candidates for hire will be required to sign a waiver authorizing the background check and produce a Social Security Card.

Status: Full-Time Campus: Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ Application Information Contact:Janet Boyd, School of the Humanities-Metro Fairleigh Dickinson University

Florida International University (FL) - Religious Traditions of North America or Southeast AsiaEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Florida International University seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in one of the religious traditions of either North America or Southeast Asia (tradition open and methodology open), preferably with expertise in the interaction of religions in the area. Relevant languages and fieldwork required. Ph.D. required. The successful candidate should have an active research agenda and be able to teach both introductory and advanced courses. The department, with thirteen full time members, offers B.A. and M.A. degrees and is located within FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 510983 at http://facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, at least three letters of recommendation, and course syllabi if available as either one pdf file or as individual attachments. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for their three references who may be contacted by the search committee.

  • To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by March 4, 2016. Review will continue until position is filled.
  • invitation to interview by skype (3/7)
  • invitation to interview by Skype (3/4)
  • On-campus interview scheduled (3/16)
  • On-campus interview scheduled as well

Fordham University (NY) Syriac ChristianityEdit

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, Department of Theology, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship, beginning Fall 2016, in the field of Syriac Christianity. Candidates must have the ability to teach both the content of Syriac theological literature and the Syriac language. The ability to teach courses on Islam at the undergraduate level is also required.

Teaching responsibilities include graduate courses and mentoring of doctoral students, as well as undergraduate general education, upper level courses for majors, and elective courses. The chronological period of specialization is open. Depending on period, the successful candidate might contribute to a variety of doctoral fields of study, including Christianity in Antiquity and History of Christianity, and to a variety of Fordham research centers, including the Orthodox Christian Studies Center and the Center for Medieval Studies. Expertise in the histories and literatures of Middle Eastern Christian communities and in the interactions between Christian and Muslim and/or Jewish communities is especially desirable.

Ph.D. required. Competitive compensation; ordinary teaching load is five courses per year; generous leave policy. Teaching experience and academic publication record appropriate for rank required. A complete application consists of a personal letter of application, CV, a representative example of scholarly work (e.g., unpublished research paper, published article or book chapter), transcripts, and three letters of reference.

  • Applications must be received by October 16, 2015. Evidence of teaching excellence also welcomed. All application materials must be submitted through Interfolio. Please address any questions to Patrick Hornbeck, Chair, Department of Theology, at hornbeck@fordham.edu. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Email invitation to interview at AAR/SBL or by Skype (Nov. 9).

Georgetown University (DC) - Buddhist StudiesEdit

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, Theology Department, invites applications for a tenure track professor at the associate level in Buddhist Studies. The area of expertise is open. The successful candidate will undergo tenure review during the first year of employment with the expectation that s/he has the adequate background to attain tenure and associate rank at Georgetown. 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. Start date is August 2016.

  • AAR interview scheduled (11/4)
  • invitation for on-campus interview, sent via email (12/3)
  • Two visits have been held, the final one is scheduled for next week (2/17)
  • Offer made, and accepted (3/3)

Gonzaga University (WA) - Islamic StudiesEdit

The Religious Studies Department of Gonzaga University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Islamic studies to begin fall 2016. The teaching load is 3/3, with an average of two course preparations per year, and an opportunity to develop courses related to the candidate’s area of interest. Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in the field of Islamic studies. Graduate course work to include Qur’an/Qur’anic studies; Sufism; or medieval Islam. Research competency in Arabic.

  • Applicants must complete an online application at https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/. A complete application consists of (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) three letters of recommendation, (4) unofficial graduate transcripts, (5) article-length writing sample, and (6) evidence of teaching effectiveness (may include teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, syllabi, and/or course proposals). Position closes on December 21, 2015, midnight, PST. Review of applications will begin mid-December. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Robert Hauck, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, at hauck@gonzaga.edu. For assistance with the application, please call 509.313.5996. Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Phone interview scheduled by phone on 01/04 (x2)
  • Campus visit scheduled by phone on 01/13
  • Offer made and accepted (02/12)

Gonzaga University (WA) - Catholic TheologyEdit

The Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Catholic systematic theology to begin fall 2016. Possible subfields may include liberation theology or ecumenical theology. The teaching load is 3/3, with an average of two course preparations per year, an opportunity for developing courses related to the candidate’s research area, as well as for teaching in the department’s new graduate program in Theology and Leadership. Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in the field of Catholic systematic theology. Graduate course work in Catholic systematic theology.

  • Applicants must complete an online application at https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/. A complete application consists of (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) three letters of recommendation, (4) unofficial graduate transcripts, (5) article-length writing sample, and (6) evidence of teaching effectiveness (may include teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, syllabi, and/or course proposals). Position closes on December 21, 2015, midnight, PST. Review of applications will begin mid-December. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Robert Hauck, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, at hauck@gonzaga.edu. For assistance with the online application, please call 509.313.5996. Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Phone interview scheduled by phone on 1/5/16 (x2)
  • Received rejection email 1/22/16 (x2)
  • Offer made and accepted (3/2/16)

Grand Valley State University (MI) - Theory and ReligionEdit

The Department of Sociology at GVSU seeks candidates for an assistant professor, tenure track position, with a primary focus on theory and religion to begin August 2016. PhD, or evidence of completion by August 6, 2016 in sociology or related field required (Sociology preferred). In addition to courses in their area of expertise, the successful candidate will also be expected to teach Sociology courses that are a part of the University’s General Education Program. Candidate must have demonstrated excellence and dedication to teaching and have an active research agenda. Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

Grand Valley State University is a fully accredited state supported bachelors and masters degree granting institution with an enrollment of 25,000 students. Grand Valley State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Apply online at http://www.gvsujobs.org and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy. Please also send under separate cover evidence of effective teaching, writing samples, official graduate transcripts and three letters of reference to: George Lundskow, Search Committee Chair, 2172 AuSable Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401.

  • Review of applications will begin October 16, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Gwynedd Mercy University (PA) - Religious StudiesEdit

Gwynedd Mercy University, a Roman Catholic institution in the tradition of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, invites applications for a tenure-track position for a generalist in Religious Studies at the Assistant Professor rank to begin August 2016. Teaching areas would include, but not be limited to, medical ethics, scriptures, morality, church history, Christology, systematic/fundamental theology, and world religions.

Position Requirements: A PhD and prior teaching experience are preferred, although ABD (and DMin with college-level teaching experience) will be considered. Special consideration will be given to applicants with a background in medical ethics.

Gwynedd Mercy University believes that diversity in our campus community enriches the educational experience of its students by providing them with the opportunity to learn from individuals of various backgrounds. Because of this belief, Gwynedd Mercy strongly encourages applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups who are committed to our mission to apply for our faculty openings. Please visit gmercyu.edu for information regarding our mission, core values, and beliefs.

  • For full consideration, applicants should attach a curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of teaching philosophy by May 31, 2016. Candidates chosen for campus interviews will be expected to provide official undergraduate and graduate transcripts before they can be hired. In addition to applying online, applicants can send additional requested documents to HR@gmercyu.edu (please include job title and code).

Hanover College - Theology and Biblical StudiesEdit

The Department of Theological Studies at Hanover College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting August 2016. We seek someone who can teach the introductory courses offered by the department, participate in Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program, and engage contemporary forms and applications of biblical interpretation. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses in biblical studies, as well as courses dealing with contemporary theological interpretations and appropriations of scripture. We are attempting to combine two positions, one in Bible and one in contemporary theology; if the ideal candidate is not found, we will consider applicants with expertise in either of those areas. 3-3-1 annual teaching schedule. Minimum qualification of Ph.D. For further details visit https://www.hanover.edu/about/employment

  • Review of applications begins 1 December 2015 and continues until position is filled. Please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-page teaching philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and 2 letters of recommendation in a single PDF document to: Professor Sara Patterson, Chair, Search Committee, c/o Chris Wilcox, wilcox@hanover.edu 
  • Any word on this one? Did anyone receive confirmation that their application was received?
  • Haven't heard anything but received an email a few weeks ago confirming they'd received my application. (x3)
  • Any news on this one?
  • None here (2.5.16) (X1)
  • I've emailed the Chair. I'll let everyone know if I hear anything
  • Received a rather terse response from the Chair. Apparently they're already in the process of interviewing candidates and didn't bother telling the rest of us.

Haverford College (PA) - Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professorship in Quaker Studies (Open Rank)Edit

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 .

Qualifications 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.

Application Instructions: 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 January 5, 2016.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ISR) - Religious Studies (Open Rank)Edit

Open call for candidates for an open rank (tenure-track or tenured) position in Religious Studies, with a specialization in one of the great religions/cultures Job requirements: Candidates sought in Religious Studies, who specialize in one of the great religions/cultures and can also teach Religious Studies from a comparative perspective. The position will be joint with another department to suit the candidate's specialty, e.g. History, Asian Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, or Philosophy. The primary language of instruction at the Hebrew University is Hebrew, but candidates not familiar with Hebrew will be given time to reach proficiency in Hebrew during the initial years of their appointment.

Application found at https://ttp.ekmd.huji.ac.il

  • Complete applications must be submitted by 15 October 2015.
  • Invited candidates for job talks. I received a rejection letter.

High Point University (NC) - Hebrew BibleEdit

he Department of Religion and Philosophy at High Point University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level in Hebrew Bible to begin Fall 2016. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent earned doctorate. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching courses in Hebrew Bible, with attention to Christian theological interpretation as well as literary and historical critical methods. Candidates must demonstrate a robust research agenda and a dedication and preparation to teach undergraduate courses in the context of a liberal arts institution related to the United Methodist Church.

  • Priority will be given to applications received by Jan. 1, 2016.

Holy Names University (CA) - Asst./Assoc. Professor of Culture and Spirituality and Director of Sophia CenterEdit

Full-time term position as Assistant or Associate Professor of Culture and Spirituality and Director of the Sophia Center: Culture and Spirituality. Faculty rank will depend on qualifications and experience. Position will begin Summer 2016.

The Sophia Center for Culture and Spirituality offers an MA (31 units) and a certificate (18 units). The curriculum, which is focused on environmental awareness, spirituality, and human responsibility, is interdisciplinary and blends contemporary cosmology, ecology, and contemplative consciousness. Designed for easy access for adult learners, all courses require minimal on campus presence, using blended, hybrid, and online formats to deliver classes. The director works with Admission and Marketing in student recruitment, which targets idealistic young adults, professionals seeking to become change-agents, those in early retirement, religious and spiritual leadership.

As a member of Holy Names University faculty, the Director of Sophia is expected to teach courses in accordance with relevant academic policies; conduct scholarly and practice-oriented research and publish in peer reviewed high quality journals; participate in faculty governance and outreach; and serve the University’s communities through participation in Department, School, and University-wide committees. As Director of the Sophia Center, this person will oversee administrative tasks such as academic advising, mentoring, scheduling of courses, selection of adjunct faculty, curriculum development, program assessment, and supervision of the Summer Institute and Administrative Assistant and all adjunct and visiting faculty.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should possess a PhD in Spirituality/Theology/Religious Studies/Philosophy or a related or relevant discipline and be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring students. However, other doctorally qualified or ABD applicants with significant professional/teaching experience in the specified areas are invited to apply. Preference will be given to applicants with a documented record of excellence in teaching and experience enhancing the success of diverse learners, in research, scholarship and mentoring of students.

The ability to teach in one of the following areas is preferred: Creation Spirituality, Sustainability Ethics and Social Justice, Environmental Policy, and Contemporary Cosmology. In addition to emphasis on creativity, cosmology and justice, recognized scholarly creative work on the relationship between science, religion, ecology, and mysticism is also desired.

A master’s degree in Culture and Spirituality is offered in both a semester and weekend format as well as a semester sabbatical certificate and a year-long certificate in Culture and Spirituality.

The guiding principles of the Sophia curriculum derive from the seminal work of Thomas Berry, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and other contemporary scholars exploring the interface of science and mysticism, ecology and public policy.

Applicants should demonstrate the following attributes: Interdisciplinary and intercultural knowledge of wisdom traditions over time and around the world. Demonstrated commitment working for social, ecological justice, and personal transformation. Creative, collaborative, and inspiring leader who can articulate the core vision of the Sophia Center. Proven experience in program innovation, development, design, and Administration

  • Review of Applicants will begin September 30, 2015 and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit applications electronically to hr@hnu.edu. A complete application consists of an application letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and 3 confidential letters of reference (at least one from a faculty member who has observed and is very familiar with the candidate’s teaching).Please visit https://www.hnu.edu/employment-opportunities/assistant for more information about Holy Names University.

Houston Baptist University - Dean - School of Christian ThoughtEdit

HBU seeks a dean who will lead the four departments in the School of Christian Thought: Theology, Classics and Biblical Languages, Apologetics, and Philosophy. The successful candidate will bring a distinguished record of academic, administrative, and entrepreneurial success as well as a record of scholarly achievement. Candidates with an earned doctorate in a field related to the disciplines in the School of Christian Thought are invited to apply.

  • [Deadline not stated; posted 09/18/15]
  • From a faculty member: In the online application, it says to upload your references with your application packet. This is not necessary, since you likely won't have them. Rather, you should have them sent to HBU c/o Victoria Means in the Provost's Office.
  • Position filled.

Iliff University School of Theology (CO)Pastoral Theology and CareEdit

Iliff School of Theology seeks to make a tenure track appointment in the field of Pastoral Theology and Care, to begin July 1, 2016. In an ecumenical and increasingly interfaith environment, Iliff School of Theology prepares students in diverse religious and spiritual traditions and for a range of professional roles, including religious and nonprofit leadership, pastoral and spiritual care within communities of faith and in religiously diverse organizations, like health care and the military. Iliff hopes to make an appointment of a scholar committed to theological education with the promise of significant publications and innovative competence as a teacher in both residential and online courses.

It is highly desirable that the successful candidate meet the following requirements:

  • An earned doctorate in the field of pastoral theology
  • Ability to teach pastoral and spiritual care and pastoral theology courses within the M.Div. and Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care (MAPSC) curriculum, and to offer advance level pastoral theology and/or psychology of religion courses for PhD students in the Joint PhD program with the University of Denver
  • Ability to teach pastoral care online in interactive ways, with attention to detail and organizational skills that convey a pastoral presence in an online format
  • Ability to engage in interdisciplinary teaching and dissertation advising within the broad sphere of lived religion (the faculty cluster of religion and human experience)
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more specialized areas of research and practice, including intercultural pastoral and spiritual care; spiritually integrated care within health care and behavioral health care; the study of lived religion using qualitative and quantitative research methods; pastoral and spiritual care that co-creates personal, communal and public theologies for those experiencing death, illness, disabilities, or morally stressful life experiences
  • Expertise about a historical U.S. marginalized community (i.e. African American, Latina/o, Asian-American, Native American) and ability to teach concerning the intersectionality of oppressive structures and liberative care of persons and worlds that takes into account these interacting systems of social oppression

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 Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care; Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics. 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.

  • Applications should include an application letter, curriculum vitae, and a sample syllabus of a course you either taught or plan to teach in pastoral theology and care. For fullest consideration, candidates should submit all materials no later than October 30, 2015. Please send materials electronically to the search committee chair, Dr. Carrie Doehring, at ptsearch@iliff.edu. In addition, please have three reference letters submitted electronically to the same email address (please have the person who is writing a reference letter write the candidate’s name in the subject line).
  • Any word (11/9)?
  • Publications requested on 11/8
  • Any interviews scheduled (11/14)?
  • Skype Interview (12/2)
  • Email rejection received (12/9)
  • Rejection (3/7)

Institute for the Psychological Sciences (VA) - ProfessorEdit

The Department of Integrative Studies of IPS is seeking applications for a professorial position. IPS is a Catholic graduate school of psychology founded in 1999 dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family. IPS offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychology (available as an online degree). IPS’s degree programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. See more at: http://ipscien ces.edu/mission‐and‐vision/ The Department of Integrative Studies has the role of setting the theological and philosophical framework for the development, assessment, and teaching of psychology theories and practices at the Institute. This is done via: courses of anthropology, ethics, and family studies; participation in the development of academic programs and particular courses; ongoing professional development for faculty in theological and philosophical anthropology; and research in theology and philosophy including application to the mental health professions.

  • Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. [Note from wiki contributor: this was posted to the CTSA job list 12/4/15.] Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and other credentials. Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts for all post ‐ secondary education, letters of reference from three higher education professionals, as well as a cover letter of interest that addresses the applicant’s compatibility with the IPS mission by e ‐ mail to cstitus@ipsciences.edu Institute for the Psychological Sciences, 2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington VA 22202; 703 ‐ 416 ‐ 1441; http://www.ipsciences.edu

Iona College (NY) - Religions of the Americas, emph. African American Religious Traditions and/or Native American ReligiosityEdit

The Religious Studies Department is constituted by six creative teacher-scholars who lead programs and collaborate with colleagues across the disciplines and throughout the College. We welcome candidates who will engage with us in our Peace and Justice Studies minor, the Iona Spirituality Institute, the Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue, and the Br. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies. Our faculty participate in the Honors Program and Study Abroad, co-founded the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies major and minor, mentor students as freshman and major advisors, and open students to the serious questions of the liberal arts through our consistent teaching in the core curriculum. Animated by our research, writing, editing, and composing, we involve our students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, in opportunities for professional presentations and research. Sensitive to our historically Catholic Christian identity and committed to dialogue among the religions, we strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the complexity of the religious experience and an awareness of the intersections of religion with culture and politics.

The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory, survey-level courses in Religious Studies and thematically-based freshman seminars requiring collaboration with colleagues across the disciplines, in addition to teaching and developing courses in his/her area of expertise. Visit http://www.iona.edu/Academics/School-of-Arts-Science/Departments/Religious-Studies.aspx.

Required Qualifications: a scholar of the Religions of the Americas; specialists in African American religious traditions and/or Native American religiosity are especially encouraged to apply; Ph.D. (An ABD candidate will be expected to complete his or her doctorate within a year after the hiring date.); a demonstrable commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduates and to a program of research.

  • Applications consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research plan, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample portfolio of projects, and contact information for three individuals who are familiar with the applicant's scholarly achievements and teaching potential, should be sent in PDF format to careers@iona.edu the subject "Religious Studies." For faster processing, we recommend that you save your documents in the following format: Your Last Name, First Name - type of document. For example: Brown, John - CV; or Brown, John - Cover Letter. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The department expects to make up to one (1) such appointment for the 2016/2017 academic year (August, 2016-May, 2017).
  • ad posted 08/19/15.
  • Any updates on this one? (9/23/2015)
  • Still nothing (10/05/2015)
  • Me too (10/22/2015)
  • Any word as of 11/3/15?
  • 11/6 - nothing yet
  • Anything? (11/12)
  • Still nothing? (12/1)
  • I know one person who had an AAR interview
  • Oh... I didn't even know that they did AAR interviews. Well, better move this one to the "rejected" folder!

Lawrence University (WI) - Asian ReligionsEdit

Lawrence University, a selective undergraduate liberal arts college, seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track position to begin September 1, 2016. We seek a person to teach courses in Asian religious traditions. The area of specialty is open, but the successful applicant will be able to teach upper and lower level courses in Hinduism or Buddhism. A specialization in a secondary tradition such as Sikhism, Jainism or Daoism is acceptable, so long as the applicant is comfortable teaching upper and lower level courses in either Hinduism or Buddhism. The candidate should demonstrate knowledge of the historical texts of the tradition, but also be able to articulate a theoretical perspective that would allow students to do comparative work. Contributions to Lawrence’s Freshman Studies program and one of our interdisciplinary programs are expected. We are looking for a candidate who brings passion to teaching in a liberal arts setting and who will find innovative ways to communicate the subject matter with students. In addition to teaching, Lawrence faculty are expected to maintain a program of quality scholarship.

Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and the viewpoints and approaches that a diverse community represents. We strongly encourage candidates who can contribute to diversity at Lawrence to apply. See https://lawrencecareers.silkroad.com/lawrenceuniversity/About_Us.html

  • To apply, send letter of application along with curriculum vitae , statements of teaching philosophy, research interests, and graduate transcripts to search_religiousstudies@lawrence.edu. In addition have three letters of reference set to the same address. Review of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, all materials should be submitted by November 1, 2015. We will conduct interviews at the annual meeting of the AAR.
  • Received an email from the chair of the department on 9/9 informing me that the original ad was incorrect, and that all materials should be submitted to https://lawrencecareers.silkroad.com. Letters of recommendation should still be emailed to the address above.
  • 11/6 Received email invitation for AAR interview. (x5)
  • 12/2 Received phone call for campus visit. (Was told that they're inviting a total of 3 candidates out for campus interviews)
2/26 Offer made.

Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC) - Homiletics and WorshipEdit

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Columbia, South Carolina, announces a search for a full-time faculty position to teach courses in the areas of homiletics and worship. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in homiletics, liturgics, or a related field (Ph.D. or Th.D.); be an ordained Lutheran pastor and a skilled preacher; and have demonstrated academic excellence in homiletical, liturgical, biblical, or theological disciplines. This person will teach five required and elective courses per year in preaching and in worship within the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry curricula, and also participate in the Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Sacred Theology programs. This position entails normal expectations of faculty regarding teaching, academic advising, life in the church and community, committee responsibility, and research and publication. The position will be tenure eligible, and rank will depend on prior teaching experience. The successful candidate can expect to begin teaching in the fall 2016 semester.

To complete the online application (required), candidates are directed to: http://hr.lr.edu/jobs . While completing the application, interested applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a 500-700 word statement outlining their approach to the teaching of homiletics and worship within the context where about half of the students are Lutheran and others are UM InteresteC, Baptist, PCUSA, and various other traditions; graduate school transcripts (official copies will be required at time of hire); and contact data for three references.

  • Open until filled (posted 09/04/15)

Linfield College (OR) - Abrahamic ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Linfield College invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Abrahamic Religions. The Religious Studies Department is seeking a dynamic teacher with a scholarly profile focused on at least one of the three Abrahamic traditions. The specific tradition, thematic focus and time period are open, but candidates should possess the training to engage primary texts of the tradition of specialization in the original language(s), and/or significant fieldwork experience in a community in which at least one of the Abrahamic traditions predominates. Candidates should be conversant with multiple approaches to the academic study of religion, including textual, historical, literary and ethnographic methods, and want to teach creatively across the three Abrahamic traditions, including their origins, histories, literatures and contemporary cultures, while integrating a range of approaches to stimulate student engagement and model thae diversity of our discipline. The successful candidate will participate in the life of the Department and the College, shape curriculum, and teach a full range of courses, including introductory and advanced courses in religious studies, first-year seminars and possible January term courses on campus and abroad, on topics appropriate to the candidate's interests and expertise.

A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field, such as Middle or Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, is required by time of appointment.

A complete application will include cover letter, CV, teaching portfolio (including statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, if available), copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a sample of recent scholarly work, and three confidential letters of recommendation. To apply, please visit the following link: http://linfieldfaculty.applicantpool.com/jobs/

Recommendation letters should be sent to Betty Henninger, Director of Human Resources, behennin@linfield.edu. Questions about the position may be directed to David Fiordalis, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, dfiordal@linfield.edu.

  • Applications accepted until position is filled. Review will begin October 9, but complete dossiers submitted by October 16 are assured consideration for preliminary interviews at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Alternative arrangements will be made to interview selected applicants unable to attend the Annual Meeting.
  • Any update on this one? (10/29)
  • None here (10/30) (x5)
  • My suspicion is that they got a lot of applications, given the broad call.  It may take them a little bit of time to sift through everything. That said, I am a complete outsider and know nothing about the workings of the search.  Best wishes to whoever lands this job!
  • Still silence here (11/10). Anyone?
  • No word here (11/10) (x5)
  • As of last Wednesday (11/4) they were still reviewing applications--I heard from the search chair and the HR director regarding materials that had not come through from Interfolio. In other news, Interfolio sucks.
  • Could you please clarify?-- Does this mean that they received your application in part, so knew to contact you regarding missing components?
  • Sure. They received all my materials but my reference letters, which I had mentioned in my cover letter would be arriving via Interfolio, so they emailed to ask me to send them again. In fairness, Interfolio rectified the problem immediately once notified, but it should be noted that, though the service sends what you tell them to, they have no automatic follow-up or way of notifying senders that the emails have been received and the documents accessed.  As soon as they send the items, they consider their work done. I am grateful that the search chair took the time to notify me: I am sure that there are many other instances where an application like mine would have been deemed incomplete and dismissed out of hand because of a communication lapse through Interfolio. 
  • Thanks for this, I don't usually mention that my letters are arriving via Interfolio but this makes me think I definitely should!
  • AAR interview scheduled by email (11/11). (x4)
  • Interview at SBL 11/23 very nice folks - said they would try to let people know something before Christmas (x2)
  • Received very kind, personal email letting me know they are still deliberating about who to invite for campus interviews, will make a decision in January (12/18) (x2).
  • Heard a rumor that they had extended an offer to someone and it had been accepted. Doesn't seem like their M.O. at all given how transparent and kind they've been throughout the process, so I'm more than a little skeptical. Can't confirm this at all. (1/5).
  • Just received an email confirming it: they have made an offer and it has been accepted. I don't know whether they decided to forego campus interviews, or if they did a second round of interviews via Skype, or how the process played out. (1/18)
  • Mass rejection email received 01/25. Offer made and accepted. 

Loyola University Chicago (IL) - Christian Spirituality / Ignatian SpiritualityEdit

The Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant or associate level in Christian Spirituality, with an emphasis in Ignatian Spirituality, beginning August 2016. The selected individual will teach courses in our graduate programs in spirituality, with attention to the global and contextually diverse nature of the contemporary church and the variety of ministry settings.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful applicant will bring an earned doctorate in spirituality, theology or a related field. Expertise in Ignatian Spirituality, in particular the Ignatian Exercises and spiritual direction, as well as a strong record of (or clear potential for) excellence in research, teaching, distinguished scholarship, and student mentorship is desired.Candidates must be supportive of Loyola's Catholic and Jesuit mission. Now in its fifth decade as one of the premier academic programs in education for ministry, the IPS contributes vitally to this mission, offering Masters degrees in pastoral studies, divinity, spirituality, pastoral counseling, health care mission leadership, and social justice.

  • Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and the names of three references through Loyola's online application system at: http://www.careers.luc.edu. Applications should be received by November 16, 2015 for full consideration.
  • first round interview notification by email (11/23)
  • Campus visit invitation by email 12/14
  • Facebook announcement notes that an offer has been made (3/15)

Loyola University Chicago (IL) - Historical TheologyEdit

Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Theology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Historical Theology for academic year 2016-17. The department serves the university's undergraduate core curriculum and offers undergraduate majors and minors in Theology and Religious Studies. The department also offers an M.A. in Biblical Languages and Literature, Christian Ethics, and Theological Studies, and Ph.D. concentrations in New Testament/Early Christianity, and Integrative Studies in Ethics and Theology. For more information about the department visit http://www.luc.edu/theology.

Ideal candidates should be theologians with strong historical training, prepared to teach undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Theology, Ancient and Medieval Christian Thought, and other graduate and undergraduate courses (e.g., Christology, Ecclesiology) in Christian thought. The candidates' research interests and compatible languages should lie in the historical period from the early church to the late middle ages. In addition, candidates for the position must demonstrate clear potential to build a record of distinguished scholarship and a demonstrable capacity for student mentorship. Special attention will also be given to candidates with research interests that are in conversation with Christian Ethics.

Minimum Education or Experience: Candidates should have a completed Ph.D. and exhibit a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels. They should be able to teach in a theological context, engaging with colleagues who specialize in Christian theology, and they should be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit education.

Campus: Rogers Park-Lake Shore

Job Open Date: 12-03-2015

Applicants should apply online at http://www.careers.luc.edu and submit a letter of intent, a current Curriculum Vitae, and a teaching statement/research agenda. They also should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. Referees will not be solicited immediately but might be at subsequent points in the review process. For further information, please contact: theology@luc.edu or Dr. Susan A. Ross, Chair, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660.

  • Review of applications will begin 1 February 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Skype interview request by email (2/22).
  • Above: did you *receive* the request on 2/22?
  • Yes
  • Intteresting. Will you say when the Skype interview is scheduled for?
  • Later this week 
  • Campus visit invitation by email (3/2)

Loyola Marymount University (CA) - Systematic TheologyEdit

Department of Theological Studies seeks applicants for Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology beginning Fall 2016. The Department seeks candidates with substantive training in Catholic systematic theology and who possess broad familiarity with the field of contemporary systematic theology. Subfields may include: ecumenical and interreligious dialogue; race and theology; and spirituality. The position involves teaching in the University Core, the Theological Studies Major and Minor programs, and the Master of Arts programs in Theology and Pastoral Theology. Applicants must show promise of excellence in both teaching and research. Experience with engaged scholarship and learning among diverse communities is desired. The Ph.D. or equivalent is required.

Interested applicants are invited to send: 1) a cover letter (outlining areas of teaching and research interests and resonance with LMU’s mission); 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests; 4) a sample of scholarly writing; 5) a copy of Ph.D. transcripts; and 6) three letters of recommendation.

  • Materials 1-5 should be emailed together as a complete package by October 15th to: Dr. Susan Abraham and Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, Co-Chairs of the Systematic Theology Search Committee, at THSTFacultySearch@lmu.edu . Incomplete application packets will not be accepted. The three letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from recommenders by October 15th to THSTFacultySearch@lmu.edu . Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Atlanta. Applicants who will not be at the meeting may be requested to have online video interviews. Visit http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/theologicalstudies/ for additional information.
  • email invitation to interview either at AAR or over Skype (11/3)
  • personalized rejection email (11/6) (2x)
  • Campus visits are scheduled

Marymount California University (CA) - Religious StudiesEdit

MCU is seeking an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in the field, a passion for teaching foundational courses for freshmen and sophomores, and the flexibility to teach religious studies courses within and related to MCU’s majors: Business, Liberal Arts, Media Arts, Psychology, and the projected addition of Criminal Justice upon WASC approval in 2016. Extensive familiarity with the Catholic intellectual tradition is essential. The ability to teach some Philosophy courses is a plus.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Teach 4 courses per term. Course load may include a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. MCU offers classes in day, evening, weekend and online schedules. Regularly contribute to course- and program-level assessment. Service to the University, determined in consultation with the Division Chair.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or other terminal degree in Theology or Religious Studies. Extensive familiarity with Catholic teaching and the Catholic intellectual tradition. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of university students and community partners. Commitment to professional growth and development and to continued innovation and improvement in linking teaching-learning-scholarship-service. Collegiality in working with students, faculty, staff, administration and the broader community in support of the institution’s mission, strategic direction and programmatic needs.

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2016 and continue until the position has been filled.

  • Link to Apply: Pay.com
  • Is this a real posting?  Not listed on their employment website...
  • Even if you're ABD, answer "yes" to the question about whether or not you have your terminal degree. The application will not let you continue if you're honest and answer no. I had to have HR reset that question for me so I hope I can help others avoid the same problem.
  • Thanks for that tip, I wish I had seen it! I just reapplied using a different email address--hope they understand.
  • Has anyone received first-round interview offers for this position at Marymount California?  It has been nearly a month and I don't see any activity.
  • Nope (February 2). (x2)
  • Received invitation for phone interview 2-8-16 
  • Has anyone received invitations for campus interviews?
  • Campus interview invitation by email 2-26.
  • Received an email informing me that I'm no longer under consideration for the position (3.14.16)

McGill University (CAN: QC) - Assistant or Associate Professor in Japanese Religions (Buddhism)Edit

The Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the area of Japanese Religions. We seek a dynamic scholar capable of expanding and enriching the Asian Religions program at McGill through a primary research expertise in one or a combination of Zen Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, and the Kyoto School of Philosophy, contextualized within wider debates on Asian religious and cultural traditions and their mutual intersections. Expertise in relevant theoretical and methodological approaches to religious studies may be complemented by disciplinary training in anthropology, history, cultural studies, philosophy, and sociology of Japanese religions. The ideal candidate will possess broad supervisory competence in Japanese religious traditions; knowledge of Japanese language (classical and contemporary); and, ideally, additional research competence in a second East Asian language. The ability to teach introductory courses that cover Buddhist traditions and their interface with other religious traditions is essential, as is the ability to supervise graduate theses in the wider fields of East Asian Studies and Buddhism.

The appointment is available from August 1, 2016. The candidate is expected to have received the PhD prior to appointment. The Search Committee will review applications as thry are received and will continue to do so until a suitable candidate is found.

We are looking for a dynamic scholar capable of expanding and enriching an already strong program in Asian Religions at McGill. Salary will be negotiable, according to qualifications and experience. For more information about the Faculty of Religious Studies, visit http://www.mcgill.ca/religiousstudies/

Applicants should send a letter of application (addressing qualifications, research, and teaching interests), a curriculum vitae, relevant teaching evaluations, three letters of recommendation, and one presentative writing sample or scholarly publication to: Prof. Lara Braitstein, Chair, Japanese Religions Search Committee, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, 3520 University Street, Montreal, QC H3A 2A7. Canada. Electronic materials should be addressed to Luvana Di Francesco, Administrative Officer, Faculty of Religious Studies, by email (luvana.difrancesco@mcgill.ca)

  • Closing Date: 02/04/2016.
  • Any word on this search?
  • scheduling of first round of interviews is underway; but i was told that applications received now are still being considered for the time being 
  • Any progress on this one?
  • Had a Skype interview; no word yet on campus visits (2/13)
  • Ditto (2/16), would be nice to hear if someone gets an invite. (2x)
  • Still no word -- has anybody heard anything? (2/19)
  • Just received a very kind rejection email. (3/3)
  • Has this search already been concluded?

Middlebury College (VT) - Hinduism and South Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religion at Middlebury College announces a tenure-track position in Hinduism and South Asian Religions.

The candidate should specialize in some area of Classical or Modern Hinduism, with a competence in South Asian Islam. The candidate’s primary responsibility will be to teach introductory and upper-level courses on classical and modern Hindu traditions. We are especially looking for candidates with broad intellectual and teaching interests in the study of religion, and who would want to teach such topics as fieldwork methods, comparative religion, or methods and theories in the study of religion.

  • Applications for this position will be accepted starting on August 1st, 2015, and all application materials must be received by November 7, 2015. Middlebury College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Through Interfolio, submit a letter of application addressed to search committee chair William Waldron, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, and three current letters of recommendation. More information at http://apply.interfolio.com/30690.
  • Does Middlebury plan to interview candidates at the AAR?
  • Request for interview at the AAR 11/15 (x4)
  • Congrats to those who got called for an interview. Seems like it was a tough competition.
  • I hear that candidates have been invited for campus interviews! 
  • Post-AAR rejection email (12/15). Campus interviews have definitely been scheduled. 
  • Offer made and accepted (2/18)

Missouri State University (MO) - Islam - CANCELLEDEdit

The Department of Religious Studies, anticipates an August 2016 opening for an assistant professor specializing in Islam, tenure eligible. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and M.A. courses in Islam and will regularly teach the department’s world religions survey course. The candidate should be able to engage Islamic texts and traditions from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Link to Job Description: http://www.missouristate.edu/human/jobdescriptions/21377.htm
Link to Apply: https://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/21514

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e. g., course evaluations), course documents (syllabi), copies of all transcripts, a publication or writing sample, and contact information for three professional references must be submitted with the online application. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. J. E. Llewellyn, Search Committee Chair, e-mail: jllewellyn@missouristate.edu. Official transcripts required at time of hire.

  • First consideration of applicants begins on September 14, 2015, and continues until position is filled.
  • Is this job still listed? The link is no longer any good and I think it might have been nixed. It was about the same time that Missouri State University's History Department opened a position looking for a Assistant professor of Middle Eastern History. Anyone know?
  • Not sure about this position (someone could check with SC Chair, I guess), but the Middle East History position is posted over at African/Middle East History 2015-16 - perhaps someone on that page would know? [posted 8/26]
  • Spoke with the chair. The search has been cancelled but may return next year. [posted 8/26]

Missouri State University (MO) - Religion and American CultureEdit

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, anticipates an August 2016 opening for an assistant professor specializing in Religion and American Culture, tenure eligible. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. completed by August 1, 2017, and must demonstrate excellence in teaching and strong potential in research. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and M.A. courses in Religion and American Culture and will regularly teach the departments Religion in America survey course. Candidates should be able to engage religion from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Candidates should be interested in broad intellectual questions and be familiar with issues and approaches in the academic study of religion. Additionally, they must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations and to integrating multicultural issues into their courses. Cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e. g., course evaluations), course documents (syllabi), copies of all transcripts, a publication or writing sample, and contact information for three professional references must be submitted with the online application at http://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/21784 Inquiries may be addressed to John Schmalzbauer, Search Committee Chair, e-mail: jschmalzbauer@missouristate.edu.

  • First consideration of applicants begins on October 15, 2015, and continues until position is filled.
  • Reference letters requested (10/15)
  • Can you clarify this? The system automatically requests your references when you enter your application. Was there actual personal contact made between the SC and your references, or are you simply acknowledging that the automated system is requesting letters?
  • I am assuming the reference from 10/15 above was to the automatic request for letters generated through completion of the online application. Immediately after I submitted the online application, my referees all received automated email requests that indicated letters "may" be uploaded "if" referees wished to do so. The SC seems to have left the letter requirement ambiguous (especially since the online application included instructions for uploading letters from Interfolio). (10/19)
  • Has anyone heard anything about first round interviews? (11/4)
  • No word here (11/4)
  • still nothing? Are they even interviewing at AAR?
  • Were any recommenders actually personally contacted?
  • The online system emailed my recommenders when I applied
  • Did Missouri State interview at the AAR? (12/1)
  • They did not. I met someone from the department at AAR (not on the committee) who said he didn't know exactly where the process was, but that they were not interviewing there, and that he thought they were not on a specific timeline. Beyond that he couldn't offer much in the way of information. (12/1)
  • Contacted via email to schedule Skype interview (12/5) x2
  • Email indicated that they received 97 applications, are interviewing 6 candidates over Skype, and plan to bring 3 to campus.
  • Congrats to those who got inteviews... I guess it's time to start applying to high school jobs. 
  • Only if you're not interested in the positions on the spring market. I wouldn't abandon hope yet
  • On-campus news? Or anything about timeline for on-campus decisions?
  • nothing yet here (12/16) (x2)
  • Still no news?
  • Have not heard anything (1/9)
  • Campus interviews are happening this week and the next (2/2)
  • ​Received email that an offer was made and accepted (3/18)

Molloy College (NY) - Religious Studies/TheologyEdit

Full-Time (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies. 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.  Evidence of teaching excellence, as well as dedication to continuing scholarship, is expected; a Ph.D. in the discipline is required.  The successful candidate will be committed to undergraduate teaching of non-majors as well as majors, and will participate in innovative and creative approaches to curricular development. The candidate must demonstrate the ability and desire to work not only with a diverse student body, but also collaboratively with faculty in disciplines other than Theology and Religious Studies. 

Within the context of seeking a generalist capable of teaching introductory-level undergraduate courses in both Christian theology and religious studies, we are interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas:  ethics (healthcare; current topics; theological); contemporary issues (eg., Christianity and/or world religions in the context of cultural globalization; religion and society; religion and science).  

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

  • Application deadline is January 4, 2016. 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: Human Resources, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Kellenberg Hall, Room K-112, Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002.
  • Invitation for Skype interview (1/29) (x3)
  • Any word yet on campus interviews?
  • Invitation for campus interview (2/24)

Moody Bible Institute-Spokane (WA) - Assistant Professor of TheologyEdit

Moody Bible Institute-Spokane’s theology department seeks a junior/senior faculty member for the fall of 2016. Candidates should demonstrate an expertise in theology, competency in philosophy, and involvement in research. Teaching responsibilities include courses in the undergraduate theology core; the successful candidate should be able to teach Systematic Theology, a theology capstone course (Apologetics), and Introduction to Philosophy. The teaching load is 12 hours each fall/spring. Additional opportunities exist to teach summer courses in Europe through the international studies program. Preference will be given to applicants with college-level teaching experience, a commitment to promote and enhance ethnic and cultural diversity, as well as a PhD in theology in hand by the time of appointment (July 1, 2016). Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at ETS in Atlanta, GA, November 17-19, 2015.

Successful candidates will demonstrate transformational teaching and proficiency in helping students understand the ground of Christian doctrine in Scripture. Moody faculty are expected to show a collegial spirit, a concern for the spiritual formation of students and mentoring, and a desire to prepare students for ministry. Candidates must affirm the Institute's doctrinal statement, centrally demonstrating a love for Christ and his kingdom (for more information, go to www.moody.edu and click "Our Beliefs " at the bottom of the page). MBI-Spokane is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

Montclair State University (NJ) - Religion and Contemporary Global PoliticsEdit

The Department of Religion at Montclair State University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2016. Specialization: Religion and Contemporary Global Politics. Competency: Comparative Religion in the Non-west, preferably Africa, the Middle East and/or South Asia. The successful candidate must have an active research agenda and will teach three courses per semester: two sections of an introductory course and one upper-level major course in religion and contemporary global politics. Our new department currently has strengths in Hinduism, Islam, and Native American religions; we do not seek scholars in these religious traditions. We seek a publicly engaged scholar whose research and teaching addresses the intersection of religion and politics in the world today. The ideal candidate will have interests in interdisciplinary research and teaching and will contribute to academic student development, including collaborative research projects, internships, or field experiences. S/he will also exhibit a commitment to service to the department, college, and university.

  • Send application as PDFs, including CV, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to: religiondept@mail.montclair.edu . Use V- F27 in the subject line.
  • Apply By Review of applications begins October 30, 2015 and will continue until position is filled.
  • Request for Skype interview via email rec'd 11/18
  • Request for on campus inteview via email - 12/10

Moravian College (PA)Asian Religions (South and/or East Asia)Edit

Moravian College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Religion with primary specialization in the religions of South and East Asia, to begin in August 2016. The successful candidate will be able to teach survey courses on religions of South and East Asia, in addition to specialized courses of the new faculty member’s own design. Specialization is open, but a focus in the study of traditional Asian health and healing is preferred.  This preference is not for a practitioner, but for a scholar of religiously/spiritually based approaches to health and medicine within a South or East Asian cultural context.  Ability and interest in contributing to the College’s Peace and Justice Program is also a plus.  The ideal candidate will be interested in contributing to the life of the liberal arts college environment through involvement in student activities and colloquia with faculty as well as participating in scholarly discourse through an active research agenda. Applicants must have the PhD completed by the time of appointment.  Applications including a CV, statements of teaching philosophy and research goals, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a sample of scholarly work, and three letters of recommendation should be sent to Elaine Deitch, office coordinator, at searchreligion@moravian.edu.

  • Applications should be received by November 1st, 2015 for full consideration, and in-person interviews will be carried out at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA in November 2015.  Moravian College is an equal opportunity employer valuing diversity and encouraging individuals from underrepresented populations to apply.
  • Received an email from the Department Chair stating that they will send notification "in the coming days" as to whether they will extend an invitation for an AAR interview. (11/12)
  • Any updates on this one?
  • Haven't heard anything, despite checking my email ~500 times daily and leaving for AAR tomorrow (11/18)
  • Email invitation to interview at AAR (11/18 x4)
  • Do you all work in "traditional Health"? (yes x1, no x1) Just curious as to how much that desideratum factored in. Thanks.
  • My project deals with models of health in the contemporary context, so I didn't check either answer to the above question.
  • Any word on campus visits yet?; Nope (I was about to ask myself) (12/17)
  • Campus visit invitation by email. (12/23)
  • Offer made and accepted (3/14)

New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NJ) - Preaching and WorshipEdit

The Professor of Preaching and Worship is called to teach in the academic fields of preaching and worship; to coordinate a diverse team of part-time faculty persons who will share in this teaching; to serve as part-time Director of the Chapel, with responsibility to oversee the organization and quality of the Seminarys worship; and to share in the larger work of the faculty. The Professor of Preaching and Worship teaches introductory and elective courses in preaching and worship, 12 to 15 credits per academic year, including at least one core course at the Seminarys St. Johns campus, at least one core course at the Seminarys New Brunswick campus, and other core and elective courses in both preaching and worship. In addition to teaching responsibilities, the Professor will fulfill the expectations for all regular full-time faculty members to engage in research and publication; service to the Seminary community; administrative and committee assignments; and service to the church

Qualifications: The qualified candidate will have an M. Div. or equivalent and a thorough acquaintance with all theological disciplines; and an advanced theological degree (D.Min., Th.D. or Ph.D.) with academic preparation in the fields of preaching and worship Additionally, the candidate will have: 1) significant, formal experience in preaching and worship with congregations; 2) the ability to prepare others to include the arts and reflect on the uses of technology in the preaching and worship of the church; 3) the ability to develop a vision for the teaching of preaching and worship that is responsive to the diversity of the student body (age, race, culture, experience, confessional and free church traditions, etc.); 4) the skill to coordinate a diverse team of part-time faculty members to share in this teaching; and, 5) the ability to provide leadership for the Seminarys chapel program—defining its purposes, organizing and implementing the program in cooperation with appropriate faculty and student committee(s).

New Brunswick Theological Seminary is a teaching institution in the Reformed tradition with commitment to prepare students from multiple confessional and free-church traditions. The successful candidate will have a passion for ministry, experience in and commitment to metro-urban ministry, an appreciation for the Reformed tradition and the multiple church traditions present in the Seminarys student body, a desire to teach and learn in an inter-cultural community, a commitment to theological scholarship, multicultural experience and competence, and eagerness to be part of a school that is committed to an anti-racist vision for itself, the church, and society. The Seminary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

  • Please submit cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references by January 1, 2016 to Ms. Jeanette Peralta. By e-mail: deansoffice@nbts.edu, or, by regular mail: P & W Search, 35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

New College of Florida (FL) - Asian ReligionsEdit

Tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level approved for Asian Religions, beginning August 2016. Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies. Expertise in Indian Buddhism, and Tibetan and/or East Asian Buddhism. Mastery of at least two of the following: Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan, Classical Chinese. Additional desirable expertise: 1) Training in other Asian religions; 2) Knowledge of modern Asian vernaculars; 3) Research interest in contemporary Buddhist culture.

New College of Florida, the Honors College of the State University System, is a small, highly selective, public, undergraduate liberal arts college, located on Sarasota Bay. Teaching load is 2/2 plus January-term Independent Study Projects and supervision of tutorials and senior theses. Collaboration, initiative, and innovation are important to our Religion program and our developing program in East Asian studies.

Ph.D. in hand or dissertation completed by the date of appointment is expected. Salary is competitive. Interested candidates should apply online at http://www.ncf.edu/employment and provide a dossier including: curriculum vitae, letter of application, transcripts, and four brief descriptions of proposed courses (at least one for an introductory level and one for a more advanced level). Candidates should also have three letters of recommendation sent to religionsearch@ncf.edu

  • Review will begin November 1, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will not be interviewing at AAR. Skype interviews will begin in early January. Further questions to: Susan Marks, Chair of the Search Committee, religionsearch@ncf.edu .
  • Campus visits occuring in Feb; invitations made in late Jan.
  • Offer made and accepted 03/11

New York University (NY) - Islamic Law and SocietyEdit

The Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the field of Islamic law and society to begin September 1, 2016, pending budgetary and administrative approval. The department has strong interdisciplinary interests and welcomes applications from scholars in a broad range of fields and disciplines. The position is not limited as to historical period or to the Middle East as conventionally defined. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment and be prepared to teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses and to supervise doctoral dissertation research.

To apply, visit the MEIS website at http://meis.as.nyu.edu/ and use the "Employment" link to submit a detailed cover letter describing research and teaching experience, c.v., writing sample (a published article or a dissertation/book chapter, syllabi, and three references.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015.
  • Any word on this search? (10/20)
  • Any updates? (10/23)
  • None here (11/03) (x2) Still nothing (11/10)
  • There are four finalists already (none of them does law or even the middle east!) 
  • Have they been notified or is this pre-notification info? Thanks. 
  • What are their academic disciplines and research areas? Thank you.
  • They have been notified. Areas of research are southeast Asia and Indian Ocean. 

Northland College (WI) - Religious StudiesEdit

Qualifications & Responsibilities A Ph.D. or ABD in Religious Studies or a related field is required, as is teaching experience at the college level. The teaching load is seven courses a year: three courses in the fifteen-week fall semester, three courses in the fifteen-week winter semester, and one course in the four-week May term. The successful candidate will teach courses on Islam and the Middle East at various levels, courses on Christianity at various levels, introductory Religious Studies courses, and courses that contribute to the college’s general education curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to serve the college community through committee work and/or community outreach. An active research agenda in his or her field is also expected.

  • Our application process is electronic. Go to: http://www.northland.edu/jobs. Select the position, click To Apply and attach (1) a letter that describes your interest in Northland College and how your experiences and qualification match the College’s priorities, and (2) a curriculum vitae with contact information for four professional references. Review of applications will begin on December 11, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Has anyone heard anything from this one? It seems like applications have been under review for quite some time (2/22).
  • I haven't heard anything, yet. (3/4/2016)
  • Someone I know was contacted by email a few days ago to ask if she was still interested in the position. Whatever that means....
  • Invitation for phone interview (3/13/16)

Northwestern University (IL)- East Asian ReligionsEdit

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment beginning September 1, 2016 at the rank of Assistant Professor for a specialist in the study of East Asian religions of any period, geographical region, or religious tradition. 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 and combine their research interests with questions of theory and method in the study of religion.

The successful candidate will contribute to the graduate and undergraduate programs of a religious studies department, including responsibility for introductory courses in Buddhism.

Please send in PDF format a cover letter, 3 letters of recommendation, CV, and writing sample no longer than 25 pages.

  • email to schedule AAR interview (Nov 5)
  • contacted by phone for campus visit (Dec 12) - Is this a typo?  Today is 12/4.
  • Was this position ever filled? (Sep 1 there doesn't seem to be an East Asian specialist listed in the dept)
  • It was a failed search. (Sep 4)

Northwestern University (IL) - Islam in African SocietiesEdit

Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies invites applications for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the study of Islam in African societies. The appointment will be contingent upon a successful tenure review by the University. The appointment will be made in a home department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (including but not limited to Anthropology, Art History, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology) and will be associated with the interdisciplinary Program of African Studies. Candidates should have an active research agenda involving the role of Islam in African societies, a record of excellence in teaching, and the ability to engage across disciplines and provide leadership for interdisciplinary collaboration.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will play a major role in Northwestern’s Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) (http://www.isita.northwestern.edu/), including facilitating collaborative, multi-disciplinary research; initiating grant proposals for external funding; organizing conferences, speaker series, or similar academic events; collaborating on the development of curriculum; and developing and sustaining strategic partnerships with institutions in Africa.

  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be asked to submit a separate statement articulating a programmatic vision for advancing the study of Islam and Africa at Northwestern over the next five years.

Northwestern University (IL) - Iranian or Turkish StudiesEdit

The Program in Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in modern Iranian studies or Turkish studies, in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Candidates should work within an established discipline, and also engage with interdisciplinary conversations in Middle East studies. The position is anchored in the interdisciplinary Program in Middle East and North African studies, which offers an undergraduate major and minor and a PhD certificate program and a growing community of scholars and students. The successful candidate will need to qualify for a joint appointment in a partner department, including but not limited to anthropology, art history, a literature department, history, philosophy, religious studies, or sociology. Expertise and extensive engagement with primary documents, archives, and/or fieldwork in the language(s) of the region is expected. While this search names both Iranian and Turkish studies, candidates need not engage both fields, nor work exclusively in one or the other. The committee will be considering applicants in both subfields, which are areas of growth within the MENA Program. Job to begin September 1, 2016. PhD expected to be completed no later than spring 2016.

  • Applications should include: a cover letter including description of current research project, future research areas, and teaching experience or philosophy; curriculum vitae; names and electronic addresses of three referees, and a writing sample of 20-25 manuscript pages or a published academic article. In order to receive full consideration, materials must arrive by Monday Oct 10. Interviews will be conducted at the Middle East Studies Association meetings in Denver.Please visit http://www.mena.northwestern.edu to apply.

Ohio University (OH) - American Religion and GenderEdit

The Department of Classics and World Religions and the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University seek a scholar of American religions with expertise in critical gender and sexuality studies for a joint tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2016. Tenure will be held in the Department of Classics and World religions.

We seek someone with a commitment to excellence in teaching and a research agenda that reflects engagement with scholarly issues and controversies addressed by the study of religion and critical gender and sexuality theory. Working mostly with undergraduate students, this scholar will teach two courses in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and two to three courses in Classics and World Religions yearly and will be expected to develop courses on American religions. The successful candidate is likely to participate in one or more of Ohio University’s interdisciplinary themes and the LGBTQ studies certificate.

Review of applications will begin November 9, 2015 with preliminary interviews to be scheduled at the AAR conference in Atlanta November 21-24, 2015 for those who are attending. Applicants not attending the AAR will be given the same consideration, with preliminary Skype interviews to be scheduled as needed. On campus interviews will be scheduled for early spring.

  • The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration please apply by November 8, 2015.
  • Any word on campus interviews? 12/22/2015
  • The search chair notified the top six candidates on 12/15. Campus interviewees would be contacted no sooner than 12/22, when the HR office was to reopen after a week's break. 12/23/2015
  • Has anyone received any updates since the December email about HR?
  • Not yet here. Classes only started Monday the 11th, so I reckon it's too soon. 1/19/2016
  • Has anyone been invited to campus or received information from the search committee? 1/28/2016
  • Someone posted about a Campus Visit at Womens/Gender/Queer Studies 2015-2016 on 1/29.
  • Email from HR indicating I was not selected. (3/14/2016) x2

Olivet University (CA) - Biology and TheologyEdit

Olivet University is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor to teach and advise students on biology, biotechnology and theology courses. The job duties also include the following: reporting to the Academic Dean concerning work performance; working with the registrar's office to ensure timely grade submission, with the online program director or his team concerning the setup and facilitation of the online classrooms, and with the college's academic office to ensure correct records keeping; supervise teaching assistants if applicable to each class onsite and/or online; using onsite classroom teaching tools as applicable, and online classroom teaching tools; participating in applicable committee work related to academic instruction, and Engaging in professional and course content development activities. Doctorate degree in Biology, Theology or related is required.

  • Deadline - February 2, 2016.
  • This is the strangest post. I cant find any HR page on the school's website. How do you even apply? Do you need a degree in Biology OR Theology? Or Biology and AND Theology? Are references required, etc?

Oregon State University (OR) - Buddhist Studies (Asian Buddhism)Edit

The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE). 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position.

This position in Buddhist Studies (Asian Buddhism) has teaching responsibilities for five courses per academic year. The position will teach introductory and upper-level courses on Buddhist Studies and more broadly on Asian religion and philosophy and should have the ability to teach an introductory course on world religions. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence in Religious Studies theory and methods, mastery of languages relevant to their area of specialization

This position is within the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and will be crucial to helping launch a new Religious Studies major at Oregon State University (OSU).

Oregon State University, the state's leading research university, is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 55,000 in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley. The university is committed to the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Posting Date: 06-26-2015. For Full Consideration Date: 09-30-2015. Closing Date: 12-31-2015.

Quicklink for Posting: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=67424

  • 10/28 Anybody heard anything?
  • Received e-mail stating that candidates for initial interviews will be notified in the next couple of weeks. Also asked people to check that their documents, especially rec letters, have been submitted as they were missing a few. (10-30)
  • 11/5 Received e-mail invitation to AAR interview (x2)
  • Anybody else? And to the person who got an interview request, do you know how many applicants are being interviewed at the AAR?
  • 12/5: Received email invitation for campus interview.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PA) - History of ChristianityEdit

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary invites applications for a faculty position in the History of Christianity. A graduate institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is committed to the formation of women and men for theologically reflective ministry and to scholarship in service to the church and the world. The person selected for this position will be responsible for teaching introductory and elective courses in the History of Christianity in the Seminary’s degree and continuing education programs. The successful candidate will have evidence of outstanding teaching, a commitment to theological education, a record of strong scholarship, and the ability to work collegially within institutions. This person will be an active participant in the life of a Christian community. Candidates will be required to teach across the history curriculum, including introductory courses in Early, Reformation, and Modern Church History. The candidate’s field of specialization within the history of Christianity is open but preference will be given to candidates with competence in Reformation and/or World Christianity. This is a tenure track position and rank is open. A Ph.D. or its equivalent at time of appointment is preferred. International candidates, women, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Send application letter, CV, and letters of reference to the Dean of Faculty at facultysearch@pts.edu.

  • Applications received by February 1, 2016, will be given priority, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ) - Congregational StudiesEdit

Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor of Congregational Studies. Candidates should be either scholars of practical theology and a related social science that illumines congregational life, leadership, and practices, or social scientists whose scholarly work concentrates on congregational studies. 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 either at the rank of a tenure-track Assistant Professor or a tenured Associate Professor and must be qualified to guide interdisciplinary research, teach in all degree programs, including M.Div., M.A., M.A.(T.S.), and Th.M. students, supervise Ph.D. students, and serve as faculty in the Seminary's 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. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants are required to apply online at the following website: https://tns-apps.ptsem.edu/FacultyApplicationCongregational/

Applicants must provide a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae. Three confidential recommendation letters are also required. Applicants request all references through the online application site where complete instructions will be found.

  • Formal review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015. Those wishing to nominate others for this position are invited to contact Dr. James F. Kay, Dean of Academic Affairs, Princeton Theological Seminary, at academic.dean@ptsem.edu .
  • Emailed letter of rejection received October 21
  • Any updates on this?  Skype interviews were about a month ago for some.  Has anyone received any follow up contact?
  • Skype interview (11/2) followed by email rejection (12/3)
  • Does anyone know if they held interviews at AAR? (12/11)
  • Anyone know if any finalists have been scheduled for on campus job talks? (12/29)
  • Received rejection letter today (1/22)

Regis University (CO) - Religious StudiesEdit

The Religious Studies Department at Regis College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Religious Studies at the rank of assistant professor, beginning August 1, 2016.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Experience in undergraduate teaching will strengthen an application. The successful candidate will be able to teach the following: a) “Religion and the Human Quest,” an introductory core course that explores what it means to be human in relation to the sacred; b) intermediate-level courses engaging in the Christian tradition, and c) upper-level courses in area of specialization. In addition, faculty members across the disciplines in Regis College develop and teach interdisciplinary, integrative core courses with themes such as justice and the common good, the search for meaning, diversity and cultural traditions, and global environmental awareness. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an active scholarly agenda.

The area of specialization is open, and the position will contribute to at least one of two programs; an interdisciplinary minor in Southwest U.S. studies and/or a program in interfaith studies. We desire competence in one or more of the following: Latino/a religions, Native American religions, interreligious and interfaith studies, indigenous religions, or post colonial studies.

Regis College, one of the five schools of Regis University in Denver, Colorado, is a Jesuit liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition with a primary emphasis on excellence in undergraduate teaching and cura personalis. Applicants should demonstrate an interest and ability to engage the Catholic intellectual tradition and Jesuit liberal arts educational mission substantively in their teaching. For more information on this mission, see: http://www.regis.edu/RC/Academics/Core-Studies.aspx

  • Apply at: https://jobs.regis.edu/postings/1658
  • A complete application must include: letter of application, vita, all university-level transcripts, three letters of recommendation (one of which addresses the candidate's demonstrated abilities and/or potential as an undergraduate teacher), one writing sample, copies or teaching evaluations from the most recent year of teaching, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants may include reflection on the context of the teaching evaluations. Only applications received by October 15 will receive full consideration. We will conduct interviews at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta. Letters of recommendation can be sent to Dr. Kari Kloos, c/o Dean's Office - E-24, Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221. This position is conditional upon final budget approval.
  • AAR interview invitation received 11/3.
  • Rejection letter received by mail (12/18) (x2)
  • Campus interview scheduled for Feb (1/22)
  • Had AAR interview. Was requested to send written response to University's mission and vision. I worked hard on this (it was due Jan. 5). Have heard nothing since. Bad sign? Looks like someone did get an on-campus. Anyone know where things are?
  • At least one on-campus visit has occured, two weeks ago (2/17)

Rockhurst University (MO) - Religious StudiesEdit

Rockhurst University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies.

Candidate must possess a Ph.D. by time of appointment in August 2016 and be able to teach an Introduction to World Religions course and upper level undergraduate courses in Buddhism and Hinduism; competency in Islamic traditions preferred but not required. Responsibilities involve a 3/3 teaching load, participation in departmental and university service, as well as scholarship. Preference given to candidate with evidence of effective teaching and demonstrated commitment to scholarly activity.

  • All submissions (a letter of interest and CV) must be sent electronically to daniel.stramara@rockhurst.edu. Please have three letters of recommendation e-mailed as pdfs directly to Dr. Daniel F. Stramara, Jr., Chair, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Rockhurst University. All materials must be received by September 14, 2015.
  • 9/14 is an extremely early deadline (even if the position was posted on 7/21). Fairly screams IC (or just inexperienced committee?).
  • Recieved rejection e-mail (10/7) stating 8 candidates will be interviewed. 

Rutgers University (NJ) - Western Christian Thought from Augustine to the ReformationEdit

The Department of Religion at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, N.J.) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Western Christian Thought from Augustine to the Reformation to begin Fall 2016, subject to the availability of funds. Candidates should specialize in some aspect of late antique, medieval, or early modern western Christian thought (up to the early Reformation) and must be able to teach general courses on western Christian thought and/or ethics.

Teaching duties will include undergraduate and graduate courses in the history and themes of western Christian thought currently offered by the Religion Department (http://religion.rutgers.edu), as well as new courses in the candidate's area of specialization. Applicants must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment, experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching, and evidence of scholarly accomplishments and potential. They should be cognizant of theories and methodologies in the study of religion and should expect to participate vigorously in the general development of the department's programs. Salary commensurate with experience. The teaching load is 2/2 with a generous leave and sabbatical policy to support research.

  • All applications must be submitted online (https://apply.interfolio.com/30589). No other method of application will be accepted. Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, a CV, three letters of recommendation, and one sample of scholarly writing. Completed applications submitted by September 30, 2015 will receive full consideration.
  • First round Skype interviews complete (10/9).  According to the chair, the committee will inform on-campus finalists within a week, arrange on-campus trips for early November, and make an offer by the first of December.
  • Is it possible that they thoroughly considered dozens of applications, then scheduled and conducted multiple Skype interviews in 9 days?
  • It's amazing what you can accomplish when you actually prioritize something:) Word on the street is they have leaves and retirements in the Spring and want to get the whole process finished while everyone is still on campus.
  • I'm skeptical of this timeline. Rutgers either has a preferred candidate or someone is posting disinformation here. Their submission deadline was actually extended to midnight EST on Oct. 1. So the idea that they would have read all the applications, scheduled the interviews, completed those interviews, all in EIGHT days is difficult to believe. 
  • Would interviewees care to share their qualifications?
  • Campus visit scheduled via email (10/14). (Also I re-formatted the prior discussion for clarity.)
  • I am also suspicious. Can anyone else confirm that they indeed have had a skype interview?
  • I am the person who posted about the campus visit, and I was not the person who posted about the Skype interviews (you can check the IP addresses if you care to). I can assure you, no one is spreading disinformation. As far as I can tell, the only red flag for an inside hire here is the speed of the search, but this is not so incredibly rare. My interview was enthusiastic and collegial, I have a full day of events planned for my visit (for which they are paying outright), and I'm meeting with all the right people for this to be the real deal. If it is a sham, they are at least kind enough to not give me the slightest indication of it, and I don't intend to go into the visit with anything other than the expectation of being properly considered for the position. My guess is that they did not recieve the hundreds of applications one might see for a broader search: this is a fairly specific and delightfully clear job ad, and it was an early deadline. Four more points:
    1. Committees move at this speed *all the time* for visiting positions in the Spring, and those have been getting similar numbers of applications because the TT market is so terrible;
    2. Most committees (I've been told) begin reviewing applications as soon as they come in (especially committees that collect via Interfolio) and so by the time the deadline hits, they already have an idea of who they want to interview and anyone who comes in at the deadline has to "beat out" the folks they already like (which is not to say they won't, but psychology privileges the familiar)--my DGS told us all to make sure we submit our applications at latest two weeks in advance of any deadlines for this very reason;
    3. My guess is that none of the interviewees posted their qualifications for the same reason I did not, namely confidentiality. Not because they (interviewees and/or qualifications) don't exist;
    4. Regardless of what's up with this search, I am so thankful it is proceeding at this pace. I will know, yes or no, by December, whether I've got the job or not.  With all the uncertainties and absurdities of the market, there's little that anyone can change or control. But this committee has decided to remove several of the crueler elements (expensive/stressful conference interviews and three-month wait times between interviews and campus visits, for example) from the process. It's significantly more humane and respectful. The only downside is that whoever gets hired won't know where else they might have gotten offers, but ideally it will be such a perfect fit that he or she won't care.
  • It is certainly plausible (albeit highly unusual) that they have moved this quickly. But the previous poster is dead wrong when s/he says that committees move this fast "all the time." When is the on-campus interview scheduled?
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk (like x 3)
  • I guess they must need more time before informing rejected candidates.
  • Congratulations to Rutgers and the candidate!!

Sacred Heart University (CT) -- Department of Catholic Studies FacultyEdit

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,000 students attend the University's six colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; University College; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides Best 379 Colleges - 2015 Edition, "Best in the Northeast" and Best 296 Business Schools - 2015 Edition. U.S. News & World Report ranks SHU among the best master's universities in the North in its annual "America's Best Colleges" publication. SHU fields 32 division I athletic teams and has an award-winning program of community service. www.sacredheart.edu 

Sacred Heart University's Department of Catholic Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full time term contract faculty position, beginning August 2016, to teach four sections per semester of the University's Human Journey Seminars: Great Books in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Through seminar pedagogy and by reading great works of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, these seminars engage students in an understanding of this Tradition as an interdisciplinary 2000-year-old ongoing conversation among the great thinkers of the Tradition and the cultures in which they have lived asking questions about God, humanity, society, and nature. Candidates must have a Master's degree or Ph.D. (preferred) in any humanities or liberal arts discipline and teaching experience. Faculty Development for teaching in these seminars will be provided. 

Interested and well-qualified candidates should send a letter of application, including a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogy, curriculum vita, and three letters of reference to: (below)

Ecumenical in spirit and led by the laity, Sacred Heart University is dedicated to excellence in academics and to the Catholic intellectual and liberal arts traditions. We are looking for individuals who value the University's Catholic identity, tradition and spirit, and support its commitment to the intellectual and ethical development of our students. Sacred Heart University is an equal opportunity employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

Application Information

Postal Address: 

Michelle Loris

Department of Catholic Studies

Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue

Fairfield, CT 06825-1000 

Email Address: 

lorism@sacredheart.edu 

Sacred Heart University is a dynamic, independent, coeducational institution of Catholic higher education that is committed to academic excellence and to the Catholic intellectual and liberal arts traditions. Sacred Heart University is an EOE/AA employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

  • Deadline for applications is February 1, 2016

Has anyone heard anything about this position?

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (WI) - Church HistoryEdit

SACRED HEART SEMINARY AND SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY seeks candidates for a full-time graduate-level teaching appointment in Church History starting August 2016. The successful candidate will possess a doctorate in Church History, Historical Theology, or related discipline, with those possessing a canonical degree being particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to teach survey courses in Church history, United States Catholic history, and historically-focused courses in related fields (e.g., spirituality, theology, philosophy, etc.). Rank and salary will be determined on the basis of academic credentials, publication record, and teaching experience.

  • Submission deadline is November 6, 2015. Send letter of interest, teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to academicvp@shsst.edu.
  • nothing matters (edit: nothing continues to matter)

Saint Joseph’s University (PA) - Christian Social EthicsEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Saint Joseph’s University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment for an assistant professor with a specialty in Christian Social Ethics to start in Fall 2016. Candidates should be thoroughly grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and the Roman Catholic tradition of moral theology. Candidates with research expertise in the areas of social, political and economic ethics; war and peace issues; race, gender and marginalization; environmental ethics; and/or church and state relationships will be particularly considered. The departmental teaching load is 3/3 and will include teaching the introductory theology course Faith, Justice and The Catholic Tradition as well as advanced undergraduate courses in social ethics. For further information about the Department, please visit the website at https://www.sju.edu/academics/cas/theology. Other inquiries can be directed to Dr. Jim Caccamo, Department Chair, at jcaccamo@sju.edu.

Duties and Responsibilities: Successful candidate will possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching; a strong and viable research agenda in an ongoing, active program of scholarly productivity; and willingness to participate in service to the department, college, and university. The teaching load is 3/3 and will include teaching the introductory theology course Faith, Justice and The Catholic Tradition as well as advanced undergraduate courses in social ethics.

Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in Theology (or equivalent), with specialty in Christian Social Ethics, is required by August 15, 2016.

Successful candidate will possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching; a strong and viable research agenda in an ongoing, active program of scholarly productivity; and willingness to participate in service to the department, college, and university.

Department: 212030 - Theology & Religious Studies

Hiring Range: Commensurate with Experience

Date Open to Internal Applicants: 12/03/2015

Date Open to External Applicants: 12/03/2015

Job Close Date: 01/15/2016

  • Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2015. This position is pending formal budgetary approval. All applications must be submitted on-line at https://jobs.sju.edu. Follow the prompts to complete your application. Completed applications are to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching, official transcripts, and names and email addresses for three people who will submit letters of recommendation (*).
  • Received invite for Skype interview (x2)
  • Very kind letter of rejection via email (1/28/16). (x2)
  • Email from search chair giving a time frame of mid-March for hearing back after first-round interviews.
  • It's just early march, so perhaps too early. But has anyone heard about campus visits yet?
  • Kind rejection email. 

Saint Mary's College of California (CA) - Theology and Religious StudiesEdit

Saint Marys College of California invites applications for a tenure-track position in Theology & Religious Studies. We seek a theologian and teacher in the tradition of the Second Vatican Council. There are two options for the preferred area of specialization. The first is Theological Anthropology, especially as it relates to contemporary areas of concern, e.g., gender and sexuality, human dignity and justice. The second is Comparative Theology, with an emphasis on Global Christianity / World Catholicism, e.g., interfaith dialogue, expressions of Catholicism across the globe, or the interaction between theology and issues of justice. Our student body is diverse, and we seek a candidate who can speak and relate to students of color, minorities, and women. Candidates from these under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Online App. Form: http://apptrkr.com/631665
  • Deadline: Consideration and review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Because interviews will take place at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Atlanta (Nov 20-23, 2015), we prefer that materials be submitted no later than October 10, 2015.
  • any word on this yet?
  • Still nothing? The AAR is right around the corner. . . . (2x)
  • Do they realize that some people need to buy tickets and arrange for hotels?
  • Probably not...
  • Ha! Sad but true.
  • OF COURSE they do.  But they also assume that anyone who is taking their candidacy seriously will be at the AAR.  You don't apply for jobs and then not go to the AAR, because if you are not there, no one is going to go out of their way to Skype interview you when all of the serious candidates can meet face to face at the AAR.  Don't be such a victim.
  • Don't assume all search committees are so callous. Quite frankly, there are a lot of us on here ("serious candidates" or whatever that means) who are working overseas or simply can't afford to jet off to major national conferences on the off-chance we'll have an interview lined up.
  • email invitation for AAR interview (11/6/15) (2x)
  • Congrats! Wish you well.
  • email invitation for AAR interview (11/6/15) (2x)
  • Received personalized rejection email reporting that the position is now filled (1/4/16)
  • I did not receive a rejection email (1/6)
  • Personalized rejection email, but no indication that the position had been filled (1/7/16) (x 2)

Salve Regina University (RI) - Religious and Theological StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious & Theological Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level starting in Fall 2016. The successful candidate will be expected to create an active learning environment for students, engage in research and scholarly activity, and contribute to the Mercy mission of the university. Duties include teaching a 4-3 course load primarily to undergraduate students; advising RTS majors and minors; and serving on committees.

Requirements: We seek candidates with an earned doctorate whose teaching and research expertise can bring students' lived cultural experience into critical reflection. Applicants with competence in the major categories of systematic theology who can work in an interdisciplinary environment would be especially welcome. Faculty are charged with introducing students to the Catholic intellectual tradition, understood as a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary dialogue on questions of meaning, value, and ethics. While most of the candidate's teaching will be in the university core and RTS major, the ability to offer courses in "Religion, Justice, and Peace," as part of a multi-pronged graduate program in the Humanities, would also be valued.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a one-page overview of scholarly interests, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy that addresses the following question: How would you engage a mixed classroom of students who identify as either secular, "spiritual" and, in a few cases, religious, and whose are primary focus is on career preparation in disciplines outside of RTS?

  • Deadline not stated (posted 10/6/15); LINK to APPLY.
  • The posting on their website (i.e., the link above) lists a December 31, 2015 application deadline
  • NB: that link now gives January 31, 2016 as the deadline. (posted 12/21/15)
  • Should letters of reference be sent? I dont see anything about that in the job description.
  • I had the same thought this week and emailed the chair. He said that they aren't needed yet, but will be requested of people who make it through the initial culling process (1/28/16) (x2)
  • Any updates on this one?  (2/12)
  • I applied and haven't heard anything yet (2/20 x7)
  • I know someone who did a skype interview and heard that campus interviews are already scheduled.
  • Got a very nice email rejection (2/19)
  • Emailed rejection (that admittedly never *actually* says it is a rejection!  Just "Thank you for your interest in applying.... We appreciate the time, energy and effort involved in your application for this position....") (2/22 x4)
  • x2. That email was something else.
    • ​It was so ambiguous that I sent a follow-up email to confirm that I've indeed been rejected. Will update once I hear back.
    • Just heard back: definitely a rejection (2/22).

Samford University (AL) - Chair of the Department of Religion and S. Louis and Ann W. Armstrong Professor of ReligionEdit

Samford University's Department of Religion seeks a department chair effective August 2016. Samford University is the largest privately-supported and fully-accredited institution of higher education in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has more than 300 full-time faculty and 4,900 students. The university is consistently one of the highest ranked comprehensive universities in the South.

Qualifications: Ph.D. required. The successful candidate will have a record of excellence in teaching and research, preferably with a specialization in the Hebrew or Christian Scriptures, though well-qualified candidates in other areas will be considered. Administrative experience is desired as is experience teaching religious studies in a liberal arts context. All faculty members are expected to support Samford's Christian mission. The chair of the religion department must be a member of a Baptist church.

Duties and Expectations: The responsibilities of this tenure-track appointment include teaching two courses per semester and overseeing the department's mission, curriculum, faculty and recruitment. The department chair also plays a pivotal role in representing the department within the university and to its constituencies. Like other faculty positions in the department, this is a nine-month appointment with the opportunity to teach additional courses in the summer and January terms. The successful applicant will teach the Biblical Perspectives course in the universitys Core Curriculum and other undergraduate courses in his or her area of expertise.

Applications: 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 to: David R. Bains, interim chair. E-mail: drbains@samford.edu . Department of Religion, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229

  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications and nominations immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by Sept. 30 will receive full consideration.

San Diego State University (CA) - Religion and SocietyEdit

San Diego State University's Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant or associate professor in Religion and Society with a specialization in the social scientific study of religion (anthropology of religion, or sociology of religion) to begin fall semester 2016. The faculty member will bring the methods and tools of the social sciences to researching the contemporary nexus between religion and social issues. 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 must be trained in the social scientific study of religion and should demonstrate expertise in particular areas of study and in specific religious communities. Areas of specialization could include racial ideology, gender and equality, environmental theology, or other possibilities, but the primary requirement is expertise in social science methods. The successful candidate will combine historical and language expertise with modern social theory 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 essential. The chosen candidate will show promise to teach lower, upper, and cross-listed division courses, and produce a well-planned research/scholarship agenda whose interests will enhance existing strengths within a department known for its interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, will participate in professional organizations, collaborate with other departments, serve the larger San Diego community, and complement the mission and collegiality of the department. Qualifications include demonstrated skills in teaching undergraduates. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to teaching excellence and demonstrate promise for continuing research and publication. A Ph.D. in the sociology of, or anthropology of religion, must be in hand at time of appointment.

  • Applicants must apply via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/30156. Applicant screening will begin September 15, 2015 and the position will remain open until filled. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
  • Oct 9: Skype interviews scheduled for long list
  • Can anyone clarify - have all long listed candidates been contacted?
  • The dozen or so candidates of the long list have been contacted, and skype interviewing will be over by the end of the day today. Of those on the list, three will be invited to San Diego for campus visits.
  • Any updates on this (10/29)?
  • Finalists were emailed last week (Oct. 22) for campus visits.
  • Offer made and accepted (2/1/16)

Seattle Pacific University (WA) - Theological StudiesEdit

Position: Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

Appointment: Regular nine-month, full-time, tenure-track appointment beginning September 1, 2016. Subject to funding.

Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate and seminary courses in a variety of theological topics will be expected, including women in Christianity. Undergrad courses will include general curriculum offerings (University Foundations) in Christian formation and theology as well as specialized courses in the Christian Theology major and minors. Seminary courses would include survey courses in historical theology and doctrine. A promising research trajectory is a requirement. Service to the School of Theology, University, and wider publics will be expected alongside student mentoring and advisement.

Requirements: Qualifications: Ph.D. or Th.D. in a theological discipline (historical, doctrinal, and/or constructive). The candidate must be committed to classroom instruction, student mentoring, and discipleship in a Christian liberal arts setting. The ideal candidate will be able to teach courses in gender and theology. Candidates broadly conversant with contextual, global, and historical theology will be preferred. The successful candidate will be sympathetic to the Wesleyan Holiness tradition and committed to the way Seattle Pacific seeks to articulate and embody the Christian faith (see the University Statement of Faith). 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.

Application Instructions: The online application includes an official SPU application form, a faith statement of approximately one page, a teaching philosophy statement of approximately one page, and other supporting documents. A cover letter and CV are also required. The University reserves the right to fill the position before the deadline, to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant, or to alter the search process due to funding.

  • Emailed (very nice) letter of rejection received October 26 (x2)

Skidmore College (NY) - Modern Religious Thought and/or EthicsEdit

Skidmore College's Religious Studies program invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Modern Religious Thought and/or Ethics, beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. The College is especially interested in candidates from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and service. We seek candidates with expertise in the Christian tradition and are particularly interested in candidates who can engage in substantive comparisons with other religious traditions. Areas of specialization include but are not limited to: ecotheology, Liberation Theology, theology of pluralism, comparative theology, political theology, bioethics, environmental ethics, social justice, and peace and conflict. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (or expected by May 2016) and will be able to teach core courses in the discipline, including Introduction to the Study of Religion, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, and a Senior Seminar/Capstone course. Interdisciplinary program experience is also highly desirable.

Responsibilities: Skidmore is on a semester system with a normal teaching load of five courses per academic year. In addition to delivering the core courses above on a rotating basis, the candidate will also teach intermediate and advanced courses in her or his area of specialization. Periodic participation in the College's interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar program and active engagement in student advising and mentoring is also required.

Requirements: Ph.D. in Religious Studies (or expected May 2016) strongly preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for this position, please complete an online faculty profile and attach the following documents: cover letter (with summary of current research), CV, teaching philosophy (with description of suggested courses) and sample syllabi. Additionally the application system will prompt you to submit three email addresses for letters of recommendation. All referees will be emailed once you've completed the application process. Please use personal email addresses for your referee's and not college/university email addresses to ensure they receive this email.

Interfolio Users: visit the link below for instructions to acquire email addresses from Interfoilio to enter into our application system for your recommenders. http://help.interfolio.com/entries/24062742-Uploading-Letters-to-an-Online-Application-System

This system can support attachments up to 1.9MB. All "required" documents must be attached through the online application system to complete the application process. If you have questions please contact Clarissa Sawyer, Employment Coordinator in Human Resources at: csawyer@skidmore.edu or 518 580.5802

Quicklink for Posting: http://careers.skidmore.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56772

  • Posting Date: 09-15-2015. Closing Date: Open Until Filled
  • Anyone heard anything yet?
  • The AAR Employment Center says that they will be holding both "prearranged" and "open" interviews at AAR. Does anyone have any experience with or know anything about the "open" interviews (beyond the short FAQ that the AAR gives, that is)?
  • Open interviews are simply those that are scheduled at the annual meeting after the conference has commenced, where prearranged interviews are self-explanatory. If the search committee has rented a private meeting room in which to conduct interviews, candidates selected for an open interview during the conference will likely be contacted through the messaging system at the Employment Center (in the Atlanta Sheraton main ballroom, third level), and then directed to the appropriate meeting location. Otherwise, open interviews take place in the large interview hall, in which committees meet in small cubicles, usually enclosed by hanging curtain dividers.The EC messaging system usually consists of a centrally located bulletin board at the EC entrance, on which messages are pinned, labeled with a confidential ID number that is emailed to each registrant for the EC one week before the meeting. Committees also often contact candidates for open interviews directly by email or mobile phone to arrange the interview. 
  • Thank you. This explanation is so much better than the AAR FAQ. So basically I wouldn't bother contacting the committee--they'll contact me somehow to arrange the interview at the AAR if not beforehand?
  • You have already contacted the committee by submitting your application. If they are interested in further conversation, they will find a way to communicate that to you, either through the EC messaging system (you should check the board at the EC several times during each day, as long as open interviews are taking place) or directly through your contact information.
  • Just to let interested folks know, we had 160+ applications for this position, and we're now narrowing down our field to those who we will invite to interview with us at AAR. On Friday (11/13), we will decide on this list. The college administration will then approve our list, and we'll send out invitations as soon as possible. We realize that this only gives people a few days of notice before AAR. We're sorry that things can not be expedited faster, but we are trying to give each file a thorough and fair reading. And, yes, I'm on the search committee.
  • This was very thoughtful, particularly at such a busy time. Thank you! (x5)
  • Just hope this also means Skype/phone will be offered as an option too.
  • Received email to interview at AAR (11/14) (x2)
  • Would you mind sharing your specialization?
  • Have they invited finalists to campus interview yet?
  • Phone calls for campus interview invitations will go out today (12/8)
  • Has anyone received a call today?

Springfield College (MA) - Assistant Professor of ReligionEdit

Springfield College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Religion in the Humanities Department. This is a tenure-track, nine-month appointment teaching four courses per semester. We seek applicants who are broadly trained and enthusiastic about educating students in a wide variety of religious traditions, texts, and practices. Additional expertise and interest in teaching introductory level Philosophy courses also sought. Further development of our curriculum in both Religion and Philosophy to foster student interest in both disciplines welcomed.

Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate in Religious Studies or related field from a regionally accredited institution and provide evidence of strong teaching skills and an active research program (or potential for research). ABD's with a summer degree completion date will be considered.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is a private, coeducational institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs that reflect its distinctive Humanics Philosophy - the education of the whole person in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity. For more information, please visit the College's homepage at www.springfieldcollege.edu.

  • Initial review of applications will begin December 11, 2015 with an employment date of August, 2016. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statement, and the names and contact information for 3-5 professional references to: Dr. Anne Herzog, Dean, School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109. E-materials accepted atasps@springfieldcollege.edu.
  • Inside candidate
  • how do you know that?
  • working on application now --- if there is really an inside candidate, should I bother? please clarify the inside candidate comment
  • TPII would say to always apply as if there isn't an inside candidate because that candidate isn't a guarnteed hire. Someone else might end up being much more appealing to the search committee and the inside candidate might not put as much effort into their application materials because they think they have the job guaranteed. You can never know what will happen with this process.
  • Personally, I've been an inside candidate before and didn't end up with the job. So I wouldn't worry about it too much.
  • Just chiming in--everyone thinks I'm an inside candidate at the job I have. The ad matches who I am. I'm not going to go into details, but my job is great, and I have no desire to apply. So, apply for the d job as we say on the chronicle.
  • Received an email from HR (1/4) that they'd received my application back in December and had just now forwarded it onto the search committee (x3)
  • Never received such an email. I guess they aren't getting all their applications? (X4)
  • Is this in addition to a standard confirmation email from HR that would've been sent back in December upon initial receipt of your application?
  • Yes -- this is confusing since the email they sent me in December said, "The Search Committee members will carefully review all applications, and we will notify you if you are identified as one of the candidates to be further interviewed."
  • And to make it even more confusing, I didn't receive an initial email back in December, but received one on 1/4 from HR telling me that my application had been forwarde to the search committee.
  • Huh. I have received neither of these HR emails, but I did send an email to confirm delivery of application materials (since I use Interfolio), to which I got an affirmative response.
  • Initial phone interviews were scheduled today (1/12/16).

Stanford University (CA) - Early Christianity (Open Rank)Edit

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications in the area of early Christianity and/or Christianity in late antiquity for a tenure-line, open-rank position. The successful applicant must demonstrate substantial evidence of creativity and excellence in research and scholarship as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

This is an open-rank search, with a preference for scholars at the level of associate or full professor. An appointee at the level of full professor may be eligible for nomination to the Teresa Hihn Moore Chair.

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/31498

Assistant level and untenured applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted through the same URL.

  • For full consideration, applications must be received by November 9, 2015. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2016 or as soon as practicable thereafter.
  • Received request for additional application materials (13 Nov.) (x6)
  • Can anyone confirm whether Stanford is interviewing at SBL/AAR?
  • This is not inside information, but I am almost certain that they are not; on the 13th they seem to have been following up on applications, including missing references.
  • Received a nice rejection email 12/3 (x4)
  • Did any of you who received rejection emails also receive requests for additional materials earlier in November?
  • I haven't gotten a rejection email, but I did get the request for additional material in November. (12/5) (x4)
  • I received a request for demographic information earlier in November, and I received the rejection email.
  • Didn't hear anything today. (12/9) 
  • Anyone know if they've scheduled campus visits? (1/11)
  • I've heard nothing directly from them either way and no murmurs through the grapevine either. (1/12)
  • I was one of the individuals in November, who was asked for additional materials--including writing samples. I've not heard anything from Stanford since then. I was told by the Chair, however, to be patient because this would likely be a long process given the number of searches the Department is engaged in this year. (1/12)
  • Finalists were invited to campus. (2/10)
  • 2/21: Rejection e-mail from chair. 140 applications. Offer has been made.

Stanford University (CA) - Islam / Islamic Studies (Open Rank)Edit

Stanford University seeks to hire a specialist on Islam and/or on Muslim societies, cultures, arts, politics, and/or philosophy in any time period. A focus on Africa and/or the Middle East is preferred, but applicants working on other regions are welcome to apply. The successful applicant for this tenure-line, open-rank position will be appointed in the relevant department within the School of Humanities and Sciences and affiliated with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

  • Applicants should provide a cover letter including a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including list of publications, and one recent writing sample. Assistant level and untenured applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted to AcademicJobsOnline.org. Currently tenured applicants should submit the names of three references. For full consideration, materials should be received by October 1, 2015. Please use the following link to apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5721
  • Just a quick note for RS scholars from someone with a bit of inside info: the Stanford Religious Studies department is not participating in this search, so any applicants with RS degrees will need to keep this in mind. The eventual hire will be appointed in a different department relevant to Islamic Studies. --> which departments are participating in this search?
  • Any word on this search? (10/20) None so far (11/03) (x5)
  • Are they planning on doing interviews at MESA?
  • Probably not since no word so far?
  • Has anyone heard anything so far?
  • Nothing here (11/10).
  • Nothing here either. Given that this is an open-rank position (and a coveted one, I should think), I wouldn't be surprised if we don't hear about interviews through the wiki. (11/10)
  • just out of curiosity is anyone here who has an update on this? (1/05)
  • Nothing. I have spoken to three others who've applied and haven't heard...
  • Any news ? (2/27)
  • [10 March] Rejection email. No number given on applicants. x2

Stanford University (CA) - Japanese BuddhismEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Japanese Buddhism. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses and advise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, contributing to Buddhist Studies at Stanford as well as to the broader teaching mission of the Religious Studies Department.

Applicants should submit an application cover letter, a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), and three letters of reference through Interfolio via the following URL: http://apply.interfolio.com/30450

  • For full consideration, materials must be received by October 1, 2015. The term of appointment will begin on September 1, 2016.
  • Any progess on this one? (28/10)

Stanford University (CA) - Jewish Religion and / or Thought (Open Rank)Edit

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications and nominations in the area of the study of Jewish religion and/or thought for a tenure-line, open-rank position. The successful applicant must demonstrate substantial evidence of creativity and excellence in research and scholarship as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He or she may specialize in any area or period of the study of Jewish religion and/or thought.

This search replaces the recently (July 2015) advertised search for the next holder of the Daniel E. Koshland Chair in Jewish Religion and Culture. Senior scholars of distinction are also encouraged to apply for this position, and, if appointed at full professor level, may be eligible for nomination to the Koshland Chair. Those who have already applied under the previous search may elect to have their applications carried over to this one.

  • Apply at: http://apply.interfolio.com/30395
  • For full consideration, applications must be received by October 30, 2015. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2016 or as soon as practicable thereafter.

Stanford University (CA) - South Asian Studies (spec. Hinduism / Indian Religion)Edit

Stanford University invites applicants for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level or a tenured position at the Associate Professor level in South Asian Studies to begin in the academic year 2016-17.

The scholar appointed will be based in an academic department but is also expected to make contributions to the interdisciplinary study of South Asia across the university. The appointment will be in one of the following departments in the School of Humanities and Sciences:

Art and Art History (with a preference for a scholar of South Asian Film)
Religious Studies (preference will be given to applicants specializing in Hinduism and the study of Indian religion in general)

Teaching responsibilities will be determined by the home department.

Applicants should provide a cover letter including a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including list of publications, and one sample of recent scholarship. Assistant level and untenured applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted to Academic Jobs Online. Currently tenured applicants should submit the names of three references.

  • Also posted at Art History 2015-2016 and Film Studies 2015-2016
  • Any word on this search? (10/15)
  • This one is gone, invites sent out.
  • Do you have any other details about the invites?
  • I only know of one invitee, new PhD, with strong personal connections to the department. Straight to campus visit(s?) like last time.
  • Yes, straight to campus visits. Standard 3-4 invitees, but not all in RS (this is a joint search with Art/Art History)
  • Another candidate invited to campus in RS (11/24)
  • To the last poster: Thanks for the update. Do you, by any chance, know when this campus visit is taking place ie Dec or Jan? Would help in figuring out whether the search is nearing completion or is still open.
  • Dec.
  • Any updates on this search?
  • Job offered and accepted.

Texas Christian University (TX) - Instructor in ReligionEdit

The Texas Christian University, Department of Religion, invites applications for an Instructor in Religion beginning in August 2016. Primary responsibilities are teaching a 4/4 load of predominantly introductory courses as well as service to the Department and University. This appointment is renewable annually but is not tenure track; for more information see www.addran.tcu.edu/documents/ApptEvalPromoofInstr.pdf.

Position Requirements: Ph.D. required at time of application. A minimum of two years in full-time teaching appointments.  Substantial experience teaching introductory courses in two of the following areas required: World Religions, Biblical studies, Society and Culture (see www.rel.tcu.edu for examples). Demonstrated understanding of and ability to teach from diverse methodological and pedagogical perspectives will be valued as well as interest in developing and implementing curricular materials relating to culturally diverse populations. Demonstrated teaching excellence in some combination of world religions, Native American religious traditions, Latino/a religions, and African-American religions strongly desired.

  • Search Schedule: Consideration of candidates will begin October 25, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application, a one-page teaching statement and a curriculum vitae tohttps://tcu.igreentree.com/CSS_Faculty and arrange for two letters of reference that address teaching to be sent by reviewers directly to hremployment@tcu.edu. Course Load: 4/semester
  • Any news about the TCU search?
  • I received an email invite a little over a week ago. [posted 11/19]
  • Was told at SBL/AAR that invitations for campus interviews would go out around Dec. 19th
  • Has anyone heard anything on this yet?
  • I emailed the Chair before Christmas and was told that decisions had been made but nothing had been finalized by the Dean. I also emailed the Chair a few days ago and have heard nothing back.
  • Heard today from the Chair that campus finalists are already at TCU. Search came down to 5 candidates, 2 were chosen for campus visits

Towson University (MD) - Ancient JudaismEdit

The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in Ancient Judaism (2nd century BCE-the Rise of Islam) with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies beginning August 2016.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by August 1, 2016. Possess a strong command of rabbinic literature and engage with core genres of the traditional Jewish canon, but may focus on an era from late antiquity through the Rise of Islam. Interested in addressing the intellectual and religious history of ancient Judaism as well as its intersections with other religious and intellectual traditions of late antiquity. Possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and show potential for a productive scholarly program.

Responsibilities: Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units. Teach both introductory and specialized courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Introduction to Judaism, Introduction to the Study of Religion and Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as upper level undergraduate courses. Teach the core graduate survey in Rabbinic History and Literature as well as graduate seminars. The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department in conjunction with the graduate program in Jewish Studies will determine the mix of undergraduate and graduate courses, advising duties and service.

Towson University: Towson University (http://www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 18,000 undergraduates and approaching 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

  • Application Process: Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official or unofficial transcripts, evidence of effective teaching, three letters of recommendation by November 6, 2015 to Dr. Anne Ashbaugh at: http://apply.interfolio.com/29532.

Towson University (MD) - Christian Traditions and Religions of the AmericasEdit

The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in the field of Christian Traditions and Religions of the Americas in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies beginning August 2016.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by August 1, 2016. Area of specialization (e.g., historical period, geographical region, theoretical/methodological approach) is open, but we especially welcome applicants whose work situates the study of Christianity in transnational perspective. 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 Towson University’s interdisciplinary Core program.

Responsibilities: Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units. Teach courses in Introduction to the Study of Religion; Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and Introduction to Christianity; as well as upper division courses in the given specialty of the candidate.

Towson University: Towson University (http://www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 18,000 undergraduates and approaching 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

  • Application Process: Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official or unofficial transcripts, evidence of effective teaching, three letters of recommendation by November 6, 2015 to Dr. Anne Ashbaugh at: http://apply.interfolio.com/29533.
  • So even though one will have finished one's PhD prior to starting the position, one must still accept the rank of "instructor" simply because of one's status at the time of application? That strikes me as unreasonable considering the job normally carries a 4-4 (or 4-3) teaching load. 
  • Conference Interview scheduled (11/10) (x4)
  • Scheduled via e-mail
  • Any news about on-campus interviews?
  • nothing here (12/16)
  • This might not mean much, but for what it's worth, the Jewish Studies wiki suggests they've issued campus invitations for their other search [on 12-8]
  • Phone call on 1-14 to schedule campus interview for Feb (posted 1-14)
  • Any update on this position? Job offer? (5/1)

Trinity College (CT) - Islamic StudiesEdit

The Department of Religion at TRINITY COLLEGE, Hartford, CT, a non-sectarian liberal arts college, invites applicants for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Islamic Studies commencing with the 2016-2017 academic year.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies with language competency in Arabic and, ideally, another Islamicate language, e.g., Persian, Urdu, Turkish, and Malay, and must demonstrate a strong record of teaching and a clear research program. Candidates are encouraged to develop courses in their own fields of research. The college has a five-course annual load, which is reduced to four for the first two years for beginning faculty. The college also offers ample opportunity and support for scholarly research. Undergraduate teaching responsibilities include an annual introductory survey of Islam and an introduction to the Qur’an.

For full consideration, please submit a letter of application (including a statement of research and teaching interests), CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a sample of scholarly writing, on the following website: https://trincoll.peopleadmin.com/. 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. Emails will be generated to reference providers, directing them to submit letters to a unique URL. Applicants using Interfolio should provide the appropriate unique Interfolio email address for each reference letter writer.

The Department of Religion’s web page may be accessed at: http://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/MajorsAndMinors/Religion/Pages/default.aspx

Questions about this position may be directed to the email address, ellison.findly@trincoll.edu.

  • All application materials are due October 15, 2015.  EOE/AA. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • Course Load: 4/year for first two years; 5/year normally. Required: PhDTeaching ExperiencePublished Journal Article(s). The listing says both open and prearranged interviews will be conducted at the AAR.
  • While the ad only lists the documents above, the online jobs portal also requires the following: "representative research papers, sample syllabi, research statement, and teaching evaluations." Confirmed w/ the chair that they do want all of these documents, not just those listed in the ad.
  • I am working on the application and this is indeed correct. Does anyone know the difference between "a sample of scholarly writing" and "representative research papers"?
  • "representative research papers" means published articles in peer-reviewed journals, "sample of scholarly writing" can include unpublished pieces. [as per email from the chair]
  • Emailed invitation to AAR interview.
  • Has anyone who interviewed at AAR heard anything yet? At the interview they stressed how quickly they wanted to arrange campus visits, but still haven't received any news one way or another. It has only been 2.5 weeks of course, but I thought they said they we would hear back from them right after Thanksgiving.
  • I've still heard nothing. It does seem strange, as they did stress the speed of their search.
  • Emailed the Chair. They are already doing campus visits.
  • Position offered and accepted

Trinity School for Ministry (PA) - Professor of LiturgicsEdit

Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge PA, an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition, is seeking a Professor to provide exceptional teaching services in Prayer Book, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Care, and Mentored Ministry to Trinity School for Ministry students and who respects the evangelical Anglican ethos of the seminary.  The ideal candidate will be an Anglican with a doctorate in Liturgics.  Ordination in the Anglican or Episcopal tradition is preferred.  Applicants from the worldwide Anglican community are encouraged to apply.  Faculty rank will be commensurate with previous experience.

Trinity School for Ministry (TSM) began in 1976 and has trained more than 1,100 students from all over the worldwide Anglican Communion and other denominations.  TSM offers four degree programs:  Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Ministry.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach for all of these degrees, as well as students undertaking certificates and diplomas. Teaching online and intensive format classes and the sharing of related administrative work will also be expected of the candidate.

Applicants will be in full support of the vision, purpose and values of TSM and must sign the Trinity Statement of Faith and Trinity Covenant (these documents can be found on the TSM website at http://www.tsm.edu). The full job description is available by visiting the TSM website.  A strong commitment to biblical theology, to the mission of God, and to the ministry of the Church is required.

The ideal candidate must possess the ability and willingness to present, in a respectful manner, positions held by evangelical Anglicans and respect positions different from their own.  He/she must be committed to teach students and to raising up male and female leaders for the Church.  Involvement in ordained or lay leadership in the seminary and beyond is essential.

  • Interested candidates, meeting the minimum requirements as defined above, should send a CV and three sources of recommendation to Elaine Lucci, Trinity School for Ministry, 311 Eleventh Street, Ambridge, PA 15003 or email to elucci@tsm.edu by October 9, 2015.

Tufts University (MA) - Religions of the Latino and/or Afro-Latino DiasporaEdit

The Tufts University Department of Religion seeks a scholar for a tenure-track Mellon Bridge Assistant Professorship in Religions of the Latino and/or Afro-Latino Diaspora in the United States. PhD is required. Candidates will preferably have training in religious studies, but applications are encouraged from scholars with cognate interests in Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, History, Sociology, or other disciplines. The Department of Religion at Tufts boasts a dynamic and research-active faculty with scholarly and teaching interests in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, early Christianity, and American religious history. With this hire the department seeks a colleague who can help expand our research engagements and curricular programming. This position also supports a joint commitment to Latino Studies within the Consortium on Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. Apart from a demonstrated commitment to scholarship and teaching in the area of Latino and/or Afro-Latino diaspora religions in the United States, candidates should be actively engaged with the study of race, ethnicity, colonialism, indigeneity, and/or migration.

This position is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation to promote scholarship and teaching that bridges different departments and programs in the humanities at Tufts.  The successful candidate will receive an appointment as a fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) for the duration of the pre-tenure probationary period.  We seek candidates whose research and teaching has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. 

  • Applications should include a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and one or more sample syllabi. Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential reference letters submitted directly by the authors. All materials must be submitted via Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/30864 . Questions about the position should be directed to lynn.wiles@tufts.edu. For help with Interfolio, please email help@interfolio.com or call (877) 997-8807. Review of applications begins October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. The position begins July 2016.
  • Received email request for skype interview 10/27
  • Received email request for campus visit 11/12
  • Received a rejection letter (2/11) stating that the search for this position has closed (I wasn't a finalist or anything like that).  Sounds like they have made their decision. 

University of Alabama (AL) - Social Theory and Religion in ModernityEdit

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 Religion in Modernity beginning August 2016. At the time of hire, a Ph.D. is required; advanced ABD candidates will also be considered. The committee welcomes applications from candidates with academic training in religious studies, but will also entertain training in such related fields as cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, race studies, comparative literature, and interdisciplinary studies, as long as expertise in studying and teaching social theory as applied to the study of religion and modernity is evident. The position is a full-time appointment in Religious Studies.

The successful applicant’s area of focus/specialty will complement and enhance the research areas of the Department, in terms of both data domain and critical method. The specific topics/regions of research and teaching are open but each will demonstrate the application of social theory to understand religion’s role in modernity (being broadly conceived as a post-18th century development) The successful candidate will see her or his object of study as an example of wider, cross-cultural socio-political forces and issues. Possible sites for this kind of approach might include (but are not limited to): colonialism and postcolonialism, secularism, the Global South, formations of the modern nation-state, identity studies, liberalism, and economic theory.

Applicants should demonstrate an active and ongoing research agenda, teaching experience, and evidence of the ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service. All faculty in REL contribute to teaching introductory courses as well as more specialized upper-level undergraduate seminars.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 1. Applicants are required to apply online, submitting a cover letter, C.V., writing sample (upload to “other document 1” tab), and names/addresses of three references (upload to “other document 2” tab). Selected applicants will subsequently be asked to provide letters of recommendation.
  • UPDATES: Request for references, 10-12-15
  • Any news?
  • skype interview conducted last week (the week of 11/2) 11-10-15
  • campus visit scheduled for January 2016. 12-6-15

University of California, Riverside (CA) - Holstein Chair in Religious StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a full-time, tenured position beginning July 1, 2016, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to fill the Holstein Chair in Religious Studies. The Holstein Chair is the hallmark of Religious Studies at UCR, the most diverse campus in the University of California system. An excellent body of research has been accomplished at the national and international levels in the past two decades in name of this position. The successful applicant will be expected to have performed distinguished work and completed significant research in religious studies.

Until now, the Holstein Chair in Religious Studies has largely focused on religion in the public sphere, with special attention to interrelated sub-fields such as religion and politics, law, science, and civic discourse. The Holstein Chair in Religious Studies has also been a leader in critical academic discussions on method and theory in the discipline, and on the intellectual history of the study of religion more broadly. The chosen candidate must continue this trajectory while building on our institutional strengths today. These lie in the diversity of UCR’s student body, and in UCR’s Religious Studies department itself, which derives its strength from the diverse specializations of its faculty.

For these reasons, we are inviting a colleague who will broadly study the ways that religious diversity affects inclusiveness, fairness, tolerance, and other aspects of social cohesiveness, health, and wellbeing, and who studies the nature and sources of religious diversity and the implications of this diversity for the economy, society, and polity. Illustrative areas of concern include but are not limited to: political, sociological, legal, economic, or historical studies of the impacts of religious diversity on social and political conditions; or how social institutions create or inhibit religious diversity and how religious diversity affects social institutions and religious tolerance and inclusiveness. Specific time period, geographic area, and tradition of specialization are open. Teaching obligations will include both undergraduate and graduate courses, including graduate seminars. The university is on the quarter system of ten weeks of instruction per quarter. A standard teaching load is four courses per academic year. Ph.D. is required at time of appointment, and candidates with demonstrable research, publication, and teaching experience will be preferred. UCR is a research institution with high expectations for scholarly productivity and excellence in teaching. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

APPLY: Interested candidates should submit electronic applications including curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing interest in and fit for the position, teaching evaluations, and publications to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00395. Three to five references must be provided. Letters of recommendation to be solicited for final candidates.

  • For full consideration, materials must be received by November 1, 2015. This position will be open until filled.
  • Any word on this one? (1/22)
  • On campus interviews currently being held for the 4 finalists.
  • My friend who applied for this never received a rejection letter. Is it fair to assume that a hire has been made? (4/11)

University of Chicago (IL) - History of ReligionsEdit

he University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make an appointment (tenured or tenure-track) in the History of Religions effective July 1, 2016. One of the School's eleven areas of study, History of Religions encompasses philological, ethnographic, archival, and comparative study of religion, inflected reciprocally by theoretical reflection and significant engagement with at least one religious tradition or the religions of a defined geographic area. Candidates should demonstrate their specific capacities in both a developed agenda for research and their teaching. The Divinity School is one of the eleven academic units of the University of Chicago, and includes (in order of size of enrollment) Ph.D., M.A., M.Div., and B.A. degree programs. Divinity School faculty teach in all programs; opportunities for collaboration, in both research and teaching, are limited only by the interest and initiative of the faculty member.

  • Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, names of three references, a research statement, and a writing sample of 25-40 pages. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of candidates will commence on October 1, 2015. Application should be made online, at http://tinyurl.com/q6mg7r9
  • Any updates here?
  • Fairly certain a colleague of mine has an interview for this position 
  • Any updates? 11/30
  • Updates? 12/19
  • Any updates? 1/6
  • Position is still officially open. (2/23)

University of Chicago (IL) - Quranic StudiesEdit

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make an appointment in Quranic Studies, effective July 1, 2016, at the assistant professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a robust curriculum in the study of the Quran within the wider framework of religious studies and in conversation with other programs and disciplines across the university, based on a strong disciplinary grounding in major subareas of Quranic studies. Such subareas might include early Arabic language and literature and the literary neighborhood in which they developed, with proficiency in relevant languages such as Aramaic, Hebrew, Coptic, Greek, or Middle Persian; early Arabic poetry; exegesis (including tafsir, sira, as well as exegetical strands of other literary genres); Qur'anic rhetoric (balagha); and/or paleography and the development of diacritics in Arabic as well as Hebrew and Syriac; issues of oral and written textuality ; and the role of Qur'anic performance in society. The Divinity School is one of the eleven academic units of the University of Chicago, and includes (in order of size of enrollment) Ph.D., M.A., M.Div., and B.A. degree programs. Divinity School faculty teach students in all programs; opportunities for collaboration, in both research and teaching, are limited only by the interest and initiative of the faculty member.

  • Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, names of three references, a research statement, and a writing sample of 25-50 pages. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of candidates will commence on October 1, 2015. Application should be made online, at http://tinyurl.com/ofhp7n2
  • Anyone heard anything about this?
  • request for supplementary materials. early december skype interviews. campus interviews in early new year. (11/25)
  • Have they selected the finalists for this position yet? (1/7)
  • From an email received, it seems they did select the finalists (1/119)

University of Cincinnati (OH) - Culture and Thought of Judaism, Christianity, and IslamEdit

The Department of Judaic Studies in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Culture and Thought of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is a full-time tenure-track position, beginning August 1, 2016.

The successful candidate will be a promising scholar with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. Qualified candidates will be familiar with the interdisciplinary academic study of medieval Jewry and intercultural relations within a broader, global context. Background in Middle-Eastern Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies would be desirable. We are seeking individuals whose research and teaching activities promote interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments and colleges at UC and our consortium partners including Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Teaching responsibilities include courses such as Medieval Jewish History, Jews and Islam, and Judaism and Christianity in Conflict, and advising research projects of advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates should be able to integrate digital technologies into the classroom. The successful candidate will also serve on committees and generally work to further the department’s growth and prestige. Applicants' research and teaching should be consistent with our mission, which emphasizes a commitment to diversity and to collaborative projects nationally and internationally.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in-hand by August 1, 2015, clear evidence of research and publication activity, solid evidence of teaching effectiveness, and knowledge of Modern Hebrew. Please see the University of Cincinnati website (www.uc.edu), and the Department website (www.artsci.uc.edu/judaic) for information about the Department’s programs and projects with faculty in other departments and institutions including experiential learning, travel study, and collaboration with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the American Jewish Archives, and the Klau Library. A complete list of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and University may be found at http://www.uc.edu/registrar/registration/reg_info/cincinnati_consortium.html

  • Application Process and Deadline: Application deadline is Sunday, November 8, 2015. Screening of applications will begin shortly thereafter and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the annual meetings of AAR/SBL and AJS. All applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.uc.edu. Cover letter should address the candidate’s effectiveness and consistency with both the position and the mission of the Department and indicate experience and success with teaching and interacting with culturally diverse populations. Include a current vita, samples of scholarly work, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Three letters of recommendation should be sent electronically to Matthew Kraus matthew.kraus@uc.edu (phone: 513-556-2298) or mailed to Judaic Studies Search Committee C/O Matthew Kraus Dept. of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210169 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0169. For questions, please contact Professor Matthew Kraus, Chair of Search Committee (513) 556-2298 [matthew.kraus@uc.edu].

University of Copenhagen (DK) - History of Religions - CANCELLEDEdit

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in History of Religions to be filled by 1 August 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. About the Department: http://ccrs.ku.dk/about/

Job content: The tenure track is offered in the field of the History of Religions. In assessing research qualifications emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant has conducted research and published in the field of religion in its historical context: for instance modes of religious expression in text, image and practice and their roles in processes of historical change. As Islamic Studies are currently well represented at the department applicants should preferably demonstrate other areas of competence.

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

The successful applicant should be able to teach the modules History of Religions 1 and 2,ToRS Common Course - Science and Theory of Science and Individually Studied Area within the B.A. curriculum as well as modules within the M.A. curriculum (with the exception of Philosophy of Religion). The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of these courses. Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH at this homepage: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/.

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, email: i-leder.tors@hum.ku.dk.

  • 11/09/2015 was told (through unofficial channels) yesterday the search has been canceled.
  • I can confirm that, was told by an applicant that the search is off.

University of Dallas (TX) - Moral TheologyEdit

The Department of Theology at the University of Dallas invites applications for a tenure-track position in moral theology beginning in the fall of 2016. The University of Dallas is a Catholic liberal arts institution dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, truth, and virtue as the primary ends of education. The position requires a doctorate in moral theology, or a degree in a related area such as systematics. The doctorate should be in hand by no later than August of 2016. Rank open.

The successful candidate will be strong in moral theology, especially fundamental moral theology, but also be able to teach in other areas, such as systematic or historical theology. Some teaching experience is desirable. Strong candidates will also be enthusiastic about teaching two courses in the university’s Core curriculum (Understanding the Bible and Western Theological Tradition), as well as other undergraduate and graduate courses.

All applications should be submitted online at: www.udallas.edu/teachatUD. During this application process, the following documents should be attached in PDF format: a letter of application, CV, a sample of scholarly writing, and three letters of recommendation.

  • The deadline for applications is December 13, 2015. The University of Dallas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
  • 10/7/15--I called UDallas today to ask why the position was not listed on the online application site and HR said it's because an offer has been made.
  • 10/8/15--That's not true. I called today and both HR and the head of the theology department told me the job is still open. It hasn't been posted online yet due to website updates. It should be up this week. 

University of Dayton (OH) - Jewish Studies / Modern Jewish Religious Thought / HistoryEdit

The University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies with a specialization in modern Jewish religious thought and history. Responsibilities include teaching the undergraduate introductory course in religion, a general introduction to Judaism, a study of the Holocaust, as well as specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in Judaism. The normal teaching responsibility for the position is three courses per semester. Position begins August 16, 2016. The Department of Religious Studies offers introductory and advanced courses in the University's Common Academic Program for undergraduates, supports a vibrant major and minor in Religious Studies, offers M.A.s in Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry, and features a Ph.D. in Theology, with a focus on U.S. Catholic experience.

By the time of application applicants must have a doctorate in hand with a research focus and area of expertise in Jewish religious thought and history in the 20th and/or 21st centuries, must demonstrate academic training and continued research interests in modern Jewish religion, must show evidence of an ability to engage classical texts (Tanakh and ancient rabbinic literature) in classroom and research, must demonstrate potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate level, and must be able to articulate a clear research agenda. Preference will be given to specialists in Jewish Studies with evidence of academic training and interests in the U.S. context, particularly in Jewish-Christian relations, with knowledge of Catholic intellectual traditions, with familiarity with the characteristics of Marianist higher education, with successful teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, with the ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds, with a demonstrated record of quality publications, and to those demonstrating a potential for service, leadership, and collaboration within the department, university, and community.

A complete application for the position consists of a letter of intent that addresses all the qualifications, c.v., teaching statement, statement of research interest, writing sample, copies of transcripts, and three signed letters of reference. If the degree is not on the transcript, the applicant should make sure that one of the letters is from the advisor and attests to the completion of the doctoral requirements.

  • The deadline for completed applications is November 5, 2015. Applications must be submitted electronically at https://jobs.udayton.edu/postings/18398 Applicants should anticipate that preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Atlanta, November 21-24, 2015. Address inquiries to Silviu Bunta, Ph.D., Chair, Religious Studies Search Committee, at sbunta1@udayton.edu.

University of Mary Washington (VA) - Mediterranean Religions of Late AntiquityEdit

The University of Mary Washington invites applications for a tenure-track position in Mediterranean Religions of Late Antiquity, focused on early Christianity as the area of specialization. The successful candidate will be expected to teach the introductory courses in Christian Beginnings, Hebrew Bible, and Judaism. The Religion Program has interests in gender studies and sexuality, religion and politics, and contemplative traditions. This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Ph.D. in Religious Studies required. Preliminary interviews will take place at the AAR in Atlanta.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies by August 2016.

  • Any word about campus visits? (12/9)
  • A colleague was invited for a campus visit today. (12/10)
  • Campus request scheduled by phone (12/10)
  • Offer out and accepted. (2/26)

University of Miami (FL) - IslamEdit

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Islam, beginning in August 2016 at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will have expertise in modern Islam with a focus on the Arab world, proficiency in Arabic, the ability to place Islam in the contemporary global context, and preparation in the methods and theories of the academic study of religion. A strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching at a private multicultural, non-sectarian institution should accompany solid scholarly potential, and an ability to interact with disciplines outside of religious studies (e.g., women’s and gender studies, political science, and international studies) in enhancing the Arabic Studies minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Completed PhD by July 2016 is required, and one-year prior teaching experience and a record of academic publications are highly desirable.Letters of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted to Daniel L. Pals, Search Chair, at the following email address: islamstudiessearch@miami.edu.

Please DO NOT APPLY ON-LINE for position #00012129.

  • Review of files will begin on November 1, 2015. Prospective candidates will be interviewed at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta.
  • Request to interview at AAR (11/6)
  • offer accepted

University of Michigan (MI) - Theravada BuddhismEdit

The University of Michigan invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured position in Theravada Buddhism beginning September 1, 2016. This is an open-rank search. Applicants with interdisciplinary teaching and research interests in Thai Buddhism and Pali Studies are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: All applicants should possess a high level of proficiency in the Thai language. Successful candidates are expected to teach a range of courses in Theravada Buddhism generally and Thai Buddhism specifically, from introductory undergraduate lecture courses through graduate seminars; to supervise doctoral dissertations; and to participate actively in the programs of the department as well as in area studies initiatives within a larger university community that encourages interdisciplinary efforts.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, teaching evaluations (if available), and a statement of current and future research plans. Junior candidates may submit a placement dossier with representative publications or writing samples and at least three letters of recommendation. Senior candidates should include the names of suggested reviewers. Application materials must be submitted electronically. Please go to http://tinyurl.com/nnv5ukq to apply.

  • To be assured consideration, applications must be received by October 12, 2015.

University of Mississippi (MS) - American ReligionEdit

The Department of Philosophy and Religion invites applications for a full-time Instructional Assistant Professor of Religious Studies beginning August 2016.

A successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the beginning of the appointment and specialize in religion in contemporary America. Teaching load is 4/4 at the undergraduate level: each semester this instructor will teach three sections of Introduction to Religion as well as one upper division course dealing with topics such as American forms of Christianity, religion and American politics, and non-Christian religions in the U.S.

  • Review of applications begins immediately (posted 10/23) and the position will remain open until an adequate applicant pool is reached. Applicants must complete an on-line application at http://jobs.olemiss.edu, where they will also be asked to submit a letter of interest, a C.V. that includes the contact information of at least three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, sample syllabi, and a copy of graduate transcripts as attachments.
  • Does anyone know if this position is filled? There is no posting for American religion at the Ole Miss appication website.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE) - American ReligionsEdit

Assistant Professor in American Religions

Description of Work: Research in field, teaching, and service. This includes a 3/2 teaching load and an expectation of an active research agenda.

Minimum Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in relevant field. The ideal candidate should have a clear and robust research agenda in any aspect of American religions. S/he should be able to teach courses in religion in North America, and 100-level survey courses in accord with curricular needs.

Preferred Qualifications: The ability to teach theory and method in religious studies is advantageous.

  • To apply, applicants must go to https://employment.unl.edu/, requisition F_150212 and complete the Faculty/Administration Form and attach a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest and three letters of reference (combine as one document and attach as Other Document). Applications should be received by November 1, 2015.
  • Preliminary interviews will be held at the 2015 AAR national meeting in Atlanta, GA, November 21-24.
  • Am I reading this right that we're supposed to upload our own letters, not request them? I haven't ever seen my letters....
  • This seems really strange
  • Agreed. Has anyone inquired yet? There must be a way to submit confidential letters. 
  • I have spoken to HR (as has at least one other person they said) and HR has reached out to the committee to clarify what they're looking for on that. HR is supposed to call when they have an answer. (10/13)
  • Okay, recommendations should be emailed to swood2@unl.edu
  • I received the same reply. The email address is for Simon A. Wood, search committee chair.
  • Thanks to the parties who found and shared this info!

Has anyone heard anything? If they're still planning to do AAR interviews time is getting short. (11/12)

  • Contacted via e-mail for AAR interview on 11-12 (x2); message suggested the committee could do Skype interviews as well for non-attendees
  • Any post-AAR updates (12/1)? 
  • Any word about on-campus interviews, or indication about timeline for decision-making about this?
  • Campus invite received (12/8). 
  • Offer made and accepted (2/6)
  • Congratulations! 
  • Snail mail rejection received, bless their hearts. (2/22)
  • Very kind rejection received by mail. Congratulations to whomever was hired.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC) - Hinduism and Religions of South AsiaEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in Hinduism and South Asian Religions. Candidates should have broad training in their field(s) of expertise, the relevant linguistic competencies, a commitment to interdisciplinary work, and a willingness to engage with broad theoretical issues in the study of religion, including critical scholarship on religion in South Asia. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses (including introductory and upper-level courses in Hinduism and/or religions of South Asia) and to contribute to the Religions of Asia concentration in the Department. Faculty in the Department of Religious Studies regularly collaborate with colleagues in other areas of the university and at nearby Duke University. The successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in hand by the time the appointment begins, July 1, 2016.

Education Requirements: PhD in Religious Studies

Qualification and Experience: Candidates should have broad training in their field(s) of expertise, the relevant linguistic competencies, a commitment to interdisciplinary work, and a willingness to engage with broad theoretical issues in the study of religion, including critical scholarship on religion in South Asia. The successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in hand by the time the appointment begins, July 1, 2016.

  • Applicants must apply online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/87996 by 11:59 p.m. on 12/23/2015 and submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and a writing sample demonstrating the candidate’s research. At the time of application candidates will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of professional references (four are required). The minimum number of references required are 4 with a maximum of 4 reference letters. Recommenders will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their recommendation letters. Please note that all recommenders must also upload their letters of support by 11:59 p.m. on 12/23/2015. The application portal will close to both applicants and recommenders at that time.
  • I spoke to a department administrator on the phone who tells me that a research statement is also required, and claims that this is specified in the job ad (although I do not see this indicated myself). Anyone have any further information?
  • I also corresponded with the admin person today, about another matter, and just wrote her back to clarify this issue you've raised (the job announcement clearly asks for: cover letter, CV, teaching statement, and writing sample. The online application only provides space to upload cover letter, CV, and writing sample). Will report back when I hear further.
  • I just appended my teaching statement to my cover letter in a single pdf. 
  • The previous poster has done what the admin person suggested I do. Hope this helps! [edited previous comment because the admin person wrote back and clarified--no research statement, just teaching philsophy!]
  • Email request for skype interview (1/18)
  • Campus visits underway...(2/7)
  • Any updates on this search? (3/9)
  • Offer accepted (4/15)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC) - Assistant Professor of Islamic StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Islamic Studies to begin August 2016. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, show evidence of a strong potential for professional development as a scholar and teacher, and demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity as a value in the department and college. Applicants must be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Religious Studies as well as the university's general education program. To do so, applicants must be able to engage Islamic texts and traditions from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Time period and region of research specialization are open. Ability to supervise study in Arabic or other research languages is desired but not required.

The successful candidate will contribute to the significant interest in Islamic Studies elsewhere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as in Anthropology; Global, International, and Area Studies; History; and Languages and Culture Studies. The College has been building expertise in this area, and this hire will be one of three in a thematic cluster on Islamic Studies, along with two others in the Department of History and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies.

This position will have its tenure home in the Department of Religious Studies, which employs 11 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members. The department grants both B.A. and M.A. degrees. Religious Studies is part of the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and military sciences, as well as 24 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 34 master's degrees and graduate certificates and 34 undergraduate degrees. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral-extensive urban university committed to excellence in research and teaching. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

  • Screening of applications will begin October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu and should include a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample not to exceed 30 pages. Three letters of recommendation should be mailed separately, addressed to J. Daniel White, Chair, Islamic Studies Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223. Informal inquiries can be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Joanne.Robinson@uncc.edu.
  • Received email request for a phone interview (10/29).
  • Any other phone interview requests? Did the email say anything about AAR? Are all initial interviews going to be by phone?
  • Also received an email request for a phone interview (10/29).  The message did not mention AAR and I don't know if all initial interviews are going to be by phone. 
  • Rejection email (11/18)
  • Very kind rejection e-mail received (11/18)
  • Campus invites sent. 

University of Notre Dame (IN) - Assistant Professor in Moral TheologyEdit

The Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in moral theology/theological ethics at the rank of assistant professor, which will begin in August 2016. 

Area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will have a strong research and teaching competence in a field of applied ethics – for example, ecological ethics, social ethics, business ethics, sexual ethics, or biomedical ethics.  An earned PhD in Theology or Religious Studies by time of appointment is required.  Besides aptitude for high-level research and writing, a successful candidate will show evidence of ability to teach a range of subjects within moral theology/theological ethics 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

  • Review of applications will begin on September 4, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a letter of application, C.V., and three letters of recommendation to http://apply.interfolio.com/30404. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and members of under-represented ethnic groups.
  • My interfolio account says, "This position is no longer available for application."  Is it filled already?  
  • ^ Wouldn't that just mean the Interfolio application is closed?
  • 11/2--Email invite for first-round interview at AAR or via Skype after AAR
  • 12/23--Received very kind rejection email (had an AAR interview)
  • 1/18 - On campus interview and job-talk for at least one finalist was announced.

University of Notre Dame (IN) - Assistant Professor 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, with a starting date of August 2016.

Area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will have strong research and teaching competencies in modern/contemporary Protestant theology.  An earned PhD in Theology or Religious Studies by time of appointment is required.  Besides aptitude for high-level research and writing, a successful candidate will show evidence of ability to teach a range of subjects within contemporary 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.  

  • Review of applications will begin on September 4, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.   Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: http://apply.interfolio.com/30403. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and members of under-represented ethnic groups.
  • Has anyone heard anything at all? Will there be interviews at AAR or have they already done phone interviews (2 Nov)?
  • Email for first round interview at AAR or Skype interview in early December. (2 Nov).
  • Just wrote yesterday (above) and now email for AAR/Skype interview as well. (2 Nov).
  • Email rejection (Jan. 14).

University of Oregon (OR) - TT Asst. Professor - Biblical StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon is pleased to announce an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of Biblical Studies. The successful candidate will be a dynamic scholar who focuses on early Christian and/or early Jewish literatures of the first centuries BCE and CE. Candidates whose research considers the role of women or other groups historically neglected by scholars, or the interplay between culture and religion, will receive particular consideration. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses on the New Testament, including surveys, the Gospels, Paul’s letters, as well as advanced seminars in the candidate’s area of specialization. Ability to teach biblical Hebrew is a plus.

The regular teaching load is five classes apportioned over three terms per academic year.

The position requires a Ph.D. in-hand at the time of appointment in the areas of Bible, early Judaism/Christianity, religious studies, or another closely-related academic field. Evidence of successful teaching in the academic study of religion and the willingness to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds is desirable. This position seeks a specialist with an ambitious research agenda who will thrive at a top research institution. It also seeks a candidate willing to perform university service and to teach a range of courses that will attract and appeal to undergraduate students at a public university. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired.

  • Please upload a cover letter indicating the nature of your research and your approach to undergraduate teaching, a CV, graduate transcripts, together with three letters of recommendation to http://academicjobsonline.org/. Only applications received by October 16, 2015 will be considered. The first round of interviews will be conducted Online just prior to the SBL conference in Atlanta.
  • Also posted at Biblical Studies 2015-2016
  • Applications no longer accepted, but no one was hired as of mid-January2016 (I know someone on the Committee). But they will be hiring Adjuncts to fill in.
  • UPDATE (3/2/2016): The University Pres. just decided to rid the U of O of most of its Adjuncts and require the Faculty to teach their own classes. 79 jobs lost. It's causing something of a shake-up in Eugene. No openings available as a result. 
  • UPDATE (5/13/2016): They're advertising for adjunct pool again. Open till 6/15/2017...for now.

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - Asian ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Asian Religions. The committee especially welcomes applicants with research and teaching interests in gender, the body, affect, ritual, women’s studies, and/or queer theory. Religion(s) and region(s) of specialization are open (e.g., Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism; West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, East Asia). Recent PhD recipients are encouraged to apply.

A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system. The successful candidate will participate in the department’s undergraduate teaching mission as well as graduate teaching and training in the PhD program in Religious Studies.

  • Interested candidates should apply at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/636 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 30th, 2015. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
  • Can anyone tell me where this position is posted (aside from the UPenn faculty search site)?  I cannot seem to find it listed anywhere. -- Nevermind, I see that it's now listed on AAR. ---> Also posted at the Chronicle site on 9/16/15
  • This seems like an odd posting given that they have Justin McDaniel for Buddhism (Sotheast Asia) already yet claim the tradition and region are open. Anyone know why?
  • I believe it's the same position that was advertised last year and then postponed. They changed the title and part of the description (see 2014-2015 listing ). 
  • Recommendation letters requested (10/19) --> does anyone know if we have to submit the application by 10/30 or also have the recommendation letters in by this deadline?
  • Any news about this search?
  • I'm assuming that they are not interviewing at AAR? 
  • I heard they have sent out campus invites. --> no campus invitations yet sent out. (But did they do conference/skype interviews?) 
  • Still no word?
  • Have they scheduled campus visits yet? (1/12)
  • Yes they have. 4 finalists. mostly Islam people. First coming on 21st. (1/19). 
  • Any news of an offer? 
  • Position offered and accepted.

University of the South (Sewanee) (TN) - American Religious HistoryEdit

The Department of Religion at The University of the South seeks applications for a tenure-track position in American Religious History (preferably with a focus on migration in any of the Americas and/or the Caribbean) beginning in August of 2016. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses and upper division courses in their areas of expertise and eventually including an upper level class on methodologies, which all members of the department teach. The teaching load for this position is five courses per year.

We prefer candidates to have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will show evidence of effective classroom teaching and commitment to scholarly research and publication.

Applicants will please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and at least three letters of recommendation* through the following web portal: https://jobs.sewanee.edu/

We also welcome a writing sample, though one is not required.

Letters of recommendation may also be submitted to Kristen Kleinfeld at fachire@sewanee.edu. Please note that applications will not be considered complete until the minimum of three letters are received.

  • For full consideration applications must be received by October 30, 2015.
  • Has anyone heard anything about this one? AAR is right around the corner. 
  • AAR interview scheduled via e-mail (11-13)
  • I know of one person who has a campus visit (posted 1-7)

University of the South (Sewanee) (TN)Religion and Science or IslamEdit

The Department of Religion at The University of the South seeks applications for a tenure-track position in either Religion and Science (preferably with strong grounding in theory) or Islam (area of specialization open but conversant with the modern period) beginning in August of 2016. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses and upper division courses in their areas of expertise and eventually including an upper level class on methodologies, which all members of the department teach. The teaching load for this position is five courses per year.

We prefer candidates to have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will show evidence of effective classroom teaching and commitment to scholarly research and publication.

Applicants will please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and at least three letters of recommendation* through the following web portal: https://jobs.sewanee.edu/

Letters of recommendation may also be submitted to Kristen Kleinfeld at fachire@sewanee.edu. Please note that applications will not be considered complete until the minimum of three letters are received.

We also welcome a writing sample, though one is not required.

  • For full consideration applications must be received by October 30, 2015.
  • This seems like a broad base here.  Anyone know anything about what they are really looking for here?
  • Either/or. If you study Islam, apply. If you do Religion and Science, apply!
  • Request to interview at AAR (Islamic Studies) on 11/6. (X2)
  • Emailed invitation to campus visit (Islam) (x2)
  • Offer made and accepted according to email from department chair on 02/03

University of St. Thomas (MN) - Muslim-Christian Dialogue (Open Rank)Edit

The University of St. Thomas, a Catholic urban university with a strong liberal arts tradition, invites applications for a 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 three-level structure of our curriculum. Please consult our website for more information on 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 will represent the Muslim perspective in Muslim-Christian dialogue. They should have primary expertise in Islam, a strong knowledge of the Catholic tradition and the ability to engage issues of Catholic theology. They should have 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. All applicants must apply online. Please upload a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available) to your profile. Applicants will be asked to copy/paste a letter of interest (cover letter) into the application. 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. At this time, please do not upload or send any documents beyond those requested. Candidates who are selected for further review may be contacted to submit additional materials at a later date.

  • To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by October 31, 2015.
  • received invitation for AAR interview 11/9 
  • invitation to campus interview 12/2
  • Anyone have updates?

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (TN) - Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies and Program Director Edit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville invites applications for an associate or full professor of Religious Studies, beginning August 2016.  Research area of expertise is open, with preference given to candidates whose area of specialization is early modern/modern Judaism and candidates who can teach courses in Religious Studies as well as Judaic Studies.  The successful candidate will hold an Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies and will direct The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies. The position carries a competitive salary and generous research and travel funds.  Candidates should have demonstrated prominence as leaders in the interdisciplinary field of Judaic Studies. Applicants should have knowledge of languages relevant to their research, including Hebrew, and will complement existing UTK faculty in Religious Studies, Judaic Studies, and/or The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

  • Please send a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Dr. Christine (Tina) Shepardson, Search Committee Chair, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Tennessee, 501 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0450, cshepard@utk.edu.  Review of applications begins October 21, 2015 for applicants wanting to be considered for a preliminary interview at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta and the Association for Jewish Studies in Boston, and will continue until the position is filled.

University of Texas at Austin (TX) - Queer Studies / Latino/a Studies (pref. Religious Studies)Edit

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor to begin Fall 2016. We seek a distinguished scholar of Queer Studies whose research agenda offers critical and comparative approaches to Central American, Caribbean, Mexican, and South American Diasporas in the U.S.. Position preference is for scholars with field specialties in Religious Studies, or Sociolinguistics. The successful candidate will provide intellectual leadership and vision within the department, with dynamic abilities to teach in one our more of our curricular concentrations: Cultural Studies, Language and Cognition, Public Policy, and/or Transborder Studies. A strong research agenda with specialization in one, or more of the following areas is desired: the historical, intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of religions and sexualities in U.S. Latina/o communities; or language in contact and language ideologies through sex, race and gender. Extensive teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level in Latina/o LGBT, Queer, or Sexuality studies is expected, and approaches to disability are encouraged. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of our curriculum, to direct dissertations, MA reports, and honors theses, publish actively, and offer service to the Department, College and University.

QUALIFICATIONS Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Gender, Sexuality, and Womens Studies, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Sociology, or a related field and must have demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS To apply, send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and a list of three professional references to Dr. Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández at: http://apply.interfolio.com/30753 . Electronic submissions only, please.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled, however applications received after this date may not receive full consideration.

University of Toronto (CAN) - Islam and ModernityEdit

The University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream position in Islam and Modernity, located jointly in the Department for the Study of Religion (60%) and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (40%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2016.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Religion, Middle Eastern Studies, or an appropriate disciplinary area, by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, must have a high level of scholarly achievement in Islamic Studies, must be competent in Arabic and in classical sources, and must have competence in the academic study of religion. The successful candidate will have expertise in the primary sources of Islam, and its history. To complement existing strengths in Qur'an and Tafsir, Mediaeval Islam, Modern Middle Eastern history, and the anthropology of Islam, the successful candidate will specialize in the study of Islam in relation to modernity, globalization, and/or secularism.

Her or his research will address the practices and politics of Islam as well as Muslim societies' interactions with non-Islamic polities and cultures. Candidates must have a record of excellence in research as demonstrated through letters of reference and the research dossier, and they are expected to conduct innovative research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding research program in the area of Islam and Modernity. Evidence of excellence in teaching and a clear commitment to ongoing teaching development are also required as demonstrated through the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in both departments on the St. George (downtown) campus in his or her area and will be expected to conduct research in her/his area of specialization.

To be considered for this position, all application materials must be submitted online by clicking on the link below. Applicants should submit • (1) a cover letter and (2) a curriculum vitae, combined in a file labelled "cover letter and CV.pdf"; (3). a research dossier containing a statement outlining current and future research interests and a sample of academic writing (about 25 pages), combined in a file labelled "research.pdf"; (4). a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching evaluations) in a file labelled "teaching.pdf".

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Professor James DiCenso, Acting Chair, Department for the Study of Religion, via e-mail to religion.undergrad@utoronto.ca by the closing date. The subject line for reference letters should say Reference Letter- Islam and Modernity.

  • To receive full consideration, applications and materials must be received by November 1, 2015. Inquiries can be directed to Professor James DiCenso, at chair.religion@utoronto.ca. For information about the Department of Religion please go to http://religion.utoronto.ca/. For information about the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations please go to http://nmc.utoronto.ca/

University of Virginia (VA) - Chinese ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications for position in Chinese Religions at the rank of either tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor. 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 levels, and to provide service to the University, Department, and professional organizations. Candidates must be able to conduct original research on one or more of the religions of China, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and other formations. Area of research specialization is open, though a specialization in Buddhism is of particular interest to the department. Deep familiarity with one or more areas of scholarship on Chinese religions, and the broader social, cultural, 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 Chinese is required, as well as other relevant Asian languages such as Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and so forth. Research and teaching interests in gender studies within the study of Chinese religions is preferred. 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 should search on posting number 0617216. All candidates must electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample of article- or chapter-length scholarship (Attach to Writing Sample 1), and contact information for three references. In addition, have the three reference letter writers email letters directly to braun@virginia.edu. Questions about this position should be directed to: Prof. Erik Braun, Chair, Search Committee, at braun@virginia.edu.

  • Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2015 in selecting candidates for preliminary phone/video interviews. However the search will remain open until filled. The appointment start date will begin August 25, 2016. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2016 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.
  • Skype Interviews in Nov.
  • Campus Interviews in early Dec.

University of Virginia (VA) - Religion, Nature, & Culture in South AsiaEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate Professor position, focused on Religion, Nature, and Culture in South Asia. These hires are part of a multiyear initiative in the environmental humanities, supported by the Andrew H. Mellon Foundation and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Area of research is open to multiple religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, and other formations, including those communities referred to as "indigenous" or "tribal" (adivasi). Knowledge of Hinduism, modern or premodern, is particularly sought after.

The successful candidate will have teaching and research expertise in classical or contemporary literature (facility with both is welcome), and facility with the relevant languages (such as Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Tamil, Hindi-Urdu, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, among others). The candidate should have interest in environmental humanities, broadly construed, and could have expertise in such issues as: how classical knowledge systems may inform contemporary environmental debates; intersections between particular traditions and changing ecosystems; pre-modern environmental histories addressing the emergence of religious formations, including their roles in the regional systems that connected Europe and East Asia; connections of political ecology to social or religious marginalization; the continuities and discontinuities of human and non-human worlds (including relations with animals) as mediated through religious and cultural sensibilities; South Asian and postcolonial perspectives on environmental discourses.

During the first year of the appointment the new hire will be appointed as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of the Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures and will receive one course release. The Fellow will be an actively engaged member of the IHGC community and will serve on the IHGC Faculty Advisory Committee.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 20, 2015. The appointment start date will begin August 25, 2016. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2016 and must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0617540 and electronically attach a cover letter describing research agenda and teaching experience, C.V., and names of three references. Please arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to Julie Garmel, jg4e@virginia.edu.
  • Email request for skype interview (12/8)
  • Campus invitation by email. (1/21)
  • Any updates? I would be grateful to hear if anyone has received an offer.
  • Offer made and accepted (3/18)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI) - Asian StudiesEdit

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of its initiative to re-envision the study of the languages, cultures, and societies of Asia, is seeking to hire a TransAsia / transdisciplinary scholar with expertise in at least one South or Southeast Asian language, beginning August, 2016. Rank and area of specialization are open. The tenure home will reside in the newly- forming Department of Asian Studies. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the ability to cross disciplinary and cultural borders in their research and teaching, and who have the vision and skills to build new academic programs. A tenured appointment requires a proven record of excellence in research and teaching at all levels. Salary is competitive.

Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentially. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. UW-Madison is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.

We are particularly interested in applicants whose work addresses pressing issues of the day, in areas including but not limited to: digital humanities; literary, media, or cultural studies; qualitative and fieldwork-based social sciences on themes such as poverty, health, migration, human rights, and the environment; or religious studies.

  • To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2015.
  • Also posted at Ethnic Studies 2015-2016 and Cultural Anthropology 2015-2016
  • Email confirmation of receipt of application. Email also states that the initial review of applications will be completed by the end of October. 10/21
  • Has anyone received invitation for a first interview yet?
  • Don't know. But they received more than 200 applications.
  • Any word on the search? Ostensibly the initial review should be done?
  • Finalist invitations have been sent out. Additional candidates have been notified that they may be contacted should a successful candidate not be recruited from the finalists. (12/17)

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI) - Asian ReligionsEdit

Specialization is open to any area in Asian religions; areas of competence should include the ability to teach the survey course in Asian religions and the university's upper-level General Education course in the humanities. Preference may be given to candidates who can teach courses currently offered in the World Religions minor; introductory courses in Buddhism, Hinduism, or other Asian traditions; or whose research draws on a methodological or disciplinary perspective not currently represented by the department's faculty.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. We seek a colleague with a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and an active research agenda that complements existing faculty strengths, with a strong preference for interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. The candidate should demonstrate appreciation for the academic study of religion as a human science, and as fundamental to critical thinking and the aims of a liberal education.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The teaching load for this position is 4/4. In addition to primary responsibility for strengthening and growing the department's World Religions minor, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Liberal Studies program administered by the department and advise the program's majors.

  • TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Complete application materials must be received by January 3, 2016. To Apply and submit these documents please visit http://www.uww.edu. Click on the Employment link located in the bottom of the page, then click on the UW-Whitewater Careers link at the top of that page. This Job ID is: 11017.
  • email invite for skype interview (1/19)
  • Any updates? I would be grateful to hear if anyone has received an offer.

Ursinus College (PA) - IslamEdit

Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in religious studies to begin in fall 2016.

Area of specialization: the study of Islam. Desirable subspecialties: feminist and postcolonial theory; religions of South Asia and/or Southeast Asia; or comparable teaching competencies. 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.

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 15, 2015 to ensure full consideration. For more information, please contact Prof. Nathan Rein at nrein@ursinus.edu or 610-409-3571. Material may be submitted online via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/31888. The search committee will hold Skype interviews during late November and early December, 2015.
  • Heard any news on this one? - Mid-November email to the Islam AAR listserv said they wouldn't get to review applications until after Thanksgiving. I'm guessing they're running behind schedule (12/09).
  • Any news on this one? (12/28)
  • Skype interview request by phone 1/11. (x3)
  • Any news on this? During Skype interview they said they planned to schedule campus invites by now. Are they running behind - or have campus visits been scheduled? (1/27)
  • Fellow skype-interviewee here, and I've heard nothing. (1/28)
  • any word yet? (2/5)
  • Campus visit invite extended (1/26ish).
  • Recieved email from search chair saying they are behind schedule but I am "still under consideration." Not sure what that might mean if campus visits have been scheduled per prior posting. (2/9)
  • I got that same email. No idea what it means. (2/9)
  • Any updates on this one? 

Valparaiso University (IN) - TT Assistant Professor in Christ College (Honors College)Edit

Christ College, the interdisciplinary honors college of Valparaiso University, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant level, beginning August 2016.

The college seeks candidates from across the humanities and social sciences. All Christ College faculty, in their teaching and scholarship, engage with broad issues in theology, literature, and philosophy in an interdisciplinary manner—questions at the heart of our mission. Preference will be given to candidates whose research engages one or more of the following fields: world literature, world religions, global Christianity, comparative theology, comparative ethics, classics, or world history.

Candidates must have their Ph.D. in hand by June 30, 2016, and have experience teaching both undergraduate courses and writing.

Candidates should be interested in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition.

  • Also posted at Generalist 2016 and Interdisciplinary Humanities and Liberal Arts 2015-2016
  • any news on this?  Is there a sense that they will interview at AAR?
  • There was nothing posted anywhere which suggested they were interviewing at AAR.
  • It isn't a religious studies job, so I don't see why they would interview at AAR. Be patient. They might just do skype interviews before inviting finalists to campus.
  • Rejection email (12/2) (x3)
  • Has anyone received an invitation to interview for this one? I haven't received a rejection, but haven't received anything else either. (x5)
  • Still nothing positive for this?  (12/10)
  • Email request for a phone interview (12/15), scheduled for late Jan (12/18)
  • Rats. Why wouldn't they tell the rest of us? Why send some rejection letters, give other(s) a phone interview, and leave the rest of us in limbo? (12/16)
  • thanks for the update. please let us know if they tell you the plan going forward.
  • Is it fair to assume at this point that thouse of us who have not received formal rejection emails are probably on the short(er) list?
  • I'm not sure it's good to assume anything at this point. But I'd like to believe those of us who've not received a rejection email are still being considered.
  • This is very strange. Many have been elimated. Someone else reports a phone interview. But others are left somewhere in between. Has anyone else received a phone interview request besides the one poster? (12/17) 
  • This isn't strange at all - it happens all the time with these searches - some are told outright that they've been rejected, some are contacted to interview, and those who are kept in reserve, although incredibly unlikely to actually get contacted for an interview, get nothing until the hire is made, if then.
  • S/he isn't the only one who finds it strange. Also, who does phone interviews? I have had lots of skype interviews, but no phone interviews. Can anyone else confirm that they have been contacted for a phone interview?
  • I don't think it's that strange that there are people who are in the reserve (not rejected, yet not interviewees) and have not been contacted while the search moves forward.  What perhaps feels strange is the apparently large amount of people who reported themselves on the wiki to be in this reserved group, yet only one person has reported getting contacted for an interview.  My general observation this year following the jobs wiki:  I'm not sure (a) how many are following the wiki who are on the market (b) how many are reporting news when they actually receive it (if they report at all). There are probably numerous reasons for this, but it feels different than previous years. 
  • No one else has been contacted for an interview? 
  • I'm thinking of just emailing them and asking what's going on
  • Please do. And please let us know what they say.
  • Okay... just got a rejection letter stating that Valpo received 363 applications. Mine was one of a select few being held over for further consideration BUT I didn't make the final cut (12/18) (x4)
  • Offer made and accepted (Mar 14)

Vanderbilt Divinity School (TN) - Luce Chancellor's Chair in the History of Christian WorshipEdit

Vanderbilt Divinity School seeks applications and nominations for a chaired position (associate level, tenure or tenure-track) in the history of Christian worship and the arts beginning fall 2016. The appointment includes responsibilities for teaching and research in homiletics and liturgics, practical theology, and historical studies of Christian worship. It also entails advising in both the divinity degree (MDiv and MTS), which prepares students for ministry and public leadership, and the graduate department of religion (MA, PhD), which prepares students for teaching and research. The appointed faculty will rotate with homiletics and liturgics faculty in teaching the core MDiv requirements in worship and will also offer a possible range of courses in preaching and worship, theological aesthetics, history of Christian arts, and liturgics.

Successful applicants will have an established record of scholarly research and publication; teaching experience in Christian worship, preaching, and the arts; an ability to teach a wide variety of students; interest in working with other University departments such as history or the arts; and interest in facilitating programs for local clergy and laity. Applications from underrepresented candidates are especially welcome. The school has strong commitments to social justice and places a high value on diversity among its faculty and student body, as well as in research and teaching. Successful candidates will evidence commitment to these priorities. (see http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php).

  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2015. Cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three recommendation letters should be sent to marie.mcentire@vanderbilt.edu.
  • Shall we assume that semifinalists have been selected and those who have not been contacted are out of the running?
  • Yes, two candidates have received campus invitations (12/21)
  • Huh. I asked someone inside and was told that they were working on the first round of cuts, so his is news to me. Oh, well. Good luck to the finalists!

Vassar College (NY)IslamEdit

VASSAR COLLEGE, Department of Religion seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (to begin Fall 2016) specializing in Islam. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference.

The area of specialization within Islam is open, and we would especially welcome a candidate whose research or teaching addresses issues of gender and/or sexuality. We also seek a candidate whose theoretical and methodological approaches complement those of other faculty in the department. The candidate will be expected to offer courses in Islamic traditions as well as develop other courses in his or her areas of specialization. The candidate should be prepared to teach at regular intervals an introductory course on Jews, Christians, and Muslims and contribute to a required course on method and theory in the study of religion. In addition, the department encourages partnerships with the variety of multi/interdisciplinary programs on campus.

Qualifications: Appropriate scholarly language skills, teaching experience, and a Ph.D. in hand at the time of employment are required. Teaching load in the first year is four courses; after that it is five courses per year.

Preliminary interviews of selected applicants will be conducted at the annual American Academy of Religion conference from November 22- 24, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

  • For full consideration applications should be received by October 9, 2015. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of application, a current C.V., an article-length writing sample, a sample syllabi, graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), and three letters of recommendation. Please direct any questions about the position to Jonathon Kahn, Chair, Department of Religion, jokahn@vassar.edu.
  • There was a Mellon postdoc in Islam at Vassar last year: is there an insider candiate for the TT position?
  • Any news on this one?
  • Email for AAR Interview 11/2
  • Invitation for on-campus 12/2

Villanova University (PA) - Christian Ethics (Open Rank)Edit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a position in Christian Ethics to begin in fall 2016. The successful candidate is conversant with Catholic moral theology and contemporary cultural issues. Particular consideration will be given to individuals with demonstrated interest in global poverty, the global common good, praxis oriented ethics, liberation ethics, contextual ethics, or comparative ethics. 

We welcome applications from colleagues who work in an interdisciplinary way so as to advance the Department's academic focus on the Augustinian tradition of faith engaging culture. We especially encourage applications from ethnic minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.

Villanova University is a Catholic institution of higher learning 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. 

This is an open rank search. Individuals currently holding a Full or an Associate Professor appointment are especially encouraged to apply. Submit all requested materials electronically by the deadline. A complete application includes: a letter of interest, a current resume, three letters of reference, unofficial academic transcripts, and a statement of contribution to the mission of the University. Letters of reference must be submitted directly and confidentially by the reviewers. Once the electronic application is submitted, reviewers will receive emails with instructions on how to proceed. The finalist must provide official transcripts at the time of appointment.

  • To receive consideration, complete applications, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by October 1, 2015.
  • Posted 5/22/2015 (higheredjobs.com
  • Offer made and accepted.

Villanova University (PA) - Theology (Open Rank) - CANCELLEDEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a faculty position to begin in fall 2016. The successful candidate has expertise in Augustine's theology and its recent reception history within the Catholic tradition. She or he is competent in bringing this particular expertise into dialogue with contemporary culture and contemporary theological reflection within our departmental foci, including Christian ethics, Christian spirituality, or Catholic systematic theology. We welcome applications from colleagues who work in an interdisciplinary way so as to advance the Department's academic focus on the Augustinian tradition of faith engaging culture. We especially encourage applications from ethnic minorities and members of other underrepresented groups. 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.

This is an open rank search. Individuals currently holding a Full or an Associate Professor appointment are especially encouraged to apply. Submit all requested materials electronically. A complete application includes: a letter of interest, a current resume, three letters of reference, unofficial academic transcripts, and a statement of contribution to the mission of the University. Letters of reference must be submitted directly and confidentially by the reviewers. Once the electronic application is submitted, reviewers will receive emails with instructions on how to proceed. The finalist must provide official transcripts at the time of appointment.

  • To receive consideration, complete applications, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by October 1, 2015.
  • Posted 5/22/2015 (higheredjobs.com
  • NOTE this has been cancelled [posted 09/02/15]

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - Senior Professor of U.S. Religion and PoliticsEdit

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, invites applications and nominations across the humanities and social sciences for a senior (tenured) faculty position, to begin as early as July 1, 2016. Candidates should have a strong record of scholarly publication on religion and politics in the United States. The disciplinary field is open, but the Center is particularly interested in identifying candidates trained in sociology, anthropology, political science, or a related field. Duties for the position will include undergraduate and graduate teaching, conducting and publishing research, as well as participating in Center governance and wider university service.

  • To apply, send a letter of application, along with a curriculum vitae, to the following e-mail address: rap@wustl.edu. Letters of nomination may also be sent to the same address. The search committee will begin reviewing applications as early as September 30, 2015 and will continue doing so until the search is complete. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, protected veteran, or disability status.

Wesley Theological Seminary (DC) - PreachingEdit

Wesley Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Preaching, commencing July 1, 2016. The person filling this appointment will teach introductory and advanced level courses. A strong candidate will be able to teach 1) homiletics, 2) preaching and worship in the African-American tradition, and 3) one or more of the following subject areas: Black Church Studies, Congregational Ministry, Church Leadership, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Emergent Church. It will be advantageous for the candidate to have experience in congregational preaching as well as an ability to lead seminary worship. Familiarly with distance learning is desirable. Each candidate should be committed to effective teaching, active scholarship, enthusiastic collegiality, and collaborative participation in the seminary community. Each candidate should be ecumenically conversant and familiar with United Methodist traditions. Required: M.Div., ordination, and a PhD or ThD. Rank is open, but we expect to appoint at the Assistant or Associate level. Wesley Theological Seminary is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to diversity.

  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015, 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 preachingsearch@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).

Wesley Theological Seminary (DC) - WorshipEdit

Wesley Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Worship, commencing July 1, 2016. Ordination in the United Methodist Church is required. The person filling this appointment will teach introductory and advanced level courses. A strong candidate will be able to teach 1) worship and liturgy, 2) preaching, 3) United Methodist worship, and 4) one or more of the following subject areas: Congregational Ministry, Church Leadership, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Emergent Church. It will be advantageous for the candidate to have experience in leading congregational worship as well as a developed capacity to lead the seminary community in its worship practices. Each candidate should be committed to effective teaching, active scholarship, enthusiastic collegiality, and collaborative participation in the seminary community. Familiarity with forms of distance learning is desirable. Wesley Seminary is looking for candidates who are deeply rooted in the Christian heritage, draw significantly upon ecumenical resources, and explore new forms of liturgy to serve changing contexts. A PhD or ThD is required. Rank is open, but we expect to appoint at the Assistant or Associate level. Wesley Theological Seminary is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to diversity.

  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015, 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 worshipsearch@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).

Wesleyan College (GA) - Assistant Professor of Religious StudiesEdit

Wesleyan College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, beginning in August 2016, to teach courses in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Religion or Theological Studies or anticipate completing the degree by the time the appointment begins and must have graduate coursework in Philosophy.  Wesleyan College, the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, is a small liberal arts women’s college in Macon, GA and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The successful applicant must be committed to Wesleyan College’s mission to educate women in a highly diverse undergraduate population with a strong interfaith focus. Excellence in teaching is our first priority, though evidence of research abilities and commitment to scholarly activity is expected. Individuals with research interests in women’s or gender studies, African American or feminist liberation theology, or philosophical theology are strongly encouraged to apply.  

  • Please send application materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, and a statement on teaching philosophy and effectiveness) to:  Sandra Baskin, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210. Application materials (with unofficial copies of transcripts) may be submitted electronically to sbaskin@wesleyancollege.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For a candidate to be ensured of consideration, application materials must be received by March 1. Wesleyan College is committed to a diverse faculty and welcomes applications from women and persons of color. EOE

Willamette University (OR) - Islam and/or Religion and CultureEdit

Willamette University's Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position with a focus on Islam and/or Religion and Culture at the level of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2016.

Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. or Th.D. with a focus on Islam and/or Religion and Culture.ABD will be considered, but must have Ph.D. by the time position starts in August 2016. We seek a broadly trained scholar willing to teach, advise students, and interact with colleagues across the various sub-fields of Religious Studies, as well as in a variety of multi-disciplinary degree programs, such as Women and Gender Studies, Asian Studies, International Studies, or American Ethnic Studies. The successful candidate will join a department committed to assembling a faculty that can offer students a variety of perspectives on our subject matter, especially those of historically under-represented groups and marginalized communities. This professor will be expected to teach 5 courses a year, including Introduction to the Study of Religion, and to carry on an active program of research and publication.

To learn more about the Religious Studies Department, faculty, staff and students visit http://www.willamette.edu/cla/religion.

To review position announcement and online application requirements, please visit http://jobs.willamette.edu/postings/1714.

  • Application Deadline: Open until finalists are selected. Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2015. Initial interviews will be conducted at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta.
  • Applicants who do not plan to attend the AAR meetings should indicate this in their letter, so that other arrangements can be made for an initial interview, if warranted.
  • Has this been cancelled? Showing up as "posting closed" on the application page, and not searchable.
  • I submitted an application on the 13th and the status says 'Under review by search committee'. 
  • Posting is back up: https://jobs.willamette.edu/postings/1714
  • Anyone heard anything about this one? (11/10)
  • Nothing yet...weird, considering they plan on AAR interviews.
  • Still haven't heard anything here and AAR is less than a week away. Anyone else? I can't help but notice my application now appears on their HR site as "archived" not "completed." Don't know what that means, if anything. (11/14)
  • Nothing here either, though my app status reads "Application Packet Complete"... which is maybe what it's been for a while now? Not sure. You know things are getting dire when people are left analyzing the vagueries of HR forms. (11/14)
  • I haven't heard anything either, but mine says "Under review by search committee"... (11/14).
  • emailed invitation for AAR interview 11/9.
  • would you mind telling us whether your qualifications are in Islam or in Religion and Culture (or both?) Actually, let's start a tally, in case we hear from other people who have been invited:
  • both R&C and Islam
  • Islam
  • R&C
  • at AAR, I spoke to a grad school friend who is teaching in the department now, and he told me that they decided to focus this search on Islam. He said they are planning to make their next hire in religion and culture, but it wasn't clear to me (and possibly not to him) whether that will be in the immediate future or if they have to wait for another line to open up.
  • Very nicely-written thank you and rejection email sent.  If it helps, I applied in the area of religion and culture (1/7)x3
  • Same here - a nice rejection, except I applied for Islam. x2 (The email also mentioned they had 140 applicants)
  • Does anyone know whether they made a hire?

Wingate University (NC) - Ethics and TheologyEdit

Wingate University is a private residential university with a liberal arts core located near Charlotte, North Carolina. The Department of Religion and Philosophy at Wingate University invites applications for a continuing, full-time position of Assistant Professor in Ethics and Theology to begin in August 2016. Responsibilities for the position include teaching a third-year core course entitled Global Perspectives in Ethics, upper-level Theology courses, as well as interdisciplinary courses. The successful candidate will have an interest in relating classical and contemporary ethical theories to diverse, international cases in practical ethics with an emphasis on eco-theology. Preferred secondary areas of interest include sacred texts of Western religious traditions, comparative religion, or world religions. Courses taught may also include those in the applicant’s areas of interest and research which can include traditional Ethics/Religion topics or areas expanding or bringing new perspectives to the field. PhD conferred or all requirements met, including thesis defense. Foreign equivalent degrees are acceptable.

  • Send letter of application, curriculum vita including names of three references, unofficial transcripts, evidence of teaching excellence, and other supporting materials by June 15, 2016 to theology-search-2016-grp@wingate.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution offering students active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery, faith development, and community service. More information about the university may be found at http://www.wingate.edu EOE.

Yale Divinity School (CT) - Christian EthicsEdit

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenure track appointment in the field of Christian Ethics, to begin July 1, 2016. The rank of the appointment may be assistant or associate professor without tenure. In an ecumenical environment Yale Divinity School prepares students for ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional involvements, including higher education, law, medicine, the arts, management, and public service. A Ph.D. or its equivalent and strong potential as a teacher are required. The successful candidate should have expertise in one or more areas of Christian or theological ethics, have a sense of the historical tradition, and an appreciation for contemporary dimensions of ethical reflection and practice. A letter of application with curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be submitted online atapply.interfolio.com/31693 

  • Review of applications will begin on October 26th, 2015.
  • Received invitation to interview at AAR (11/16/15). x2
  • The email I received post-AAR named December 2 as the earliest they might get back to us regarding campus interviews. Did anyone receive a different timeline or hear anything else? (Jan. 3)
  • Very kind rejection email (1/5/16)x2
  • Any updates as we enter March?
  • 5 candidates came for campus interviews.  The last one of those happened just a couple of days ago.
  • Has an offer been made? (4/1)
  • Two offers! http://divinity.yale.edu/news/leading-scholars-join-yale-divinity-school-faculty (4/1)

Yale Divinity School (CT) - Latino/a ChristianityEdit

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenure track appointment in the field of Latino/a Christianity, to begin July 1, 2016.  The rank of the appointment may be assistant or associate professor without tenure. In an ecumenical environment Yale Divinity School prepares students for ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional involvements, including higher education, law, medicine, the arts, management, and public service.

A Ph.D. or its equivalent and strong potential as a teacher are required. The successful candidate should have expertise in one or more areas of Latino/a Christianity, have a sense of the historical tradition, and an appreciation for the importance and role of Latino/a traditions in the contemporary church. A letter of application with curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be submitted online at apply.interfolio.com/31696

  • Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2015.
  • Any word on this? Anyone interview at AAR?
  • Looks like deadline has been extended to Jan 31, 2016.... very odd.apply.interfolio.com/31696
  • Received a rejection message via e-mail (2/9)
  • Campus visits?

Yale Divinity School (CT)HomileticsEdit

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenure track appointment in the field of homiletics, to begin July 1, 2016.  The rank of the appointment may be assistant or associate professor without tenure. In an ecumenical environment Yale Divinity School prepares students for ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional involvements, including higher education, law, medicine, the arts, management, and public service.

A Ph.D. or its equivalent and strong potential as a teacher are required. The successful candidate should have expertise in homiletics or a related discipline, knowledge of homiletical literature across a broad range of traditions and cultures, and a research focus in some particular area of expertise. A letter of application with curriculum vitae. two sermons in video format, and three letters of references should be submitted online at apply.interfolio.com/31695

  • Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2015.

Yale University (CT) - Ancient ChristianityEdit

YALE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES intends to make a tenure-track appointment in the field of Ancient Christianity beginning July 1, 2016, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications are invited from scholars with research specialties in the history of Christianity in late antiquity, including its intersections with ancient Judaism and/or early Islam. Candidates with expertise in relevant methodological approaches (e.g. gender studies, archaeology, anthropology, etc.) and with strengths in relevant languages (esp. Greek and Syriac, but also Latin, Coptic, and Arabic) are highly encouraged to apply. An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Yale University values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty, and strongly welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities. A letter of application describing your research, a CV, a chapter-length writing sample, a syllabus for an introductory lecture course on a topic of your choice, and three letters of reference should be submitted.

  • The review of applications will begin October 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Does anyone know where this job was originally posted? I haven't been able to find it elsewhere. And did the original ad (assuming that this isn't the original) mention how applications should be submitted -- via email, Interfolio, the university's website? -- or to whom they should be addressed? 
  • The link in the title goes to the interfolio page <http://apply.interfolio.com/30469>, which I believe is the preferred manner of submission.  I received it by email from a member of the department.  I have not yet seen it posted elsewhere either, but I assume that is just because it is brand new.
  • See also AAR/SBL Employment Listings.
  • Anybody heard about preliminary interviews yet, or know whether they're interviewing at AAR?
  • Interviews have been offered to a final cut of four candidates.
  • Any updates? Any word on this? The job posting is still up, but I haven't even received a rejection -- only an e-mail a few weeks ago promising they will let me know what they decide. (3/16)
  • I know that an offer was made.  I have not heard whether or not it was accepted.  The university is currently on a 2-week spring break, so that may delay formal announcements. (3/16)
  • Any updates? 

Yale University (CT) - HinduismEdit

Yale Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University intend to make a jointly-tenured appointment of an outstanding scholar of Hinduism, effective July 1, 2016. We seek a scholar with substantive research and teaching interests in modern or contemporary Hinduism and its relation to other religious and cultural traditions. We welcome applications from scholars in Religious Studies, Anthropology, Gender Studies, History of Art, Music, Performance Studies, Political Science, and other relevant disciplines. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities. A letter of application describing your research, a C.V., a chapter-length writing sample prepared for blind review, two sample syllabi (one undergraduate and one graduate), and a list of three references should be submitted on-line at http://apply.interfolio.com/30170.

  • The review of applications will begin September 15, 2015.

Yale University (CT)Islamic StudiesEdit

YALE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES intends to make a tenure-track appointment in the field of Islamic Studies beginning July 1, 2016, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications are invited and welcome from scholars with research specialties in early Islam or Qur’an and Qur’anic studies. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, underrepresented minorities, and protected veterans. 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 on the Qur’an and Qur’anic studies and three letters of reference should be submitted on-line at http://apply.interfolio.com/30707 .

  • The review of applications will begin November 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Any news?
  • Has anyone heard anything about this search?
  • Only crickets here. But in fairness it hasn't been that long and they didn't interview at AAR/SBL.
  • list of candidates has been determined, and will be announced soon.
  • Does that mean they have already done first round of interviews and will be announcing the final candidates? (11/30)
  • You are going against really heavy hitters here. Good luck to all. 
  • Job talks have already begun - 
  • updates on this one yet? (2/12)
  • Has anyone gotten a rejection letter yet? Is this type of silence considered customary? (2/17)

2015-2016 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments / PostdocsEdit

Beloit College (WI) - Visiting Asst. Professor - Religious StudiesEdit

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Beloit College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies to teach full-time during the 2016-2017 academic year. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in religious studies (A.B.D. considered) and demonstrate strong potential as a teacher. The area of expertise is open, but the Department especially encourages applications from candidates who specialize in traditions other than Islam and Buddhism. Candidates who have worked successfully with diverse learners, in higher education or elsewhere, are particularly welcome at Beloit.

This position presents an excellent opportunity to develop a strong teaching portfolio. The successful candidate will teach three courses each semester of his or her own choosing both in the area of expertise and on topics likely to appeal to a broad range of students, with the option to teach the introductory course "Understanding Religious Traditions in a Global Context."

Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.

Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college that attracts students from across the United States and the world. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty. It is recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives.

Interested individuals may submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, unofficial scans of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Becky Moffett, Academic Program Coordinator, Morse Ingersoll Hall at religionsearch2016@beloit.edu .

  • Review of applications will begin on January 15 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be addressed to Natalie Gummer, chair of the search committee, at gummern@beloit.edu .
  • Gone. Must have found a candidate quickly, because the posting was withdrawn. (2/22)
  • Rejected by email (2/26)

California State University, Fresno (CA) - Islamic Studies / History - Visiting ScholarEdit

The Department of History at California State University, Fresno invites applicants for a full-time visiting lecturer in Islamic History, starting January 19, 2016. The position is a one-year appointment with the possibility of annual renewal up to three years. Teaching responsibilities and research interests will be in Islamic history: area, theme and time period of specialization are open. The department of history especially welcomes candidates with expertise in gender analysis, transnational contexts, and ethnic identities. The successful candidate will teach two undergraduate courses per term, conduct scholarly research, and engage in service-related activities. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in History or other closely-related disciplines from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required. The successful candidate will be fluent in Arabic, and/or whatever languages are appropriate for the candidate’s research. The candidate shall also show evidence of a promising, ongoing program of quality research.

  • Review of applications will begin November 6, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must complete an on-line application at http://apptrkr.com/687666 and attach the following: 1) cover letter specifically addressing required experience; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) list of three professional references; 4) sample syllabi, and 5) writing sample. Finalists will be required to submit 1) three current letters of recommendation and 2) official transcripts. Submit application materials online at http://apptrkr.com/687666. For inquiries, contact search committee chair Dr. F. Vermote; Phone: 559.278.8815; E-mail: fvermote@csufresno.edu.
  • Very nice rejection via email from the search committee chair (11/10). ABD applicants not allowed by administration

Carleton College (MN) - History of Christianity or History of Judaism (1 year sabbatical replacement)Edit

Carleton College, Department of Religion, seeks qualified candidates for a full-time or part-time one-year leave-replacement position in the history of Judaism or Christianity with teaching competence in biblical studies, to begin September 1, 2016. While candidates’ fields may include religions of late antiquity, early or medieval Christianity, Jewish studies, or history of interpretation (including contemporary discourses, methods, and theories), we seek those whose teaching competencies include Hebrew Bible and/or New Testament, as well as a range of other courses (irrespective of historical period). The expected teaching load for this position is negotiable: five courses over the entire year, or three or four courses over two trimesters. Full benefits apply.

Candidates should a) have experience in teaching, b) be skilled at relating both classical and contemporary materials to their various historical and cultural settings, and c) situate their work within the broader theoretical and methodological concerns of the field of religious studies. We seek applicants who are committed to teaching a diverse student body in a religiously-unaffiliated, highly selective, liberal arts environment. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities.

Application Documents To apply, please complete the online application found at jobs.carleton.edu, including electronic submission of a cover letter, C.V., two sample syllabi, and contact information for three letters of reference. Please send questions to lpearson@carleton.edu, Lori Pearson, Chair, Department of Religion, Carleton College, Northfield, MN.

  • Review of applications will begin March 1, 2016.
  • Phone interview request by email (3/16)

Claremont McKenna College (CA) - Visiting Professor, Religious StudiesEdit

Claremont McKenna College invites applications for a visiting faculty appointment in religious studies for the 2016-2017 academic year in the field(s) of U.S. Latino, African American, and/or U.S. Religion and Race, with the possibility of extending the position to a second year. The teaching load is five courses per year. Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment in July 2016. Given our commitment to cultivating an inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who will excel at teaching students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and political viewpoint. Applications should contain CV, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Colby College (ME) - Jewish Studies (1 yr. appt.)Edit

The Department of Religious Studies and the Jewish Studies Program at Colby College invite applications for a one-year faculty fellow (sabbatical replacement) in Jewish studies, beginning September 1, 2016.

The successful candidate will teach two survey courses on Jews and Judaism (one premodern, one modern) and two additional courses in the candidate’s areas of interest. Applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds and relevant areas of expertise are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting and to scholarly research. Candidates who will contribute to the goals of Colby’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life preferred. PhD preferred.

Please submit as a single pdf file a letter of interest, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research interests to jssearch@colby.edu; please name the file “lastname, firstname”. Please have three letters of recommendation submitted to the same address.

  • Applications received by November 1 will receive full consideration; preliminary interviews will take place at the AJS conference in Boston.
  • Email invitation to interview at AJS (11/12)
  • Campus invitations extended (1/20)

College of Wooster (OH) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (One-year)Edit

The College of Wooster invites applications for a visiting assistant professor appointment in the Department of Religious Studies beginning in August of 2016. The area of specialization is open. The successful candidate will show evidence of strong teaching abilities and experience and will be expected to teach introductory sections of religious studies. Preference will be given to a candidate who can teach Hinduism and Buddhism. A six course load is expected. PhD is to be completed by August 15.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of effective teaching (including syllabi and student evaluations), graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation through Interfolio. Questions regarding Interfolio should be addressed to: Santha Schuch, Administrative Coordinator for the Religious Studies Department, sschuch@wooster.edu . Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Columbia University (NY) - Postdoctoral Scholars - Institute for Religion, Culture and Public LifeEdit

The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life invites applications for postdoctoral scholar positions, for the 2016-2017 academic year. Renewal for the 2017-2018 academic year is possible, contingent on satisfactory performance and funding.

The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University supports academic research, teaching, and scholarship on the study of religion, culture, and social difference at Columbia University. In addition, it convenes academic conferences, public forums, and collaborative programming to support and extend academic and scholarly understanding of these topics, and to disseminate and distribute such new understandings to broader publics and communities.

Candidates must have received the PhD between August 31, 2013 and August 31, 2016 in a discipline engaged with the interdisciplinary study of religion. The Institute is particularly interested in candidates whose research engages critical, interpretive, historical, and genealogical approaches that challenge traditional disciplinary boundaries and who are studying important global issues in the following thematic areas: Islam in the 21st Century, Religion and Politics in the Middle East, Religion in American Public Life, Democracy, Secularism and Pluralism, Religion and Sexuality, Religion and Journalism.

Under the mentorship of an IRCPL faculty member, postdoctoral research scholars are expected to further develop and make progress on a proposed research project, teach one class and participate in the intellectual life of IRCPL and Columbia University.

All applications must be submitted through Columbia University's online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) and must include: --Cover Letter --Curriculum Vitae --Dissertation Abstract --Research Proposal: A two-page research plan for the scholarship period. This may include, but should extend beyond, revisions to the dissertation. --Teaching Statement: Titles and short descriptions (one or two paragraphs each) of at least two undergraduate courses that you could teach under the auspices of your proposed departmental affiliation. Please note that we are not requesting a statement of teaching philosophy or full syllabi at this point. (This will be uploaded as Other Document 1). --Writing Sample: Only one sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter. The writing sample may be published or unpublished. It must be in English. The maximum length is 50 pages. --Recommendation(s): One academic reference familiar with your research is required. You may submit an additional recommendation but it is not required.

For more information and to apply, please go to http://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=62783

PhD or equivalent and distinction in the field. The PhD need not be in religion. Applications are welcome from a broad range of disciplines (religion, political science, sociology, Arab studies, history, etc).

  • This is a full time salaried position with benefits. Review of applications begins on June 9th, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Duke University (NC) - Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies, 2016 - 2017Edit

The Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University invites applications for the Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in any field of Jewish Studies for the academic year, with the possibility of renewal for the following year. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $45,000 per year, as well as benefits, for one full year.  The Fellow will be expected to present a public lecture on his or her research in the Fall, to teach one undergraduate course in Spring, and participate in the intellectual life of the Center.  The Fellow may not undertake any other sustained teaching or employment during his/her tenure at Duke. Preference will be given to candidates whose area of research and teaching most enriches the offerings already available on campus and whose presence in the Research Triangle promises the greatest contribution to the faculty and student intellectual community, as well as those for whom the use of the Duke library holdings and Special Collections will be most profitable.  This postdoctoral fellowship honors the memory of Rabbi Nathan Perilman, who, after serving at Temple Emmanu-El in New York City, joined the Triangle-area Jewish community in his retirement.

Applicants must have earned the PhD within the past three years. Advanced doctoral students applying must include a statement from their dissertation supervisor indicating that they will have the PhD in hand by July 1, 2016. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, in .pdf form: -   A letter of intent stating how applicant would use the year to further his/her research and scholarly publication (not to exceed five pages); -   A current CV; -  A writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages; -   Three letters of recommendation, including one that speaks to applicant's teaching ability, emailed directly to Duke in .pdf form; -  A teaching portfolio, including statement of teaching interests, syllabi, and evaluations as available;   - An official transcript from the applicant's doctoral-granting institution.

Duke welcomes applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, age, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other factors as prohibited by law. Previous applicants are eligible to re-apply.   Candidates from all American and foreign universities are welcome.

Applications should be sent to serena.elliott@duke.edu.

Phone interviews may be conducted for finalists.

Further information about the Duke Center for Jewish Studies may be found on our website: http://jewishstudies.duke.edu.   Further information about post-doctoral services at Duke may be found at: http://postdoc.duke.edu/. Please send any questions to serena.elliott@duke.edu

  • Deadline: Applications received by January 15, 2016 will be given full consideration.

Grinnell College (IA) - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Peace and Conflict StudiesEdit

GRINNELL COLLEGE. The Peace and Conflict Studies Program invites applications for a two year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow appointment in Peace and Conflict Studies with affiliation in one of the following departments: Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science and/or Religious Studies beginning Fall 2016. Applicants must have received their PhD no earlier than August 2013 and no later than August 2016 in one of the above fields. Research and teaching interests might include, but are not limited to: Conflict Analysis, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights. The teaching load is one course a semester for two years.

Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a strong tradition of social responsibility. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values.

  • To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 1, 2016. Please visit our application website at https://jobs.grinnell.edu to find more details about the job and submit applications online. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), [a syllabus for an introductory conflict analysis course or an introduction to peace and conflict studies and an advanced course in applicant's area of specialization, and provide email addresses for three references.

Harvard University (MA) - Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2016-17 in Women's Studies in Religion ProgramEdit

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL announces five full-time positions as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2016-17 in its Women's Studies in Religion Program. Proposals for book-length research projects utilizing both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed. Salary for 2016-17 will be $60,000.

  • Completed applications are due online by October 15, 2015. Applicants must have received their PhD by October 1, 2015. Please see our website (http://wsrp.hds.harvard.edu/apply) for more information.

James Madison University (VA) - 1 yr. Asst. Professor - IslamEdit

James Madison University (JMU), Department of Philosophy and Religion, invites applications for a visiting appointment in Islamic Studies. This is a one-year, full-time position for fall 2016 and spring 2017. The area of specialty within Islam is open.

Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, JMU is a co-educational public master's level university with over 21,000 students and is rated the number two public university in the South by U.S. News and World Report. The university welcomes applicants who help fulfill its commitment to diversity. Please see the College of Arts and Letters Diversity Council at www.jmu.edu/cal/diversity/cal-diversity-council.shtml.

Duties and Responsibilities: Teaching load for the fall semester includes one 80-person section of Introduction to World Religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism) and one smaller section of an upper level course in Islamic Traditions. Courses for the spring semester will include Introduction to World Religions and a smaller upper-level course, the topic of which is negotiable.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have evidence of teaching experience and teaching excellence, with a Ph.D. in hand or very near completion. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience

Special Instructions: To apply go to http://JobLink.jmu.edu, reference posting number 0407303 and submit a faculty profile, letter of application, curriculum vitae, list of three professional references, unofficial graduate transcripts as Other Document #1, and evidence of teaching excellence as Other Document #2.

The names and contact information for 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.

  • Review of applications will begin on May 12, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by May 12, 2016.

Kenyon College (OH) - Visiting Assistant Professor in IslamEdit

Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, seeks applications for a one-year position teaching Islam in the Religious Studies Department for the academic year 2016-17. Ability to teach our introductory course, Encountering Religion in Global Context is expected. A subfield in either South Asian religions, African religions or Women's and Gender Studies would be a welcome addition. Teaching load 3/2. Ph.D. preferred.

To apply, please submit the following materials, using the online application system at https://employment.kenyon.edu: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three professional references, teaching statement including a list of courses taught, two writing samples, and unofficial graduate transcripts.

  • Review of applications will begin Nov. 5, 2015, but will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AAR meeting in Atlanta.
  • AAR interview scheduled by phone (11/13)
  • Campus Visit scheduled by phone (12/22)

Loyola Marymount University (CA)Casassa Postdoctoral Fellow for Academy of Catholic Thought and ImaginationEdit

The Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination (ACTI) of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) invites applications for a two-year, non-renewable, Postdoctoral Research Fellow beginning in fall, 2016. The Academy is a community of scholars who work in dialogue with the Catholic intellectual tradition by developing, critically examining, communicating, or otherwise engaging the rich resources of Catholic thought and imagination. Applications are welcome from scholars from any humanities or social science discipline including literature, political science, sociology, race and gender studies, economics, and any other academic discipline from the humanities or social sciences pursued in a way that engages the Catholic intellectual tradition. The Research Fellow reports to the director of ACTI and is eligible for benefits.

New York University (NY) - Faculty Fellow - East Asian or Tibetan BuddhismEdit

The Religious Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University invites applications for an appointment as a Faculty Fellow. The appointment will be for one year beginning September 1, 2016, renewable annually for a maximum of three years, pending administrative and budgetary approval. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. no earlier than three years before the date of appointment, have a strong commitment to teaching and participating in the interdisciplinary Program's activities. We seek applicants whose area of empirical research lies in East Asian or Tibetan Buddhism. The ideal candidate will combine a grasp of the “classical” sources and a serious engagement with the theoretical study of religion; interest in intersections of religion with post-coloniality, race, gender, sexuality, or national identity is especially welcome. The candidate should be prepared to teach Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion, as well as two other courses, the nature of which will in part depend upon her/his qualifications.

  • Application deadline is February 1, 2016. To apply see the NYU Religious Studies Program web site at http://religiousstudies.as.nyu.edu and click on the “Employment” link to submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a 20-page writing sample, a sample syllabus, and 3 references.
  • Final Candidates Chosen (3/10)

Oberlin College (OH) - Visiting Assistant Professor of South Asian ReligionsEdit

The Religion Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall semester of 2016, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor.

About: Information about the Religion Department may be found on line at http://www.oberlin.edu/religion.

Responsibilities: The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of South Asian religions with specialization in Hindu traditions. The candidate will offer an Introduction to Religion course as well as two survey courses in South Asian religions and Hinduism respectively. The remaining two courses will be more topic-based and can focus on the specific areas of the candidate’s expertise. Candidates who specialize in gender studies, ethnographic approaches, and/or material religion are especially encouraged to apply. Knowledge of primary texts in their original languages and the theory and methods of Religious Studies are essential.

Qualifications: Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree; in hand is preferred, but advanced Ph.D. candidates will also be considered. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable.

Quick Link for Posting: http://jobs.oberlin.edu:80/postings/1355

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at https://jobs.oberlin.edu. A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders.* All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin’s employment website to https://jobs.oberlin.edu/ *By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.

  • Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the February 1st deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.
  • Invitation for Skype interview (2/16)
  • Skype interviews held today (2/18)
  • Campus visit scheduled (2/25)

Oberlin College (OH) - Visiting Assistant Professor in Judaism/Jewish ThoughtEdit

The Religion Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall 2016, and will carry the rank of visiting assistant professor or instructor.The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of Jewish religious thought and practice from the Second Temple period to the present and participate in advising senior capstone projects that focus on Judaism and other areas of the incumbent’s expertise. Research and teaching specialties are open. Knowledge of primary texts in their original languages and the theory and methods of Religious Studies are essential.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree; in hand is preferred, but advanced Ph.D. candidates will also be considered. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at https://jobs.oberlin.edu. A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders. [NOTE: By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our application web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.]

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin’s employment website at https://jobs.oberlin.edu/

  • Review of applications will begin on March 28, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the March 28th, 2016 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration. Questions about the position can be addressed to: bhall@oberlin.edu or cchapman@oberlin.edu, Chair of Religion, at 440-775-8579.

Princeton University (NJ) - Visiting Lecturer - American ReligionEdit

Princeton University seeks distinguished candidates for a Visiting Lecturer in American Studies with a special focus on Religion. The candidate is expected to team-teach with current faculty the gateway course to the program. Preference will be given to candidates who have had extensive experience teaching in American Studies and in interdisciplinary courses. We are especially interested in scholars whose work focuses on: the intersections of religion and sexual politics, including topics such as feminism, reproductive rights, and sexualization; religion and popular culture; religion and racial politics. The successful candidate will be appointed in the Program in American Studies for Spring 2016.

Applicants should apply online at http://jobs.princeton.edu and should submit a letter of interest along with a vita, three names of reference, a sample American Studies syllabus, and a writing sample. At the Jobs at Princeton site, you may search for Req. #1500381, or simply click here.

  • The deadline for applications is July 2, 2015.

Purdue University (IN) - Program Manager (Mapping Chinese Spiritual Capital Project)Edit

The Center on Religion and Chinese Society (CRCS) is seeking a Program Manager for the Mapping Chinese Spiritual Capital Project, a three-year initiative to expand the social scientific study of religion in China. We will pursue three interrelated goals: mapping the religious landscape and the changing religious markets in China; assessing spiritual capital in the emerging civil society; and nourishing the growing field through publishing first-rate research in a new journal, the Review of Religion and Chinese Society.

The Program Manager will coordinate international conferences that will bring together committee members, advisors, and invited scholars in the United States, Europe, and China. In addition, the successful applicant will supervise research assistants, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scholars, including arranging lecture series or planning symposia at Purdue. The Program Manager will also develop and maintain bilingual publicity and fundraising materials of the Center, and she or he will help submit periodic reports related to the Mapping Chinese Spiritual Capital Project.

For more information on this position, see: http://www.purdue.edu/careers (optional more direct link: http://purdue.taleo.net/careersection/wl/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job= ) and reference Job Number 1501137.

  • Applications received by July 6, 2015 will be given full consideration. Please visit our web site at http://www.purdue.edu/crcs/ for additional information about the CRCS.

Purdue University (IN) – Postdoctoral Fellowship for Quantitative Analysis (incl. knowledge of Chinese Religions)Edit

The Center on Religion and Chinese Society (CRCS) at Purdue is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for Quantitative Analysis to start in January 2016. The Postdoctoral Fellow’s primary responsibility will be quantitative analysis of survey data, writing reports, and preparing manuscripts. The position requires proficiency in statistical analysis software packages such as STATA and SPSS; ability to work independently as well as in cooperation with others; and willingness to travel for fieldwork research and presenting at professional conferences. Ph.D. degree in sociology, statistics, or some other related discipline is required. Knowledge of religions in China and Chinese reading ability are preferred. This is a full time position with benefits; salary is competitive.

  • To ensure full consideration, please send your application letter and curriculum vitae, including names and contact info of three references by October 31, 2015 to donge@purdue.edu. Search will remain open until filled.

Saint Louis University (MO) - One-Year Non-TT Position in TheologyEdit

Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service, seeks to appoint a one-year non tenure-track professor iin the Department of Theological Studies. The area of specialization is open. The appointment is expected to begin on August 15, 2016.

A Ph.D. in hand is preferred by the time the appointment begins. Candidates who are ABD will be considered instructors. Candidates will have an established record of teaching excellence. Regardless of their own faith traditions, candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to the Catholic and Jesuit mission of the university.

All applications must be made online at https://jobs.slu.edu and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and the names and contact information of three references.

  • Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to: Peter W. Martens, Chair, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Contact email: pmarten1@slu.edu.

Sarah Lawrence College (NY) - Guest Faculty - Early / Medieval ChristianityEdit

Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY invites applications for a full-time guest faculty position in Religion for the 2016-2017 academic year, beginning Fall 2016. This is a one year replacement position in Early or Medieval Christianity and could include specialization in Biblical Studies, Early Church, Byzantine or Medieval Christianity. Candidates should be willing to teach dynamic courses from beginning to advanced levels. Methodological approach is open, and candidates are able to tailor some courses to their own research and teaching interests.

A PhD in hand by August 2016 is expected. A commitment to teaching excellence is essential. Guest faculty salaries are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Application materials must include a CV, a short statement about your teaching interests and philosophy, sample syllabi and three letters of recommendation.

St. James of Jerusalem School of Theology (FL) - Faculty Positions in Spiritual, Pastoral, Liturgy & Sacramental, Systematic, and Moral Theology, and in Old TestamentEdit

The St. James of Jerusalem School of Theology is a newly formed theological school in the Roman Catholic tradition. Our exclusive focus is on adult faith formation and religious education with the deliberate emphasis on the spiritual, moral, and academic formation of the adult learner. As we are building a faculty, we invite applications for positions in the following areas: Spiritual Theology; Old Testament; Pastoral Theology; Liturgy and Sacramental Theology; Systematic Theology (with emphasis in Trinitarian theology); and Moral Theology. Successful candidates will hold an earned doctorate and will be committed to teaching excellence. The St. James of Jerusalem School of Theology is equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and members of under-represented ethnic groups.

  • Review of applications will begin May 15, 2015, and will continue until the positions are filled. Please submit a letter of application (include in this letter three example courses in your area of expertise that you would like to teach) and CV to Andrea Lorenzo Molinari, Ph.D. by email only to andrealmolinari@aol.com. Visit us: www.stjamesschooloftheology.com.
  • NOTE: I have posted this listing here since it does not specifically identify these positions as TT.

St. James of Jerusalem School of Theology (FL) - Faculty Position in World ReligionEdit

The St. James of Jerusalem School of Theology is a newly formed theological school in the Roman Catholic tradition. Our exclusive focus is on adult faith formation and religious education with the deliberate emphasis on the spiritual, moral, and academic formation of the adult learner. As we are building a faculty, we invite applications for positions in world religions with particular interest in scholars who practice the religion they teach. Scholars who specialize in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Native American religions are preferred but all will be considered. Successful candidates will hold an earned doctorate and will be committed to teaching excellence. The St. James of Jerusalem School of Theology is equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and members of under-represented ethnic groups.

  • Review of applications will begin May 15, 2015, and will continue until the positions are filled. Please submit a letter of application and CV to Andrea Lorenzo Molinari, Ph.D. by email only to andrealmolinari@aol.com. Visit us: www.stjamesschooloftheology.com.
  • NOTE: I have posted this listing here since it does not specifically identify this position as TT.

St. Mary's College (IN) - Department of Religious Studies: One-Year Full-Time VisitingEdit

Saint Mary’s College announces a one-year full-time visiting position at the ABD or assistant professor level in the Department of Religious Studies, beginning in August, 2016, pending funding. We seek a generalist in religious studies with expertise in religious and theological ethics. Ability to teach comparative ethics is desirable.

Candidates should be able to teach introductory courses in religious studies and a second general education course in Catholic social thought. Demonstrated abilities in excellent undergraduate teaching are required. The position involves a 3/3 course load (2 preparations per semester). 

Saint Mary’s College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with the College’s mission, Saint Mary’s is committed to increasing its racial and ethnic diversity at all levels—students, faculty, and staff—and seeks applications from candidates who share this commitment. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of a Catholic college for women in the liberal arts tradition.

Send letter of application, CV, transcripts, evidence of effective teaching, and three letters of reference to rlstsearch@saintmarys.edu (electronic copies preferred). Address inquiries to Professor Kurt Buhring at kbuhring@saintmarys.edu. Review of credentials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Department Website: https://www.saintmarys.edu/academics/departments/religious-studies

  • Email for Skype next week (added Feb. 18)
  • Emailed for campus visit (X2)

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin (IRL) - Classical Islamic Religious Thought & Dialogue (5 yr. Appt)Edit

Applications are invited for a 5-year Ussher Assistant Professorship in Classical Islamic Religious Thought and Dialogue, in Trinity’s Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology. The successful candidate will have a PhD and plan for research in the periods from late Antiquity to the Middle Ages in areas such as the role of translations and interfaith exchanges in Classical Islam, the hermeneutics of tradition in Islam, Islamic philosophy of religion, and a comparative analysis of the relationship between religion, law, and ethics in the three monotheistic traditions. S/he will show evidence of effective teaching, recruitment and administration.

Appointment will be made at a maximum of the 8th point of the New Assistant Professor Merged Salary Scale.

Candidates wishing to discuss the post informally should contact: Hiring Lead- Professor Maureen Junker-Kenny E-mail: mjunkerk@tcd.ie

Applications will only be accepted through e-recruitment. Further information and application details can be found at: https://jobs.tcd.ie

  • Closing date for receipt of completed applications is: no later than 12 Noon GMT on Friday 15th January, 2016.
  • If you look at the details on the website there is a statement "with the view to making permanent" (i.e. there is no TT in Ireland)
  • From conversations with colleagues at TCD, there is very little chance that this appointment will be extended and the advertisement makes clear that there will be a heavy admin, teaching and service role during that time.
  • Rejection received by email (2/8)

University of Arizona (AZ) - Visiting Assistant ProfessorEdit

The Department of Religious Studies and Classics at the University of Arizona invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is a full-time and benefits-eligible position that will begin in August 2016.

The Department seeks a dynamic instructor qualified to teach an introductory undergraduate course, “Introduction to the Study of Religion,” as well as large-enrollment courses in Religious Studies, typically in the range of 100-150 students. The teaching load will be three courses per semester. The area of specialty is open; however, the Department particularly encourages applications from candidates who have specialties in South Asian and/or Indo-Tibetan Buddhism OR European religion with qualifications to teach courses such as “Christianity and Art” and “Celtic Spirituality.” The ideal candidate would be qualified to teach a range of courses related to his or her area of disciplinary expertise, broadly conceived. Courses potentially available to teach in the 2016-2017 academic year include: “Gods, Goddesses, and Demons: Divinity in South Asia”; “Religions and Cultures of India”; “Hindu Mythology”; “Introduction to World Religions”; “Christianity and Art”; “Celtic Spirituality”; “Early Roots of Christianity”; “Religion and Sex”; “Religion and Ecology”; and others.

Required Qualifications include: Ph.D. in Religion (or closely related field) in hand by August 1, 2016 and previous teaching experience in a university context.

  • Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please visit http://uacareers.com/postings/7598.
  • Skype interview scheduled (3/3)

University of Arizona (AZ) - VAP - Christianity and CultureEdit

The Department of Religious Studies and Classics at the University of Arizona invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor of Religious Studies for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Department seeks a scholar-teacher specializing in an area related to Christianity and Culture, and grounded in religious studies theories and methods. Candidates with a teaching competency in Christianity and Art are particularly encouraged to apply. The teaching load will be three courses per semester. The Department seeks a dynamic instructor qualified to teach undergraduate courses at a large and diverse state university. Competitive candidates will be qualified to teach a broad range of courses related to their disciplinary expertise. Courses available to teach in the 2016-2017 academic year include: "Christianity and Art"; "Christian Literature and Thought"; "Contemporary Catholic Thought"; "Celtic Spirituality"; "Early Roots of Christianity"; "Comparative Religions: Western Traditions"; "Religion and Sex"; and others.

  • This is a full-time and benefits-eligible position that will begin in August 2016. Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Both first-time applicants and applicants for our previous Visiting Assistant Professor opening are welcome to apply for this current position.
  • Online App. Form: https://uacareers.com/postings/9687

University of California, Berkeley (CA) - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public TheologyEdit

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a one-year postdoctoral scholar to join its Public Theology Program at 100 percent time with an expected start date of July 1, 2016.

Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Berkeley Public Theology Program brings together a group of scholars from fields across the humanities and social sciences, with specializations in a wide array of religious traditions. Our three-year initiative is dedicated to exploring the place of theology in public life, past and present. Theology is here meant broadly as the constellation of conceptual commitments and modes of inquiry that together enable communities to investigate and understand the world in religious terms. We propose to open this subject up to varied disciplinary approaches. Subjects might include, but are not limited to: theology and the institutions of secular life; theological aspects of politics; theology and law; art, literature, and theological inquiry; theology and social formations, and so on. We will consider applicants from all relevant disciplines whose work promises to advance the research aims of the Berkeley Public Theology Program.

Responsibilities: The postdoc is expected to participate in the Luce initiative, including its annual workshop. The postdoc may also elect to teach a course in a relevant UC Berkeley department. The postdoc also is expected to reside in or near Berkeley in order to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Center and the campus.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application): To be considered for this position, applicants must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation for receipt of their Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Additional Required Qualifications (By the start date): The successful applicant must complete all degree requirements for the Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Appointment: The appointment will be for 100% time for one year.

Salary and Benefits: The salary for the fellowship is $51,250 annually. Generous benefits are included (http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdocs). In addition, postdocs will be provided with an office, access to university libraries, and research funds.

To Apply: http://apptrkr.com/702288

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, updated curriculum vitae, a description of the project to be pursued while in residence (1,500 words maximum), and two letters of recommendation. All application documents should be submitted as PDFs.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

  • Review date: 1 Feb. 2016.
  • Please direct questions to: postdoc.bcsr@berkeley.edu

University of Hong Kong (HK) Non-TT Professor in the Centre of Buddhist Studies (2 yr. fixed term - renewable)Edit

Applications are invited for appointment as Non-Tenure Track Professor in the Centre of Buddhist Studies, to commence from September 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a two-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will be considered for the conferment of Endowed Professorship, with the title of Glorious Sun Professor in Buddhist Studies.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree in Buddhist studies with at least six years of teaching and supervision experience in a recognized tertiary institution. The appointee is expected to make a substantial contribution to the Centre's strategic development and in fostering academic collaborations locally, regionally and internationally. He/She should be able to demonstrate international peer recognition and world leadership in their area of expertise and have an established record of research and publications. The appointee will be required to lead the development of interdisciplinary and collaborative research initiatives. He/She should be able to direct research and teaching activities and have experience in supervising research students. The area of specialization is Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism. Applicants should have an excellent knowledge of Sanskrit for teaching and research purposes. It is an advantage, but not necessary, if they can read Classic Chinese Buddhist texts.

The Centre promotes innovative thinking and new horizons for Buddhist studies and research. Information about the Centre can be obtained at http://www.buddhism.hku.hk/.

  • Applicants should send a completed application form, together with an up-to-date C.V., contact details of at least three referees and other supporting materials to cbshr@hku.hk. Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc and further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk/. Closes July 31, 2015. The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

University of Otago (New Zealand) - Religious Studies (3 yr. fixed-term Lecturer)Edit

The Religion Programme at the University of Otago invites applications for a three-year, fixed-term position as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Religion. We welcome applicants from a range of disciplines and specialties, but applicants should have research expertise that speaks to one or more of the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism, and/or Christianity) and be able to demonstrate sophistication in using social-scientific and/or historical methods.

The successful candidate will teach an introductory 100-level course on Judaism, Christianity and Islam each year, plus one or two more courses of their own design (an average of two and a half courses per year). We particularly encourage candidates whose own courses would address aspects of Islam and/or Christianity outside Europe and North America.

Applicants should have an energetic and enthusiastic commitment to teaching and an active research profile. Applicants should also have completed a PhD by June 2016 and should have knowledge of languages relevant to their area of research expertise. It is hoped that duties will commence on 13 June 2016.

Further details are available from the University of Otago website at https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1501430

Specific enquiries may be directed to Dr Will Sweetman, Head of Department, Department of Theology and Religion, Tel 00 64 3 479 8793, Email will.sweetman@otago.ac.nz

  • Applications quoting reference number 1501430 will close on Monday, 2 November 2015.
  • Rejection email received from Human Resources (11/3). That was quick.
  • (x4--U.S. applicant)

University of Virginia (VA) - Postdoctoral Fellowship/Lectureship in Mormon StudiesEdit

The University of Virginia's program in Mormon Studies invites applications for one full-time postdoctoral fellow and lecturer for the academic year beginning August 25, 2016. Seeking a social scientist or anthropologist, but applicants may specialize in any discipline, field or professional school. Duties include, but are not limited to, teaching two courses per semester in subjects broadly related to Religious Studies, its methodologies and cognate fields, such as race and gender studies, ethnography and ritual studies, and philosophy and textual hermeneutics.

To be competitive, the applicant must demonstrate a disciplinary focus or research specialty that has the possibility of furthering comprehension of Mormonism as a socio-cultural phenomenon. In the alternative, the applicant may demonstrate a research project that would be furthered by the inclusion of Mormonism as an object of study. Interest and experience in digital humanities is welcome.

Fellow will show evidence of experience in and commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts framework, and will be prepared to participate in both large team-taught introductory-level classes and smaller upper-level courses.

Of the four required courses, the Fellow will be expected to teach three seminars in his or her discipline, one of which must include Mormonism as one of its objects of study. In addition, the Fellow will team-teach the University's introductory course in Mormonism. Applicants do not need to show training in Mormon Studies. The fellow will work closely with the Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies, who will provide guidance in both pedagogy and curriculum- and program building.

Compensation will be in the form of salary, benefits, and a research fund.

Applicants for the fellowship must have attained the PhD prior to August 1, 2016 but no earlier than May 2014.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu), and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, a current CV including the names and contact information for two references, and a statement describing, in no more than 300 words, your qualifications for and philosophy of teaching with attention to your disciplinary approach (attach statement to Other1).

  • For full consideration apply by May 11, 2016; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Vanderbilt University (TN) - One-Year Term Appointment in Buddhist and Asian Religious TraditionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University seeks to hire a sabbatical replacement for Buddhist Traditions and Asian Religions. The rank is Non-Tenure-Track Assistant Professor for a terminal one year appointment, for academic year 2016-17. All requirements for the Ph.D. must be met before the start of the appointment in August 2016. The standard course load is two courses per term. The successful candidate must teach a one course survey of Buddhist Traditions and other introductory and advanced courses in Asian Religions commensurate to training in either East Asian, Tibetan and Himalayan, or South Asian regions. The area of specialization, historical period, and methodological approach are open. Command of languages appropriate to an advanced research agenda will be required.

  • Review of applications will begin on Thursday 25 February 2016 and will remain open until the position is successfully filled. Please upload the following materials to RLSTjobs@vanderbilt.edu a letter of application that includes a statement of teaching philosophy, research interests, teaching evaluations (if available), and transcripts.  Three confidential letters of recommendation (or standard university graduate student placement dossier) should also be uploaded.
  • Semi-finalists received email with an update on the search 02/26.

Villanova University (PA) - Augustine and Culture Seminar Program - Post-doctoral FellowEdit

The Augustine and Culture Seminar Program seeks scholars in the Humanities to apply for the Arthur J. Ennis, O.S.A. Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship, starting in the Fall Semester 2016. This is a one-year fellowship renewable for a 3-year terminal appointment, for a total of 4 years. We welcome applications from scholars who can both complement and broaden our current interdisciplinary faculty working in the disciplines of Literature, Theology, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Classics. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2016.

Villanova is a Roman Catholic University sponsored by the Augustinian Order. An AA/EEO employer, Villanova seeks a diverse faculty committed to scholarship, service, and especially teaching, who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission.

Duties and Responsibilities: Ennis fellows teach three courses of the Augustine and Culture Seminar each semester. ACS is a two semester writing intensive interdisciplinary seminar program, required of all first year students. Each class is capped at sixteen students. The students are expected to write a minimum of thirty pages a semester.

ACS 1000 focuses on texts of antiquity and the Middle Ages, including Augustine’s Confessions. ACS 1001 continues the emphasis on self in the world through the lens of modernity, starting with Shakespeare and continuing to the present. The course gives attention to the Catholic intellectual Tradition and its ongoing mission to defend the dignity of the human person, recognize the need for human solidarity, and serve the common good.

Fellows participate in the ACS Program’s faculty development program as well as the ACS lecture series. There are no other service requirements.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a Humanities discipline.

Preferred Qualifications: Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in the Humanities, and an interest in teaching the thought and influence of Augustine and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. In addition, since ACS explores a wide and diverse range of significant voices through human history, we seek teacher/scholars who represent that range through their scholarship.

Virginia Tech (VA) Postdoctoral Fellow in Judaic StudiesEdit

The Department of Religion and Culture (http://www.rc.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellow in Judaic Studies. The initial appointment is for one year, but the fellow is eligible for reappointment for another year, subject to departmental approval. Research specialization is open but preference given to candidates whose work broadly intersects with other research strengths within the department. Please see the faculty list at http://www.rc.vt.edu/about-us/people/index.html . The qualified candidate will be expected to teach 3 courses per year, including the introductory course on Jewish History and Culture and either the course on the Holocaust or the course on the State of Israel. (See our list of departmental courses at http://www.rc.vt.edu/undergraduate/courses/index.html ). In addition to advancing an active research program, the successful candidate will be responsible for arranging special events supported by the Judaic Studies endowment and contributing to the intellectual life of the department, the university, and/or the local community. Ph.D. or evidence of completion by August 2016 required.

  • Review begins 3/14/2016.

Wake Forest University (NC) - Patristic and Medieval Church History Post-Doctoral FellowshipEdit

Tracking Code: 2090-141

LINK TO APPLY

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY invites applications for a two year post-doctoral fellowship in Patristic and Medieval Church History, beginning July 1, 2016. The half-time teaching load of the fellowship (2 courses per year) will allow the Fellow to strengthen teaching skills while also working on scholarly publications. Teaching responsibilities will include teaching the introduction to Church History and elective courses in patristic and medieval studies. Research and teaching interests in gender, global Christianity, or Christian relations to Judaism and Islam in the time period of academic specialization are especially welcome. In order to be considered for this fellowship, candidates must be completing the Ph.D. or equivalent no later than May 2016, or have received the Ph.D. within the past 5 years. Qualifications include a strong commitment to teaching excellence and promise for research and publication. For complete details and to apply, Click Here to visit the posting on our WFU Careers Website or call (336) 758-4700. Applications must include a CV and cover letter that describes areas of academic specialty, interest in teaching at a divinity school, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a brief proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship. A complete application will also include three confidential letters of reference and an official doctoral transcript (submitted directly by the degree granting institution). The three confidential letters of reference and transcripts must be sent via email by the recommender to letters@wfu.edu.

  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by November 15 to be considered for a conversation at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Only online applications will be accepted. Specific questions about the position may be addressed to Associate Dean Michelle Voss Roberts (robertmv@wfu.edu).
  • request for interview at AAR/SBL 11/18 via email (x2)

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in East Asian ReligionsEdit

The Program in Religious Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, in cooperation with the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral teaching fellowship in East Asian Religions (with possibility of renewal) to begin in August 2016. The course load will be three courses over two semesters. While the area of research specialization is open, the candidate must be prepared to teach introductory survey courses in Buddhist Traditions and East Asian Religions, as well as an additional course on a topic of his or her choosing. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or closely related field prior to the start of the appointment, and should be able to demonstrate prior successful teaching experience, as well as evidence of an active research agenda.

Applicants are asked to apply via email to religiousstudies@wustl.edu. Applications must include a cover letter, descriptions and/or syllabi of the courses you would be prepared to offer, a CV, and a statement of up to 1,500 words describing your research interests.

Three confidential letters of reference should be sent directly to religiousstudies@wustl.edu or by mail to Prof. Beata Grant, Religious Studies Program, Campus Box 1065, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899.

  • Application review will begin by March 15, 2016. Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. Employment eligibility is required upon appointment.

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - Religious Studies - Lecturer (renewable up to 3 yrs.)Edit

The Religious Studies Program in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, seeks to fill a full-time lecturer position to begin in the fall semester of 2016, with possibility of renewal up to three years. The candidate must be able to teach the core introductory courses for the major, including “Thinking About Religion” and “Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion,” along with more specialized courses. Primary field of study is open, though areas of particular interest to the program include: religion and media studies, religion and science/technology, and religion and globalization. PhD in Religious Studies or related field and relevant teaching experience are required.

  • Applications should include a CV, cover letter, teaching portfolio, and three letters of recommendation, and must be received by January 5, 2016. To apply, please go to https://jobs.wustl.edu/ Job ID number: 32073.
  • UPDATE: The job posting now reads "Review of applications will begin February 5." No mention of January. (2/23)
  • Any word?  (3/3)

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics - Postdoctoral Research Associates, 2015-2016Edit

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics seeks applications from junior scholars and recent Ph.D. graduates for up to three postdoctoral fellowships in residence at Washington University in St. Louis. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Eligible applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by July 1, 2016, and no earlier than January 1, 2011. The research associates will spend most of their time pursuing research and writing on their own projects. They will also serve the intellectual life of the Danforth Center through participating in its biweekly interdisciplinary seminar. Their teaching responsibilities will include: 1) developing one course per year to augment the Center’s curricular offerings, and 2) possibly assisting in one additional course each year (depending on the particular teaching needs of the Center). Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Required Qualifications: Applicants should hold a doctorate in religious studies, politics, anthropology, American studies, history, Jewish studies, sociology, or another relevant field. Scholars should be engaged in projects centrally concerned with religion and politics in the United States, historically or in the present day.

Application Instructions: Applicants must send all of the following information as a single pdf file to the Center at rap@wustl.edu: 1) Cover letter including an overview of the postdoctoral research project 2) Current curriculum vitae 3) Relevant writing sample (25-35 pages) 4) Two undergraduate course proposals (a summary paragraph for each will suffice)

Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

  • Applications are due in full by January 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified of fellowship decisions by March 1, 2016. For more information, contact the Center at (314) 935-9345 or via e-mail at rap@wustl.edu.

Wellesley College (MA) - Elisabeth Luce Moore Post-doctoral Fellowship with expertise in religion and healing/medicineEdit

The Department of Religion at Wellesley College is seeking outstanding candidates for a three-year Elisabeth Luce Moore Post-doctoral Fellowship with expertise in religion and healing/medicine. We seek a Fellow with training in fields such as religion and medicine, the anthropology of religion, medical anthropology, or ethnobotany who can teach courses in both healing in indigenous and traditional religious cultures and the deployment of those techniques in contemporary medicine or psychology. The geographical range of expertise is not restricted; we welcome applications from all culture areas, including comparative research. The successful applicant will teach one course in each semester of residence, including a foundational course in religion, healing, and medicine as well as other offerings on topics related to the candidate's training and research. The Fellow will also have a relationship with the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. The Fellowship is open to candidates who have been awarded a doctorate in the five-year period preceding the appointment and no later than June 1st, 2016. 

Wellesley College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply. For information about being a faculty member at Wellesley College, please see http://www.wellesley.edu/about/missionandvalues/diversity

Applications should include a cover letter addressed to Professor Stephen Marini, Chair of the Department of Religion; a curriculum vitae; a graduate school transcript; examples of research; a statement about the candidate's pedagogy; course syllabuses and teaching evaluations, if available; and names and email addresses of three references (the online application will request names/email addresses so that recommenders or dossier services may submit the letters directly.) Materials should be submitted through our online application system at https://career.wellesley.edu. If circumstances make it impossible to submit any materials through our application site, please email us at working@wellesley.edu. The deadline for completed applications is March 14th, 2016. 

  • received email request for skype interview 3/18
  • 4/9 email to schedule campus interviews.

Whitman College (WA) - Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor of Anthropology and ReligionEdit

Visiting joint position in Anthropology and Religion, with expertise in Native American, First Nations, indigenous, or African diasporic traditions preferred, at the rank of assistant professor or instructor.  Ph.D. desirable; A.B.D. considered.

The successful candidate will be housed in the Anthropology Department, and teach three courses there, and two in the Religion Department over the academic year 2016-17.  Some courses may be cross-listed.

The online application will prompt you to submit all of the required materials: a letter of application; separate statements addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly/performance agenda; curriculum vitae; the contact information for three people who will be contacted for letters of reference; graduate transcripts; and complete sets of teaching evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.

The application should address the candidate’s interest in working at a liberal arts college with undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction. In addition, because Whitman College is committed to cultivating a diverse learning community, applicants should explain how their classroom and scholarly practices will serve to create and sustain an inclusive learning environment.

To apply, go to https://whitmanhr.simplehire.com/, click “Faculty” and “Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor of Anthropology and Religion”.

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

For additional information about Whitman College and the Walla Walla area, see www.whitman.edu and www.wallawalla.org.

See Also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2015-16Edit

DISCUSSIONEdit

So when are the jobs going to be posted? 

Rejection Letters

  • Posting here so as not to continue/conrtibute to the mess up above.  But I'm just so annoyed at the posters who keep insisting that it's unethical for committees not to send out rejection letters as soon as they decide not to hire someone. Many schools (as institutional policy) don't allow any notifications to be sent out until the offer is made and accepted. Also, it is not unusual for schools to select their finalists, dislike all of them, and then re-examine the "no" pile. It happened twice last year to people I know (not in Religious Studies), and it's happened in RS departments that I've been part of in the past. That's what the wikis are for: so we can share information and know when we should no longer be hoping for a call.
  • On a related note, second-guessing people who post about interviews and contact is pointless: there is literally no motive for disseminating incorrect information, and the only possible repercussion of a false report is that someone scores an interview for a job they thought they'd been passed over for. That's a good thing, no? 

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