This page is for Academic Positions in Religious Studies that begin in 2018.

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See also: Biblical Studies 2017-2018 and Jewish Studies 2017-2018

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

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Christian Spirituality: 1

Christianity-Early: 1

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Islam: 1


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South Asian Religions:

Theology: 1

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2017-2018 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track Edit

Aarhus University (DK) - Study of ReligionEdit

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent position as professor within the Department of the Study of Religion. The position is available from 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The professorship is offered with a view to attracting a particularly talented person who is expected to play a key role in the continued creation of innovative, internationally recognised research areas at the Department of the Study of Religion with a particular focus on the history of religion. The future professor is expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society in general and the Department of the Study of Religion in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The professor will also be expected to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development as well as contributing actively to the further development of the department, both nationally and internationally.

Qualifications: In their letter of application applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of the study of religion. Applicants must be able to document:

Thorough knowledge of the study of religion, including theoretical and methodological perspectives.
Thorough knowledge of the general history of religion and comparative religion.
Thorough knowledge of the history and development of at least one particular religious tradition outside Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Academic publications at the highest international level including research innovation in the field of the general history of religion. Please read more under the headline: 'Formalities'.
Experience of or interest in collaboration and research with other fields within the study of religion as well as with other disciplines.
Experience of active participation in international research collaboration.
Experience of research management, including the obtaining and administration of external funding.
Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels.
Commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development, research management, and the development of PhD courses.

Read the full job description and apply online here

  • Application deadline: 2/8/2017

Brown University (RI) - New Testament/Early ChristianityEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level with a specialization in New Testatment/Early Christianity to begin July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be able to support graduate training in New Testament; complement exisiting stregnths in the department's "Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean" graduate track and programmng; be familiar with theory and methods of religious studies; and contribute broadly to our undergraduate curriculum.

Candidates should submit (1) a current CV; (2) a statement of interest; (3) a short writing sample (no more than 25 pages); (4) a list of four courses (title with short paragraph), at different levels, that would complement the department's existing curriculum. In addition, candidates should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted. Ph.D. must be successfully completed by appointment start date (July 1, 2018).

  • Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017. Please submit all application materials via Interfolio.

Duke University Divinity School (NC) - African American Theological Ethics or TheologyEdit

Duke University Divinity School, an institution of theological education that is part of Duke University and with connections to the United Methodist Church, invites applications for a full­-time faculty position in African American theological ethics or constructive theology to begin on or about July 1, 2018. Specialization and sub-field is open. Appointment will be at the associate professor rank with tenure.

The candidate selected for this position will be a scholar of recognized stature and demonstrable potential, who is dedicated to the church's life and work, and equipped to teach women and men preparing for Christian ministry in its various forms. Candidates should have earned the PhD or ThD in theology or related discipline.

The successful candidate will participate in Duke Divinity School’s principal residential and hybrid degree programs, with shared responsibility for offering required courses and a broad range of electives that conform to the School’s mission, the needs of the division of Theology, and the appointee's research interests. In particular, duties will include teaching regular courses in Black Church Studies that fulfill curricular requirements for M.Div students. Candidates must be able to promote theological reflection on the significance of their scholarship for the ministry and mission of the contemporary church.

The duties expected of a faculty member at Duke University Divinity School include excellent publication and teaching, including doctoral student supervision; mentoring of students; service in faculty committees, meetings and programs; and active participation in the School’s and the University’s life.

Especially encouraged to apply are United Methodists and others from Wesleyan traditions.

Applications should be submitted at the following link:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and names of three persons from whom letters of reference may be obtained.

  • Review of applications and nominations will begin September 1, 2017.

Harvard Divinity School (MA) - T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professorship of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding (Open Rank)Edit

Harvard Divinity School seeks to appoint a scholar or scholar practitioner to the T. J. Dermot Dunphy Professorship of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding. We seek a person whose work examines the significance of religion as it relates to the sources of violence and the practices of peacebuilding in the contemporary world. The candidate might bring historical, theological, sociological, or anthropological approaches to the study of religious traditions, ethnic identities, communal tensions or interfaith relations, especially as they relate to violence and peacebuilding. Applicants must be competent in research languages appropriate to their area of specialization. Excellence in both teaching and research is required.

This is an open-rank search --tenured, tenure track, or professor of the practice; the successful candidate will be appointed to the rank appropriate to his or her experience. He or she will work closely with students in the Divinity School’s masters programs and the doctoral program in the Study of Religion. It is likely that he or she will also teach undergraduates in the Comparative Study of Religion and graduate students in related departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is expected that this scholar will be in conversation with those in other programs and schools at Harvard critical to the study of conflict, violence, and peacebuilding.

It is understood that applicants will employ forms of analysis that address race, gender, sexuality, and/or other intersecting forms of social power, such as womanist, feminist, and/or queer approaches. The doctoral degree must be held by June 30, 2018.

Applications should be made online at: A CV, cover letter, writing sample, and the names of three references whom the School may wish to contact will be required of all candidates.

Letters of nomination are also welcome, and should be sent to: Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding Search Committee, c/o Matthew Turner, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA, 02138, or to Applicants should address any questions regarding the position itself or the online application system to Matthew Turner at the above email address or by phone at 617.496.0847.

  • Review of applications will begin in September 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Selected candidates may be invited to initial interviews at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, this coming November.

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

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, a tenured Associate Professor or a tenured Full Professor faculty position in any area of Islamic Studies. 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.

The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2018 or as soon as practicable thereafter. Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae (including bibliography) with a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests through Interfolio via the following URL:

Assistant level and untenured applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted through the same URL. Please direct all enquiries concerning this position to: Islamic Studies Search Prof. Michael Penn, Committee Chair Department of Religious Studies 450 Serra Mall, Building 70 Stanford, CA 94305-2165 USA or by email to:

  • For full consideration, applications must be received by September 15, 2017.

University of Groningen (NL) - Contemporary IslamEdit

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (UD) in the field of Contemporary Islam (0.8 fte). The position will involve 50% teaching, 40% research, and 10% administration. The position will be located within the Department of Comparative Study of Religion.

The candidate will contribute to the teaching programme (BA, MA, and Research Master's level) especially in the field of Contemporary Islam. Besides thesis supervision the candidate will, amongst others, participate in courses such as: Islam: History, Sources & Practices (BA); Religion, Culture & Diversity (BA); Migration, Culture & Religious Identity (MA). This means the candidate needs a competence in the fields of Islam in relation to migration and identity also with regard to the MENA region in order to be able to teach these courses adequately and to supervise theses on these themes. He/she should be an anthropologist or from a closely related discipline. Language of instruction is English.

Beside these teaching related competences the faculty is looking for a scholar whose research lies preferably in the field of contemporary Islam in Asia so as to contribute to the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia (see of the faculty.

Early career scholars are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: The following criteria will be important in the selection process. The candidate should: hold a PhD degree in religious studies, Islamic studies, anthropology or in a closely related discipline; preferably have a research focus on Contemporary Islam in Asia; should have a sound knowledge of Contemporary Islam with regard to the topics of migration, identity and the MENA region related to the expected teaching and supervision obligations; have a track record of international peer-reviewed publications; have teaching experience at university level; have demonstrated success or capacity for success in the acquisition of research funding; have a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary cooperation; have organizational competence, entrepreneurship, and excellent communication skills.

Conditions of employment: The University of Groningen offers a salary for an assistant professor dependent on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,475 (scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,405 (scale 12) gross per month for a fulltime position. On top of that income the candidate will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an annual bonus of 8.3%. The conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The appointment will be on a temporary basis initially for 5 years, with the strong ambition of making the position permanent. In the fifth year the Faculty Board will decide on this, depending on the performance of the appointee and the position of the faculty.

Deadlines and procedures: Job interviews will be held on 10 and 11 October 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be notified 22 September 2017 and will be expected to be in Groningen for both days of the interviews. Travel and accommodation will be arranged and reimbursed. Date of entry into employment: 1 February 2018 or as soon as possible.

  • Application requirements: You may apply for this position until 27 August (11.59 pm) / before 28 August 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
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University of San Diego (CA) - Theology and Religious Studies (Black/Womanist Scholarship)Edit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego announces a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a teacher-scholar with expertise in Black/Womanist scholarship. The candidate's area of specialization should be theology, biblical interpretation, theological ethics, church history, or religious studies. In addition to their specialization, ideal candidates will be conversant with religion and culture; religion and race; religion and gender/queer theory; religion and politics; and/or religion and peace building. We are particularly interested in a scholar whose teaching and research will advance the interests of African Americans and communities of color. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses as well as upper-division courses in the area(s) of specialization, and may include courses that fulfill the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice requirement in our newly revised core curriculum.

Applicants should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, September 2018. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and an active scholarly agenda are expected. The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic university. The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is a diverse community of scholars who advance the teaching and study of religion with particular attention to fostering understanding of Catholic traditions. Our department is committed to racial justice and diversity in our course offerings and in our mentoring of all students. Information about the department is available at

Applications should include a letter of intent and dossier, including CV, graduate school transcripts, samples of scholarly work, and copies of teaching materials (e.g., syllabi, typical handouts, student evaluations). Please send all materials via email to Three letters of reference should also be sent by the candidate's references, either by email to or by mail to Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry, Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego CA 92110-2492.

  • Applications should be complete by October 24, 2017. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings Employment Center in Boston on November 18 and 19, on a pre-arranged basis.

Wesleyan University (CT) - Buddhist StudiesEdit

Wesleyan University's Department of Religion invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religion, with a focus on Buddhist Studies, beginning July 1, 2018. We particularly encourage applications from scholars in the fields of history, sociology, hermeneutics, literary studies, and philosophy of religion. Applicants should have expertise in Buddhist textual traditions in their original languages, preferably with attention to wider circles of textual and visual production. We are seeking scholars who specialize in East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, or Southeast Asia, and who are capable of applying their methods to other religious cultures or traditions. Regardless of area of scholarly specialization, the successful candidate should demonstrate teaching competency relevant to East Asian Buddhisms. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach the Department's Introduction to the Study of Religion and Majors Colloquium in Religious Studies on a rotating basis.

The teaching load is 2/2. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Religion, Buddhist Studies, or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in Religion, Buddhist Studies, or related field within one year of hire.

Special Instructions To Applicants: You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) syllabi, (4) a teaching statement, (5) a dissertation chapter (preferably the introduction), and (6) one other sample of scholarship. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of the three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Online App. Form:

  • Applications completed by October 2, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments / PostdocsEdit

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2017-18Edit


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