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2018-2019 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track Edit

Bowdoin College (ME) - Religion and Asian StudiesEdit

Bowdoin College invites applications for a tenure-track position jointly appointed in Religion and Asian Studies to begin July 2019. We seek a scholar of the religions of South and/or Southeast Asia who utilizes a ‘lived religion’ approach; however, the successful candidate should have a significant grasp of the textual traditions and be able to teach courses across both premodern and modern periods. Required course offerings include Hindu and Buddhist traditions as well as methodological and comparative courses such as Introduction to the Study of Religion and Theories About Religion. The appointment will be at the assistant professor level.

Bowdoin welcomes applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s ethnic and cultural diversity. We value a community in which students of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed. In your application materials, we ask you to address how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentorship may support our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.

Both the Religion Department and the Asian Studies Program value a strong commitment to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment and to research grounded in the languages and cultures of South and/or Southeast Asia. Bowdoin offers internal funding in support of research, a junior sabbatical leave, and an accelerated post-tenure sabbatical schedule. The teaching load is two courses each semester. A Ph.D. in religion or related fields is expected by date of appointment. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit: 1) a cover letter that details your scholarly research agenda, 2) a statement about your approach to teaching, 3) a curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.

  • Review of applications will begin October 8, 2018.
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Dartmouth College (NH) - Indigenous ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religion at Dartmouth College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Indigenous Religions of the Americas, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, or Australia, which may include African diasporic traditions in these regions. Appointment to begin as early as July 1, 2019. Disciplinary and historical specializations are open, but the ideal candidate’s research will demonstrate a substantive focus upon religion, thorough grounding in both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion, ability to work in the relevant primary languages, and expertise in ethnographic and/or fieldwork approaches (if appropriate).

Since its inception in 1949, the Religion Department has been committed to a multidisciplinary, globally diverse curriculum grounded in the academic study of religion as engaged through a variety of methodological approaches. The Department offers instruction, from the introductory to the advanced level, in most of the world’s major religious traditions: Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; the religions of the ancient Near East; the religions of ancient and modern China; religious life in the Americas; and the religions of Africa. The Department offers an undergraduate major and minor. Requirements for this position include teaching four courses per year (0-2 per quarter over 3 quarters) and normal department service. Competitive salary, benefits, and research support. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a broad range of introductory-, intermediate-, and advanced-level courses within his or her specialization, as well as contributing to the Department’s theoretical and methodological offerings. Dartmouth College is an outstanding research institution of 4400 undergraduates, half of whom are women and approximately 40% of whom are members of minority groups.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD or be ABD with PhD expected before the start date of the appointment, along with a record of outstanding scholarship and effective teaching.

Application Instructions: Candidates should submit via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/51630) a cover letter detailing current and future research plans, teaching experience and philosophy, and contributions to diversity in the context of research, teaching, and/or service; curriculum vitae; writing sample; research statement; teaching portfolio with evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course descriptions, course syllabi); and three confidential letters of recommendation.

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates whose applications are received by October 20, 2018, will be considered for a preliminary interview at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (November 17-20, 2018), or by video conference for those unable to attend the conference.

Grinnell College (IA) - East Asian Religions and Global BuddhismEdit

GRINNELL COLLEGE. The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in East Asian Religions and Global Buddhism beginning Fall 2019. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) or Associate Professor possible. Research and teaching interests might include, but are not limited to: religions of Japan, China and/or Korea, Buddhism, gender, media, and/or transnational studies.

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.

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), and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Tyler Roberts, at ReligiousStudiesSearch@grinnell.edu or 641-269-4041.

  • To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by OCTOBER 15, 2018.

Hamilton College (NY) - Asian IslamEdit

The Asian Studies program of Hamilton College invites applications for a tenure track position in any discipline on Islam in Asia, including Iran/Persia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, to begin July 1, 2019. Mastery of a relevant Asian language is expected. Ph.D. by the time of appointment is preferred, but ABDs nearing completion of the dissertation will be considered. Teaching load is four courses during the first year and five courses thereafter. The successful candidate will be appointed to the Asian Studies program with possible affiliation with another department or program. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and two course syllabi to Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/52536. The applicant’s cover letter should address the ways in which he/she would further the College’s goal of building a diverse educational environment. Questions regarding the search may be directed to Professor Thomas Wilson, Director, Asian Studies, at twilson@hamilton.edu. Application deadline is October 5, 2018. Hamilton (www.hamilton.edu) is a residential liberal arts college located in upstate New York. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find other Hamilton and nearby academic job listings at https://www.hercjobs.org/upstate_ny/index.html, as well as additional information at https://www.hamilton.edu/dof/faculty-development/resources-for-prospective- or-new- faculty/opportunities-for- spouses-or- partners. Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community. Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Application deadline is October 5, 2018.

Kanagawa University (JAPAN) - [Open Rank] Multiple Positions (incl. Japanese Religious Studies)Edit

  • Two full-time, open-rank faculty positions in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, part of a new Faculty of International and Japan Studies that will be established in 2020. Appointments will begin April 1, 2020.
  • We seek applicants pursuing the following research specializations: 1) Japanese History; 2) Japanese Art History; 3) Japanese Religious Studies; 4) Japanese Visual Media Studies.
  • Native- or near-native-level English ability is required.
  • Duties will include the teaching of an English-language course in the specialization area, as well as general English courses. Appointees will also be able to offer seminars related to their area of specialization. Native-level speakers of a European language (other than English, French or German) or an Asian language (other than Japanese) who are able to instruct students in that language will be given priority. Japanese ability sufficient for carrying out administrative duties is required of all applicants. Applicants must have completed the PhD by time of appointment, or be able to show evidence of equivalent research accomplishments.
  • For a detailed list of materials to be submitted when applying, the address to which applications should be sent, and further information regarding the positions, please view the Japanese-language announcement at http://www.kanagawa-u.ac.jp/employment/professor/fulltime/pdf/063.pdf.
  • In accordance with common practice at Japanese institutions, all ranks of these open-rank positions can be understood as tenured.
  • For more information, please contact Christian Ratcliff
  • Deadline: Materials must arrive by post by 5 Aug. 2018.

Mississippi State University (MS) - U.S. Religious HistoryEdit

The Mississippi State University Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in U.S. religious history, beginning August 16, 2019. Teaching responsibilities are two courses per semester. Offerings include a turn in the US History survey and undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of expertise. Of particular importance is demonstrated ability to contribute to an anticipated new graduate specialty that joins ideas of identity--race, gender, class and the south—together. See https://www.history.msstate.edu/news/when-three-four/ for further details.

A Ph.D. in U.S. religious history at the time of appointment is required. Evidence of successful teaching and publications are preferred.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

The Department of History at Mississippi State University is the editorial home of both Environmental History and the History of Science Society Publications. All applicants must apply online at http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu and attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements. Have three letters of recommendation sent to Professor Alan I Marcus, Professor and Head, P.O. Box H, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or at aimarcus@history.msstate.edu.

  • To guarantee consideration, applications must be received by November 3, 2018. Please include e-mail address to facilitate contact.

Occidental College (CA) - American ReligionsEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in American Religions to begin Fall 2019. The new hire will teach five courses per year (with a reduced four-course load in the first year), will have an active research agenda, and will contribute to department and College service. We welcome applications from scholars specializing in any religious tradition(s).

Applicants should have some training in Religious Studies and hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Strong candidates will be able to teach a wide variety of courses attractive to liberal arts students, with preference given to applicants who could teach a course in African-American religions, African-Caribbean religions, American religion and race, or a related subject. A preference will be given to applicants who would add to the theoretical and methodological breadth of current department faculty, to applicants whose Religious Studies courses could be cross-listed with other departments on campus (e.g., Black Studies, American Studies, Sociology, History, etc.), and to applicants who have interest in developing a course on religion in Los Angeles. Applicants should be able to teach the department’s rotation of core courses (a theories/methods course and the course that guides majors through their senior thesis research and writing) and should be able to contribute to the College’s first-year seminar program (CSP). Strong candidates will be thoughtful in their pedagogical approaches, will seek continually to improve their teaching, and will possess a record of, or potential for, teaching excellence. Strong candidates will also possess a record of, or potential for, strong scholarship, and will be equipped to participate in departmental planning and leadership.

The Department of Religious Studies and Occidental College are committed to supporting the academic excellence of our diverse student body. We actively seek applicants equipped to advance our mission in their teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law. We strongly encourage all underrepresented candidates, especially women scholars and scholars of color, to apply.

Applicants should submit the following materials—as separate files—to rels@oxy.edu: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in Occidental (a liberal arts institution with a mission of equity and excellence), your teaching experience, your scholarship, and the theoretical and/or methodological approach(es) of your teaching and research; (2) a list and brief descriptions of a range of courses you could teach at Occidental (both courses of your own design and courses already in our department catalog, which are linked from our website); (3) a teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of your demonstrated commitment to, past evidence of, and future plans for creating equitable learning environments, especially for underrepresented students; (4) a sample syllabus for an introductory course on African-American religions, African-Caribbean religions, American religion and race, or a related subject; and (5) Curriculum Vitae. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference, at least one of which speaks to teaching experience and/or potential, submitted to rels@oxy.edu. All application materials are due by 5pm PST on September 13, 2018 (with much appreciation to applicants who submit their materials well before the deadline).

Candidates selected for the semi-finalist round will be asked to submit additional materials: evidence of teaching effectiveness (student evaluations, peer teaching reviews, teaching awards, etc.) and a sample of scholarly writing. Semi-finalists will be contacted in mid-October, with semi-finalist interviews being held via videoconference in mid-November.  

Inquires about the position or about the Religious Studies department can be directed to the search committee Chair, Prof. Kristi Upson-Saia at upsonsaia@oxy.edu.

  • Deadline: September 13, 2018 (with much appreciation to applicants who submit their materials well before the deadline). Semi-finalist interviews: semi-finalists notified by mid-October, videoconference interviews to be held in mid-November. Campus visits: Jan/Feb 2019.

Syracuse University (NY) - Contemporary JudaismEdit

The Department of Religion and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University invite applications for the Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies, and assistant professor tenure-track position of Religion to begin August 2019. We seek a colleague with a specialization in modern and/or contemporary Jewish religion and culture with possible areas including, but not limited to America, Israel, and/or Europe.

Candidates should demonstrate Jewish Studies research and teaching interests at any variety of possible intersections such as the arts, science, history, ethnicity, race, gender, politics, and/or sexualities. We are seeking in particular a colleague trained in Religion and humanistic social sciences and/or cultural studies methodology, with demonstrated interest and competency in Theory and Method in the study of Religion.

The successful candidate would make significant contributions to both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. At the undergraduate level, we are looking for a scholar with research focus in modern and/or contemporary Jewish Studies, and teaching competence across a broad range of Jewish Studies outside her or his direct area of specialization. At the graduate level, in addition to their area of specialization in “Judaism,” the successful candidate would contribute to the exploration of religion and spirituality in contemporary and/or modern societies, both local and global, through the lenses of anthropology of religion and history of religions. Areas of possible interest include globalization and religion, religious materialities, ritual and performance, space and place, and spirituality and community.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in directly relevant area of job description and in hand by beginning of appointment.

Job Specific Qualifications: Eligible candidate must be a scholar with a specialty in modern and/or contemporary Jewish religion and culture with possible areas including but not limited to America, Israel, and/or Europe. Candidates should be able to engage theories and issues in religious studies broadly conceived and should be prepared to teach a range of courses from the introductory undergraduate level through graduate seminars.

Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Responsibilities: Teach at least 6 credit hours per semester and participate in graduate level dissertation committees and examinations; service through advising, committee works, etc.; research and publications in areas of expertise.

  • Job Posting Date: 08/13/2018. Open Until Filled: Yes.

University of California, Davis (CA) - Jain StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis invites applicants for a faculty position in Jain Studies at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position is tied to the recently established Mohini Jain Presidential Chair in Jain Studies; the successful candidate, once tenured at Davis, will be the inaugural holder of the Chair. Research focus and methodology within this area are open, and we welcome candidates whose research engages textual sources, visual and material culture, and/or performance practice. Advanced expertise in an Indian language is required with competency in a second Indian language preferred. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary work in areas that complement those already represented in the UC Davis undergraduate and graduate programs are encouraged to apply. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in community outreach, specifically to the Jain community, and we particularly welcome applicants interested using the platform of the Presidential Chair to develop the Religions of India Initiative at UC Davis. Applicants must demonstrate a strong research profile and a commitment to excellence in teaching. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field must be in hand by the first day of classes, September 25, 2019. Preliminary interviews will be held via Skype or at the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Denver, CO between November 17 and 20, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

  • For full consideration, applications should be received by October 15, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered by the search committee. Applications are to be submitted via Recruit at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02346

University of Cincinnati (OH) - Islamic StudiesEdit

The University of Cincinnati invites applications by advanced assistant and associate professors to fill the Inayat and Ishrat Malik Professorship in Islamic Studies. The position will begin in the fall of 2019. The search committee welcomes applications from scholars in the field of Islamic Studies, with research and teaching interests in such areas as Anthropology, Comparative Religion, Arabic, Ethics, Gender Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theology.

Minimum Qualifications:: A Ph.D. is required, as well as prior teaching experience and evidence of scholarly excellence.

The successful candidate is expected to engage in research, to teach on the graduate and undergraduate levels in their area, and to contribute, via interdisciplinary education and as appropriate, to undergraduate certificate programs in such areas as Religious Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, Security Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The successful candidate should be thoroughly knowledgeable in the Islamic intellectual tradition and in Qur'anic Studies. Enthusiasm to present Islamic teachings in multiple areas of thought and experience and in a style accessible to diverse student audiences is essential. This effort will include the presentation of at least one public lecture in Islamic Studies each academic year. The candidate should also have a track-record of engagement with the Islamic community, demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, and be able to build productive relationships with academic partners across campus and with interfaith and cultural groups in the Cincinnati area.

The tenure-track position will be housed in the department in the College of Arts & Sciences most appropriate to the candidate's degree. Joint appointments are possible.

The successful candidate will be expected to make service contributions to the mission of that department and commensurate with the position of Professorship in Islamic Studies. The teaching load will accord with that of research-active faculty. The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. The University is interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community, and we hope to attract applicants who have experience in promoting the success of students from diverse backgrounds. We encourage women, members of racial/ethnic/gender groups underrepresented in higher education, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

  • For full consideration, interested and qualiffied apply online at https://jobs.uc.edu (Search Requisition #31164). A complete application will include a letter of interest, a CV, an article-length writing sample, and a one-page statement summarizing your contributions or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion as they relate to teaching, research and/or mentoring. Please use the Additional Documents function to submit the required documents. Three letters of reference must be directly submitted by recommenders to history@ucmail.uc.edu. For questions or additional information, please contact Professor Jeff Zalar, Chair of the Search Committee, at zalarjy@ucmail.uc.edu.

University of San Diego (CA) - Buddhist StudiesEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego announces a tenure-track position in Religious Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Area of specialization is Buddhist Studies. The successful applicant will be actively engaged in theory and method in the study of religion as a major aspect of their scholarship and teaching.

The position carries a 3-3 teaching load. 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 redesigned core curriculum. The candidate would be expected to teach lower division courses (such as Introduction to World Religions and Exploring Religious Meaning) in alignment with core learning outcomes. Candidates with a demonstrated ability to incorporate diverse perspectives into teaching and scholarship are preferred.

Job Requirements: Applicants should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, September 2019. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, an active scholarly agenda, and commitment to collaborative leadership are required.

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Applications should include a letter of intent and dossier that includes CV, graduate school transcripts, samples of scholarly work, and copies of teaching materials (e.g., syllabi, typical handouts, and student evaluations) and three references.

  • Applications should be complete by October 5, 2018. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype in October and/or November, with finalists invited to our campus in December 2018. Contact Emily Reimer-Barry, erb@sandiego.edu or 619-260-6827

University of San Diego (CA) - Indigenous Religions in the AmericasEdit

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego announces a tenure-track position in Religious Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Area of specialization is Native American and Indigenous Studies in the Americas. The successful applicant will be actively engaged in theory and method in the study of religion as a major aspect of their scholarship and teaching.

The position carries a 3-3 teaching load. 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 redesigned core curriculum. The candidate would be expected to teach lower division courses (such as Introduction to World Religions and Exploring Religious Meaning) in alignment with core learning outcomes. Candidates with a demonstrated ability to incorporate diverse perspectives into teaching and scholarship are preferred. Applicants must have a willingness to work with local tribes and communities and mentor American Indian and Indigenous students. Demonstrated experience working with Native American and Indigenous tribes and communities is strongly preferred.

Job Requirements: Applicants should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, September 2019. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, an active scholarly agenda, and commitment to collaborative leadership are required.

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  • Applications should be complete by October 19, 2018. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion convention in November on a pre-arranged basis. Contact Emily Reimer-Barry, erb@sandiego.edu or 619-260-6827.

University of Toronto (CAN) - Indigenous SpiritualitiesEdit

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream position in Indigenous Spiritualities appointed jointly in the Department for the Study of Religion (51%) and the Centre for Indigenous Studies (49%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will have competences in the intersection of Study of Religion and Indigenous Studies, making use of historical, anthropological, legal studies, postcolonial studies and/or cognate approaches.

Candidates must have earned a PhD in Religion or Indigenous Studies, or a closely related discipline by the time of the appointment, or shortly thereafter and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching at the undergraduate level. Candidates must demonstrate a deep understanding of Indigenous knowledges, methodologies and epistemologies, as well as long-term experience and engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions and evidence of understanding the importance of consensus-building relationships.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a deep knowledge of the language and culture of relevant Indigenous groups, a breadth of training, competence in method and theory in the study of religion, and will complement the DSR’s successful Religion and the Public Sphere Initiative, adding crucial voices to the discussion of religion and public life in Canada, Turtle Island, and beyond. Excellence in research will be demonstrated through publications or forthcoming publications in leading field relevant journals, presentations at significant conferences, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing including a letter of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement.

The successful candidate will have the ability to teach a variety of courses; for example, the encounter and interaction between Indigenous peoples and European settlers in North America (with special emphasis on Canada); Indigenous spiritualities and the law; creation stories; Indigenous systems of knowledge and methodologies; Indigenous nations, missionaries, and governmentality; Indigenous worldviews and conceptions of health, land and community. Graduate teaching will be in her/his area of research expertise, but it is expected that the candidate will contribute both to the DSR’s strengths in Method and Theory in the study of religion and to the development of the graduate programs at the CIS and DSR by contributing courses on Indigenous philosophies/ways of knowing and spirituality, Indigenous research methodologies, the political and cultural significance of ceremony and protocol. Research specialization within this discipline is open.

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, the statement of teaching philosophy and the teaching portfolio submitted as part of the application, demonstrated knowledge and experience in Indigenous-based teaching methods, as well as strong letters of reference. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To be considered for this position, all application materials must be submitted online by clicking on the link below. Applications should include (1) a cover letter, and (2) a curriculum vitae combined in a file labeled cover letter and CV, (3) a sample of academic writing, a statement of research interests, and (4) a teaching portfolio. The teaching portfolio should demonstrate outstanding teaching abilities and the capacity to teach a wide range of courses. It may include, for example, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and/or descriptions of teaching strategies and innovations.

For information about the Department of Religion please go to http://religion.utoronto.ca. For information about the Centre for Indigenous Studies please go to http://indigenousstudies.utoronto.ca

This position is part of the University of Toronto’s response to the calls to action in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference: (a) three academic letters of reference that comment on the candidates qualifications as a researcher and at least one that comments on the applicant's teaching abilities and (b) a letter that speaks directly to Indigenous community engagement. These are to be sent directly by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Professor John Kloppenborg Chair, Department for the Study of Religion, via e-mail to mailto: religion.undergrad@utoronto.caand to susan.hill@utoronto.ca by the closing date. The subject line should say Reference Letter: Indigenous Spiritualities.

  • All applications must be received by September 30, 2018. Inquiries may be directed to Professor John S. Kloppenborg, at chair.religion@utoronto.ca or Professor Susan Hill at mailto:susan.hill@utoronto.ca

University of Vienna (AUT) - Social and Cultural Anthropology with an Emphasis on Religions and Religious MovementsEdit

The appointment of particularly qualified researchers to university professors is an important strategy of the University of Vienna. Become part of this vibrant and future-oriented organisation.

At the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna the position of a University Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology with an Emphasis on Religions and Religious Movements (full time, permanent position) is to be filled.

The successful candidate must be able to broadly represent the discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology in teaching. In research, a focus on religions/religious movements is expected. Extensive experience with ethnographic fieldwork within a range of topics from religious rituals and myths to religious movements and the role of religions in globalization processes is a necessity.

Successful candidates should have the following qualifications: A completed doctoral degree/PhD and an outstanding dissertation and Habilitation (venia docendi) or internationally accepted equivalent in Social and Cultural Anthropology; International academic experience and cooperation, preferably also outside of the German-language area; Outstanding achievements in research, excellent publication record, international reputation; Experience in designing, procuring and managing large research projects, as well as the willingness and ability to lead research groups; Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities as well as the ability and willingness to teach students in all phases of their studies (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promoting young academic colleagues.

The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in university committees. In addition, the University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to be prepared to take over responsibility on the organisational level of the Faculty and the University, if necessary.

Applications in English should be submitted by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna, Rooseveltplatz 2/2. Stock, A-1090 Wien (dekanat.sowi@univie.ac.at). Reference no.: 490-38

  • The application deadline is October 15, 2018.

Utah State University (UT) - Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and CultureEdit

  • Preferred start date for the position is 1 Jan. 2019.
  • Teaching load: Candidates must be able to teach a variety of courses on Mormonism at the undergraduate and graduate level. The ability to teach our American Religious History course or Introduction to Religious Studies (RELS 1010) is desirable. The successful applicant will participate actively in the life of the Religious Studies Program, which consists of a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students committed to the interdisciplinary study of religion.
  • Minimum Qualifications for Associate Professor: PhD in Religious Studies, History, or related field; Strong record of peer-reviewed publication; Established record of teaching excellence
  • Preferred Qualifications for Associate Professor: At least three years at rank of Associate Professor at time of application
  • Minimum Qualifications for Professor: PhD in Religious Studies, History, or related field; Excellent record of peer-reviewed publication; Outstanding record of mentoring and teaching excellence
  • Preferred Qualifications for Professor: Evidence of national scholarly reputation in the field
  • Applications should be submitted through the online application link and include a cover letter expressing interest in the position, a current CV, a research statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and addresses of three referees.
  • Review of applications will begin on 15 Aug. 2018.

Whitman College (WA) - Anthropology and Religion (Global Christianity)Edit

Tenure-track position in Anthropology and Religion, with expertise in Global Christianity, at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Geographical area open. Effective August, 2019. Ph.D. required in Religion or Anthropology, with substantial graduate-level training in both disciplines. The successful candidate will have a joint appointment in the Departments of Anthropology and Religion, and will teach courses in both departments as well as contribute to the College’s general education requirements. The standard annual teaching load is five courses. The College provides a generous sabbatical leave program and professional development support for both research and teaching.

To apply, go to https://whitmanhr.simplehire.com/, click “Faculty” and “Assistant or Associate Professor of Anthropology and Religion (Global Christianity).” 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 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. In their application, candidates should address their 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. This statement can be included in the cover letter or the teaching statement.

Deadline: October 15, 2018. Preliminary interviews will be held at the annual conferences of the American Anthropological Association and the American Academy of Religion, or by special arrangement.

Questions about the application process or the position should be directed to either Professor Suzanne Morrissey (morrisse@whitman.edu) or Professor Jonathan Walters (walterjs@whitman.edu). 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.

  • Deadline: October 15, 2018.

2018-2019 THEOLOGY JOBS and/or Divinity School Positions - Full-Time / Tenure-Track Edit

Calvin College (MI) - Biblical Studies or Christian TheologyEdit

Calvin College is seeking a full-time tenure-track faculty member in Biblical Studies or Christian Theology to join the Department of Religion beginning August 2019. The rank of the position is open.

REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience: Faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellent teaching ability and a track record of (or strong potential for) scholarly work. Primary expertise in Biblical Studies or Christian Theology is required. Successful candidates will have a PhD.

Faith and Educational Commitment: 1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. See Educating for Shalom. 2. Commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith with learning and student development.

Diversity Commitment: Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.

FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES: The standard faculty load is 21-24 semester hours distributed over two semesters and a January interim term. Faculty are expected to pursue an active scholarship agenda, to advise undergraduate students, and to serve on college and departmental committees.

FACULTY RESOURCES: Calvin has a number of internal funding opportunities to support faculty teaching and research programs. Resources include course releases, summer research stipends, travel funds, and student research opportunities (for more information see http://www.calvin.edu/admin/provost/scholars/).

ABOUT THE RELIGION PROGRAM: A department in the humanities, the Department of Religion teaches courses in Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, and World Religions, along with cognate subjects. It teaches courses fulfilling Calvin College’s general education requirements, for which most students take two Religion courses, and offers a Religion Major, Religion Minor, and a Religion Minor in Secondary Education.

ABOUT CALVIN COLLEGE: Calvin College is a top-ranked liberal arts college that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 4,000 Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.

Calvin College seeks faculty members who affirm the Christian faith as expressed by the Reformed confessions and who have academic and personal qualifications for teaching and scholarship. Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment. Calvin does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. Calvin College is an educational agency of the Christian Reformed Church and, in compliance with Title VII and other applicable law, reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion. Further specifics are posted on the college website: http://www.calvin.edu/go/facultyopenings.

  • TO APPLY: Please submit 1) a full curriculum vitae; 2) a letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, including your interest in teaching and scholarship at a Reformed Christian college; and 3) at least three letters of recommendation. Send these documents to the Dr. Kenneth Pomykala, Chair, Department of Religion, Calvin College, 1845 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4402 (pomk@calvin.edu) by September 26, 2018.

Duke University Divinity School (NC) - Old Testament (Open Rank)Edit

Duke University Divinity School seeks to make a faculty appointment in Old Testament, effective for July 2019. We welcome nominations for and applications from persons who have outstanding scholarly expertise in the critical interpretation of the Old Testament. Competence in the interpretation of the Old Testament as Christian scripture is highly desirable, as is competence in the history, culture, languages, and religious thought of the ancient Near East. The candidate appointed to this position will be expected to teach and offer leadership both in the Divinity School’s master’s degree programs and at the doctoral level.

The rank is open. Faculty rank and salary will be set according to qualifications and experience. A Ph.D., Th.D., or equivalent, are requisite. A professional masters degree in a theological discipline, and experience in ministry, lay or ordained, are desirable. Women, ethnic minorities, and United Methodists are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted at the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11172

Nominations for and questions about the position should be sent to Ms. Jacquelyn Norris at jnorris@div.duke.edu.

  • 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, 2018.

Duke University Divinity School (NC) - Warren Professor of Catholic TheologyEdit

Duke University Divinity School seeks nominations and applications to fill the Warren Endowed Chair of Catholic Theology at the rank of distinguished Full Professor, effective for July 2019. The recipient shall be a scholar of eminence and excellence in the field of Catholic Theology broadly construed (i.e., systematic, constructive, historical, liturgical, etc.). The recipient will have teaching responsibilities in the Divinity School and potentially at Trinity College, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and will also be involved with continuing education seminars with non-degree clergy and lay people for the Catholic Church as deemed appropriate.

Applications should be submitted at the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11173

Nominations for and questions about the position should be sent to Ms. Jacquelyn Norris at jnorris@div.duke.edu.

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, 2018.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (IL) - EthicsEdit

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks applicants to fill a new position in Ethics. The successful candidate will possess expertise in at least one specialty (e.g., theological ethics, social ethics, political theology, bioethics, business ethics, virtue ethics, feminist ethics, womanist ethics), and a strong working knowledge of one other specialty or discipline (e.g., economics, political science, sociology, history, biblical studies, philosophy).

The selected candidate is expected to provide classroom and online instruction in all the degree programs, supervise theses and dissertations, and undertake governance responsibilities. Selection criteria include demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and publications, combined with active participation in church and professional associations. Rank is negotiable.

The chosen candidate is expected to work with the Director of the Stead Center in developing and coordinating coursework and co-curricular initiatives that complement and draw support from the Center’s programs and activities. The mission of the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values is to promote teaching and research along a wide range of theological topics and moral issues. The Stead Center is committed to drawing upon and promoting dialogue among the church, academy and society in a manner in which no sharp distinction is drawn between “theory” and “practice.” Or stated differently, the Stead Center is dedicated to the proposition that there is nothing more practical than a good idea, and nothing more ideal than good practice.

Garrett-Evangelical is an AA/EO employer. Send application letter, vita and names of three references to Alicia Howell, Administrator for Academic Affairs, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 or to alicia.howell@garrett.edu.

  • Position begins July 1, 2019. 
  • Review of dossiers will begin September 15, 2018 and remain open until filled.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (IL) - Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Chair in Systematic/Constructive TheologyEdit

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks applicants to fill the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Chair in Systematic/Constructive Theology at the rank of associate or full professor. The chair was previously occupied by Dr. Henry J. Young (2002-2008) and Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr. (2008-2017). This chair was established in honor of Dr. Neal F. Fisher who served Garrett-Evangelical for 21 years as professor of theology and president.

The successful candidate will be equipped to interpret Christian faith in light of pervasive themes in the history of Christian thought and have expert knowledge in African American traditions and Black religions. Criteria include demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and publications, combined with active participation in church and professional associations.

African American candidates are encouraged to apply. AA/EO employer. Send application letter, vita and names of three references to Alicia Howell, Administrator for Academic Affairs, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 or to alicia.howell@garrett.edu.

  • Position begins July 1, 2019.
  • Review of dossiers will begin September 15, 2018 and remain open until filled.

George Fox University (OR) - TheologyEdit

George Fox University announces a tenure-track faculty position in Theology, to begin on August 15, 2019.

Rank: Assistant Professor, but open to exceptionally qualified candidates at the Associate level.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Professors teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ, bringing the divine revelations through sense, reason, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University is an institution that values diversity as an essential dimension of God's design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Teaching: Teach general and specialized courses in theology (open to specializations in either systematic or pastoral theology). Teach courses in pastoral ministry, spiritual formation, or ministry leadership. Scholarship: Actively engage in scholarship in theological guilds as called for in the George Fox University Faculty Handbook. Demonstrate capability to connect academic theological discourse and the vibrant life of the church. Service: Participate in the ongoing support of the seminary and university programs and curriculum. Support the relationship between the seminary/university and ecclesial communities. Serve on faculty committees, participate in the life of the university and seminary community, provide academic advisement to students, and engage in other duties associated with fulltime faculty members.

Qualifications: All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, professors agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith. A PhD in theology or a related field. ABD will be considered but only if PhD will be in hand by August 15, 2019. Teaching experience, and commitment to support, traditional classroom, online, and hybrid course delivery at the graduate level. Demonstration of scholarship, such as academic conference presentations and peer-reviewed scholarly publications. Commitment to training both women and men as pastors and ministry leaders. Demonstrated commitment to the university's statement on diversity: http://www.georgefox.edu/diversity/ All candidates must have legal authority to permanently work in the US. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University and Portland Seminary value diversity as an essential dimension of God's design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Salary and Rank: Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, though candidates with significant teaching experience at previous institutions may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.

Application Procedures apply only through this website

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. [posting expires 1 Nov. 2018]

KU Leuven (BEL) - Biblical Studies / New TestamentEdit

At the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of KU Leuven a full-time position (100%) is vacant of the tenured academic staff in the area of Biblical Studies with the following emphases: exegesis of the New Testament, Early Christian literature, reception history of the New Testament (in the Early Church), Biblical hermeneutics and theology. The Research Unit Biblical Studies is part of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. In recent years, the quality of the research and teaching of this Faculty received high appreciation by independent accreditation commissions and leading international rankings. The Faculty and the Research Unit Biblical Studies developed extended national and international networks in the academic world. The research infrastructure of the Faculty and the Research Unit are excellent. Every year the Research Unit Biblical Studies organizes international colloquia and expert seminars (including the annual Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense). Members of the Research Unit are responsible for internationally recognized publications (journals and series) and supervise a stable and diverse group of talented national and international doctoral students in a stimulating and supportive work sphere.

For more information please contact: Anne Demoulin, Administrative director of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Sint-Michielsstraat 4, bus 3100, B-3000 Leuven, e-mail: anne.demoulin@kuleuven.be, or Prof. Pol Ghesquière, research coordinator of the Humanities and Social Sciences Group (pol.ghesquiere@kuleuven.be, tel.: +32 16 32 62 34). For more information on guidelines and application procedure please contact Mrs. Kristin Vermeylen (kristin.vermeylen@kuleuven.be , tel. +32 16 32 09 07) or Mrs. Christelle Maeyaert (christelle.maeyaert@kuleuven.be , tel. +32 16 31 41 94).

More detailed information is available on following website.

  • Deadline: September 28, 2018.

Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ) - Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American TheologyEdit

Princeton Theological Seminary seeks a scholar to occupy the Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology. Applicants should be theologians (systematic, constructive, or historical) whose scholarship and teaching give critical attention to Asian American experience and ecclesial life. Other areas of specialization are open to negotiation. Candidates should be willing to contribute to the Asian American Program at PTS. Appointment at the level of associate or full professor will be made with tenure. Appointment at the level of assistant professor will be tenure track, but the appointee will only occupy the Han Chair upon successful completion of the Seminary’s tenure and promotion review process. Applicants are expected to have a portfolio of published research and teaching experience in the field and to hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent. The successful candidate will teach in all the Seminary’s masters’ and Ph.D. degree programs, pursue an active scholarly research agenda, and participate in the life of the Seminary. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed Tradition. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2019. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send (1) a letter of interest; (2) a CV (including bibliography); and (3) a list of three potential recommenders to academic.dean@ptsem.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018. Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ) - Old TestamentEdit

Princeton Theological Seminary seeks a scholar of the Old Testament within the Department of Biblical Studies. Areas of specialization are open to negotiation, with rank as either a tenure-track assistant or tenured associate professor. Applicants are expected to have a portfolio of published research and teaching experience in the field and to hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent.

The successful candidate will teach in all the Seminary’s degree programs (M.Div., M.A.C.E.F., M.A.T.S., Th.M., and Ph.D.), pursue an active scholarly research agenda, and participate in the life of the Seminary. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed Tradition. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2019. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send (1) a letter of interest; (2) a CV (including bibliography); and (3) a list of three potential recommenders to academic.dean@ptsem.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018.

Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ) - Pastoral TheologyEdit

Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Pastoral Theology at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates must display a vital theological and ecclesiastical understanding of pastoral theology and hold the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees or their equivalents. The successful candidate is expected to teach a broad range of introductory and advanced courses in pastoral care and counseling in all masters’ degree programs and to offer Ph.D.-level seminars in Pastoral Theology. In addition, he or she will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one or more specialized areas of research and practice, such as intercultural pastoral care; models of care and leadership in a congregational context; pastoral responses to mental illness; healthcare and behavioral health ministry; gender issues in pastoral care; developmental psychology; and/or the psychology of religion. Preference will be given to a scholar with multicultural competencies in pastoral theology and with past experience in care professions, such as congregational ministry, counseling, institutional chaplaincy, community health agencies, social work, or mental health advocacy. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), all faculty are expected to be able to work constructively within a diverse theological environment informed by the Reformed tradition. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2019. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send (1) a letter of interest; (2) a CV (including bibliography); and (3) a list of three potential recommenders to academic.dean@ptsem.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018. Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

Union Presbyterian Seminary (VA) - Theology and EthicsEdit

Union Presbyterian Seminary invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics (tenure-track), to serve primarily on our Richmond, Virginia campus. The candidate is competent in the areas of systematic/constructive theology, theological ethics, and the Reformed theological tradition. The person would teach regularly in the sequence of introduction to Christian theology for Master’s level students and introduction to Christian ethics. In addition, this colleague would be expected to offer electives in all degree programs and platforms, and seminars appropriate for the Th.M. and D.Min. degrees. Area of specialization is open, but special consideration will be given to those whose expertise complements our existing faculty, especially to applicants who do work in comparative theology, public theology, contextual theology, liberation theology, womanist theology and ethics, and/or theology and science. The successful candidate holds a Ph.D. in theology or theological ethics and is committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. The candidate has an interest in the constructive interpretation of Christian faith and life in conversation with other disciplines such as philosophy, the arts, and the natural and social sciences. The candidate is committed to theology as an ecumenical and interfaith venture, and seeks to understand their particular tradition within the broader stream of other Christian traditions, and the witness of other living faiths.

As a free-standing, denominational seminary, we value the active participation of our faculty in the worship and community life of our campus and their provision of resources for regional churches and communities. The successful candidate will give evidence of such engagements in their current context, and will be prepared and eager to engage the church through preaching, teaching, and other forms of service.

Union Presbyterian Seminary is a graduate educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an EO/AA employer committed to increasing the gender, racial-ethnic, and international and cultural diversity in its faculty and student body. Since its formation in 1812, it has sustained the intention of its founders to provide education for Christian ministry that is scholarly, pastoral, and engaged with contemporary life.

  • Send letters of application, including a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references to Ken McFayden, Academic Dean, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227 or submit by email to aswofford@upsem.edu.  Electronic submissions are preferred. For more information, see our website: https://www.upsem.edu/employment/
  • Deadline not stated [posted 5/30/18]
  • Dean’s secretary said that review would be later in the fall. [7/10/18]

University of Birmingham (UK) - Practical TheologyEdit

  • £39,993 - £74,259 (Lecturer salary from £39,993 - £47,722 a year with potential progression (to £53,690 a year)). (Senior Lecturer/Reader salary from £49,148 - £56,950 a year with potential progression (to £74,259 a year)).

The University of Birmingham has a long and distinguished history in the field of practical theology and seeks applications towards a new post of lecturer (asst. prof) /senior lecturer (assoc. prof) in Practical Theology. The Department of Theology and Religion delivers a professional doctorate programme in practical theology, as well as providing supervision for other postgraduate research students in this field. The successful candidate will be expected to play a key role in this.

We have special interests in urban contextual theology, BME or Black theology, trauma, mental health and well-being. Our new colleague might contribute to the department's strengths in lived religion, constructive theology, or ethnography, but applicants with specialisation in other areas of practical theology (e.g. creative practice), preferably with a strong empirical research grounding, are welcome.

The department is ranked 2nd for the UK REF and our QS ranking among theology and religious studies departments worldwide is 23rd. The successful candidate will conduct world class and impactful research with published outputs to a standard appropriate for consideration under the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The department sees itself as an inclusive, supportive and collegial community, which is actively engaged in the life of the city and has an excellent track record with securing external funding and strong student satisfaction rates.

Main duties: Play a key role in delivering a professional doctorate programme in practical theology, as well as providing supervision for other postgraduate research students in this field. Conduct world class and impactful research with published outputs to a standard appropriate for consideration under the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Engage in activities leading to significant grant capture. Deliver excellent and innovative teaching at all levels (UG and PG). Participate in the full life of the Department and the School, including carrying out appropriate administrative functions as directed by the Head of Department and Head of School. Engage in activities leading to significant grant capture.

Skills and Experience: A higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD). If necessary, they should be willing to complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within ‘practical theology’, broadly defined. Top quality published outputs that reach a standard appropriate for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Evidence of grant-winning experience and success. Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research Experience in managing, motivating and mentoring others. Good interpersonal skills Evidence of excellent teaching and assessment practices. Evidence of administrative competency. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Katherine Brown at k.e.brown@bham.ac.uk

  • Interview date to be confirmed, but likely to be held on 24th September 2018.

University of Notre Dame (IN) - Program of Liberal Studies (Theology)Edit

The Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in theology beginning August 2019. The area of specialization is open, though the ideal candidate would complement our existing scholarly expertise. Desired areas of research interest include biblical hermeneutics/history of biblical interpretation, moral theology, science and religion, and medieval or early modern theology.

  • Please submit cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a brief writing sample. Deadline: September 21, 2018. Apply at: https://apply.interfolio.com/53032

University of Notre Dame (IN) - World Religion World ChurchEdit

The Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured position in the World Religion World Church area, with a starting date of August 2019. Rank and area of specialization are open. Specialization in Buddhism and/or Buddhist-Christian dialogue is particularly desired but not required. The successful candidate will also be sympathetic to the mission of the University of Notre Dame, which seeks a distinctive educational and scholarly excellence that is founded on its Catholic identity. Information about Notre Dame is available at http://www.nd.edu.

  • Applications must be received by October 1, 2018. Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: http://apply.interfolio.com/53105.

Villanova University (PA) - Director of Graduate Studies in TheologyEdit

Villanova University Department of Theology and Religious Studies invites applications for a continuing non-tenure track, full-time faculty position at the academic rank of Assistant Professor. The position combines teaching responsibilities with administrative supervision of the Department’s masters programs (Master of Arts in Theology, the Master of Arts in Ministry and Theology, the Master of Theological Studies, and related Certificate programs). This position will begin in August 2019.

Villanova is a Catholic University sponsored by the Augustinian Order located in the culturally diverse Philadelphia metropolitan area. 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. For information about the University and the Department, please consult http://www.villanova.edu.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Director plays a key role in fostering excellence, innovation, diversity and inclusivity in the master’s programs. The Director functions as the primary liaison among students, graduate faculty, and the Office of Graduate Studies. Work includes leadership and administration, planning and innovation, recruitment and admission, and supervision and mentoring.

The Director is a member of the graduate faculty with a teaching load of four courses per academic year, including the Theology and Religious Studies course in the College core curriculum (Faith, Reason, and Culture) and elective courses in the undergraduate and graduate curricula. We particularly welcome applications from individuals who the potential for excellence in student mentorship and the ability to enhance the formation of women and men for lay ministries.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a terminal degree by the start of the appointment (Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Min.) and be qualified to teach in an area relevant to our program mission.

Candidates must have administrative experience and be aware of trends and developments in Catholic theological and ministerial higher education. Special Message to Applicants: Direct inquiries to Dr. Peter Spitaler, Chairperson of the Department. Applications, including letters of recommendation (references will be contacted via email to submit confidential letters of recommendation when the application is submitted), must be submitted electronically at https://jobs.villanova.edu. A complete application should include: a letter of interest, a current resume, three letters of reference, transcripts (unofficial copies), a statement about the candidate’s teaching philosophy, and a description of relevant administrative experience. If chosen as a finalist, a statement of contribution to Villanova’s mission must be provided at the time of the on-campus interview. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via video conferencing. The finalist must provide official transcripts at the time of appointment.

  • To receive consideration, complete applications, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by September 27, 2018.

Wesley Theological Seminary (DC) - New TestamentEdit

Wesley Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in New Testament, commencing July 1, 2019. General competence in all areas of New Testament studies is expected with a focus on the Gospels or general epistles preferable. Candidates should demonstrate familiarity with a range of New Testament methodologies, including emerging and global methodologies. Candidates must be proficient in hermeneutics and articulate about the relationship of scripture to the larger theological curriculum. Interest in the New Testament as a resource for ecclesial communities and leadership required. Teaching excellence, commitment to publication and ongoing research, and the ability to interpret the Bible in diverse cultural and theological contexts are essential. Experience in web-enhanced and online teaching and learning is desirable.

Teaching will include general survey and specialized elective courses. Rank is open, but we expect to appoint at the Assistant or Associate level. Ph.D. in New Testament required; M.Div. or equivalent degree preferred.

Wesley Theological Seminary is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to building a diverse community.

  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications October 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Philip Wingeier-Rayo at newtestamentsearch@wesleyseminary.edu or 4500 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016. The cover letter should indicate interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as commitment to the mission of the school (wesleyseminary.edu).

Xavier University (OH) - Comparative TheologyEdit

Xavier University, Department of Theology, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Comparative Theology at the Assistant Professor level beginning in August 2019. Expertise in Asian religions is required and knowledge of socially engaged Buddhism is preferable. The capacity to contribute to interreligious dialogue and teach contemplative practices is highly desirable. Knowledge of African Religions would be a plus. The successful candidate will have the ability to engage global issues of justice and be committed to scholarship and service. Teaching responsibilities would include an introductory theology course as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative theology. Some teaching experience is preferred. Ph.D. (or Th.D.) by the start date of appointment is required.

The successful candidate will join Xavier faculty in the 500-year-old Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts serving a diverse population of students. The university is committed to excellence in teaching, high quality scholarly activity, and creative and intelligent engagement with questions of interfaith dialogue, peace, justice, and ecological sustainability.

Xavier is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment; we welcome a broad spectrum of candidates, and particularly invite applications from women, ethnic and racial minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession. Candidates who have worked with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and who can contribute to our mission of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences and interests.

Xavier’s location in Cincinnati allows faculty to work with community partners to develop engaged learning and internship opportunities. Xavier is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities as well as the Big East. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University 20 years in a row among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities.

Preliminary interviews of select, qualified applicants will be conducted at the AAR meeting in Denver, Colorado, beginning early on November 17 and concluding on November 19, 2018.

  • To ensure consideration, interested candidates must apply on the Xavier University website. Please submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, and graduate transcripts no later than October 8, 2018. In addition to applying on-line, three letters of recommendation should be sent, via email to comparativetheo@xavier.edu

Xavier University (OH) - Systematic/Constructive TheologyEdit

Xavier University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Systematic/Constructive Theology at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2019. Expertise in theological anthropology with an emphasis on issues of race, gender, and sexuality is required. Additional competence in practical theology with expertise in theory and practice of ministry is highly desired. Ability to teach a graduate class in theological methods and/or graduate courses in applied theology would be an asset. Teaching responsibilities include the department’s introductory Theological Foundations course as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses. Some teaching experience is preferred. Ph.D. (or Th.D.) by start date of appointment is required.

The successful candidate will join Xavier faculty in the 500-year-old Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts serving a diverse population of students. The university is committed to excellence in teaching, high quality scholarly activity, and creative and intelligent engagement with questions of interfaith dialogue, peace, justice, and ecological sustainability.

Xavier is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment; we welcome a broad spectrum of candidates, and particularly invite applications from women, ethnic and racial minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession. Candidates who have worked with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and who can contribute to our mission of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences and interests.

Xavier’s location in Cincinnati allows faculty to work with community partners to develop engaged learning and internship opportunities. Xavier is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities as well as the Big East. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University 20 years in a row among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities.

Preliminary interviews of select, qualified applicants will be conducted at the AAR meeting in Denver, Colorado, beginning early on November 17 and concluding on November 19, 2018.

  • To ensure consideration, interested candidates must apply on the Xavier University website. Please submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, and graduate transcripts no later than October 8, 2018. In addition to applying on-line, three letters of recommendation should be sent, via email to systematictheo@xavier.edu.

Yale Divinity School (CT)-African American Religious HistoryEdit

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenure track appointment in the field of African- American Religious History, to begin July 1, 2019. The rank of the appointment may be assistant or associate professor with or 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 the historical tradition of African- American religious history, extensive knowledge of the intellectual legacy of African-American Christianity, as well as an appreciation for the broader field of religion in the African Diaspora.

A letter of application with curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/52946 .

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018.

VISITING POSITIONS / Limited-Term Appointments / PostdocsEdit

Boston College (MA) - 2019-2020 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish RelationsEdit

Boston College and its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning invite applications for a one year visiting appointment (renewable for a second year) as the 2019-2020 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations, specializing in some aspect of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or its earned equivalent, have published in the field, and hold (or have retired from) a tenured position (or its equivalent) in a university or seminary. Applications from all relevant disciplines are welcome. The Corcoran Chair will agree to take on specific responsibilities related to the mission of the Center. The full description is available at www.bc.edu/cjl. A list of previous Chairs, and their conferences and courses during their tenures, is also available online. 

Electronic submission of the following are requested: letter of application, CV, and a proposal for the research and writing to be done while holding the Chair, including an indication of how these fit into the guidelines above. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted directly. Applications are due by November 16, 2018. Decisions will be made by February 15, 2019. Communications should be addressed to Prof. James Bernauer, SJ ( cjlearning@bc.edu), Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Stokes Hall N405, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 USA.

  • Application due 11/16/2018.

DePauw University (IN) - Religious Studies (3 yr. appt.)Edit

The Department of Religious Studies at DePauw University invites applications for a three-year teaching post-doctoral appointment, beginning August 2019. A commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting and evidence of effective and inclusive pedagogy are essential. Ph.D. defense in Religious Studies must be successfully completed by the time of hire. Candidates should be able to teach lower-level courses in comparative religion/world religions and lower- and upper-level courses in Christianity. Area of specialization open. The position includes a four-course teaching load (2/2), employment benefits, faculty development, presentation opportunities, and mentoring.

DePauw University is a leading, nationally recognized, liberal arts college dedicated to educating 2,300 highly talented, motivated, and diverse students from across the country and around the globe. Connected to the liberal arts college is one of the nation's first Schools of Music. For more than 175 years, DePauw has created an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and social engagement that prepares students for lifelong success. Located in Greencastle, Indiana, about a 45-minute drive west of Indianapolis, DePauw is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, a consortium affording excellent opportunities for faculty development and collaboration.

Application Instructions: Candidates should submit the following material through Interfolio: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; one-page teaching philosophy; one-page summary of research program; graduate transcripts; and three confidential letters of recommendation. In their application materials, candidates should demonstrate a commitment to fostering an engagement with a diversity of ideas and experiences, both in the classroom and at the University.

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jeffrey Kenney, at jkenney@depauw.edu. Select interviews will be held at the American Academy of Religion in Denver on November 17 - 20, 2018.

Princeton University (NJ) - Postdoctoral Research Associates in Philosophy of ReligionEdit

The University Center for Human Values, the Department of Religion, and the Department of Philosophy invite applications for two inaugural postdoctoral positions in the new Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion (PPPR). We aim to support highly promising scholars who are trained in philosophy of religion, the religious thought of some historical period or culture, theories and methods in the study of religion, or related areas, in developing a research agenda in philosophy of religion broadly-construed.

Candidates selected will be affiliated with the University Center for Human Values and invited to participate in its programs, as well as in the activities of the Departments of Religion and Philosophy. Candidates will be expected to contribute the equivalent of one course each year to the University Center and/or the Departments. This contribution may be fulfilled by teaching a course on a topic related to the philosophy of religion (subject to approval by Project Directors, the Department Chair or Chairs, and the Dean of the Faculty) or service to the Project or Center of some other sort, subject to approval of the Project and Center directors.

Qualifications: Applications are welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start date, September 1, 2019. Applicants should not have held the degree for more than three years by the date of appointment. They may not be employed by another institution during the term of their Princeton appointment.

Applicants' dissertation research need not be specifically in philosophy of religion, but successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to working on a research project in this area (again, broadly-construed) during their time at Princeton. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant's previous work, the promise of the proposed research project, and the likelihood that the project will be enhanced by being carried out at Princeton. The capacity to contribute to the University's teaching program will also be considered.

Term of Appointment: The term of appointment is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2019, with the expectation of renewal for one further year assuming good performance. Applicants are expected to be in residence in Princeton for the duration of the appointment.

How to Apply: Candidates must submit an online application at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/7881and include the following materials: 1. A current curriculum vitae; 2. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,200 words), conforming to the expectations stated above. The proposal should include a title for the project as a whole. 3. A scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 10,000 words) that best represents your scholarly achievement or potential; 3. A sample syllabus for a course in philosophy of religion, broadly-construed; 4. Contact information for two referees, who may be asked to comment specifically on your qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

  • In order to ensure a full review, these materials should be submitted online by Monday, November 19, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST, and letters of reference should be submitted by end of business day on Monday November 26, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled, but applications lacking any of the elements listed above by November 26 may be at a disadvantage. Decisions will be announced in late March 2019.

Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) - Non-TT Church History (3 yr. appt.)Edit

  • Fixed term (3 year) professorship of church history, to begin 1 Jul. 2019.
  • Teaching load: Teach courses in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, and Master of Arts in Counseling curriculum; lead Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy seminars; supervise theses and dissertations. Participate in service/scholarly activities designed to advance the mission of the Seminary.
  • Minimum Qualifications: Must have a Ph.D. in Church History, or a related discipline; ordination or a willingness to be ordained as a teaching elder in a Reformed or Presbyterian denomination; at least two years of applicable teaching experience preferred; and a record of scholarly publications.
  • Westminster Theological Seminary hires only personnel who belong to a Christian church and subscribe to biblical orthodoxy (belief) and orthopraxy (practice).
  • ​​​​Qualified applicants should upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae and include names of two references
  • Deadline: 1 Sept. 2018.

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2018-2019Edit

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ABD (early): 1

ABD (will finish this academic year): 1

Ph.D. in hand (one-year, VAP, Lecturer, Post-doc, adjunct): 6

Assistant Professor: 3

Associate Professor: 2

Full Professor:

Search Committee Member:

Lurker:

Faculty "Job Coach":

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African Religions:

African-American Religions:

American Religion(s): 1

Ancient Near East:

Anthropology of Religion:

Asian-American Religions: 1

Asian Religions-Buddhism: 2

Asian Religions-Chinese/Japanese: 1

Asian Religions-Hinduism: 1

Asian Religions-Southeast Asia:

Catholic Studies: 1

Christian Spirituality: 2

Christianity-Early: 2

Christianity-Medieval: 1

Christianity-Early Modern/Modern: 3

Christianity-Moral Theology/Ethics: 1

Christianity-Global: 1

Christianity-Catholic and Latin American Studies: 1

Christianity: Systematic Theology:

Christianities (Comparative, Non-Normative): 1

Comparative:

Ethics: 1

Esotericism:

Hebrew Bible:

Hinduism: 1

Intercultural Studies: 1

Indigenous Religions: 1

Islam: 1

Judaism:

Media (also American Religion):

Ministry:

New Testament/Early Christianity:

Pastoral Care / Religion and Psychology:

Philosophy of Religion: 1

Political Theology:

Practical Theology: 1

Religion and Literature:

Religion and Science: 1

Religion and History of Science:

Religion and Violence:

Religion and Pop Culture:

Secularism:

Second Temple Judaism:

Sociology of Religion:

Social Science of Religion/Methods:

South Asian Religions: 2

Theology: 4

Women's Studies / Queer Theory: 1