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2020-2021 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track[edit | edit source]

Ashland University -- World Religions and Global Christianity[edit | edit source]

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY, a regional university historically related to the Brethren Church, announces a tenure track position in World Religions and Global Christianity. Ph.D. required; demonstrated abilities in effective classroom and on-line teaching and course development required; academic administrative experience desirable. Teaching load of eight (8) courses per year, includes sections of the general education World Religions course, intermediate courses in Eastern and Western religious traditions, Global Christianity, and an upper-level course in the area of expertise. One course a semester will be taught online in AU’s extensive Corrections Education program. The position includes oversight of the department’s virtual courses in the Corrections Education program (admin duties come with 2-course reassignment). Candidates should have a broad background in the liberal arts, an appreciation for cultural diversity, a commitment to undergraduate education for both traditional and non-traditional students, an active research agenda, and a willingness to engage in service to the university, and support the pre-seminary program and the Christian values of the university. The successful candidate will have a Send letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of graduate work to Dr. David Aune, Chair, Dept. of Religion/ 10 Rinehart Center for Religious Studies/ Ashland University/ Ashland, OH 44805. (Email:  Deadline for applications to be considered for interviews at the AAR annual meeting is November 9, 2020.

Carleton College -- Judaism[edit | edit source]

Carleton College, Department of Religion, seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position in the study of Judaism at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin September 1, 2021.

We are open to a range of specializations and disciplinary methods within the study of Judaism, but all qualified candidates should (a) have primary training in the religious, textual, and cultural traditions of Judaism; (b) be skilled at relating both classical and contemporary Jewish materials to their various historical, sociological, and cultural settings; © have a strong interest and teaching competence in theoretical and comparative issues in the field of religious studies; and (d) be keen to contribute to interdisciplinary programs such as Judaic Studies, American Studies, European Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Environmental Studies, Middle East Studies, and/or Gender, Women’ s and Sexuality Studies. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses themes such as race and gender, materiality and the body, religion and society, or violence and peacemaking.

Ph.D. preferred, but A.B.D. candidates will receive consideration. The teaching load is five courses distributed over a three-term academic year.

To apply, please visit the Carleton College website and submit an on-line application that includes a cover letter, CV, two to three sample syllabi, contact information for three letters of reference, and a statement about teaching in an undergraduate liberal arts environment and how you would contribute to a college community that embraces a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. Please send inquiries to Asuka Sango (, Chair, Department of Religion, Carleton College, Northfield, MN. Review of applications will begin October 5.

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Cornell -- Jewish History[edit | edit source]

Jewish History in the Americas, 1500-1800  The Department of History at Cornell University, in conjunction with the Jewish Studies Program, seeks applicants for the Slovin Assistant Professorship in Jewish history. Candidates are expected to have expertise in the history of the Atlantic world between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Jewish migration and settlement in the Americas. We welcome all areas of specialization, including religion, race and ethnicity, imperialism and colonialism, commercial exchange and trade, historical geography, diaspora and cultural studies, transnationalism, gender and sexuality, and politics and citizenship. Teaching responsibilities will consist of two courses per semester, including one undergraduate course covering the broad sweep of American-Jewish history, 1500-present, highlighting the history of the Jews in North America. 

Applicants must have their PhD in hand by July 1, 2021. Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion to AJO,, by December 1, 2020. Finalists will be requested to provide academic references, additional samples of scholarly work and a teaching statement. Questions about the position can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Olga Litvak, at

Dartmouth -- Asian Religions[edit | edit source]

The Department of Religion at Dartmouth College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Asian Religions. Appointment to begin as early as July 1, 2021. We invite applications from candidates who specialize in either Japanese religions or Southeast Asian religions, whose academic specialization lies in religion or in an academic discipline relating to the study of religion. The successful candidate will be grounded in both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion, as well as the relevant primary languages. Qualifications include Ph.D. by the time of appointment, along with a record of outstanding scholarship and effective teaching. Requirements 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-level, and advanced courses within his or her specialization, as well as contributing to the Department’s theoretical and methodological offerings.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include: cover letter, CV (including the names of three to five references, with brief indications of their relationships to the candidate), and research statement. (Three letters of reference, a teaching portfolio, and a writing sample will be required only for those candidates who advance to a second stage.) To ensure fullest consideration, applications should be received by October 20, 2020. Candidates whose applications are received by October 20, 2020, will be considered for a preliminary interview via Zoom in late November.

Apply via Interfolio:

Hope College -- Religion and Society[edit | edit source]

The Religion Department at Hope College seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religion position to begin on August 1, 2021, specializing in Religion and Society. Candidates are expected to be trained in the analytical and comparative study of religion, with a focus on Islam, Buddhism, Middle East, and/or Africa. Expertise in relevant languages (like Arabic or Pali) is required. Cognate expertise in World Christianity, Gender Studies, and/or Peace Studies may complement a scholarly emphasis on Religion and Society.

The successful candidate will primarily teach lower division courses, including introductory courses on Islam and/or Buddhism, along with occasional upper division courses in the candidate's areas of expertise. The Assistant Professor will teach 12 credits per semester and is expected to participate in co-curricular departmental activities.

This position will be filled pending final financial approval.


A completed Ph.D. is strongly preferred, but late-stage ABD will be also considered. Evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduates and introductory courses is required.

Applications are accepted at  Interested candidates are asked to submit the following as part of the online application:

  • Letter of application 
  • CV
  • Sample syllabus (please upload under attachments "Other"
  • Teaching statement 
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Sample of scholarly research (dissertation chapter, journal article, etc.)
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • A statement describing your fit with the mission of the College ( and our Christian Aspirations (

In addition, you will enter the names and contact information for three references when you apply. References will be contacted via email upon your application, providing them with a link to upload a letter of recommendation to your file.

The review of applications will begin in late September, 2020. 

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

Stanford -- American Religions[edit | edit source]

The Religious Studies Department at Stanford invites applications for an open rank, tenure track position in American Religions with a focus on race and inequality. 

This search is part of a university-wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers and scholars who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences. Stanford seeks to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in these areas long underway on our campus. Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies. Rank is open, although a majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. At the senior level, we are particularly interested in candidates with an active program of research in progress and in established scholars who have outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline. A strong commitment to excellent teaching is essential.

Area of specialization, including disciplinary approach, chronological focus, and religious traditions studied, is open, though the Religious Studies Department is particularly interested in applications from scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas: African American, Afro-Caribbean, and/or African diaspora religions; Indigenous and Native religions; and decolonial and critical race theory. The successful candidate will also contribute to the interdisciplinary American Religions in a Global Context initiative (

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and will continue until all of the positions are filled. Candidates are invited to apply online at, with a cover letter describing academic background and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, samples of recent scholarship, and a research statement of no more than three pages. Applicants for a non-tenured position should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted directly online by October 15, 2020.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Tufts University: Modern Judaism[edit | edit source]

Location Medford, MA

Open Date

Sep 29, 2020

Description The Department of Religion at Tufts University is seeking an assistant professor in modern Judaism commencing September 2021. The precise area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to applicants whose work demonstrates critical understanding of Judaism as a religious tradition while engaging such issues as migration, diaspora, antisemitism; modern Jewish thought and political theory; Judaism and pluralism; or Judaism as American religion.

Qualifications PhD in Religion or cognate field by September 1, 2021 is required, along with evidence of engagement with the theory and methods of religious studies and fluency in research-specific languages. The successful candidate must possess an active commitment to research and publishing and should provide evidence of engagement with undergraduate instruction. Beyond expanding curricular engagements in Religion and Judaic Studies, successful candidates will be interested in contributing to other interdisciplinary programs at Tufts such as Race, Colonialism and Diaspora; International Relations; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; or Civic Studies. Candidates will be expected to teach Introduction to Judaism and to develop a range of historical or thematic courses relating to their specialty.

Application Instructions Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, writing sample, and one or more undergraduate syllabi or teaching evaluations (if available). Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential reference letters submitted directly by the authors. All materials are submitted via Interfolio at: Questions about the position may be directed to Department Administrator Lynn Wiles, at Questions about Interfolio should be directed to or (877) 997-8807. Review of applications begins October 30, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

University of California, Berkeley -- Hebrew Bible[edit | edit source]

Assistant Professor - Hebrew Bible - Department of Near Eastern Studies The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Hebrew Bible at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021.

Prospective candidates should have strong philological skills in biblical Hebrew and Aramaic as well as a methodological philological competence in dealing with the Bible's composite texts. A grounding in another relevant language of the ancient Near East is desirable. Engagement with scholarship in one or more other fields in the humanities and social sciences is also expected. These fields include (but are not exclusive to) literary criticism, anthropology, historiography, folklore, history of religion, history of sexuality. The holder of this position should be willing to enter into dialogue with scholars in other disciplines and with the faculty of Jewish Studies who work in later periods. The person appointed should have a demonstrable record, through course evaluations and other documentation, as an effective teacher.

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley and the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application): Applicants for this position must hold a PhD (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Mastery of the relevant stages of Hebrew and Aramaic.
  • Philological methods as foundation of research.
  • Some familiarity with at least one other ancient language.

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

Applications must be received by October 31, 2020. Please direct inquiries to:

Where to apply:

The University is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty and has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


University of California, Irvine -- Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies[edit | edit source]

The University of California, Irvine announces an open search for a tenured position (Associate or Full) to fill the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies. The Ferdowsi Presidential Chair is an endowed chair established for the purpose of teaching courses in religious studies, and creating a locus of Zoroastrian and Ancient Iranian studies at the University of California, Irvine. The University of California, Irvine seeks a dynamic colleague with a sound record of both scholarly achievement and successful teaching that embraces the full range of Zoroastrian history and tradition. The holder of this position is also expected to have competency in two or more ancient Iranian and Middle Iranian languages such as Avestan, Old Persian, Middle Persian, Sogdian, and Parthian. Knowledge of Persian or Gujrati which encompasses a major part of the Zoroastrian tradition, is also welcome. The candidate should have knowledge of the Zoroastrian textual and the religious tradition from remote antiquity, but also be able to teach courses regarding the Zoroastrians of Iran and India, and those in the diaspora. The chair will be housed in the Department of Classics and the Program in Religious Studies with teaching primarily in Religious Studies, contributing to Classics and other departments as appropriate. The chair will also be affiliated with the Center for Persian Studies.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Iranian Studies or similar discipline. We welcome applications from scholars in a position to contribute to a tradition of academic excellence and intellectual distinction at the University of California, Irvine.

To ensure full consideration, please apply online at

Please submit online: a letter of interest, a career summary, a C.V., a statement of current and future research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance UC Irvine's commitment to inclusive excellence, evidence of teaching excellence, the names and contact information of three available referees, and any other supporting material you wish. To ensure full consideration, applications need to be submitted by December 18, 2020.

Further inquiries may be made by email to the search chair, Susan Blakeley Klein (

Université de Montréal--Assistant Professor in Religions of East Asia (Japan and/or Korea)[edit | edit source]

The Institute of Religious Studies seeks candidates for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Religions of East Asia (Japan and/or Korea). The Institute of Religious Studies is recognized internationally for its leadership in research and teaching in the overlapping fields of the sciences of religions, theology, and spirituality. See

The appointed candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise graduate students, be active in research, publishing, and the diffusion of knowledge, and contribute to the activities of the University.


  • Doctorate in Religious Studies, or equivalent, with an expertise in at least one of the following religions of East Asia: Japanese Buddhism and/or Korean Buddhism, Shintoism.
  • In the context of this specialty, expertise in one or more of the following related areas: texts on religious, spiritual, or philosophical thought; religion and politics; religion and art; religion and mythology; religious rituals; religious experience.
  • Ability to teach undergraduate introductory courses on the religions of East Asia in general.
  • Fluency in either Japanese or Korean (classical and/or modern).
  • Capacity to develop state-of-the-art research in the area of expertise.
  • Capacity to work in synergy with the humanities and social sciences.
  • Excellent dossier of scientific publications.
  • Excellency in university teaching.
  • An adequate knowledge of the French written and spoken language, or a strong commitment to mastering the proficiency level required, in accordance to Université de Montréal’s Language Policy. An institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.

Applications must be received by Nov. 6 , 2020.

Starting date on or after June 1st, 2021.

For more information on how to apply, see:

Université de Montréal is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Through its Equal Access Employment Program, UdeM invites applications from women, Aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well as persons with disabilities. We will –confidentially – adapt our recruitment mechanisms to the specific needs of people with disabilities who request it. We also welcome applications from candidates of all orientations and sexual identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents.

Université de Montréal’s application process allows all members of the Professor’s Assembly to review the application files submitted. If you wish to keep your application confidential until the shortlist is established, please mention it in your application.

2020-2021 THEOLOGY JOBS and/or Divinity School Positions - Full-Time / Tenure-Track[edit | edit source]

Atlantic School of Theology--Biblical Studies[edit | edit source]

Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, intends to hire two new tenure-track faculty members at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence in summer 2021 (date negotiable). One of the positions is in Biblical Studies, the other in Pastoral Theology. To fulfill statutory requirements, one (1.0 FTE) of the two appointments must be filled by a Roman Catholic.

In addition, to allow some flexibility around local needs for institutional fit and global demands related to the pandemic, each position may be filled by either one full-time appointment, or two half-time appointments. All finalists will be expected to come to Halifax for on-campus interviews, public health requirements permitting; however, only full-time appointments would be expected to relocate to Halifax. Half-time appointments could be remote positions.

Applicants to the position in Biblical Studies should specialize in New Testament or Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and should have a strong secondary competence and ability to teach in at least one of the following areas:

  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (if NT is primary)
  • New Testament (if HB/OT is primary)
  • Patristics
  • History of Christianity
  • History of biblical interpretation
  • Biblical exegesis/hermeneutics
  • Interreligious/interfaith dialogue

Note that no person is expected to teach in all these areas. Rather, each faculty member will contribute courses and leadership in their areas of expertise. Your application should make clear where your primary and secondary expertise lies. If (and only if) your secondary expertise is in Pastoral Theology, please refer to and address the separate listing for that position. AST is not seeking a generalist, but it is interested in candidates with potential for crossover in a relevant theological discipline.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A terminal degree in New Testament (or else Hebrew Bible/Old Testament)
  • The ability to teach effectively in on-campus, online, and hybrid environments
  • The ability to teach effectively in a secondary specialization
  • A dynamic research agenda
  • Strong collegial and collaborative skills
  • Situated awareness of AST’s founding church denominations
  • Ecumenical faith commitments that engage a diverse student body
  • An ability to navigate church bodies/structures (Roman Catholic especially)
  • A compelling case for institutional fit

Guidance on Institutional Fit

Founded in 1971 by three founding parties – Anglican Church of Canada, Roman Catholic Church, and United Church of Canada – Atlantic School of Theology began as an experiment in ecumenism and has matured over fifty years into a public university with deep anchorage in its commitment to serve the church. A free-standing university with full provincial authority to grant degrees, AST shares an affiliation agreement with nearby Saint Mary’s University but retains its independence. The faculty feels a sense of dignity and pride in its work, bound together in common purpose to serve our students, our churches, and the broader public good.

A new hire to the Roman Catholic faculty would contribute to the design and delivery of courses in a variety of programs:

  • a three-year MDiv degree with on-campus and summer-distance models tailored to the denominational requirements of candidates for ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada;
  • a two-year Master of Arts (Theology and Religious Studies) degree, offered jointly with the faculty of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s University, which gives students the opportunity to undertake graduate-level academic study of theology and religious studies;
  • a six-course Diploma in the New Evangelization (DNE) designed to assist the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth in answering a papal call to educate and prepare lay Roman Catholics for leadership and ministry within the church and in the broader world.

Participation in campus community life, including chapel leadership, is normative for AST faculty, as is sharing in some administrative work and student advising. Passion for working in an ecumenical environment is essential. Participation in parish and diocesan life external to AST is desirable.

Application Instructions

Applications must include:

  1. a letter of application describing your suitability for this position,
  2. a comprehensive curriculum vitae,
  3. a recent writing sample (3,000 words maximum),
  4. a statement of your teaching philosophy,
  5. and three letters of reference.

Application materials should be submitted through Interfolio:

Review of applications will begin November 16, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Informal queries about the position may be directed to Dr. Daniel Driver at

Boston University School of Theology -- Religion and Black Studies[edit | edit source]

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of Religion and Black Studies, a full-time, tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, to begin in Fall 2021. The Professorship honors Dr. King by emulating and perpetuating the moral authority, prophetic vision of justice, peace, and love, ethical leadership, and global consciousness that he advocated for and embodied.

The primary field of study is open, but candidates should have an established record of interdisciplinary scholarship in areas such as ethics, theology, history, leadership, aesthetics, politics, philosophy, etc. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) is highly desirable. Candidates will be capable of teaching the theology and life work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement, peacemaking and conflict transformation, and/or other movements for social change. Candidates should have a notable record of ethical leadership, mentoring, and collaboration with colleagues and students. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated the practice of Beloved Community in their teaching, service, and scholarship. The successful candidate will also exhibit capabilities for teaching, advising, conducting research, and contributing to the larger work of the School of Theology and Boston University. 

The School is committed to the formation of intercultural competence and social justice in all aspects of our learning community; and we seek candidates who are eager and skilled in providing leadership to realize these goals, and who support the School’s Diversity Statement. Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders at the masters and doctoral levels for diverse forms of ministry in religious communities and other organizations, as well as teaching doctoral students for the professoriate and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities include teaching four courses per year as part of the master’s and doctoral programs of the School of Theology. Boston University expects excellence in teaching, research, and publication and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment. Boston University School of Theology is a United Methodist school that offers an ecumenical education and works closely with other denominations and religious communities.


Applications should include a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research plans, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately). Candidates also are asked to submit a professional diversity statement describing their cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. Materials should be sent to the Faculty Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Ms. Emily Arnone at

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2020, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Emory University--Episcopal and Anglican Studies[edit | edit source]

Candler School of Theology invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in Episcopal and Anglican Studies to begin in fall 2021.  Appointments can be made at any rank, including Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor.

The successful candidate will have a research focus that substantively relates to Episcopal and Anglican Studies but may be rooted in any one of a number of disciplines, including but not limited to history, Latinx studies, liturgy, preaching, sexuality and gender, religious education, theology, or world Christianity. Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. or Th.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment.  The appointee must be able to contribute to the academic leadership of Candler’s Episcopal and Anglican Studies Program, a growing program that currently enrolls thirty students. Such leadership will include developing and teaching a range of courses, and shaping the curriculum to form students for ministry in the global Anglican communion. Candidates should have significant experience in parish life and knowledge of the ecclesial landscape of The Episcopal Church. The ability to contribute to a broad theological curriculum, and to situate one’s teaching within larger (viz., ecumenical, inter-religious, multifaith, and/or global) contexts is essential. Scholarly engagement with issues of gender, race, and cultural diversity is highly desirable; and applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a student body that is diverse with respect to race, gender, and theological perspective. 

The appointee will be expected to teach across the degree programs of Candler School of Theology, including the MDiv, MTS, and DMin programs. They will have shared responsibility for introductory course sequences and participate in the Episcopal and Anglican Contextual Education program. The appointee must also have a research and publication agenda to equip them to participate in the Graduate Division of Religion in the Laney Graduate School of Emory University. In addition to teaching and research, faculty members of Candler School of Theology are committed to service, both within the school and in the larger church and community.

Women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ persons and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  Ordination recognized by The Episcopal Church preferred.

At this stage, we ask applicants to submit a cover letter and CV only. Candidates’ cover letters should include a brief statement about their experience and approach to teaching and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds.   Candidates should apply online at by uploading the letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Inquiries to Professor Ian McFarland, Search Chair, at

Emory University--Pastoral Care and Counseling[edit | edit source]

Candler School of Theology invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in Pastoral Care and Counseling with a focus on chaplaincy to begin in the Fall of 2021. Appointments can be made at any rank including Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor.

The successful candidate will have a well-defined research focus within the field of pastoral care, pastoral theology, chaplaincy studies, spiritual care, pastoral counseling, or a closely related discipline alongside a demonstrated capacity to lead an emerging program in chaplaincy at Candler. The new concentration in chaplaincy prepares M.Div. students for spiritual care in a variety of settings including clinical, criminal justice, military, and educational settings. The candidate will hold a Ph.D. or Th.D. in the field by the time of appointment. The ability to contribute to a broad theological curriculum and situate chaplaincy and pastoral care and counseling within larger ecumenical, inter-religious and/or global contexts is essential. Scholarly engagement pertaining to gender, race, and cultural diversity is highly desirable. All applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student body with respect to race, gender, and theological perspective.

The appointee selected for this position will develop and teach courses in several of the degree programs of Candler School of Theology, including the MDiv, MTS, and DMin programs. They will have shared responsibility for introductory sequences and regular faculty rotation in the Contextual Education program. Appointees will have a research and publication agenda to equip them to participate in the Graduate Division of Religion in the Laney Graduate School of Emory University. In addition to teaching and research, faculty members of Candler School of Theology are committed to service, both within the school and in the larger church and community.

Women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ persons and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply as are candidates within the Wesleyan tradition (e.g., UMC, AME, AMEZ, CME, Nazarene).

At this stage, we ask applicants to submit a cover letter and CV only. Candidates’ cover letters should include a brief statement about their experience and approach to teaching and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds. Candidates should apply online at : by uploading their letter of interest and curriculum vitae by November 15, 2020. Inquiries to Dr. Marla Frederick, Search Chair, at

Notre Dame -- Syriac Christianity[edit | edit source]

Location: Notre Dame Open Date: Aug 17, 2020  Deadline: Oct 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a full-time tenure-track professorship at the assistant or associate rank in Syriac Christianity, with a starting date of August 2021. The successful candidate will offer Syriac language courses, as well as courses on theology and/or liturgy in the Syriac Christian tradition. We seek candidates who possess strong research and teaching skills, and broad knowledge of the Syriac Christian tradition. 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, and to the contribution of the Theology Department within that larger vision. Information about Notre Dame is available at, the Department of Theology at, and the University mission statement is at

Qualifications: Ph.D.

To apply, visit

Santa Clara University -- Systematic Theology[edit | edit source]

The Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for two full-time tenure track assistant professor positions in Systematic Theology, to begin Fall 2021. The specialization within the area of systematic theology is open, but we will give particular attention to candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Sacraments and Liturgy, Christology, Ecclesiology, Liberation Theology, Black Theologies, and Latinx Theologies.  Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an intersectional analysis of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, etc. Candidates should demonstrate not only potential for excellent teaching, but also promise in sustained research and scholarly publication, and service to the department, College, University, and profession.  Required qualifications include completion of the doctoral degree by the time of appointment, evidence of potential for effective and excellent university-level teaching primarily at the undergraduate level, and evidence of an agenda for scholarship and promise of peer-reviewed publication in systematic theology.

The application deadline is October 1, 2020. For information on the department, visit; the full posting for this position, including application instructions, is available through

Saint Paul School of Theology--Ethics or Church and Society[edit | edit source]

Saint Paul School of Theology invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment in Ethics or Church and Society at the rank of assistant professor. The position is non-tenured with renewable contract and with possibility of tenure-track in the future.

Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D. or equivalent academic degree in a relevant field. Expertise in racial or ethnic studies is highly desirable, and the cover letter should indicate scholarly and teaching competence in other areas relevant to theological education. Preferred candidates will also have empirical skills for social science research. Successful applicants should be equipped to teach on-campus, hybrid, and online courses. The appointment begins on July 1, 2021.

Saint Paul welcomes nominations for the positions, and the search committee will begin processing applications on November 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should send the cover letter, CV, and 3 letters of reference to: Questions about the search may be addressed to Jeanne Hoeft, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean (, or Nancy Howell, chair of the search committee (

Seattle Pacific University -- New Testament[edit | edit source]

Assistant Professor of New Testament: regular nine-month, full-time, tenure-track appointment beginning September 1, 2021, with a teaching load of 33 credits over the course of a teaching year (three quarters).

Applications are due by October 27, 2020. The online application includes an official SPU application form, a faith statement of approximately one page, a teaching philosophy statement of approximately one page, and other supporting documents. A cover letter and CV are also required. The University reserves the right to alter the search process due to funding.

Please apply at the following link:

Address all inquiries to:

Tracey Coleman

Office Manager and Events Coordinator, School of Theology

Seattle Pacific University

3307 Third Avenue West, Ste. 204

Seattle, WA 98199

(206) 281-2136

University of Chicago--Dean, Divinity School[edit | edit source]

The University of Chicago is searching for a Dean of its Divinity School, one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished. This leader will be an exemplary scholar with extensive administrative experience who inspires the research ambitions of others. The successful candidate must qualify for appointment as full professor with tenure.

The Dean oversees faculty recruitment and retention and is also responsible for the budget, fund-raising, staff performance, alumni relations, capital projects, student recruitment, academic and professional ministerial degree-granting programs, and efforts to promote diversity and inclusion across the school. In these and other capacities, the Dean represents the Divinity School to Officers of the University, decanal colleagues, the Board of Trustees, the Divinity School Advisory Council, students, University alumni, the wider academic community, and diverse public constituencies nationally and internationally. As one of twelve University Deans, this individual will serve as a member of the University’s senior leadership, participating in strategic institution-wide decision-making.

The Divinity School’s robust research and education programs (BA, MA, AMRS, MDiv, and PhD) build on collaborations, interdisciplinary and otherwise, within the University, across the city, and around the world.


The successful candidate must qualify for appointment as full professor with tenure.

Application Instructions

To be considered, those interested must apply through The University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment job board, which uses Interfolio to accept applications: Applicants must upload: CV, including bibliography, and cover letter. Review of applications ends when the position is filled.

University of Scranton -- Black Theology or African-American Christianity[edit | edit source]

The University of Scranton Department of Theology/Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Black Theology or African-American Christianity and/or related sub-disciplines beginning in Fall 2021. Areas of possible focus include Christology, political theology, race and religion, African American religion, church history, and faith and culture. This search is part of a broader cluster hiring approach, which will contribute to the development of Black Studies at the University.

Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. (or be ABD, with completion of the doctorate within the next year), be committed to undergraduate teaching, and have a well-developed research agenda in their field. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate survey courses in Christian Theology and upper level and graduate courses in an open area of specialization pertinent to race and religion. The usual teaching load is 3/3.

The University is a Catholic and Jesuit University animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share in its way of proceeding.  All candidates must indicate how they would help communicate and support the Catholic and Jesuit identity and mission of the University. The University’s mission statement and a description of the history and concepts of the Ignatian teaching philosophy may be found at 

The University of Scranton embraces diversity and inclusion through its mission, Jesuit identity, strategic plans, community outreach programs, and numerous diversity programs. The University of Scranton is an Equal Opportunity employer and actively solicits applications from diverse candidates. Please see our website at for our full non-discrimination statement. 

The University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is infused across all facets of the University; where the environment is welcoming, respectful of freedom of expression and dedicated to social justice, cultural competence and the value of diversity. All applicants are required to provide a statement that indicates their commitment to diversity and inclusion and how this informs their pedagogy.

Review of applications will begin on November 30th, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Apply online at Please submit a letter of application summarizing qualifications for this position, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference.

Vanderbilt Divinity School--Religion, Psychology and Culture with Emphasis on Latinx Studies[edit | edit source]

Vanderbilt Divinity School seeks applications and nominations for an assistant level, tenure track professor in Pastoral Theology, Psychology of Religion, and Practical Theology who specializes in Latinx Christianity, and who makes Latinx religious and socio-cultural identities integral to their scholarly work. In addition, we seek a colleague who is pedagogically engaging and willing and able to mentor Latinx and other students. Exceptional ABD candidates anticipating graduating by Spring 2021 are welcome to apply.

This search is open to a range of approaches to teaching and research in pastoral theology, the study of theories and dynamics of personality, the practice and theory of pastoral theology and care, the critical and constructive reflection on the methods and substance of both theology and psychology, and structural intersectionality.

Faculty share in teaching and advising across various divinity degrees (MDiv, MTS, ThM, DMin), which prepare students for ministry and public leadership, and the Graduate Department of Religion degrees (MA, PhD), which prepare students for teaching and research. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach an introductory course in pastoral theology and care and will serve especially the following concentrations with the Divinity curriculum: Chaplaincy, and Pastoral and Prophetic Congregational Leadership. Appointed faculty will join the Religion, Psychology, and Culture area of Vanderbilt’s Graduate Department of Religion.

We are looking for a rising scholar with a significant agenda for Latinx research and publication, with special attention to gender and feminism in the disciplinary areas indicated; a deep knowledge of Latinx Christianity and participation in the lived experience of Latinx communities; familiarity with ethnographic or empirical research; an ability to teach a wide variety of students; and an interest in working with other University departments and programs such as the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Vanderbilt Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies Programs.

Applications from underrepresented candidates are especially welcome. Vanderbilt Divinity school has strong commitments to social justice and places a high value on diversity among its faculty and student body, as well as in research and teaching. Successful candidates will evidence commitment to these priorities. (see

The search committee will begin formal review of applications November 15, 2020. Cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three recommendation letters should be submitted via Interfolio at:

Western Theological Seminary - Holland, MI--Professor of New Testament[edit | edit source]

Rank will be commensurate with professional experience, with a preference for a senior or mid-level scholar. This full-time, tenure-track appointment begins in July 2021. A candidate will adhere to Western’s Reformed, evangelical and ecumenical identity and contribute to its mission “to prepare Christians called by God to lead the church in mission.” Along with evidence of outstanding teaching, a successful candidate should have a strong scholarly publication record and deep love for God and the Church. Specialization in the Pauline corpus or General Writings is preferred. Review of letters of interest and CVs begins on October 1, 2020. 

For more information, go to  WTS website: Professor of New Testament

Please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to: New Testament Search Committee, Attn: Rayetta Perez, Director of Administration and Human Resources, Western Theological Seminary, 101 East 13th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3622 or via email to:

VISITING POSITIONS / Limited-Term Appointments / Postdocs[edit | edit source]

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2020-2021[edit | edit source]

Leiden University -- University Lectureship in the Religious Traditions of Japan[edit | edit source]

As part of the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), the Japan Studies programme is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills. Likewise, the Religious Studies programme brings together expertise in specific religions with a comparative approach that draws on a variety of humanistic and social scientific disciplines. Priorities include cooperation across the full width of (East) Asian Studies and Religious Studies. The local research environment includes an excellent library, and is further enhanced by research networks and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), as well as the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR), and Leiden Asia Centre (LeidenAsiaCentre). 

We offer a parttime, for 0.8 FTE per week, fixed-term position from January 2021 through December 2022, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance.

Applications Please submit online your application no later than 15 September 2020 via the blue button in the application system.  Applications should be in English. Please ensure that you include in one single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given Name – Vacancy Number' and in this order: 

  • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of Japan Studies and Religious Studies;
  • A CV including education and employment history, publications and courses taught;
  • A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max. 2 pages);
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (max. 1 page);
  • Two sample course descriptions;
  • Teaching evaluations;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (letters not requested at this stage). 

The interviews with shortlisted candidates are tentatively scheduled for October 2020.

For the full details, including the key responsibilities and selection criteria, see:

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  • Assistant Professor: 2
  • Associate Professor: 3
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  • Early Christian Literature / New Testament:
  • Late Antique Christianity / Patristics:
  • Judaism: 
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