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- 1 RECENT ACTIVITY on Religious Studies and Theology 2021-2022 Wiki
- 2 2021-2022 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track
- 2.1 Benedictine College - Assistant Professor of Theology (or Open Rank)
- 2.2 Birmingham-Southern College- Assistant Professor position in Christianity
- 2.3 California State University, Bakersfield - Islam (Assistant Professor)
- 2.4 The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- 2.5 George Mason University - Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies
- 2.6 Gonzaga University - History of Christianities
- 2.7 Kenyon College - Visiting Assistant Professor in Buddhism and East Asian religions
- 2.8 Missouri State University – Asian Religions
- 2.9 University of Cincinnati: Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Religion and Culture, Jewish Foundation Chair of Judaic Studies
- 2.10 University of Oklahoma - Contemporary American Christianities
- 2.11 The University of Texas at Austin: Associate/Full Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions
- 2.12 The University of Tübingen - Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion - Rethinking Global Religion
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2021-2022 RELIGIOUS STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track
Benedictine College - Assistant Professor of Theology (or Open Rank)
The Department of Theology at Benedictine College invites outstanding teacher-scholars to apply for a tenure track appointment in Theology starting Fall 2022. The successful candidate should be a dynamic teacher who is competent as a generalist in Catholic theology. Candidates with backgrounds in moral theology are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants should also possess a Doctorate in Theology by the start date. We anticipate hiring at the assistant professor level, but will consider applications for higher ranks from outstanding candidates.
Beyond disciplinary expertise, Benedictine College seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our mission. Application materials should discuss how you might contribute to the college's Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts identity and how your work engages with the Catholic intellectual tradition. The candidate should be willing to seek enthusiastically the mandatum from the Archbishop and make an Oath of Fidelity in accordance with Ex Corde Ecclesiae.
The deadline for submitting an application for full consideration is November 15, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Birmingham-Southern College- Assistant Professor position in Christianity
The Department of Religion at Birmingham-Southern College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Christianity at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2022. The College’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research. The annual teaching load is three classes per semester and an intensive course during January. The successful candidate will develop courses at the introductory and upper levels. While the area of expertise is open, special attention will be given to candidates who frame their research and teaching in interdisciplinary and global contexts. Applicants with expertise in Black religious traditions and theology or Christian Ethics are especially welcome. Ability to contribute to other interdisciplinary programs of the College is highly desirable. The successful teacher/scholar will have an avid interest in pedagogical development, a robust research agenda, and a desire to be an active and engaged citizen of the Birmingham-Southern community as well as a contributing and collegial member of the Religion Department. Eligible candidates must have received their Ph.D.by time of employment.
Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) is a selective residential liberal arts college. The College enrolls approximately 1200 undergraduate students and is a sheltering institution of Phi Beta Kappa. The College’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research. For more on the College’s faculty, students, educational mission, and national reputation visit www.bsc.edu. Our campus is located just minutes from downtown Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama and a leading hub for banking and medical research in the Southeast. There are six institutions of higher education within a short commute. The community sponsors a symphony, ballet, opera, and several museums as well as annual art, music, and film festivals. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor activities within the city limits, and Birmingham is also within an easy day’s drive of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable at the early stages of the search), a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and three reference letters. The committee will begin considering applications in early November 2021 and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled. Interviews will not begin until early February 2022. Questions about this position should be sent to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Amy Cottrill, at []. Applications should be sent to email@example.com.
BSC is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The College is committed to expanding the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student body and in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. BSC complies with the Alabama Child Protection Act and E-Verify. EOE.
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California State University, Bakersfield - Islam (Assistant Professor)
The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies seeks a specialist in Islam. The candidate’s geographic region of specialty is open, but competency in at least one additional religious tradition is strongly preferred. We seek a scholar who can contribute to existing programs in gender studies, ethnic studies, or interdisciplinary studies. In addition to courses in their area of specialization, the successful candidate will teach thematic topics in the study of religion in CSUB’s General Education program, maintain an active research agenda, and perform departmental and university service.
• PhD in Religious Studies (or related field) by the start of the position.
• Demonstrated commitment to teaching undergraduates from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds, including first-generation students.
• Send application materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates must submit a cover letter detailing their qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Additional materials may be requested of candidates during the search process.
Proof-of-degree conferral will be required by candidates selected for employment before an official offer can be extended.
• In application materials, please include a statement about fostering an inclusive classroom. , OR • Please include a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The statement should include information on how the applicant currently or will promote diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research and service at CSUB.
Background Check: A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Mandated Reporter: The person holding this position, is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to follow the requirements in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Clery Act: CSUB’s annual crime report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus centers, such as our Antelope Valley Satellite Campus, and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from CSUB. The report also includes policies concerning security on campus, such as alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, reporting crimes, sexual assault, and other subjects. Additionally, a daily log of offenses is maintained and can be reviewed at the front desk of the Department of Public Safety. You can obtain a copy of the annual report by contacting the Department of Public Safety/University Police at (661) 654-2111 or by logging on to their website at: https://www.csub.edu/compliance/Clery.
EEO Statement: CSUB is committed to Equal Employment. Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or covered veterans’ status.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Applications are invited for:-
Department of Cultural and Religious Studies
Assistant Professor (Religious Studies)
(Ref: 210001RY) (Closing Date: October 23, 2021)
The Department invites applications for an Assistant Professorship in Religious Studies. We welcome applicants with academic interests in Religion and Society (broadly defined), including, but not exclusive to, sociology of religion, psychology of religion, as well as religion and environment.
Applicants should have
(i) a PhD degree in religious studies or any discipline in the social sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology, psychology);
(ii) demonstrated original and outstanding records in related fields (as supported by evidence or research projects and outputs);
(iii) a strong commitment in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate religious studies courses; and
(iv) a commitment in organizing programme related activities.
Appointment will be made on contract basis for up to 3 years initially commencing September 2022, renewable subject to budget, performance and mutual agreement.
The University only accepts and considers applications submitted online for the post above. For more information and to apply online, please visit http://career.cuhk.edu.hk.
George Mason University - Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies
George Mason University invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor in Judaic Studies to begin in fall 2022. The successful candidate will be a core faculty member of the Department of Religious Studies within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Located within the Greater Washington, DC area, George Mason University is a research university designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an institution of “highest research activity” (R1). GMU is the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has one of the nation’s most diverse student populations. The Department of Religious Studies and GMU as an institution have a strong commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among their faculty and staff and strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Department of Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary unit that offers an undergraduate major and minor in Religious Studies as well as minors in Islamic Studies and Judaic Studies and oversees a master's concentration in Religious Studies. Through its courses and faculty research students examine the ways that religious ideas, texts, practices, and materials engage with and are influenced by cultural traditions. More about the Department of Religious Studies (including degree programs, courses, and core faculty) available at: https://religious.gmu.edu/.
- PhD in the field of Religious Studies (or related course of study) by the time of appointment;
- broad knowledge of the history of Jewish religious, philosophical, and ethical thought;
- proficiency in the languages germane to the field and specifically the applicant's research focus within Judaic Studies (e.g., Hebrew, Greek, Yiddish, Ladino, etc.);
- competence with Second Temple period and rabbinic literature, including the Hebrew Bible;
- a compelling research agenda that promises original and significant work in the field;
- competence in teaching a range of courses in historical, cultural, and global Judaism to a highly diverse student population;
- commitment to equity and inclusion in the classroom and student advising;
- commitment to engagement with various campus and wider Jewish community organizations within the region;
- experience relevant to coordinating academic programs;
- competence in teaching courses in Religious Studies theories and methods;
- competence in teaching scholarly research and professional writing to undergraduates;
- interest and ability to engage with other scholars and areas of scholarly inquiry across the university (e.g., gender and sexuality; identity and power; race and ethnicity; literary and material culture; modern philosophy and global ethics, etc.).
Within a 2-2 teaching load, the successful candidate will teach standard introductory comparative religious studies courses, lower through upper level undergraduate courses on Judaic Studies of their own design appropriate for a public university, and upper and graduate level courses on theories and interdisciplinary methods in the study of religion, as well as serve as director of the Judaic Studies minor.
Preference will be given to complete applications received by October 1, 2021. Applicants should submit the following to https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/50665: cover letter, CV, sample of scholarly writing (c.20 pages max., preferably published), and teaching statement that addresses commitment to and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At least three letters of recommenders are to be sent to: Kenneth Santos, email@example.com. Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Garry Sparks, firstname.lastname@example.org, chair of the search committee.
Gonzaga University - History of Christianities
The Department of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, a Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic institution, invites applications for a full-time tenure track assistant professor position in History of Christianities, to begin Fall 2022. The area of specialization is open and may include: Ancient/Early Christianity, Medieval Studies, and Early Modern Christianity. Scholars whose work engages global Christianities and whose methodology considers the experiences of people from marginalized and oppressed groups based on questions of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and/or empire are particularly desired. The Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University is committed to building an intellectually vibrant and culturally inclusive community for our students, faculty, and staff.
Application Procedure: Applicants must complete an online application at www.gonzaga.edu/jobs. A complete application consists of (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information for three professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected), (4) a one-page teaching philosophy that indicates how the candidate will contribute to an inclusive learning environment, and (5) unofficial graduate transcripts. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Kevin B. McCruden, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, at email@example.com.The position closes on October 4, 2021 at midnight U.S. Pacific Time. For assistance with the online application, please call 509.313.5996.
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Kenyon College - Visiting Assistant Professor in Buddhism and East Asian religions
The Religious Studies Department of Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Ohio, invites applications for a two-year (2022-2024) visiting assistant professor (VAP) in Buddhism and East Asian religions. The VAP will teach five courses per year, including one yearly section of the department’s introductory course, and introductory and advanced-level courses in Buddhism and East Asian religions. A Ph.D. in hand by August 30, 2022 is required. To apply, visit http://careers.kenyon.edu A complete application includes: 1) A cover letter detailing teaching experience and philosophy, including methods for incorporating issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity into teaching and advising, and research interests; 2) A curriculum vitae; and 3) Contact information for three referees. Recommendation letters and other materials will be requested from candidates selected for an initial interview, which will be conducted remotely. Applications received by October 11th are guaranteed full consideration. Please direct questions to Joy Brennan, Search Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon welcomes applicants from diverse identities and backgrounds.
Missouri State University – Asian Religions
MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, is searching for a scholar of Asian Religions to fill a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, to begin in August 2022. Candidates are required to have the Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field completed by August 1, 2022. They must demonstrate strong potential in research and have successful teaching experience. The successful candidate must be able to teach courses at the undergraduate and master’s level in Asian religions, including Islam, and the department’s world religions survey course. Additional teaching responsibility may include periodically offering the department’s capstone course on method and theory in the study of religion. Candidates should be interested in engaging broad intellectual questions and be familiar with issues and approaches in the academic study of religion. Additionally, they must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations and to integrating multicultural issues into their courses. Cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course evaluations), sample syllabi, copies of all transcripts, and a publication or writing sample, must be submitted with the online application at https://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/54824. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. John Strong, Search Committee Chair, e-mail: email@example.com. First consideration of applicants begins on September 13, 2021, and continues until position is filled. Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense. EO/AA/M/F/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity employer and institution.
University of Cincinnati: Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Religion and Culture, Jewish Foundation Chair of Judaic Studies
The Department of Judaic Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for the Jewish Foundation Chair of Judaic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Religion and Culture. This is a full-time tenure-track position, beginning August 15, 2022. Our mission emphasizes a commitment to diversity and to collaborative projects nationally and internationally.
Candidates should be trained and employ theories and methods in the study of religion in their research. Prior to the effective date of appointment, candidates must have a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, or a related field. Candidates will have some teaching experience and will be evaluated on their potential for becoming leading scholars and achieving excellence in teaching.
Teaching responsibilities will be a 2-2 load and include Introduction to Jewish Civilization II: 1500 to the Present as well as other courses in the candidate’s field of study. Candidates will advise research projects of advanced undergraduate and graduate students and will be expected to integrate digital technologies into the classroom. The successful candidate will help grow Religious Studies at UC (eg. by developing new courses).
Qualified and interested applicants must complete UC’s online application at: https://jobs.uc.edu/job/Cincinnati-Assistant-Professor%2C-Modern-Jewish-Religion-&-Culture-OH-45201/794733600/ and click on the “Apply Now” tab. In addition to the online application, please include a cover letter, current copy of your curriculum vitae, one or two samples of scholarly work (eg. a publication, or a sample chapter of their PhD), evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. For all faculty hires official academic transcripts will be required at the time of hire. Please use the additional documents feature as needed for these items. The search committee will begin to review applications after November 5, 2021. Preliminary interviews of selected applicants will be conducted online beginning the week of December 6, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.
University of Oklahoma - Contemporary American Christianities
The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma (OU), the flagship public research university in the state of Oklahoma (Carnegie Classification R1), announces a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with a focus on contemporary American Christianities beginning August 16, 2022. The teaching load is 2/2. The successful candidate will have broad training in religious studies with the ability to teach introductory and advanced courses relevant for understanding contemporary Christianity and with reference to issues such as race, gender, or Native communities that may fit the candidate's expertise. This will include a sophomore-level course on Christian traditions. In addition, the successful candidate will also have the ability to teach theories and methods as well as introductory courses in the study of religion. The ideal candidate will show evidence of promise for a robust research agenda. The potential for that research to speak compellingly to a broad public audience is preferred. A completed PhD in Religious Studies prior to the position start date is required. Salary, benefits, and start-up funds are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Consideration of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three recommendations by October 15, 2021. All application materials must be submitted electronically using the OU Career web site http://apply.interfolio.com/91860
Please send inquiries to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Deonnie Moodie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University of Texas at Austin: Associate/Full Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions
The Department of Religious Studies at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to appoint, beginning Fall of academic year 2022-23, a tenured Associate or Full Professor in the area of Ancient Mediterranean Religions with a focus on Christian Origins, Late Antiquity, and/or Biblical Studies of the New Testament. The position is part of an active and internationally recognized program in Ancient Mediterranean Religions. We are interested in candidates whose interdisciplinary approaches will contribute to the mission and intellectual life of the Department of Religious Studies, and candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research and service.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent for appointment as Associate Professor or Professor. The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of research and publication, a dedication to graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentorship, a commitment to service to the department, college, and university levels, and a willingness to contribute to the continued development of a vibrant and collaborative department.
Based on their qualifications, candidates will also be considered for one of two endowed chairs in Religious Studies: the Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins, and the Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies. A Full Professor would hold the endowed chair. An advanced Associate Professor could be a holder designate. A new Associate Professor would be a Fellow of the Chair. Both endowed chairs come with an affiliation with the Institute of Christian Origins and Antiquity, an organized research unit within Religious Studies.
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three scholars willing to supply letters of reference. Applicants are encouraged to discuss in their cover letter or a separate statement their past or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion through their research, teaching and/or service. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2021. A background check will be conducted on the applicant selected.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position funding is subject to budget availability. The University of Texas at Austin is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
For further information, please contact Jonathan Schofer, Chair of the Search Committee ([]).
Deadline: Nov 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The University of Tübingen - Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion - Rethinking Global Religion
The contract is initially for four years and will be extended by another two years following a positive interim evaluation. After these six years, there is a final evaluation, and based on its recommendation, the University can offer a permanent position.
The position is within the future Institute for the Study of Religion. It is one of four assistant professorships currently being hired in connection with the University’s ‘Global Encounters’ platform. Established as part of its Excellence Strategy, this platform examines the construction, reconstruction and restructuring of global networks. It focuses on the processes and practices of interdependency and communication, as well as the consequences such global encounters have for the formation of knowledge and communities, which are studied with regard to their decoloniality and their future sustainability. The Global Encounters platform brings together and supports researchers from different fields, to help them channel the growing dynamic at the University of Tübingen toward attracting major external funding for anything from collaborative centers to Clusters of Excellence.
In the context of the interdisciplinary orientation of the Global Encounters platform, the position holder is expected to make theoretically and methodologically sound contributions to the analysis of religious dynamics in their global context from a non-European perspective, regarding the period from the beginning of the modern era to the present, and including postcolonial/ decolonial approaches. In addition to methodological competence, profound language skills and regional knowledge in Asian, African or Latin American contexts is expected; involvement in international academic networks, preferably in the corresponding region, is desired. In teaching, participation in Study of Religion courses currently under development is expected, as well as participation in related courses of study in other disciplines, e.g., in the Master of Arts in Interfaith Studies.
The position has an initial teaching load of two courses per semester, i.e. four hours per week, prior to the interim evaluation, and three courses/six hours thereafter.
Required qualifications include an outstanding PhD or equivalent international degree, publications in international journals, and teaching experience.
Details on the academic context of the professorship, on the Global Encounters platform, and information on the criteria underlying the interim and final evaluations may be found at the following link: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/faculty-of-humanities/faculty/vacancies-job-offers/
In the course of the contract, the assistant professor is expected to attain the research and teaching achievements that will qualify for an appointment as a tenured professor at any German university (known as the habilitation). Those who have already completed a habilitation will be excluded from consideration for this position.
The University seeks to increase the number of international professors and therefore welcomes applications from researchers outside Germany. The University is also interested in increasing the number of women in research and teaching and therefore also strongly encourages women to apply. Applications from equally qualified candidates with disabilities will be given preference.
Applications (including a curriculum vitae, degree certificates, list of publications, list of classes taught) along with personally authored monographs and up to 5 published papers should be sent by 30.09.2021, if possible in electronic form, to email@example.com (postal address: Dean of Humanities, Keplerstr. 2, 72074 Tübingen). Enquiries may also be directed to this address: (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leonhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org).
General information on professorships, hiring processes, and the German academic system can be found here: uni-tuebingen.de/en/213700