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The Department of Religious Studies at Elon University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in American religions / religious traditions in the Americas, to begin in Fall 2018. The candidate should be a strong teacher-scholar whose work critically engages the study of religion in North, Central, and/or South America in historical and contemporary contexts. Possible areas of specialization may include: African-American, Latin American, Caribbean, Native American, or indigenous religions; secular traditions; American minority religions; race and religion; religion and migration; critical race and ethnic studies; colonial, decolonial, and postcolonial studies; and immigration, religious diversity, and pluralism.
We seek a colleague who complements the strengths and backgrounds of our current faculty and adds to our theoretical and methodological perspectives. Candidates should indicate how they will bring diversity to the department through their disciplinary training, areas of teaching focus, experiences, backgrounds, and identities and describe how they will excel at teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds in an inclusive classroom and campus environment.
A Ph.D. in the academic study of religion, completed by August 2018, is preferred. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in teaching Religious Studies at the undergraduate level and strong scholarly potential in the field. Teaching responsibilities will include a 100-level Religion in a Global Context course as well as upper-level courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. If candidates specialize in secular, indigenous, or Christian traditions, they may also be responsible for developing and teaching one or more of these “Traditions” courses at the 200-level. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to Elon’s interdisciplinary Core Curriculum program and appropriate interdisciplinary programs and minors.
Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal arts based residential campus. In support of these goals and and our commitment to scholarly excellence we offer a junior teaching sabbatical, regularly scheduled course releases, and significant resources to support teaching and scholarship.
To learn more about Elon, please visit the University website at www.elon.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and must be received by October 1, 2018 in anticipation of interviews at AAR/SBL. Complete applications (including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi for courses in Religious Studies, graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably as one PDF file. Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to the same email address. Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants.
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered liberal arts university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon's 6,700 students prepare to become the ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe. Elon is known for academic excellence across t...he curriculum, and for experiential learning programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership, interfaith dialogue, civic engagement and community service. Elon is ranked the nation's #1 master's-level university for study abroad and is a top-producer of Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more than any other university in the nation for academic programs that "Focus on Student Success." More than 425 full-time faculty members teach in six academic units: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law. Elon's four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. private universities. The student-faculty ratio is 12-1, and the average class size is 20. The university's 636-acre residential campus in the Town of Elon, N.C., is consistently recognized as one of the nation's finest environments for learning. The Elon Phoenix NCAA Division I athletic program is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.