The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity) wishes to appoint highly qualified candidates for up to four new research positions at the doctoral and postdoctoral level. For all the positions, applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, or another relevant social science. Successful applicants’ research interests, experience and publications should be relevant to themes and topics within the Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity (see www.mmg.mpg.de).
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Associate professor in religious studies (with a focus on indigenous religions)
The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway has a vacant permanent fulltime position as associate professor in religious studies. The position is affiliated to the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, and Theology.
A prerequisite for the vacant position is documented competence in religious studies (through training and/or comprehensive experience in research and teaching). The candidate must have expertise in contemporary indigenous religion(s) in one or more cultural contexts and geographical regions that are not covered already at the department (already covered regions are Sápmi and Central America), including substantial fieldwork experience, relevant linguistic skills, as well as historical and other contextual knowledge. The candidate should also have a strong commitment to further develop methodological approaches and theoretical understandings of indigenous religion(s) in ethically responsible ways. The candidate must be able and willing to teach and supervise students at all levels from bachelor to PhD in a wide variety of topics in the study of religion.
In addition, expertise in one or more of the following fields/topics is desirable: legal and rights issues; environmentalism and climate concerns; politics and activism; identity formation; nation building; colonialism and post-colonialism; performance; materiality; media; translation; art; education; economy; tourism; interaction between local, national, and global actors and levels; and the history of the study of indigenous religion(s).
Relevant teaching experience is mandatory. Teaching experience at all levels from bachelor to PhD is an advantage. Experience with national and international collaboration in research projects is also an asset, likewise the proven ability to initiate and successfully lead research projects.
Application deadline: 14 February 2018
The field of the professorship is empirical and comparative study of religious traditions. The study of religions involves empirical and comparative research on religious phenomena and traditions from a religion-neutral perspective and with a focus on empirical field work. At the University of Helsinki, students can pursue the study of religions at both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Theology. At the Faculty of Arts, the study of religions will be included as of the beginning of 2018 in the new multicultural Department of Cultures.
The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.
A professor will carry out and supervise scientific research, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in research and participate in societal interaction in his/her field and in international cooperation.
He or she shall also participate in the development of teaching and acquire research funding.
An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means.
Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications a single PDF file that includes the following documents in English:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise
3) A report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s research activities
(including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of
research funding and international scholarly work)
4) A report (1-2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or
her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed
5) A list of publications.
For instructions see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-arts/faculty/instructions-to-appli….
The Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a permanent position of UNIVERSITY LECTURER IN ISLAMIC THEOLOGY in the Study of Religions to begin on 1 August 2018.
The university lecturer will provide teaching and supervision at all levels of study with a special focus on Islamic theology. The applicant should have expertise in two or preferably in several of the following topics:
- Qur’anic studies and interpretative traditions;
- Islamic hermeneutics;
- Islamic thought and culture;
- Islam in Europe;
- Islam in everyday life;
- Islam and gender.
The university lecturer is also expected to carry out independent academic research, supervise and examine theses and dissertations, and attend to administrative and other duties jointly agreed upon. The position to be filled focuses on teaching, mainly at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Thus it requires active engagement in the development of teaching.
The study of religions is a joint discipline of the Faculty of Theology and the Department of World Cultures of the Faculty of Arts. It has two professors and three university lecturers. Further information about the discipline is available at http://www.helsinki.fi/studyofreligions/
The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Religion and Healing to begin August 2018. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, teaching experience at the university level, an active research agenda that critically examines the intersections of religious practices and traditions with physical and/or mental health, and which complements our department’s existing strengths, and a commitment to diversity initiatives and expanding diversity and inclusion within the department. Time period, region of research specialization and methodological approach are open; possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
- history of science, medicine, and religion;
- critical race and ethnic studies;
- anthropology and sociology;
- and the body in religion.
Desired qualifications include research and pedagogic expertise in religions of the Global South; experience with quantitative research methodologies or digital humanities; and experience teaching Religious Studies theories and methods. Applicants must be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Religious Studies as well as the University’s general education program.
The successful candidate will be instrumental in building interdisciplinary collaborations within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across units in the University. UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing doctoral-granting urban university located in the largest metropolitan area between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus. Close to 29,000 culturally diverse students currently are enrolled at the University. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as 25 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 36 master′s degrees and graduate certificates, and 32 undergraduate degrees.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research. Screening of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu and should include a cover letter and CV with a list of three references.
Any questions about this search can be sent to Eric Hoenes del Pinal, Chair of the Religion and Healing Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries can also be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Joanne.Robinson@uncc.edu. Applicants subject to criminal background check.
More information may be found here: https://jobs.uncc.edu/postings/18143