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Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 23, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins

College/School/Unit: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Religious Studies
Posted: Nov 17, 2020
Apply By: Feb 28, 2021


The Department of Religious Studies at The University of Texas at Austin seeks a Professor or advanced Associate Professor in the study of religion to fill the Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins. The Ronald Nelson Smith endowment supports research and teaching in the area of Antiquity and Christian Origins and in broader areas of Biblical Studies, history, and archaeology, in affiliation with the Institute for the Study of Antiquity & Christian Origins. We are interested in scholars who study early Christianity in the context of ancient Mediterranean religions in the Roman imperial period and/or Late Antiquity, and whose theoretical, methodological, or interdisciplinary approaches will contribute to the mission and intellectual life of the Department of Religious Studies.


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. A Ph.D. or the equivalent is required. A hire at the full Professor level will be named as a holder of the Smith Chair; an advanced Associate Professor hire would be named a fellow. The position is subject to budget availability.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online via Interfolio. Candidates should submit a cover letter that includes the names and contact information for three scholars willing to supply letters of reference and a curriculum vitae. 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. For further information, please contact Jonathan Schofer, Chair of the Search Committee ( Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2021. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2021. Anticipated start date is fall 2021. A background check will be conducted on the applicant selected.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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