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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (American Religions), Tenure-track

Elon University
North Carolina, United States
Posted date
Aug 24, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 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, 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. 

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