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Asst. Prof, Religion & Society

Drew University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 21, 2022
Religion and Society Job Posting

Assistant Professor of Religion and Society

Drew University Theological School

Madison, NJ 07940

Title: Assistant Professor of Religion and Society

Type: Full-time

Title: Assistant Professor of Religion and Society

Drew University Theological School invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Religion and Society to teach social ethics, critical social theories, and just community practices that equip students for inspiring leadership in varied public arenas in the church, academy, and society. We seek candidates rooted in decolonial understandings of religion who bring an intersectional approach to and depth of expertise in at least one of the following areas of specialization: Latine/x Studies, Eco-Justice, and Gender/Queer Studies. An intersectional approach should include attention to global economic and political realities in Christian/religious faith communities and their broader contexts. Position begins August 2023.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Be a publicly engaged scholar-teacher committed to research, teaching, and service that demonstrates a strong ability to mentor and teach students religious social ethics, critical social theories, and just community practices.

  • Work with students in masters programs, DMin, and PhD programs (which currently include: Bible and Cultures; Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion; and Social Ethics/Religion and Society).

  • Team teach interdisciplinarily in required MDiv courses and design electives in candidate’s areas of specialization (Latine/x, Eco-justice, and/or Gender/Queer Studies).

  • Contribute distinctive resources from religious social ethics that deepen socio-cultural understandings of local faith community contexts as well as particular global contexts, differences, and solidarities.

  • Be an active and engaged member of the Drew community through participation in Theological School and University service.

Required Qualifications:
  • PhD or ThD, preference given to candidates with their degree in hand by August 1, 2023.

Desired Skills and Experiences:
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct students from diverse social identities, theological perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.

  • Capacity to provide scholarly resources for socio-cultural understandings of local and global contexts.

  • Ability to work effectively and creatively across instructional modalities (online, in-person, hybrid, immersive, experiential).

  • Ability to enable students to think critically and incorporate forms of praxis in their leadership/lives that robustly engage our faculty-shared values that attend to matters of race/ethnicity/decoloniality, gender/sexuality, ecology/environmental justice, and interfaith relationships.

  • Ability to teach skills and ideas relevant to concrete practices of ministry and community leadership based on the candidate’s areas of interest.

  • Demonstrated commitment to develop of an active research, scholarship, and publication agenda in the candidate's area of expertise.

To apply, submit the following materials:
  • A cover letter explaining your capacity to contribute to the criteria in the job description as well as the life, values, and mission of Drew Theological School.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • A 1-2 page statement of your teaching philosophy and research interests.

  • Contact information of 3 professional references.

Please apply by December 1, 2022. Application review will be on a rolling basis as they are submitted but early applications are encouraged.

About the Theological School
As one of the University’s three major academic units, the Theological School is a social-justice committed, globally-oriented, interfaith-attuned, and ecumenically-minded United Methodist related seminary. It has a distinguished history in training clergy for The United Methodist Church and other Protestant denominations in the United States and throughout the world. It is also a center of ecumenical scholarship and social action, educating students to make a dynamic impact on the world as pastors, professors, thought leaders, and change agents. Among the defining features of Drew Theological School are its global orientation; its diversity of faculty, staff, and students; and its innovative program offerings including prison education, immersive treks, the Theo Community Garden, and hosting the Green Seminary Initiative. The Theological School also partners with the University’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Religion and Global Health Forum, and The United Methodist Archives and History Center at Drew.

About Drew University
Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City.

It has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 students and has 136 full-time faculty members, 96% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers BA and BS degrees in 40 disciplines and offers 19 dual-degree programs.

Drew’s one-of-a-kind, leading edge path to an undergraduate degree, Launch, ensures that every student graduates with a purpose, sought-after transferable skills, a network of mentors, and an experience-based résumé—guaranteed. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as seven New York City semesters and several international study abroad programs.

The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offers a wide array of distinctive and flexible advanced degree programs designed to meet the needs of almost any busy schedule. All programs are based on Drew’s renowned commitment to faculty-student mentorship, opportunities for out-of-the-classroom experiential learning, and facilitating a robust intellectual community.

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Following federal and state requirements, a candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, if selected for hire.

This position is subject to a background check.

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