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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies: Islamic Studies

Wake Forest University
North Carolina, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 18, 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 for the Study of Religions invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Islamic Studies at the assistant professor level. The preference is for a candidate with teaching proficiency and research expertise in Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa or African Islam. Additional expertise in other Africa-related areas of study such as African Islam in the Diaspora is especially encouraged.

Qualifications include:

  • A completed Ph.D. in the Study of Religions, Anthropology, or Sociology with a focus on religious issues/traditions (by August 1, 2018).
  • Research expertise in Islamic Studies and competence in other religious movements in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The ability to place trends of Islam in Africa in the contemporary global context.
  • Demonstrated competence in theoretical and comparative approaches to the academic study of religion and an active research agenda that promises continuing publication
  • A strong commitment to and demonstrated skills in teaching an undergraduate audience. Teaching responsibilities (nine courses per four semesters) include introductory and more generalized courses on Islam in Africa and Islam in general, as well as upper-level courses in the area of expertise.
  • The ability to teach courses of interest in at least one (and preferably more) of the following interdisciplinary majors/minors: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; International Studies; the Environmental Studies Programs; African Studies; the Middle East and South Asia Studies Program. 

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. The University is ranked among the top thirty national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Wake Forest offers a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to  

Wake Forest University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Qualified candidates are invited to apply online with a CV (including three references), a statement on teaching, a sampling of teaching evaluations, and a sample of academic writing. Applications are due by October 27, 2017. Please note that materials should be in either Word or PDF format and there is a limit of 5 file uploads per applicant. Preliminary interviews will be held during the AAR meeting in Boston (Nov. 18-21). The submission of an online application for Wake Forest University is required for this position. 

Questions about the application process may be addressed to Specific questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee at

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusion and seeks applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. It seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University. 


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