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Richard Lyman Bushman Professorship of Mormon Studies

Department of Religious Studies
Charlottesville, Virginia
$150,000 - $190,000 per year plus benefits
Date posted
Oct 17, 2023

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

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia invites applications for the Richard Lyman Bushman Professorship of Mormon Studies, to start Fall 2024.

We invite applications from accomplished scholars across the humanistic and social science disciplines whose teaching and scholarship advance the academic study of Mormonism in historical or contemporary timeframes and US or global contexts. Ideal candidates will be well-grounded in American religious history and religious studies, with the capacity to contribute to wider departmental, university, national, and international scholarly conversations in the study of religion. 

The appointment will be made at the rank of endowed full professor. Ideal applicants will hold a full or endowed full professorship by the time of appointment, though promotion-eligible associate professors are encouraged to apply as well. Candidates will be assessed in terms of their demonstrated record and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of institutional/administrative leadership, mentorship, professional collegiality, and cross-institutional collaboration. They will be prepared to take advantage of collaborative relationships with students and faculty in other departments, units, and research initiatives at UVA, including the Democracy Initiative, the Karsh Institute of Democracy, and/or the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures

The holder of the Bushman Chair will normally teach two courses per semester at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with at least one course each academic year taught in the field of Mormon Studies. Additionally, the Bushman Chair should maintain an active research program and contribute to graduate supervision in American Religions and other relevant department areas. Holders of the Bushman Chair will have a leadership role with Mormon Studies at UVA with opportunities to develop programming, events, and initiatives.

Questions about this position should be directed to Associate Professor Matthew Hedstrom, Chair, Search Committee,


Minimum Requirements

Education: Ph.D. or terminal degree
Experience: Three years

Application Instructions:

Complete an application online with the following documents:

·       Cover letter (3-5 pages) addressing areas of current research, teaching experience and ambitions, and potential projects or collaborations at the University of Virginia. Please also address any experience relevant to advancing the University’s ambition to cultivate the most vibrant community in higher education in order to prepare students to be leaders in a diverse and globally connected world.

·       CV addressing research, teaching, and service record.

·       The names and contact information for three references.  

For questions about the application process, please contact Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physicians Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspective and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, and family medical or genetic information. 

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