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Assistant Professor - African American Religious Experience

Employer
University of California Santa Barbara
Location
California, United States
Salary
$78,700.00 - $102,200.00
Start date
Nov 29, 2023

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The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African American religious experience in the United States, to begin July 1, 2024. We welcome applications from scholars who research any aspect of the African American religious experience, with a preference for candidates who focus on one or more of the following: African American esotericism; ethnoracial traditions such as the Moorish Science Temple or the Nation of Islam; "slave religion" and early twentieth-century conjure/rootwork; race and ecology; abolitionist ethics and the carceral state; the religious dimensions of social movements, such as Black Lives Matter; the expressive religious culture of Afrofuturism; or the historical or contemporary Black Church in North America. The department seeks candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, professional activity, and service. Candidates also should be concerned with making contributions to method and theory in the study of religion. The successful candidate will contribute to the department's undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

In 2023-24, UC Santa Barbara departments are partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African American mathematician, astronomer, antiracist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, the Banneker Initiative will recruit scholars, scientists, and engineers whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work would take place within the community of concerns exemplified by Banneker's intellectual, ethical, and social commitments as an African American scientist, especially his desire to advance scientific and humanistic knowledge for the public good. More information about the Banneker Initiative can be found at: https://diversity.ucsb.edu/initiatives-and-resources/benjamin-banneker-initiative.

Applicants should submit: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) diversity statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or professional activities; (4) relevant writing sample (6,000 words minimum); and (5) three letters of recommendation through UC Recruit at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02627. Inquiries may be addressed to the department's Academic Personnel Coordinator, Kasey Odell, at kodell@hfa.ucsb.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/VaccinationProgramsPolicy) as it may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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