Religious and Theological Education, Villanova

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Religious and Theological Education at the rank of assistant professor, to begin in fall 2017.

The successful candidate will have expertise in the field of religious/theological education, including outcomes and evidence-based educational practices, curriculum development, and assessment in higher education. He/she also will have competency in pastoral studies or another area of studies that complements the Department’s research and teaching focus on “faith engaging culture.”

The person who fills the position must hold a doctorate by the start of the appointment and demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching as well as distinguished scholarship and student mentorship. Responsibilities include teaching the Theology and Religious Studies course in the College core curriculum (Faith, Reason, and Culture); teaching elective courses in the undergraduate curriculum; offering a range of master’s and doctoral level courses for students preparing for teaching careers in higher education as well as for careers in religious education and pastoral ministry; and performing service to the Department, College, and the University.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian Order located in the culturally diverse Philadelphia metropolitan area. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. We especially encourage applications from ethnic minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.

Direct inquiries to Applications must be submitted electronically at A complete application includes: a letter of interest, a current resume, a writing sample, three letters of reference, transcripts (unofficial copies), and statements of teaching philosophy and research interests. Letters of reference must be submitted directly and confidentially by the reviewers. Once the electronic application is submitted, reviewers will receive emails with instructions on how to proceed. If chosen as a finalist, a statement of contribution to Villanova’s mission must be provided. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, Nov 19-22; they also may be conducted via video conferencing. The finalist must provide official transcripts at the time of appointment. To receive consideration, complete applications, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by October 17, 2016.

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Research on Retreats for Young People

Graham Rossiter, a recent plenary speaker at REA, sent us the following announcement:

Online availability of the Report

The Research on Retreats publication 2016 reports a study of the views of teachers and senior students about retreats in Australian Catholic secondary schools.  The Report is available for free download as a pdf file on the Retreats Research Website:-

What the research was about
The 200 page Report includes data and discussion of issues arising from 4 surveys across a sample of secondary schools in 7 Australian Catholic School Systems.  500 teachers and 1500 students contributed to the study.  A general survey looked at the scope of retreats and retreat-like activities across the secondary schools.  The survey of teachers who were involved in the conduct of retreats and the survey of senior school students showed how both teachers and students viewed the purposes and practices of retreats;  this also highlighted similarities and contrasts between their views.  A survey of teachers who were not involved in retreat work sought to find out how their views might contrast with those of their colleagues who conducted retreats.

What the results showed
In general, there was strong affirmation of the personal, spiritual and religious value of retreats on the part of both students and teachers.  The student valuations, while positive, were not as positive as those of retreat teachers.  The students? ratings of personal development related purposes/activities were higher than for specifically religious ones.  There were gender differences in student responses, and also differences according to religious affiliation (Catholic, other Christian, non-Christian and no religion) and according to whether they were in Year 12 or Year 11.

The research identified and discussed a number of issues in the conduct and organisation of retreats that would help make the Report a useful resource for the planning of retreats, as well as for the professional development of educators who are, or who might be, involved in retreat work.

Place of retreats within school religious education
The extensive research has given the teachers who conduct retreats and their students a significant voice in the ongoing discussion of the purposes and practices of Catholic school retreats.  It affirms the important place of retreats within the Catholic school?s overall religious education curriculum in helping promote the personal, spiritual and religious development of young people.  Hopefully it may inform decision making about resourcing the future of retreats in Catholic schools.

This note with the web address for the Report may be brought to the attention of any who may be interested in contemporary retreats for young people.

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U of Toronto: South Asian Religions

The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a tenure-stream position in South Asian Religions at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2017.

Applicants must have earned a PhD with a focus on South Asian religions by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter. We seek applicants whose scholarly record demonstrates expertise in the study of primary sources within their historical, philosophical, devotional, aesthetic, and/or performative contexts and whose work is also situated within the broader study of religion. Candidates must demonstrate strong linguistic skills in the primary source language(s) of their research.

The successful candidate must display evidence of excellence in and commitment to both research and teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, letters of reference and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application. Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by representative writing samples or publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing.

We seek a candidate whose research complements and enhances existing strengths in the Department of Historical Studies. The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s largest university. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of the most fascinating, diverse and “livable” places in the world. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach a range of thematically focused courses engaging with the study of religion, contributing to the undergraduate program on the Mississauga campus, and will hold a graduate appointment at the Department for the Study of Religion on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Information about these two departments is available at: and

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants are invited to apply online at the following web site: Applications must be submitted by October 17, 2016, and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of academic writing such as representative articles, statement of research interests, academic transcripts, and a teaching dossier (teaching evaluations; sample syllabi, assignments and tests; descriptions of teaching strategies and innovations, etc.). The U of T application system can accommodate up to fifteen attachments per candidate profile (8MB size limit per attachment); please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: Arrangements should also be made for three letters of reference, at least one of which must comment on the applicant’s teaching abilities, to be submitted by October 17, 2016 via email to the Chair at Referees should include the candidate’s name and “South Asian Religions Search” in the subject line.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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University of New Mexico: Buddhist Philosophy

Assistant or Associate Professor, full-time tenure-stream position, beginning August 2017. AOS: Buddhist Philosophy. AOC: Open. This position is made possible by a grant from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Customary undergraduate and graduate teaching duties, including thesis supervision, and non-teaching duties in Philosophy.

We are seeking an outstanding scholar, with a strong background in Philosophy, who combines excellence in Buddhist Philosophy with intellectual breadth and curiosity; whose research will either contribute to or complement the Department’s current strength in South Asian Buddhist Philosophy; who is able to teach courses that contribute to the Department’s undergraduate major programs; who will enjoy working in a philosophically diverse department; and who has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as to working with broadly diverse communities.

Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Philosophy or related field (such as South Asian Studies, Religious Studies, or Buddhist Studies) by the start of the appointment, and a research specialization in Buddhist Philosophy. The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Salary is competitive.

For the complete description of this position as well as detailed information about how to apply, please visit the UNMJobs web site ( and reference posting number 0835837. For further information on the UNM Department of Philosophy, please visit our website (, call 505.277.2405, or email our Department Administrator, Mercedes Nysus, at

For best consideration, please apply by October 19, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.

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Emory: Latinx Christianity

The Department of Religion at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) invites applications for an Associate or Full Professor of Latin American/Latino/LatinX Christianity to begin Fall 2017. The position is open to scholars working on Catholic or Protestant traditions, or popular Christian traditions that incorporate indigenous and/or African elements. Approaches may include (but are not limited to) ethnography, material culture, philosophy, theology, history, or comparative studies. We seek a scholar who has the agility to engage in robust interdisciplinary conversations in the Department of Religion and the Graduate Division of Religion. The successful applicant will demonstrate an excellent record in scholarship as well as teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Demonstrated ability to mentor underrepresented student populations is also considered advantageous.

Interested candidates should submit electronically a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three recommenders, and an article or book chapter to Joyce Flueckiger, Latin American/Latino/LatinX Christianity Search Committee Chair. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications October 15, 2016.

Emory University is an Equal opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. For addition information, please contact the chair of the search committee at

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UC-Davis: Hinduism

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Hinduism at the Assistant Professor level. Research focus and methodology within this area are open, and we welcome candidates whose research engages textual sources, visual and material culture, and/or performance practice. Advanced expertise in and ability to teach Sanskrit, particularly at the graduate level, is required. Competency in a second Indian language is recommended. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary work in areas that complement those already represented in the UC Davis undergraduate and graduate programs are encouraged to apply. We particularly welcome applicants interested in developing India Studies, broadly conceived, at UC Davis. Applicants must demonstrate a strong research profile and a commitment to excellence in teaching. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field must be in hand by the first day of classes, September 25, 2017. Preliminary interviews will be held via Skype or at the at the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, TX between November 20 and 22, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.

For full consideration, applications should be received by October 14, 2016. Only complete applications will be considered by the search committee. Applications can be submitted at:

A complete application includes:
● Cover letter describing your research and teaching interests
● Statement of Teaching Philosophy (no more than 2 double-spaced pages, approximately 500 words)
● Contribution to Diversity Statement
● Curriculum Vitae
● One (1) publication or professional paper, no more than 30 pages (approximately 8000 words) (ABD applicants may submit an excerpt of equal length from the dissertation)
● Four (4) letters of recommendation

The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments:

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UC-Santa Barbara: Religion and Environment

The Environmental Studies Program and Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), invite applications for a tenure-track, joint faculty position in Religion and Environment (50% in the Environmental Studies Program and 50% in the Religious Studies Department) at the assistant professor level. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field of the humanities or social sciences, with preference given to scholars doing philosophically informed work that demonstrates historical depth and cultural range. The substantive area of expertise is open, but candidates are preferred whose research interests will complement and/or enhance topical strengths in UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program and Department of Religious Studies. An ability to engage issues of values or ethics as they pertain to environmental concerns is essential. Candidates should have a superior record of scholarly research, experience in and enthusiasm for teaching and mentorship at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and strong potential for academic leadership.

UCSB is one of the country’s finest institutions for both environmental and religious studies.

The Environmental Studies Program, established at UCSB in 1970, is one of the oldest and largest programs in the nation, and is recognized as one the most successful undergraduate environmental programs in the world.

The Religious Studies Department, established at UCSB in 1964, is the largest religion department in the University of California system, and one of the most diverse religion departments in the world.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, vita, research and teaching statements, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded directly. All materials should be submitted to the Religion and Environmental Ethics Search Committee at UC Recruit, at

For full consideration, application materials should be submitted no later than October 31, 2016. A first round of interviews will occur in January 2017. Finalists will be invited to campus based on the outcome of first round interviews. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor David Pellow (

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and 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.

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Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Each year, Yale Institute of Sacred Music brings a group of fellows from around the world to join its interdisciplinary community, normally for a one-year term. The ISM fellows are scholars and practitioners at all career stages whose work revolves around the sacred: sacred music, ritual studies, or religion and the arts.

The work of the ISM touches a broad array of disciplines, including

History of Art and Architecture
Cultural Studies
Creative writing
Film studies
Liturgical studies
Religious studies
Ritual studies
Religion and literature
Theatre studies
Visual Arts
World religions
and more.

Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects, with access to Yale’s unparalleled resources. In addition to a competitive stipend, fellows may qualify for research funds, subsidized housing, and relocation costs. They may also have the option to teach.

Application deadline: November 1.

More information and application at

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University of Helsinki

The Faculty of Theology ( at the University of Helsinki is a non-denominational academic community. The Faculty educates experts in religious traditions, worldviews and values. Our mission is to offer best scholarly expertise in historical, conceptual, and cultural issues related to religion and theology. We are committed to conducting research into individual, cultural and social significance of religion in past and present in order to generate in-depth understanding of major changes in contemporary Europe and globally, such as multiculturalism, religious extremism, inter-faith dialogue, value pluralism and the future of welfare. The Faculty has received high marks in international research evaluations and exercises active cooperation with similar leading research institutes.

The Faculty hosts two multidisciplinary and international Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Research (2014–2019) funded by the Academy of Finland: Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions and Reason and Religious Recognition.

The CoE in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions (CSTT) ( investigates the historical processes and mechanisms of change both in sacred texts and their cultural environments aiming at a more comprehensive understanding of the emergence and influence of the Hebrew Bible. The CSTT consists of four research teams, and each researcher will be part of one team. For further information on the teams, please see the unit’s homepage.

The CoE in Reason and Religious Recognition (RRR) ( focuses on methods of religious recognition in history and the contemporary world by investigating how religious groups have recognized other social actors, and how religions have been accepted in different societies. The RRR consists of three research teams, and each researcher will be part of one team. For further information on the teams, please see the unit’s homepage.

Research positions to be applied:

The two Centres of Excellence are seeking enthusiastic candidates for several fixed-term positions of


The university and postdoctoral researcher positions are for periods ranging from one to three years. The period of the doctoral student positions may range from one to four years.

Details available online.

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Assistant Professor in Classical Islam

Brandeis University announces a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Classical Islam to begin in Fall 2017.  The successful candidate must have primary research interests and training in Classical Islam (e.g., Qur’an and tafsir, history, philosophy, Sufism, literature, etc.).  Candidates must demonstrate expertise in classical Islamic texts and be able to teach courses using original Arabic sources and English translation at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The appointment is in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, which offers a variety of courses in the religion, literature, history, and culture of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and also houses a Ph.D. program in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations.  The successful candidate will also participate in the University’s interdepartmental undergraduate program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.  Only applicants with the Ph.D., or who expect to have the Ph.D. by August 2017, will be considered.

Applications, which should be submitted to AcademicJobsOnline at, must include: a letter expressing research and teaching interests, a CV, a writing sample of no more than 30 pages, a list of courses taught, and three confidential letters of reference.  In addition, please include sample course syllabi for (1) an introductory survey course on Islam (Civilization and Institutions), and (2) an advanced course focused on classical Islamic texts for students with Arabic reading proficiency.  Please contact Jonathan Decter (, Chair, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, with questions.  First consideration will be given to applications received by October 14, 2016.

Brandeis recognizes that diversity in its student body, staff and faculty is important to its primary mission of providing a quality education. The search committee is therefore particularly interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching and/or service experiences, will increase Brandeis’ reputation for academic excellence and better prepare its students for a pluralistic society.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds with respect to race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, and disability.

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