Director, Religious Education, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Administer religious education and youth ministry program for one or more faith groups.   Develop curriculum, theological instruction, teacher training and volunteer requirements for the full range of specific faiths.   Advise on appropriate courses of action to improve programming.   Assess religious education needs of various groups such as junior enlisted personnel, young married couples, NCOs, officers, civilians, family members, DoD contractors, and retirees through use of surveys, questionnaires, and through personal community involvement.  Ensure a comprehensive religious education strategy for soldiers, authorized civilians, and family members.   Identify cutting-edge religious education and youth ministry resources and trends.   Ensure integration of these resources into installation religious education systems.  Guide and mentor religious education volunteers, other religious educators, and assigned military personnel.  For more information and to apply follow link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/438356200/

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Special virtual issue of BJRE available

Our colleague journal — the British Journal of Religious Education — has just released a special “virtual issue” which is freely available online, exploring various issues of assessment in the context of religious education, with classic articles from the 1970s on. It’s a fascinating look at how these questions have evolved.

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Vice President/Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology

 The Office of the University President is seeking a Vice President/Dean for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Graduate School of Theology at Virginia Union University located in Richmond, Virginia.

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Graduate School of Theology at Virginia Union University (STVU) is a historically African American institution that, in partnership with the church and community, endeavors to equip students for service within diverse, social contexts through a curriculum that emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual transformation, and faithful service in the church and world.  The over 380 School of Theology students represent several states, come from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, and come to the School with individual ideas, but a common quest—to answer their call to Christian ministry.  The University seeks to fill this position and have the successful candidate in place no later than July 2017.

Job Summary:

The Vice President/Dean of the School of Theology is the chief administrative and academic officer of the School of Theology and reports to the President on all matters relating to the operation of the School.  The VP/Dean will be a dynamic and passionate leader who has a strong balance of academic and administrative excellence. The VP/Dean will be recognized as a theological leader within the theological community and the nation.  The position will lead the theological faculty in improving the education standards in scholarship, service programs, instructional design, and resource development.  The position will promote community engagement and will demonstrate the practice of faith integration in student advising, scholarly pursuits, activities, and outreach.

Responsibilities:

The VP/Dean is responsible for:

  • Articulating and supporting the University’s vision, mission, and values and overall operations with internal and external stakeholders,
  • Building alliances in the Community of very diverse populations,
  • Classroom instructions at the Associate or full Professor status,
  • Providing strong and effective leadership with the ability to be known as the leading voice for theological and biblical topics,
  • Working closely with the University President and continuing to build a nationally recognized School that exceeds accreditation standards,
  • Generating resources for the University including both public funding and private fundraising and connecting these resources to the mission of the School of Theology,
  • Fearlessly and effectively speaking in support of theology, biblical interpretation, culture, etc. to varied audiences,
  • The dean will set the tone and example for faculty and students by demonstrating excellence in instruction, inclusiveness and by inspiring faculty and students to outstanding academic achievement.
  • Setting the tone and expectations for faculty and students by demonstrating excellence and team building,
  • Assessing faculty performance with relevant criteria and assisting theology faculty in their academic development,
  • Developing, managing, and administering budgets and fundraising initiatives for the School according to University guidelines,
  • Supervising the development, planning, implementation, administration, and continuous improvement of all academic curricula and programs, support services and administrative functions of the School, including operating policies and procedures and student recruitment and retention,
  • Perform all other duties assigned by the President.

Qualifications Preferred

Education and Experience

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university, preferable in theology, biblical studies or other appropriate terminal degree
  • Experience in providing classroom instructions at the Associate or full Professor status,
  • Outstanding track record of generating resources for the University,
  • Ten or more years of progressively responsible leadership experience at a Christian university,
  • An outstanding scholar with a proved record in scholarship in various aspects of inquiry,,
  • A proven track record of teaching excellence, a person of humility, and sterling character
  • Strong communication skills in both interpersonal and public settings,
  • Proven track record of working effectively with diverse populations and demonstrable intercultural competence,
  • Excellent financial management skills,
  • Possess good background in program development, implementation and evaluation,
  • Influence to attract nationally recognized faculty and speakers,
  • Successful fundraising and resource development experience,
  • Ability to develop new relationships and partnerships and nurture present ones that support the School’s vision, mission, and goals,
  • Strong computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Office

Application Process:

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The application package should include a resume and a letter of interest curriculum vita, a copy of graduate transcripts, lists of publications, and three current letters of recommendation, and should be directed to: Virginia Union University, Human Resources Office, 1500 N. Lombardy St., Richmond, VA 23220.  Applications may also be submitted to Resumes@vuu.edu. Any questions may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 804.257-5841.

The selected candidate may be required to submit to a background investigation.  VUU is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

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Astrobiology and religion

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology and wishes to encourage religion scholars to consider an application. The application deadline is December 1, 2016.

The Astrobiology Chair is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library of Congress for a period of up to twelve months. Using research facilities and services at the Library of Congress, the scholar engages in research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its human and social implications. The appointment ensures the subject of astrobiology’s role in culture and society receives considered treatment each year in Washington, D.C.

The Chair is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, ethics, literature, the arts, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences or other fields. The Chair may undertake research on a wide range of issues related to how life begins and evolves, or examine the social, theological, ethical, legal, and cultural concerns that arise from researching the origins, evolution, and nature of life in the universe.

Information about the Chair may be found on our website: http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/NASA-astrobiology.html. A stipend during the term of appointment supports the scholar.

APPLY ONLINE: Applications can now be submitted online through the Kluge Center’s new online application system. Save and return to your application, manage letters of reference, and receive confirmation of submission all through our online portal. Visit https://klugefellowships.fluidreview.com/ to get started.

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The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/kluge

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Director, Religious Education,  Fort Irwin, CA.

One year temporary appointment. Provide religious education support for multiple faith groups.  This position is located in Religious Support Services, Office of the Garrison Commander, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. Fort Irwin is a world class training center for America’s Soldiers, known for its excellent desert training and vast recreational opportunities. It is located approximately 37 miles NE of Barstow, California, in the High Mojave Desert midway between Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California.  For more information and to apply follow link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446897000/

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Two Godly Play conferences planned

The 5th European Godly Play Conference will take place on September 16-19, 2016 at the Semarah Hotel Lielupe on the Baltic Sea and Jurmala, near Riga, Latvia.  Just prior to that conference, on September 15-16, a pre-conference entitled “European Perspectives on Godly Play Research” will be held at the same venue.

The 7th North American Godly Play Conference will take place June 23-25, 2017 at the Inverness Hotel in Denver, CO.  This conference will also be a celebration of Jerome Berryman’s 80th birthday.  He and Thea Berryman are the founders of Godly Play (although Thea died in 2009).

More details are available at the Godly Play foundation website.

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Fordham Students Work on REA:APRRE Archives

On July 25, 2016, REA President Harold “Bud” Horell brought three doctoral students and one recent graduate of Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education to spend an entire day preparing historical materials to be added to the REA and APRRE archives at Yale Divinity School.  The Divinity School library is home to all the historical materials for the Religious Education Association since its inception in 1903, as curated by long-time secretary and archivist Barney Kathan.  In addition, Barney has curated and archived with the Divinity librarians all of the records of the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education and the National Council on Religion and Public Education.

Last Monday, Chuck Chesnavage, Fred Abi-Hasoon, Michelle Smith, Bud Horell, and Caroline Cunningham worked on the few remaining boxes of pre-2004 materials that emerged after Barney completed his work and began to organize the next decade to be archived (2004-2013).  Barney prepared comprehensive Guides to all of these archives, and you can find links to each on the REA History page.  Watch for more information about the amazing things housed in our archives as we lead up to the 2018 Annual Meeting to be held at Yale–when you will be able to examine them for yourselves!

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CFP Games and Learning in Religion and Theology

The Wabash Journal announces a new call for papers for a special issue on games and learning in religion and theology. The deadline for submission is September 2017, and our networking coordinator Mary Hess is guest editing.

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CFP: African American Intellectual History

The  African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) invites proposals for its second annual conference scheduled to take place at Vanderbilt University on March 24-25, 2017. Proposals are due on November 15, 2016.

A brief excerpt, but please visit their site for the full Call:

What does it mean and what has it meant to “do” black intellectual history? What is a black intellectual? Who have been the producers of black intellectual history? Through a series of papers, panel sessions, roundtable discussions, films, and talks, this two-day conference seeks to address those questions and explore the boundaries of black intellectual history. The conference will examine the vital contributions that self-defined black intellectuals-including artists, writers, and activists–have made to U.S. and global intellectual history. It will also raise questions about the role of organic intellectuals, including enslaved people, in the Black intellectual tradition. The conference will focus on reassessing established theories within Black intellectual history and proposing new paradigms for this critically important field. It will draw upon traditional methods of writing and researching Black intellectual history while integrating new approaches of historical production. In short, the second annual AAIHS conference encourages new thinking about the historical boundaries of African American intellectual history and new ideas about how scholars in the twenty-first century can best define, practice, and recover it. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, religion, political thought, gender, racial ideologies, philosophy, sexuality, queer theory, popular culture, internationalism, pan-Africanism, slavery, secularism, literature, and Black Nationalism.

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NYT opportunity: film and race

Race/Related and The New York Times are partnering with the PBS documentary series POV to offer a creative filmmaker, video star or technologist an opportunity to pitch and produce an innovative project dealing with race or ethnicity. It would be a 20 week position working with the Race/Related team, and they’re looking for applicants. The deadline is July 25.

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