RE Tenure-track Position – Villanova University

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University invites applications for a tenure-track position in religious and theological education at the rank of assistant professor.

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 candidate will offer courses for graduate students preparing for teaching careers in higher education and for careers in religious education and pastoral ministry. He/she will also teach the theology and religious studies College core curriculum course and other undergraduate and graduate courses that reflect his/her research expertise.

The person who fills the position should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, August 2015. He/she will have a rigorous research agenda and perform service to the Department, College, and the University. Publication, research, teaching, and service records should be commensurate with experience.

Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The Department especially encourages applications from ethnic minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.

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.

Review of complete applications begins September 15, 2014, and continues until the position is filled. For information about Villanova University and the Department, please consult our web-site at www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/theology.html. The position is contingent on final administrative approval.

Direct inquiries to trsearch3@villanova.edu. To apply, submit all material electronically at jobs.villanova.edu. A complete application includes: letter of interest, current resume, writing sample, transcripts (unofficial copies), statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and three letters of reference.

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Registration now open for REA 2014

Online registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting is now available!  

Please see the Schedule and various detail pages for Plenaries, Preconference Events, and Breakout Sessions for information about the various options for attendees so that you can decide on your choices before starting to register.  The form requires you to make those selections.  

Read registration information and policies here:  www.religiouseducation.net/rea2014/registration

Register online here:  www.religiouseducation.net/rea2014/registration/form

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2014 Meeting of the Association of University Lecturers in Religion & Education

5-6 September 2014, University of Roehampton, London
“Belief in Dialogue”
with keynote speakers Dr. Rowan Williams and Dr. Abdullah Trevathan

Contested ideas around religion, education, religious education, philosophy, inter-culturalism and related areas could easily include Belief and Dialogue. AULRE conferences do not shy away from contested ideas and a conference entitled Belief in Dialogue is no exception. The opening keynote will set the pace in the form of a dialogue between Rowan Williams and Abdullah Trevathan and the rest of the conference will follow in their wake.

Join colleague and 2014 President of the Religious Education Association Siebren Miedema (VU Amsterdam) at AULRE to hear his paper (and excellent follow up to the 2013 REA Annual Meeting), “Worldview Identity Formation at the Seam of Religion in the Public and Private Sphere.”

AULRE invites participants to submit conference papers to share their research with colleagues. Abstracts of approximately 500 words should be sent to Mike Castelli (m.castelli@roehampton.ac.uk) by 1 August 2014.

More conference details: http://estore.roehampton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=164&catid=133&prodid=171

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“A Mighty Oak Has Fallen: Dr. Vincent Harding”

Dr. Vincent Harding, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s colleague and a theologian, historian, and nonviolent activist, died May 19, 2014. Born in Harlem, educated at Columbia and the University of Chicago, and Chair of the History and Sociology Department at Spelman College, Dr. Harding was a Mennonite pastor who was strongly opposed to the Vietnam War. He drafted the speech King delivered at Riverside Church as a major anti-Vietnam War presentation. After King’s assassination in 1968, Harding worked with Coretta Scott King to establish the King Center in Atlanta and was the Center’s first director. In 1997, Harding and his wife founded Veterans of Hope, an initiative on religion, culture and participatory democracy that emphasizes nonviolent and grass root approaches to social change, at Iliff School of Theology in Denver where he was Professor of Religion and Social Transformation.

Vincent Harding’s remarkable career is chronicled in many places. See one memorial on the Sojourner Magazine website here: http://sojo.net/blogs/2014/05/20/memory-dr-vincent-harding-prophetic-voice-justice-and-vigorous-nonviolence

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Instructional Technology Specialist – Claremont

Claremont School of Theology announces an opening for an instructional technology specialist to work in consultation and collaboration with the faculty and staff of Claremont School of Theology (CST) to facilitate the use of technology for teaching and learning in CST programs. This position is meant to serve as a bridge between academic-based technology and the Information Technology operation of CST and facilitate communication.

Responsibilities include
• Manage the Sakai learning management system (LMS) and provide training
• Assess and implement upgrades and integration with other campus systems (SIS, email, etc.)
• Supervise student-staffed Help Desk
• Coordinate necessary set-up and support for instructional and community life needs, in the classroom and at a distance

Qualifications
• 3-5 years of experience working in Instructional Technology environment
• Demonstrated familiarity with learning management systems; experience with Sakai ideal
• Demonstrated comfort working across multiple platforms (e.g., MAC, Windows, mobile Android and Tablet devices)
• Experience with Web user interfaces
• BA required, MA preferred; background in humanities
• Incumbent must be a resident of California and able to be on campus daily

For more information, see announcement here.

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Youth Ministry: Now! presents Dr. Yolanda Smith on Teaching the Bible

On May 7, Dr. Yolanda Smith will give a lecture entitled, “Exploring the Bible with Contemporary Youth,” on the Yale Divinity School campus. The event includes a free lunch, which is served at noon.

Dr. Smith will explore the multiple ways to teach the Bible to technologically savvy youth. She will focus on equipping young people to engage the Bible in a way that is meaningful and transformative. Dr. Smith is a research scholar and lecturer in Christian Education at Yale Divinity School.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to kelly@youthministryinitiative.org. The lecture, which begins at 12:30 p.m. EST in YDS’s Old Refectory, will also be available live online at http://new.livestream.com/yaledivinityschool/YMI. This event is made possible through partnerships with the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Berkeley Divinity School and the Youth Ministry Initiative.

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April REA Newsletter now available

April 2014 eREACH can be viewed and downloaded here:  http://www.religiouseducation.net/2200-2

CORRECTION  to the emailed version.  Saint Benedict is sister college to Saint John’s, Collegeville, not Saint Thomas.

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New Editor-Elect for Journal Announced

The Board of Directors of the Religious Education Association has announced the selection of Rev. Dr. Joyce Ann Mercer as Editor-Elect of the journal RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, effective September 1, 2014. Dr. Mercer is Professor of Practical Theology and the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Chair in Pastoral Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia. She will work with editor Jack Seymour (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) through a transition period until she assumes the editorship of RELIGIOUS EDUCATION in January 2016. Read the complete announcement here.

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New Book Explores Biblical Wisdom on Intercultural Relationships

We congratulate HyeRan Kim-Cragg on her new book with EunYoung Choi in which they explore the reign of God as it is “sown and fulfilled through differences.” Translated from Korean by Lark Kim, The Encounters: Retelling the Bible from Migration and Intercultural Perspectives explores “the Biblical figures whose lives were marked by migration and crossing boundaries.” In these biblical encounters, we learn more about God who desires compassionate intercultural relationships.

HyeRan Kim-Cragg is Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, SK. The Encounters is available for purchase from the author or through the United Church Resource Distribution Store (www.ucrdstore.ca). The Kindle Edition can be purchased through the REA Bookstore (an Amazon Associate).  Thank you, HyeRan, for this significant new resource!

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New Book from Jack Seymour, RE journal editor

Hot off the press in March 2014 is a new book by Jack Seymour, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, editor of Religious Education and REA’s Horizons in Religious Education book series. Teaching the Way of Jesus: Educating Christians for Faithful Living (Abingdon) is the most recent volume from a senior scholar in religious education who makes a compelling argument for the significance of faith formation for public practice to transform the world. “With an emphasis on practices and mission, this book offers readers concrete ways to empower vital faith formation in congregations as it describes current trends, which include richer diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, and interfaith dialog” (back cover).

Order it here through the REA bookstore to donate a small percentage of the sale to REA. Congratulations, Jack!

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