Augustana College — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Religion

Religion – Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Religion beginning in August of the 2018-2019 academic year. Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of approximately 2,500 students, most of whom live on a wooded 115-acre campus. Rock Island, Illinois, is part of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, a diverse metropolitan area with 400,000 residents, located about three hours west of Chicago and 45 minutes east of Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa.

We seek a candidate with expertise in the study of race and/or ethnicity and religion. The candidate should complement and extend the department’s existing strengths in South and East Asian religions, Islam, theology, scripture, and Christian ethics. Additional expertise and focuses might include one or more of the following: political theory/theology; feminist, womanist, or murjerista approaches to religion; ecofeminism and/or environmental ethics; Catholicism; Pentecostalism; the relationship between Christianities and indigenous religious traditions; and other contemporary religious movements beyond North America and Western Europe. Candidates should have graduate-level training in theories and methods pertaining to the study of religion. Training in post-colonial studies, race and ethnic studies, cross-cultural engagement, and/or gender studies is desirable. Expertise in relevant languages is expected. Preference will be given to candidates who will have completed the Ph.D. by August 2018.

Teaching expectations will change in the second year of this position, as Augustana will be moving to a two-semester (plus January intensive term) curriculum beginning in 2019-2020. The teaching expectation will then be 6 courses per year, with 3 sections of the “Reasoned Examination of Faith” college-wide requirement, which faculty can tailor to draw on their strengths and research interests. For the 2018-2019 year, the expectation will be 7 classes spread over three terms, 3-4 of which will serve as one of the required, sophomore-level Christian traditions offerings (candidate will choose between “American Christianities,” “Global Christianities,” and others), and 1 of which will be a section of the Religion major/minor “gateway” course: RELG 155: Encountering Religion.

Details about Augustana College, our expectation of the faculty, the selection process and the Quad Cities all are available at the Faculty Search website: http://www.augustanafaculty.org.
Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Eric Stewart at ericstewart@augustana.edu . Review of applications will begin November 10, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held November 18-20 at the AAR & SBL annual meeting in Boston, or by skype if a candidate is unable to attend the meeting.

To apply, please email application materials to sherrydocherty@augustana.edu using the subject line: Search #107-18 Religion, and directed to Gail Summer. Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to: Search #107-18 Religion, C/O Gail Summer, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 – 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. Application materials should include: a cover letter indicating an interest in and understanding of teaching in a liberal arts setting, curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcripts, a teaching statement demonstrating commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, a research statement highlighting potential collaboration with undergraduate students, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), and three letters of recommendation (including contact information).

Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed.

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