Furman University — Open-Rank, Tenure-Track Professor in Religion, Medicine, and Health

Job Title
Open-Rank, Tenure-Track Professor in Religion, Medicine, and Health

Posting Number
2017113P

Position Type
Faculty

Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Salary Grades – Exempt
Level 13 Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Grades – Non-Exempt
Not Applicable

Pay Type
Salaried

Work Unit
Religion

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary
The Religion Department at Furman University announces a new, open-rank, tenure-track position in Religion, Medicine, and Health to begin August 2018. We seek a creative scholar who is prepared to develop courses in this area and whose research and/or other experience supports the University’s recently launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage. (See http://thefurmanadvantage.com/ .) The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by a team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.

A PhD (or ThD) in Religious Studies or Theology is required, and teaching experience is preferred. Full consideration will be given to new PhDs as well as experienced faculty. Preparation should include the study of bioethics, especially as approached theoretically and practically by theologians and/or diverse religious communities. Other possible teaching areas include 1) religious views of the body, disability, mental health, aging, pain and suffering in the context of illness, human mortality, death and dying, and health care; 2) religious practices pertaining to illness, the maintenance of health, birth, or death; 3) consideration of resources religious traditions bring for understanding and critiquing health care practices in the US today.

Applicants should have comparative training, and have the competence to develop courses that address the intersection of Religion, Medicine, and Health from the perspective of at least two religious traditions. As such, the successful candidate will be sensitive to diversity in belief and practice both among and within religious traditions. Candidates must be committed to exemplary teaching. The teaching load is 5 courses per year over 2 semesters.

The Furman Advantage expects all faculty to become exceptional advisors and mentors. The successful candidate for the position should have special interest in working with students who plan health careers. This includes not only mentoring them in how to be sensitive to the religious perspectives of patients but also encouraging them to reflect on how these questions affect them personally as future health-care practitioners.
In addition to teaching and mentoring, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to help develop Furman’s newly established Institute for Community Health (http://www.furman.edu/academics/institute-for-advancement-of-community-health/Pages/default.aspx ). They will demonstrate interest in the relationship between religious practice, health care, and health outcomes, and ideally, they will have clinical experience or experience with community health initiatives, particularly those related to faith-based communities. Experience working with minority and/or vulnerable populations, e.g., African Americans, Latinx, immigrants, individuals with physical or mental handicaps, or the economically disadvantaged is valued.

In addition to joining the Religion Department, this faculty colleague may also contribute to the University’s new major in Public Health (in the Health Science Department); to the new minor in Medicine, Health, and Culture; and to other interdisciplinary minors, especially those related to Furman’s diversity commitments (race, ethnicity, gender, and poverty). See http://catalog.furman.edu/content.php?catoid=3&navoid=62 .

Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives.

Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.

The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities.

Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.

Minimum Qualifications
PhD (or ThD) in Religious Studies or Theology is required.

Preferred Qualifications
Teaching experience.

Work Environment
Typical classroom setting.

Posting Detail Information

Close Date
11/01/2017

Employment Period:
9 Month

Special Instructions to Applicants
The cover letter should summarize your reasons for interest in and preparation for this position in Religion, Medicine, and Health.

Sample work refers to scholarship, published or unpublished.

A diversity statement that articulates how you could enrich and nurture Furman’s goals as a liberal arts college committed to diversity and inclusion as core values.

The Furman Advantage Statement should focus on how your teaching, scholarship, and mentoring might contribute to the goals of The Furman Advantage initiative.

Evidence of teaching excellence (syllabi, course evaluation summaries, etc.). Attach for Additional Document.

Contact information for 3 letters of reference (these letters will also be needed by November 1).

Initial interviews will be conducted at the November meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston or by Skype around the same time.

Questions may be directed to the chair of the Department of Religion, Dr. Helen Lee Turner at helenlee.turner@furman.edu

To Apply, visit: https://jobs.furman.edu/postings/6783

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