Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor,Dept of Religious Studies

USA, Colorado, Denver
May 23, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver is currently comprised of eight active and productive, nationally-recognized scholars in the Division of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (AHSS). The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region and enrolls over 11,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Our department offers BA and MA degrees in Religious Studies.

Position Summary

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a one-year, non-tenure track Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor with competencies in one or more of the following areas of specialization: Native American/Indigenous Religious Traditions; Religion, Gender and Sexuality; Religion and Popular Culture; Religion and Law, effective September 1, 2017. The successful candidate will teach eight courses during the 2017-2018 academic year, at the undergraduate level, i.e. 2000-level courses, which in RLGS fulfill distributional requirements in the University's common (general education, core) curriculum. The successful candidate is expected to develop courses for this position, including adapting courses taught elsewhere. Courses should generally be appropriate for interested undergraduate students without significant background in Religious Studies, and should be pitched to attract students from a wide variety of majors. Interest in and the ability to teach a service learning course would be particularly welcomed.

Essential Functions

  • Teach eight courses during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Teach five courses (multiple sections of the same offering) fitting the Analytical Inquiry -- Society and Culture component of the University's undergraduate common curriculum.
  • Teach three courses (multiple sections of the same offering) fitting the Advanced Seminar component of the University's undergraduate common curriculum.
  • Frame courses to meet University and Departmental learning outcomes and assessment practices.
  • Mentor and advise students.
  • Serve as a good citizen within the Department of Religious Studies and the University of Denver.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of Ph.D. prior to appointment (no exceptions; a J.D. is not an acceptable substitute). Degree may be from any relevant department (e.g., religious studies, women's and gender studies, anthropology, comparative literature, history, languages and literatures).
  • Proven record of successful teaching experience during and/or after ones graduate training.
  • Strong indications of scholarly promise.
  • Strong commitment to successful teaching and scholarship that demonstrates knowledge and experience with culturally responsive pedagogies aimed at engaging broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach Native American religious traditions, the worldviews and ceremonies of Great Plains tribes, and contemporary Native American experience.
  • Ability to interrogate, comparatively, religio-cultural traditions with respect to what they teach about gendered roles, responsibilities, and purposes in life, how specific religious traditions regulate sexual norms and ethics, how traditions, sacred texts and rituals serve to define gendered practices and behaviors.
  • Ability to address broadly the subject of religion and law (the US Constitution on non-establishment and free exercise, state enactments, as well as religious law - halakhic, canon, sharia/fiqh).
  • Ability to address the subject of religion and popular culture broadly (we are not seeking a specialist in religion and film).

Application Deadline

Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, June 16, 2017, but will consider applications until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to begin application. The University of Denver and the Department of Religious Studies are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter and supporting materials information about how they will advance this commitment in their teaching. For questions related to this position, please contact Alyssa Boltinghouse at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of Application (including a statement of areas of competency and interest)
  2. C.V.
  3. Teaching portfolio (teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and any evidence of teacher training)
  4. Inclusive-excellence statement (should be a succinct description of how the candidates teaching and/or service contribute to inclusive excellence)

In addition to the online application, three letters of recommendation and official transcript of graduate studies should be emailed to Alyssa Boltinghouse at

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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