Open-Rank, Tenure-Track Professor of Islamic Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at Bucknell University invites applications for the Josephine Hildreth Detmer & Zareen Taj Mirza Professorship in Islamic Studies, to begin in August 2018. The position can be filled at any rank from tenure-track assistant professor to full professor.

The Department of Religious Studies at Bucknell serves majors and minors pursuing the academic study of religion, as well as a large number of students from other majors. We seek a teacher-scholar who can help us maintain the department's reputation for effective teaching and productive research, and whose teaching, research, and service will contribute to the department's commitment to diversity and to the liberal arts mission. Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Islamic Studies is required by start date. The ideal candidate will be an expert in Islam as a global religious tradition, with interdisciplinary research that highlights trans-regional or trans-national connections between the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, or beyond. Some undergraduate teaching experience and a record of scholarship are considered strengths.

Teaching responsibilities: Five undergraduate courses per year, including Islam (RELI 201), rotating responsibility for Theories of Religion (RELI 232), a 100-level course (such as Introduction to the Quran; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; or another introductory course of the candidate's design), and upper-level courses in the candidate's area of expertise.

For additional information and to apply, please visit Bucknell's career center at Questions should be directed to Professor Stuart Young, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies (

Applicants at the level of assistant professor should include a cover letter, C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of scholarship (a book chapter or journal article of no more than thirty pages), and three confidential letters of recommendation.

Applicants at the level of associate or full professor should include a cover letter, C.V., a sample of scholarship (a book chapter or journal article of no more than thirty pages), and three confidential letters of recommendation.

The Religious Studies Department is committed to diversity and inclusiveness; candidates should address their relevant experience and expertise in these areas in their application materials.

Completed applications received by October 1, 2017 will receive full consideration. Initial interviews of selected applicants will take place at the Annual Meetings of the AAR/SBL in Boston, November 17-20 or through video conference.

Bucknell University, an EEOC Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community, and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.