Social Theory of Race and Religion in the U.S.

Sep 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition Number: 0810968

Position Summary: Tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Social Theory of Race and Religion in the U.S.

Minimum Preferred Qualifications: The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Social Theory of Race and Religion in the U.S., beginning August 2018. The successful applicant's area of focus will complement and enhance the research areas of the Department, in terms of historical period, groups/locations studied, and critical methods used. Specific topics of research and teaching are open within this area. In general terms, the successful candidate will approach the modern designators "race" and "religion" as socio-rhetorical tools that actors/groups in the U.S. use to claim and negotiate issues and resources in practical, historical situations. Like all members of the Department, the successful candidate will see her/his work as answering cross-culturally relevant questions related to identity, power, and discourse. The committee welcomes applications from candidates with academic training in the academic study of religion, but also entertains training in such fields as cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, race studies, comparative literature, etc., as long as expertise in researching and teaching social theory as applied to the study of discourses on religion and race is evident. Applicants should demonstrate an active and ongoing research agenda, teaching experience, and evidence of the ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service. Evidence of an engagement with the public/digital humanities is also desirable, whether in teaching, service, or research. All faculty members in REL contribute to teaching introductory courses as well as teaching more specialized upper-level undergraduate seminars and supervising M.A. students whose work focuses on social theory of religion. Review of applications will begin on October 1. Applicants are required to apply online, submitting a cover letter, C.V. including names and addresses of three references, and Writing Sample (submitted as Other Document). Selected applicants will subsequently be asked to provide letters of recommendation, and a group of semi-finalists will have a brief online conversation with the committee prior to the Department identifying finalists to be brought to campus for interviews. For information, please contact Professor Steven Ramey Chair, Social Theory of Race and Religion in the U.S. Search Department of Religious Studies 212 Manly Hall P.O. Box 870264 University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0264

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