Adjunct Faculty in Islam

USA, Denver, Colorado
Oct 11, 2017
University of
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver is a vibrant department of eight productive, nationally recognized scholar-teachers who have attracted a growing cadre of undergraduate majors, double majors and graduate students in the Division of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (AHSS). Ours is a high-profile department in the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, which defines itself as a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU enrolls over 11,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies DU as a research university with high research activity. Our department offers BA and MA degrees in Religious Studies, and we are core contributors to the Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion the University of Denver shares with the Iliff School of Theology.

Position Summary

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver requests applications for one adjunct instructor position to teach RLGS 3500: Islam during the Winter 2018 quarter. RLGS 3500: Islam is a mixed undergraduate/graduate introduction to the history, faith, culture(s), and politics of Islam, starting with the Judeo-Christian Near Eastern context in which it emerged and tracing its theological development and geographic spread across the world. Proceeding thematically along a broad historical frame, the course ends with an examination of the numerous, often competing, trends in contemporary Muslim communities. During the term, students are required to make two site visits to area mosques. Adjunct faculty are compensated at a rate of $4,000 per course.

Essential Functions

  • Teach one section of RLGS 3500: Islam during the Winter 2018 quarter.
  • Provide evidence of knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Mentor and advise students.
  • Serve as a good citizen within the Department of Religious Studies, the University of Denver, and the community beyond.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of Ph.D. prior to appointment (no exceptions).
  • Degree may be from any relevant department (e.g., religious studies, history, comparative literature, anthropology, sociology, languages and literatures, interdisciplinary or area studies programs).
  • Appropriate language training at an advanced level to sustain informed pedagogy, and to support one's scholarly goals.
  • Proven record of successful teaching experience during and/or after one's graduate training, and a strong commitment to teaching.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience with culturally responsive pedagogies aimed at engaging broadly diverse student populations.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please apply by October 25, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed until 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 apply. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Greg Robbins at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of application (including a statement of areas of competency and interest)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching portfolio (teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and any evidence of teacher training)
  4. Separate inclusive excellence statement - The University of Denver and the Department of Religious Studies are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants should acquaint themselves with our priorities and initiatives by visiting these websites: and Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter and supporting materials information about how they will advance this commitment in their teaching.
  5. Send three letters of reference

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The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ 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.