Assistant or Associate Professor of African American Religious History

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Working Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of African American Religious History

Position Type: Teaching and Research Faculty

Department: Department of Religious Studies

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 09-23-2018

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in African American Religious History at the level of assistant or associate professor, beginning August 2019. We seek candidates whose scholarship is centered on North American African American voices, sources, practices, and perspectives and who are actively engaged in the field of African American religious studies; we are otherwise open regarding the research specifics of religious tradition(s), themes, or chronological focus. Applicants should possess a strong research and publication agenda, including a distinguished publication record for those applying at the associate level, and should be prepared to teach courses in African American religious history, broadly defined, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and train students in historical research methods. Applicants must be on track to receive a PhD in Religious Studies or other relevant field by August 2019 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

This position affords the opportunity to teach and research in a large and vibrant religious studies department centrally located in the humanities and liberal arts at a major research university. The department's offerings are comprehensive and global in scope, spanning regions, traditions, cultures, languages, and methods. Graduate training occurs in numerous areas, including American Religions and African and African Diaspora Religions, while research and collaboration that bridges areas thematically and theoretically is encouraged. UVA is home to the renowned Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies, as well as ongoing initiatives of potential relevance including the Americas Center/Centro de las Americas, the Mellon Global South Initiative, and the Democracy Initiative. The Religious Studies Department's programs include Religion and Its Publics, the Project on Lived Theology, and the Democracy, Race, and Religion lab.

This position is part of a pan-University, interdisciplinary cluster hire in Race and Inequality. This cross-Grounds initiative builds on UVA's commitment to creating, advancing, and sustaining a research mission devoted to the study of race, civil rights, and social justice. The cluster includes four tenure-track searches to be conducted by departments across the College of Arts & Sciences, with participation by the humanities, science, and social science divisions, as well as the School of Law and the Curry School of Education.

To apply, submit a Candidate Profile online through [email protected] (, search on posting number 0624109, and electronically attach:
(1) a cover letter describing research agenda and teaching experience;
(2) a curriculum vitae;
(3) a list of three references for those applying at the associate level, or three letters of reference for those applying at the assistant level (As Other 1-3);
(4) a statement describing your contributions to diversity and inclusion ( (As Writing Sample 1); and
(5) a sample article or chapter-length scholarly work (as Writing Sample 2).

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018. The search will remain open until filled.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Matt Hedstrom, Chair, Search Committee, [email protected] For questions regarding the application process, please contact Savanna Galambos, Faculty Search Advisor, [email protected]

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 11/23/2018
Application Due: 1/4/2019
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