Assistant Professor of Religions in the Americas

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Position Number001189Functional TitleAssistant Professor of Religions in the AmericasPosition TypeTenure StreamPosition EclassFC - Faculty 9 month Non Leave earnUniversity Information

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit

The UNCG Religious Studies Department provides a solid foundation in Religious Studies as a core discipline in the Liberal Arts for all College and University students in support of the General Education Curriculum. The Department also delivers rigorous training for majors, second majors, and minors in Religious Studies that enables students to advance to graduate study in the field, and in cognate fields, or to positions in primary and secondary education. At present, the Department has about 65 majors, including double majors and concentrators in primary education in the School of Education.

The Department vigorously supports key interdisciplinary, University, and College programs including Honors, Freshman Seminars, Communication Across the Curriculum, Residential College, Women’s and Gender Studies, African-American Studies, and International Studies. The Department provides exemplary learning environments and seeks to cultivate in its students the ability to analyze data critically, to express ideas clearly and effectively in speech and in writing, and to develop attitudes of tolerance, inquiry, and understanding in the best tradition of the Liberal Arts.

The Department teaches courses on such traditions as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Taoism. Historical Studies include courses about religions in African, Asian, Middle Eastern, European, and American (especially United States) history. Cultural and theoretical studies include courses on religious philosophies, religious ethics, and theologies; courses exploring political, social, and psychological accounts of religious life; and courses investigating the role religion plays in politics, economics, social movements, arts, sciences, and diverse forms of personal conduct.
UNCG is a Minority Serving Institution, with an undergraduate population of 45% ethnic minority students. UNCG and the Religious Studies Department foster an environment of collaboration across departments and schools and support community-engaged research. UNCG is proud of the diversity of its student body and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. UNCG is located in a metropolitan area of more than 1.6 million in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian mountains. UNCG is an EOE/Affirmative Action/M/F/D/V employer and is strongly committed to increasing faculty diversity.

Position Summary

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Religious Studies Department seeks to appoint a promising teacher/scholar as an Assistant Professor of Religions in the Americas. Field of specialization is open but might include diasporic communities, religious diversity, digital religions, gender, and/or popular culture. Methodological approaches should complement existing strengths in the department. Candidates must have an interest in contributing to key College and University programs and in active engagement with students and colleagues both in and out of the classroom.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must hold or anticipate a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related discipline by August 1, 2020. Applicants should submit all materials electronically.
The packet should consist of a cover letter (including a description of research program, teaching interests, and teaching philosophy); CV; a representative publication or writing sample of up to twenty pages; evidence of effective teaching, and the names, emails, and phone numbers of three people to be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Preferred QualificationsTenure StatusTenure TrackSpecial Instructions to Applicants


Applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) contacts to provide Letters of Recommendation, in the References section of the electronic application. These contacts will be solicited by the SpartanTalent system via email, and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur after the interview process when the top candidate has been selected.

Recruitment RangeCommensurate with experienceOrg #-DepartmentReligious Studies - 12216Job Open Date08/13/2019For Best Consideration Date11/11/2019Job Close DateOpen Until FilledYesFTE1.000Type of AppointmentPermanentTime Limited DurationNumber of Months per Year9FLSAExemptADA Checklist

ADA Checklist

"R" for Rare (0-30%),"O" for Occasional (30-60%),"F" for Frequent (60-90%),"C" for Constant (90-100%).

Physical EffortHand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - F, Reading - C, Writing - C, Eye-hand coordination - C, Vision-Color Distinction - O, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - C, Vision-Visual inspection - C, Hearing - C, Talking - C, Standing - C, Sitting - C, Walking - F, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - F, Pushing/Pulling - F, Climbing-Stairs - F, Bending - F, Squatting - R, Crawling - R, Reaching - FWork EnvironmentInside - CApplicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Writing Sample(s)
  6. Research Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Reference Letter 1
  2. Reference Letter 2
  3. Reference Letter 3
Supplemental Questions

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  1. Please indicate how you learned of the vacant position for which you are applying:
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    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
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    • UNC School System Job Board
    • Personal Networking
    • Facebook
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    • Other
  2. If you selected "Other", please provide the name of the resource here.

    (Open Ended Question)




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Posted: 8/14/2019
Application Due: 8/21/2019
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