Assistant Professor, Religion and Public Life

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-03
Req: R0002380
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Job Description Summary

The Department for the Study of Religions at Wake Forest University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Religion and Public Life. We seek a teacher-scholar trained in religion and its role in U.S. public life in the 20th and 21st centuries. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in religious studies or within a relevant area with training in religious studies. Applicants are expected to provide evidence of an established research program, a clear commitment to engaged scholarship, and effective teaching strategies.

Job Description:

While both qualitative and quantitative methodologies are welcome, candidates should have a firm grounding in interdisciplinary and intersectional research methods and approaches. Potential areas of focus might include (but are not limited to):

  • Religion and race, gender, and class
  • Religion and sexuality
  • Religion and environmental justice
  • Religion and social change
  • Religion and media
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and health
  • Religion and law
  • Religion and politics
  • Religion and education

The teaching load is nine courses over four semesters, housed in the Department for the Study of Religions. Expected courses include Introduction to Religion as well as upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. In addition, the candidate will be expected to participate in the Department’s Religion and Public Engagement Concentration. A successful candidate will have a strong commitment to engaging students both in the classroom and through research mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will close 30 November 2020. Applications should include 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) separate statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and 4) the names and contact information for three references. Documents should be sent in a single PDF document. The teaching philosophy should include how the candidate incorporates diversity into pedagogical methods. Complete applications should be submitted as a single PDF document to For additional questions about the position, please contact Dr. Lucas Johnston ( Questions about the application and submission process may be directed to If access to the internet is a challenge, a hard copy of the application materials may be mailed to P.O. Box 7212, Winston-Salem. NC 27109.

Additional Job Description

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (5200 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 2,200 graduate students in schools of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The quality of the undergraduate and graduate teaching environments is outstanding, and our faculty combine commitment to that mission with nationally and internationally recognized leadership in research. Wake Forest ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges and Universities. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by our motto Pro Humanitate. For quick facts about the University, go to

Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals and an active biomedical research community. The city is ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national surveys. Winston-Salem is less than an hour from the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Mountains and less than 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.




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Posted: 10/25/2020
Application Due: 12/24/2020
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