Adjunct Faculty, Department of Religious Studies

Job description

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 College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS). It is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, in full accord with the value that DU places on Inclusive Excellence. Ours is a high‐profile department in the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, which describes 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 higher 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, which the University of Denver shares with the Iliff School of Theology.

Position Summary
The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for an adjunct position teaching a mixed undergraduate/MA level course, RLGS 3350 Culture, Psyche, and Religion, in Spring 2021. A syllabus is on file but the successful candidate would be welcome to design a syllabus of their own. The Department is particularly interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to our Colleges commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Essential Functions

  • Teach one course in our ten-week spring quarter.
  • Teach online synchronous courses meeting twice per week for a four credit-hour course.
  • Delineate distinct readings and assignment requirements for undergraduate and MA students.
  • Hold weekly office hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the field (subject matter expertise).
  • Knowledge of contemporary pedagogy.
  • Ability to teach effectively via Zoom.
  • Ability to use Canvas.
  • Ability to provide feedback to students in a timely manner.
  • Commitment to utilizing and engaging a diverse range of perspectives, scholars, approaches, and resources in teaching materials and practices.

Required Qualifications

  • Completed Ph.D. prior to appointment (no exceptions). Degree may be from religious studies or any relevant field with religious studies training.
  • Proven record of successful teaching experience during and/or after ones graduate training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Theoretical training that includes familiarity with a diverse range of theorists.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on February 22, 2021.

Course Rate
$4,150 per course

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Evidence of teaching experience
  4. Names and contact information of three individuals who can serve as references

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 493459
Posted: 2/8/2021
Application Due: 4/9/2021
Work Type: Part Time
Salary: Negotiable