ADJUNCT TEACHING OPPORTUNITY IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The Religious Studies Department at Austin College (located an hour due north of Dallas in Sherman, TX) seeks one or more adjunct instructors to teach one or more of the courses below for sabbatical replacement. This position offers the opportunity to work with highly motivated undergraduates in the context of a liberal arts college.

Candidates should be a PhD student in or hold a PhD in the area(s) requisite for the intended course(s), although highly qualified holders of an appropriate master’s degree will also be considered.

For fall 2017 (Aug. 24-Dec. 8), the available courses are in biblical studies and/or christian ethics, both at the introductory level. For spring 2018 (Jan. 29-May 17), the courses will be our comparative introduction to Christianity (What Is Christianity?) and/or one of the following courses, based on candidate qualifications:

• Gender and Sexuality in Christianity (introductory or intermediate)
• Christianity and Social Transformation (introductory or intermediate)
• Christianity and Capitalism (intermediate)
• Introduction to Judaism
• Introduction to Islam
• Introduction to Catholicism
• Protestantisms in the Contemporary US (introductory)
• Religious Diversity in the Contemporary US
• Latina/o Religions (either in the US or Latin America (or both), intermediate)
• African American Religions (intermediate)
• Women and the Bible (introductory or intermediate)
• Religion and the Environment (intermediate)
• Religion and Health (in Western contexts, intermediate)
• Religion and Literature (introductory or intermediate)
• Religion and the Arts (introductory or intermediate).

Applications are due May 1, with the aim of completing the hiring process within the month of May. To receive instructions for applying or for further information, email Dr. Jeremy Posadas, Asst. Prof. of Religious Studies: <jposadas@austincollege.edu>.

Austin College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants. Candidates must be legally authorized to work without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The religious studies program offers an array of courses that provide broad exposure to diverse religious texts, traditions, practices, and themes throughout various world cultures/regions from the ancient to the modern periods. The program focuses on the intersection of religious meanings and specific cultural contexts that shape those meanings. The approach to the study of religion is therefore largely interdisciplinary, with any single course providing exposure to several different methods of analysis and interpretation. Using these diverse approaches, the religious studies program investigates the complex, often ambiguous processes, products and performances of religious communities and individuals over time. The faculty also seeks to understand and assess religious phenomena on their own terms, appreciating their contributions to human vitality in the past and present, and examining their significance for the future. The department welcomes students from all religious and theological/philosophical/ideological persuasions, and aim to foster an environment in which students feel free to deepen their understanding of their own traditions while engaging alternative perspectives that provide challenges and new insights. (Read about the department’s curriculum here: <http://bulletin.austincollege.edu/667/religious-studies>.)

ABOUT AUSTIN COLLEGE <www.AustinCollege.edu>: Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

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