2020-2021 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship opportunity

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving is requesting your assistance in communicating to Ph.D. students the 2020-2021 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship opportunity. The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports the last year of dissertation research that engages issues within religion & philanthropy or faith & giving. Applicants representing all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Please share on your listserv, newsletter, or website the information below regarding the annual $25,000 award for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. 

The link to the application, along with more information regarding the fellowship, can be found here on our website: philanthropy.iupui.edu/fellowship

Applications are now being accepted until January 15, 2020.

Thank you for your assistance with promoting this opportunity and encouraging students to apply before the deadline. For more information, do not hesitate to contact the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Institute of Buddhist Studies: Public Theologies of Technology and Presence Grant Opportunity

Public Theologies of Technology and Presence


The Institute of Buddhist Studies, with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, invites proposals from scholars across the academic disciplines specializing in any religious traditions, theologians from all religious traditions, and professional journalists, to participate in a three-year research and journalism initiative and series of meetings addressing the impacts of technologies on human relationships.


This initiative seeks to support scholars of religion, theologians, and journalists to powerfully address a central concern of contemporary life: The ways in which technologies reshape human relationships and alter how people are or are not “present” to each other.


Sixteen scholars of religion, theologians, and journalists will receive grants of $10,000 each to support research projects and journalistic publications on technologies and interpersonal presence. Grantees will gather yearly to share and hone their work and its applications, explore opportunities for collaboration, and take advantage of significant Silicon Valley and media resources.


Detailed requests for proposals have been issued separately for scholars/theologians and for journalists.


The deadline for the submission of proposals is May 7, 2018.


Address questions about the initiative or the application process to Program Director Dr. Steven Barrie-Anthony: stevenba@shin-ibs.edu, (510) 500-9722.


ASR 2018 Call for Papers

The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) invites you to submit a paper and/or session proposal for our 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The 2018 theme, “Strengthening Weak Ties to other Sociological Subdisciplines,” highlights the meeting overlap with the American Sociological Association (ASA), Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Association of Black Sociologists (ABS), and other sociological associations. Session proposals are due by March 31. Paper proposals are due by April 30. For more information, visit the ASR website at https://www.sociologyofreligion.com/annual-meeting/.

Position Available — Director, Applied Research: Auburn Seminary

The Director for Applied Research will collaborate in directing Auburn Research and The Center for the Study of Theological Education, establishing in partnership with the Vice President for Applied Research the strategic vision, priorities, and methodology of a vibrant research agenda that reflects Auburn’s mission and is responsive to the needs of the field. S/he will direct and carry out research that has an impact on the preparation of leaders of faith and moral courage. The Director for Applied Research will be a member of Auburn’s senior leadership team, and report to the Vice President for Applied Research, with regular access to the Dean.


The Director for Applied Research will be expected to work collaboratively to shape, direct, and carry out an action research agenda that:

• Takes a broad view of the diverse contexts, within and outside of traditional and accredited institutions, in which faith practice and theological education now take place, and their implications for the education and formation of leaders of faith and moral courage today;

• Examines the role faith plays in social justice movements, employing analysis from multifaith and secular perspectives to pressing social concerns such as immigration and demographic shifts, racial justice, inequality, reproductive justice, climate change, in order to understand how to equip leaders most effectively;

• Is attuned to the broad range of theological perspectives and faith traditions, and understands the multifaith and secular contexts that leaders must negotiate;

• Supports the leaders of theological schools and other organizations as they experiment with innovations to meet the changing realities of faith leaders today and the communities they serve, continuing to address seminary leaders’ concerns about sustainable issues while also addressing current concerns about relevance, denominational identity, and pedagogy;

• Identifies the skills and capacities religious leaders in practice need to guide their faith communities in building and sustaining social justice movements, in order to deepen their understanding of the issues and their capacity to speak about these issues in the public arena; and

• Builds, integrates, and models best practices of research and evaluation in Auburn’s educational work and institutional life.

Toward these ends, the Director for Applied Research will:

• Work with the Auburn’s program team to develop both independent and collaborative research, building research teams and engaging consultants when appropriate;

• Work as part of an energetic team of Auburn colleagues, both within the research area, with Auburn’s program team, and across the institution to advance Auburn’s mission and priorities;

• Work with Auburn’s communications team to ensure that Auburn’s research is widely disseminated and promoted through writing, in print and digital, speaking, teaching, and consulting with religious leaders, congregations, communities, and the public at large;

• Harness the talents of allies and partners in the field of theological education and of researchers in the field through professional academic groups (AAR/SBL, SSSR, or similar), and ad hoc collaboration and convenings;

• Collaborate with partner organizations to determine the most effective methodologies for evaluating Auburn’s progress toward its aspirational and practical goals;

• Work actively with the Vice-President for Applied Research and the Strategic Philanthropy team to raise funds to support a robust research agenda;

• Manage the day-to-day operations of the research work, including supervising research fellows or assistants, overseeing research budgets and writing grant reports.


Auburn seeks in its Director for Applied Research a leader with a demonstrated record as a scholar and educator in the fields of theological education, practical theology, sociology of religion, social science, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have:

• A Ph.D. and a proven record of research that employs both qualitative and quantitative research techniques, with a thorough knowledge of statistical analysis and SPSS;

• Experience in an academic or research institution, or in another context in which social science research is critical to the organization’s mission;

• Knowledge of, and respect for, the traditions of theological education and research, combined with an understanding of current issues in the field and an innovative spirit that embraces new approaches to equipping leaders to guide increasingly diverse religious communities;

• Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present cogently and forcefully the substance and excitement of research in theological education to a variety of audiences both within and outside the field;

• Ability and enthusiasm to engage with, and build bridges among, a broad range of institutions across religious traditions, within and outside of the field of theological education, and reflecting diverse perspectives;

• An understanding of the broad landscape of religious life in the United States;

• Strong management, collaboration and team-­building skills;

• An interest in and ability to embrace Auburn’s mission and core values;

• The resilience to thrive in a fast-­paced, challenging entrepreneurial organizational environment;

• A passion for a more just world.


Please send your resume and thoughtful cover letter to the attention of The Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen, Auburn’s Vice President for Applied Research, at work@auburnseminary.org. Please use the job title as the subject line of your email, and use the PDF format for all application materials. All inquiries and nominations should be sent to this email as well. No phone calls, please.

Auburn is a multifaith leadership development and research center working with secular and faith-rooted justice leaders on a national scale, as well as at the grassroots level, who exhibit the drive and potential to awaken the spirit of possibility within each of us to catalyze change and face the challenges of our fragmented, complex time.

Using innovative, research-based methodologies, Auburn equips bold and resilient leaders to frame the critical conversations of the day, and to mobilize the public to work across divides to create the world for which humanity longs. We provide them with education, research, support, and media savvy, so that they can bridge religious divides, build community, pursue justice, and heal the world. Learn more at AuburnSeminary.org.

Sharon L. Miller, Ph.D.

Director of Research

and The Center for the Study of Theological Education

Auburn Seminary

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1800 I New York, NY 10115

Direct: 212-870-3158 Main: (212)662-4315