Postdoctoral Fellow, Religion & Urban Culture 2.0

Appointment Status:  Non-Tenure Track

Department: Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

Religion and Urban Culture 2.0 invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellows in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts. Appointments are for one year with an expected second year renewal.  The start date is September 1, 2020 with a project end date of August 31, 2022. We seek applications from scholars whose research addresses issues at the intersection of religion and urban culture.  Applicants need not be scholars of religious studies, though experience with religious congregations as organizations will be helpful.  However, scholars whose interests are in other aspects of urban culture or cultural studies with a focus on race, class or policy in the United States are also encouraged to apply.  Fellows will be expected to conduct fieldwork, to know ethnographic methods, to be  proficient in both office and research software (either quantitative or qualitative), to stay abreast of current literature, and to function as part of a working research team with two senior directors and four additional graduate assistants. Fellows will also be encouraged to pursue their own research interests within the bounds of the project and to create their own written products for publication or presentation at professional conferences.  Fellows will be expected to teach one course per academic year in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts.

Applications received by August 1, 2020 will be given full consideration; however, the search will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

Basic Qualifications Must have received the Ph.D. within the last 5 years in a humanities or social science field related to religious organizations or the urban environment. Experience in ethnographic methods preferred. Must be able to work with diverse constituencies, be able to conduct research on-site at various congregations, demonstrate technical proficiency, and be able to communicate well both orally and in writing. The successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to work both independently and with teams of researchers in a time-sensitive project.

Questions concerning the position should be addressed to Dr. Arthur Farnsley (

Salary $50,000. Full benefits are included; for details, see:

A complete application includes a cover letter outlining relevant education and training experience, an abbreviated CV, and names and contact information for three references.   Please send to Dr. Arthur Farnsley (  Applications received by 8/1/2020 will receive full consideration. For Best Consideration Date 08/01/2020

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RRA Seeks Treasurer

Religious Research Association Treasurer

The Religious Research Association invites applications for treasurer, to begin January 1, 2021. The treasurer is a voluntary position appointed by the Board of Directors to a three-year term and may serve an unlimited number of terms.


  1. Assist the Executive Officer in creating and administering the annual operating budget:
    1. Provide advice to and review of the Executive Officer in his or her preparation of the annual operating budget.
    1. Review quarterly budget reports from the Business Manager or Executive Officer.
    1. Advise Executive Officer on the timing and nature of outside financial reviews, and the choice of a reviewer.
  2. Manage the Association’s two investment funds – the Restricted Reserve Fund ($300,000), and the H.P.Douglass Fund ($50,000):
    1. Chair the Investment Committee (Treasurer, Executive Officer, and President).

Be accountable for the implementation of the investment policy and making suggestions to the board through the investment committee for changes to it.

  • Monitor investments and make quarterly performance reports to Investment Committee.
    • Guide the Investment Committee in choosing and changing Mutual Funds and ETFs that implement the Investment Policy, and in tweaking the allocation among specific investments.
    • Be accountable for the implementation of the investment policy, and guide the Board in the occasional review and revision of Investment Policies
  • Submit Treasurer’s report to the annual board meeting that includes: an overview of the fiscal situation of the Association; comment on the current and past year’s operating budget performance; commentary on the proposed budget; a summary of decisions made by the Investment Committee, and comment on investments including attachment of the previous quarter’s Investment Committee report.
  • Attend annual Board of Directors meetings as a voting member.
  • Participate in Executive Committee decision making.


  1. Be a member in good standing with the Association.
  2. Experience/Familiarity with organizational budgets and budgeting.
  3. Experience/Familiarity with retirement account and/or endowment investment strategy and oversight.
  4. Experience/Familiarity/Comfort with mutual fund/ETF investments.

To Apply

Interested persons should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae to Executive Officer Kevin Dougherty at Application materials are due September 1. The Board of Directors will select a treasurer at the 2020 board meeting in October.

Funding opportunity: call for proposals on gratitude to God

Biola University, with the help of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and under the direction of Peter Hill and Robert Emmons, welcomes proposals from various disciplines to investigate questions that concern gratitude to God*. Letters of intent are due January 29th, 2020.

Proposals may be for projects that utilize the methodologies of the psychological sciences, philosophy, theology, or religious studies. Empirical projects may be multi-method, qualitative, theoretical, cross-cultural, employ behavioral measures, or incorporate developmental approaches (though none of these are required). For the empirical projects, experi­mental methodologies are encouraged. There are four separate award competitions: (1) empirical large grants, (2) empirical early career grants, (3) non-empirical large grants, and (4) non-empirical early career grants. Total funding available for this RFP is $2.8M. For more instructions and more information, visit Queries may be sent to

We anticipate proposals for empirical and non-empirical projects that address one or more of the questions listed below:

  • What is the basic structure of gratitude to God? How does gratitude to God differ from gratitude to others?
  • Why and how do people express gratitude to God or fail to?
  • How is cosmic gratitude an alternative to gratitude to God?
  • What functions does gratitude to God serve?

*For the sake of this proposal and the anticipated projects that we hope it generates, we are using the term “God” to encompass the supreme God of monotheistic traditions, as well as other supernatural or superhuman beings with agency and powers (gods, spirits, ghosts, saints), whether personal or impersonal, with capacities to “make things happen or prevent them from happening, especially obtaining goods and avoiding bads” (Smith, 2017, p. 22). The phrase “personal or impersonal” implies that the superhuman powers may or may not be believed to possess consciousness, intentions, feelings, desires and other properties of the mind. We use the term “cosmic gratitude” in the RFP to depict the state that is felt by people who are inclined to feel gratitude for things not plausibly attributable to human agency nor to a personal supernatural or superhuman agent (Roberts, 2014).