Associate Director of Research, Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance

Associate Director of Research, Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance
The Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance is pleased to be hiring an associate director of research. The associate director of research will be responsible for helping spearhead the development of a new research arm through the Boniuk Institute and overseeing research through the Boniuk Institute and the Religion and Public Life Program, in addition to other programs and centers housed in the Boniuk Institute. The person who fills this position will direct and supervise research grants, research agreements, and projects that deal with topics such as global religious pluralism and religion and inequality. The ideal candidate will be a Master’s or PhD-level researcher who is a specialist in some of the following research areas: religious pluralism, religious tolerance, religion and race, and/or religion and gender. The candidate should have a track record of publication, experience managing externally funded research projects, and experience managing complex teams.  As one of four directors, the ideal candidate will be a key part of the leadership team of the Boniuk Institute, working closely with the outreach, operations, and academic program arms of the Boniuk Institute in light of a new strategic plan, which makes research central to the Institute’s mission. This position will be based in Houston, Texas at Rice University and be partially remote. The candidate should expect to work a minimum of two days in the office per week. The expected hiring range is between 100-110K depending on research experience.


·      PhD preferred; at least Master’s degree required.

·      5 years of related experience in a combination of research administration and/or research experience; in lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required may be substituted.

·      Skills Required

o   Excellent collaborative, judgement, leadership, negotiation, problem solving, and critical thinking skills with attention to details and willingness to take initiative and lead teams.

o   Excellent project management skills.

o   Proven ability to create, monitor, and adhere to budgets.

o   High proficiency and comprehensive knowledge of project management including the proven ability to predict and evaluate potential risks and to create solutions before they arise.

o   Ability to translate research to broader audiences.

o   Ability to collect, organize, and manage large amounts of data.

o   Knowledge of statistical software, such as SPSS/SAS/R, preferred.

o   Knowledge of qualitative analysis software, such as Atlas.ti or Nvivo, preferred.

Essential Functions

·      Collaborates with faculty, University leadership, and Institute leadership to develop, set, and execute the strategic research goals and objectives of the Institute and its Director.

·      Fosters the development of interdisciplinary research nurturing collaborative research programs to connect individuals and researchers at other institutions at the city, national, and international level.

·      Responsible for research budget forecasting, in collaboration with the senior research administrator of finance.

·      Creates, oversees, and supervises others in maintaining and communicating with research respondents across multiple projects.

·      Identifies, qualifies, and develops potential funding sources.

  • Coordinates with the associate director of academic programs in fundraising for major programs and applying for grants for the Institute-based centers that focus on religious tolerance.

·      Collaborates with the outreach arm of the Boniuk Institute to translate research.

  • Maintains human subject protocols for research projects and ensures compliance, including the protection of subject confidentiality.
  • Supervises others in maintaining systems for tracking research project-related presentations, publications, and other outputs.
  • Prepares (or supervises others in writing) technical reports for sponsoring agencies and performs other project-related writing tasks, as needed.

·      Identifies and assists with writing of research grants.

·      Identifies and assists with identifying opportunities for research funding.

·      If desired, will have the opportunity to also directly contribute to research and publish from data.

·      Performs all other duties as assigned.

Additional Functions

·      Oversees and contributes to the day-to-day activities of the project and research office functions. This includes overseeing and mentoring research project staff, project development, data collection, and data analysis defined by research grant/project timelines and within the agreed budget.

·      Works with survey firms to coordinate survey activities and manage data collected; the primary point of contact for project survey firms and contracted personnel for research projects.



Please apply if you are interested:

Applications due March 23rd, 2023

Sociology Position: American University of Sharjah

The Department of International Studies at American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates seeks to fill  an open-rank position in sociology starting on August 13, 2023. Successful candidates may be offered a one-year visiting position or a rolling-track full-time position, depending on their academic profiles. Areas of specialization and competence are open. Demonstrated ability in conducting quantitative research and teaching research methods courses is a plus. Candidates must be able to teach a range of introductory and upper-level undergraduate/graduate sociology courses in their subfields.

Successful candidates must have earned a PhD in Sociology at the time of application, a record of excellent teaching, a strong record of publication in well-respected outlets, and be willing and able to move to the UAE by August 13, 2023. The regular teaching load is three courses per semester.

As a university formed on the American model and with English as the language of instruction, American University of Sharjah will give priority to candidates who have substantial experience in American models of higher education. The university offers a globally competitive salary and benefits package, including free on-campus housing.

Application materials must be uploaded as two files. One file should contain a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references. A second file should contain a writing/publication sample and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please apply online at:

American University of Sharjah is a not-for-profit, independent, coeducational institution of higher education formed on American models but thoroughly grounded in Arab culture. Located in University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (about 15 km from Dubai), AUS offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,400 students from approximately 90 nations.

AUS is among the top five universities with the highest percentage of international students according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (2022), reflecting a dynamic and cosmopolitan metro area that includes abundant opportunities for travel, entertainment, cultural experiences and natural beauty.

AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS has been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 USA) since June 2004.

You are welcome to contact Dr. Yuting Wang, Head of the Department, at with any questions about the position.

The application deadline is March 31, 2023.

Call for Papers: Partners for Sacred Places

Partners for Sacred Places has been a leader for the last 35 years history in empowering faith communities in community engagement.  Partners is the only nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to sound stewardship and active community use of older sacred places across America.  They have provided capital campaign training and fundraising strategies, along with technical assistance, and grants to congregations and stewards of historic sacred places in all 50 states, as well as D.C., Puerto Rico, the USVI, and Canada. They have supported a wide range of faith communities on the wise and effective use of their buildings including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Quaker. 

Partners has also generated significant research into the impact that sacred places have in their contexts.  Their “Halo Effect” study documented the civic value contributed and found it to be considerable:  the average urban sacred place has an economic impact totaling about $1.7 million when calculating programs offered, direct spending, shared space with other organizations, recreational facilities, etc.  They also found that the social value of rural congregations is $735,000.

However, as congregations are declining in size and numbers, taking care of beloved old buildings can be crippling.   Many sacred places are closing, being repurposed for non-religious uses, or even being demolished, although there is no hard data on this.  There is concern among neighbors and civic leaders about what might happen when the church that was the anchor of a neighborhood is gone or the temple that was so central to the social fabric of a community closes.   What happens to the service programs that were housed there—what is the impact on their clientele? There is very little research (quantitative or qualitative) to back up anecdotal evidence on the cumulative effects of the loss of sacred places. 

Partners for Sacred Places is seeking researchers who can look at the flip side of the Halo Effect—what is lost when a sacred space and its stewards are gone?  Research is being sought to begin this documentation through five research grants.  The timeline is relatively short and the stipend modest, although it is hoped that this could be part of other research projects.   Research could be at the macro or micro level, looking at larger trends or individual case studies—quantitative or ethnographic.  There might be opportunity for researchers to present their findings at an event in April, 2024, and of course publication is encouraged. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Katie Day (

Deadline for 300 word abstract of idea: April 1, 2023
Awards announced: May 1, 2023
Research period: May 2023-January 2024
Deadline for paper (8000 words): March 1, 2024