Job Opportunity: Religion and Healing, UNC-Charlotte

Position Number 005885
Working Title Assistant Professor
Classification Title 9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty
College Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)
Department
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent – Full-time
Months per year 9
Primary Purpose of Department The Department of Religious Studies provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the academic study of religion in a pluralistic, multicultural, and global context; conducts and publishes research related to religion; and provides service that enhances public understanding of issues related to religion. Religious studies faculty also contribute to the institutional work of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University. Our mission is to foster critical understanding of the significance of religion in human societies and cultures.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advances the ethical discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and creativity, and – by building the academic programs for tomorrow – educates students to be informed, critical thinkers and competent communicators, to work successfully in a world of increasing diversity and change, and to be engaged citizens in a global society.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website: http://provost.uncc.edu/academic-budget-personnel/handbook/search-committee

Essential Duties and Responsibilities The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Religion and Healing to begin August 2018. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, teaching experience at the university level, an active research agenda that critically examines the intersections of religious practices and traditions with physical and/or mental health, and which complements our department’s existing strengths, and a commitment to diversity initiatives and expanding diversity and inclusion within the department. Time period, region of research specialization and methodological approach are open; possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to: history of science, medicine, and religion; critical race and ethnic studies; anthropology and sociology; and the body in religion.

Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research.

Minimum Experience/Education UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.
Preferred Education, Skills and Experience Desired qualifications include research and pedagogic expertise in religions of the Global South; experience with quantitative research methodologies or digital humanities; and experience teaching Religious Studies theories and methods.

Applicants must be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Religious Studies as well as the University’s general education program.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications
Special Notes to Applicants The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Religion and Healing to begin August 2018. Screening of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu and should include a cover letter and CV with a list of three references. Any questions about this search can be sent to Eric Hoenes del Pinal, Chair of the Religion and Healing Search Committee, at ehoenes@uncc.edu. Inquiries can also be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Joanne.Robinson@uncc.edu.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCEInstitution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

Applicants subject to criminal background check.

Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 11/01/2017
Proposed Hire Date 08/15/2018
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information Any questions about this search can be sent to Eric Hoenes del Pinal, Chair of the Religion and Healing Search Committee, at ehoenes@uncc.edu. Inquiries can also be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Joanne.Robinson@uncc.edu.

News from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society

Kraig Beyerlein New Director of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference, and the Andrew M. Greeley Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the Sociology of Religion

Associate Professor Kraig Beyerlein is the new Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS) at the University of Notre Dame. He replaces Christian Smith after a decade of service. Kraig received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a faculty member at the University of Arizona before coming to Notre Dame. He has long been a member of and held council positions in the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Kraig’s research focuses on religion and civic engagement/social movements, appearing in such journals as the American Sociological Review, the Journal for the Scientific Study of ReligionSocial ForcesSociological Methods and Research, and the Sociology of Religion.

The CSRS will host a Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference on April 27, 2018, bringing advanced graduate students and early assistant professors to campus to present their research and receive comments from leading scholars in the field. All expenses will be paid for selected younger scholars. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

Professors of other rank or anyone else interested in the conference are encouraged to join the younger scholars at the conference. Please register here by January 31, 2018. Selected younger scholars need not separately register for the conference.

As part of the Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference, the inaugural Andrew M. Greeley Lifetime Achievement Award in the Sociology of Religion will be presented. Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University is the first recipient of the award. He will give a plenary talk at the end of the conference and his former graduate students Kevin Christiano (University of Notre Dame), Marie Griffith (Washington University St. Louis), Allison Schnable (Indiana University Bloomington), and Brian Steensland (Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis) will celebrate him at dinner.

Executive Director, Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research (HIRR) at Hartford Seminary has a thirty-four year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith. As part of HIRR, the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP) brings together more than 40 participants from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i’ and Orthodox Church organizations to develop both quantitative and qualitative congregational research.

This research, known as the Faith Communities Today (FACT) Survey, has produced some of the most relevant research on congregational life in the United States since 2000 and has enabled pastors, church leaders, and scholars to make unprecedented comparisons among congregations and denominations. Position Description: HIRR is searching for a contracted, part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Executive Director to manage the day-to-day activities of the CCSP and to expand the capacities of CCSP as a relevant research-generating entity. This position may be performed remotely or on-site at Hartford Seminary. The Executive Director will report to the Director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, who also serves as the Chair of CCSP.

Consult the full position description here.

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

The GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion between 2017 and 2020.

The GRRI offers six distinct competitive research and writing grants and fellowships programs available to scholars at all levels of their careers that intend to significantly advance the social scientific study of religions around the world.

For information and the online application, go to grri.nd.edu.
The application deadline is October 16, 2017.