Funding Opportunities Related to Character Development in Adolescents

Funding Opportunities Related to Character Development in Adolescents


Through generous support from the John Templeton Foundation, Baylor University is soliciting applications for two Requests for Proposals in relation to the project, “.”  Both RFPs aim to galvanize widespread scientific development and dissemination of virtue interventions for adolescents across a diversity of contexts youth inhabit that attend to spirituality and transcendent purpose. Proposals for both calls should focus on interventions targeted to develop one or more of eight virtues, including: love, gratitude, hope, patience, generosity, joy, wisdom, and forgiveness. Dr. Sarah Schnitker (Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University) and Dr. Benjamin Houltberg (Director of Research, USC Performance Science Institute, Marshall School of Business) are leading this project.


RFP 1: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development grants will award 3-5 grants ranging from $150,000 to $300,000.  Researchers and youth practitioners will work in collaboration to develop and test interventions targeted to build virtues in adolescents in non-school based contexts (e.g., athletic teams, religious organizations, youth community centers, youth organizations).  The project timeline is fall 2019-2021. Application Deadline: May 1, 2019.


RFP 2: The Improving Character Strengths of Adolescents through Technology Innovation grants will award 3-5 grants ranging from $60,000 to $80,000 for a project timeline of 12-14 months from fall 2019-2020. The Technology Innovation Grants will fund innovative technological or new media product prototype development based on applied positive developmental science. Example products include smartphone apps, video games, and content for new media regularly frequented by adolescents (e.g., YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram). Application Deadline: June 1, 2019.


To learn more about this grant, the sub-award opportunities and how to apply, visit:

Contact the team at if you have any questions.

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Call for Applications: Editor of Sociology of Religion

Call for Applications: Editor of Sociology of Religion

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) invites applications for the position Editor of ASR’s journal, Sociology of Religion. The journal has a distinguished record of publishing exceptional sociological research on all facets of religion and spirituality, along with robust two-year (1.556) and five-year (2.000) impact factors. The journal is published by Oxford University Press on a quarterly basis and is highly competitive, with a 16% acceptance rate from among the nearly 200 manuscripts that are typically submitted in a given year and a 12-week average decision time frame on submitted manuscripts. Published articles commonly feature research on the contours and antecedents of religious involvement, the consequences of religiosity for other domains of social life (gender, health, etc.), the linkages between religion and other social institutions, trends related to religious participation and disaffiliation, various expressions of faith and spirituality, and diverse methodological and theoretical approaches for examining such topics. Sociology of Religion focuses principally on the publication of basic research that meets stringent scholarly standards. Theoretical and methodological sophistication are a hallmark of articles published in Sociology of Religion. Articles commonly discuss the implications of research findings for the ongoing investigation of religion, social policy, and religious practice. Thus, while applied research is not a principal focus of the journal, practical considerations associated with research findings are commonly addressed. Research published in the journal is promoted through various venues, including social media (e.g., @SORJournal Twitter account), podcasts, and the annual meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (held in August).


Applications for the position of Editor will be accepted from sole scholars or prospective co-editors who propose working in tandem with one another. (If a co-editor arrangement is proposed, the respective responsibilities or roles of each colleague should be specified.) All applications will be subject to review by the ASR Council, with plans to have selected an Editor-elect in the latter months of 2019. The Editor of Sociology of Religion serves at the discretion of ASR Council, with the report delivered at each annual meeting serving as a critical means of Council’s assessment of the Editor’s performance.


The successful applicant is expected to serve a three-year term as Editor beginning in 2021. A twelve-month apprentice year as Editor-elect during the 2020 calendar year will permit the successful applicant to transition into the role with direction from the journal’s current Editor. A successful three-year term as Editor may lead to one or more additional terms if the Editor and Council both support this additional appointment. Regardless of the number of terms served, an additional yearlong commitment past the regular term is anticipated to provide consultation to the next Editor on an as needed basis. The apprentice year for the Editor-elect and the consulting year for the past-Editor are each supported by a modest stipend ($1000). The apprentice year stipend is coupled with funds to support the Editor-elect’s travel to the ASR annual meeting and, if needed, a training visit between the Editor and Editor-elect. Additional Editor-elect travel for an editor orientation hosted and financially supported by the publisher is also likely during the initial transition year. At a minimum, then, the one-term appointment to the position entails a five-year commitment or, if renewed for additional terms, longer. In summary, a standard three-year term entails a five-year commitment as described below.


Five-Year Editor Commitment for Sociology of Religion

  • Year 1—Apprentice year: Serve as Editor-elect ($1,000 incoming transition stipend for Editor-elect with additional travel funds) during which the Editor-elect is trained by the current Editor
    • This year overlaps with the final year of the Editor’s regular term
  • Years 2-4—Editor’s regular term: Normal term of service as Editor (annual Editor stipend of $10,500 with additional annual meeting travel funds and discretionary funds)
    • Note that, for one term of service, year 4 doubles as the last year of the regular term and the Editor-elect’s apprentice year
  • Year 5—Consulting year: Editor’s term had previously concluded, but the past-Editor might be consulted periodically by new Editor ($1,000 outgoing transition stipend for past-Editor)


The Editor serves as the key decision-maker concerning manuscripts submitted to the journal working in concert with the Editorial Board and manuscript reviewers. Sociology of Religion has a reputation for producing reviews that are timely, thorough, and governed by rigorous scholarly standards. The Editor is expected to participate in the ASR annual meetings (held each August), at which the Editor provides a report on the journal to ASR Council. (Reports provided by the previous Editor will be shared with the Editor-elect during the editorial transition.) The time commitment for this position is significant. Extended absences of multiple weeks at a time can create manuscript backlogs and at least one course release per year or its equivalent is expected among competitive applicants.


The successful applicant will be provided with the following during the three-year regular term as Editor.

  • An annual editorial stipend of $10,500 for each year of the regular three-year editorial term
  • Annual meeting travel funds of $1,000 to support travel to the annual ASR meetings at which the Editor will deliver a report on the journal to ASR Council
  • Discretionary funds not to exceed $2,500 per year that could be used for editorial assistance, additional travel, or editorial activities that further the mission of ASR and its journal, with parameters governing the use of these funds subject to negotiation with and approval by Council
  • Book Review Editor, selected by the Editor and subject to Council’s approval; the Book Review Editor will receive an annual stipend of $4,000 paid directly to the Book Review Editor for each of the three years of the regular editorial term



Applications formatted with one-inch margins all around must include the following components to receive full consideration.


  1. Applicant background and qualifications. In one to two single-spaced pages, identify and describe previous and current positions held as well as any other professional experience and notable achievements to date. Due attention should be given to how the applicant’s positions, experience, and achievements have prepared the applicant to assume the role of Editor and conduct the activities the appointment requires.


  1. Primary goals and proposed actions. In one to two single-spaced pages, articulate the primary goals that are anticipated to guide the editorial term and the corresponding actions that would constitute the execution of duties as Editor. Aspirations for the journal and a means of realizing them should be conveyed. These aspirations may augment the current positive trajectory and momentum of the journal or may propose to take the journal in new and innovative directions.


  1. Institutional environment and support. In approximately one single-spaced page, describe the institutional environment in which the current position is held and briefly discuss any forms of support that are anticipated to be offered by the institution. A summary of how those resources will facilitate the discharge of editorial responsibilities is requested. ASR Council recognizes that a period of negotiation may be needed to finalize any mechanisms of institutional support.


  1. Appendix A: Institutional letter of support. All applications should include, as Appendix A, a letter of institutional support provided by a college dean or comparable administrator with the authority to approve the appointment and marshal the resources that are necessary to serve in the role of Editor. Letters that indicate specific means and degrees of support (course releases, office space, administrative assistance, and other forms of support) are strongly encouraged.


  1. Appendix B: Curriculum vita. Please append a copy of a current curriculum vita to the application as Appendix B. There is no page limit for a c.v.


Submission procedures. Please submit the specified materials (all five items) as a single PDF document to Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer of ASR, at no later than April 30, 2019.

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:, (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

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 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

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