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Theological Notebook: Dissertation Drudgework and Job Postings for 2009

Blech. Had a horrible night for one reason or another, and have been feeling like I went through the mangle all the rest of today. I backtracked a bit over the long weekend and took some time to go back to the dissertation outline and to look at – and tweak – the big picture again. This was good, as I've been so focused on the current chapter, 3, and its related parts in chapter 2, for a while that I'd gotten a bit vague on the plan for 4 and 5. I also did some bibliographic drudge work down in the bowels of the periodicals section of the library that I needed to get done, or went digging around in European computer catalogs, or even Amazon France, in order to find bibliographic details on material we lacked here in the States, finishing up last night by plodding my way through copies of Dictionnaire de spiritualité ascétique et mystique and the old New Catholic Encyclopedia so that I could eyeball old entries written by Sullivan and properly add them to the bibliography: detail work I knew would be of great meaning and importance to countless people of future generations.

More interestingly, I continued digging through and preparing parts of the job hunt for the coming months, talking through some of it with Emily down in Missouri as she's looking at doing the same in 18th Century Literature. It was interesting to line the jobs up with someone not in the same exact field and to discuss pros and cons of positions regarding their teaching and research balances and possibilities. Given the dominance of research in my own training, it was a bit odd to see quite so many schools that didn't seem to emphasize that part of the equation for faculty. (And to notice things like the massive amounts of jobs looking for scholars of Islam, and of Religion in American.) I've listed the currently-posted job possibilities below the cut, with the major contenders and better fits toward the front, and further down those positions that I'm less interested in, or aren't necessarily looking for me, but which I could arguably fit. I've cut out the addresses and "send info to so-and-so" parts of this, so as to make them less dull for curious family or friends.

Assistant Professor
SYSTEMATICS: CHRISTOLOGY

Duquesne University announces a full-time assistant professor tenure track opening beginning August 2009 in Systematic Theology with a focus on Christology. Applicants should be conversant with the Catholic theological tradition and have a completed doctorate by August 2009. Duties include undergraduate/graduate teaching, doctoral comprehensives and dissertations, and research/publications in one’s area of concentration. Salary is competitive! Application deadline is October 1, 2008. Prearranged interviews will be conducted during the AAR Convention.

Applicants must be willing to contribute actively to the mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns and ecumenical campus community. Duquesne University values diversity and encourage minorities to apply.

Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, all transcripts and three letters of recommendation to:


Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.

Primary Field: Christian Theology: Systematic/Constructive
Additional Fields: Catholic Theology (all areas); Christian Theology: Systematic/Constructive
Department Type: Theology, Religion and Theology
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Required Attributes: Ph.D.
Course Load: 5/year


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Position: Systematic Theology
Salary: Unspecified
Institution: College of the Holy Cross
Location: Massachusetts
Date posted: 9/1/2008
Application deadline: 10/1/2008

Theology: The Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Catholic Systematic Theology to begin in August 2009. Applicants should be grounded in conciliar and post-conciliar theology, including theologies of liberation. Additional areas of competence might include ecumenical theology, theology of revelation, eschatology, or theology of the Holy Spirit. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, continuing scholarship, and service on college committees is expected. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or anticipate its completion by the time of appointment. This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary, one-semester research leave prior to tenure review, and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for senior faculty.

Preliminary interviews by invitation will be held at the AAR Annual Meeting in Chicago, November 1-3, 2008. The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic and Jesuit liberal arts college, enrolling about 2700 students. Located about 45 miles west of Boston, Holy Cross belongs to the Colleges of Worcester Consortium (http://www.cowc.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (http://www.faculty.harvard.edu/01/013.html). The College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action in the workplace.

Primary Field: Catholic Theology (all areas)
Department Type: Religion or Religious Studies
Appointment Rank: Open
Required Attributes: Ph.D.
Desired Attributes: Teaching experience


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Position: Theology
Salary: Unspecified
Institution: College of Saint Benedict
Location: Minnesota
Date posted: 9/1/2008

Tenure Track, Department of Theology and Graduate School of Theology/Seminary - Christian Spirituality - The successful candidate must demonstrate expertise in the theology and practice of Christian spirituality. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach courses in spiritual direction and/or pastoral care and counseling. Candidates will also be expected to teach an introductory undergraduate theology course with a strong emphasis on scripture. Candidates must be able to work in support of the Roman Catholic, Benedictine character of the institutions and teach the Roman Catholic tradition while also drawing on ecumenical resources and speaking to an ecumenical student body. Ph.D. or equivalent expected. Rank negotiable.


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COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME OF MARYLAND
Systematic Theology

COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME OF MARYLAND, Department of Religious Studies, invites applicants for a full-time tenure-track position in Systematic Theology, with a grounding in the Roman Catholic tradition, beginning in Fall 2009. Notre Dame is a vibrant liberal arts women's college in the Catholic tradition sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The College educates over 3,000 students in three degree programs: the traditional four-year weekday program for women, the weekend and accelerated colleges for working adults, and the graduate program for women and men. The successful candidate will have Ph.D. in hand by the beginning of appointment in August 2009 and will be able to document and demonstrate effective classroom teaching. Teaching responsibilities will comprise undergraduate lower- and upper-level courses across a broad curriculum and may include occasional graduate courses. The normal course load is seven courses per year. The candidate must be willing to participate actively in the development of the Religious Studies program as well as be committed to furthering the mission of College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. (Statements of the mission of the College and the Religious Studies Department may be found on the College's website, www.ndm.edu. College of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity Employer).

Primary Field: Christian Theology: Systematic/Constructive
Additional Field: Catholic Theology (all areas)
Department Type: Religion or Religious Studies
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Required Attributes: Ph.D.
Desired Attributes: Religious commitment/affiliation (bona fide occupational qualification); Teaching experience
Course Load: 7/year


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Position: Tutors (Faculty)
Salary: $50,000 to less than $60,000
Institution: St. John's College (Md.)
Location: Maryland
Date posted: 8/29/2008
Application deadline: 1/15/2009

St. John's College, a great books liberal arts college with campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, is seeking applicants for faculty positions in Annapolis for the 2009-2010 academic year. St. John's offers bachelor's and master's degree programs based on the reading and discussion of great books (in philosophy, literature, mathematics, sciences, political theory, history, economics, theology and music). Faculty members, called "tutors," are expected to teach throughout the all-required curriculum.

Applicants should possess the rare combination of proven depth of inquiry and accomplishment in their studies (as may be evidenced by a Ph. D.) with a broad education and interests that extend beyond any particular specialization. The college places a strong emphasis on teaching, and seeks applicants committed to liberal education and willing to engage in shared inquiry in a seminar-discussion format. Tenure track position.


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Rice University
Assistant Professor
The Department of Religious Studies invites applications and nominations for a professor in RELIGIOUS THOUGHT, starting in Fall 2009, at assistant rank, preferably in one or more of these areas: RELIGION AND SECULARISM or AMERICAN/EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION or METHOD AND THEORY or HISTORY OF WESTERN ESOTERICISM.

Period open to: LATE ANTIQUITY, MEDIEVAL, MODERN, or POSTMODERN.

Candidates must also demonstrate significant accomplishments in a particular Western cultural or religious complex.

Search pending budget approval.

Primary Field: Philosophy of Religion
Additional Fields: Arts, Literature & Religion; Critical Studies/Theory/Methods in Religion
Department Type: Religion or Religious Studies
Appointment Rank: Assistant


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Saint Michael's College
Christianity
SAINT MICHAEL'S COLLEGE invites applications for a tenure-track position (rank open) in the Religious Studies Department with a concentration in Christianity, beginning in fall 2009. The department seeks candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Women and Christianity, the History of Christian Thought (early-modern, modern or contemporary), or Christianity and Culture. Ph.D. must be in hand by August 2009. The successful applicant will be expected to teach introductory courses in the Christian tradition and upper level courses in their area of expertise. Other opportunities include teaching in interdisciplinary courses and team-teaching within the department. Evidence of scholarship and/or promise of scholarly excellence is required. Normal teaching load is 21 credit hours per academic year, with a mix of 3- and 4-credit courses. Competitive salary and benefits. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching and be supportive of the mission of this Catholic, residential, liberal arts college with an undergraduate enrollment of 2000 students. Saint Michael’s College is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to fostering and affirming an inclusive, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment for its students, faculty, and staff. In their cover letters, applicants are encouraged to address their potential contribution to the promotion of this diversity.

Primary Field: Christian Studies
Additional Fields: Catholic Studies; Catholic Theology (all areas); Christian Theology (general or not listed separately); History of Christianity/Church History; Arts, Literature & Religion; Women's Studies in Religion
Department Type: Religion or Religious Studies
Appointment Rank: Open
Required Attributes: Ph.D.; Teaching experience
Course Load: 21 credits / year


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UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
Theology

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON, Department of Theology/Religious Studies, is seeking candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Theology, beginning fall 2009. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D., be committed to undergraduate teaching, and have both a capacity and interest in pursuing research in their field. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate survey courses in Christian theology, and upper level and graduate courses in World Christianity and Ecclesiology, ideally with an emphasis on Christianity in Africa and/or Latin America. A capacity to teach comparative courses in Islam would also be welcome. The University of Scranton is a comprehensive, Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition. Applicants should be both familiar and sympathetic with the Catholic tradition and be eager to contribute to the University's mission.

Primary Field: Christian Theology: Practical/Praxis
Additional Fields: Religions of Africa and Oceania; Islam; Catholic Studies; Catholic Theology (all areas); Christian Ethics; Christian Studies; Christian Theology (general or not listed separately); Christian Theology: Systematic/Constructive; Missiology; Comparative Religions; World Religions; Central and South American and Caribbean Religions; Racial/Ethnic Minority Studies in Religion
Department Type: Theology, Religion and Theology
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Required Attributes: Ph.D.
Religious commitment/affiliation (bona fide occupational qualification)
Desired Attributes: Affirmative Action eligibility; Interdisciplinary teaching or research; Teaching experience
Course Load: 3/semester


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Position: Position in Religion and Visual Culture
Salary: $50,000 to less than $60,000
Institution: Texas Christian University
Location: Texas
Date posted: 9/1/2008

Religion: Texas Christian University, Department of Religion, invites applications for a junior-level, tenure-track position in Religion and Visual Culture to begin fall 2009. Comparative interests desirable. Ph.D. required. Teaching responsibilities include courses in one's field of study and introductory courses in religion. The Department (http://www.rel.tcu.edu) is committed to excellent undergraduate teaching and scholarship within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The university is located close to Fort Worth's three major art museums. TCU has a historical and intentional connection with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination that embraces pluralism and encourages a reasoned examination of faith.

Primary Field: Arts, Literature & Religion
Additional Field: Introduction to Religion
Department Type: Religion or Religious Studies
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Required Attributes: Ph.D.
Desired Attributes: Affirmative Action eligibility; Teaching experience
Course Load: 3/2 (semester)


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Xavier University
Historical Theology
Xavier University, Department of Theology, invites applications for a tenure-track position in historical theology at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2009. Primary competency is open but the candidate should be prepared to teach an undergraduate version and graduate version of a course that critically and selectively explores Church history and theology from the Reformation to the contemporary period, including some attention to the colonial and postcolonial eras. Candidates should bring an ecumenical, global, and multicultural perspective and have the ability and desire to teach an introductory theology course as well as historical theology. Ph. D. (or equivalent) or imminent receipt of doctoral degree required. Some teaching experience is preferred.

Xavier University has a strong commitment to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women and minorities. Xavier University is a Roman Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition, committed to excellence in teaching, high-quality scholarly activity, and creative and intelligent engagement with questions of peace and justice. The Theology Department currently consists of thirteen full-time, doctorally prepared professors. The Department offers the Bachelor and the Master of Arts in Theology degrees.

Primary Field: History of Christianity/Church History
Additional Field: Christian Theology (general or not listed separately)
Department Type: Theology, Religion and Theology
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Required Attributes: Ph.D.
Desired Attributes: Teaching experience
Course Load: 3/semester


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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Catholic Theology

The Theology Department at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position beginning August 2009. The position involves teaching courses in Catholic Theology that include a combination of Introductory Bible, Pastoral Studies, and an area of specialization, as well as interdisciplinary courses in the College’s general education program. The usual teaching load is 12 credits per semester with three preparations.

Requirements: Ph.D. completed by time of appointment. Candidates should also have sufficient intellectual flexibility to teach in the College’s core program that accentuates the Lasallian values of the Christian Brothers. Experience in Roman Catholic pastoral practice and/or ministerial formation desirable. Preference given to candidates with successful teaching experience and ability to prepare students for pastoral ministry. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States of America and have fluency in the English language.

Primary Field: Catholic Theology (all areas)
Additional Fields: Catholic Studies; Christian Theology: Practical/Praxis; Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; New Testament; Pastoral Care; Preaching/Ministry; Comparative Religions; World Religions; Arts, Literature & Religion; Religion and Science
Department Type: Theology, Religion and Theology
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Required Attributes: Ph.D.; Teaching experience
Desired Attributes: Interdisciplinary teaching or research; Religious commitment/affiliation (bona fide occupational qualification); U.S. Citizenship; Pastoral knowledge
Course Load: 4/semester


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Faculty Position: Assistant Professor in Religious Studies

Beginning Fall 2009 — Tenure-Track Position
Scripps College, a women's liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Religious Studies in the field of Early Christian Studies with expertise in New Testament and contemporary critical approaches (such as feminist or post-colonial theory). The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Intercollegiate Department of Religious Studies of The Claremont Colleges. Participation in the interdisciplinary programs of the College is desirable.

Scripps College is one of the seven members of The Claremont Colleges cluster located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, Scripps College actively encourages applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups.


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Boston University
Religion and Literary Arts
Department of Religion invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Religion and Literary Arts, pending administrative approval. Expertise in the narrative dimension of religion is essential. Textual specialization (scriptures, myths, novels, poetry, etc.) is open.

Primary Field: Arts, Literature & Religion
Additional Fields: Asian Religions (general or not listed separately); East Asian Religions (general or not listed separately); South Asian Religions (general or not listed separately); Religions of Africa and Oceania; Buddhism; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; Catholic Studies; Christian Ethics; Christian Studies; Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; New Testament; Classics; Philosophy of Religion; World Religions; Critical Studies/Theory/Methods in Religion; Gay/Lesbian Studies in Religion; Indigenous/Native/Traditional Religions; North American Religions; Racial/Ethnic Minority Studies in Religion; Women's Studies in Religion
Department Type: Religion or Religious Studies
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Required Attributes: Affirmative Action eligibility; Interdisciplinary teaching or research; Ph.D.; Teaching experience
Course Load: 2/semester


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Coe College
Assistant Professor of Biblical Literature and Western Religious Traditions

Biblical Literature and Western Religious Traditions

Coe College, Department of Philosophy and Religion, invites applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Biblical Literature and Western Religious Traditions. Coe College is a selective residential liberal arts college whose Religion Program offers both a major and a minor. We are looking for someone to teach courses in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Western Religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). The appropriate candidate should also have broad interests and competencies to diversify the program's offerings. Additional courses might include Women and Religion, Religion and Literature, and/or Islam. We are also looking for someone who is able to design and teach an introductory religion course that engages students and stimulates further interest in the field. A commitment to undergraduate teaching in a small liberal arts setting is essential.

Primary Field: New Testament
Additional Fields: Islam; Judaism; Christian Studies; Arts, Literature & Religion; Women's Studies in Religion
Department Type: Religion and Philosophy
Appointment Rank: Assistant


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Hanover College
Modern Theology
Hanover College, an undergraduate college associated with the Presbyterian church (USA) seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position in MODERN THEOLOGY at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2009. The successful candidate will teach a combination of required introductory theology courses and elective, upper-level courses on central themes and figures in 19th-21st century theology. There may be an opportunity for involvement in inter-disciplinary courses in the fall and winter semesters and off-campus travel courses during the College’s month-long, intensive spring term. The College’s first priority is teaching, and the selection committee will be looking for candidates who excel in this area. Candidates must also give evidence of solid research skills, a commitment to engage in scholarly activity, and a desire to become active in the departmental and college communities. Candidates who have completed their Ph.D. and have experience in the classroom are preferred, but outstanding candidates in the final stages of their dissertations may be considered. Female and minority candidates are particularly urged to apply.

Primary Field: Other - Modern Theology
Department Type: Theology, Religion and Theology
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Desired Attributes: Ph.D.; Teaching experience
Course Load: 7/year


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University of St. Thomas Minnesota
History of Modern Christianity
The University of St. Thomas, a Catholic urban university with a strong liberal arts tradition, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in history of modern Christianity, with a specialization in the United States or Latin America, with preference given to candidates competent to teach the history of Christianity among Hispanic peoples and/or African-American communities.

The teaching load of three courses per semester involves some combination of the following: a first-level course, The Christian Theological Tradition (historically structured and centered on select primary texts); a second-level course; and third-level theologically-based interdisciplinary courses. Applicants should have extensive knowledge of the Catholic tradition, be able to engage issues of Catholic systematic theology, be interested in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and be committed both to excellence in undergraduate teaching and ongoing research in their field.

Requirements: Doctorate preferred, ABD with a close completion date will be considered, some teaching experience.

Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota's largest private university. Its 11,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good, and seeks to develop individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of mission.

The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, to equal opportunity policies and practices, and to the principles and goals of affirmative action. In that spirit, the University welcomes nominations and applications from a broad and diverse applicant pool.

Primary Field: History of Christianity/Church History
Department Type: Theology, Religion and Theology
Appointment Rank: Open
Desired Attributes: Interdisciplinary teaching or research
Ph.D. Teaching experience
Course Load: 3 per semester


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Lancaster Theological Seminary
Religion and Culture
Lancaster Theological Seminary seeks a scholar of religion and culture, broadly construed, to fill an open-ranked full-time faculty position. The Seminary invites applications from scholars who are committed to the preparation of persons for ministry and enjoy working at the intersections of disciplines, area studies, and interdisciplinary studies. We are interested in candidates grounded in an appropriate academic discipline but also demonstrating familiarity with the theoretical discussions surrounding cultural studies, area, global, or post-colonial studies and analysis, especially as these are in dialogue with ethics and popular culture, to help prepare persons for ministry in a changing world. Candidates should have the ability to teach and advise at the master’s and Doctor of Ministry levels, especially in the M.Div. program. Lancaster Theological Seminary is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer and encourages applications from and nominations of women and/or ethnic minority candidates.

Primary Field: Other - Religion and Culture
Additional Fields: Christian Ethics; Critical Studies/Theory/Methods in Religion; Social Sciences and Religion (e.g., Religion & Society; Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
Department Type: Seminary Department
Appointment Rank: Open
Required Attributes: Interdisciplinary teaching or research; Ph.D.; Teaching experience
Desired Attributes: Affirmative Action eligibility; Ordination; Religious commitment/affiliation (bona fide occupational qualification); Student services experience; U.S. Citizenship
Course Load: 2/semester


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Simpson College
History of Christianity
SIMPSON COLLEGE, Department of Religion, invites applications for a tenure-track position in the History of Christianity. Area of specialization is open, though competence in medieval or patristic studies welcomed. We seek a broadly trained scholar with the flexibility to contribute a variety of courses in a small, vibrant department. Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching in the liberal arts tradition and willingness to engage students in scholarship and original research. Ph.D. must be at or near completion.

Simpson is a private, nationally recognized college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The main campus in Indianola is located 12 miles south of Des Moines, the capital of Iowa. Simpson is regularly ranked among the top Midwestern colleges for quality and value.

Primary Field: History of Christianity/Church History
Department Type: Religion or Religious Studies
Appointment Rank: Assistant
Desired Attributes: Interdisciplinary teaching or research; Teaching experience
Course Load: 3/4/1


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VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
PostDoctoral Fellowships

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383
We offer three two-year residential postdoctoral teaching fellowships in the areas of Humanities and the Arts for 2009-2011 for scholars seriously considering academic vocations in church related institutions. Ph.D, D.M.A., D.F.A., M.F.A., or equivalent terminal degree must have been received within 20 months up to and including August 2009. Fellows will teach seven courses over a two year period; engage in scholarship or creative work; participate in a two year colloquium; work with a VU faculty mentor; and interact with representatives from a national network of church related institutions. Faculty privileges; $45,000 stipend per year plus benefits, moving allowance, professional fund. For more information, contact the Lilly Fellows Program at 219-464-5317; or visit www.lillyfellows.org. Application deadline: December 16, 2008. EOA/AA

Primary Field: Christian Theology (general or not listed separately)
Department Type: Post-Doctorate
Appointment Rank: Post-Doctorate
Required Attributes: Ph.D.
U.S. Citizenship
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