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Religion: Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

Religion – Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a Tenure-Track position in Religion at the Assistant Professor rank beginning in August of the 2019-2020 academic year. Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of approximately 2,500 students, most of whom live on a wooded 115-acre campus.  Rock Island, Illinois, is part of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, a diverse metropolitan area with 400,000 residents, located about three hours west of Chicago and 45 minutes east of Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa.

We seek a candidate who specializes in the study of Islam. Additional specializations might include one or more of the following: Gender and Religion, contemporary or historical Islamic movements in Southwest Asia and beyond, Muslim-Christian interactions, and Inter-faith dialogue. Training in post-colonial studies, theories and methods pertaining to the study of religion, cross-cultural engagement, and/or gender studies is desirable. Knowledge of relevant languages is expected. An interest in working with general education students is necessary. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed the Ph.D. by August 2019. The teaching expectation will be 6 classes spread over three terms including a “J” term in January, and will include an introductory course in Islam, a Religion major/minor “gateway” course: RELG 150: Encountering Religion, upper-level courses in Islam designed by the new hire, and a required, sophomore-level Reasoned Examination of Faith offering through which the candidate might teach Muslim-Christian interactions.
 

Being a diverse and inclusive community is central to the college’s mission and reflected in the strategic plan. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive learning environment for a diverse student body. Minorities and members of underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed and strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

Details about Augustana College, our expectations of the faculty, the selection process, and the Quad Cities all are available at the Faculty Search website:  http://www.augustanafaculty.org.
 

Questions may be directed to the chair of the department, Nirmala S. Salgado at nirmalasalgado@augustana.edu.  Preliminary review of applications will begin on November 7. First round interviews will be held November 18-20 at the American Academy of Religion conference in Denver, or by skype if a candidate is unable to attend the meeting. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

A complete application includes:

  • a cover letter indicating an interest in and understanding of teaching in a liberal arts setting
  • curriculum vitae
  • copy of graduate transcript
  • three letters of recommendation (including contact information)
  • a teaching statement demonstrating commitment to excellence in undergraduate education
  • Writing sample
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available)

To apply, please email application materials to sherrydocherty@augustana.edu using the subject line: Search #107-19 Religion, and directed to Wendy Hilton-Morrow. Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to:  Search #107-19 Religion, C/O Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 – 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.


Review of applications will begin November 7, 2018.

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