One-Year Visiting Assistant Professor - Religion, Culture, and Society in the Global South
About the University
Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Department of Global Humanities and Religions (formerly Liberal Studies) at Western Washington University consists of eight tenured or tenure-track faculty whose courses serve majors and minors in Humanities and Religion as well as making significant contributions to the university’s general education curriculum. It is a multidisciplinary Humanities department with an interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizing cultural history and Religious Studies. The department’s courses range from ancient to modern and encompass most of the globe. Faculty in the department are also committed to providing high quality courses that prepare both majors and non-majors with skills in research, analysis, and writing. Please see more here: https://chss.wwu.edu/liberal-studies/about-us
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Global Humanities and Religions support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
The Department of Global Humanities and Religions at Western Washington University (Bellingham) seeks to hire a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor (non-tenure-track) with expertise in Religion, Culture, and Society of the modern Global South for the academic year 2019-2020 (beginning on September 16, 2019, through June 15, 2020). The department’s specific preference is for a scholar with primary interests in Christianity in the Global South, and with a regional specialization in Africa, African diasporas, and/or Latin America.
This position will have responsibility for teaching six courses (two courses each in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters), a mix of lower-division surveys (45 student cap) and more specialized upper-division electives (30 student cap). The department is particularly interested in scholars whose teaching and research engage the study of religion in Africa, African diasporas, and/or Latin America, including comparative approaches and/or attention to cross-cultural interaction, and that focus on the modern period (from the eighteenth century to the present). A demonstrated ability to teach a course on one or more of the following would also be desirable: Humanities of Africa; Humanities of Latin America; Introduction to the Study of Religion; Religion and Society in Africa. The department is particularly interested in scholars whose fields of interest or expertise include religious studies; history (especially social and cultural history); anthropology (especially social and cultural anthropology); literature; film; popular culture; and/or art history.
Ph.D. or ABD by time of application in Religious Studies or a related field
Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the university level
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students, faculty, and staff, including a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Ph.D. by time of application in Religious Studies or a related field, with expertise in Christianity in the modern Global South
Relevant teaching experience at the university level
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
United Faculty of Western Washington
Interested candidates should submit the following six required elements of the application: (a) a letter of application which addresses the required and preferred qualifications and details fields of academic expertise, teaching experience, and teaching interests; (b) a c.v.; (c) a sample syllabus for an introductory undergraduate course in an area of the candidate’s expertise; (d) a sample syllabus for a more advanced (junior/senior level) undergraduate course in an area of the candidate’s expertise; (e) graduate transcript(s) (unofficial or official copies are both acceptable); (f) names, titles, and contact information for three references (please do not submit letters of reference at this stage; the search committee chair will solicit letters of reference only for finalists).
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins May 10, 2019; position is open until filled
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