Contemporary Religious Context Assistant Professor

The School of Religion, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in the Contemporary Religious Context, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2016.

We are seeking a specialist who uses social-scientific methods in the study of Religion with an emphasis on innovative religious movements. Some examples of the type of work that potential candidates might be undertaking include:

  • studying the presence and role of religion in the media, particularly digital media;
  • religion as a cultural phenomenon that extends well beyond affiliation with a single specific religious tradition;
  • research in the growing cultural phenomenon of people who self-identify beyond the bounds of specific religious traditions, such as those who identify as Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) or as having an interest in religion but having no specific religious affiliation (“Nones”)

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent
residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:  a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);  a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);  a statement of research interests;  a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,  Three letters of reference to be sent directly to Cheryl O’Shea, School of Religion, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6. The deadline for applications is 4 April, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically as PDFs to Cheryl O’Shea at osheac@queensu.ca, although hard copy applications may be submitted to: Cheryl O’Shea Assistant to the Director The School of Religion Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario CANADA K7L 3N6

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Cheryl O’Shea in The School of Religion, at osheac@queensu.ca or 613-533-2109. Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA).

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