Assistant Professor, Social Theory and the Ancient World - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Social Theory and the Ancient World beginning August 2015. At the time of hire, a Ph.D. in the academic study of religion or relevant related area is required. The position is a full-time appointment in Religious Studies.

Specific areas of publication and teaching are open, though they will have as their focus the academic study of the so-called “ancient world” (broadly conceived historically and geographically). An emphasis in exegetical and/or historical scholarship alone, however, is not sufficient to fulfill the needs of the position. The successful candidate will combine historical and language expertise with modern social theory, thereby using their object of study as an example of wider, cross-cultural social forces and issues. Engagement with issues of methodology in the academic study of religion is also welcome.

Applicants should demonstrate an active and ongoing research agenda, a record of teaching excellence, and the ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service and citizenship. All faculty in REL contribute to teaching introductory courses as well as more specialized upper-level seminars.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on October 15. Applicants are required to apply online, submitting a cover letter, C.V., writing sample, and statement on teaching philosophy. Selected applicants will subsequently be asked to provide letters of recommendation. For information, please contact

Professor Merinda Simmons
Chair,Social Theory and the Ancient World Search
Department of Religious Studies

212 Manly Hall

P.O. Box 870264

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0264

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Religion & Theology
  • History
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Not Specified
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter