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The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama invites applications to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position that combines expertise in the study of religion and its methods with an expertise in
facilitating online scholarly collaboration and teaching. To complement and enhance our faculty’s current expertise, the successful applicant will possess scholarly competencies and teaching experience in modern religious
and/or philosophical thought but will also have a record of practicalexperience in the development and successful deployment of distance collaboration technologies—especially among scholars but also between teachers and students. Evidence of a command over current options and innovations in the area of distance collaboration and online pedagogy is therefore necessary. Note: experience designing or grading online courses is not sufficient experience for this position. Instead, we seek a scholar competent to help build and assess platforms as well as one experienced in mentoring colleagues who are themselves new to online collaborative and instructional media. At the time of hire, a Ph.D. in the academic study of religion or relevant related area is required.
While the College and Arts and Sciences, as well as the Department of Religious Studies, has a longstanding commitment to offering quality distance education options to its students it is also committed to developing and facilitating collaborations between researchers and among teachers via a variety of online media. This position will therefore enhance our current offerings but, just as importantly, will also work with scholars
throughout Arts & Sciences and help to anchor new distance initiatives that take full advantage of technological developments.
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.
Review of applications will begin on Oct. 22. Applicants are required to apply online, submitting a cover letter, C.V., writing sample, statement on teaching, and the names of 3 referees. Please upload your writing sample to the other document 1 tab and your list of referees to the other document 2 tab. Selected applicants will subsequently be asked to provide letters of recommendation.
For information please contact:
Professor Steven Ramey
Chair, Online Collaboration, Pedagogy, and Modern Religious Thought
Department of Religious Studies
212 Manly Hall
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.
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