Job Announcement: Religions in the Americas at University of Chicago Divinity School

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks to make an appointment in Religions in the Americas, effective July 1, 2018.  Rank and salary are open.  Junior candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Religions in the Americas is an interdisciplinary area of graduate study that investigates religious ideas, practices, institutions, and movements in North and South America. The area brings together faculty and students with historical, sociological, ethnographic, literary, legal, demographic, comparative, and theoretical interests in religions in the Americas. 

The candidate for this position must hold the Ph.D. by the time of the appointment, and must be qualified to teach and to direct research in religious history broadly construed. Area of specialization, both in terms of religious traditions or movements, chronological periods, and disciplinary focus, is open. A coherent and creative agenda for research and publication, and a capacity for intellectual leadership, are essential.  Familiarity with issues of theory and method in the study of religion is desirable.

The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the academic study of religion at the University of Chicago, a private research university.  Faculty in the School teach Ph.D. students in 11 different areas of study, and master’s level students in M.A. and M.Div. programs, offering courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels.  Many faculty hold associate appointments in other departments and schools of the University; such associations are encouraged.  A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a quarter system; in most cases that leaves one quarter open for research in residence (in addition to summer free for scholarship).

Applications will be accepted until November 12, 2017.  Application should be made online, at https:\\  

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a teaching statement, a research statement, and a writing sample of 25-40 pages. Three reference letters are required.  Reference letter submission information will be provided during the application process.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email with their request.

Religion in American History received the above job announcement from the University of Chicago Divinity School to share with its readership. For those on or following the 2017-2018 job market, you may have seen a previous version of this job announcement; please note the updated deadline above.


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