Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion in the Americas
April 5, 2018
Temp to Full Time - Faculty, Non-Tenure Track
The Department of Religion seeks a scholar of religion in the Americas for a one-year visiting appointment at the rank of visiting assistant professor, beginning in July 2018. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and nationality. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
The candidate’s research and teaching interests should center upon one or more of the following areas: Latin American religions, Native American religions, the Black Atlantic, global Christianity, African-American religious history, or the religion of U.S. immigrants. The candidate will be expected to teach two courses in the fall and two courses in the spring and, possibly, to advise honors theses. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment. Learn more about the department at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/religion.
An application letter, C.V., short writing sample, sample syllabus, and three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/49978. Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Amherst College is a private co-educational liberal arts college of 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts and participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College consortium.
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