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The Religious Studies Program will search for a tenure-track (probationary) position in the study of Muslims in America, to begin fall 2017 or later. Position will be at the rank of assistant professor. Job Opening: 312745

The Religious Studies Program will search for a tenure-track (probationary) position in Qur’anic studies, to begin fall 2017 or later. Position will be at the rank of assistant professor. Job Opening: 312746

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Tenure-track faculty position in Muslims in America

Qualifications

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities and the Religious Studies Program invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the study of Muslims/Islam in America to begin fall semester 2017 (08/28/2017). We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with interdisciplinary aptitude, poised to become leaders in the field.  A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or other related field is required by the start date, August 28, 2017.  Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to,

•    History of Muslims/Islam in North America
•    Religious experience or expression of Muslims in North America
•    Social/political experience of the Muslim diaspora in North America
•    Gender, race, class, identity issues related to Muslim experience in North America

Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong foundation in the academic study of religion and in their specific research area along with an ability to work across disciplinary boundaries. Successful candidates must also show evidence or potential for a strong research profile and excellence in teaching. 

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

About the Position

This will be a joint appointment between the interdepartmental Religious Studies Program and the tenure-granting department within the College of Liberal Arts that best fits the candidate’s scholarship and research field. Potential departments include (but are not limited to) History, African American and African Studies, Sociology, English, Asian Languages and Literatures, Political Science, or American Studies. As a tenure-track faculty member, responsibilities will include executing an innovative and consistent research and publication agenda; offering courses in the area of research specialty as well as teaching core courses in the Religious Studies undergraduate and graduate curricula (e.g., Introduction to the Study of Religion in America, Introduction to Religions of the World, Theory and Methods in the Study of Religion); supervising undergraduate and graduate research; creating new avenues for cross-disciplinary research at the university; and service to the Religious Studies Program, the home department, the College and the University.  Additional responsibilities in the tenure department will be determined. The regular teaching load is 2/2.

Tenure-track faculty position in Qur’anic Studies

Qualifications

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities and the Religious Studies Program invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in Qur’anic Studies to begin fall semester 2017 (8/28/2017).  We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with interdisciplinary aptitude, poised to become leaders in the field.  A Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, or other related area is required by the start date, August 28, 2017.

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

We are searching for a scholar of early Islam with clear expertise in the interpretation of the Qur’an and related literature and history of this period. Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, 

•    Issues of exegesis, rhetoric, oral and written textuality (textual history, intertextuality)
•    Critical historical, comparative, literary, or sociological approaches to the Qur’an and related literature
•    Interpretive traditions over time, cultural connections with non-Islamic traditions
•    Islamic legal studies 

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong foundation in the academic study of religion and in the specific research area, fluency in Arabic, and an ability to work across disciplinary boundaries. Knowledge of other relevant language families, such as Hebrew, Coptic, Greek, Persian, etc., is preferred.  Successful candidates must also show evidence or potential for a strong research profile and excellence in teaching. 

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.      

About the Position

This will be a joint appointment between the interdepartmental Religious Studies Program and the tenure-granting department within the College of Liberal Arts that best fits the candidate’s scholarship and research field. Potential departments include (but are not limited to) Classical and Near Eastern Studies or Asian Languages and Literatures. As a tenure-track faculty member, responsibilities will include executing an innovative and consistent research and publication agenda; offering courses in the area of research specialty as well as teaching core courses in the Religious Studies undergraduate and graduate curricula (e.g., Introduction to Religions of the World, Theory and Methods in the Study of Religion, and Senior Project Seminar); supervising graduate research and creating new avenues for cross-disciplinary research at the university that would include the study of the Qur’an; and service to the Religious Studies Program, the home department, the College, and the University. Additional responsibilities in the tenure department will be determined. The regular teaching load is 2/2.

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