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Assistant Professor - Department Philosophy and Religion

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Position Information

Working Title Assistant Professor - Department Philosophy and Religion
Position Number 3232
Posting Number F1027
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Arts and Letters
Department 100031 - Philosophy and Religion
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
Specify Range or Amount
Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

About James Madison University

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To be the national model for the engaged university: engages with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in contemporary global Christianity at the rank of Assistant Professor, pending budgetary approval, beginning Fall of 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

The area of specialization is open, but must concern geographic regions outside of the United States. Candidates whose research and teaching intersect with other disciplines (e.g. sociological, political, economic, medical, environmental, etc.) are especially desirable. Applicants must be trained in the academic methods of religious studies, although a wide range of methodological approaches are welcome.

In addition to teaching upper-level electives in Christianity in her/his AOS, the successful candidate will teach in the University’s General Education program (REL 101: Religions of the World, and possibly others). The teaching load is 3/3, with 2 preparations per semester.


Candidates should have the Ph.D. or dissertation in hand at the time of appointment. Evidence of teaching experience and excellence must accompany the application. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated command of the history, thought, and traditions of Christianity on a global scale. Applicants will have a demonstrated competence in the requisite languages, depending on AOS.

Criminal Background Check

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 08/31/2017
Beginning Review Date 10/01/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2018
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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Additional Posting Information

To apply go to and reference posting number F1027. Applicants will need to complete a faculty profile and attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcript(s), and a statement of teaching philosophy.

Applicants will also need to send paper copies of a scholarly writing sample and course evaluations and syllabi as evidence of teaching experience by mail to:
Chair, Christianity Search
JMU Department of Philosophy and Religion
61 E. Grace Street, MSC 8006
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

The names and contact information for three references will be requested as part of the application. Each reference listed will receive an email requesting that they submit a reference through the JobLink system.

To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by Oct. 30, 2017. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the 2017 AAR/SBL conference in Boston.

Additional inquiries can be addressed to Robert E. Brown, Christianity Search Committee Chair,

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcript(s)
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents

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