Faculty Openings

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Position in African American Religions

October 2016

The Faculty of Divinity at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure track faculty member whose work addresses African American religion, with a particular interest in Christian communities within the North American context. Candidates may work in the following disciplines or fields that address black religious life and intellectual traditions constructively: religion, ethics, and politics; philosophy of religion; theology; religion, literature and culture; social, cultural, and intellectual history; and/or the social sciences. It is expected that applicants will employ forms of analysis that address race, gender, sexuality, and/or other intersecting forms of social power, such as womanist, feminist, and/or queer approaches. The successful candidate will work closely with students in the Divinity School’s Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and doctoral programs, and will also have an opportunity to teach undergraduates within Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Excellence in teaching and research is required. Applicants must also be competent in research languages appropriate to their specialties. The doctoral degree must be held by June 30, 2017.

Applications should be made online at: http://academicpositions.harvard.edu. A CV, cover letter, writing sample, and three letters of reference will be required of all candidates. Review of applications will begin in November 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Selected candidates may be invited to initial interviews at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this coming November.

Letters of nomination are also welcome, and should be sent to: African American Religions Search Committee, c/o Traci Kasperbauer, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA, 02138, or to tkasperbauer@hds.harvard.edu. Applicants should address any questions regarding the position itself or the online application system to Traci Kasperbauer at the above email address or by phone at 617.496.0847.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity

September 2016

The Faculty of Divinity at Harvard University intends to make a tenured appointment to the Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professorship of Divinity. We seek a scholar whose work addresses issues of contemporary Christian morality, ethics, and values within the context of global religious pluralism and diversity. Candidates may work in any discipline or field that engages such issues constructively, including those in the humanities and social sciences. Candidates must be able to contribute to the design and teaching of a curriculum in religion, ethics, and politics. They should employ forms of analysis that address race, gender, sexuality, and social location.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute more generally to the Divinity School’s degree programs, including its multi-religious Master of Divinity curriculum, while sharing in the School’s intellectual life. The candidate will also teach undergraduate and PhD students of the Study of Religion in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Harvard is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Letters of nomination may be sent to the Niebuhr Search Committee, c/o Traci Kasperbauer, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, or via email to niebuhrsearch@hds.harvard.edu. Candidates should submit both a letter of application and a current curriculum vitae. In these or in separate documents, they should describe plans for research and teaching. Preference is given to submissions at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu, though applications may also be submitted by regular post or electronic mail to the addresses given above. Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2016.

HDS Voices

Karen King

I am very fortunate to work with faculty who are deeply interested in research and what's happening in the study of religion. Although HDS offers a very high quality of ministerial training and great resources for field study, it also offers the ability to study religion in the context of a university.
Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity

Karen L. King explains what Coptic literature reveals about early Christianity in 'Beyond Heresy'