This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.
We seek a teacher-scholar with expertise in the history of Christian thought from the late seventeenth century to the present. They will be able to acquaint students with important theological and philosophical movements that have shaped Christian belief and practice for communities around the world. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to design and teach engaging introductory-level courses that fulfill the Religious Traditions requirement of the TCU core curriculum, with the possibility of an upper-level course occasionally. We particularly welcome applicants whose work focuses on the intersection of religion with one or more of the following areas: ecology, economics, health and medicine, literature, politics, science, sports, and technology, among other possible topics.
Committed to the liberal arts and its diverse disciplinary perspectives, the Religion Department fosters an inquiring, critical, and intersectional approach to the study of religion, enabling students to become informed and engaged interpreters of religious communities, texts, ideas, artifacts, and practices in their cultural and historical contexts.
Religion majors pursue a range of careers including ministry, chaplaincy, law, social work, medicine, and other fields.
In recognition of TCU’s Christian heritage, the University offers substantial tuition discounts to students who choose to major in Religion and pursue a career in religious leadership.
Named for TCU’s founders, Addison and Randolph Clark, the AddRan College of Liberal Arts is home to the core academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The College includes approximately 155 full-time faculty members, 13 departments (Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Geography, History, Modern Language Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and Women & Gender Studies), and two units of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (Army and Air Force). AddRan College departments confer 17 Bachelor of Arts and 7 Bachelor of Science degrees, a Bachelor of General Studies, an online master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a Master of Liberal Arts degree, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in History, English, and Rhetoric and Composition.
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Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.
Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.
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ABOUT FORT WORTH
Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.
Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in hand by the time of appointment. The teaching load for an instructor is typically four courses per semester, which are mainly introductory courses in religion that meet the TCU Core Curriculum Requirements (see http://www.core.tcu.edu). Occasional upper-level courses will include classes on the candidate's particular area of expertise. We welcome candidates whose experience and training in teaching, research, or community involvement demonstrate their commitment to contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
To apply, upload a letter (signed and addressed to the Search Committee Chair) indicating qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, a one-page teaching statement, and a one-page statement indicating the applicant's experience with and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at https://jobs.tcu.edu/jobs/instructor-religion-tcu-main-campus-texas-united-states . Please consider framing this statement on DEI against the backdrop of TCU’s five-year Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) titled Finding Ourselves in Community (https://provost.tcu.edu/sacscoc/qep/).
Please address recommendation letters to Search Committee Chair, Mark Dennis. Consideration of candidates will begin on October 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Select candidates will be contacted in early November to schedule initial interviews.
TCU is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and recognizes and values the unique experiences drawn from differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and veteran status. The Religion Department at TCU welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.
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