Social Theory and Digital Studies of Religion - Assistant Professor - Tenure/Tenure Track - 520675
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internal Number: 520675
Department/Organization 204261 - Religious Studies
Rank Assistant Professor
Position Summary The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Social Theory and Digital Studies of Religion, beginning August 2024.
Detailed Position Information The area of specialization (historic period, region, or group studied) is open; however, the successful candidate must complement and enhance the current specialties of the Department by using social theory to understand religion as an element of culture. The specific research area is thus part of the scholar’s attempt to answer broader, cross-cultural questions related to identity, power, and discourse. This position will supplement and expand the Department’s existing B.A. and M.A. curriculum in digital humanities and digital studies of religion. This position will also be affiliated with the REL Digital Lab (RELdl), a collaborative space for the development of digital projects within the Department.
While a variety of digital specialties are potentially relevant, the Department is especially looking for a scholar with demonstrated expertise in digital humanities research methods (e.g., computational text analysis, data visualization, network analysis, GIS, etc.), digital public humanities (e.g., digital collections, digital curation, podcasting, etc.), or research methods for the study of religion in digital technology, media, and culture. Along with such digital expertise, the Department also seeks a scholar with an active research trajectory that will enhance the research portfolio of the RELdl.
The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s curriculum in digital studies of religion by teaching existing undergraduate and graduate courses and proposing new courses within their expertise that expand the digital methods, skills, approaches, and technologies taught in the Department. At times, the successful candidate may also teach courses ranging from introductory/lower- and upper-level B.A. courses to graduate seminars on a variety of analytic topics related to their historical and/or ethnographic area(s) of specialization. All faculty are also expected to supervise M.A. students in the Religion in Culture program when student interests intersect with faculty expertise.
Minimum Qualifications ABD is the minimum degree for qualification. The committee welcomes applications from candidates with training in the academic study of religion as carried out in a public university, but will also entertain training in related fields (media studies, American studies, sociology, literature, history, anthropology, etc.), as long as expertise in studying and teaching social theory and digital methods in the study of religion are evident. Applicants should demonstrate an active and ongoing research agenda, mention current and future digital research projects, highlight their teaching experience, and make readily apparent their ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service and collaboration, especially as related to the RELdl.
Preferred Qualifications At the time of hire, a Ph.D. is preferred.
Instructions and Required Materials for Application Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023. Applicants are required to apply online, submitting a cover letter, C.V. (with links to examples of digital research, if available), writing sample, and contact information for three references. Selected applicants will subsequently be asked to provide letters of recommendation, and the committee will then hold online meetings with a small number of candidates before identifying finalists to be brought to campus for interviews. For information, please contact Professor Michael J. Altman Chair, Social Theory and the Digital Study of Religion Search Department of Religious Studies 212 Presidents Hall P.O. Box 870264 University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0264
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