The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2020. We seek a scholar who is committed to undergraduate liberal arts education, and who specializes in Indigenous African and African Diaspora religions. A strong competency in African American Christianity or African American Islam is desirable. In addition to upper level courses in her or his specialty, the person to be hired will also be expected to teach introductory courses in Religious Studies, such as “World Religions” and “Introduction to Religion”.


Teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Religious Studies and Pan African Program.
Advise students in the undergraduate program, engage in scholarly work in the field, and participate in related university and community services.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach Introduction to Pan-African Studies and exhibit leadership in the Pan-African Studies program.
We would also expect that the faculty member would develop at least four courses in his/her area of expertise.
The successful candidate may be assigned to perform work at off-campus sites and/or provide instruction through distance education.
Position Qualifications

Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field is required by the time of appointment.
We are seeking a candidate committed to teaching excellence and ongoing research and publications appropriate to one’s area of specialty are expected.
Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during the interviews, which will include a teaching demonstration.
We seek candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. Women and minority candidates are very strongly encouraged to apply.
Essential Functions
Academic faculty must have, and maintain the physical and mental abilities, communicative skills, and stamina necessary to carry out the essential functions of their positions in teaching, research, scholarship, and service. Work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve standing to a significant degree, walking for brief periods of time and may include driving requirements.

Faculty must be able to:

Teach courses assigned by the departmental chair on a schedule made of a combination of standard class-meeting times as determined to meet instructional needs and adhere to the requirements of the department’s curriculum.
Teach courses for a mandated number of contact hours per week over a full semester and meet university expectations for final exams.
Present course material in a clear and organized manner using methodologies appropriate to the discipline.
Evaluate student work fairly and promptly.
Perform the physical requirements of laboratory, field work, studio work, or other activities outside typical classroom instruction if applicable.
Maintain current knowledge of the discipline through continued scholarly activity and research.
Participate actively in assignments necessary to advance the service and/or outreach of the department, college, and university.
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply for this position, please submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of transcripts, and the names and email addresses of three references via our online application system:

Automated reference requests and a confirmation email will be generated upon submission of your application. Candidates who fail to submit all of the aforementioned materials will not be considered.

If the degree listed as required for this position was earned at IUP – no official transcripts are required to be submitted as part of this employment application. IUP HR will verify IUP obtained degrees and only request official transcripts from candidates if needed. Official transcripts will be required prior to hire date for applicants who did not earn the required degrees at IUP.

Applications must be received no later than November 14, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.

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Committed to excellence through diversity, IUP is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V and is a proud member of the State System of Higher Education.

All offers of employment are contingent upon verification of earned degrees through the receipt of official transcripts, confirmation of work eligibility, and satisfactory completion of background checks.