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Religious Studies Assistant Professor

Job Description:
Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in the Contemporary Americas

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Religious Studies and the Interdisciplinary Program in Africana Studies invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in the Contemporary Americas to begin August 2020. PhD in a relevant field and teaching experience are preferred, but ABDs in the final stages of completing their dissertations will be considered. We particularly welcome applicants who specialize in African-American religions or religions of the African diaspora in any region within the Americas. Applicants with other specializations will be expected to show the ability to teach Africana Studies courses. We are open to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including comparative, ethnographic, historical, literary, political, sociological, theological, and theoretical, as well as ethics and social justice, gender theory, globalization or diaspora studies, and media studies. This position has a 2-2 teaching load to be split evenly between Religious Studies and Africana Studies. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Ms. Ashley Briggs at or Department of Religious Studies, The University of Tennessee, 501 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0450. Review of applications begins September 23, 2019. After an initial review, we will request writing samples and three letters of recommendation from selected applicants, and will then conduct Skype/Zoom interviews in November 2019. Please direct any questions to the search committee chair, Megan Bryson, at

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.