The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College announces the Goldziher Prize 2014. The Prize is a $25,000 cash award made possible by the generosity of THE WILLIAM AND MARY GREVE FOUNDATION for work that contributes significantly to reverence, understanding and collaboration in common moral purposes between Jews and Muslims. Those eligible for the award include scholars, artists and activists. For more information visit www.merrimack.edu/jcm
Deadline Nov. 15, 2013
Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations
315 Turnpike Street, GL-55
North Andover, MA 01845
New Theology Review is accepting manuscripts and proposals for a theme issue on Ecology and Theology for its March 2014 issue. Deadline is November 1, 2013.
One of the main activities of the Intergovenmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the preparation of comprehensive assessment reports about the state of scientific, technical and socioeconomic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response strategies. Since its inception in 1988 the IPCC has prepared four multivolume assessment reports. Each assessment report is composed by three working groups. It was primarily the 4th Assessment Report (2007) the alerted the Church and the world to the serious challenges human –induced global warming and climate change pose to all of us.
The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will provide an update of knowledge on the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of climate change. It will be composed of three working group reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR). AR5 will be published in three parts as follows: The Physical Science Basis, 23-26 September 2013; Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, 25-29 March 2014; and Mitigation of Climate Change, 7-11 and 13 April 2014. It is anticipated that will show more graphically than ever, the necessity for immediate and drastic changes in CO2 levels; indeed, the very existence of
human beings is at stake. (See http://www.ipcc.ch/)
New Theology Review is a Catholic online, open-access journal of theology and ministry published by Catholic Theological Union through the Paul Bechtold Library. Its mission is to serve the Church by providing, through the publication of articles, a forum for theologians and pastoral ministers to engage the Catholic tradition in respectful, constructive, and critical dialogue. Its primary intent and direction is to promote a deeper understanding of the Christian faith and the mission of the Church.
All articles must conform to our submission guidelines, which may be found at:
New Theology Review follows a double-blind peer review process. For additional information, please visit the journal’s website:
Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites essays on topics related to any and all aspects of human values, including aesthetic, moral, political, economic, scientific, or religious values. We welcome essays on a wide variety of topics. Additionally, we are interested in submissions related to plans for two special issues: one on themes related to debt, indebtedness, or more generally, financial difficulties; and another focused on the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War I. For these issues, as more generally, we welcome work from a variety of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches, including the arts, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, and religion, among others. To submit an essay, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/soundings. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR PAPERS!
The Mission of Academics in the Context of Suffering
February 14-15th, 2014
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Hosted by the Department of Theology and the Common Good Initiative at the University of Notre Dame.
In what way can scholars in the various academic disciplines address issues of human suffering and social injustice? What, if anything, are the responsibilities of scholars in the context of diverse dimensions of human suffering, such as poverty, marginalization, racism, and political, structural, and gender-based violence? Can and should awareness of suffering and injustice shape an academic’s scholarship or even academic disciplines themselves? How can the university play an influential role in the international community when it comes to addressing and solving issues of human suffering and social injustice? How might personal encounters with actual instances of suffering and injustice shape academic reflection on such issues?
The Notre Dame Graduate Student Theology students along with participants in the Notre Dame Common Good Initiative hope to explore such questions in an inter-disciplinary forum this spring. Conference participants from disciplines within the humanities and social sciences are therefore invited to consider the relationship between scholarship and human suffering from four angles: (1) thematic reflection on human suffering in general, (2) reflection on a contemporary issue revealing economic, political or social injustice, (3) methodological reflection on the relation between a particular academic discipline and such an issue, and (4) broader reflection on the vocation of the academic and academia in light of the awareness of human suffering. The selection committee will be especially pleased to welcome scholars from those fields that do not readily lend themselves to such reflection.
Below are suggested questions for papers from various disciplines. These questions are only meant to be suggestive and not exhaustive. The conference committee is very open to creative paper topics. Successful papers will, however, not only offer insight into the conference topic, but will also promote and foster an inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas.
1. Social Sciences’ Panel
Some suggested questions for papers: How do personal encounters with the communities or individual victims of violence, abuse, etc., shape our understanding of human suffering? What is the role of the international community in situations of social injustice, especially in the developing world?
2. Theology-Philosophy Panel
Some suggested questions for papers: For those in systematic theology or philosophy of religion, how is the question of theodicy illuminated or complicated after a close engagement with victims of suffering? What are the methodological challenges posed by the reality of human violence? Does engagement with suffering demand an alteration in how we live out the vocation of an academic? For those in the field of biblical studies, how is suffering accounted for in the bible, and what is the relationship between biblical exegesis and present cases of suffering? Early Christian Studies scholars may be interested in relating or complicating the thought of Church Fathers regarding suffering in light of present situations of injustice and marginalization. Liturgical Scholars are invited to reflect upon the multiple dimensions of the liturgy and its connections with suffering.
3. Literature and the Arts Panel
Some suggested questions for papers: What is the role of narrative in the context of suffering? Can stories be a source of healing? In what sense? How does literature represent political and other kinds of violence, and can these portrayals illuminate those realities? How might graphic art aid in the process of healing or the pursuit of justice?
4. Community Based Learning and Research Panel
Some questions for papers: How has your field embraced community based learning and research? What distinctive challenges and opportunities arise in bringing research from law, science, medicine and social work into service for a more just social order? How does an academic institution’s mission and context affect the prospects for and implementation of community based learning and research?
Abstracts for conference papers should be between 250 and 300 words, and are due on December 15, 2013. They should be emailed to the conference committee at email@example.com.
Proposals must include the following: title of the paper, name, University, and program of study. We will notify an applicant of the acceptance of his/her proposal by January 1, 2014. Additionally, there may be some money available for students travelling long distances. Students from the University of Notre Dame will be helping with accommodation on the Friday night for the graduate student presenters. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Conference: So Much Good Fruit: Lutheran Interpretations of Contemporary Legal Issues
DATES: March 27- 28, 2014
LOCATION: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
PRIMARY SPONSOR: Valparaiso University Law School
C0-PLANNERS: Jeremy Telman, Ron Duty, and Marie A. Failinger
The goal of this conference is to begin a conversation among American lawyers, judges, and Lutheran ethicists, theologians and pastors about how the Lutheran tradition does and should inform critical issues of law and justice for our world. The conference will consider how Lutheran judges find their work informed by their faith and cultural background, and explore a range of issues from environmental protection to family law where Lutheran voices in law, theology, and ethics can make a distinctive contribution to secular law-making. For Information, contact Jeremy Telman at Jeremy.Telman@valpo.edu. Registration info available in January at: www.valpo.edu/law/scholarly-conference.
God: Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilities
DATES: April 9-11, 2014
LOCATION: University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois, USA
PRIMARY SPONSOR: The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion
CO-PLANNERS: Myriam Renaud and Dr. Joshua Daniel
Recent book titles like The Twilight of Atheism and God is Back belie long-standing predictions that atheistic secularism would engulf the West and snuff out religion. With religion in the ascendant, “old” questions and “old” problems concerning God are gaining traction once again.
For example, what is the relationship between claims about the nature or character of God and the moral actions motivated by those claims? This question challenges theists to decide whether to reject forms of morality that are not aligned with their views about God and, if the answer is no, to identify the limits of their morality’s inclusiveness. Other questions arise as well. What is the relationship between moral codes underwritten by claims about God and the ethics espoused by the (ideally agnostic) civic sphere? Are beliefs about God open to moral critique by others who espouse different beliefs or no beliefs at all? If not, how does this impact inter-theological discourse? Does it undermine theologically underwritten cooperation in addressing social justice issues and the needs of those who suffer?
Such questions, as ancient as human civilization, probe the connections between God and the good and the right. Today these questions must take into account contemporary factors such as the growth of cultural and religious pluralism, the growth of hybrid theologies that incorporate teachings, rituals, and beliefs from a variety of religious traditions, the growth of mainstream acceptance for such hybrid approaches, and the resurgence of religiously motivated violence around the world. One response has been to deny the existence of a link between conceptions of God and morality. Some thinkers focus on the role of God in acts of violence and conclude that belief in God and strong ethical principles are incompatible. In contrast, other thinkers insist that a moral life is impossible if it is not underwritten by a concept of God.
Recent scholarship on the link between ethics and God tends to be descriptive or to emphasize sociological factors, paying scant attention to the nature or character of God. In addition, contemporary theologies that confront the question of God in light of scientific claims about the world often pay little, if any, attention to the connection between God and the moral life. This conference invites theologians and theological ethicists to offer accounts of God relevant to the current state of affairs in the West while taking seriously the possibility of a relationship between God and ethics.
Registration information will be posted soon.
Marilyn McCord Adams (Rutgers University)
Pamela Sue Anderson (University of Oxford)
Joshua Daniel (University of Chicago)
Michael Fishbane (University of Chicago)
John Hare (Yale Divinity School)
Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University)
Myriam Renaud (University of Chicago)
Mayra Rivera (Harvard University)
William Schweiker (University of Chicago)
David Tracy (University of Chicago)
Michael Welker (University of Heidelberg)
SCE colleagues are invited to a worldwide network of scholars-believers who study, teach and contribute to the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Dialogue, a refereed trilingual thematic annual--a WisdomQuest. Colleagues use JIS articles in their courses in social sciences, humanities, science-ethics-religion dialogue, philosophy, theology (www.JIS3.org/sponsors.htm).
SCE members are welcome to join the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research as an Associate or Fellow. IIR membership includes subscription to this peer-reviewed Christian academic Journal and an informative annual ICSA Newsletter. We highly recommend the interconnected thematic series of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies I-XXV 1989-2013+, which benefits students and faculty in all fields, and encourage colleagues to give a JIS gift set (tax deductible) to their favorite college, seminary, institute, or major public library (online option via PayPal on JIS web at: www.JIS3.org/invoice.htm).
The 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine & Religion
March 7-9, 2014 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
Conference Theme: Responding to the limits and possibilities of the body
Medicine exists because of the limits and frailties of the human body, as well as its possibilities; and medicine is shaped by what we expect the body to be and do. As such, health care practices depend on and display answers to important questions about human embodiment: To whom does the body belong? How is one's body related to oneself? What is a normal human body? What, if anything, does the human body tell us about how medicine should respond to bodily suffering and death? What kind of knowledge about human embodiment can science give, vis-à-vis the great religions?
The 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion invites health care professionals and scholars to reflect on these questions and their implications for contemporary medicine. The conference is a forum for exchanging ideas from an array of disciplinary backgrounds and approaches, including both analytical and empirical scholarship, descriptions of what is as well as arguments about what should be, accounts of relevant experiences as well as reflections on the meaning of those experiences. Moreover, the conference invites participants to address these and other questions by looking to the traditions and practices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
A spring online course from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Social Theory for Christian Peacemakers, aims to give participants opportunities to bring life experiences and direct observations from the front lines of activism into conversation with theological convictions and social theory constructs.
The course will be taught online from February through May by Gerald Shenk, Ph.D., long-time theological educator in the US and the former Yugoslavia.
Discounted tuition is available for students who are not admitted to, enrolled in or a graduate of another graduate theological program.
Symposium on: "Does God Play Dice? Randomness & Divine Providence," Hilton Pasadena, California, USA, 31 July-3 August 2014. Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXVII 2015. Symposium Call for Papers/Registration on JIS web at www.JIS3.org/symposium2014.htm.
In Press: A special JIS XXV 2013 thematic volume on: "Brave New World? Genetic Engineering & Human Dignity.” Abstracts at www.JIS3.org/abstracts.htm.
We havemany fine books available for review: www.JIS3.org/reviewbooks.htm.
SCE colleagues: Recommend to your college, seminary and major public libraries this fine refereed Christian academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, ideally the entire interconnected thematic series of JIS I-XXV 1989-2013+, which benefits students and faculty in all fields (cf. www.JIS3.org/sponsors.htm).
The College of St. Scholastica, a Catholic Benedictine college dedicated to providing our students intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living, invites applications for a tenure-track position as Director of The Braegelman Catholic Studies Program within the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, beginning August 2014. Rank and salary commensurate with experience.
The Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies is endowed by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery to foster critical reflection and dialogue on faith and reason in a Catholic Benedictine context. The program consists of a major and minor as well as general education requirements. Catholic Studies courses aim to broaden students’ grasp of the accumulated wisdom of the past so that challenges of the present may be met with wisdom, faith, and imagination. An Advisory Committee comprised of sisters, faculty and community representation assists the program in evaluation and goal setting.
Candidates should be well-versed in the Roman Catholic intellectual tradition and bring vision, creative energy, and a commitment to advancing the program to its full potential. She or he must be a collaborative colleague prepared to recruit majors and minors and create enrichment activities for the College community, regional Catholic institutions, and the general public. They should be able to develop multi-disciplinary partnerships with College faculty as well as be prepared to teach basic and advanced courses in Catholic theology and related cognate areas. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to building partnerships with diverse audiences in the College and the wider Catholic community. She or he will collaborate with faculty and staff to contribute to and participate in fostering a culture of inclusion in support of College diversity goals.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Catholic Studies or Catholic Theology by the starting date of the appointment. An active scholarly agenda is required. She or he must be committed to undergraduate teaching and mentoring and possess organizational and administrative skills; proven ability to work collaboratively; demonstrated experience interacting effectively with diverse students, faculty and staff and demonstrated experience in promoting dialogue with diverse perspectives. Familiarity with the Benedictine tradition as well as multidisciplinary experience preferred.
St. Scholastica is located on 180 beautiful acres on a hill overlooking Lake Superior. St. Scholastica is an independent comprehensive college founded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and is shaped by Benedictine ideals of love of learning, respect, hospitality, stewardship and community. The College’s more than 4,000 students are guided by a curriculum that prepares them for their responsibilities as working professionals, as citizens of a democracy, and as individuals who seek to live full human lives. The College offers programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional career fields. The entire St. Scholastica community is committed to an educational process that requires students to meet rigorous academic standards, to broaden the scope of their knowledge, and to be accountable to both self and society.
Please submit a letter of intent, current C.V., and a philosophy of teaching with the online application at https://www.csshrjobs.com. Applicants wishing to be considered for an initial interview at the AAR/SBL meeting in Baltimore should submit their application no later than November 15, 2013. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity employer committed to enriching education and promoting opportunity through a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body.
Hood Theological Seminary seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track eligible, faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Christian Ethics beginning July 1, 2014.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or its equivalent by the start date and should be able to demonstrate teaching excellence, scholarly potential, collegiality, and a capacity to engage postmodern conversations on the application of ethics theory in contemporary Christian ministry practice. The candidate will teach courses in the M.Div., M.T.S. and D.Min. programs and engage in the overall life of the seminary community through committees, public lectures, and worship in the seminary chapel.
Candidates who have secondary competencies in other areas of the theological curriculum are encouraged to apply and elaborate on those competencies in their letter of interest. Candidates conversant in Methodist and Black Church traditions desired.
Founded in 1879 and located in Salisbury, North Carolina, Hood Theological Seminary is sponsored by the A.M.E. Zion Church and has a diverse faculty and student body. The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). In 1999 the Seminary was approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church to prepare ministers for ordination in that body. In 2013 ATS reaffirmed Hood’s accreditation for ten years.
In compliance with federal law, Hood Theological Seminary administers all educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. (Cf. http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf, accessed September 25, 2013.)
Applicants should send a letter of interest that includes their philosophy of teaching and a CV to the search committee chair, Dr. André Resner, at . All application materials should be submitted electronically in PDF format. Applicants should include the names and contact information of three references. Applications will be received until November 26, 2013.
The Department of Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College invites applications for a tenure track appointment as Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Studies with expertise in Catholic Moral Theology/Ethics. Candidates with additional expertise in comparative religious ethics, environmental ethics, feminist ethics, or social justice education are desired. This is a tenure track appointment. The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D., Th.D., or S.T.D. in the field and must also demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarship. Responsibilities include teaching introductory-level courses in theology and religious studies and courses in moral theology. The course load is 3-3, usually with two preps per semester. Applications received by December 15, 2013 will be given preference. Merrimack College is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college with strong professional programs in business, science, and education sponsored by the Order of St. Augustine.
Please send letter of application detailing qualifications, CV, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to:
Department of Religious & Theological Studies C-2
315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845
Letters of recommendation may be requested as the search advances.
Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Merrimack is an equal-opportunity employer.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Environmental Humanities
Deadline: December 15, 2013
The Environmental Policy and Culture Program and the Alice Kaplan Humanities Institute invite applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Environmental Humanities, to run from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2016. Applications are welcome from scholars who study the environment from a humanities perspective (analyzing, for instance, environmental history; ecological interface and the built environment; ecological/ecocritical approaches to literature; animal studies, green studies, or cultural approaches to water and air; environmental justice and/or ethics and sustainability). The Fellow’s appointment may span the Environmental Policy and Culture Program, the Kaplan Humanities Institute and a department in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work falls within one or more of the following fields: Art History, Art Theory and Practice, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Literary Studies, Philosophy, or Religious Studies. The Fellow must be prepared to teach courses that reflect expertise both in studies of the environment and in another substantive field. Candidates must complete all Ph.D. requirements before September 1, 2014.
The fellow will pursue a program of independent scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor and will teach two undergraduate courses each year (typically one seminar and one lecture course) over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year. The fellow will also give one public lecture per year, sponsored by the Environmental Policy and Culture Program. This position is a two-year, full-time fellowship with benefits.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, research statement of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, writing sample of 35-50 pages, and a sample syllabus for one upper-division undergraduate course. Graduate school transcripts as well as three letters of recommendations (including one letter from the dissertation advisor) should be forwarded as part of the application. In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by December 15, 2013.
Important additional information including salary, prerequisites, FAQs, and submission instructions appears on our website at http://www.humanities.northwestern.edu/events/facultysearch.html. Administrative questions not addressed on the webpage should be directed to email@example.com. For more information about departments or programs at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, see http://www.weinberg.northwestern.edu/
AA/EOE: Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.
The Faculty of Theology and Religion in the University of Oxford wishes to appoint a McDonald Post-doctoral Fellow in Christian Ethics and Public Life for a fixed term of 4 years (1 October 2014 - 30 September 2018). Salary: Grade 7,£29,541 - £36,298
The fellow will undertake research within the field of Christian ethics and public life , present papers at academic conferences, assist the Director in administering and developing the McDonald Centre, contribute to the teaching of Christian ethics, manage the website of the McDonald Centre, compose cogent applications for research and conference grants, and help foster an academic community among postgraduates in Christian ethics.
The successful candidate will hold a completed Ph.D. in Christian ethics/moral theology or in a closely related discipline; have the potential for producing distinguished research in the field of Christian ethics and public life; and have the ability to bring advanced research projects to efficient fruition. He or she will have a demonstrable aptitude for teaching and some prior teaching experience at undergraduate level sufficient to teach undergraduates in Christian ethics/moral theology to a high standard. Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, be efficient in administration, have technical competence in managing a website or a readiness to acquire that, and a readiness to collaborate.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Faculty of Theology and Religion at a time of promise and transition, and to contribute to the development and delivery of its teaching and research. Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to Professor Nigel Biggar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professor Biggar will be attending the meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in Seattle from 9-12 January 2014, where he will be available to speak with prospective applicants.
Applications must be submitted by the University’s online application system no later than 12.00 noon on Thursday 16 January 2014. Candidates should ask two referees to write independently to Mrs Frances Jenkins at email@example.com by the same date.
Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service is seeking applicants for a tenure track appointment, at the rank of Associate Professor in the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) with a joint appointment in the Department of Theological Studies (DTS). The candidate will also be considered to serve as the Director of the PhD Program in Health Care Ethics.
The Albert Gnaegi Center is an independent, degree-granting, and academic Center within the University. It is also the tenure home for its faculty. The Center is dedicated to the teaching, research, and service mission of the University. Center faculty teach graduate level ethics courses in its PhD program, and also teach professional ethics in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, as well as undergraduate health care ethics courses to Nursing, Public Health, and Health Sciences students. The Center’s PhD program has a Catholic Health Care Ethics Track, and trains scholars and practitioners to work in Catholic Health Care. It also offers an undergraduate minor. The Department of Theological Studies (DTS) offers a BA major and minor, a MA and a PhD. It is home to thirty-one faculty, including four theological ethicists.
The appointee must have a PhD in Theology, with strength in Catholic Theological Ethics with emphasis in Health Care Ethics. She or he will also have a strong publication record, and must be able to teach graduate level courses and to supervise PhD dissertations from the beginning of the appointment. It is also hoped that the appointee will have strong student counseling skills and administrative skills.
Position responsibilities include publishing scholarly work, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in health care ethics and theological ethics more broadly, with the possibility of administering the PhD Program in Health Care Ethics. The successful candidate will be tenured both in the Center for Health Care Ethics and in the Department of Theological Studies. This 12-month appointment has either a 2:1 teaching load, with administrative work as the PhD Program Director in Health Care Ethics (with one, usually cross-listed undergraduate/graduate course, taught between the Center and DTS), plus usual service commitments, or a 2:2 teaching load with usual service commitments (with the same CHCE/DTS teaching distribution mentioned above).
The appointee will report to the Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center, who will be in close consultation with the Chair of the Department of Theological Studies.
Saint Louis University is an urban university ranked as one of the top 5 Jesuit-Catholic universities in the country.
All applications must be made online at http://www.slu.edu/jobs/faculty_job_details.php?i=11234&d=11234jd ; applications must include curriculum vitae, a sample of written (published) work and a cover letter. Applications will remain open until the post is filled.
Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE) and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minorities.
The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at St. John's University seeks applications for an Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics (tenure track). We seek a scholar with strong interest and ability in undergraduate teaching, facility in the use of technology, and a research agenda that draws upon the Catholic moral tradition to analyze international economic and political issues such as environmental ethics or peacebuilding. Teaching load would include our introductory course (Perspectives on Christianity) and more specialized courses. The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree in theology by the time of the hire, evidence of teaching experience (e.g., a teaching portfolio), demonstrate potential for publication in refereed journals, and be committed to the university’s Roman Catholic and Vincentian mission. St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference by February 1, 2014 to: Dr. Christopher P. Vogt, Chair, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are being accepted for the position of Senior Director of Advocacy and Sexual Ethics at the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in the United Methodist Church. The Senior Director will oversee sexual harassment/sexual misconduct prevention and intervention in The United Methodist Church. A detailed job description is available here. Application deadline is Friday, January 3, 2014.
The interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 10, 2014. This position will be in the interdisciplinary area of contemporary global/transnational political and ethical thought. Research and teaching interests that focus on the politics and ethics of global/transnational governance and society are highly desirable. Applicants whose research engages contemporary transnational/global perspectives related to post-secularism, post-traditionalism, post-modernity, post-coloniality, the intersection of violence, insecurity, and religion, or critical theoretical approaches to war, territoriality, and law are especially encouraged to apply. Additionally, research informed by several of the following theoretical specializations is desirable: biopolitical perspectives, Critical Theory, feminism and gender, phenomenology, post-colonialism, post-Marxism, post-structuralism, and queer theory. This position is a cluster hire in ASPECT (www.aspect.vt.edu), and the tenure home will be in one of the following core ASPECT departments: History, Political Science, or Religion and Culture. Required qualifications include: PhD in History, International Relations, Political Science, Religious Studies, or a related humanities or social sciences field by the time of the appointment; research emphasizing issues of contemporary global/transnational ethical and political theory; record demonstrating potential for excellence in research and teaching; ability to mentor doctoral students in ASPECT; effectiveness in both graduate and undergraduate teaching to meet ASPECT’s and at least one core department’s teaching needs; commitment to work effectively with a diverse campus population.
Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting # TR0130119, where they will submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, up to two recent article-length writing samples, teaching evaluations, a short research précis (1-2 pages) that stresses the applicant’s theoretical background and contributions, and no more than four letters of recommendation. Screening of applications will begin January 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be sent to François Debrix, Chair, ASPECT Search Committee, ASPECT, 202 Major Williams Hall (0192), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, or at email@example.com. Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities.
FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of the clergy in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today.
Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing their profession today.
All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.
The 2014 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 15 to June 26, 2014.
Completed applications must be received by December 20, 2013.
Interreligious dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program, and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply. FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs.
To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: www.faspe.info
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE at ttritter@FASPE.info.
The Character Project at Wake Forest University is very excited to launch several funding competitions.
"New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Character" is $300,000 RFP aimed at work in philosophy on the topic of character, and proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. We hope to make between 5-6 awards.
"New Frontiers in the Theology of Character" is $180,000 RFP aimed at work in theology or religious ethics on the topic of character, and proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. We hope to make between 3-4 awards.
A residential incentive of $6,000 for one semester or $12,000 for an academic year will be offered to philosophy RFP winners who are willing to move to Wake Forest University during the award period, and this stipend would not count as part of the research funding request. A willingness to move will not be taken into account when evaluating proposals.
Since work here will primarily be theoretical, the funding is aimed at semester or yearlong sabbatical research leave projects involving a book manuscript or series of substantive articles on character.
Participants in the seminar “Character: New Perspectives and Empirical Discoveries”, June 17-29, 2013, will receive a stipend of $1,500 for attending, plus have their travel, meal, reading materials, and lodging costs covered. The seminar meetings will conclude on Thursday, June 27, so that all participants can attend the Character Project final conference on June 27-29. Seminar meetings are expected to last roughly three hours per day. Application Deadline: December 15, 2012. Participation is limited to those working in the fields of philosophy or religion/theology. It is also limited to graduate students or faculty who have had their Ph.D. for ten years or less. Successful applicants can be doing work in any area of philosophy or religion/theology. A background in virtue ethics or the philosophy of character is definitely not required, and those who have worked extensively on the empirical adequacy of character are discouraged from applying. Please see http://www.thecharacterproject.com/summer.php for more information about seminar and application process.
This competition is supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
For more details, please visit www.thecharacterproject.com
Jack Hill, professor of Religion in AddRan College of Liberal Arts at Texas Christian University, has been granted a 2013-2014 Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship (Distinguished Chair) at Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland. In addition to researching and writing a book on the relevance of Adam Ferguson’s moral philosophy for teaching ethics today, he will be presenting guest lectures on ethics and his research at the University of Aberdeen and other universities in the U.K.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
In addition, his paper (“Adam Ferguson’s Discourse on “Rude Nations”—An Implicit Critique of Empire from an Unlikely Source”) will be presented the upcoming Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society meeting at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, 3-6 July 2013. His article, “Marx’s Reading of Adam Ferguson and the Idea of Progress” will appear in the Scottish Journal of Philosophy 11/2 (Fall 2013).
Hill has an M.T.S. from Harvard University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt University, with a concentration in Philosophical and Theological Ethics, and a collateral discipline in Sociology of Religion. Before arriving at Texas Christian University, he taught ethics and phenomenology of religion at the Pacific Theological College in Fiji and was Visiting Professor of Ethics at the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa.
Sister Shawnee Daniels-Sykes SSND received the Merit Award for service, professional and academic excellence from the Spelman College’s National Alumnae Association on May 19, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Congrats!!! She is assistant professor of theology and bioethics at Mount Mary College, Milwaukee.