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Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Working Title Assistant Professor, Global Christianity - Department of Philosophy and Religion Position Number 1148 Posting Number F2276 Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time Position Status Full Time College/Division College of Arts and Letters Department 100031 - Philosophy and Religion Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience Specify Range or Amount Is this a JMU only position? No Is this a grant-funded position? No Is this a Conflict of Interest designated position? No
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About James Madison University

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.
General Information
The Department of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in contemporary Global Christianity at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall of 2024. The area of specialization is open, but must concern geographic regions outside of the United States and Latin America. The University welcomes applications from candidates who help foster its commitment to equity and inclusion.
Duties and Responsibilities
Successful applicants will have a demonstrated command of the history, thought, and traditions of Christianity on a global scale. Applicants will have a demonstrated competence in the requisite languages, depending on AOS. REL 340 (Introduction to Christianity) and REL 348 (Global Christianity) will be a regular feature of the teaching rotation. In addition to teaching upper-level electives in Christianity in the relevant AOS, the successful candidate will teach in the University's General Education program (REL 101: Religions of the World and/or REL 102: Religion, Spirituality, and the Meaning of Life), and oversee the Christian Studies minor. The teaching load is 3/3, with 2 preparations per semester.
A demonstrated program of research with the promise of significant publication is required. We look for candidates with an enthusiasm for academic service and a desire to contribute to the growth of the Religion program. Candidates should have the Ph.D. or dissertation in hand at the time of appointment. Evidence of teaching experience and potential for excellence must accompany the application.

Special consideration will be given to applicants whose AOS is in Africa or Asia. Candidates whose research and teaching intersect with other disciplines (e.g. anthropological, sociological, political, economic, medical, environmental, etc.) and contemporary global issues are especially desirable. Applicants must be trained in the academic methods of religious studies, although a wide range of methodological approaches is welcome.
Conditions of Employment
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Posting Detail Information
Posting Date 09/15/2023 Beginning Review Date 10/16/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2024 EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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Applicants will complete a faculty profile and electronically submit the following:
  • CV
  • Letter of application; should include a discussion of research interests, teaching experience and philosophy, and demonstrate commitment to enhancing equity and inclusion in the classroom, program, and university
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness; may include course syllabi, assignments, summaries of course evaluations, and evaluations by colleagues (uploaded to JobLink as one document under "Other Document #1")
  • Sample of scholarly writing, 15-25 pages (uploaded to JobLink under "Professional Writing Sample")
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Names and contact information for three references; references will be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation directly to the JobLink portal

Additional inquiries can be addressed to Robert E. Brown, Chair, Search Committee (