Job Opening: Danforth Chair of Theology, Saint Louis University

The Department of Theological Studies at SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY invites distinguished applicants for the Danforth Chair. We seek an Associate or Full professor, and strongly encourage women and members of other underrepresented groups to apply.

Saint Louis University is a nationally ranked research university and has set ambitious benchmarks for research excellence and productivity. The Department of Theological Studies has an outstanding record of research awards and publications with leading university presses and journals – the Danforth chair will be expected to strengthen this emphasis. Candidates will have a distinguished publication record and an ambitious research agenda commensurate with the rank at which they are hired.

The research agenda of the Danforth chairholder will diversify existing expertise as well as methodological approaches within the Department. Area of specialization is open, though the Chair will be expected to strengthen one or both concentrations of our redesigned doctoral program (Christianity in Antiquity and Christian Theology). For more information on these two programs and our faculty, please visit our website:

The standard teaching assignment in the department is 2/2; the Danforth chairholder also receives a graduate assistant. Successful candidates will teach a range of subjects at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

As one of our visible leaders, the Danforth chair will be asked to stimulate innovation within the Department, represent us effectively to wider constituencies and strengthen recruitment efforts for our programs. A record of professional leadership in the candidate’s field is highly desirable.

Regardless of his or her own faith tradition, the successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the university’s Catholic and Jesuit mission, which affirms the importance of diversity and fosters an inclusive work environment (

Saint Louis University, founded in 1818, is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. It is located in Midtown Saint Louis, within walking distance of the Theatre district and the Central West End, which was recently voted as one of the country’s top 10 neighborhoods. We are surrounded by nationally ranked medical centers, abundant cultural and recreational venues, and the Midwest’s premier innovation hub for technology research. Our region also boasts the 5 top-rated public school districts in Missouri.

All applications are made online at and include a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research agenda, (4) a teaching statement where we invite you to reflect on high impact pedagogical practices and strategies for engaging a diverse student body, and (5) contact information for three letters of reference.

We will begin reviewing applications immediately until the position is filled.

Questions about this position should be directed to the chair of the search: Mary Dunn, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Contact email:

Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Theology, Boston University

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Theology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2019. The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar in theology, holding a PhD or ThD in theology or an appropriate, equivalent degree, and having potential for a strong record of publications in the field. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) is highly desirable. We seek candidates who will build on Boston University’s historic commitment to pursuing philosophical theology from a comparative perspective with expertise in study areas beyond the western European traditions such as (but not limited to) Asian, African, Latinx, Womanist, Queer, and/or Postcolonial studies. Areas of expertise are open, but candidates should be competent to teach an introduction to the philosophical tradition(s) in which they are expert, the core introductory sequence in theology, as well as specialized courses in their area of expertise. Responsibilities include teaching, advising, conducting research, and contributing to the larger work of the School. The School is committed to the formation of intercultural competence and social justice in all aspects of our learning community, and we seek candidates who are eager and skilled in providing leadership to realize these goals.


Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders at the masters and doctoral level for diverse forms of ministry in religious communities and other organizations, as well as teaching doctoral students for the professoriate and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities include teaching four courses per year as part of the master’s and doctoral programs of the School of Theology.


Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment. Boston University School of Theology is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Applications should include a curriculum vita, statement of teaching and research plans, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately). As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), candidates are invited to describe their cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. Materials should be sent to the Faculty Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Emily Arnone at


Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Opening: History of Modern Philosophy, UMass Amherst


Rank: Assistant Professor.  (Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.) Starting Date: September 1, 2019.

AOS: History of Modern Philosophy.

AOC: Open.

Undergraduate and graduate teaching, two courses per semester, with usual non-teaching duties.  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Ph.D. in Philosophy or closely related field required by time of appointment.

Applicants should apply online at  Be sure to include a CV, a cover letter, a writing sample, evidence of effective teaching (such as summaries of teaching evaluations and/or a teaching statement), and the names and email addresses of at least three references.  Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Professor Phillip Bricker, Chair, Philosophy Search Committee,

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of October 15, 2018, in order to ensure consideration.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.  We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Job Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor of African-American Religious History at Yale Divinity

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenure track appointment in the field of African-American Religious History, to begin July 1, 2019. The rank of the appointment may be Assistant or Associate Professor with or without tenure. In an ecumenical environment Yale Divinity School prepares students for ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional involvements, including higher education, law, medicine, the arts, management, and public service.


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Job Opening: Open rank faculty position in Medieval Christian Theology and History at Yale

Yale Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University invites applications for an open rank faculty position in medieval Christian theology and history beginning July 1, 2019.The successful applicant may teach a required course on the history of medieval theology at the Divinity school, participate in the undergraduate curriculum of Yale College, engage with Yale’s Program in Medieval Studies, and contribute to the doctoral program in Religious Studies.


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Spirituality and Abolition: Call for Submissions

A Call for Submissions for an issue of the Abolition journal on “Spirituality and Abolition,” to be edited by Ashon Crawley and Roberto Sirvent.

Abolition is a spiritual practice, a spiritual journey, a spiritual commitment. What does abolition mean and how can we get there as a collective and improvisational project, how can we define it and get there as a desired and desirous practice? To make a claim for abolition as spiritual practice, journey and commitment is to consider the ways abolition — in the historical and contemporary sense including movements against slavery, prisons, the wage system, animal and earth exploitation, racialized, gendered, and sexualized violence, and the death penalty; movements against patriarchy, capitalism, heteronormativity, ableism, colonialism, the state, white supremacy, etc. — necessitates epistemologies that have been foreclosed through violent force by Western thought of philosophical and theological kinds, it is to claim that the material conditions that will produce abolition are necessarily Black, Indigenous, queer and trans, feminist, and also about disabled and other non-conforming bodies in force and verve.

This Call for Submissions asks: what can prison abolition teach us about spiritual practice, spiritual journey, spiritual commitment? And, what can these things underscore about the struggle for abolition as a desired manifestation of material change in worlds we inhabit currently? To ask about the relation between abolition and spirituality is not to contend fundamentally with particular doctrines, creeds or theologies rooted in particularities of religious traditions, though those traditions in their particularities might create a path in the direction of such an idea and imagined possibility. It is to consider the ways abolition provides a framework for thinking with and also against the strictures of doctrine, creeds and theologies that have us contend against each other for purportedly squandered resources of imagined connection. To consider the relation of abolition to spiritual practice, spiritual journey, spiritual commitment, is to underscore the resurgence, survivance, reparation, and oppositional futurities of Black, Indigenous, queer and trans, feminist, and also about disabled and other non-conforming bodies imagination, being in worlds otherwise. We seek essays, poetry, artwork and reflections that attempt to think through these relations and relationalities.

Please submit abstracts to Ashon Crawley and Roberto Sirvent ( and by November 1, 2018. Final submissions will be due by March 1, 2019.

We also encourage submissions from incarcerated writers and artists. We can receive mail at:

Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics

1321 N. Milwaukee Avenue

PMB 460

Chicago, IL 60622

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UCRiverside Queer & Transgender Studies in Religion Conference: Call for Papers

Call for Proposals

UCR Conference on Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion

February 22-24, 2019

University of California, Riverside

Proposals are invited for the inaugural UCR Conference on Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion. While this new and increasingly established subfield is rooted in the field of religious studies, it is inherently transdisciplinary and proposals are welcome from scholars in all fields, regardless of rank or institutional affiliation. In addition to paper proposals for approximately 20-minute presentations, we also welcome proposals for complete panels, workshops, artistic presentations, and other creative formats.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words (plus headers and any references), along with a bio of 150 words or less, to Melissa Wilcox, melissa.wilcox (at), by August 31, 2018. For sessions involving more than one presentation, such as a panel proposal, please send an abstract of the session plus abstracts for each presentation (each abstract should be no more than 250 words). For sessions involving more than one presenter, please send a bio of 150 words or less for each presenter.

The conference will take place on the campus of the University of California, Riverside, in beautiful Southern California, from Friday evening, February 22 through mid-day or early afternoon on Sunday, February 24. Registration will be on a sliding scale, and we anticipate having small travel grants available to help those with limited means and/or high travel costs to attend.

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Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State: Call for Proposals

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women invites submissions of graduate student paper, roundtable presentation, and poster proposals, and undergraduate student poster proposals for our 29th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference.

This year’s conference theme, Feminists Confronting the Carceral State, will focus on gendered regimes of captivity, state violence, and incarceration, emphasizing feminist, queer, trans, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions. The conference will feature a keynote panel of scholars and activists, including:

  • Beth Richie, Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Alisa Bierria, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
  • Colby Lenz, Organizer, Survived and Punished and California Coalition of Women Prisoners; and PhD Student, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC
  • Romarilyn Ralston, Program Coordinator, Project Rebound, California State University Fullerton

Much of the policy and research on punishment in the United States has focused on men. Yet, the history and contemporary reality of women’s subjugation to systems of punishment also runs deep and warrants further exploration. Many young women and girls, especially Black, Brown, and Native girls, are ensnared in the carceral state where they are criminalized and surveilled in schools, foster systems, and in their communities. Moreover, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals are particularly vulnerable to policing and incarceration and state-sanctioned violence.

Feminist abolitionist Angela Davis has illuminated the carceral state’s gendered structure, elaborating the numerous ways that women and LGBTQ communities are made vulnerable to violence, oppression, and harm. In addition to examining the complex range of regimes that constitute the carceral state, and the modes of violence therein, Feminists Confronting the Carceral State heeds Davis’s call for abolition democracy, including broad societal change: the “demilitarization of schools, revitalization of education at all levels, a health system that provides free physical and mental care to all, and a justice system based on reparation and reconciliation rather than retribution and vengeance” (Davis, 2003, pg. 107). This begs the question: how do feminists lead this modern abolitionist movement and rebuild a society deeply scarred by its own criminal justice system?

Feminists Confronting the Carceral State invites presenters to think through approaches that consider the social contexts in which the carceral state operates in feminist, queer, intersectional, and critical ways. Given recent re-commitments to “tough on crime” beliefs and policies, feminists must be at the forefront of resisting and dismantling the carceral state in all areas of society.


Deadline: Sunday, October 28 at 11:59pm PDT

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Some of the most exciting work in religious studies, theology, ethics, political thought, and philosophy of religion today is happening in feminist, womanist, mujerista, queer, trans, and intersectional inquiries. But much of this work is dispersed across subfields, making community hard to find.  The scholars of religious sexual ethics may not go to philosophy of religion conferences; the philosophers of religion may not read the religious ethics journals; long-standing alienations between religious studies and theology often isolate potential conversation partners.  Working on feminist, womanist, mujerista, queer, trans, and intersectional inquiries in any field can be isolating in many ways already. Our isolations by subfield in religious studies and theology easily intensify the experience.

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