Adjunct Part-time Position in Spiritual Care and Counseling in Muslim Communities
Harvard Divinity School seeks to appoint an adjunct instructor/lecturer for a course in Spiritual Care and Counseling in Muslim Communities that will take place over the Spring 2017 semester.
This course introduces students to practices of providing spiritual care in the context of Muslim communities in North America. In addition to exposing students to the psychological concepts and clinical skills that inform spiritual care and counseling more broadly, this course focuses specifically on the needs of Muslims in North America and the challenges of meeting those needs. Through a combination of readings, class discussions, and practical exercises, students will examine ways in which Islamic theological/spiritual teachings inform approaches to providing spiritual care and how different contexts (e.g. mosques, community centers/third spaces, college campuses) provide unique opportunities. Students will learn how to work with community members dealing with issues involving spiritual crises, mental illness, marriage/divorce and substance abuse, as well as challenges related to women, youth, and LGBTQ Muslims. We will discuss the limits of our role and when to refer to another provider. During the course, students will have the opportunity to study different models of Islamic spiritual care and begin to develop their own approaches.
The course must be open and accessible to the Divinity School’s diverse and multi-religious student body. The appointment title will depend on the finalist’s qualifications.
Applicants should demonstrate the following qualifications: (1) completed advanced degree (PhD or ABD candidates preferred), (2) prior experience teaching at the graduate level, and (3) sensibility to a multi-religious, diverse student body. Publications in the field are desirable, though not required.
Applicants may contact Matthew Turner, Department Administrator for the Office for Academic Affairs at Harvard Divinity School, with any questions regarding the position.
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