Professor/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in African American Religions

Harvard, Massachusetts
13 Oct 2016
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12 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in African American Religions

The Faculty of Divinity at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure track faculty member whose work addresses African American religion, with a particular interest in Christian communities within the North American context. Candidates may work in the following disciplines or fields that address black religious life and intellectual traditions constructively: religion, ethics, and politics; philosophy of religion; theology; religion, literature and culture; social, cultural, and intellectual history; and/or the social sciences. It is expected that applicants will employ forms of analysis that address race, gender, sexuality, and/or other intersecting forms of social power, such as womanist, feminist, and/or queer approaches. The successful candidate will work closely with students in the Divinity School’s Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and doctoral programs, and will also have an opportunity to teach undergraduates within Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Excellence in teaching and research is required.  Applicants must also be competent in research languages appropriate to their specialties.  The doctoral degree must be held by June 30, 2017.

Applications should be made online at: A CV, cover letter, writing sample, and three letters of reference will be required of all candidates.  Review of applications will begin in November 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  Selected candidates may be invited to initial interviews at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this coming November.

Letters of nomination are also welcome, and should be sent to:  African American Religions Search Committee, c/o Traci Kasperbauer, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA, 02138, or to  Applicants should address any questions regarding the position itself or the online application system to Traci Kasperbauer at the above email address or by phone at 617.496.0847.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.