Faculty position opening to teach Islam at Oberlin College

Posted on September 23, 2007


The Department of Religion at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of 4 years, beginning first semester of academic year 2008-09 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor.

The incumbent will teach courses in the general area of Islam. Research and teaching expertise in Islam in the pre-modern Mediterranean world are essential, along with knowledge of theory and methods in the field of Religious Studies. Training in the interactions of religious traditions in the Mediterranean world is highly desirable. Courses include an “Introduction to Religion” and an intermediate-level seminar on “Approaches to the Study of Religion.” All other courses would be devoted to the area Islam in the pre-modern Mediterranean world. He or she will also be expected to participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including: academic advising, service on committees, and sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2008-09). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. The Department of Religion is an 8-person department with approximately 35 majors in each graduating class. Courses and faculty research areas span eastern and western traditions, from the ancient world through contemporary issues and topics.

To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference, should be sent to David Kamitsuka, Chair, Department of Religion, Rice Hall, 10 North Professor St., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 44074, by October 15, 2007. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience.

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect of differences based on gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation. Oberlin was the first coeducational institution to grant bachelor’s degrees to women and historically has been a leader in the education of African-Americans; the college was also among the first to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our faculty.


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