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Lecturer in Religious Studies, Islam

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Indianapolis
Categories: Faculty

Position Overview

Butler University seeks to hire a Core Lecturer in Religious Studies who is prepared to teach courses on Islam, and whose teaching interests involve critical reflection on issues of social justice and diversity. In addition to teaching upper-level Religious Studies courses, the successful candidate will teach multiple courses in the university’s core curriculum each semester and will regularly teach a course on the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Ideal candidates will demonstrate dedication to teaching and mentoring, will have a history of implementing engaged-learning and inclusive pedagogies, will have a commitment to supporting students from historically underrepresented and marginalized religious, racial-ethnic, national, and class groups, and will show interest in contributing to building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population. Inclusive and evidence-based pedagogy is expected at Butler University. Please indicate your previous experience with and commitment to inclusive and evidence-based pedagogies in your cover letter.

The successful candidate will be responsible for collaborating with faculty and students (especially students in the Muslim Students Association) across the university to plan engaging events for and manage the Muslim Studies Endowment that was established to promote understanding of Islam and Muslims in all their complexity, as well as to support Muslim students on campus. 

The ability to teach upper-level Religious Studies courses in fields beyond Islam and the program’s existing strengths in biblical studies, Christian theology, Asian religions, and religion and science/science fiction is highly desirable. Candidates whose upper-level courses might also contribute to one or more of the following interdisciplinary majors/minors will be given special consideration: Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; International Studies; African Studies; Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies; Public Health; and Peace and Conflict Studies. This is a teaching-oriented position with no research expectations and a 4/4 load (generally with 2 to 3 preps a semester).

The ideal candidate will have earned a Ph.D. by August 1st, 2024

Applications

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of graduate courses taken
  • A list of courses taught
  • A 1- or 2-page cover letter briefly outlining teaching interests and experience
  • Thorough evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., a syllabi, evaluations if available, and/or course observation letters, etc.)
  • List of 3-5 references including name, title, and contact information

A writing sample or publication is welcome but not required. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide additional syllabi and other teaching materials (e.g., descriptions of course activities or assignments), 3 letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts. Final round candidates will need to provide official transcripts and will be asked to consent to background checks.

Direct search inquiries to Chad Bauman (cbauman@butler.edu), chair of the department/search committee. Review of applications will begin January 5, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department is committed to intersectional and critical approaches to the study of religion. We seek candidates whose previous work and life experiences prepare them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students, faculty and staff. Thus, we strongly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented groups in higher education. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and intercultural development in a work environment and be eager to contribute to inclusion efforts on campus.

About Butler 

Founded by abolitionist Ovid Butler in 1855 on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts, and College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for “best undergraduate teaching” and “ most innovative schools,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center of both the state and the country (https://www.visitindy.com).

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.  We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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