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The Program in Religious Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Islam (specialization open), subject to budgetary approval. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Religious Studies by the date of appointment, 1 July 2012.

The successful candidate will be appointed jointly to the program in Religious Studies and a suitable department of the Faculty of Arts, dependent on disciplinary focus; teaching duties will be assigned to each unit as appropriate. The candidate must have demonstrated capacity in teaching and research, preferably with publications appropriate to this career stage. A normal teaching assignment of four courses per academic year (2+2) will typically include an introductory lecture course each year (RELIG 220, Introducing Islam, from Prophetic Origins to World Religion), as well as three other courses on Islamic and/or other religious studies topics at the junior and senior undergraduate and graduate level. The successful candidate will contribute to our growing M.A. and Ph.D. programs and have the ability to supervise graduate students on topics in the area of Islam and Religious Studies. Hiring decisions for this position will be made on the basis of both accomplishments and potential in research, teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as fit with program needs.

Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation as being one of the best universities in Canada, based on our strength in teaching, research, and service. The University of Alberta serves over 35,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate programs and 170 graduate programs ( The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and one of the largest research and teaching centres in western Canada ( The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of the province of Alberta. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the country with a population of approximately one million ( Edmonton is located only a few hours’ drive from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in summer.
Applications, including a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three academic referees who have agreed to write for you, should be sent by email to Prof. Andrew Gow. A paper application including copies of the above items and a writing sample or one publication should be mailed to Prof. Andrew Gow, Ph.D. Director, Program in Religious Studies to the address noted below.

All qualified applicants from whom we have received complete applications by January 16th, 2012 will be considered. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For further information contact Andrew Gow at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

Interested applicants may apply to:

Prof. Andrew Gow,
Program in Religious Studies
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
1-17 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada
T6G 2E5

Competition No.: A107315481

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