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The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, with a specialization in Islam, beginning September 2020. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching introductory and more specialized undergraduate courses in Islam, Qur’an, world religions, and courses in inter-religious dialogue (e.g., Christian-Muslim Dialogue); will engage in an active research agenda; and serve the university community with his/her/their expertise.

The department has two areas of specialization within its Theology and Religious Studies major: Christian Theology and Comparative Religion; this position involves actively engaging majors with both specializations as well as teaching courses for non-majors in the University Core Curriculum.

The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching; solid scholarly potential and an ability to interact with disciplines outside of theology and religious studies to enhance the university’s commitment to global education; and will support and be prepared to contribute to Seattle University’s Jesuit Catholic educational mission and to become a leader in inter-religious dialogue.  



Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Religion, Comparative Theology or related discipline by September 2020 is required. ABD candidates will be considered. Candidates should have expertise in classical and/or contemporary Islam, proficiency in Arabic and other relevant research languages, and preparation in the methods and theories of the academic study of religion.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 52 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,200 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019” ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following materials to a letter of interest; CV; statement of teaching philosophy; samples of scholarly writing (up to two publications or dissertation chapters); and contact information for three references. Review of applications begins October 15, 2019 and Zoom interviews will follow. Open until filled.​

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