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The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, with a specialization in Islam, beginning September 2015.  The Department of Theology and Religious Studies has two areas of specialization within the major: Christian Theology and Comparative Religion; this position will include active engagement with both specializations.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching introductory and more specialized undergraduate courses in Islam, Qur’an, world religions, and interreligious courses (e.g., Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Muslim-Jewish Dialogue); will engage in an active scholarly program; and provide college and university service.

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 strategic initiative and Jesuit Catholic educational mission to become a leader in interreligious dialogue.  

Required: Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Comparative Theology or related discipline by September 2015.  Research area is open, but candidate should have expertise in classical or contemporary forms of Islam in Muslim societies, 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 48 acres on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.  More than 7,700 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools.  U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014” ranks Seattle University among the top 10 universities in the West 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.

Applicants should submit materials online at  Include a letter of interest; CV; statement of teaching philosophy; samples of scholarly writing (up to two publications or dissertation chapters); and the names and contact information for three references (letters will be solicited upon submission of application).  Review of applications begins October 15, 2014.  Open until filled.

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