While possessing the necessary linguistic, historical, and/or ethnographic expertise, the successful applicant will be trained in using social theory (e.g., political theory, post-colonial theory, discourse analysis, gender theory, etc.) to analyze and understand Islam in relation to the establishment, development, and/or contemporary context of the modern Middle East. Though the specialized focus or specific region/national setting is open, the position will enhance the Department’s international reputation in the critical study of religion while a portion of the person’s service time will go toward helping to establish an interdisciplinary Center for Middle East Studies (working closely with a newly hired Political Science faculty member who will be its Director).
Although the successful candidate will regularly teach typical introductory courses in the academic study of religion as well courses on various aspects of the Muslim world, they will also teach upper-level seminars on a range of topics, both in the study of Islam but also on a variety of topics (e.g., theories of ritual, social formation, and identity studies). All faculty are also expected to supervise M.A. students in the social theory of religion when graduate student interests intersect with faculty expertise. As with all members of the Department, the successful candidate will see her/his specific work as attempting to answer broader, cross-cultural questions related to identity, power, and discourse.
A Ph.D. is required but ABD applicants who are about to defend and complete their degree will be entertained. The committee welcomes applications from candidates with training in the academic study of religion, as carried out in a public university, but will also entertain training in related fields, as long as expertise in studying and teaching social theory as applied to the study of Islam is evident. Applicants should demonstrate an active and ongoing research agenda, highlight their teaching experience, and make evident their ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service and collaboration.
Instructions to Applicants:
The position will be open until filled but review of applications will begin November 15. Applicants are required to apply online (https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/44043), submitting a cover letter (including the names and addresses of three references), C.V., and writing sample. Selected applicants will subsequently be asked to provide letters of recommendation and a group of semi-finalists will meet with the committee via a brief online session prior to the Department identifying finalists to be brought to campus for interviews.
For information, please contact
Professor Russell T. McCutcheon
Department Chair and Chair, Social Theory of Islam Search
Department of Religious Studies
212 Manly Hall
P.O. Box 870264
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0264