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The Department of Religion and Philosophy at Young Harris College invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with specializations in Eastern Religions and/or Islam. Special consideration will be given to candidates with some competency in Immigrant Religions, Indigenous American Religions or New Religious Movements. Ethnographic and material culture based approaches are especially welcomed.

Given Young Harris Colleges current and changing student demographic, the Department seeks to cultivate a variety of student interests in Religious Studies, from international relations and civic pluralism to religious philosophies and confessional vocations. The ideal candidate should be fearlessly willing to teach courses outside of ones specializations as needed. One should be prepared to collaborate in support of the growing Philosophy minor. The candidate may be asked to support the Ethics Across the Curriculum program.

The ideal candidate will have earned his or her Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field before the date of employment and should demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching in an undergraduate, liberal arts curriculum. This full-time, tenure-track position carries a 4/4 teaching load of both service and specialized courses, with some expectations of service and research.

Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions-Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences-and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Georgia, is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction.

Candidates should apply electronically at .  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching philosophy, sample syllabi and sample evaluations), and three letters of recommendation. In addition, transcripts should be sent electronically to <> or by mail to Dr. Nathan Eric Dickman, Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, Human Resources Office, Young Harris College, P.O. Box 68, Young Harris, GA 30582. Selected candidate must successfully pass a background check.

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