Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture

Logan, Utah, United States
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Job description

Requisition: F1800361

Review Date: 08/15/2018

Job Category: Faculty

Department: History

College/Unit: College of Humanities and Social Sc

Location: Logan Campus

Posting Duration: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture

Associate Professor or Professor

The Religious Studies Program at Utah State University invites applications for the Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture, the first endowed chair of Mormon Studies in the world. We seek an accomplished scholar and dynamic teacher at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with a strong record of publication and evidence of teaching excellence.

Responsibilities:Candidates must hold a PhD in Religious Studies, History, or related discipline, and be able to teach a variety of courses on Mormonism at the undergraduate and graduate level. The ability to teach our American Religious History course or Introduction to Religious Studies (RELS 1010) is desirable. The successful applicant will participate actively in the life of the Religious Studies Program, which consists of a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students committed to the interdisciplinary study of religion.

Dept/College Highlights:Academic Setting: The History Department at Utah State includes dynamic teacher-scholars in History, Religious Studies, and Classics as well as undergraduate and master’s level students interested in a global field of study. The faculty values high-quality research in keeping with its research-intensive mission, but it also places the highest importance on accessible and quality teaching. For more information on the department, please check our websites: http://history.usu.edu/ and http://religiousstudies.usu.edu/.

About Utah State University: Since its founding in 1888, Utah State University has evolved from a small-town college tucked away in the Northern Utah mountains to a thriving research university respected around the world. Students can choose from an array of academic and social opportunities at a university known throughout the world for its intellectual and technological leadership.

The setting. USU is just minutes from two mountain ranges and within a half-day’s drive of six national parks, including Yellowstone and Arches. It provides big-school opportunities with a small-school feel, and all for a great value.

In fact, USU is the #5 public university in the nation in “National Universities Rankings 2017” by Washington Monthly (2017).

Qualifications:To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor:

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. PhD in Religious Studies, History, or related field
  2. Strong record of peer-reviewed publication
  3. Established record of teaching excellence

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. At least three years at rank of Associate Professor at time of application

To be considered at the rank of Professor:

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. PhD in Religious Studies, History, or related field
  2. Excellent record of peer-reviewed publication
  3. Outstanding record of mentoring and teaching excellence

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Evidence of national scholarly reputation in the field

Opportunity Type: Full-Time w/benefits packagePercent of Time or Hours per Week: 100%

Advertised Salary: Salary commensurate with experience

Required Documents (The names and contact information of 3 references will be collected during the application process):
Cover Letter, Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness, Research Statement, Resume/CV

Other Required document types/Special Instructions to Applicants:
Names and contact information for three references

Often Functional Requirements (25-75% time):
Both hands required or compensated by the use of acceptable prostheses

Continuous Functional Requirements (75%+ time):
Routine visual requirements (e.g. reading with attention to details; seeing activities near and far),Routine hearing ability (e.g. whispers at close range; voices at 15 feet; converse by telephone)

Continuous Environmental Factors (75%+ time):
Inside

ADA Cognitive Requirements:
Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Deal with non-verbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) in its most difficult phases. Deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables. Comprehend complex, hard-to-understand concepts.

ADA Math Requirements:
Perform ordinary arithmetic, algebraic, and geometric procedures in standard, practical applications.

ADA Communication Requirements – Speech:
Expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order verbal skills such as ability to lecture to large groups, ability to speak on complex issues without prepared notes.

ADA Comm Requirements – Comprehension:
Comprehensive and expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order of composition skills such as ability to do this as primary function of the job, to draft and edit publication-quality papers, to prepare highly complex documents such as wills and contracts. May involve a large volume of such composition.

ADA Travel Requirements:
No travel required.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted through the online application link: http://jobs.usu.edu and include the following:

  1. A cover letter expressing his or her interest in the position
  2. A current CV
  3. A research statement
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  5. The names and addresses of three referees (the committee will contact them, as needed)

Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2018, and the preferred start date for the position is January 1, 2019. For more information, please see our website for the search or contact Dr. Ravi Gupta at ravi.gupta@usu.edu

In 1888, the Agricultural College of Utah was founded as the state's land-grant institution. It became Utah State University in 1957. Throughout time, USU has remained true to its roots as an institution dedicated to the land and its people