Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of Religion

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Tacoma, WA

Work Schedule:
Full-time, academic year Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor position available September 1, 2019.

General Description:
The Religion Department at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a full-time visiting position in Religion and Environment, beginning September 2019. The department seeks a teacher-scholar trained in any field of religious studies, theology, or religious ethics, with a particular scholarly interest in environmental issues.

Teaching expertise in non-Christian traditions is required, and teaching of an introductory course in Global Religions and Environment (RELI239: Environment and Culture) will be required. The successful candidate will be prepared to engage collegially with both the religion department and the environmental studies program at a university from the tradition of Lutheran Higher Education in the Pacific Northwest. The appointment is for one year, but renewal for second year is possible depending upon performance and enrollment.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Teach 6 courses during the 2019/20 academic year.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Teacher-scholar trained in any field of religious studies, theology, or religious ethics, with a particular scholarly interest in environmental issues.
  • Teaching expertise in non-Christian traditions.
  • Ability to teach an introductory course in Global Religions and Environment (RELI239: Environment and Culture).

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Religion or closely related field must be in hand by September 1, 2019 for appointment at the Visiting Assistant Professor level. ABD is required by September 1, 2019 for appointment at the Instructor level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level is desirable.

How to apply

Please submit CV, cover letter, list of 3 references and a syllabus of a course on Religion & Environment that you have taught or would like to teach.

For questions or more information, please contact Suzanne Crawford-O’Brien at [email protected].

Other Information: 
Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2017-18 academic year, 42 percent of incoming first-year students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 37.8 percent self-identify as students of color; and 31.8 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.

PLU is dedicated to developing ethical, educated, thinking leaders by challenging students to identify and ask questions of meaning and value in their own lives.