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Visiting Assistant Professor in Islam

Apply now Job no: 492899
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, specialization Islam. 

Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) in Religious Studies with a specialization in Islam as a sabbatical replacement. We seek a broadly trained scholar of religion who can teach Islam in a range of historical and geographic contexts engaging with material culture, textual analysis, and/or ethnography. The teaching load is five courses over two semesters (2/3 or 3/2). This includes one section of our department’s introduction to religion course (Encountering Religion in a Global Context) and four other introductory survey and advanced seminar courses in Islam or related areas according to the candidate’s expertise. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to excellent teaching, including the use of inclusive pedagogies, along with strong mentoring and academic support of diverse student populations.

The term of appointment will be July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree by the time of appointment or be in advanced ABD status. A complete application will include: 1) A 2-page cover letter detailing teaching experience and teaching philosophy, as well as a description of scholarly work and research trajectory; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) an unofficial transcript and 4) Contact information for three recommenders. Letters of reference will be requested from the top 25 candidates. Review of applications will begin December 1st and will continue until the position is filled. We expect to conduct preliminary virtual interviews in January and conduct campus interviews in February. Please contact Dr. Krista Dalton, chair of the search committee, with any questions at dalton1@kenyon.eduTo apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at 

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Kenyon currently does not guarantee coverage for abortion services. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon is a great place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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