Contact Information

Roman R. Williams, Ph.D.

Calvin College
Department of Sociology
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 526-6026

Job & Grant Opportunities

Current Opportunities:
  University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Tenure–Track Position in Religion and Healing
  Principal of Emmanuel College, Victoria University in the University of Toronto
  Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, New College of Florida
  2018–2019 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Opportunity
  Tenure–Track Faculty Position: Religious Diversity, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley
  University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Tenure–Track Position in Religion and Healing
    The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Religion and Healing to begin August 2018. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, teaching experience at the university
level, an active research agenda that critically examines the intersections of religious practices and traditions with physical and/or mental health, and which complements our department’s existing strengths, and a commitment to diversity initiatives and expanding diversity and inclusion within the department. Time period, region of research specialization and methodological approach are open; possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
history of science, medicine, and religion; critical race and ethnic studies; anthropology and sociology; and the body in religion. Desired qualifications include research and pedagogic expertise in religions of the Global South; experience with quantitative research methodologies or digital humanities; and experience teaching Religious Studies theories and methods.

Applicants must be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Religious Studies as well as the University’s general education program.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in building interdisciplinary collaborations within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across units in the University. UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing doctoral-granting urban university located in the largest metropolitan area between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus. Close to 29,000 culturally diverse students currently are enrolled at the University. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as 25 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 36 master′s degrees and graduate certificates, and 32 undergraduate degrees.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research. Screening of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at and should include a cover letter and CV with a list of three references. Any questions about this search can be sent to Eric Hoenes del Pinal, Chair of the Religion and Healing Search Committee, at Inquiries can also be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Applicants subject to criminal background check.

More information may be found here:
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  Principal of Emmanuel College, Victoria University in the University of Toronto
    Victoria University, federated with the University of Toronto, is conducting an extensive search for a Principal of Emmanuel College, to take office July 2018, and invites expressions of interest, applications and nominations.

Emmanuel College, one of the two colleges at Victoria University, is associated with the United Church of Canada and the University of Toronto as a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology. Informed by its Christian heritage, relationship with both church and university, and its Canadian, urban, and pluralistic location, Emmanuel College provides an education characterized by rigorous theological inquiry, contextual analysis, commitment to justice, and inclusive practice. It attracts excellent students to its graduate and doctoral degrees, which include the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, Master of Pastoral Studies (with focus areas in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam), Master of Sacred Music, and Master of Theology, as well as its certificate, diploma and continuing education studies. Emmanuel College is located on Victoria University’s campus, which combines a mix of historical and modern buildings. It is situated in the University of Toronto, Canada’s largest university and a global leader in research and teaching, and is steps from the array of entertainment and cultural attractions available in Toronto, one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world. For further information, please visit the website at

Reporting to the President of Victoria University, the Principal is the senior academic and administrative leader of Emmanuel College and a member of its faculty. The Principal provides inspirational, strategic, academic, and financial leadership, and works co-operatively within Emmanuel College, Victoria University, the University of Toronto, and the Toronto School of Theology to strengthen and expand its programs and activities in ways that exemplify its mission. Understanding and respecting the theological traditions of the United Church of Canada, as well as the multi-religious context of contemporary Canada, the Principal will effectively represent Emmanuel College with its internal and external communities to advance its vision, mission, and values, increase its resources and well being, and raise its profile locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

The Principal will be a visionary and strategic leader with a significant record of scholarship in one of the College’s principal disciplines. An innovative thinker, seasoned administrator, and excellent communicator, the Principal will have a demonstrated ability to work positively and inclusively with colleagues, students, alumni, and the various governance levels of Victoria University. Candidates will have the collegial leadership ability to guide the affairs of Emmanuel College, represent it effectively, and further its interests with both internal and external constituencies.

Victoria University is committed to equity in access to employment and a diverse and inclusive workplace. The University encourages applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to qualified Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accessibility accommodation, please contact Laverne Smith & Associates at to confidentially discuss your request.

The search committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) and be forwarded electronically in confidence to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
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  Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, New College of Florida
    New College of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Islamic studies. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, teaching experience, a career interest in liberal arts teaching, and a vibrant research agenda.

The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in a home discipline such as anthropology, history, political science, religion, or sociology as appropriate, with the possibility of secondary appointments in other programs and interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful candidate will have a particular specialization in the Islamic world combined with broad training in Islam’s transnational, cross-cultural and global dimensions; thematic research fields are open, with a preference for scholarly interests involving critical reflection on issues of social justice, gender, globalism, and diversity. Fluency in relevant research language(s) is desired. The successful candidate must have completed the Ph.D. by the start of employment in August 2018.

Situated on the Gulf Coast of Florida and Sarasota Bay, New College is a nationally recognized, highly selective public honors college with a 10:1 student/faculty ratio. Students are intellectually independent and highly motivated. Undergraduate research has a central role in the curriculum, and a senior thesis project is required of all students. Students receive narrative evaluations in lieu of grades. We are committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research and encourage collaborative student-faculty scholarship. The teaching load is two courses per semester plus individual and group tutorials. Faculty members also provide academic advising, supervise independent study projects, sponsor senior theses, and serve on baccalaureate committees.

We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to innovative undergraduate liberal-arts teaching. This appointment will be the campus’s first position in Islamic Studies, and is one of 15 new faculty lines for 2018, and part of an exciting campus-growth initiative funded by the State of Florida ( To apply:

1. Complete the Employment Form online
2. Send a cover letter and CV;
3. Three course descriptions (for an introductory course in Islamic Civilizations, a discipline-specific methodology course, and a thematic course of your choosing);
4. teaching evaluations;
5. one writing sample (article or chapter length);
6. an unofficial graduate transcript and three letters of recommendation to with the subject heading “Islam Search,” with attachments in PDF or MS Word.

Review of applications will begin on Nov. 1 with Skype interviews to follow. According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding applications are open to the public upon request. Applicants who need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the selection process must notify the chair of the search committee at 48 hours in advance of a meeting.

Queries to Search Committee Chair Susan Marks at

New College of Florida is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty. Candidates from underrepresented groups or whose knowledge or skills can support an inclusive learning environment are especially encouraged to apply. Consistent with law and its respect for personal dignity, the college does not discriminate against applicants for employment based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In accordance with state law, all employees are subject to a background check at the time of hiring.

Candidates’ application materials and meetings regarding applications are open to the public upon request. Applicants requesting reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the selection process must notify the chair of the search committee 48 hours in advance of a meeting.
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  2018–2019 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Opportunity
    The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving is requesting your assistance in communicating to Ph.D. students the 2018-2019 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship opportunity. The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports the last year of dissertation research that engages issues within religion & philanthropy or faith & giving. Applicants representing all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Please share on your listserv, newsletter, or website the information below regarding the annual $25,000 award for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

The link to the application, along with more information regarding the fellowship, can be found here on our website:

Applications are now being accepted until January 15, 2018.
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  Tenure–Track Faculty Position: Religious Diversity, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley
    The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a non-tenured appointment to the faculty at the Assistant Professor level, with an expected start date of July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be appointed to the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and in one or more Departments at Berkeley (depending on the candidate’s background). The candidate will be expected to participate in the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute and collaborate with the Chair to provide guidance and academic leadership in the field.

For more information about the position, including required qualifications and application materials, please go to:

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2017. For questions, please contact Sandra Ketchpel, Assistant Dean for Administration for the Goldman School of Public Policy at

The University of California, Berkeley is an AA/EEO Employer.
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