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Roman R. Williams, Ph.D.

Calvin College
Department of Sociology
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 526-6026

Job & Grant Opportunities

Current Opportunities:
  Boston University School of Theology: Assistant Professor of Religion and Society
  Furman University, Open–Rank, Tenure Track Position, Qualitative Methodology
  University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor, Muslims/Islam in North America
  Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative
  University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Tenure–Track Position in Religion and Healing
  Boston University School of Theology: Assistant Professor of Religion and Society
    The following position announcement is contingent on budgetary approval by the Provost of Boston University.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2018. The candidate should be a scholar working at the intersections of religion, theology, and the social sciences, with methodological competencies in areas such as qualitative methods, ethnography, and lived religion. A PhD or ThD in an appropriate discipline is required, and the candidate must have potential for a strong record of publications in their chosen field. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) is highly desirable. Areas of expertise are open, but candidates who address congregational or community studies, human diversity in local and global contexts, sexuality, ecology, social transformation, and/or political and ethical engagement are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be competent to teach master’s level theology students. They must be able to teach social science research methods and guide students through research protocols. Responsibilities include teaching and advising doctoral students in areas such as practical theology, congregational studies, ethics, religious leadership, and church and society. The School has committed to the formation of intercultural competence and social justice in all aspects of our learning community, and we seek candidates who are eager and skilled in providing leadership to realize these goals.

Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders at the masters and doctoral level for diverse forms of ministry in religious communities and other organizations, as well as teaching doctoral students for the professoriate, clinical practice, and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities include teaching four courses per year as part of the master’s and doctoral programs of the School of Theology.

Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment. Boston University School of Theology is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Applications should include a curriculum vita, statement of teaching and research plans, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately). As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), candidates are invited to describe their cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. Materials should be sent to the Omnibus Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Emily Arnone at

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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  Furman University, Open–Rank, Tenure Track Position, Qualitative Methodology
    The Department of Sociology at Furman University invites applications for an open-rank, tenure track professorship beginning Fall 2018. A Ph.D. in Sociology by time of appointment is preferred. Research and teaching specialization is open, although we are seeking an interpretive sociologist who primarily utilizes qualitative methodologies and who would teach a qualitative research methods course. We also seek a candidate that can significantly contribute to Furman’s strategic vision, the Furman Advantage, and its enhanced commitment to diversity and inclusion coupled with direct engagement with community partners. For more information on Furman’s recently launched, funded strategic vision, candidates are directed to information on the Furman Advantage at:

Candidates should submit a CV, list of references, a cover letter and a teaching statement. The cover letter should address the following: (a) how their research incorporates and relies upon qualitative methods, (b) a record of past scholarly achievement and a clear plan for future research, (c) a willingness to incorporate undergraduates into their research, and (d) describe how their teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service will contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values. The teaching statement should specifically explain the candidate’s: (a) general approach to teaching undergraduate students; (b) the ability and approach to teaching a qualitative methods courses, and (c) a list of mid- and upper-level courses other than the introduction to sociology that the candidate would like to teach, along with an explanation of how these courses would strengthen or supplement the department’s current offerings and curriculum. We strongly encourage candidates to familiarize themselves with our curriculum before submitting their application. For information about Furman University and its growing Sociology department, please see the web page at:
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  University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor, Muslims/Islam in North America
    The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the Religious Studies Program invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the study of Muslims/Islam in North America to begin fall semester 2018 (08/27/2018). A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or other related field is required by the start date. Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to,

• History of Muslim communities or Islam in North America
• Religious experience or expression of Muslims in North America
• Social/political experience of the Muslim diaspora in North America
• Gender, race, class, identity issues related to Muslim experience in North America

Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong foundation in the academic study of religion and in their specific research area along with an ability to work across disciplinary boundaries.

Successful candidates must also show evidence or potential for a strong research profile and excellence in teaching.

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department′s academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

About the Job

This will be a joint appointment between the interdepartmental Religious Studies Program and the tenure-granting department within the College of Liberal Arts that best fits the candidate’s scholarship and research field. Potential departments include (but are not limited to) African American and African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Languages and Literatures, English, History, Political Science or Sociology. As a tenure-track faculty member, responsibilities will include executing an innovative and consistent research and publication agenda; teaching core courses in the Religious Studies undergraduate and graduate curricula (Introduction to the Study of Religion in America, Introduction to Religions of the World, Theory and Methods in the Study of Religion), and in the area/department of research specialty; supervising undergraduate and graduate research in Religious Studies and the joint department; creating new avenues for cross-disciplinary research at the university; and service to the Religious Studies Program, the home department, the College and the University. Additional responsibilities in the tenure department will be determined. The regular teaching load is 2/2.

The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at:

About the Department

The Religious Studies Program is an interdepartmental program within the College of Liberal Arts, that brings together faculty from across several departments. It offers two undergraduate tracks, (1) Religion, Society, and Culture, and (2) Texts and Traditions, the latter track requiring study of the foundational documents of traditions in their original languages. The Program also offers a graduate minor and works closely with departments that offer the M.A. and Ph.D.

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) supports the University of Minnesota′s land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. CLA values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. The College is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life′s work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

The University of Minnesota, founded in 1851, comprises five campuses and more than 65,000 students. It is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach your application letter (cover letter) and curriculum vitae (resume). Additional documents, including a writing sample, must be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there. Three letters of reference should be sent separately by their authors to

A complete application includes the following materials: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) sample of scholarly work not more than 40 pages,(4) Three letters of reference (sent to Candidates who make the initial cut will be asked for a philosophy of teaching statement, sample syllabi, and/or course evaluations.

Application deadline: October 15, 2017

Inquiries should be directed to search committee chair, Jeanne Kilde, .

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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  Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative
    The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

The GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion between 2017 and 2020.

The GRRI offers six distinct competitive research and writing grants and fellowships programs available to scholars at all levels of their careers that intend to significantly advance the social scientific study of religions around the world.

The application deadline is October 16, 2017. Apply online at
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  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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