Contact Information

Roman R. Williams, Ph.D.

Calvin College
Department of Sociology
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 526-6026

Job & Grant Opportunities

Current Opportunities:
  Religious Studies Project (Podcast) Seeking Interviewers and Audio Interns
  Director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics, Villanova School of Business
  Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
  Spiritual Performance Training and Education Coordinator
  John D. Montgomery Post–Doctoral Fellowship: Religious Minorities and Minority Religions across the Pacific
  Religious Studies Project (Podcast) Seeking Interviewers and Audio Interns
    We’re delighted to announce some exciting new opportunities to join the Religious Studies Project team.

First of all, we are looking to increase our pool of interviewers. We need interviewers in North America, and especially in Asia, Africa, and other regions that have been under-represented on the RSP to-date. Our interviewers typically record two or more interviews a year, so the role doesn’t have to be a huge investment in time, but it is a great opportunity to be part of an growing international community, meet influential scholars in our area of study, and have your voice heard across the globe. If you, or anyone else you know (perhaps one of your students) would be interested, drop us an email (or an audio recording or video) telling us a little about yourself, and a couple of ideas for interviews you would like to record. (Our current team can be found here

Second, we are looking to bring in one or more audio interns. These will be trained personally by David Robertson in podcast audio production to a professional standard, with the intention that they will be given responsibility for editing full episodes by July 2017. This is therefore a unique opportunity to gain specialist skills. Training will consist of video lessons and face-to-face sessions; the role itself requires about an hour per week. If you, or anyone else you know would be interested, drop us an email (or an audio recording or video) telling us a little about yourself, your schedule, and why you are interested in the role.

To apply, email us at by 23 January 2017.

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  Director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics, Villanova School of Business
    The Villanova School of Business invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics. The Director oversees all church management programs, including its non-credit course offerings, its research efforts, and the business school’s for-credit MS in Church Management degree, as well as raising funding to support these activities. A separate faculty director oversees the Center’s Business Ethics offerings.

As a VSB faculty member with a tenure- track or non-tenure track appointment, he/she will be assigned to a VSB department and evaluated by the department chair on teaching, research, administration, and service to VSB. The position is open to applicants from all business disciplines.
Minimum requirements include an understanding of the unique challenges of managing in a faith-based environment and commitment to the concept of distance learning and other technologically-based educational delivery systems as educational tools.

Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree and demonstrated potential to conduct research on topics pertinent to church management. A Ph.D. is required to be appointed as a tenure-track faculty member. Previous administrative experience preferred.

More information can be found at

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.
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  Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
    Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will offer a one year doctoral dissertation fellowship of $22,000 for the academic year 2017-2018.

This doctoral dissertation fellowship will be given to a graduate student whose research engages and intersects issues within religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. The fellowship is intended to support the final year of dissertation writing.

The fellowship award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year; $10,000 at the mid-point of the 2017-2018 academic year; $2,000 upon the successful completion of the dissertation.
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  Spiritual Performance Training and Education Coordinator
    HJF is seeking a Spiritual Performance Training and Education Coordinator to support the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) within the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine with service at USSOCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USUHS.

Responsible for coordinating, implementing and evaluating all training and education programs led and sponsored by USSOCOM Command Chaplain (SOCH)/Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) Spiritual Performance domain. Primary duties will include: coordinating, implementing and evaluating training and education programs and collaborating in research and interdisciplinary initiatives with the expectation of publications arising from the efforts. Current education programs include the Joint Special Operations Religious Support Team Orientation Course (JSORSTOC) and the graduate level Spiritual Readiness Course. Training initiatives under development include the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Chaplaincy Suicide Prevention Workbook/Training Curriculum, Spiritual Performance Coaching, POTFF Provider Orientation and Upgrade Training; and Religious Support Team (RST) involvement in collective and distributed exercises. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all development activities and implementing approved training programs and education courses. SOCH intent is to provide accredited undergraduate and graduate-level courses that encourage life-long learning, critical thinking, and research collaboration, with publishable papers as student products. Additional graduate level pilot courses ready to be designed to meet SOCH intent include Special Operations Forces (SOF) Chaplain Scope of Practice and Crisis Care/Counseling. The successful candidate will support the Spiritual Performance Program Manager in negotiating and executing necessary actions related to creating, modifying and evaluating courses to comply with accreditation requirements of cooperating universities. The Coordinator should author/co-author papers to present at academic and professional conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals; coordinate and collaborate with experts in education; and prepare reports, presentations, lesson plans, and briefings to advise command on progress of the program. The Coordinator will receive training and supervision in the areas of military instruction methods, USSOCOM administrative processes, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

1. Assists project leaders in organization, coordination, implementation, and analysis of training and education programs in support of the USSOCOM Chaplaincy.
2. Work as an interdisciplinary team member as part of Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF), and the USSOCOM Command Chaplain.
3. Assist students in publishing peer reviewed papers.
4. Organizes data collection processes and assists in analysis and interpretation of the data.
5. Coordinates meetings, teleconferences, and Secure Video Teleconferences (SVTCs).
6. Prepares lesson plans, briefings, and annotated bibliographies.
7. Coordinates with support personnel from multiple organizations involved in RST training and education.
8. Attends meetings and briefings related to training and education.
9. Problem solves program, administrative, process and research-related issues.
10. Attends, assists, and delivers trainings and classroom lectures.
11. Completes other projects as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Speaking, presenting and teaching skills, ability to problem solve efficiently and effectively, ability to operate at a strategic military headquarters, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, interest in interdisciplinary work, Microsoft Office expertise, ability to deliver required tasks efficiently and timely, knowledge or interest in the military chaplaincy and/or Special Operations, ability to be flexible in tasks and requirements, open minded. While data/statistical analysis is not required, applicants should specify proficiency, if any, in analytical software programs.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD or equivalent in leadership, ethics, pastoral care/counseling, constructive theology, spiritual direction, spiritual formation, sociology of religion or a related field. PhD candidates are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Experience: 4-6 years directly related professional experience.

Physical Capabilities: May require travel.

Required Security Clearance: TS/SCI preferred, eligible for TS/SCI accepted.

Work Environment: Joint Special Operations University College of Special Operations, HQ US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill AFB, Tampa FL.

All interested applicants should submit the following documents in one single document (multiple pages allowed):
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Writing sample (250-500 words on a topic about which the applicant feels strongly)
3. Contact information for at least three references
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Instructions to apply:
The job listing is found at Click on ′See Open Positions,′ then in the keyword search type in ′Spiritual.′ Click on ′search′ (simply pressing enter doesn′t work). The top result is for the ′Spiritual Performance Training & Education Coordinator - Tampa Florida,′ which is the position we are looking to hire.
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  John D. Montgomery Post–Doctoral Fellowship: Religious Minorities and Minority Religions across the Pacific
    Pacific Basin Research Center
Soka University of America
2017-18 Academic Year

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America, a premier Liberal Arts University in Orange County California, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the fifth annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended to support young scholars (not more than two years beyond defending their dissertation) whose research emphasizes humanistic development in and connections among the peoples of the Pacific Basin. This year’s theme is: “Religious Minorities and Minority Religions across the Pacific.” Applications from scholars with research interests in religious minorities (more social scientific research) or with the practices and beliefs of minority religions (grounded more in the humanities), are welcome. The geographical focus is open to scholars studying the countries of the Pacific Basin, widely defined, with priority given to those whose research connect different parts of the Pacific.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $50,000. The Fellow will be expected to teach one course in each of the fall and spring semesters (a 1-1 teaching load), consisting of an Introduction to World Religions (REL 104) in the Fall and a special topics course related to their research in the Spring. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the PBRC by organizing talks, connecting to students, and conducting independent research. Additionally, the post-doctoral scholar must produce a PBRC ‘Policy Brief’ on their area of interest.

Soka University of America is located in Aliso Viejo, southern Orange County. Opening its breathtaking campus in 2001, SUA has quickly joined the ranks of some of the world’s best liberal arts campuses. The 2015 US News and World Report College Rankings placed Soka in the top fifty liberal arts institutions, placing first for faculty resources and foreign students, and fourth for best value. Boasting an average class size of 13 students, a 1:8 student to teacher ratio, and a diverse student body, SUA is committed to helping students become global citizens.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus, and two letters of reference to Soka University of America’s Human Resources ( by April 30, 2017.
If hired, you must be able to show proof of your legal right to work in the United States of America.
Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

If you have any questions, please contact PBRC Program Coordinator Kayo Yoshikawa (
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