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Biblical Studies Jobs for 2013-2014 (Full-Time / Tenure-Track)[]

Bethel College (IN)--Full Time, Tenure Track Position in Old Testament (Rank Open)[]

  • Bethel College (Indiana), an evangelical Christian college associated with the Missionary Church, a denomination with Wesleyan and Anabaptist roots, is accepting applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Old Testament beginning in the Fall 2014 semester. Responsibilities include teaching a wide range of OT and Hebrew language courses for undergraduate, adult, and graduate degrees in Bible, ministry, and theology. PhD in Hebrew Bible with strong teaching experience in the classroom and online required. Candidates must demonstrate significant consistency with Missionary Church doctrine, Wesleyan theology, embrace the mission of Bethel College, and show evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching and the integration of faith and learning. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply for this position. Applications will be received until the position is filled
  • Please attach letter of intent, CV, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, statement of faith, and statement of teaching philosophy for a Christian liberal arts college.
  • I was told by the department chair that the committee is meeting next week to discuss "next steps" (04/17)
  • Anyone heard anything? (05/17)

Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College  - Lecturer (Renewable) []

  • The Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University is expanding its faculty and invites applications for a position in the core Honors faculty. The faculty members of Barrett are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers; most are on three-year renewable and rolling appointments. The main teaching responsibility rests on a two-semester interdisciplinary seminar course, The Human Eventin which students examine important ideas from earliest writings to the present. Special attention is given to critical thinking and argumentative writing skills. In addition, faculty members teach upper-division seminars, and mentor honors students throughout their four years in independent studies, individual conferences, theses, and other forms of scholarly achievement.
  • Barrett attracts many of the top students in the country and provides them with an enriched academic experience that challenges them and enables them to become better citizens. The typical Barrett freshman is in the top five percent of his or her high school class, has SAT scores of 1320 or above, and has a high school grade-point average of 3.81.
  • We seek to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position whose primary responsibility will be to teach the first-year Human Event seminar. Successful applicants will demonstrate experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. The position begins August 2014; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.
  • Qualifications: A PhD in any field of the humanities, natural or social sciences that complements the academic focus of the existing faculty members. Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple areas of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and/or the humanities are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching argumentative writing skills is required, and experience leading seminar-based discussions is highly desired.
  • Application: Please send: (1) a letter of application detailing teaching philosophy and experience, disciplinary training and research, and how you can contribute to honors education; (2) a C.V.; (3) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in The Human Event, and a list of readings for the first and second semesters; (4) two letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching. Sample syllabi for this course can be found under faculty profiles on the college website. Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Joseph P. Foy, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, at bhcfacultysearch@asu.eduReview of applications will begin on March 3, 2014.
  • Arizona State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, age or veteran status in the University’s services, educational programs, and activities, including, but not limited to, admission to and employment by the University. The Office of Equity & Inclusion has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, Arizona 85287, Intercampus Mail Code 5612. Phone: (480) 965-5057. For information about ASU’s non-discrimination policies and procedures for filing complaints, please see and

Azusa Pacific University - Asst. Prof. of New Testament[]

  • AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in **New Testament** in the undergraduate division of Religion & Philosophy, beginning in August 2014. Terminal degree preferred; demonstrated abilities in effective classroom teaching and scholarly research preferred. Teaching responsibilities include eight undergraduate courses per academic year, committee work, and student advising. APU is an institution of higher education with a tradition of Wesleyan evangelical Christianity. Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged.  Review of applications will begin immediately. Interviews will be conducted in the Career Center of the SBL Annual Meeting.
  • Applications accepted until November 24, 2013
  • For Faculty jobs please apply directly at
  • Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender [except when they do ], age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • Is this tenure track or not?  The post on Chronicle of Higher Education indicates that it is not, but I wonder if that is a data-entry error.
  • I did some scrounging around in their faculty handbook, and it looks like they do not offer tenure to just about any professor. The longest term contract that they will ever offer is for 5 years. (A friend who did his undergrad there also mentioned to me that this was the case.) I got the impression that they will initially only offer a 1 year contract, then possibly another 3 year contract pending a good performance review.
  • I am very well aquainted with APU, and the above info is correct. I know of no professor that was hired in the last 20+ years that has tenure. Very few profs have tenure--only those who where there when they actually granted it.   
  • I saw an article over a person who allegedly lost a job there because of a sex change and the article specifically mentioned that APU does not grant tenure.
  • Got a rejection e-mail (11/6) (x4).
  • Received request for SBL interview (11/15)
  • Any on-campus/next-stage (post-SBL) interviews scheduled yet? (I'm curious about possible inside hiring.)
  • Interviewed at SBL and received Request for on-campus interview (12/19).
  • Adjunct faculty member is in the race so rumors of a possible inside hiring might be real. 
  • A friend of mine received a request to interview with the president and the provost--presumably a third and final step after a campus interview and before a formal offer is made. (2/22)
  • Offer made and accepted (3/6)

Baker University (KS) - World Religions and Biblical Studies[]

The Department of History, Culture & Society invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies to begin August 2014. Applicants must have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates and work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds in a collegial environment. The position requires advising, service, as well as scholarly and professional activities. The candidate must have completed the PhD by date of appointment.

We seek candidates broadly trained to teach in Religious Studies with specialties in World Religions and Biblical Studies, and an ability to articulate a vision for the new Religious Studies Major at Baker University. Baker University is home to the Quayle Bible Collection as well as the Kansas Conference Methodist Archives. Candidates may wish to reflect on the scholarly opportunities related to these resources but this is not required. The teaching expectation is 4-4 which includes courses in the Liberal Studies Core.

  • Preference will be given to applications postmarked or electronically received by close of business January 15, 2014. Persons from diverse backgrounds or underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications must include: (1) letter of application (2) Curriculum Vitae (3) statement of educational philosophy and pedagogical approach addressing promise for exemplary teaching, and (4) three reference letters. Send a completed application to: Human Resources at Baker University, PO Box 65, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006-0065 or send electronically to please send attachments in either MS Word or Adobe pdf. Address any inquiries to Dr. Susan Emel, Chair of the Department of History, Culture & Society (
  • Confirmation that application is received 11-14 (x1)
  • It doesn't state explicitly that a statement of faith is necessary, but I had heard that it is required or at least that secular ppl aren't encouraged to apply. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
  • I was curious on this myself.  Does anyone know if they also exclude Catholics?
  • The SBL posting lists "religious commitment/affiliation" as "desired" but not as "required."  It also lists "religion" under their non-discrimination policy.  My guess would be that they want someone who is religious, but they are not restricted to a particular denomination.  It's a UMC school, and they are usually pretty ecumenical, but I doubt being Methodist would hurt your chances.
  • Soooo...anyone heard anything on this one? <---- It's a bit early, give it at least 2 more weeks.
  • Wondering what the hold up is, it's been over a month since the closing date (and it's supposed to start in Fall).
  • I emailed recently, and they said they are reviewing app
  • So any additional word on this job?  I know their spring break is next week so I thought they'd perhaps have some news by then.  

Boston College -- Assistant Prof. of Old Testament[]

  • The Ecclesiastical Faculty at Boston College, a department within the School of Theology and Ministry, seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Old Testament at the level of Assistant Professor. To be considered, applicants must hold an earned doctorate in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The possession of, or willingness to pursue, a license in sacred theology (S.T.L.) would be expected. Candidates should be prepared to teach courses appropriate for the Master of Divinity, as well as offerings for other theology and ministry students at the master’s and doctoral level concerning most or all of the following topics: Pentateuch, historical books, prophets, wisdom literature, biblical prayer, biblical spirituality—all with an understanding of the Old Testament in the Christian Bible.
  • Candidates must be committed to core Catholic teachings, and approach their teaching and research in an interdisciplinary way, with sensitivity to pastoral needs and cultural diversity. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong teaching and research ability, including the ability to contribute to the formation of Jesuits and other candidates approved for ordination studies, and of women and men for lay ecclesial ministries and for service rooted in faith. Applicants should also be willing and able to mentor and advise students writing theses and dissertations to fulfill degree requirements of the School of Theology and Ministry, particularly its M.Div., S.T.L., S.T.D., and M.T.S. programs.
  • For further information and to apply, please access the Interfolio link: The deadline for submission is February 1, 2014. Please do NOT send documents by e-mail, though inquiries and/or questions may be e-mailed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Thomas D. Stegman, S.J. at
  • The first round cuts were informed by email on March 6, 2014. The chair of the committee stated in a personal email that the committee had received almost 2x the number of applicants that they had anticipated.

--Does anyone have updates on this BC OT position?

Offer made and accepted.

Bowdoin College - TT Assistant Professor in Biblical Literature[]

  • The Bowdoin College Religion Department seeks candidates for a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor in biblical literature, to begin in the fall, 2014. Competency in biblical language(s) is expected. Ph.D. expected at time of appointment. Candidates will ideally possess expertise in ancient Mediterranean cultures; however, those with expertise in adaptations of this literature in other historical and cultural settings will also receive full consideration. The successful candidate will teach four courses per year, and develop a course rotation that includes introductory courses in Hebrew Bible and New Testament, as well as introductory and advanced courses in methods and theories in the study of religion. Applicants who can offer interdisciplinary perspectives or connections to other departments or programs on campus are desired. Bowdoin College expects that faculty will demonstrate excellence in teaching and maintain a productive research agenda. To that end, the college offers a sabbatical program including a research leave after a successful third-year review.
  • Review of applications will begin on October 15 and will continue until the position is filled. See full ad at the Chronicle
  • I do not see the place in the electronic application system to upload the documents they request in the job ad (letter, statement of research, etc.).  What am I missing...?
  • (11/7) Anyone heard anything? R--nothing yet either as of 11/12 (x15) 
  • Is it typical for schools interviewing at AAR/SBL to wait this late to contact candidates for interviews, or do you think those who received Bowdoin interviews aren't using this wiki? --Invitations to interview can come as late as immediately before the meeting, so there is no way to know unless someone reports otherwise.
  • A few years ago, I heard nothing from one school I had applied to, only to received a text message on Friday evening asking me to interview. Some wait til the last minute.
  • A text message?  That seems informal! > Yes, it was. the interview was interesting too.
  • Received email request for SBL interview (11/16 x5)
  • At the end of the interview, they said they would be proceeding quickly in making a decision, but didn't say exactly when they would be contacting finalists.  Did they mention this to any other interviewees
  • Yes.  Three finalists have been invited to campus.  
  • Heard secondhand that an offer has been made and accepted [1/14]
  • Rejection email (2/4)
  • offer made and accepted

Brite Divinity School (TX) - Hebrew Bible[]

  • Brite Divinity School, an ecumenical, progressive seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and related to Texas Christian University, invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured position in Hebrew Bible. Level of appointment is at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The Ph.D. or equivalent is required. Demonstrated competence in teaching, scholarly research, and publication record appropriate to the level of appointment is expected. Candidates with expertise in Pentateuch, prophets, or historical books and with demonstrated theoretical and methodological engagement with critical interdisciplinary theories such as postcolonial, feminist, gender, queer, postmodern, and racial/cultural studies are especially encouraged to apply. Commitment to teaching and mentoring students, in both Masters and Doctoral programs, is expected. Teaching competencies should include the ability to reflect theologically on texts. Teaching load is four courses (including introductory levels) per year. Brite is an EEO employer and maintains a policy of nondiscrimination with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. Scholars from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
  • To apply, upload a letter of application describing interests in teaching and research and C.V. to Send three letters of recommendation to Dean Joretta Marshall, Brite Divinity School, TCU Box 298130, Fort Worth, TX 76129. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continues until the position is filled. The appointment will begin in the fall of 2014.
  • Heard informally that they are looking to make this appointment at the associate level.
  • I received an email from the Dean a week or so ago inviting me to apply. (x2)
  • Preliminary telephone/skype interviews have taken place. 
  • Did anyone hear from the Committee about on-campus interviews?
  • Two campus interviews scheduled.
  • Did anyone else get invited to apply and then not even get a skype interview? --> My impression is that sometimes such personal invitations represent the efforts of one or more members of the search committee to build a robust pool of applicants; such efforts may be quite separate from the decision of the search committee as a whole to move in a particular direction once they have begun working through the pool of applicants. 
  • Candidate announced on FB that offer was accepted

Campbell University - Assistant Professor of NT and Greek[]

  • Campbell University Divinity School invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in New Testament to begin in spring or fall 2014.
  • Membership in a Baptist church is a contract requirement.
  • Received a letter thanking me for my application and explaining that the committee was going to evaluate all applications as they are received. They intend to conduct initial phone interviews and then invite finalists to campus.  
  • I do not see this job listed on their website anymore. Has anyone been contacted for an interview?
  • Received the letter mentioned above a few weeks back.  Patiently waiting to hear something.  I wonder how many applications they received.
  • Anyone heard anything about this?
  • Received a rejection letter several weeks ago (9/13)
  • Received a letter today which states, "Your credentials and accomplishments are impressive; however, another candidate has been selected. This decision is primarily a reflection of the specialized needs of our school at this particular moment." If you applied to this position and haven't heard yet, then it's a fairly strong bet that you are NOT said candidate (9/18/13). (x1)
  • I just got the same letter mentioned above today (9/19/13).
  • This position has been filled.

Carroll College (MT) - New Testament and Spirituality/Pastoral Theology[]

  • Carroll College, Helena, MT, an independent, Catholic, diocesan, liberal arts college announces a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in New Testament beginning August 2014.
  • The position requires a doctorate degree in Theology/Religious Studies and a willingness to join our faculty team in curriculum development and assessment. We seek candidates with expertise in New Testament and Spirituality/Pastoral Theology, and with interest in developing courses to complement our programs.
  • We seek an enthusiastic, effective teacher who has a commitment to Carroll’s Catholic Liberal Arts mission and who can bring students to understand and appreciate the Catholic Tradition.
  • Please electronically submit the following materials to the Office of Human Resources - 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vita; 3) copies of graduate school transcripts; 4) written response to Carroll’s mission statement that incorporates reflection on teaching and scholarship; 5) three letters of professional reference
  • Review of applications will begin October 15 , 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To view additional information about Carroll and the mission statement please visit our web site at
  • There appears to be an adjunct there doing NT, who appears to be the husband of another, tenure-tracked faculty member. Anyone know if this an inside hire situation?
  • Is this post still available? They no longer have an add for it on their college website. > Since the application deadline was Oct 15, as indicated above, I think the answer is no.
  • Skype interview scheduled 11/13
  • Finalists were notified by phone prior to SBL and at least some of the finalists have already interviewed.
  • A candidate has accepted this position (Feb 3)

Catholic University of America - early Christian Near Eastern Languages (Asst or Assoc) -CANCELLED[]

  • The Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures in the School of Arts & Sciences at the Catholic University of America invites applications for a tenure track position, to begin in August 2014, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, in early Christian Near Eastern languages, literature, and history. The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of Syriac grammar and literature, and preferably Classical Arabic as well. Knowledge of additional ancient Semitic languages, such as Hebrew and Aramaic, and other Christian Near Eastern languages, such as Coptic and Armenian, is a plus.
  • Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, writing sample (no longer than 30 pages), and three letters of recommendation to the Faculty Search Committee, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, 35 Mullen Library, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064. Electronic submissions are also welcomed; these should be sent to Edward M. Cook, Department Chair, at Information about the Department and its programs is available at
  • The committee will begin screening applications immediately and continue until November 1. Preliminary interviews will be held at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion-Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore, November 23-26.
  • a friend has an SBL interview.
  • rumor has it that this search has been cancelled due to funding issues (11/14)
  • This rumor has been confirmed to the applicants via email (11/22)

Catholic University of America - Biblical Studies[]

  • The Catholic University of America invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biblical Studies, with specialization in Deuterocanonical Books and Septuagint Studies for the fall of 2014. Responsibilities include teaching both undergraduate and graduate; dissertation and thesis supervision; and service on committees. The successful candidate must possess a doctorate in area of specialization prior to appointment and demonstrate competence in appropriate languages. Pontifical degrees are encouraged.
  • Please send a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, samples of publications and/or other written work, as well as three letters of recommendation from senior scholars to: Chair, Search Committee, Biblical Studies. Selected candidates will be asked for a statement indicating how the applicant’s research and teaching would advance the university’s mission (see
  • For information on how to apply please email
  • Received email requesting that I fill out an online form for self-identification (10/21)
  • Skype interview scheduled (10/28)
  • Congratulations.  Are you planning to be at SBL?  Or perhaps they are not conducting SBL interviews at all.

College of Wooster - Asst. Prof. in Biblical Studies and Early Christianity[]

  • The College of Wooster invites applications for an assistant professor (tenure track) appointment in Biblical Studies/Early Christianity in the Department of Religious Studies, beginning August 2014. The successful candidate should be a Religious Studies teacher-scholar focused on early Christianity and its related materials and methodologies in Biblical Studies and New Testament. Courses to be taught include an introductory course in Religious Studies-Introduction to the Bible and upper-level courses in Bible and early Christianity. The person may also be asked to teach a course in Global Christianity with a more contemporary focus. The candidate should be sensitive to diversity issues in their research and teaching. The candidate will also be expected to direct and advise Senior Independent Study students and contribute to the College’s First Year Seminar program. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in Religious Studies.
  • Send application letter, c.v., graduate transcripts, reference letters, and other supporting materials (e.g., sample syllabi, scholarly work, brief descriptions of proposed courses) by November 30, 2013. Electronic submission of materials is preferred, to Santha Schuch ( ).
  • The department is conducting two tenure-track searches this year in fields where they currently have visiting assistant professors.
  • So, should any of us spend time on this? or do you all think they already know what they are going to do? 
  • Not my field, and no knowledge about this school or position, but I would strongly recommend against letting the simple fact that there are visiting faculty discourage you from applying to any position, particularly positions advertised during the regular job cycle with normal deadlines (as appears to be the case with this one). VAPs are just as often *not* hired, for various reasons. Some good advice about how to take "insider" rumors on the wiki may be found HERE .
  • Curiously, the application deadline falls after the annual AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, where first round interviews are often conducted.
  • From someone who has insider knowledge of the situation there, I can tell you that the VAP is the person to beat.  This may have something to do with the fact that they are not holding SBL interviews. 
  • Emailed the chair yesterday and was told that they are not planning to do SBL interviews and will review apps after the deadline. Sounds like a long shot.
  • They're probably waiting to see if the VAP interviews elsewhere first.
  • email confirming they have my app but not all recommendations -- so they are going through them now (12/5)
  • anyone heard from them regarding interviews yet? does the VAP have more than an "inside track?"
  • the VAP is in an extremely strong position<---- Helpful!
  • I'd forgotten about this one, but today I got an AA form by email to fill out. By April 1! So I guess the search is still going (x3).
  • campus invites start this week
  • Are you saying this as someone who has an invite, or someone who knows they're being extended?
  • campus interviews have happened/are happening
  • Received rejection email saying that the position has been filled (X2).
  • offer made and accepted. (4/9)  For the record: not VAP.

Colorado College - Asst. Prof. of Biblical Studies[]

  • The Colorado College Religion Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level in Biblical Studies beginning in the fall of 2014.  We seek a promising scholar of religious studies trained in the analysis of biblical texts situated in multiple contexts, both historical and contemporary.  Applicants should be familiar with theoretical issues in the study of religion; training in race and ethnic studies, gender studies, queer theory, and/or post-colonial theory is desirable.  Ph.D. by the time of appointment required.  Candidates must exhibit the potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, and for mentoring undergraduate students and supervising senior theses.  The successful candidate will offer introductory and advanced courses in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and other religious literatures of the ancient Mediterranean region, as well as specialized courses suited to his or her broader interests.
  • The Religion Department is committed to increasing the diversity of the College community; candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their particular strengths or experiences.  Letters of application should explain teaching experience and research interests in detail.  Send complete dossier (including letter of application, CV, graduate transcripts, and a list of proposed courses with brief descriptions) to Professor Tracy Coleman, Chair, Department of Religion, Colorado College, 14 East Cache la Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.  Three letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover.  
  • Application deadline is October 15, 2013.  Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, November 23-26, 2013. Colorado College is a private liberal arts institution with a history of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching.  The College welcomes members of all groups and reaffirms its commitment not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or disability in its educational programs, activities, and employment practices.
  • Well, it seems to be back up at AAR/SBL, but not at the Colorado College page.
  • Interesting. There had been some discussion here, now deleted, about a current visiting instructor in the department. Might that have something to do with this very early removal of the posting? Or has the department lost funding for the position?
  • I emailed the chair to ask a question, and she responded by saying she looked forward to receiving my application, etc., and gave no indication that the position was no longer open. My guess would be that they might have intentionally advertised only during a short window because they like the VAP (as has already been suggested). 
  • Has anyone received an acknowledgement from CC that they have received your application materials? Reply -- I both posted and emailed my application several weeks ago and have received no confirmation of receipt as of 10/17.
  • A: I was never sent any confirmation, so I contacted the chair a few weeks after submitting the materials (by mail), and she confirmed that they had been received
  • A: I received two confirmations from two different people.
  • Have not heard anything from them as of Nov 13 (x8).
  • I haven't heard anything either, but according to my profile, someone from Colorado Springs googled me yesterday. (Yes, in the hellscape of this job market I grasp at any sliver of hope!!)
  • I applied for this job and also had someone from Colorado Springs view my profile on, so lets both celebrate!
  • Some positivity on this board is a nice change--I'll celebrate with you both!
  • SBL interview request via email (11/13) (x5)
  • I heard at the conference that 14 people were interviewed for this position and they will bring it down to 3.
  • 4 finalists informed via phone
  • I think one of the finalists for this job already got another offer. Maybe Colorado will make more invites if that person drops out. <-- confirmed that one candidate dropped out (secondhand)
  • Would those who had an interview be willing to share which of the following is their primary field: HB (x 0) NT (x 0) Second Temple Judaism (x 0)

Columbia International University - Old Testament[]

  • Received email stating that they are in the second round of the search and will have a short list (for interviews?) ready by early January.  They also asked for clarification on one point of my theological beliefs. (12/09)

Creighton University - New Testament[]

The Creighton University Department of Theology seeks a candidate who wishes to reach (primarily undergraduates and some graduates) at a Jesuit-Catholic University in a department committed to the Christian theological traditions. For this position, we seek a person broadly trained in New Testament, with secondary interests in the history of biblical interpretation, reception history, and/or theological appropriation of the Bible. the individual selected will teach various courses in theology and biblical studies, including an introductory core course in New Testament and a required freshman introductory theology course. There is an expectation of an active research agenda and service to the Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and the University. This position will be full-time, tenure-track at the rank of assistant professor, beginning in August of 2014.Applicants must also submit paper copies of their transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and an explanation of how their teaching and research interests fit with the mission statement of Creighton's Theology Department. The Theology Mission Statement can be accessed at Send print materials to Search Committee, Department of Theology, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178.

  • Q: can you clarify what distinction you are trying to make by saying "anyone... beyond entry level is unlikely to be considered"?  The job is tenure-track.  Isn't it implied that they are only looking for entry level?
  • A: The person I spoke to said that they are looking for a very recent grad/ABD and not necessarily someone with any teaching experience.
  • Any news on this one?
  • Interviews at SBL are being scheduled (11/16).
  • Rejection letter (12/5) - No SBL interview.
  • Had an interview at SBL. Has anyone heard about campus interviews yet? 
  • Terse rejection letter (12/9)-- No SBL interview, either
  • Kindly worded rejection email notifying me that finalists have been selected and that I am not one of them.  I did have an SBL interview.  (12/13)
  • I heard the offer was recently accepted. (2/19)

Denison University - Religion / Biblical Studies[]

  • The Denison University Department of Religion invites applicants for an entry level tenure-track position in Biblical Studies, beginning August 1, 2014.
  • To be assured full consideration, please apply at Denison’s website by September 15, 2013. Position open until filled. Required Applicant Documents: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Philosophy, Syllabi, and Recommendations (3)
  • Any news?
  • FWIW, I noticed on their employment page that the deadline for submitting applications was Sept. 23, not Sept. 15 as indicated here (x2).   
  • I wouldn't expect to hear anything until a week or two before the AAR/SBL annual meeting.
  • Email invitation to interview at the AAR (11/7) (x3)
  • Rejection email that was very nice and generous. 11/19 x8 (agreed, very classy) (I'll third the appreciation for the thoughtfulness of the rejection email) (same. nicest I've ever received, and I'm becoming quite the aficionado!)
  • The email notes that they had 208 applicants for the position!
  • Seriously?!?!  That may the most disheartening thing I have heard all season.  Ph.D. programs need to just stop admitting students they cannot place.
  • Agreed that it was a classy e-mail. I'm saving a copy in case I ever have to write one like it.
  • It was almost too nice, I think. I mean, I knew they were rejecting me but they really didn't ever come out and say it. I'd prefer an FOP.
  • Invitation for a campus interview (12/7) (x2) <-- Congratulations! (12/20 x1)
  • Interviewed at SBL, very kind email saying they've invited their three candidates (and I'm not one) - (12/13)
  • offer made and accepted (2/14)

Depauw University (IN) - TT Asst. Professor of Biblical Studies[]

Tenure-track position in Biblical Studies beginning August 2014. Rank/salary commensurate with experience. Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field preferred; ABDs considered. Broad training in study of religion in addition to specialization (field open). Commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching within liberal arts setting essential. Teaching: introductory comparative Religious Studies, Hebrew Bible and New Testament; advanced related Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible and New Testament) in specialization area. See Pre-tenure leave and funding for professional and curriculum development available:

  • Send, in electronic (PDF) format, application letter, CV, statement of teaching interests, statement of scholarly interest, three reference letters, graduate transcripts, and, if you wish, evidence of teaching accomplishments to: Applications received until November 1, 2013; will interview shortlisted candidates at American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meetings, November 23-26. DePauw University is an EEOE; women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
  • I was asked to fill out EEO form, though I'm not sure how automatic that request may have been. (10/31) ( it appears to be very much automatic; I received my request fifteen minutes after submitting my completed application file) (x3)
  • Somewhat unusually, the person teaching the courses this semester that the successful candidate will teach is not a VAP, but an Asst Prof.  Anyone know what the deal is there?
  • DePauw advertised for a one-year visiting position in biblical studies in April 2013 (to teach this current academic year); I'm not sure if they hired someone; perhaps they don't distinguish "visiting" on their faculty page.
  • Emailed for interview at SBL (x5 11/15)
  • Rejection email 12/5 - Did not have an SBL interview (x7)
  • Anyone heard anything about on-campus interviews? <----- nope (12/15) x2 - also, nothing yet (12/18)
  • Anything?? <---- Nothing. Do you think they're waiting until the new semester begins before they continue with the search? A: I guess it's possible?! They do have another TT search on-going.
  • A colleague recently accepted the offer. (3/5)

Dordt College - Biblical Studies, Theology, or Missions[]

  • The Theology Department at Dordt College seeks a faculty member committed to the Christian faith to fill a full-time appointment beginning in August 2014. Candidates should be able to articulate a distinctively Reformed approach to biblical interpretation and theological inquiry. Candidates with an emphasis in biblical studies, theology, or missions are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. or Th.D. is preferred. 
  • Qualified candidates committed to a Reformed, Biblical perspective and educational philosophy are encouraged to follow the full-time faculty application process at the link below. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Eastern University - two positions in Biblical Studies[]

  • Eastern University, a university of the liberal arts and sciences located in suburban Philadelphia, invites applications for TWO full-time, open-rank positions in Biblical Studies in the Department of Christian Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, beginning August 2014. The successful candidates will have a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in either Old or New Testament. While no subspecialty is required, applicants should have an interest in the theological interpretation of Scripture, interdisciplinary work, and in bringing their scholarship and teaching to bear upon ethical issues. Responsibilities for the position include teaching introductory courses in Old and New Testament along with upper level courses in one’s major field of study.
  • Eastern University is a Christian university of the arts and sciences that integrates faith, reason and justice for students in its undergraduate, graduate, Seminary, urban, professional and international programs. Applicants should have a religious commitment compatible with its mission. The university complies with federal and state guidelines of nondiscrimination in employment; members of protected classes are encouraged to apply.
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, but files received by December 1 will receive fullest consideration. Applicants are requested to send a cover letter to include a brief statement of their faith, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of graduate transcripts, and three professional letters of recommendation to
  • Note: faculty are required each year to sign the statement of faith and faculty must affirm their commitment to certain lifestyle expectations. 
  • Any word on whether or not they are going SBL interviews? 
  • invited to SBL interview for NT post (11-12) (x3)
  • Anyone hear back regarding the OT position?
  • Invited to SBL interview for NT position (11/15)
  • Received an exceptional letter, stating that after 'prayerful' and 'painstaking deliberation,' the search committee has decided not to 'extend' my 'candidacy' into the 'next round of deliberations.' I was applying for the OT position and am ABD with undergrad teaching exp. and published article forthcoming (letter dated 11/12, received 11/25)
  • Received rejection letter for OT position Dec. 23 (dated Dec. 19)
  • Any post-SBL news (Skype? On-campus?) for either NT or OT post? (1-3-14)
    • I received a kind rejection letter today for the NT post. It was postmarked January 6 (I live in the UK). (1-21-14)
    • Received a letter telling me that I was still on the "long" list but not on the "short" list--if no one on the "short" list is selected (after campus interviews), I would then be considered again.  So basically a rejection letter that leaves me with a sliver of hope.  (1-21-14)
    • I heard (secondhand from someone on the long list) that three offers have gone out. Not sure of the NT / OT breakdown.
  • offers made and accepted.

Gardner-Webb University - Biblical Studies[]

The Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Gardner-Webb University seeks a qualified individual for a tenure track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Biblical Studies that will begin the fall semester of 2014. Preference will be given to the candidate who has expertise in Old Testament or New Testament with the ability to teach in both areas; and the ability to teach Hebrew and / or Greek. The standard teaching load is four courses per semester, typically including Old Testament and New Testament survey courses as part of the University undergraduate core, biblical language classes, and upper level Bible courses. Some online instruction will be expected. Terminal degree is preferred. Salary and benefits are competitive with institutions of similar size and purpose. Preference will be given to those who identify with the Baptist tradition. MUST USE MODERN GREEK PRONUNCIATION

Gardner-Webb University is a coeducational, residential, private institution grounded in the liberal arts tradition located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina (50 miles southwest of Charlotte) offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 4,000 students. Founded by North Carolina Baptists in 1905, Gardner-Webb employs individuals who participate in and wholeheartedly support Christian values. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

  • APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send an application letter, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, philosophy of teaching statement, and contact information for at least three references to Dr. Eddie Stepp, Chair, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Box 7320, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC 28017. Further questions or inquiries can be directed to Dr. Stepp at Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. [posted in Chronicle Oct. 2]
  • Anyone know if they are accepting electronic submissions for application materials? The job posting is not especially clear. -- Yes, they are.
  • Given that this isn't posted on their website, does anyone have any info on whether or not they already have someone in mind? Reply - I have no inside information, but if it were a total inside hire, I would have expected the opposite--advertised on the school's website but not in nationally read venues. My guess is that HR is slow and the job will appear there shortly.
  • Most universities require that open positions be posted in a specific way, generally in more than one national site and for a specific period of time.  You can get details from "hiring procedures" laid out in the faculty handbooks, most of which are online for all to read.  In my experience a) the "inside hire" almost doesn't exist anymore and b) when/where/how a position is posted is totally a function of university-wide procedures that the department and search committee have no control over.
  • Anyone hear anything yet?
  • Contacted about SBL interview (11/20)
  • Received letter stating that they will not be pursuing my candidacy (dated 11/20; recived 11/29 x2).
  • They have narrowed down the candidate pool for this position (12/3).
    • Did campus invites already go out for this position then?
  • They are having a day of phone interviews to further narrow the pool. Invitations were sent 1/7. (x2)
  • Received letter saying that the search has been suspended due to financial constraints (2/3)

George Fox Evangelical Seminary - Asst. Prof. of New Testament[]

  • Full-time tenure-track position in New Testament studies. Rank: Assistant Professor.
  • Responsibilities: 1.Teaching: a. Teach courses in New Testament and related fields (Greek, hermeneutics, early Judaism, etc.) b. Teach courses in formation; student advising at the masters level; dissertation advising at the DMin level. 2. Scholarship: a. Engage in high-level scholarly activity in New Testament studies and related fields. b. Maintain a sustained pattern of peer-reviewed publication as called for in the George Fox University Faculty Handbook. 3. Service: a. Participate in the ongoing support of the seminary programs and curriculum. b. Serve on faculty committees, participate in the life of the university and seminary community, provide academic advisement to students and engage in other duties normally associated with full-time faculty members. c. Support local faith communities and community service efforts as appropriate.
  • Qualifications: 1. The applicant must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and be actively involved in a local church. In addition, she or he must commit to live in agreement with the university's Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the university's Statement of Faith. 2. PhD in New Testament studies or related field. ABD will be considered only if degree will be in hand by August 1, 2014. 3. Capacity and commitment to foster transformative teaching through traditional classroom, online, and hybrid course delivery at the graduate level. 4. Evidence for developing and sustaining a scholarly agenda, particularly in connecting the academic field of New Testament studies to the present church. 5. Commitment to the university's statement on diversity. 6. Commitment to integration of faith and learning, which includes integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ and subjecting the insights we derive through sense, reason, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture. 7. Evidence of active and successful pastoral experience, serving the church in real and formative ways.
  • Interested applicants should send an electronic cover letter and CV (which includes contact information for three references) to Dean of the Seminary, Dr. Chuck Conniry, at  with the subject line: NT Search. Applications must be received by October 31, 2013 for consideration for preliminary interviews at SBL. Applications accepted until the position is filled.
  • Very nicely worded rejection email today (11/8). likewise (11/11). (x2)
  • Colleague has a SBL interview [posted 11/11]
  • so, how does this work? If we haven't gotten a rejection email or an interview invitation, does that mean we're in the 'maybe' pile and will be offered an int'vw if they don't reach their quota from their 'definitely' pile?
  • received an email inviting me to apply (11/13).
  • second interview stage (12/13)
  • On campus interviews in Jan/Feb

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Hebrew Bible[]

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications from outstanding candidates (Ph.D. required, postdoctoral training highly desirable) for a tenure-track or tenured position in the field of:

  • Bible – any area(s) of the critical study of the Hebrew Bible

Responsibilities include teaching required and elective courses in candidate’s field(s) of specialization (at the B.A. and M.A. degree levels) and related disciplines. The main language of instruction is Hebrew. Successful candidates are expected to conduct independent and original research at the highest academic level, demonstrate academic leadership, apply for Israeli and international research grants, and cooperate with other researchers within the Faculty of Humanities and other Faculties.

Candidates are requested to apply in writing to Professor Reuven Amitai, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. Applicants should provide: (1) Cover letter (2) Confirmation of receipt of degree (3) Curriculum Vitae (Please use – CV form) (4) Current list of publications (Please use - List of Publication form) (5) 2-3 page statement of research plans + a statement of teaching plans (6) Teaching evaluations (if available, from the past three years) (7) 2 representative publications (8) Letters of recommendation from only 2 referees (sent directly by the recommender)

Applications submitted not according to specifications will not be considered. In addition, you must mail a hard copy of the documents listed above to the following mailing address: Professor Reuven Amitai, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel. For additional information please contact the Office of Academic Personnel at the Faculty of Humanities: +972-2-5883720 or email:

Finalists may be requested to deliver a lecture on the subject of their research. Rank to be determined according to the candidate's qualifications. The Hebrew University is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Complete applications must be submitted by 3 November 2013. Additional information and application can be found at

Houston Baptist University - Chair, Open Specialty[]

  • HBU is a broadly evangelical institution with a "mere Christian" faculty in the School of Christian Thought. The chair may have any specialty among the traditional theological disciplines--biblical studies, historical/systematic theology, and/or practical theology. As the new chair of the Department of Theology the successful applicant will help lead this growing department to expand even further, particularly by the initiation of a PhD program. "Experiences with distance learning options, accreditation processes and curriculum development are a plus."
  • Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but submission of applications by October 31 is encouraged.  Apply through the "Apply Now" link. Then, after the provost's office determines that the prerequisites for the position are met, other supporting documentation (e.g., cover letter, CV, teaching evaluations, etc.) will be requested by email.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2013-2014
  • This ad is exemplary of everything that is wrong with biblical studies as a field.
  • ^ Would you care to elaborate?  If you need elaboration, there really is no point.
  • Follow the links. I'm confused how someone could be chair of a department and also the recent recipient of a PhD. 
  • It happens, probably more than you think.  I know at least two people who went straight from PhD student to department chair.
  • Not everyone who gets a PhD is 28 years old and has done nothing but go to school (x2).  I know of a chair with a year or so of teaching who was a consultant for 7 years with Fortune 500 companies before pursuing academics.  That experience is easily more substantial preparation for leadership than teaching freshman Bible classes for a few years. <---No it's not. <--It's not?  Really?  You've got to be kidding me.  That's got to be tongue in cheek.
  • Oh, get off your high horse.  Most institutions require department chairs to be tenured.  At one place I taught, the dept chair was removed and an assistant dean had to be brought in as interim chair because the rest of the dept consisted of probationary faculty.  <---I personally know someone who was hired last spring fresh out of grad school and immediately made department chair.  It probably depends a lot on the size of the department.  At any rate, there is no point in arguing over this.  Either they will consider a recent PhD, or they will not. Apply if you want, and if you think it is a waste of time or beneath you, don't. Less competition for the rest of us.
  • I happen to know, through some personal connections, that while they will consider all levels, they would prefer to make a junior hire for budgetary reasons. The chair, in this instance, just receives additional money for administrative duties, but would still be cheaper if it were a junior hire. They really just want someone who can articulate a concrete action plan to get their graduate program in Christianity/Biblical Studies/Theology off the ground. Side note: many in the administration of the school are not seasoned academics, though, so maybe they just don't know what they are doing.
  • Anyone hear anything yet? YES - contacted for cv, letter, recommendations, and teaching evals. (x2)
  • Skype Interview held two weeks ago, in late Feb. Anyone else? (x2)

Marquette Un​iversity - New Testament with specialization in Pauline Literature[]

  • Marquette University Department of Theology invites applications for a tenure-track position in New Testament studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August, 2014. Required area of research specialization is Pauline literature. Candidates must have the PhD in hand by the first semester of employment. Primary training must include historical-critical methodologies and expertise in Hellenistic Greek. Teaching experience desirable; research scholarship and publication plans required. Responsibilities include general introductory courses in theology at the undergraduate level and specialized courses at the graduate level. Candidates must support the Catholic and Jesuit ideals and mission of the University. Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Review of applications will begin November 25 and continue until position is filled. Applications, including letter of application, c.v., non official transcripts, and writing sample must be received electronically: . Official transcripts required at time of on-campus interview. Send letters of recommendation to Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL, Chairperson, Department of Theology, Marquette University, 100 Coughlin Hall, P. O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881. EOE/AA.
  • For those of you about to submit this application, be forewarned that in addition to what’s mentioned above, applications must also include a statement of teaching philosophy and research statement.  
  • Did anyone hear anything yet? 
  • Campus interview scheduled via phone invitation on 1/17
  • rumor is that the job has been offered and accepted.
    • The rumor is true.

Moo​dy Bible Institute - Two positions in New Testament[]

  • The Department of Bible at Moody Bible Institute seeks separate appointments (junior or senior) on each of the Chicago and Spokane Campuses.  The appointments both are in New Testament for Fall 2014.  The Bible department is a unique, unmatched graduate-level faculty committed to the undergraduate mission of MBI.  The breadth and depth can be seen in the representative graduate institutions of the faculty---Manchester, London, Durham, Chicago, Fordham, TEDS, DTS, and Grace.  The Bible Department collaborates with the Theology Department to service the 40-hour general Bible and Theology curriculum required of every undergraduate.  In addition, the Bible Department offers a major beyond the general student requirement (27 hrs. + 3 hr. internship) with emphases in Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages, and Music (Chicago only).   The Department of Bible is one of nine academic departments that enroll 1600 students (Chicago) and 650 students (Spokane) with the intent to provide a Bible-centered education that enables the students to know Christ and serve Him through His Church in vocational ministry.
  • The open position requires professional expertise in New Testament and Greek.  The teaching load is 12 hours per semester with opportunity to teach in the MBI Study Abroad programs and the new MA in Biblical and Theological Studies.  To complement the expertise of the other members of the department, the successful candidate will be qualified to teach a three-year cycle of New Testament Greek, Synoptic Gospels, Hermeneutics, and English Bible courses in the Pauline epistles.  International teaching or cross cultural ministry experience is highly desired.  Preference will be given to applicants with college teaching experience, publishing experience, and a PhD in hand by the time of appointment (July 1, 2014). 
  • MBI is dispensational and generally Calvinist.  Faculty are required to affirm the Institute’s doctrinal statement annually. ( Click “Our Beliefs”)  Moody is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC), the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
  • Applicants who are committed to transformational learning, who are motivated by a desire to mentor and develop students, and who are committed to the preparation of young people for ministry should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and statement of teaching philosophy by November 15, 2013.  Cover letter should address preferred campus. Introductions/Interviews are possible at the Baltimore ETS conference.
  • Finally received a rejection letter today (2/27/13)

Nyack College (NY), Alliance Theological Seminary - New Testament[]

Alliance Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track position in New Testament, beginning in August 2014. The appointment is for assistant or associate professor. Rank will be determined on the basis of academic credentials and publication record. The successful candidate will have expertise in New Testament studies, including its related materials and methodologies and have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and commitment to intercultural service. Ministry and online teaching experience is necessary. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies. The person who fills the position should be committed to graduate instruction, including online instruction. In addition, the successful candidate will advise students and serve on committees.

ATS seeks candidates who can relate to and engage people from a wide range of diverse backgrounds while also being committed to the mission and values of our parent denomination, the Christian and Missionary Alliance. All faculty must adhere to the Christian and Missionary Alliance statement of faith posted at Please see instructional statements on other CMA Distinctives, such as

  • Candidates chosen for campus interviews have been contacted (2/12)<--Do you mean phone interviews? --> 
  • new phone interview(s) conducted and on-campus visit(s) scheduled c. 3/5/14; what's the deal, what happened to the first batch? (please don't remove again, curious to know)
  • offer made and accepted (4/10/14)

Oral Roberts University (OK) - Old Testament (Assistant or Associate Professor)[]

Oral Roberts University is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in Old Testament to begin teaching in August 2014. An ability to teach biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Hebrew exegesis, OT and Judeo-Christian studies, and biblical theology is required.

Candidates will be expected to teach in the residential and distance degree programs of the University and may contribute to graduate teaching. A Ph.D. in Old Testament is required, and an emphasis on Judeo-Christian Studies is welcomed.

Applicants are expected to have a vibrant commitment to Jesus Christ and the church, and an affiliation with the Spirit-empowered movement. Experience in full-time ministry is strongly preferred.

Applicants should send a letter of application, ORU application form, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and three letters of reference to Prof. Carol Blan.

  • Open until filled (posted 11/05/13)
  • Skype interviews were held 12/14 and 12/16.  The position start date has been moved up to January 2014.
  • Two finalists have been selected (12/17)

Pennsylvania State University - Open Rank Hebrew Bible[]

The Penn State Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of the Liberal Arts seek applicants for an open-rank, tenure-track appointment in Hebrew Bible, to begin in August, 2014. This appointment is divided between the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Jewish Studies Program; the tenure home will be in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Senior scholars may be eligible for appointment to a named chair in Jewish Studies. Applications are welcome from candidates with active research in any area of Hebrew Bible.

The department embraces the entire Mediterranean world in antiquity within its purview and therefore welcomes candidates who can contribute to dialogue across the fields of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies. The successful applicant should demonstrate an active research agenda and teaching excellence. Requirements include teaching experience for at least three years beyond the Ph.D. and evidence of scholarly publications. Ability to teach lower-level survey courses is also essential. The capacity to contribute to the Humanities in a Digital Age (HDA) Initiative in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State is also desirable, though not required. For information on the HDA Initiative, go to:

  • Submit online ( a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references), a sample of scholarly writing (no more than thirty pages), and evidence of teaching accomplishments. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to the Biblical Studies Search Committee, c/o Sandra Moyer, at <>. Applications received by January 31, 2014 are assured of consideration; however, all dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.
  • they conducted on-campus interviews this week (2/27/14)
  • Received a letter saying that they've hired someone - basically a rejection letter (3/31/14)
  • Does anyone know who they hired? Unless there is a public statement that has been released, no one should be sharing names of candidates or hires here. 
  • Daniel Falk was hired -
  • two hires.

Randolph-Macon College (VA) - TT Asst. Professor, Religious Studies (Bible)[]

Randolph-Macon College invites applications for a tenure track appointment in the Department of Religious Studies, beginning fall 2014, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Area of specialization: Bible. The successful candidate will be willing and able to teach a wide range of courses in both Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and New Testament/Christian Scriptures, along with an occasional course outside the area of Bible, such as Introduction to Religion, Christianity, or Judaism. He or she will also be expected to conduct research and pursue scholarly development activities and to participate in service to the college. Teaching duties include seven courses (3/1/3), balanced between introductory Bible courses and topical courses (The Bible and Film, The Bible in America, and Women in the Bible) as well as some upper level Bible courses and new courses in the person’s areas of concentration and interest. Ph.D. preferred, A.B.D. considered; evidence of effective teaching experience preferred. Ability to teach Biblical Hebrew is a plus. We seek a teacher-scholar who demonstrates excellence in teaching, commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts context, collegiality, flexibility, creativity, and interest in interdisciplinary work. The successful candidate will be an engaging instructor who can generate and sustain student interest in a variety of courses that focus, in various ways, on the Bible. He or she will be capable of and amenable to thinking theologically and ethically about the Bible, as well as historically and analytically.

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, transcripts (official or unofficial), and evidence of effective teaching, all in one PDF document, via e-mail to Mimi Carter (, with the subject line: Religious Studies Search. Three current letters of recommendation should be sent to the same e-mail address, directly from those serving as references.
  • Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the 2013 annual meeting of the SBL & AAR. Completed applications received by Jan. 10, 2014, will receive full consideration; review of applications will continue until the position is filled. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities. Randolph-Macon College is a residential, liberal arts, undergraduate college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, located just north of Richmond, Virginia. EOE.
  • Posted at
  • Received confirmation that they received my application. <------ How long after submitting did you receive confirmation? I submitted mine five days ago and have heard nothing. (x3)
  • I believe the Admin. Assistant was out of town, and she is going through the files little by little.  I received a confirmation email today.  I do find it odd that they are being so slow if they want to do SBL interviews.  
  • Just received my confirmation that they got the application. 11/18 (x5) 11/19 (x1)
  • Today, 11-20, a bulk e-mail confirming receipt of application was sent out to 40 applicants around 11 AM, and the sender failed to keep the recipients e-mail addresses private! An apology was sent out an hour later. <---Oh my. Not good.
  • Email request for SBL interview (11-21)
  • Interview request at SBL (11-24)
  • Had an SBL interview, but have heard nothing....anyone? <-----They told me we probably wouldn't hear anything until February since they're still accepting apps until Jan 10 and potentially still interviewing candidates after that date. (x2)
  • pretty sure I've been passed over and they're just following the industry standard of being too rude/lazy to inform me, but: has anyone had post-SBL stage information yet (11 Feb)?
  • I also had an SBL interview with them and have not heard anything. I was told not to expect to hear anything until Feb. I haven't given up hope, but probably will when March rolls around.
  • You are ok. They have not gotten around to it yet.
  • Mar 10th - any updates/word from them so far? <20 Mar - bump>
  • job search cancelled. they will repost in August (also stated they will hold onto materials already submitted)
  • Anyone have informaiton on this search? Why was it cancelled? 

Saint Louis University - TT Assistant Professor in New Testament[]

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, a Jesuit, Catholic institution dedicated to education, research and healthcare and service, located in midtown St. Louis, seeks applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in New Testament. Candidates will be evaluated on: their ability to teach and conduct research in New Testament and Early Christian literature, their ability to teach courses related to the Jewish Scriptures and the Intertestamental period, their ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, their support of Catholic and Jesuit ideals of the University, their knowledge of Catholic theological traditions, and their record of publication and articulation of a strong research agenda. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral level degree at time of application in Religion, Theology, or closely related field with focus in New Testament studies and early Jewish/Christian relationship. For more information about our faculty and programs, please visit our Website at:

  • Review of applications will begin immediately. All applications must be made on line at and must include a letter of application, CV, one sample of scholarly work, a sample course syllabus, and names of three referees with their contact details. Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE) and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minorities.
  • Date Posted: 02-24-2014
  • The department just made two NT hires in 2012. Does anyone know the story behind this position? (x3)
  • News from someone in the know: there is an inside candidate that will be hired, but SLU has to advertise. It's a waste of time.
    • Yes. I confirmed this last week when I spoke with one of the faculty. Don't waste your time submitting an app.
    • really wish I had known about this before submitting my application. Thanks, SLU, for letting me waste all that energy and time. I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run.

Southern Methodist University - Old Testament (Full Prof)[]

  • Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, seeks a faculty member in Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew (Position #050184). This is a search at the senior level at the rank of Full Professor, with tenure.
  • Responsibilities begin in fall term 2014.
  • Apply online at All applications must include a CV, three references, and all contact information, including an e-mail address. To ensure complete consideration, applications must be filed by October 31, 2013, but the Search Committee will consider applications until the position is filled.

St. Norbert College - New Testament[]

  • St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, invites applications for a tenure-track, entry-level position in Biblical Studies. Start August 2014. Opportunity also exists to teach in the Master of Theological Studies program. Course load of three classes per semester, plus normal committee, advisement, and other collegial duties.
  • Experience: Ph.D. required. Primary competence in New Testament. Secondary competence in another theological area. Commitment to undergraduate teaching is essential, including religious studies courses in the general education program.
  • St. Norbert College is a Catholic, nationally ranked Liberal Arts College that embraces the Norbertine vision of community and is committed to providing an educational environment that is intellectually, spiritually, and personally challenging. We welcome candidates from all faith traditions who can address how they can contribute to the College's mission. Please visit the College website at and the Religious Studies page at for the Religious Studies discipline's statement of its relation to the mission of the college.
  • How To Apply: Applications must be received by October 24. Dossiers for applicants should include an application letter, curriculum vitae, a list of references with contact information, and a list of the candidate's graduate courses. Please send dossiers to: Dr. David Duquette, Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, St. Norbert College, 100 Grant St, De Pere, WI 54115-2099. Electronic submissions strongly encouraged and can be sent to, addressed to Dr. David Duquette. Preliminary interviews of selected applicants will be conducted at the AAR/SBL meeting in Baltimore. St. Norbert College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Question: Has anybody heard anything yet? Nothing on this end.
  • Received phone call inviting me to intervew at SBL (x2 11/8)
  • Any news, or rumors of news??  
  • Invited for campus visit (x2 12/11) (x1 12/13)
  • Anyone have a status update on this search? Are we all still waiting or has an offer been made?
  • Offer made and accepted (2/25)

Sterling College - Biblical Studies[]

  • 2 positions
  • Faith requirements get increasingly conspicuous as you scroll down the job posting. It's not til the bottom that you learn they need someone "committed to the distinctives of a reformed faith" and conversant in Christian apologetics. Unless you are familiar with (and willing to embrace) reformed apologetics, I'd not bother with this job--they're looking for a rather specific skill set.
  • The presuppositions (get it??) of the previous poster turned out to be incorrect regarding each assumption made.  
  • As of 9/16/2013 Sterling College is no longer accepting applications for these 2 positions.
    • Phone interview scheduled (10/29)
  • Both positions were filled in December.

Texas Wesleyan University - Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies)[]

Texas Wesleyan University, founded in 1890 in Fort Worth, is a United Methodist institution with a tradition of integrating the liberal arts and sciences with professional and career preparation at the undergraduate level and in selected graduate areas. Enrollment is over 3,100 students. The Universitys School of Arts & Letters seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor of Religion beginning Fall 2014.

The successful candidate would be prepared to teach logic, in addition to courses in the area of Christian Studies, at the undergraduate level. He or she will encourage student engagement with issues of justice and interreligious dialogue, and will maintain commitment to scholarship and service. Teaching responsibilities include introductory courses and upper-level undergraduate courses in Christian history, theology, Biblical studies, Christian education and logic.

Candidates are required to have completed a PH.D. (or equivalent) by the start date of appointment, but ABD candidates may be considered. Expertise in Logic and coursework in Philosophy is desired. Prior experience teaching undergraduate courses is preferred.

  • All applications materials should be received by December 15, 2013 to ensure full consideration. To apply, send application letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts and personal references to: Religion Search Committee, Human Resources, Texas Wesleyan University, 1201 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105, or Visit for full job description.
  • Recieved auto-confirmation of receipt. 11/13 >> anyone else recieve notification that they received application?
  • Anything?
  • Skype interview scheduled. (X2) -Also one of these (mine) is duplicated on the Religious Studies wiki, FYI. >>>>>> when is your interview? Had it on Friday
  • Any news?
  • I'd give it until the end of February. I suspect my Skype interview (barely a week ago) was one of the earlier ones. They'll likely have scheduled them all over a two week period and then need another week or two to send out invites for on campus interviews. That actually runs into early March.
  • Rejection letter after Skype interview (2/25). They've made an offer and it was accepted. (2/27)
    • Also the tone of the letter suggests there were no on campus interviews and was likely an inside hire (or preferred candidate from start).
    • If true, that is pathetic. Why bother posting an ad and wasting our time? >> Many, if not most, institutions require that faculty positions be posted for a national search, even if they know they want to hire an inside or preferred candidate. It's just part of it. 
    • I understand that, but quite frankly, it is a stupid rule. If you are going to hire internally, just do it and don't waste other people's time. It is inconsiderate and also the fact that they do not bother contacting and informing people that positions are filled is equally inconsiderate.
    • I suspected all along that they were hiring one of their VAPs. There is one who was tenured at another institution but left because her husband got a job in the area. She's been VAP there since. I suspect the retirement of a tenured faculty member created that content in which they could hire her. Just me putting some of the pieces together, so this is just speculation. 

Tufts University - Asst. Prof. of Early Christianity[]

  • The Tufts University Department of Religion,, seeks a specialist at the rank of Assistant Professor in Early Christianity. Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent and should demonstrate a solid grounding in and critical understanding of the history of early Christianity as well as of interactions among Judaism, Christianity, and Greco-Roman religion. The successful candidate must be able to teach courses in early Christianity, the New Testament and the early Church in addition to courses in her/his specialty. Beyond contributing to the core curriculum in the Department of Religion, we seek candidates whose research has the potential to expand approaches to the digital humanities at Tufts as well as to augment the strengths of its Perseus Digital Library,, in Greek, Latin, or other languages complementary with the successful candidate’s research program.
  • In addition to an active research program, candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising. The Department of Religion confers the B.A. degree, and individual faculty members also sometimes advise students majoring in related interdisciplinary programs.  Opportunities exist for the successful candidate in this position to advise the research of students pursuing the master’s degree in the graduate programs housed in the Department of Classics:   
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and three confidential reference letters to Interfolio  Review of applications begins October 1, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.  Tufts University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Has anyone heard from back from Tufts yet? A: I haven't heard a thing. 
  • I believe first round candidates have been notified.
  • You say you "believe first round candidates have been notified." Could you indicate why you believe this? Do you know someone who has been invited for an AAR/SBL interview?
  • I know someone who was notified that they will be interviewed in the first round. Whether that is happening at AAR/SBL or before, I don't know.
  • Frankly, I'm now wondering if the person who told me they had a first-round interview was lying. They told me they had one about 10 days after the due date.
  • 11/4 I still haven't heard anything. Anyone else (other than the rumor above?)
  • 11/7. Still nothing here. The secondhand account posted above was from at least a couple of weeks ago and yet no one has claimed to have personally heard from Tufts. How many of us are wondering about this job? If you haven't heard anything yet, please indicate that by changing the number right here -->  (x 16) [x 1,000,000--what's the difference? Anyone heard anything? Nothing on this end. What about now? Nope. Now? Sorry, nothing. Anything yet? Perhaps if I ask one more time, someone will have heard something. Negative. Neurotics, we.] <--Dude, you're at least as annoying as what you decry.
  • WHOA, pardner--take a breather!!
  • Let's all take the weekend off and settle down a little. 
  • This was re-posted on HigherEdJobs and InsideHigherEd on 11/8 as "Assistant/Associate Professor - RELIGION: Early Christianity" with the added text "Exceptional candidates at the rank of Associate Professor will also be considered." So let the rumors fly!
  • Wonder if they did do a limited first-round but weren't happy with the results.
  • I don't have any particular insight into the history of this search, but I would note that the application process involves an online, dossier service (Interfolio). The process is somewhat cumbersome, but manageable if you have good online skills.  Interfolio charges a $19 fee (per year) for a service that covers a large number of institutions. On the other hand, if you have never registered with Interfolio before, then a Tufts application effectively costs you $19.
  • I'm sorry if this is a dumb question (I'm new to all of this!), but does this typically happen that an institution will re-post a position like Tufts has done? And does this likely mean, as one poster suggested above, that they were unhappy with the first round of applications they got?
  • not a dumb question.  It could be an administrative/legal issue. I inquired about whether they would consider candidates at the Associate level a while back, and the chair said that while the search was not approved for an Associate hire, the dean had not closed off the possibility.  The rumor mill indicates that quite a number of tenured folks applied.  This announcement could simply mean that the dean has now approved an Assoc level hire, and the institution is doing its legal duty in posting this new information in a job call to be fair to all possible candidates.  It could also mean 500 other things, but I don't think we should assume it means they didn't like the entire first pool; my guess is it was a huge applicant list.
  • Thanks for your input!
  • Candidates have been contacted and invited for interviews. [posted 11/13/13]
  • anyone with an interview willing to post their approx rank? Asst x 1? vs Assoc x 1?
  • interviews at the AAR/SBL? Or are they going straight to campus interviews?
  • I just got an email about an AAR/SBL interview 11/15/13 (x4)
  • I had an AAR/SBL interview with Tufts and, for the benefit of anyone reading this or ever applying for anything else at Tufts, it was one of the most enjoyable conference interviews I've ever had. The interviewers were timely, gracious, knowledgable about my application, and very collegial. Knowing how these things can go, it's great to see some folks still know how to do things with class.
  • I completely agree. What a classy bunch!
  • Why not put your remarks (above) on Universities to LOVE page -- where they will reach your intended audience more widely?
  • I heard that campus invites went out (12/4)
  • How reliable is this information?
  • I wondered the same thing, especially given earlier false alarms on this wiki. But the poster of 12/4 is right: campus invites have gone out. I know someone who has been invited to come to campus in January.
  • I hear there are at least two assisstant levels and one associate level invited
  • Make that two associate level (one close to full) -- no idea about # of assistant level invitees
  • Any news about this position?
  • Word on the street is that Denzey Lewis is moving back to Beantown. <<how recent is your info?
  • the person above is trolling. It isn't Denzey Lewis.<<so then what's the real situation?  I heard at least two candidates have received offers (one declined) but don't know the current status
  • offer made and accepted.

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities - Assistant Professor of New Testament[]

  • United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minn., invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of New Testament. The position requires general competency in all areas of New Testament studies. Candidates should be able to relate a range of New Testament methodologies or hermeneutical perspectives to diverse settings and have a commitment to preparing people for leadership in ministry. Candidates with Ph.D. in hand or ABD will be considered. Demonstrated excellence and/or potential as a teacher and scholar are expected.
  • United is an ecumenical seminary affiliated with the United Church of Christ, an open and affirming institution, and is committed to building a culturally and theologically diverse and inclusive community. Applications from persons of color and those affiliated with the United Methodist Church are especially encouraged. Further information about the seminary may be found
  • Please send a letter of application, CV and three letters of recommendation by December 31, 2013, by email to
  • Confirmation that they received my application before SBL
  • Received invitation for a Skype or phone (etc.) interview (1/16)
  • Received email rejection letter after phone interview (1/31)
  • I'm sorry. What can you share about your phone inteview? Your perceptions of the institution?
  • Thanks. I got some standard questions. What is the most important thing I would want to get across in a NT Intro class. What would be the most difficult thing about teaching such a class. What are some of the most exciting trends in NT studies. How would I teach in a multicultural setting. They were very respectful in the interview. However, they are very "progressive" (their word), particularly towards the GLBT community. If you check out their website, they even have classes for Unitarian/Universalists. Obviously, not everyone would be comfortable teaching in such an environment.

Univers​ity of Dayton - Christian Origins[]

  • The University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in Christian Origins.  The Department of Religious Studies offers introductory and advanced courses in the University's Common Academic Program for undergraduates, supports a vibrant major and minor in Religious Studies, offers M.A.s in Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry, and features a Ph.D. in Theology, with a focus on U.S. Catholic experience.
  • Responsibilities include teaching the undergraduate introductory course in religion as well as more specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in Christian Origins, New Testament, and early Church history and theology.  Applicants must have successfully completed by the time of application all the requirements toward a doctorate with a research focus and area of expertise in the first three Christian centuries, must demonstrate the potential to teach the history and theology of the early Church at the undergraduate and graduate level, and must be able to articulate a clear research agenda. Preference will be given to those with successful teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, the ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds, a demonstrated record of quality publications, knowledge of Catholic intellectual traditions and the characteristics of Marianist higher education, and demonstrate a potential for service, leadership, and collaboration within the department, university and community.  Position begins August  16, 2014.
  • A complete application for the position consists of a letter of intent, c.v., teaching statement, statement of research interest, writing sample, transcripts, and three signed letters of reference, one of which may attest to the successful completion of the doctoral requirements, if the degree is not on the transcript. *The deadline for completed applications is November 8, 2013. Applications must be submitted  electronically at Applicants should anticipate that preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Baltimore, November 23-26, 2013. Address inquiries to Silviu Bunta, Ph.D., Chair, Religious Studies Search Committee, at
  • FYI - there's a full-time lecturer at UD who recently finished their PhD.  Through some grad students at UD I've heard that the lecturer is probably the inside candidate.  They've been there off and on for the past 3 years. (x2)
  • The chair of the search committee just emailed my department chair asking for qualified candidates, so it seems that they are hoping a better candidate comes along.
  • That or they're just being very cautious and careful with all the legal stuff, etc.  Hard to know on VAPs, and such.  That or I'm just being overly cynical.
  • Or it could be that the Lecturer at UD got better offers.  You never know on VAPs if they want to stay or not.
  • As an insider I can tell you that UD is covering themselves in case the Lecturer leaves
  • Since the VAP has not yet been given a tenure track offer, they must go on the job market.  Since they will go on the job market (and therefore might get a better offer), the hiring university must have a job search even if they want to keep the VAP (but if they did, why wouldn't they just hire them)?  In short, must we have this conversation under every job for which there is already a VAP?  It says nothing about whether it is a "real job" or not.
  • You can't just hire a person!  There's a legal procedure you have to follow.  Especially if the VAP is a white male.  Dayton is big on treating everyone fairly.  And, yes, apparently we must have this conversation with every single job ;-)
  • The legal procedure can be streamlined; see Campbell U. above, and last year's Duke search(es).  Since this does not appear to be the case here (as you point out), my original point is that we should act as if this is a real job, and so this conversation is unnecessary, here or everywhere else that the only evidence of "not a real job" is the existence of a VAP.
  • A someone who works in another department at UD, UD no longer automatically converts VAPs to tt positions.  And the legal department at UD is very clear that once a VAP applies to a tt position you don't even spit in their direction.  The policy on VAPs changed a few years ago at UD.  It used to be that you went form VAP to a tt position.  That's no longer the case.  Bottom line is this:  VAPs at UD have a slight edge but nothing is guaranteed.  Just apply and see what happens--like with every other job on the market.
  • Phone call to schedule "preliminary interview" at SBL/AAR (x3 11/19)
  • Any word on finalists/on campus interviews?
  • I'm guessing they've invited people or are about to, because I got an email saying that I am not being offered an on-campus interview (12/20) (x2)

U​niversity of Dubuque Theological Seminary - Junior faculty member in Old Testament[]

  • The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is seeking a junior faculty member in Old Testament to begin teaching in August 2014. An ability to teach biblical Hebrew, Old Testament exegesis and biblical theology is required. Candidates will be expected to teach in the residential and distance degree and non-degree programs of the seminary and may contribute to undergraduate teaching. A M.Div. or equivalent and ABD or Ph.D. or equivalent in Old Testament is required. Applicants are expected to have a vibrant commitment to Jesus Christ and the church and an appreciation of the Reformed theological tradition. Experience in full-time ministry is strongly preferred. *Applicants should send a letter of application, UD application form, located on our website, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and three letters of reference to: or Director of Human Resources, University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001.
  • Application deadline is November 15, 2013. The University of Dubuque is an AA/EOE employer
  • Email request for SBL interview (11/15/13). Committee will be in career center. -- Congrats. Question: are you ABD or PHD? ---ANSWER: Ph.D. and on the market far too long! I interviewed with them two years ago when they posted this position originally and cancelled the search, so hoping this is a good sign they want to talk to me again.
  • Anyone else contacted for a phone interview (1/3/2014)?  <-- Did you have an SBL interview and when were you contacted for said phone interview?

University of Houston (TX) - Tenured Prof., Religious Studies[]

  • The Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Houston invites applications for a tenured position at the Associate or Professor level. We seek: An experienced Biblical scholar who studies Judeo-Christianity in transhistorical, comparative and/or global contexts, and who can help to build our Religious Studies major (proposed to begin in the Fall of 2014). The applicant's publication and teaching record, as well as administrative experience, will be taken into account. This position is in a department that combines degree programs in Anthropology, Religious Studies, India Studies, Global and International Studies, and Liberal Studies. We encourage applicants to demonstrate how their research and teaching will strengthen our interdisciplinary and comparative objectives, and provide leadership for our Religious Studies major.
  • Application Procedures: Please send curriculum vitae, statement of research agenda and teaching philosophy, and record of teaching experience by October 10, 2013, to Dr. Lois Parkinson Zamora, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5020. Materials can also be e-mailed to with the subject line: Religious Studies Position. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. degree. Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action: The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • The position has been filed. No further information was given (3/7/14)

University of The Incarnate Word (TX) - TT Assistant or Associate Professor of Biblical Studies[]

Requisition Number: 00911405

Position Summary: Assistant or Associate Professor of Biblical Studies (tenure-track, 4-4 teaching load) will teach a wide range of upper- and lower-division courses in Hebrew Scriptures and Christian Scriptures.

UIW Mission: The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self realization, and the common good.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach 4 courses each semester. Official duties and responsibilities of faculty members at the University of the Incarnate Word include teaching, scholarship, service, and professional activities. In all matters, faculty are expected to maintain the highest standards of professional ethics consistent with the UIW Mission.

Required Education: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or Th.D. by August 2014.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The successful candidate must demonstrate familiarity with and experience integrating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Teachings into prior teaching.

  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Complete the UIW online faculty application. In order to be considered a candidate, upload (1) an electronic letter of application (cover letter); (2) names and contact information for three current references; (3) a current CV; and (4) copies of all transcripts. Letters of reference, writing samples, and official transcripts may be requested at a later date. Review of applications begins immediately. Applications received by January 15, 2014 will be given full consideration. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
  • Online App. Form:
  • Invited for a phone/Skype interview (2/10) (x2) <-- are you Catholic/have a concrete Catholic connection? Yes. (x2)

University of Lausanne, Switzerland - New Testament and Early Christian Traditions[]

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (FTSR) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland invites applications for the following position: Full professor or tenure-track position at the level of full professor in New Testament and Early Christian Traditions. Start date : 1st August 2014, or later.

The successful applicant will conduct research in the field of New Testament, its ancient context, and the transmission of NT traditions; teach New Testament at BA and MA levels for students in Theology and Religious Studies; supervise PhD students in the field of New Testament and related traditions and participate in post-graduate formation at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.

The successful applicant will also be required to take an active part in the activities of the Swiss-French Institute for Biblical Studies (IRSB), as well as to the administration of the Faculty in general. Although classes are to be conducted primarily in French, English instruction during the first year is possible. In keeping with the commitment to promoting gender equality in the Academy, the University especially welcomes applications from female candidates. For more information on this position, please go to:

  • Please send the application to the following address: 
Prof. Jörg Stolz, Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Bâtiment Anthropole, Quartier Unil-Dorigny, CH-1015 Lausanne.
 In addition, a pdf version of all the files (including, if possible, the 5 publications) must be e-mailed to
  • Applications accepted until Dec. 15, 2013.
  • Does anyone have any information about this position?
  • Campus interview request (2/11)

Universit​y Of Massachusetts, Boston - Early Christianity/Religions of Antiquity[]

  • See full post at Religious Studies 2013-2014
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV online: Three reference letters should be sent to or mailed to Kenneth Rothwell, Search Committee Chair, Department of Classics, UMass Boston, Boston, MA 02125-3393. For full consideration, application materials are due by the review date, November 8, 2013. We plan to interview selected candidates at the AAR/SBL Meeting.
  • Does anyone know if this is Horsely's position?
  • Wasn't Horsley at a different campus?  No, he was at UMass Boston.  It must be his position.
  • Found out today (11/19) that it is definitely his position.
  • Have interviews been scheduled yet? <-- I've heard nothing (11/18) x2
  • I got an email on 11/13 saying they had started sorting through the applications, and asking where my third recommendation was. They found it, fortunately. <--- how odd, so did I! <--- Even odder, me three! I was hopeful that this was a good sign, but perhaps not
  • SBL/AAR interview scheduled 11/20 (x7)
  • finalists notified
  • confirmed that finalists notified; I just received a "you're not a finalist, but can we keep your app active?" email 12/9 (x5)
  • Any word on the outcome of this one?
  • They went to a second round of campus interviews. Interviewing still going on this week (3/24).

University of Miami - Asst. Prof. New Testament & Early Christianity (to c. 500)[]

  • University of Miami, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a tenure-track position in New Testament and Early Christianity (to c. 500), beginning in August 2014. The successful candidate will have expertise in the New Testament and the world of early Christianity, and preparation in the methods and theories of the academic study of religion. A strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching at a private multicultural, non-sectarian institution should accompany solid scholarly potential. PhD by July 2014 is required, and a record of prior teaching, academic publications and conference presentations is highly desirable.
  • Letters of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and any other relevant supporting materials should be submitted electronically to Dexter Callender, Chair, at the following email address: Members of the committee will interview prospective candidates at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore. The University of Miami is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and has progressive work-life policies. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
  • There appears to be a VAP in NT. Does anyone know if this is an inside job? Are they seriously considering other options?
  • Does this question *really* need to be asked for every position which there is a VAP? (x2)
  • Yes. Yes it does. (x3). Apparently so.   
  • This is John Fitzgerald's position -- he went to Notre Dame last year.  There is no reason to think that a VAP has any sort of inside advantage -- probably the opposite.  Q: Not necessarily disagreeing with you, but curious why you think being the VAP might be a disadvantage?  A: The VAP would likely (I don't know who it is, and don't the particular circumstances in this case) be someone they were able to hire quickly, after the normal hiring season had ended.  The hiring committee and faculty might assume that they could find someone better when doing a full, national search (whether or not that is actually the case).  And besides, the potentially fabulous and alluring "unknown" is always more attractive than the "known," or at least that's my perspective based on my experience doing searches and hires.  A new candidate could be so perfect and awesome, whereas the faculty already knows the various flaws of the existing VAP.  Again: not talking about specific circumstances, just about the fickle moods of hiring committees.
  • You're absolutely right.  No reason to think a VAP has an inside advantage.  In fact I spoke with Fitzgerald about this job.  His exact words were, "There are no guarantees in these things.  Even for the VAP."
  • Does anyone know of a deadline for submitting applications?
  • The listing at the Chronicle says 11/1, which is about right if they are interviewing at SBL. The ad is very odd, because it provides a link to the U Miami human resources system, but says not to use it. Perhaps it's a test...
  • Question: Has anybody heard anything yet? Nothing on this end.
  • Received an email asking me to fill out an employment survey (11/5)(x8)
  • Received email request for an interview (11/12 x2) (11/13 x2)
  • Email rejection letter (12/3) (x2) <------  Q: Did you have an SBL/AAR interview? No.
  • They began sending out their notifications to the finalists 12/3.
  • offer made and accepted (12/23)
  • Brown Grad School tweeted confirmation it was one of their's

University of Oxford - Regius Professorship of Hebrew[]

The University is seeking a leading scholar in Classical Hebrew to fill the Regius Professorship of Hebrew in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. The Faculty attracts a steady stream of first-class doctoral students in Classical Hebrew from across the world, demonstrating a clear demand for the language-based approach to the biblical texts which is the hallmark of the position. The Regius Professor has a central role in the delivery of degrees in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The Professorship is located within an exceptionally strong research environment in related fields, both within Oriental Studies and in the University more widely. The Professor will undertake and publish research at an international level of excellence in Classical Hebrew and will teach Classical Hebrew at both undergraduate and graduate level. The successful candidate will have a substantial international reputation in scholarship and research in Classical Hebrew Studies, an excellent publication record in this field, and a substantial research agenda. The candidate will be able to demonstrate inspiring teaching and the ability to lead the development of the subject both at Oxford and in the wider world.

University of ​​Southern California - Early Christianity (Open Rank)[]

  • The School of Religion in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position in Early Christianity, rank open (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor), anticipated to begin Fall 2014.  Candidates should have a PhD by the start date, and should have demonstrated the promise of excellence in both research and teaching.
  • In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: .  The applicant should upload a CV, a sample research paper, a statement of research interests, as well as evidence of teaching effectiveness.  Junior candidates should also provide the names of three referees. Inquiries may be sent to
  • Review of applications will begin on October 15, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted. USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.
  • Question: is this a New Testament job?
  • I suppose it depends on how you define our field. My hunch is that they're looking for someone who's not just (or even primarily) a biblicist, but rather a historian, since they've got two medievalists and an affiliated faculty member who already covers the New Testament. (Or, they could have this affiliated facutly member in mind for this post....)
  • Question: Has anybody heard anything yet? Nothing on this end (x10 on 11/12/13).
  • Still nothing? Perhaps they aren't planning to interview at SBL/AAR? (11/20/13).
  • it seems fairly clear what's going on here. This is an open rank position so they are probably hoping to get a tenured person who is willing to make a horizontal move. That means they are probably not really entertaining junior faculty for the position, which is likely the majority of the people using this site. So it's no surprise that this pool of people doesn't have any news on it. (11/22)
  • That is complete speculation based on unfounded assumptions. Plenty of candidates at the Assoc. level visit and contribute to the wiki, and none of them have news either.
  • I heard at the conference that some applicants had made inquiries and were told that the committee had only just started to look through applications. So they simply weren't ready to interview at SBL/AAR. (Huzzah!)
  • I heard that they are looking to make an appointment at the level of full professor.
  • Anyone heard anything yet?
  • I received an email invitation for a campus visit (12/29) <-- May I ask your status? (ABD, PhD, Ass. Prof?) <--let's say Assoc. or Full to keep some pretense of anonymity
  • no
  • campus interviews have taken place
  • Offer extended to a candidate.  One finalist received an official rejection via email. (2/24)

University of Virginia - Asst. Prof. of New Testament[]

  • The UVa Arts & Sciences department of Religious Studies invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We seek candidates dedicated to our mission and passionate about teaching in a world-class institution. Candidates will teach and conduct research in historical critical New Testament scholarship and the literature and culture of early Christianity through the end of the second century C.E. This position works closely with colleagues in the field of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity and, as such, the candidate should have a solid grounding in the Greco-Roman social, religious and philosophical context; the history of biblical interpretation; and at least one of the following: material culture (including book culture and manuscripts); social history; gender studies; race studies; and/or literary theory. 
  • Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2013 in selecting candidates for preliminary interviews at the Annual Meeting of the AAR/SBL in Baltimore, November 23-26 or by Skype for selected candidates not attending the Annual Meeting. However the search will remain open until filled.
  • Question: Has anybody heard anything yet? Nothing on this end (x3, 11/4)
  • I wonder if anyone has had their references contacted yet. I think this would be a sign indicating whether someone was being seriously considered.
  • I received an SBL/AAR interview request via email today (x3, 11/7).
  • I assume that campus invites already went out. Can anyone confirm? (x2, 12/16)
  • Campus invites went out before Christmas; I know of at least one confirmed visit for January (1/1)
  • Offer has been made and accepted. <---Interesting, they recently reposted the position on one of the job sites. <--- Nope.  Definitely offer made and accepted.

Vanderbilt University - Hebrew Bible, Assistant Professor[]

  • Vanderbilt University Divinity School invites applications for the position, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible (tenure track). Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to canonical studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, philology, contextual hermeneutics, and Mishnaic Hebrew. The successful candidate will have competence in teaching a broad range of students at both the masters and doctoral levels within a pluralistic setting (see, as well as a strong research and publication agenda. Doctorate must be in hand at time of application.
  • Applicants are to send cover letter and curriculum vitae (as .pdf, .doc or .docx files) to , asking three recommenders likewise to send letters to the same email address.
  • Review of applications will begin on November 25th. Teleconference interviews of considered applicants will be conducted on December 11th. Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups in the profession are encouraged to apply.
  • Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a senior-level (tenured) search in Hebrew Bible. Interested parties are invited to refer to that position opening. [see below]
  • Address to "Search Commitee"
  • Anyone hear word on interveiw yet? 
  • Contacted 12/4 for skype interview (x3).
  • Invited for campus interview in January
  • I heard from a friend that the first three finalists were deemed unacceptable.  They are a pretty accomplished bunch, so it is unclear what Vanderbilt is looking for.  What is clear is that faculty infighting is a huge problem at VDS and other people invited to campus should be wary.
  • Does anyone know what is going on with the VDS positions?  Last I heard - there was a short list for the senior position but what is happening with the junior position?
  • The search has been temporaily suspended (3/18/14)

Vanderbilt University - Hebrew Bible, Associate or Full Professor[]

  • Vanderbilt University Divinity School invites applications for a tenured position in Hebrew Bible, at the rank of associate or full professor, with a possible active role in various departments of Arts and Sciences, including Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and Classical Studies. Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to canonical studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, philology, contextual hermeneutics, and Mishnaic Hebrew. The successful candidate will have a strong research agenda and body of publications, demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring to bring to masters and doctoral-level programs in a pluralistic setting (see, and a record of service to academic institutions and professional organizations.
  • Applicants are to send cover letter and curriculum vitae (as .pdf, .doc or .docx files) to, asking three recommenders likewise to send letters to the same email address.
  • Review of applications will begin on December 15th. Personal inquiries and confidential nominations may be directed to the search chair, Dr. Bruce Morrill ( Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups in the profession are encouraged to apply.
  • Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a junior-level (tenure-track) search in Hebrew Bible. Interested parties are invited to refer to that position opening. [see above]
  • Announced that appointment has been made

Washington and Jefferson College - Biblical Studies and World Religions[]

  • The philosophy department at Washington and Jefferson College seeks an assistant professor of religious studies.  Initial three year appointment with presumption of renewal.  Must be able to teach undergraduate courses in a variety of world religions and also in Biblical Studies, but there will also be opportunities to teach in AOS and to direct program in religious studies.  PhD required by time of appointment.  Some formal background (such as BA or MA) in philosophy preferred but not required.  Teaching load: 3-3.  Salary: Competitive, with full benefits. 
  • Rejection email received (3/20)

Wheaton College - Old Testament[]

  • Deadline September 9.
  • Anyone heard anything? Yes. They would not be pursuing my application further.  If you haven't heard anything back yet, that sounds like good news for you! Hope it goes well for you.
  • I got an invitation to submit full application (letters, answers to supplemental questions, etc.) a while back.  They wanted everything by Oct. 4.  I haven't heard anything since then.  Curious if anyone has been notified about interviews yet. [x3 as of Nov 6]

Wesley Theological Seminary (DC) - New Testament (Open Rank)[]

  • Wesley Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in New Testament, commencing July 1, 2014. General competence in all areas of New Testament studies is expected with a focus on the Gospels or general epistles preferable. Candidates should demonstrate familiarity with a range of New Testament methodologies, including emerging and global perspectives. Candidates must be proficient in hermeneutics and articulate about the relationship of scripture to the larger theological curriculum. Interest in the New Testament as a resource for communities of faith required. Teaching excellence, commitment to publication and ongoing research, and the ability to interpret the Bible in diverse cultural and theological contexts are essential. Experience in web-enhanced and online teaching and learning is desirable.
  • Teaching will include general survey and specialized elective courses. Rank is open, but we expect to appoint at the Assistant or Associate level. Ph.D. in New Testament required; M.Div. or equivalent degree preferred. Wesley Theological Seminary is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to building a diverse community.
  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications October 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dean Robert Martin at or 4500 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016. The cover letter should indicate interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as commitment to the mission of the school (
  • Invited to interview at AAR/SBL (11/9) x2 (11/12)
  • Question: Is it typical for schools to send out interview requests on different days?  It seems that someone received a request on 11/9 and someone received one several days later on 11/12. <------A: Fairly common. Q: Any speculation as to why?  A: One possibility is that a search committee will have different categories of applicants--e.g., "definite interviewees" and "potential interviewees".  ---------Also possible that the different members of the search committee are reviewing files at a different pace. They could agree on a few interviews late last week, but had not finished going through the files yet. After doing so over the weekend, they identified others. I would think that if you have not heard anything by now, you're probably not interviewing at SBL.
  • Invited to interview at AAR/SBL (11/8)
  • got an email on Monday of SBL thanking me for the conversation and saying they would continue to review my application and that I can anticipate hearing from the committee in a few weeks. (x2)
  • Interview at SBL,contacted for second interview via Skype (12/6) (x4)
  • Any second interviewees heard anything?

VISITING Positions / Limited Term Appointments / Postdocs[]

Colby College (ME) - Faculty Fellow in Biblical Studies[]

The Department of Religious Studies at Colby College invites applications for the position of Faculty Fellow in Biblical Studies, beginning September 1, 2014. The teaching load is four courses annually, including a two-semester sequence in the Introduction to Scripture and two upper-level courses in the candidate's areas of interest and expertise. Specialists in Hebrew Bible and New Testament are equally encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who demonstrate a strong grounding in theory, such as, but not limited to, gender and cultural studies. Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting and to scholarly research.

  • Email letters of application, CV, statements of teaching and research interests, and at least three letters of recommendation to Religious Studies Search Committee:
  • Review of applications will begin October 23, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates will be interviewed at the Society of Biblical Literature meetings in Baltimore.

Any clue on the length of this appointment?

  • 1 year sabbatical replacement
  • What is the source for this? The descripion reads "teaching load is four courses annually," which does not sound like a one year replacement. 
  • At Colby, one year sabbatical replacements are generally termed a "faculty fellow," (and not a VAP, because they teach four courses, not the standard five, although there are exceptions). If you look on the employment page on the Colby website, you will see a number of ads for faculty fellows, all for sabbatical replacement -- language in other ads is clearer that it is a one year appointment.
  • I emailed the address listed in the search to ask this very question. (x2) If this is a one year replacement, it is a very poorly written ad.
  • The language of the job posting on the Colby website has been updated to read: "The Department of Religious Studies at Colby College invites applications for a one-year Faculty Fellow position in Biblical Studies, beginning September 1, 2014."
  • It's a demanding application for what is only a one year position. Why a research statement for a sabbatical replacement position? Reply--weird, right? The SBL version of the posting even listed the publication of book(s) and/or monograph(s) under preferred qualifications. Oh for the days when that would have been enough to get you tenure!

Haven't heard anything yet for this appointment. Nov 8 (x2); Nov 13 (x3)

  • Email request for an interview on Nov 17 
  • Not sure how helpful this is, but an insider gave me the heavy hint today that all of the interview requests for this position have gone out ("[dramatic pause] It would be surprising to learn that all interview requests haven't gone out by now." So the person above (11/17) is likely not the only and I'm not sure that more invites are forthcoming. Hope I'm wrong. 
  • My understanding is that all the interview requests have gone out.
  • Any updates on this one? (3/23)

Fairfield University - Visiting Assistant Prof. of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament - CANCELLED[]

  • FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a one-year (with potential renewal for a second year) Visiting Assistant Professor for the academic year 2014-2015.  We are seeking candidates with specialization in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.
  • Candidates for this visiting position should have the Ph.D. in hand, be prepared to demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching (including advising and mentoring students), and show promise of scholarly contributions to the field of religion. The successful candidate for this position will teach four sections each semester: two sections of RS 101 (Fairfield’s introductory course in religious studies) and two sections of an undergraduate course that draws on the candidate’s field of expertise, for a total of three preparations for the year.  All visiting faculty at Fairfield University have access to the support for teaching offered by Fairfield’s Center for Academic Excellence; this visiting faculty member will also be invited to join the Department of Religious Studies in its scholarly conversations.
  • Fairfield University is a highly-selective institution in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition, one which includes the serious exploration of religion as a central part of its mission and identity.  Consistently ranked among the top four comprehensive universities in the North by The U.S. News & World Report, Fairfield University’s beautiful 230-acre campus is located in southeastern Connecticut 52 miles from New York City and 18 miles from New Haven. The Department of Religious Studies enjoys a collegial culture that values intellectual exchange and active mentorship of junior faculty.
  • Review of applications will begin on 17 February 2014. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Dr. Nancy Dallavalle, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824-5195 (or Applications from minority and women scholars are strongly encouraged. EEO/AA employer.
  • Search cancelled because funding for position was cut.

George Fox University - Visiting Professor of Bible and Christian Studies[]

George Fox University announces a full-time, one-year, visiting professor position in the College of Christian Studies. Contracts would not be guaranteed beyond one year; if the position is renewed, the person in it would be required to re-apply for the next year. George Fox University seeks faculty members who are enthusiastic about the University’s mission: “George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” Professors teach all truth as God’s truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Applicants must have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony by participating in a local church. In addition, professors consent to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the university’s statement of faith.

Duties of this position will emphasize teaching of introductory Bible and Religion courses, up to 30 credit hours; no committee responsibilities. Interviews will be conducted via phone or Skype.


  • An earned doctorate in Bible, Religion, or Christian Ministries.
  • Previous teaching experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Candidates should submit a letter of interest and vita via email to: Dr. Philip Smith, Chair of Department of Christian Studies, c/o Paula Hampton, Administrative Assistant, Recommendations and other supporting materials may be requested at a later stage of the review process. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

George Fox University seeks to become a more racially and ethnically diverse community. We believe this goal is in keeping with our mission as a Christ-centered community, and so we especially encourage women and candidates in underrepresented groups. 

  • Asked if they would consider ABD. Response - "I'm not totally sure what we'll end up doing on that front, but if you'd like your name thrown in the hat, we'll be very glad to consider your application!"
  • Was told they are hoping to reach a decision by May 1st. (x2)
  • Rejection email 4/10 - was told they received over 100 applications.
  • ​For a one-year VAP position requiring a statement of faith?  God help us.

Pacific School of Religion (CA) - Three-Year Renewable, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Position in NT[]

Persons who apply for this position should be available for teaching in the Fall of 2014.   Untenured rank is negotiable depending on experience and other qualifications.  Salary will be based on PSR guidelines.  The PSR faculty is committed to continued oversight of its diversity. 

Application Process: Candidates should submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus for an introduction to New Testament class, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Bernard Schlager, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709-1323.

  • Applications are due by 1 November 2013.   Review of all applications will begin 15 November 2013.
  • There is an internal candidate from Yale who supposedly has an advantage. 
  • Blah, blah, one need apply for anything, because there is usually an adjunct and he/she will have the "inside advantage."  Oh, wait...if it's an adjunct-type job, go ahead and apply!  You could someday be the one with the advantage, and you will no doubt want to stay right there where you desperately took that first job and worked your ass off for little pay! (x2)
  • any news on this position? 
  • invitation for a phone interview (12/20)
  • Rejection email (1/7) (x1)

Rhodes College (TN) - Assistant Professor in New Testament/Early Christianity (two-year position)[]

RHODES COLLEGE, Department of Religious Studies, announces a two-year position as an Assistant Professor in New Testament/Early Christianity beginning August, 2014. The teaching load is six courses per year. The successful candidate will teach courses in biblical studies as part of the Life: Then and Now program, including the first course in the introductory sequence, Religious Studies 101: The Bible: Texts and Contexts. He or she will also be expected to teach in the first year of Rhodes' interdisciplinary humanities program (The Search for Values in Light of Western History and Religion) as well as in upper-level biblical studies courses of the instructor's choice. We encourage applications from individuals whose interests go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, in particular from candidates who can contribute to programs such as Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies. Information on these and other interdisciplinary programs, the department, and the College can be found at Enthusiasm for teaching and the ability to teach well at the undergraduate level will be important criteria for selection. An earned Ph.D. is expected to be in hand by August 15, 2014.

Please apply online at Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references. For additional information, contact Professor John Kaltner, We will begin reviewing completed applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate college, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We encourage applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision. Rhodes College values an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce.

Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and is the nation's 19th largest city. The city provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities. Read more about Memphis at

St. Olaf College (MN) - 1 yr. Asst. Professor[]

The St. Olaf College Department of Religion seeks to hire one person at the rank of assistant professor for a one-year, term appointment. Contingent upon approval of sabbatical leaves there may be additional positions.

We are looking for scholars with expertise in the following areas: 1) Bible with specialization in ethnic specific interpretation, reception history, or theological interpretation; or 2) Jewish-Christian relations with emphasis in theology or Bible.

A full-time appointment includes six courses. All candidates must be prepared to teach multiple sections of our first year, required course, "The Bible in Culture and Community," and second level, general education courses that introduce Christian theology. Completed Ph.D. preferred. Undergraduate teaching experience is desirable.

  • General inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee at This email is for general inquiries only. Please do not send application materials and letters of recommendation to this email.

All application materials must be submitted online at

A complete application includes: 1. Cover Letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. The names and email address for three references (St. Olaf will immediately solicit the letters once your application is submitted and your references will then be able to directly upload their letters into your electronic application)

  • Applications accepted until February 1, 2014. Application details at
  • Invitation for a Skype interview 2/13 (ABD or PhD?) [ABD, will finish by end of June]
  • rejection email (25 Feb) x2
  • Offer made and accepted

Union Theological Seminary (NY) - Postdoc in Biblical Languages[]

  • Union Theological Seminary, a multi-denominational seminary in the City of New York, invites applications and nominations for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biblical Languages starting July 1, 2014.  Reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biblical Languages will be responsible for instruction of two introductory-level language courses each semester, one in Hebrew and one in Greek. Opportunities to teach one further course, usually of higher-level language instruction, but sometimes in another area of Biblical scholarship, may be available (and involve additional compensation). The fellowship may be held for two years only. 
  • The successful candidate must be a Ph.D. graduate in a Bible-related field, or be a student in such a Ph.D. program, with the expectation to complete the degree no later than the fall of 2014. She or he must have at least two years of theological education at the graduate level, and must show promise of excellence in teaching introductory Hebrew and Greek. 
  • Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference via e-mail (preferred) to or mail to: Dean Mary C. Boys, c/o Ms. Alma Lizzette Matos, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Interviewing for the position will begin during the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Baltimore, MD November 23rd-26th, 2013. Please indicate on your application whether you are able to attend that meeting and can be available for interview.
  • Any news?
  • A friend of mine has been asked to interview at SBL. [posted 10/30] x3
  • Any news since the SBL interviews?
  • My adviser spoke to one of the interviewers at SBL who stated that all candidates were strong but would not give any other information (for good reason!). I haven't heard anything else.
  • Offer made and accepted (22/01).
  • Has anyone received a rejection notice yet? (2/1)
  • I would not hold my breath for a rejection letter.  I did not apply for this position, but in my experience rejection notification for jobs in our field is the exception, not the rule.  Case in point: years ago, I was one of three on campus finalists for a TT position at a major research university, and I learned from a third party that an offer had been made to another candidate.  I then contacted the institution, and was told the search committee chair would get back to me shortly. They never did.  I never recieved any notification, despite having been brought to campus.  For jobs for which I was not a finalist, the numbers are ridiculous.  Again, I've never applied for a job at this institution, so I don't know how they normally operate.  But as a general rule: there is an apalling lack of professionalism in academic searches.

University of Potsdam, School of Jewish Theology - W3 Professorship for Bible and Judaic Exegesis (5 yr. Appt.)[]

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Potsdam currently establishes a (worldwide) unique center for academic Jewish theology. It realizes a 200 year old demand formulated by Rabbi Abraham Geiger. He wanted Jewish theology created as an equal subject to the Christian theologies at German universities. Finally, in the winter semester 2013/14 we form now the new “School of Jewish Theology” in co-operation with the Abraham Geiger College and the Zacharias Frankel College for rabbinical training. We would like to add to the existing Professorship of Talmud and Rabbinic Literature the following professorial chair together with other Professorships: W3 Professorship for Bible and Judaic Exegesis. The position is a five-year temporary position.

The holder of this professorship shall represent the discipline of “Hebrew Bible” in research and teaching in its entire breadth. The professorship deals with text, tradition and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible on the basis of history of ancient Israel and its oriental contexts. Special attention should be devoted not only to the traditional Jewish commentaries - especially those of the Middle Ages and modern times − but also to the historical-critical method.

The holder is to represent his or her area as a core discipline for the training of rabbis and cantors. Despite this, Jewish theology is also taught without an emphasis on congregational involvement.This requires a willingness to co-operate with the Institute for Jewish and Religious Studies and with the Centre for Interreligious Studies of Potsdam University (soon to be established) as well as the Berlin-Brandenburg Centre for Jewish Studies. This professor will fulfil 50% of his or her teaching obligations at the Abraham Geiger College.

The duties of the professorship do not only include research and work in the university bodies of self-administration, but also teaching in the courses of studies leading to B.A. and M.A. degrees in the areas of “Jewish Theology”, “Jewish Studies” and “Religious Studies”. The professorship also includes the supervision on post graduate and post doctoral level.

The position requires a special familiarity with Jewish insider perspectives and positions. Any applicant shall belong to a Jewish congregation.

Any applicant needs to have pedagogical and didactical skills at university level, must hold a post doctoral thesis or comparable qualification in Biblical, Judaic, Jewish or Religious Studies, the History of Religion or Theology. Any applicant must have a track record in obtaining third party funded projects and organisation of academic conferences. Ordained graduates of rabbinical seminaries which are recognised in Germany as universities (H+) in accordance with the standards of the German ministers of education and cultural affairs are particularly welcome to apply.

The process for filling this position will be conducted in accordance with section 38 BbgHG (University and College Act of Brandenburg State). Appointment will be made according to the laws of Brandenburg (Brandenburgisches Hochschulgesetz - BbgHG § 38, 41). According to state law (§ 41 Abs. 1 BbgHG) the contract will be limited, in case it is the first appointment of the successful applicant as university professor, with the possibility of tenure after 2 years. In case of successful tenure review, there is no further appointment procedure.

Potsdam University is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Potsdam offers dual career support and coaching for newly-appointed professors:

  • Applications should be sent to University of Potsdam, Office of the President, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany, until 04.12.2013.

Uppsala University - Postdoctoral Fellow in Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible Exegesis[]

The position is for two years, beginning as soon as possible and at the latest April 1, 2014.

The Faculty of Theology is the oldest of nine faculties at Uppsala University and encompasses all areas of religious studies at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels (M.A. and PhD): History of Religions, Biblical Studies, Church and Mission Studies, Systematic Theology, Ethics, Psychology of Religion, and Sociology of Religion. The Faculty of Theology is the largest institutions for education and research in theology and religious studies in Sweden.

The position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Old Testament exegesis involves primarily the Fellow’s own a research project (e.g. a monograph project which is not a rewriting of the doctoral dissertation).

Duties: The primary responsibility of the Postdoctoral Fellow is to pursue her or his own research project. A certain amount of teaching at the department of Theology is also included – but not more than 20% of the working time. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be present at the Department at least three days per week and actively participate in the ongoing academic conversation within the discipline and at the department.

Qualifications required: Doctoral degree (PhD) in theology/religious studies or an equivalent doctoral degree. Documented knowledge of sources and resent research in the area, as well as competence in scholarly methods used in Old Testament exegesis/Hebrew Bible. Good communication skills and ability to collaborate with colleagues in various disciplines in theology/religious studies are important. Proficiency in English is a requirement.

Qualifications desired: Ability to understand written and spoken Swedish.

Requirements: The applicant for theposition as Postdoctoral Fellow must have completed a doctoral degree in religious studies or an equivalent doctoral degree less than three years before the application deadline. If there are acceptable reasons, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. Such reasons include sick leave and parental leave or a leadership position in a labor union.

The application may be written in Swedish or English and must include

- CV
- Copy of the official academic transcript of the doctoral degree in religious studies or equivalent PhD.
- Copy of the dissertation and of any additional academic publications (maximum three additional publications).
- A description of the following: why you are interested in this position (ca. 500 words), how you plan to take part actively in the ongoing academic conversation at the department (ca. 500 words), your research project (including the problem addressed, theoretical perspective, methodology and a presentation of materials that you plan to analyze) and the project’s significance for Old Testament/Hebrew Bible exegesis (4000–5000 words).
- Names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three academic references.
- Indication of your earliest availability to begin the period as Postdoctoral Fellow. April 1, 2014 is the latest starting date.

Criteria for selection: In the selection among qualified candidates, particular importance will be paid to (1) academic qualifications, (2) assessment of the academic potential of the proposed project, (3) the relevance of the project in relation to ongoing research in the discipline in the faculty, and (4) readiness and capacity to take part in the ongoing academic conversation in the discipline.

The University desires to recruit the colleague who, in an overall assessment of ability, competence and documented qualifications, has the greatest ability to develop and complete the proposed research project.

The University strives for gender equality, and women are especially invited to apply for this position. Personal circumstances (e.g. parental leave), which could help the assessment of an applicant’s qualifications, may be given with the list of the applicant’s merits and experiences.

Salary is calculated relative to qualifications.

Further information about this position is provided by Professor Göran Eidevall ph. +46 18 471 26 67, E-mail:

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14 []


  • I don't understand why people keep posting merely to ask if there is any news on a position.  If there were news, people would say they had heard something.  That is the whole point of this website.  This process is stressful enough.  Please keep your stress from infecting the rest of us.  Thank you.
    • Well said.
  • Ha!  Sorry... I'm not trying to make light of this, but I just really like what you're saying.  It's so true!  Besides decisions are usually made a week or two before SBL...
  • Great--now people are starting to post things like "haven't heard anything from Fundy Bible U. (x5)."  Let's say 150 people apply for a position and 10 are interviewed; the fact that 5 or 28 or 100 people have heard nothing means, well, pretty much nada.  These wiki sites are really going off the deep end this year.
    • Apparently, those pining about "Fundy Bible U" aren't the only ones going off the deep end.  Really, its just as annoying to read this as to read "heard anything yet?"  So, "Please keep your stress from infecting the rest of us.  Thank you."
  • I see what you mean, but, personally, find it helpful to know that no one else has heard anything seeing as we're so close to the meeting. Seeing as some apps went in well over a month ago, it is a little strange no one is hearing anything by and large, even second hand, in some cases. (x3)>>> I could not agree more. I like seeing that no one else is reporting having an interview too. 
  • Fair enough, but the purpose of this site is to catalogue data about when people get interviews or have some other kind of news about a particular position. It isn't to catalogue non-events. Silence, therefore, ought to mean that no one has heard anything. And thus it's unnecessary to the point of being tedious and frustrating to go and add "x8" to the unnecessary, already answered question (already answered via the silence), "Anyone heard anything?" which is always followed by the utterly unnecessary response, "Nothing on this end." >>> Disagree, it is helpful to know that no one else has received an email request. Not all of the candidates are on this wiki so the absence of news does not mean that no one has been contacted. I like having people let us know that no one has heard anything yet. I would not, however, want this to happen every week, but given that we are so close to the meeting, it's nice to have these non-event updates. 
  • I agree that it's unhelpful to catalogue non-events: it only deepens the insecurity and nuerosis endemic to the job search in today's market. It's helpful, however, to keep the lines of communication open (maybe in the discussion forum) about timetables and experiences. Let's maintain a posture of support and civility in an otherwise dehumanzing and disheartening process, otherwise we'll lose our way before we even begin.
  • Well put.
  • There is absolutely nothing strange about search committees not having contacted people yet.  It is most typical for committees to contact people 5-10 days preceding SBL.  It would be great if they did so earlier, but they almost never do.  Believe me, I know.  I have lots of experience with this process, from both the applicant and search committee side.  Also, don't assume every committee will do first-round interviews.  The more illustrious the institution, the more likely they are to just bring in finalists for campus interviews, in which case finalists might not hear anything until December or January.  Yes, this is frustrating, but it's just the way it goes.  So, please, take a deep breath, pour yourself a stiff drink, and limit your posts to actual information.
  • In addition to the various arguments above concerning the futility of posting non-events, doing so also makes wading through all of the postings on here more time-consuming.  If one must post a non-event to "keep the lines of communication open", all that is really needed is a single line for each job where the "still no news" date is updated.  An ongoing conversation about not hearing anything, in every job posting, is super annoying.--It sure is; I agree.
  • Agreed!  I'm really sick of hearing all these discussions about VAPs and is this a "real job" or not.  There are no guarantees in any of this.  People need to read Albert Ellis's psychological stuff on "what if's" and realize there's no point in asking them.  For example, far too many people this year are asking things like, "Well... if the VAP is so great, why don't they just hire her/him?"  That's a dumb question... too many "what if's..."  It almost seems like far too many immature people are using this wiki this year.
    • Oh good grief.  Could you be any more condenscending?  If it's too childish for you, don't grace the wiki with your presence. (x2)
    • Yes
  • A question for those of you who've done this before: How may people do institutions usually interview at SBL? I have one interview and am wondering if this means I'm one of 5, 10, 20...? <-------A: Most often 10, give or take.
    • In my experience, most schools conduct preliminary interviews of between 8 and 10 candidates. There are, however, a few institutions that have been known to interview 15+ at AAR/SBL, but I don't think that these schools have any open searches this year.  
  • Anyone with interviews want to share their accomplishments? I have two MAs, I'm ABD with a finished dissertation (not defended), a publication at a respectable journal, five years' undergrad teaching experience, and zero interviews. Just curious as to whether the field is very strong, or I'm the worst cover letter writer in the world (or some combination of these).
    • I have one interview, but I'm part of a "long-list of candidates" (so I'm not making too much of that!). I've got a BA, MA, and (recent) PhD in biblical studies. Four articles in peer-reviewed journals, and my dissertation is under review with a publisher. Three years of experience teaching undergrads and seminarians. I just assume the field is very strong (or at least overcrowded); I'll assume, too, that you're probably a fine cover letter writer!
  • I have two MAs as well, I have submitted my dissertation (will defend at the end of the year), I have 5 articles in excellent journals, I have 3 years of teaching, yet absolutely nothing. It is quite depressing actually.
  • There just aren't that many jobs out there.  Seven or eight years ago there were easily three times more jobs advertised in Hebrew Bible than there are now.  I already have a tenure-track position, so I only applied to a few jobs this year.  Most have not gotten back to people at all, so I am not surprised I only have one interview at this point.  I am not new to the job market and have been on search committees, as well, and I have never heard anyone name someone's having two M.A.'s as a reason for why they were being interviewed.  I know people who have gone straight from undergrad to a Ph.D. program and have not had a problem getting interviews, so I don't think number of degrees counts.  Where someone has gotten a degree does count, though.  Publications also count.  I have a book with a university press and several journal and other articles.  This helps, but some universities end up hiring freshly minted Ph.D.'s anyway.  Teaching experience helps, but if someone has been adjuncting too long, this can be held against them.  I am sorry to say it, but every search committee and hiring process is different, so it is incredibly difficult to identify trends.  The small sample size also makes it a pretty fruitless exercise.  I know this is tough to hear, but it is the reality.
  • FWIW, I've got 3 M.A.s, my Ph.D. in hand (NT), 4 articles in top journals and a fifth in a minor one, one invited book chapter, several encyclopedia entries and book reviews, 9 years of teaching experience, and 2 interviews lined up so far with reason to be hopeful about a third. Last year I did not yet have my Ph.D. in hand; I got no interviews and was extremely discouraged. Hang in there, defend that dissertation, and keep publishing and teaching.
  • ^^^^^^^^ This was useful to hear. Thank you.
  • Having connections with someone in a search committee doesn't hurt either.
  • Can anyone say whether it is typically the case that a school will send out rejection letters to those who were not selected for a preliminary SBL interview only after they have contacted finalists for on-campus interviews? << Answer:  I have been involved in a large number of searches over the last several year, and there does not seem to be a clear pattern for when unsuccessful candidates are notified.  Sometimes it happpens once a shortlist is created, sometimes once finalists are selected, and sometimes only when the position has definitively been filled.  Also, if you are selected as a finalist, and you are not offered the position first, sometimes you are not even informed of your second or third place status until after the top candidate accepts or declines, so you don't even know if an offer has been tendered to another candidate or if the committee is still trying to make a decision.  Peace and good to you as you navigate the job process.<-------Thank you for this info.!
  • I've heard that some schools are contacting finalists after SBL and asking them to keep their candidacy confidential. I wonder how common this is and how (or whether) it might degrade the value of this site. <----- Weird!  How many schools have you heard are doing this?
  • ^ I know of only one. "Some schools" was a bit misleading!   << Which one? << I'm not at liberty to say. That's the problem.
  • I have a new idea. It's too late for this year, but what if we had a book review wikia? I don't know how to set these up. But those of us who have book(s) (and/or published dissertations) out could post the publication information. Anonymously, people like those on this wikia could grab titles and submit reviews (even if using a ILL copy). That way, I could get a review to my name, and your monograph could get exposure as a reviewed item in JSOT or NTS, etc., helping people to know your name for the next job search. There are reiew lists to which publishers contribute, but this way we could proactively assist each other quid-pro-quo, so that search committees would know our names prior to application. Does anyone have the know-how to set this up, and maybe link it to e.g. this wikia? And would anyone else be interested? There can't be more than 100(?) of us using this wikia, so it would give us an exposure leg up on the rest of the field.
  • --- My two cents: I don't think that having anonymous reviews of your work is much good. Who is to say that the author him/herself didn't post it? <-- No, clarification (original poster): What I meant was, we have a list of our own books that need reviewieng in peer reviewed journals, and each of us selects an item (not our own) from that list to write a review in one of those journals. That way I help someone else, they help a third person, and I am pleasantly suprised when in 5 mos. a review of my book by that third person pops out in a journal and they've helped me, in a big circle.
  • Having a book review on one's CV isn't really good for much.  Also, just because someone offers to review a book in a peer-reviewed journal doesn't mean the editor will want that person to review the book or want a review of that book in the journal at all.  Journals aren't interested in publishing reviews of all or even most books published.  If your book hasn't been reviewed in any journals, I suggest you make sure your publisher has sent copies to all the journals you think are relevant.  And try to get your name out there with articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

--- My two cents: I think that the way to get your book reviewed is to have the publisher send review copies to those journals. Journals don't want reviews of books randomly submitted. While you can contact Book Review editors at JSOT and NTS and ask them if you can review a book, they rarely receive requests from authors asking that their book be reviewed. They receive their pool of books-to-be-reviewed from publishers.