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**that was a great pep talk - maybe the best i've heard - thanks for that. (seriously) - and on the chicago hires, yes, 7 searches 2 years, big heavies, need to build up dept. again, but also good oppty. for really smart newcomers who want to work hard. don't count yourself out just because heavy-d is interviewing for one of these posts -- i would venture that they will hire a mix of young and old...and in these times, heavy-d is more expensive than you...
**that was a great pep talk - maybe the best i've heard - thanks for that. (seriously) - and on the chicago hires, yes, 7 searches 2 years, big heavies, need to build up dept. again, but also good oppty. for really smart newcomers who want to work hard. don't count yourself out just because heavy-d is interviewing for one of these posts -- i would venture that they will hire a mix of young and old...and in these times, heavy-d is more expensive than you...
*Did Chicago post a list of talks? Has the short list been made and is it publicly accessible? (1/21)
*Did Chicago post a list of talks? Has the short list been made and is it publicly accessible? (1/21)
*I'm not sure if all of these are job talks, but try here: <u>'''[]'''</u>
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==='''University of Dayton, Ohio- '''Islam===

Revision as of 23:27, 21 January 2011

Please list advertised positions, with updates as they occur, including acknowledgments of receipt, phone interviews, campus interviews, and offers. Listing the names of those hired is a violation of privacy.

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Religious Studies 2010-2011

See also Biblical Studies 2010-2011 here & Jewish Studies and/or Israel Studies 2010-2011.


It would be better to organize this wiki in under the categories e.g. Islam, Christianity etc!

Would it not be better to organize this wiki in categories, e.g. History of religions/Christianity etc.?

I don't think so. Some of our specializations span several categories. (x5)

The listings here are about as diverse as AAR's job ads. That seems about right.

Just out of curiosity, how many people are using this site? 88

How many people using this board have had at least 1 phone/skype/conference interview? 28

How many interviews did you have at the AAR?

  • applied but did not receive any interviews? x11
  • one interview? x12
  • two interviews? x7
  • three interviews? x3
  • four interviews? x4
  • more than four interviews? x4

How many have interviews scheduled for SBL?

  • did not receive any interviews? x3
  • one interview? x2
  • two interviews? x3
  • three interviews? x3
  • four interviews?
  • more than four?

How many interviews does the average department shedule at SBL? If you get an interview, does it mean the pool has been narrowed to 5? 20? 40? Just curious. A: Typically 10-15. 20 would be unusually high.

How many people using this board have had at least 1 campus interview (or have one scheduled)(in 2010-11 season)? 16

How many people using this board have had at least 1 job offer? 5

How many of those who have had interviews already have tenure track jobs (or are tenured)? x4

How many of those who have received an offer already have a tenure track job (or tenure)? 2

How many already had tenure but were laid off for financial reasons?

How many on this list are ABD? 21

How many users are junior faculty in tenure-track positions who are back on the market? x4

Anyone apply to and hear from either Marymount U or Marymount Loyola University? 1 (LMU)

How many users of this board are over 50? (1)

How many users over 50 have gotten an interview in the past year?

How many users over 50 have gotten an offer in the past year?

Abilene Christian University - Asst/Assoc in Bible (NT or OT; formerly listed as Hebrew Bible/Old Testament)

  • Deadline 11/5
  • "All qualified applicants for these positions must be professing Christians and be active, faithful members of a congregation of the Churches of Christ" (from ACU website).

Albion College - Comparative Religion

  • Deadline 21/1

Arkansas Bible College - Dean of Religious Studies and Christian Leadership

  • Deadline: "Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until the position is filled"
  • Preference will be given to ordained clergy with significant preaching and congregation experience.

Asbury Theological Seminary - New Testament

  • Deadline 9/19
  • Contacted by search committee via email on Oct. 4--doctrinal responses requested
  • Snail mail rejection letter received 10/8.
  • Email that application "still in process" (10/6). No rejection letter...yet.
  • I was originally shortlisted (by email, Oct. 4), but have now been eliminated (by snail mail, Oct. 15), so I would assume they have created a list for conference interviews.
  • I received the "still in process" email but have not yet received a rejection letter or an interview request as of 10/25. Scratch that. Email rejection 11/4. (x2)

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary - Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

  • Deadline 9/1
  • Received an e-mail "releasing" me, 10/14 - I appreciate the prompt notice.
  • E-mail indicating that they "released" about half of their applicants, 10/21. Should receive another update in 2 weeks.
  • Email, 11/5, "releasing" me.

Austin College - Critical Theological Studies

  • Deadline 9/17
  • AAR conference interview (email), 10/22 x3
  • Any additional info on the state of this search?
  • At AAR they said they would be contacting people for on-campus visits in late November or early December, so it may be a few more weeks before candidates are notified. (x2)
  • Received invitation for on-campus interview. (11/30)
  • Anyone received a rejection letter or know if they're notifying others? Good question! No rejection yet either.
  • I'm kind of expecting a rejection only after they've made a hire.
  • Still no rejection letter (01/13) anyone else?
  • They have a VAP. At this point, it seems likely they are hiring him. Plus, the AAR interview was odd, didn't you think?

Avila University - Religious Studies/Global Studies

  • Screening begins 10/15
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a background in Catholic Studies, with additional preferences in Religious Studies with a global emphasis and/or Comparative Religion
  • Received snail mail acknowledgement 10/4
  • Rec'd snail mail ack 10/21 (x2)
  • Did they interview at AAR?
  • Received request for phone interview 11/3 (x3)
  • Has anyone who had a phone interview heard anything about on-campus interviews? I think they said they were going to try and bring people out shortly after the Thanksgiving Break.
  • 11/24: At the end of my phone interview, they said that they would notify applicants after Thanksgiving Break. They plan to move quickly, bringing the finalists to campus in December 2010.
  • Has anyone been invited for on-campus interviews? (12/15)
  • Yes, one of my colleagues was invited for an on-campus interview.
  • Received mail stating position filled on 1/3.
  • Received same letter today (1/7)

Bangor University (Wales) - Religious Studies and/or Theology

  • Seeking to make 2 or 3 appointments in the areas of Religious Studies and/or Theology for one year in the first instance with a view to extend some of the posts for a further 2 years
  • The successful candidates will commence September 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter
  • Deadline 8/27
  • Where was this job posted?
  • I didn't put it here but I did see the job posted on

Baylor University -- World Religions

  • Baylor had several interviews at AAR. Has anyone received word from them since?
  • nope, no word. 11/17
  • received an email today indicating that two candidates have been invited for campus visits (11/29)

Beeson Divinity School of Samford University (Alabama) - History and Doctrine Theologian

  • Received snail mail ack in early October (x3)
  • Screeing underway and continues until position is filled
  • Must be evangelical Christian
  • Does anyone have any updates? Their acknowledgment letter said they were trying to fill the position by the end of the fall term.
  • At least one campus visit has been arranged.
  • Snail mail rejection letter (12/4) Another candidate has been hired. (x2)
    • Anyone know who? Senior or junior? Which historical period?

Boston College - Latin Patristic Theology

  • Deadline 10/20
  • Ack by email (10/12)
  • this is a done deal ... they want a major Catholic scholar full professor level ... not hard to guess who ...
  • I have friends on the faculty at BC. If this is a done deal, it would be news to them.
  • let's see ... I am very (!) confidente that I am right
  • Any updates?

Boston University School of Theology (History of Christianity)

  • Review of apps begins 1/1/11

Boston University - Christianity in Modern Context

  • Deadline 10/5
  • 9/29 ack by by email
  • 10/15 ack by email (3)
  • anyone contacted for AAR interview yet?
  • rec'd rejection by email (10/22); it said they got over 170 apps (x16)
  • I liked the bcc'ed mass email. Classy.
  • contacted for AAR interview (10/22) (x5)
  • To those of you interviewing, what are your fields? The job title is odd and the ad was unusually broad. Just curious what they're looking for.
  • A: Anthropology
  • A: American religious history x2
  • SEARCH CANCELED. Email received that BU pulled funding for this position just this morning. (10-29)
  • Wow. Condolences to all of you who had interviews for this.
  • I just hope that no one made plans to attend the AAR just for this interview.
  • Yep, I made plans to attend the AAR just for this interview. So, in addition to losing my only chance for a job this year, I also lost $650 (for last-minute airline and hotel cancellation and AAR registration fee).
  • I'm so sorry. I'm sure the committee is frustrated, too.
  • That's awful.
  • Communication from dept was very kind, even when informing about canceled search.
  • So does anybody understand why they're now advertising a position in the history of Christianity?
  • The new one appears to be from the School of Theology, not the Religious Studies Department.
  • Ah, okay. I didn't notice that. Thanks!

Brown University - Religions of South Asia (Hinduism)

  • Deadline 10/15
  • 10/4 ack by by email
  • anyone get an invite for an AAR interview yet?
  • any word on this job? I never even received an acknowledgement of receipt.
  • yeah, neither did I. I eventually emailed the administrator, who apologized for not contacting me to acknowledge receipt - but confirmed that they'd gotten my materials. Other than that, no further word.
  • did they conduct AAR interviews?
  • heard from an inside source that they were aiming to have a shortlist by Nov. 15th
  • heard from a colleague at the AAR that the committee asked her/his references for letters
  • Any further word on this position? Have they scheduled on-campus interviews (or held them)? (11/30)
  • heard from the professor that the insider has sought the prof's recommendation..the insider has been working in a different department, though, for many yrs
  • rejection letter (snail mail). 12/13 (x3)

California Lutheran University - Christian Ethics

  • Deadline 10/15
  • ack by email 10/13
  • my email ack (also 10/13) said expected to have top 10 apps during Nov., w/ phone interviews shortly thereafter
  • Anyone heard anything? Not yet (11/10)
  • December 1 today...any news of top 10 apps in Nov?
  • No word here (x2, but a friend told me he found out he's out)
  • Rcvd reject email (12/14) (x2)
  • Was this an inside hire?

Campbell University Divinity School - New Testament

  • Deadline 10/1
  • Acknowledge reciept of application via snail mail - 10/9, 10/21
  • Email invitation for SBL interview (11/1)
  • Rejection letter 11/9/2010
  • If I may, what did the rejection letter state? That they had narrowed their list, or what?Yes, they were "Narrowing" the search.
  • Any idea how many applicants and how many received interviews?
  • Snail Mail rejection 12/20. I had an SBL interview

Canadian Mennonite University - Theology / History of Christianity

  • Review of applications begins November 30, 2010
  • email that application has been passed on to the committee
  • Has anyone heard more on CMU's hiring progress for this position? Has anyone been notified further, i.e. beyond an email indicating receipt of application?

Carroll College - Moral Theology

  • Due 09/21
  • Interviewed at AAR, said they were bringing people to campus before Thanksgiving
  • At least one of their three has been called for an on-site interview (11/17).

Centenary College of Louisiana

  • Tenure Track, Asst Professor - Specialization not given
  • Deadline - 12/1
  • Acknowledgement of application 12/2, with detailed timeline: shortlist by January, campus visits in February, selection by March
  • Acknowledgement stated almost 200 applicants --12/3

Centre College - Islam

  • Deadline 10/1
  • Interviews were held at AAR
  • Any further updates? Have they shortlisted candidates for campus interviews?
  • no news (11/18)
  • heard thru mutual friend of a campus invite
  • Heard from a friend that they had decided who to invite for the campus interviews (which will be in February), but I never heard back from them myself.

Claremont-McKenna - World Christianity or History of Christianity

  • Deadline 10/1
  • Received invitation for AAR interview by phone followed by email (10/21)
  • anybody get a rejection yet?
  • nope
  • according to someone with access to the search committee, all invitations for AAR interviews have been extended.
  • does anyone know if they have an inside candidate?
  • Any further updates?
  • Have they scheduled campus interviews?
  • They said during prelim interview that they wouldn't finalize the list for on-campus interviews for a few weeks. I took that to mean that notification will arrive around Thanksgiving.
  • Any news on the short list for campus interviews? 11/26
  • official rejection email 12/8 (X 5)
  • 12/8: I also received the rejection email--I guess CMC has made their offer. CONGRATULATIONS to whoever landed this position! --Not even at interviews yet!
  • --12/9 What does not getting a campus interview but also not getting a rejection email mean??? (x4)
  • Q: for those who received rejection emails: Were you interviewed? (12/09) (X2)
  • I did receive a personal email that I would not be invited to campus (12/2) (I did have an interview in Atlanta). I suspect that they have extended the invitations for campus interviews, though I believe the interviews were to take place in Jan.
  • on 12/9, had not received rejection email. on 12/17--campus interview scheduled for January.
  • To the previous poster: Can I ask your area of concentration (e.g., Asian/Asian American Religion, African Religion, etc)?---since it was advertised either world chy or medieval chy, i'm on the medieval side...

Clemson University - New Testament

  • Deadline 9/15
  • 9/13: Acknowledged receipt of application
  • News as of 10/24?
  • Request for SBL interview (10/29) (x3)
    • How was request received? (E-mail, snailmail, phone call ...?)
    • Email
  • Invitation for campus interview (12/10) x2
  • Any word on this one?
  • interviews are in Jan and Feb.

Coe College - Non-Western Religions

  • Deadline 10/1
  • 10/1: Email acknowledged receipt of application
  • 10/24: Friend Noted that he received an invite to interview at AAR
  • 11/10: heard of a campus interview that has been scheduled
  • Just one has been scheduled or does anyone know if they have scheduled all campus interviews?
  • Can anyone confirm that campus interviews have been scheduled? "heard of one" being scheduled seems dubious
  • Yes, campus interviews have occurred. I was one of the candidates interviewed.
  • Heard that an offer was made/accepted, 12/28
  • Offer was made/accepted!
  • Congratulations. I've heard good things about Coe.

Colby College: One Year Faculty Fellow, Jewish Studies

  • Deadline 11/15

College of the Holy Cross - Systematic Theology (Reformation to 20th Century)

  • Deadline 10/1
  • Invitation to interview at AAR via snail mail received 10/18
  • Rejected by snail mail 10/15
  • Have they scheduled campus interviews?
  • Yes--friend of a friend got a call
  • They said they would arrange some phone interviews for those who didn't come to AAR. Can I ask if your friend's friend was actually invited to a campus visit or was it a phone interview?
  • Official rejection letter post-AAR interview received on 11/12
  • I know of a candidate who has received an invitation for an on-campus interview.
  • Offer made and accepted 12/13
  • Congratulations on landing an excellent job in a difficult/competitive market! (12/14)

College of Charleston - African American Religions

  • Deadline 10/8
  • 10/17: Snail mail acknowledgement of application
  • Invitation for AAR interview, via email (10/21)
  • 11/10 Snail mail acknowledgement of application
  • Anybody have any updates or thoughts on CofC? I had an interview at the AAR and thought it went well, but I don't think they are going to notify anyone about campus visits for another month.
  • heard they are still reviewing apps. they reposted their ad after AAR--so that might also be the delay. i applied after AAR and my app is currently under review.
  • where did they repost?
  • A friend has been contacted for an on campus interview (12/3).
  • I have a campus interview too. I wonder how many they are bringing to campus.

College of St. Benedict/St. John's University - Church History

  • no given deadline, but email said they would determine interviews by mid-October
  • Any news about interviews for this position? (10/27)
  • 10/28: received email invitation for AAR interview
  • What questions did they ask you at your AAR interview?
  • Any news regarding on-campus interviews? (11/23)
  • A friend has on on-campus interview there in early December.
  • Offer made (mid-December)

Columbia University [Center for Buddhist Studies] - Associate Research Scholar in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism

  • Deadline 10/7
  • Just a guess, but there are enough people around there fitting the description that I wonder if there's an inside candidate.

Creighton University Theology

  • Deadline 10/01
  • Request to upload CV 10/14 (also included race/gender data. Maybe just a formality; seemed redundant since CV was included in the hard copy application; either way, not a bad sign) (x9)
  • So not one of the 9+ of you asked to upload a CV has yet gotten an AAR interview or a rejection letter?
  • No, nothing for me. Anyone else? WTF? (x7)
  • Really??
  • Did Creighton interview at AAR? Someone said they thought they were in one of the booths, but I haven't heard of anyone say they had an interview.
  • They did interview at AAR. I even put in a request for an interview (they had open interviews), but no response. Evidently the CV request was purely a technicality.
  • not to be overly technical (or in denial) -- but do we know they were actually there doing interviews? Just because they were listed as interviewing in the job center booklet at AAR does not mean they did any interviews. There were several schools that were listed as interviewing there but pulled out in recent weeks and were not taken out of the book (i.e Boston University).
  • Fair point. I was basing my information from the booklet. I don't actually know anyone who interviewed.
  • they did.
  • and how do you know this?
  • I've not posted on this thread before, but according to the employee of the job center whom I asked directly, Creighton was actively interviewing.
  • Thank you!
  • Not saying this is definite, but rumor was circulating that it was an inside candidate.
  • They did AAR interviews and interviewed some individuals who were not inside candidates.
  • I've been invited for an on-campus interview 11/15.
  • According to my sources, the offer was made and accepted.

DePaul University - Indigenous Religions

  • No deadline given
  • Did anyone have an AAR interview? Were they even there?
  • DePaul was interviewing at the AAR for this post.
  • Did anyone here actually interview with them or are you just referring to the fact that they were in the job book at the AAR?
  • Yes, I actually interviewed with them at AAR.
  • Two members of the faculty were in Atlanta holding interviews. I do not know how many or with whom.
  • Four members of the faculty were present at my interview at AAR.
  • Anyone receive any kind of rejection from them?
  • yes, they held several interviews at AAR -- mentioned that they still had phone interviews to conduct but that they should have some word in 2 weeks
  • Had phone interview 11/12. They seemed to have quite a few to do yet.
  • I have been invited to campus in January. I was contacted on 11/25. They are inviting 3 people.

Drake University - East or South Asian Religion or Philosophy

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Email confirmation of receipt of application 10/19
  • So, did no one else apply for this, or with 3 days til the AAR interviews have they really not done invites?
  • Resolving my own neurosis^^^, email invite for AAR interview 10/27. (x2)
  • Were all AAR interviewees Religious Studies, Asian Studies folks, or were they philosophers too?
  • My guess: some philosophers, but they are also interviewing at the philosophy conference in Dec.
  • RelStud here with interview at AAR
  • So were all AAR interviewees Religious Studies, Asian Studies folks, or were they philosophers too?
  • They were Religious Studies at AAR, but plan to interview at the APA also
  • rejection email today 11/17--did this contributor have an AAR interview?
  • colleague has been contacted for interview at APA (11-18) x2
  • I don't think there could be. APA meets Dec. 27-30. They won't make any decisions until later. SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES BEING INFORMED [so now they've got a shortlist...but they told me, too, that they need to interview at APA? Is this a half a shortlist? A microlist?]
  • Rejection via email (12/14)--did this contributor have an AAR interview?
  • yes, i had an AAR interview and the interviewers were nice people. However, i do not know what made them not to consider my candidacy any further.
  • So were they able to hold interviews as planned at APA, despite the inclement weather?
  • Yes.
  • Any AAR interviewees invited for second round interview yet? If so, when will they occur?
  • have heard nothing so far [1/5] x2
  • My guess is that if you were interviewed at AAR, and haven't gotten a rejection email (as candidate above did), you are on the next short list, and will be invited to next round interview.
  • I think this poster is probably right, but in my AAR interview they said that there was likely to be a round of phone or skype interviews with the full search committee since it was such a long time between the two sets of conference interviews. Either way, they emphasized that this was going to be a really long search.
  • Email invite for second round phone interview x2 --should be done by today (11/20)
  • Email rejection (and apology for long search) 1.17 x2
    • Same here, except my rejection email indicated they "really enjoyed being able to interview me for the position" when I never even interviewed.

Drew University (Theological School) - Christian Social Ethics

  • Deadline 11/15
  • Email confirmation of application receipt x2
  • Job posting said that apps received by a certain date would be eligible for possible AAR interviews. Did they actually do AAR interviews?
  • I know someone invited for an on campus interview.
  • Rejection letter 12/22, saying they have made their finalist list.
  • Anyone else get word either way? I have not received a rejection letter but I also have not received an invite to campus. Posted 1/5.

Duke University

  • seeking senior scholars for Smart Family Professor of Judaic Studies
  • Deadline 12/1

East Stroudsburg University -- Religious Studies

  • Anyone know the teaching load at this school? A humanities position in another dept lists as 4/4 - is this the same for RelStud?
  • From "The successful candidate will teach four courses or the equivalent per semester at the undergraduate level."
  • Ah, thanks!
  • Anybody else getting reminders about uploading documents from HR?
  • And, anybody know how I'm supposed to upload or paste my own letters of rec.?
  • I had problems with the application form as well, so I emailed it to the search coordinator, who's been helpful. (12/17) Also, I emailed the tech support folk and they claim to have fixed it.
  • I did the same--email the search coordinator
  • Has anyone heard anything yet?
  • Nada.[x2]
    • I fear for this and other state school jobs that as the new year starts and legislatures try to out-cut one another, searches may end up getting cancelled. Insha'allah that will not be the case, but it is certainly possible. PA and WI both got Republican governors, and the current Republican wisdom is that universities are a pointy-headed enemy that wants defunding.
    • scheduled phone interview 1/20/11
    • What do you specialize in, if you don't mind me asking?

Elon University - Jewish Studies

  • Deadline 11/15
  • Anybody heard anything? I saw on the Jewish Studies trend that someone got invited for a campus interview...
  • Rejection via e-mail (1/13) (x2)

Emory University - Religious Education

  • Deadline 9/15
  • On campus interviews scheduled 11/18

Emory University (Candler School of Theology), Early Christianity

  • Has anyone heard anything from Emory yet? Never got an ack email. [didn't get an email, but sent in a self-addressed postcard with my application and got that back]
  • Deadline 12/1
  • Email (12/9) asking for writing samples.

Fordham University- History of Christianity

  • Deadline 10/4
  • Preference for missiology, global Christianity, theology
  • 10/18 rec'd kind snail-mail rejection (x4)
  • 10/16 Phone call and email for AAR interview

Fordham University- Theology and Science

  • Deadline 10/4
  • acknowledged receipt of materials
  • first round rejection letter received 10/18 (-- kindest rejection letter ever!)
  • Received email asking for AAR interview 10/15 (x3)
  • Second round rejection letter received 11/12
  • On campus interviews began week of 11/8-11/12
  • An offer was made.

Franklin and Marshall College - Islam

  • Deadline 10/12
  • Has ANYONE heard back from them? Campus interviews?
  • Campus interviews have been scheduled for early December.
  • was invited for a campus visit. did anyone else visit yet?
  • An offer has been made.

Fuller Theological Seminary - Theology and Ethics (Assistant)

  • Deadline 9/1
  • Promptly acknowledged receipt of materials
  • Reference mentioned having received a call about my app from someone on the search committee. Seems to have been an informal inquest though not a request for a formal reference.
  • received smail mail rejection 10/25 (x3)
  • Snail mail rejection was very kind and claimed they were keeping my info on file in case the search "took another turn." Probably just one of those things people say but I thought it was nice.
  • Anyone heard anything different?
  • Received an odd snail-mail letter -- they were interested in my App., said they'd likely be making a hire but it won't fill this advertised position, and may re-open search later. Anyone else get similar info?
  • Not here but that is strange and fascinating. Do you mind saying what exactly is your area?
  • (theology and ethics, obviously -- what do you mean?)
  • Specific interests? But you know what, I don't care anymore.

Fuller Theological Seminary - Biblical Studies

  • Deadline 9/1
  • Did anyone get acknowledgement of receipt? When?
  • yes, 8/23
  • Email request for recommendation letters (9/20).
  • to you or to your professors?
  • The email was sent to my colleague, who is an applicant. I applied but did not receive an email.
  • Received snail mail rejection letter 10-12. (x3)
  • Request sent on 11/5 via email for SBL interview.

Georgia Gwinnett College - Asst, Assoc, or Full Professor, Religious Studies

  • No deadline given
  • Encourage applicants 'outside Christianity'.
  • This is part of a massive faculty hire in dozens of fields. School opened in 2006; enrollment is now 5k, and expected to double.
  • Anyone heard anything?
  • Not a thing.

Georgia Southern - Assistant Professor of Literature and Religion

I inquired about status and received email that search was completed on 1/20.

Gordon College - New Testament (w/ Theology)

  • Open Rank, TT
  • Accepting applications from October 11
  • Received email ack on 10/26
  • Has anyone received an invite for an SBL interiew?
  • I received an invitation for an informal meeting at SBL with a member of the search committee via email several days ago (this comment is being posted on 11/12). My impression is that Gordon will not be doing formal interviews at SBL; rather at this stage they have contacted select parties of interest.
  • I also received an email (11/15) for an informal interview at SBL
  • Email rejection (11/18)
  • With SBL due to start on Saturday, I suppose that means I should expect my rejection email in the coming days (11/18)
  • The anticipation is half the fun! :)
  • Any further movement on this? I find myself in the unique position of not being contacted for an 'informal' SBL interview, while also not receiving a rejection e-mail... (12/1)
  • I'm in the same position. I wonder if it's just the case that they received such a large number of applications that they're sending out the rejections in batches. I take it is an entirely bad sign not to have heard anything by this point (12/2).
  • Received rejection e-mail (12/1); it stated that the initial review phase is complete and finalists for the next step have been identified. I presume that they have been contacted by now, but it is possible that they have not yet.
    • Thanks for this information. It seems impossible to believe that they would send out rejection emails before notifying the finalists.
    • I had an informal interview at SBL but have heard nothing since. No rejection letter, request for further information, or confirmation that I'm still in the "pool"
  • Has anyone received notification that they are a finalist (12/9)?
    • Saw that someone over at the biblical studies jobs wiki posting for this position received an e-mail for more information on the 8th; I've personally not heard anything since acknowledgment of receipt...
    • Thanks. Gordon's been a lot more inconsistent than the other institutions I've applied for. It is weird how spread out the rejection emails have been, and that some of us still have heard nothing. I also find it amusing that rejection emails did go out to some candidates before others had heard they had advanced to the next stage. Maybe they're just going through them alphabetically!
    • No formal interviews at SBL. Heard that GC is oot proceeding until January

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University - New Testament

  • Deadline 12/1
  • Rec'd rejection letter 11/19
  • Rec'd rejection letter 12/6

Harvard Divinity - Women's Studies in Religion

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Research Associate/Visiting Ass't Prof. (5 openings)

Harvard Divinity - Science and Religion (for this Fall 2010)

  • Junior position
  • Deadline 8/15
  • Any news on this one? Seems like there would be interviews set up by now. No rejection letters out yet.
  • They have picked their two finalists. One is a historian of science.

Hebrew Union College - Hebrew Bible

  • Visiting Assistant Professor; 3 year position renewable for additional 2
  • Deadline: 11/30

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Jewish History AND/OR Yiddish Language AND/OR Herbrew Literature

  • Multiple positions available for tenure-track and tenured positions
  • Deadline: 10/31

Hiram College - OT/Hebrew Bible, NT, Religious Ethics & chaplaincy

  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and College Chaplain
  • Requires PhD and ordination
  • Deadline: 1/15/11

Immaculata - Theology

  • No formal deadline, but review begins in January.
  • Acknowledgment of receipt (12/15)

Indiana University - Bloomington - Ancient Judaism

  • Assistant professor
  • post-biblical, Second Temple Judaism and/or the classical texts of early rabbinic history and culture
  • Deadline 11/1
  • acknowledgment of receipt and request to fill out HR form (10/26)

Indiana University - Chinese Religions

  • Assistant Professor
  • Deadline 10/1
  • AAR interview scheduled ~10/20
  • I've heard that campus interviews have been scheduled
  • Campus interviews happening
  • An offer has been made and accepted ~12/17

Indiana University - Orthodox Christianity

  • Assistant Professor
  • Deadline 10/8 for AAR interviews, 10/22 for all others
  • Prompt acknowledgment of receipt of application; email stated that they would contact 3-4 days before conference (either AAR in Atlanta or the Slavic conference in LA) if selected for an interview
  • Received AAR interview invitation (10/11/10)
  • Received rejection letter (10/19/10)
  • Campus interview invitations extended (12/13). Interviews to take place in mid-January.

Iowa State University - Religious Studies

  • Assistant Professor
  • Deadline 11/15
  • Are they doing any AAR interviews?
  • Is this an inside hire?
  • Why do you ask? This was advertised last year but I think they lost their funding.
  • Yep, they lost their funding last year.
  • Inside candidate. Say more, please. - will the user who knows about the inside candidate please post some details???
  • Promptly acknowledged application via email (11-10)
  • Any further word here?
  • invited for a campus interview
    • Good on you. Knock it out of the park, Homes.
    • GOOD NEWS FOR YOU: I could not hear anything from them. Could you please tell me for how many days are you going there for the campus visit? Please provide any more good message you have.

King's College- London, Ontario - Moral Theology

  • Anyone hear anything?

Lafayette College - Christianity in either Latin America or East Asia

  • TT
  • Deadline 10/8
  • Prompt acknowledgment of receipt of application materials
  • AAR interview invitation (email), 10/22 (x3)
  • Diversity survey prompt online 10/25 (x2)
  • Anyone get a sense of when they would be contacting finalists?
  • Invited by phone for on-campus visit, 11/12 (x2)
  • Job offered and accepted (12-13)
  • Congratulations!

Linfield College - East Asian Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism)

  • Associate Professor/Chair
  • Deadline 10/15
  • Job offered end of Dec -- Curious: Was the offer made and turned down?
  • yes

Loyola Marymount University-Jewish Studies

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Contacted for SBL/Skype Interview 10/27
  • Contacted for SBL Interview 11/1
  • Any news?
  • At my interview in November, I was told to expect notification of finalists in mid-December, but haven't heard anything yet.
  • They have invited three people for campus interviews in January
  • Were selection/rejection notifications by phone, email, or snail mail?
  • e-mail rejection in response to an e-mail inquiry that I had sent
  • Ah - thanks for letting us know.

Loyola Marymount University - Christian Ethics

  • Due 10/1
  • Interviewed at AAR, said they were brining people to campus first two weeks in Dec.
  • Was this for CA position?
  • This was for Christian Ethics position
  • Folks with on-campus interviews have been contacted. (11/29/10)

Loyola Maryland University - Christian Ethics

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Anyone hear anything?
  • On this position do you mean Loyola Marymount (which is in CA) or Loyola Maryland which also has a job in Ethics this year (or even Marymount University)? For Loyola Marymount see entry above. Loyola Maryland! Changed heading above. Marymount University in VA appears below

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Theology)

  • 2/11
  • Received an acknowledgment letter on 1/7 (but addressed to a different candidate)
  • Um...oops.

Lutheran Theological Seminary (Saskatoon, Canada) - Old Testament

  • 3 year position, with possibility of tenure track
  • Deadline: January 4, 2011
  • To interested persons: While the deadline is January 4, it sounds like you should contact the president prior to SBL if you are interested in this position. He will be at SBL in order to meet with potential applicants who have contacted him.

Manchester College - Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Church History, Western Religions

  • Tenure Track
  • Email on 10/29 indicated committee is still working
  • Did you email them or did they send you an unsolicited note? A: I emailed them with some late materials for my app and they replied. Thanks!
  • They are doing interviews at SBL, according to their ad on the SBL site. I'm assuming those who will be receiving interviews will be hearing something in the next couple weeks.
  • Their job post on SBL's website did not say anything about SBL interviews.
  • Email 11/11 stating that they were completing phone interviews with a very short list of candidates that are their topped ranked applicants from a list of about 20 (out of 115 applicants). After these phone interviews, they will decide if they want to interview others at SBL. Any SBL interview invitations will go out early to mid next week.
  • I have received no e-mail (x5).
  • Boiler-plate snail mail rejection letter, 12/16 (x2)
  • Offer made and accepted. Via snail mail rejection letter on 1/3

Mary Baldwin College- Asst Prof of Religion AND Chaplain to the College (same position/job)

  • Deadline 12/1
  • Must be able to teach courses in Women and Religion (plus your area of expertise)
  • Must be ordained & have minsterial work experience
  • Interviewed at AAR; said they are will be reviewing applications and contacting people Jan/Feb
  • Has a phone interview in December followed shortly by a rejection e-mail.

Marymount University (Arlington, VA)

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Interviewed at AAR
  • 11/11 received notice that three top candidates were chosen.
  • Anyone out there going to on-campus interviews? When were they scheduled for?
  • A colleague is going for one of the interviews: end of January - early February

McGill University- 'Philosophy of Religion or Philosophical Theology

  • open rank search

Michigan State University - Religious Studies (Islam)

  • tenure track, asst. prof level
  • Deadline: 12/15 begins review of applicants
  • Has anyone heard anything yet?
  • Total radio silence on my end (1/15) (x4)

Middlebury College- Modern Hebrew

  • Three-year term position; Visiting Assistant Professor, Instructor (Ph.D. or ABD), or Lecturer (M.A. or equivalent)
  • Deadline: Candidates based in Israel should submit applications by 10/1; final deadline is 11/1.

Middlebury College- Islamic Studies

  • Tenure track
  • Research specialization open, but not South Asia; should be able to contribute to M. East and Int'l studies
  • Deadline: 10/1
  • Contacted by phone for an interview at AAR: 10/18
  • Does anyone know if they have finalized their short list after the AAR interviews
  • received rejection letter. candidates have been finalized. 11/08
  • Has anyone who had an AAR interview heard anything?
  • Job talks have been scheduled for January

Mount Allison University (Christianity and Culture)

  • 2/5

Muhlenberg College - East Asian Religion

  • one-year position
  • Interviews scheduled for AAR
  • Invited for campus interview (11/16) x3

New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) - Sociology of religion (or church and society)

  • position is concurrent with serving as the Director of the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (C-SPUR). Rank is open, dependent on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.
  • no deadline but received ack by mail on Nov 4
  • any word on status of search? 1/16

Northwestern University - African American Studies / Religion

  • Deadline 12/1

Notre Dame - New Testament

  • Open Rank
  • Where is this job announcement?
  • It was advertised in AAR and the Chronicle, but for some reason not on SBL
  • Anyone heard from Notre Dame?
  • Nope (Nov 4)
  • Still no news?! Does anyone know about this position? Was it cancelled?
  • Not cancelled; bad history with Scripture searches in the past = cautious progress.
  • heard someone was interviewed at the SBL
  • Word on campus is that it is a senior hire. (Prof. David Aune retires this year.)

Oberlin College - South Asian Religions

  • Deadline 1/21

Ohio Wesleyan University - New Testament

  • TT, Asst Professor
  • Oct 22nd Deadline
  • 10/28 email from chair saying they'll be reviewing apps for SBL interviews over the next 2 weeks. (x4)
  • 11/8 Email from chair asking if I'll be at SBL at what conflicts I currently have. It didn't state that I definitely have an interview, and the message itself was "Dear Candidate," so I assume it went to a number of people on a bcc list (the chair also asked that we 'reply' and not 'reply all'). (x2)
  • 11/10 Request for Interview received (x2) [I had also received the above email.]
  • Really?! I guess they don't send out their SBL interview requests all at the same time...
  • Any word on this? I only can assume the worst at this point...
  • Received an email (12/1), which I assume went to everyone with an SBL interview, stating that the committee would be spending the next "fortnight or so" combining interview notes with other criteria to arrive at finalists. They "hope" to issue invites in December for late-January campus visits.
  • Right, I just assumed, having reached the "fortnight" and having heard no word, that the decision had been made. Maybe I am just a pessimist.
  • Email invitation for campus visit 12/10.

Oxford University - Syriac Christianity

  • The appointment is part time and will run from 1 October 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter for one year.
  • Work under the direction of Professor Sir Fergus Millar FBA on a project on Greek Christianity and Syriac Christianity before the Islamic Conquest
  • Deadline: 9/3

Oxford University - Buddhist Studies

  • This is a fixed-term post from 1 January 2011 until 31 August 2012
  • Deadline: 9/24
  • rejection letter 10/15

Perkins School of Theology - Christian Theology

  • Deadline: Nov. 30
  • Open rank, tenured or tenure-eligible
  • Has anybody heard anything about this job yet?
  • I got a snail mail acknowledgment a while back but nothing since (x2)
  • Contacted for phone interview 1/12

Providence College - Historical Theology

  • Deadline: Oct. 15
  • Rejection letter by email. Three candidates invited for campus inteviews.
  • Date of email? Did it say that candidates will be invited or already have been?
  • Email received this morning (11/5). The exact wording was "three finalists were selected to be interviewed at Providence College."
  • Rejection e-mail received today (11/8) [x2]
  • Got email rejection today (11/9) - Guess it is slow release rejection on this one.
  • Rejection email received (11/12). Every few days the committee gets together and votes someone off the island.
  • Who sends out emails that include the email addresses of several applicants? Tacky! (I didn't see this on mine. That is pretty unprofessional if true.)
  • Any final word on this job?
  • Apparently they told candidates to screw themselves.

Pacific Lutheran University - History of Christianity in North America

  • Deadline: 10/1
  • Acknowledged receipt of materials (10/1/10)
  • Recieved conference interview invitation (10/13/10) x3
  • Received conference interview denial, but notice of retention in "active pool" (10/15/10) x3
  • Regular old denial (email), (10/15/10) x4
  • Did they only want Lutheran candidates?
  • No--they invited people for interviews who were not Lutheran
  • No-not Lutheran and got interview
  • Anyone heard about campus visits?
  • A friend has one.
  • Three finalists have been chosen. No offer yet.
  • Friend (Ph.D. Duke University) has been offered and has accepted job (12/31)

Quincy University (Two positions, Biblical and Theology/Moral Theology)

  • Has anyone heard anything from them? Have AAR interview invites gone out?
  • I have heard nothing on this one.
  • Just the sound of crickets.
  • Is that what I hear? :)
  • Still no word (10/28) probably not good.
  • There's a VAP; might be an inside hire for the theology and bible position.
  • I guess it could but that seems like a big inference.
  • Hence, "might." It often does happen that someone is hired from outside, even if some on the committee consider someone with the "inside track."
  • That's what I'm saying.
  • So did no one hear anything? Did they do interviews at AAR?
  • Regarding the biblical studies post, an interview was requested on the Thurs. before AAR, but I was not attending AAR and they will not be interviewing at SBL, so we are currently in the process of scheduling an interview via conference call.
  • Not sure what is going on, but they were not listed in the AAR job center book.
  • But I saw their ad on the bulletin board, as if they were doing open interviews. I really don't get it but I'm assuming they want nothing to do with me.
  • The website looks like they would probably want an Roman Catholic - definitely for moral theology, but also for biblical -- just an impression.
  • I had that sense, too. But you know what else is awesome? When people who want a practicing Catholic say that so the rest of us heretics don't waste our time. (x3)
  • Had interview at AAR for MT position. They asked if I considered myself a Catholic Ethicist.
  • You know what's ethical? Being honest that you want a Catholic.
  • They have two candidates (MT position) coming for an on-campus interview.
  • Any news on the biblical studies position?
  • Have they made an offer for the MT position?
  • offer made and accepted

Randolph College - Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Randolph-Macon - Visiting Assistant Professor or Assistant Professor

  • Non-Western Religions, tenure track
  • was interviewed at the AAR (1x)
  • announced one week prior to the AAR
  • invited for interview during the AAR, It seems they had about 10 interviews that day
  • acknowledged receipt of application materials 11/10
  • No further news by 11/17
  • Interviewed at AAR- seemed rather absurd to me, "Can you teach everything?"
  • "Yes, we can":)
  • they reposted their add on the AAR website, probably means they didn't like any of the candidates so far...There aren't many "specialists in everything" perhaps..
    • Nah, they probably paid for two months. I've heard that permission for this search happened so soon before AAR that they didn't even have a full committee put together. I doubt they even have one now.
    • It is one-man committee
    • it is a very small school, so might be just the Dean
    • C'mon, its an SLAC w. 1300 students, and he's the chair of a 3 person department, not the Dean. That's not a very small school at all. [Ok, just 'small' then..]
    • so wait, the "new" ad says Jan. 10th. Is this still a viable search or what?
    • Well, could be, and it never hurts to put in an application. They may have an internal policy on keeping applications open for a certain amount of time; also possible that Jan. 10, being the start of Winter term, is when everyone gets back to campus and they can anticipate getting down to business.
    • sure hope so..
    • Has anyone heard anything? 1/15
      • I have heard the great lion's roar of total silence emanating equally from this corner as from all others of the multiverse. Or, in other words, no. And I join you in saying 'wtf?'
      • I don't think we could have received something by now, they probably started reviewing this week...
      • skype/phone interviews anyone?
      • Inside candidate?
      • Definitely no inside candidate I think...[x2]
      • Shortlist? (1/18)
        • That would be the logical next step. I don't have any indication that they have such a thing.
      • Email: Request for additional materials [1.20] x2 [Question: did you have an interview at the AAR?] [Answer: nope, and don't know what that means--sorry] Thanks, interesting: what materials did they ask for?
      • I had an AAR interview that I set up there. The request was for transcripts, plus 'anything that might be helpful' but 'don't inundate us...two or three syllabi' unless they had already been sent.

Regis University - Philosophy of Religion

  • Received request for additional essay to be submitted on 12/10 (11/22)
  • Received email saying they hoped to reach some decisions by about mid-February (12/16)
  • Rejection letter by snail mail, dated 1/7/2011, received 1/13 on east coast. (x3, 1/14)

Roanoke College

3 year VAP

  • What field is this position in? There's nothing on Roanoke's website.
  • Biblical studies. Seems to be open to Hebrew Bible or New Testament. Posted at SBL.
  • Contacted for an interview at SBL - 11/17

Rockhurst University

  • Deadline 9/15
  • Promptly acknowledged receipt of materials.
  • Timeline: AAR interviews scheduled by mid-Oct
  • Rejection email 10/14. 125 applicants. (x9)
  • Did anyone interview with them?
  • I did.
  • Received call (11/11) to schedule campus interview.

Rutgers University - Jews under Islam

  • Deadline 9/15
  • Committee contacted for letters of recommendation (10/12)
  • Job ad reposted on the AJS website on 12/6.
  • Offer made and accepted

San Diego State University - Religious Traditions of China

  • Deadline 10/1
  • AAR interview scheduled ~10/20 (x3)
  • campus interview scheduled 11/3
  • Offer made earlier this week.
  • Congratulations!

Siena College - South or East Asian Religions

  • Deadline 10/1
  • 9/28: Email acknowledged receipt of application
  • So, did no one else apply for this, or with 3 days til the AAR interviews have they really not done invites? (x5)
  • Did not do AAR interviews. Anybody hear anything yet?
  • I've heard that campus interviews have been scheduled. [How do you know? ]
  • not heard anything 11/16, are there any campus interviews yet? Also, some of their faculty were at the AAR, but no interviews were scheduled, are they having financial issues again like 1-2 years back, when the search was suspended?
  • news, anyone?
  • 11/27, has anyone heard anything? x3
  • No, I actually had high hopes for this one, but nothing at-al. They were at the AAR but didn't even bother scheduling interviews, don't understand that.
  • Anyone any news on this one? What happened to this search??
  • Rejection email, which indicated the position has been filled. (1/4) x5
  • This clearly was not a real search.
    • care to 'splain this?
    • To start with, the same position/search was cancelled a few years back. In addition, they were present at the AAR but did not do any interviews at all, they didn't even contact people. I know many people who applied to this job, none of them received invitation/interview whatsoever. The rejection e-mails only came after a friend of mine, who also applied, contacted them and asked them about the progress of the search.
    • They did not conduct preliminary interviews at the AAR. They shortlisted a few canddates and invited them to campus in November. One of these candidates is my friend.
    • The cancellation means little or nothing regarding the reality of the search and the rest of your evidence seems to be that you and your friends were not short-listed. Committees are not required to do conference interviews.

St. Ambrose University - Biblical Studies

  • TT, Asst Prof
  • Nov 5 Deadline
  • 11/17 SBL interview scheduled

St. Catherine University -- Theology/Spirituality

St. Norbert - Theologian

  • Screening begins 9/13, continues until position is filled
  • Is this an inside hire?
  • Don't know. There's a VAP but that doesn't mean much.
  • Acknowledged receipt of materials 9/22
  • AAR interview 10/20, but looks like an inside hire.
  • Received rejection letter in the mail (11/18). (x2)
  • Has anyone been contacted after AAR?
  • I've heard that campus interviews have been scheduled. (12/2)

St. Thomas More College, at the University of Saskatchewan - Religion and Culture

  • Assistant Professor, tenure track
  • Deadline, February 15, 2011

St. Thomas University - Biblical Studies

  • Assistant Professor
  • Deadline 10/4

Stonehill College (Massachusetts) - NT/Biblical Ethics

  • Deadline 10/11
  • Ass't Prof.
  • Anybody heard anything? (10/24)
  • Invitation for Skype interview (10/27) x3
  • Did more than 1 person get skype invitation?
  • Campus interviews are already going on (11/16)
  • Hire has been made (12/16)
  • Is it inappropriate to ask who the hire is? Or, from what school?

Susquehanna University - Chinese Religious Traditions

  • Deadline 10/20
  • Any news on this one? Did anyone else even apply? (11/27) x5
  • Just scheduled a phone interview (11/29; 12/2) x3
  • Just scheduled a campus interview for late January (12/31)

Syracuse University - Religious Thought of Islamic, Buddhist, or Confucian Traditions

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Any news on this one?
  • AAR interview scheduled via email (10/25)
  • no news 11/15
  • passed over for AAR, but just scheduled a phone interview (x2)
  • any news? interview at AAR but haven't heard anything sense (12/2)
  • Likewise; it doesn't make any since (12/3)
  • Two invitations have been extended for campus interviews in January (12/13)
  • Just out of curiosity, which of the three possible "traditions" do the campus interviewees study? (12/17)
  • This is second-hand, so.... but I heard Islam was one, don't know about the other (12/28)

Syracuse University - Continental Philosophy of Religion

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Any news on this one?
  • They did a round of interviews at the AAR.
  • I think they have an internal candidate. Been a postdoc at Syracuse, now a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religion Department.
  • Obviously there's an internal candidate -- but they also interviewed a ton of people, including the internal guy. I've been a VAP who applied for my own position -- let me tell you, you don't automatically get it.
  • Received email request to participate in second round by sending writing sample (11/22)
  • Anyone heard anything?

Texas Christian University - Religion in Latina/o Communities

  • Deadline 10/4
  • AAR interview invitation (email), 10/19
  • AAR interview invitation (email), 10/22
  • Any news about on-campus interviews?
  • Any word (12/8)?
  • Crickets

CaTexas Wesleyan University - Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion

Campus interview scheduled in February

Temple University - Chinese Buddhist and/or Daoist Religious Thought and Culture

  • Deadline 10/15
  • 10/28--Any word here?
  • Interviews done at AAR
  • Any news on campus interviews? Has any one heard anything at all? 12/21
  • Campus interview scheduled. (1/9)

Towson University - Islam and South Asia

  • deadline 11/15
  • conducted interviews at AAR
  • Just finished phone interviews. Candidates will be invited for February
  • did they say when they plan to send out campus invites?
  • has anyone visited yet? did they phone interview the people they had earlier interviewed at the AAR?..has anyone from the AAR interviews heard anything since?
  • Just received campus invite for Mid February. (01/15).

Union Theological Seminary - Assistant Prof. in New Testament

  • interviewed at SBL (11/21) (x2)
  • Any new information since SBL interviews?
  • Their initial deadline was in December, so they said they would continue interviewing candidates of interest.
  • So does that mean they are still interviewing candidates and have extended their deadline?
  • Original deadline was Dec 15, so no, they have not extended it.
  • I guess that means they are still fishing for bigger fish than they caught at SBL.
  • No, it means they are being professional and waiting until after their initial deadline to contact anyone for follow-up.
  • Anyone had any news since the end of the deadline?

Union Theological Seminary - Islam

  • Deadline 2/15

University of Aberdeen (Scotland) - NT Exegesis

  • Looking to appoint an exceptional scholar of international standing to the Kirby Lang Chair of New Testament Exegesis
  • Deadline: 9/24

University of Aberdeen (Scotland) - Lord Gifford Fellowship in "Natural Theology"

  • Full-time post doctoral position
  • Deadline: 8/27

University of Arkansas - Islamic History, pre-1700

  • Deadline 10/22
  • Based in the history department; candidate is also expected to contribute to the King Fahd Center for Miast and Islamic Studies

University of California, Riverside - Assistant Professor of American Religions

  • deadline, January 6, 2011
  • confirmation of receipt of application (by mail)--12/20 (x2)
  • I can't find a job posting for this position anymore - I checked the UC Riverside website, AAR, and H-Net. Does anyone know if this is still a live posting? Did they pull it?
  • It's still posted on their website. Any other news?

University of Central Arkansas - Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion

University of Chicago - Social Scientific Study of Religion (Anthro/Soc)

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Oddly, U of C just reposted this and all the ads below on the AAR job ads site, lifting the deadline and saying "Applications will be accepted until the position is filled" if the first round of applications they received were dreadfully disappointing.
  • Did anyone interview for this at AAR? Or have any sense if open rank= preference for senior scholar?
  • Any word on ANY of the U of C jobs????? 11/9
  • U of C did not do any AAR interviews
  • Confirmed: I asked them directly and they confirmed that they were not holding any interviews at AAR
  • Does anybody have any idea what's going on with this search??? (x3)
  • Live in Chicago area, met with Dean who then requested additional materials. She said no shortlist til Feb or later. (12/1)
  • Having been on many SCs before, sometimes the extended deadline means they have a senior person in mind. (12/13)

University of Chicago - History of Religions

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Has anyone heard anything about this job? Are they moving forward?

University of Chicago - Islamic Studies

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Anyone heard anything about this position?
  • Has this search been canceled? I haven't heard anything. (12/6)
  • Still no news? (12/27)
  • rumor mill is really beginning to churn in Chi-Town on this one, expect news soon (1/16) shortlist has been made it seems
  • Have they compiled a list of job talks?

University of Chicago - Religious Ethics

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Anyone know why this job (and the other ones from U. Chicago) were reposted on AAR site the other day?
  • Are they still accepting apps?
  • Any news?
  • Still haven't heard anything. Since they have so many searches open (and I guess two more pending) they might not be moving forward with all of them.
  • I heard that they will be making 7 hires (including these) in the next 2 years. They may be looking to see if there is complementarity/serendypitous connections between potential candidates before narrowing things down. And with that many searches, they may not be in a hurry. They're notorious for drawing out searches. Info based on a friend's comments who is former faculty there.
  • job talk sch'd for 1/18/11.
  • This is a "replacement" hire for Gamwell; another search for a newly created position is said to focus on religion and environmental ethics; they will probably fill this ethics position before forming the next ethics search committee.
  • After seeing the people who get interviews/give job talks for these positions, does anyone else out there just feel totally ridiculous and embarrassed for even throwing one's name in for the job?! ---- I don't know about embarrassed, but it often seems a waste of time. Sick of the game.
    • I didnt apply for this one, but 1. it's Chicago, so of course the heavy hitters come out; 2. this sounds like just one more manifestation of imposter syndrome; 3. maybe everyone else wasn't as 'lucky' as me, but when I started MA in 1998, my father, then 20 years in academia, told me that I would be dealing with a lot of egobound jerks, and that I would have a very tough time getting a job; later that ac. year, my advisor told me after 35 years [mostly in Ivies] he was just making it 'into the black.' This is a really difficult way of living. Less difficult than coal mining or being a transsex prostitute in a 3rd world country, but still difficult, and if you're going to make it--if I'm going to make it--you really do have to TOUGH it out. If you expected it to be easier than this, I do genuinely feel sorry for you and I empathize with your present experience, but the facts remain that academic hiring has been this way for a long time, and yet people still get jobs and live out happy lives--it just takes some doing.
    • that was a great pep talk - maybe the best i've heard - thanks for that. (seriously) - and on the chicago hires, yes, 7 searches 2 years, big heavies, need to build up dept. again, but also good oppty. for really smart newcomers who want to work hard. don't count yourself out just because heavy-d is interviewing for one of these posts -- i would venture that they will hire a mix of young and old...and in these times, heavy-d is more expensive than you...
  • Did Chicago post a list of talks? Has the short list been made and is it publicly accessible? (1/21)
  • I'm not sure if all of these are job talks, but try here:

University of Dayton, Ohio- Islam

  • Invited for on-campus interview (12/08). Anyone else received any response?

University of the Incarnate Word -History of Christianity

Deadline 12/1

  • AAR interview scheduled (10/27) x 2
  • Any news on this position? Has anyone been invited for on-campus interviews? (12/8)
  • In my AAR interview, they said they were planning to do some phone interviews (for people who didn't interview at the conference) after the position closed on the 1st and that I shouldn't expect to hear anything until maybe January-ish. They got funding approval late, so they didn't have a lot of pre-AAR lead time.

University of Iowa-Ancient Mediterranean Religions, 1st through 8th Century

  • Deadline 12/15
  • Does anyone know when to expect some word from Iowa?

University of Kentucky- Jewish history

  • Deadline 11/1
  • asked to submit writing sample (11/16)
  • skype interview scheduled (12/7) x 2
  • Invited to a campus visit in Jan. (12/21)

University of Maryland-Biblical Studies

  • Deadline 11/30
  • 1/10--received campus interview request

University of Missouri - Islam

  • Deadline 10/20 (extended to 11/10). Assistant or Associate Professor of Islam.
  • Contacted to arrange a Skype interview (11/11)
  • Contacted to arrange a Skype interview (12/20) x 2
  • Has anyone been invited for a campus interview?

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Islam

  • Accepting applications until the position is filled
  • Has anyone heard anything about this position? (11/18)
  • Job talk scheduled for next week. (12/01)
  • Only 1 candidate is being invited for campus interview.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Medieval/Early Modern Christianity

  • Review of apps begins Dec. 15, 2010
  • Auto-email ack on 11/04 (x3)
  • Received an invitation for a phone interview on 01/05. (x4)
  • Did invitation come through email? By phone? Email notification (x4)
  • If it is not impertinent to ask - are you a Medieval or Early Modern?
  • Early Modern (x2)
  • Medieval (x2)
  • Good luck with the interviews!
  • Any word on their central focus? It seems pretty broad?
  • Word on the street is that this is a replacement for Peter Kaufman, who worked in everything from patristic to early modern Christianity, but mostly in late medieval and early modern. From what I've been able to find out, they're leaning more toward the early modern side of things than the medieval, but this information doesn't come from anyone on the search committee itself, and obviously preferences can change when presented with a stellar "medieval" candidate who's a good fit at UNC, so take that information with a big grain of salt.
  • Any news from interviewees?
  • Has anyone received a rejection letter/email? Or will they wait to inform everyone until after they have hired someone?

University of North Florida - History of Religions

  • contacted by phone AAR interview (10/21)
  • AAR interview conducted (10/30)
  • Has anyone heard anything since the AAR interviews?
  • Invited for a campus interview.

University of Pennsylvania - Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

  • Deadline 11/15
  • Candidate invited for campus interview (friend) 1/3

University of Pittsburgh - Modern Judaism

  • Deadline 11/10
  • Contacted for AJS interview, 12/1

University of Richmond - Islam

  • Was interviewed at the AAR. Nothing since. Any word on campus interviews?
  • Heard nothing. But was told at the AAR interview they will invite people before thanksgiving.
  • Any news on campus interviews? Has anyone heard anything from them since the AAR?

University of Rochester - African American Religions

  • Deadline 10/18
  • Rec'd call for AAR interview on 10/26 from chair. Followed by an email. (x2)
  • any word on campus interviews?
  • None here, and I forgot to askabout the timing at AAR. Did you ask then?
  • They told me they would be making decisions about campus interviews "in a couple weeks."
  • have campus interviews been scheduled? (x2)
  • Campus interview scheduled (11/23)
  • Is your visit scheduled for this semester?
  • Yeah, mid-December

University of Rochester - Chinese Religions

  • Deadline 10/18
  • Received call for AAR interview from the chair (10/26) x2
  • Rejection email 10/28
  • A friend got a campus interview (11/29)
  • Anybody know what happened with this?

University of Tennessee - Islam

  • I was interviewed at AAR for this job but never heard anything afterwards. Has an offer been extended? Are they still conducting campus visits?
  • Campus interviews scheduled for later January (12/20)

University of St. Thomas - Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

  • Deadline 10/1
  • Have heard through the grapevine that they have received over 100 applications
  • Received an email for an AAR interview on 10/16 (x2)
  • Does anyone know how many people they interviewed for this job? It seemed like a lot, but maybe this is because they are also doing a hire in Moral Theology.
  • Has anyone heard anything about campus interviews? If I remember correctly, they were going to try and bring people in before Thanksgiving.
  • Interviewed at AAR for the Moral Theology position and they said they were bringing people to campus before Thanksgiving
  • Thanks! I interviewed for the Systematic Theology position at AAR, and I thought that was what they said. Given that Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, I think it's safe to assume that I didn't make their on-campus interview list.
  • They said they were bringing people to campus before AND after Thanksgiving. Did anyone hear from them--whether good or bad?
  • I applied and have heard nothing, nil, zilch,nada....(11/11) (x2)
  • 11/9 Rejection email for the position in Moral Theology ("We received a very large number of applications")
  • 11/15 ibid. for Systematic Theology (x4).
  • Has anyone been contacted after the AAR interview?
  • I know two people who received on campus interviews for moral theology. Does anyone know if people have been called for systematic theology? I interviewed for systematic theology at AAR but have not heard anything since. (x 3)
  • I heard through the grapevine that at least one of the candidates for the Systematic Theology position was brought on campus this week.
  • Systematic Theology offer made and accepted

University of Texas at Austin - Religion in North America

  • Deadline 10/4
  • Open rank position
  • Email rejection (10/26)--over 150 applications
  • AAR interview scheduled (x2)

Has anyone heard anything from them? (10/24)?

  • Nothing, no rejection, no interview either. (10/26) x7
  • Was the email rejection notice a mass bcc email? (10/27)
  • no-it was a personalized email (10/27)
  • ANY WORD?? 10/28
  • It think it is obvious that they have already contacted the people they are planning to interview. The interviewees are probably people who already have t-t jobs and so don't really frequent the wiki to let us know that they have an interview. The fact that there was one person who received a personal email rejection suggests that they have made a decision but they are not bothering to tell the rest of us yet. This happens quite frequently.
  • Good point! To the person that received an email rejection--did you inquire about the status of your application, or did you just randomly get an email from them?
  • Email rejection 10/28 --over 150 applicants (I think they are going senior on this one) x5
  • Keep in mind they are building a PhD program. You'd have to be a pretty impressive junior hire to be the right fit.
  • They contacted candidates for AAR interviews at the end of last week (unfortunately, I wasn't one of them). Think about it: over 150 applicants is just about everyone in American religious history in the country. Austin is one of the coolest places in the world, so you can imagine full professors with several books out who are already settled somewhere else in a less desirable area might be looking to move--in addition to everyone else from ABD on up. Just looking at the department's existing strengths in American religion and thinking about UT's regional location, I'd bet they want someone who does Latin American and/or Caribbean religion, and/or possibly Islam, gender, or race...
  • I know three people who applied for this; one received a personal rejection email, two have AAR interviews (one is ABD, one is Assistant Prof)
  • Heard from an inside source that they are DEF going senior on this--interviewing "junior" folk is just formality...........
  • I interviewed at AAR-- sent me an email afterwards asking to see more writing, and that they'll be notifying second round people this week (I'm junior faculty).
  • just got an email advertisement for a job talk given by a candidate for this position - a junior faculty member...
  • I heard the same. I think they have their campus interviews scheduled...
  • First of scheduled job talks was today (11/15).
  • how many candidates do they have?
  • My sense is three. Not 100% positive though.
  • I heard they offered the job to a mid-career candidate who turned it down.
  • I think the mid-career person may have been a separate search. The three finalists interviewed for this position were all junior.

University of Toronto Mississauga - Assistant Prof in Christianity (t-t, historical period open)

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Any word about AAR interviews for the position?
  • Nope (10/24)
  • Phone request for interview at AAR or by Skype (10/25). x3
  • over 300 applicants....
  • It does not surprise me that there were over 300 applicants - 'Christianity' is a broad category. To those who have interviews, what area or time period of Christianity do you study?
    • At least 2 people in Early Christianity got interviews. The AAR ad specified Ethics and EC.
  • Has anyone received a rejection from UTM?
  • No rejection yet, no interview either (10/27) (x2)
  • No rejection here either, but I suppose there's no rush to notify people they haven't got the job (10/27)
  • I am thinking that a consistent job ad would have saved both the search committee and lots of candidates a great deal of time and effort.
  • I do not know of any UTM ad mentioning anything about Ethics or EC. Their ads in both CHE and AAR say "The candidate’s research may focus on any aspect of Christianity from any period of its history, but interests that complement and enhance existing departmental strengths would be an asset." Where has the poster seen otherwise?
  • Like you, I did not see where the ad said anything about ethics or EC. And I do think a more specific ad (and possibly consistency, if there was another ad out there somewhere) would have saved an awful lot of effort for all involved. I mean, really...300 applicants? Wow.
  • Go to the AAR ad and click on the plus button. More info will appear, including specified sub-specialties. There you'll find Ethics and Early Christianity listed. I'm not saying those are the only fields they want, but those are the first two they list, and it would appear that at least 2 people who got interviews are from EC.
  • I don't have access to the AAR ad, but I don't doubt what you're saying. I just wish UTM would have circulated a consistent job ad. Their own internal ad suggests an open geographical/topical/temporal specialization: "The candidate’s research may focus on any aspect of Christianity from any period of its history, but interests that complement and enhance existing departmental strengths would be an asset".
  • Link to UTM's internal job ad (with no preference stated for Ethics or EC):
  • The "enhance existing departmental strengths" part is always tricky, because they may or may not have specific ideas of what they think their needs are - or they may disagree internally. It would appear that they're open to EC, but we don't know whom else they interviewed.
  • Campus visits scheduled for later in November (a colleague was contacted 11/10).
  • To the person whose colleague was invited for an on-campus interview, are you sure of this, was your colleague interviewed at AAR, and/or do you have any further information? Anyone else have any info? I have heard from a reliable source that they have not finalized their search.
  • So have they interviewed and chosen someone for this position, or is it still open?
  • A few hours ago, someone posted that the job had been "offered and accepted." A little while later someone with a different IP address deleted that. Would the person who deleted the post please explain him or herself? Otherwise, I believe we ought to repost the "offered and accepted" post. ... inadvertent. sorry. meant to comment, not delete.
  • Did I not just update this? I thought I did. Rejection today (12/20) inviting me to consider sessional employment instead. Which, um. No. (x2)
  • My thoughts exactly. At least it was a considerate rejection letter.
  • Was it?
  • This position has been filled. Finalists have received a rejection email to this effect.
  • What was the discipline/specialty of the hire? Just curious - since the ad was so broad.
  • Early Christianity.

University of Virginia - Early Christianity

  • Deadline 12/20
  • Received form acknowledgment email from online app system (12/20)

University of Wisconsin Madison- Hebrew Bible/Semitic Languages

  • Deadline 8/15
  • Acknowledged receipt of application materials promptly.
  • 9/1 — Contacted for online interview.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - South Asian Religions

  • - deadline 11/10
  • - contacted for phone interview 11/15--they got the applications in, read them, met, and called people for interviews within five days? the programs is spread out over like five departments....
  • -it seems they are planning to make an appt. by Dec - so have campus interviews been sent out? 11/19
  • Any news on campus interview? 11/30
  • They've hired.
  • Congratulations!

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - Non-Western Religions

  • Email for AAR interview 10/22
  • anyone heard news about campus interviews for this one? (11/15)
  • no word yet (11/22). It seems like a lot of places are taking their time after AAR--anyone know if this is usual?
  • in the AAR interviews they said they would need at least six weeks to reach a short list
  • what would their focus be on? China, Japan,...?
  • answering ^^ like the title says, 'non-western,' thus all of Asia, plus Africa and anything else that might come up. I'm a S. Asianist with some E Asia teaching experience, and they interviewed me. This is to replace Corinne Dempsey who works on Hinduism.
  • Phone interview arranged by email (12/3). Is this a 2nd interview, after initial at AAR?
    • x2, above and below.
      • but i will say that they thought campus interviews would be in January; that large swathes of Wisconsin go on vacation this time of year; and that they have to deal with all the usual red tape plus the moron who just got elected Governor and his anti-intellectual henchmen. I'm gonna say people will be called within...7 days.
        • or maybe not...
  • Try to breathe. :)
  • This post reflects the despair many of us are in...Please call the ones you're interested in and let the rest know on time they're no longer considered..
  • I feel you. I'm just a lowly candidate myself. I still think it's important to breathe.

Valdosta State University - Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Virginia Tech - Religions of East Asia

  • Deadline 10/15
  • Received snail mail confirmation of receipt of application 10/20
  • Any news for AAR interview (10/28)?
  • Haven't heard anything either way (10/28)
  • Anyone know if this interview was conducted at AAR? Couldn't find anyone at conference who knew anything about it....
  • They seem to be running behind and didn't quite make it for the AAR
  • Phone interview scheduled via email (11/3) x 2
  • Any word on when they will schedule campus visits?
  • At the end of the phone interview (11/5), someone said that they would make a decision pretty soon for campus interview
  • Has anyone received campus invitation?
  • news on this one? 11/19
  • Campus visits done in mid-November and job offer made last week (11/30)
  • Job offer accepted (12/6)
  • Congrats!

Wake Forest University School of Divinity - Theology

  • Tenured or Tenure Track
  • Deadline 10/15
  • Anyone heard anything on this? They were at AAR and it said they were ONLY doing open interviews but I don't know anyone who interviewed for this. My thoughts are they are looking for a senior scholar.
  • I think they were looking for a senior person.
  • Rejection letter via email (11/16x2)
  • Ditto (11/18), ditto (11/19)

Wartburg College - World Religions ("major Asian tradition" or Islam)

  • Posted 11/10 screening begins immediately
  • Application confirmation email with HR form. Message implied that there would only be on-campus interviews. 11/23
  • Any news at all for this one? (1/13)
  • Nothing here.
  • Heard that phone interviews are being scheduled for this week (1/17).

Wesleyan University - Social Scientific Study of Religion

  • Deadline 10/15
  • AAR interview scheduled ~10/20
  • Any idea what's going on with this one? Anyone else receive a rejection/interview request?
  • AAR interview scheduled 10/22 (x2)
  • Have any rejections gone out?
  • Heard that campus interviews have been scheduled (11/14).
    • Q: How/where did you hear this? (11/15) A: I know the candidate
  • Has anyone received a formal rejection for this one? (12/19) No.
  • I requested an update from the chair. The position has been filled (1/17).

West Virginia University - Teaching Assistant Professor

Western Kentucky University

  • Western Kentucky University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Religions of East Asia beginning August 2011.
  • What profile are they looking for?
  • Scheduled a skype interview (1/11) 2x
  • how many candidates would be left at this point?

Wheaton College - Biblical and Theological Studies

  • Deadline 8/15
  • "Wheaton College is an Evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college whose faculty members affirm a Statement of Faith and the moral and lifestyle expectations of our Community Covenant."
  • 8/24: received request for additional materials (five single-spaced, one-page essays, including one on inerrancy).
  • First Round of Rejection Letters 8/26/10
  • Second round of rejection letters: 10/21. They indicated they had narrowed it down to 34 complete applications by this time, and were now moving on to their final few for phone interviews.
  • Heard they received 172 applicants
  • 10/12: request for phone interview (30-45 minutes)
  • Campus visits with finalists (2) scheduled for the coming weeks.
  • Email on 1/04 stating that an offer was made and accepted.

William and Mary - Christianity

  • Deadline: 10/25
  • They had more than 200 applicants
  • Does this mean that you've heard something? If so, how? Snailmail? Email? Phone call? (x3)
  • For those who have "heard something"-- was that an interview request? Or acknowledgment of app?
  • Does anyone else suspect that the ad might have contained a typo? It expresses an interest in scholars who can teach "courses in medieval and modern European Christianity". The department already has someone who does modern European Christianity (John Morreall), so I wonder if the ad was supposed to read "courses in medieval and early modern Christianity"?
  • The wording is pretty much identical to the cancelled search (funding) last year, so it's unlikely that such a mistake would have been replicated
  • I got an email acknowledgement of app. Anyone got any actual phone interviews?
  • Request for phone interview 12/7 (x2)
  • To previous poster: what's your area of expertise? do you already have your phd?
  • (2nd poster above) PhD in hand, more modern than medieval
  • (1st poster) PhD in hand, more medieval than modern
  • so have campus interviews been scheduled?
  • 1/10/11: I haven't heard anything since my phone interview. They did say that it might take until early Jan for on campus invitations to go out. And the search chair has been really great about communicating so far. I'd bet that she'll let everyone know--both lucky and unlucky ones--whenever a decision is made. (Either that or the above poster and I are both in the reject pile, and just haven't been informed yet...)
  • They are down to a list of finalists, one of whom is a friend of mine.

Xavier - Comparative Theology

  • Deadline: 10/1
  • Interviews done at AAR
  • They've invited people for on-campus interviews 11/12.
  • Rejection letter saying search is over (presumably meaning they've hired). 1/7