Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

University of Wisconsin Colleges in Wisconsin

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 16, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary 42999-43000
Employment Type Full-time


The Department of Philosophy of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Fond du Lac invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Religious Studies.


Candidates should be trained in Religious Studies, with demonstrated generalist competencies in methodologies employed in the academic study of religion (the history, psychology, and/or sociology of religion, for example).

Teaching expectation will involve on-line and campus-based teaching opportunities, for a total of 12 credit hours per semester to advance religious studies among the 13 campuses of the UW Colleges. S/he will have primary responsibility for teaching REL 101, Introduction to the Study of Religion. There is potential to teach REL 302, Religion and Cultural Conflict; there is also potential to develop new courses. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong potential for excellence in undergraduate education, especially at the freshman-sophomore level, and the relevance of religious studies to other academic pursuits and career possibilities. The successful candidates teaching assignment will normally include up to three face-to-face on campus classes and five online classes per academic year.

Candidates should also demonstrate competencies in the history and theology of the worlds major religious traditions, and accomplishments in teaching excellence. Experience teaching on-line courses strongly preferred. Other preferred qualifications include experience teaching Asian philosophy, and interest in academic advising, service learning, and community engagement.

This tenure track position requires teaching, research and publication, and participation in faculty governance and community and/or professional service.


Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or closely related area. ABD candidates will be considered, provided the PhD is obtained by the start of the appointment.


The Religious Studies Program--relatively new to the UW Colleges--is housed in the Department of Philosophy. The Religious Studies program consists of REL 101 and REL 302 in addition to seven cross-listed courses with other departments (four of which are philosophy courses). To promote the interdisciplinary field of religious studies, it is anticipated that the person employed will work with interested colleagues throughout the UW Colleges who could help advance the study of religion within their academic field (i.e., anthropology of religion, sociology of religion, etc.).


The Fond du Lac campus is located in eastern Wisconsin about an hour north of the Milwaukee metro region, with convenient access to Chicago, Madison, and Green Bay. The campus is located on 183 acres of prime natural and maintained land on the outskirts of Fond du Lac, a city of approximately 42,000 people ( UW-Fond du Lac ( is a commuter campus and recruits students from a radius of about 50 miles from surrounding areas. Recreational opportunities typical of the Great Lakes region abound.


The University of Wisconsin Colleges is the freshman-sophomore liberal arts transfer institution of the world-renowned University of Wisconsin System. The UW Colleges comprises thirteen two-year campuses around the state, plus UWC Online, each of which offers an excellent liberal arts and pre-professional education for students beginning work toward a bachelors degree. The UW Colleges now offers a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences at six of its campuses. See for more information about the UW Colleges.


UW Colleges values diversity and inclusion. We define Inclusive Excellence as the intentional engagement of the broadest range of perspectives, backgrounds, needs, experience, and circumstance in order to maximize success. We value diversity within our students, faculty and staff, and strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. We encourage applications from all underrepresented groups, including persons with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

A background check will be conducted for finalist candidates. Employment is contingent on establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.


Applicants are required to apply online. For best consideration, apply by February 1, 2014. UW Colleges will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must attach all required documents at the time of application. Required application materials: a letter of application addressing qualifications, current vita, unofficial transcripts, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference specific to this position from those familiar with your academic career and teaching experience. If you are unable to obtain your reference letters to be attached with your application, you may have your reference provider email directly to; however, please inform them to specifically reference your name and recruitment number. Student evaluations of teaching may also be submitted if available. ABD candidates should also provide evidence of the advanced status of their dissertation.

This position will remain posted until filled. If requested, confidentiality of an application can be maintained until an applicant is deemed a finalist in the search.

Questions regarding the position may be addressed to: UW Colleges Department of Philosophy, Professor Dean Kowalski ( / 262.521.5544).

For other technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159.

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