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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia
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August 30, 2013
Charlottesville, Virginia
Full-time - Experienced
Theological Studies
University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.

University of Virginia

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Number: 0612654

Posting Summary:
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.

Required: Competence in historical critical New Testament scholarship and the literature and culture of early Christianity through the end of the second century C.E., the Greco-Roman social, religious and philosophical context, history of interpretation, and contemporary methods in religious studies; strong proficiency in the relevant languages, both ancient (especially classical and Hellenistic Greek) and modern; ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. Additional capacities in one or more of the following: material culture (including book culture and manuscripts); social history; gender studies; race studies; and/or literary theory.

Preferred: Teaching experience; Hebrew, Aramaic, Coptic and/or Syriac.

In addition to developing external funding to support research endeavors, candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and provide service to the University, Department and professional organizations.

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.

The appointment start date will begin August 25, 2014. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2014 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (, search on posting number 0612654 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article- or chapter-length scholarship (Attach to Writing Sample 1) and contact information for three references.

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Questions about this position should be directed to: Prof. Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400126, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4126 (

Questions about the application process in JOBS@UVa should be directed to: Mick Watson,, 434-924-6713.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The College of A&S and the University of Virginia welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities; we seek to build a culturally diverse, intellectual environment and are committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.

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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

The University of Virginia is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

The University of Virginia is committed to the total development and well-being of all members of the University community students, faculty, staff, and the public. In support of this commitment, the University does not discriminate in any of its programs, procedures, or practices against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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