The Department of Religion and the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications for a full-time, jointly-appointed, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated starting date is August 16, 2020 at a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  A PhD in Religion, African American studies or an immediately relevant field must be in hand by early June, 2020. Candidates with superior qualifications who will complete all the Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.


Possible areas of expertise might include but are not limited to: the rise and historical development of African American religious communities in North America, including the slave period and rural and urban contexts in diverse periods; the role of religion and the black church in social movements, especially the struggle for civil rights, and in shaping cultural and artistic expression; and gender, religion, and African American identity. We would also welcome expertise in some aspect of the religious experiences of the broader African diaspora. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach in courses that include theory and method in the study of religion.   This position has a 2-2 teaching load with three courses in Religion and one course in African American Studies. Most, if not all of these courses will be cross-listed between the two departments. Applicants must have demonstrated a promising research agenda, an ability to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a commitment to provide service to the department, the university and the profession.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

 The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

To apply, interested individuals should create a profile through the University of Illinois application login page at  Required information includes a cover letter, CV/resume, a writing sample, evidence of teaching experience (evaluations, up to three sample syllabi), and contact information (or Interfolio ID) for three professional references. Applicants should also include a separate statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender, and first-generation backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the commitment of Illinois and the College of LAS to diversity. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.  To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by November 1, 2019; letters of reference must be received by November 8, 2019. References will be contacted electronically within 2-3 business days of application submission.

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