Assistant Professor, Religion, tenure track

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Professor, Religion, tenure track
Division College of Liberal Arts
Department Religion
Vacancy Number F19-007
Work Location Macon
Hours per week
Scheduled Hours

The Columbus Roberts Department of Religion at Mercer University invites applications for an entry-level, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religion specializing in Islam for a start date of August 1, 2018. Preferred candidates should also demonstrate an ability to teach religions of Eastern origins. The successful candidate will have a clear commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The 21-hour annual course load will typically entail teaching multiple sections of introductory Religion courses, an upper-level Religion course, and an interdisciplinary course. Our two newest introductory courses are “Beginning with Abraham,” which is a thematic approach to issues presented in the Tanak, Christian Bible, and Qur’an; and “Why Religion Matters,” which is an engagement of religions of the world with a focus upon sacred texts. The successful candidate would teach existing upper-level courses in Eastern Religions (with Indian and Chinese origins) and Western Religions (Judaism and Islam) and would be encouraged to develop expanded options according to research interests and the needs of the department. While Mercer offers a number of interdisciplinary programs such as Women’s and Gender Studies and Great Books, we anticipate that the new faculty member would initially contribute to a junior/senior level, integrative course where students engage world issues through a variety of lenses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Candidates should have a Ph. D. degree from an accredited college/university in Religious Studies (or comparable field) with a primary focus on Islam, along with a secondary competency in religions of Eastern origins. Candidates with ABD are acceptable for the interview process, but the degree must be received by the start of the position.

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Applicants must complete a brief online application and attach: a) a cover letter addressing teaching philosophy and research interests, b) a current c.v., c) copies of unofficial transcripts, and d) contact information for three references. Candidates should have three current letters of recommendation sent directly by mail or email to Dr. Darlene Flaming, Chair of the Search Committee, Columbus Roberts Department of Religion, Mercer University, 1501 Coleman Avenue, Macon, GA 31207, or

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs to more than 8,500 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges. The academic cornerstone of the university, the College of Liberal Arts is a highly selective, residential institution enrolling more than 1700 students. Recently awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University is located in historic Macon, Georgia, which is about an hour south of Atlanta. The Columbus Roberts Department of Religion houses 7 full-time faculty members offering a vibrant major and minor in Religion in addition to teaching general education religion courses for approximately 1,200 students per year. For additional information about Mercer and the Columbus Roberts Department of Religion, please email Search Chair Darlene Flaming (, or consult the following websites: or

Is a criminal background check needed for this position? Yes
Is a credit check needed for this position? No
Does this position require travel for University business in a rental car or University owned vehicle? No
Job Category Faculty
Post to JobTarget? Yes
Job Type Full-Time
Pay Rate Commensurate with education and experience
FLSA Status Exempt
Pay Basis Monthly
Internal posting only? No
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcripts
  4. References
Optional Documents