Executive Director, Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research (HIRR) at Hartford Seminary has a thirty-four year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith. As part of HIRR, the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP) brings together more than 40 participants from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i’ and Orthodox Church organizations to develop both quantitative and qualitative congregational research.

This research, known as the Faith Communities Today (FACT) Survey, has produced some of the most relevant research on congregational life in the United States since 2000 and has enabled pastors, church leaders, and scholars to make unprecedented comparisons among congregations and denominations. Position Description: HIRR is searching for a contracted, part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Executive Director to manage the day-to-day activities of the CCSP and to expand the capacities of CCSP as a relevant research-generating entity. This position may be performed remotely or on-site at Hartford Seminary. The Executive Director will report to the Director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, who also serves as the Chair of CCSP.

Consult the full position description here.

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

The GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion between 2017 and 2020.

The GRRI offers six distinct competitive research and writing grants and fellowships programs available to scholars at all levels of their careers that intend to significantly advance the social scientific study of religions around the world.

For information and the online application, go to grri.nd.edu.
The application deadline is October 16, 2017.


PRRI Research Assistant

Position Summary:

The Research Assistant will be responsible for contributing to PRRI’s major research reports, blog posts, and other scholarly work. The Research Assistant will be involved in all stages of the research process, including questionnaire design, analysis of the survey findings, and drafting the final report. The Research Assistant will also assist in responding to media requests, producing toplines and banners, and number-checking all of PRRI’s research products. This position reports to the Director of Research.


  • Writing (30%):

o   Working with other team members, assist with writing content for all PRRI publications, including research reports, blog posts, scholarly articles, and other writing tasks as assigned.

  • Research & Analysis (70%):

o   Assist with number checking and fact checking all research products

o   Assist with background research and questionnaire development

o   Construct survey toplines and banners

o   Conduct custom analyses in response to media requests

o   Create PowerPoint presentations

o   Create tables and charts using Microsoft Excel and HighCharts

o   Review social media content—Tweets, Facebook posts—for accuracy


  • B.A. in Political Science, Sociology, or a related field
  • One to three years of experience conducting survey research or writing about surveys for a lay audience
  • Outstanding written and communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with SPSS strongly preferred

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to info@prri.org. Application deadline is May 2, 2017 or until position is filled. No phone calls or recruiters, please.

About PRRI:

PRRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. PRRI’s mission is to help journalists, opinion leaders, scholars, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues and the role of religion and values in American public life by conducting high quality public opinion surveys and qualitative research. Please visit our website for more information at http://prri.org/.

UCSIA Summer School on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”

UCSIA Summer School on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”

We would like to draw your attention to the call for applications for the 2017 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”. This summer school is a one-week course taking place from Sunday 27th of August until Saturday 2nd of September 2017. This year the program will focus on the topic ‘Between Market, State and Religion: Economic Realities, Social Justice & Faith Traditions’

This year, the central aim of the UCSIA summer school is to reflect upon the evolutions of economic markets interacting with specific political and socio-religious contexts through time and space. Focus is put upon the ways in which socio-economic evolutions such as globalization, the historical rise of capitalist economies and the idea of the self-regulating market interact with and affect socio-religious and cultural normative frameworks on both the level of governmental policy, economic stakeholders and the individual household. The present call invites paper proposals in which the broad topic of economic realities interacting with social contexts and faith traditions will be discussed from a diverse lines of approach, clustered around following subthemes:

Globalization, economic imperialism and social justice
Religious communities and economic values and production
Capitalism under construction: appropriation of capitalist producing and consuming

Guest lecturers are Prof. Dr. Jennifer Olmsted (Drew University, U.S.A; U.S. Department of Agriculture), Prof. Dr. Mayfair Yang (Department of Religious Studies and Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. David Henig (School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent, UK) and Prof. Dr. Paul Oslington (Alphacrusis College, Sydney, Australia)

Practical details:

Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.

You can submit your application via the electronic submission form on the summer school website. The completed file as well as all other required application documents must be submitted to the UCSIA Selection Committee not later than Sunday 14th of May 2017.

For further information regarding the programme and application procedure, please have a look at our website: www.ucsia.org/summerschool.

Please help us to distribute this call for applications among PhD students and postdoctoral scholars who might be interested in applying for this summer school.

For all further information, do not hesitate to contact us on the address below.


Ellen Decraene
Project Manager UCSIA
Prinsstraat 14
2000 Antwerp – Belgium
Tel: +32/3/265.45.99
Fax: +32/3/707.09.31

Job Posting: Director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics

The Villanova School of Business invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics. The Director oversees all church management programs, including its non-credit course offerings, its research efforts, and the business school’s for-credit MS in Church Management degree, as well as raising funding to support these activities. A separate faculty director oversees the Center’s Business Ethics offerings.
As a VSB faculty member with a tenure- track or non-tenure track appointment, he/she will be assigned to a VSB department and evaluated by the department chair on teaching, research, administration, and service to VSB. The position is open to applicants from all business disciplines.
Minimum requirements include an understanding of the unique challenges of managing in a faith-based environment and commitment to the concept of distance learning and other technologically-based educational delivery systems as educational tools.
Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree and demonstrated potential to conduct research on topics pertinent to church management. A Ph.D. is required to be appointed as a tenure-track faculty member. Previous administrative experience preferred.
More information can be found at https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/10337
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

United Methodist Church: Senior Research Data Analyst (application deadline updated)

GCFA is presently seeking candidates for an addition to the Data Services team in the position of Senior Research Data Analyst. The successful incumbent will be responsible for providing senior leadership and managers with an increased capacity to analyze data and leverage analyses that supports the General Council on Finance and Administration’s (GCFA) priorities; assistance in the management of the research and analysis activities of the agency, including collaboration with other agencies and researchers; the development and dissemination of data products for use by decision makers at all levels of the connection; responsible for making research recommendations to existing and newly forming programs and assisting with other special assignments related to program effectiveness and research as assigned. Will also use advanced statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, relevant academic research, and the development and interpretation of measurement tools (e.g. surveys) to assess the economic and social impact of the Church in society and to promote a healthy self-understanding of the state of the Church locally, regionally and globally.


• Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Business Administration or a related quantitative analytical field is required.
• 8+ years’ experience in a diverse and complex organization, to include supervision and development of subordinates, accountability for project management and product delivery, integration of related functions, and customer/client support.
• Must have proven experience with publication; report writing; project management; database management; statistical analysis tools and desktop publishing programs.
• Experience in policy analysis that includes advanced, complex statistical modeling, fluency in high level research tools (e.g., SPSS, SAS, STATA) and fluency with databases and data-gathering instruments (e.g., surveys, observational rubrics, advanced information systems).
• Experience with advanced statistical procedures.
• Knowledge or willingness to learn United Methodist denominational polity and organizational structure essential.
• UMC Member is preferred

Email resume and cover letter to jobs@gcfa.org
Closing Date: February 15, 2017

No Staffing Agencies or Recruitment Firms

Visiting Instructor Position in Religious Studies at the University of South Florida (5/1/2015)

University of South Florida. The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a 9-month Visiting Instructor I position beginning Fall 2015 with the possible extension for up to three years. We are seeking a candidate who is an outstanding teacher with a deep interest in pedagogy as well as theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in religious studies or in one of the disciplines that contribute to the interdisciplinary field of religious studies. Applicants are expected to have successfully defended the dissertation for the doctoral degree by July, 2015–with the degree officially conferred by the end of August, 2015. The department has particular interest in candidates with a specialization in: Islam and the modern world; Christian, Islamic, or Jewish mysticism; World Christianity; Religion and Gender; or, Religion and Literature/Film. The department also seeks candidates who can extend our global reach and would welcome applications from scholars focusing on religion in: Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The candidate for the position will teach World Religions and Introduction to Religious Studies but will also have the opportunity to teach in his or her area of specialization. The teaching load is 4-4, with an opportunity to teach a summer course depending on the summer teaching budget.  The 9-month salary is $41,400. Please upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio (including teaching evaluations and statement of teaching philosophy), and contact information for three references to https://employment.usf.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information visit http://religious-studies.usf.edu. USF is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Full description of position details, minimum qualifications and application deadline can be found at http://employment.usf.edu. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.  For ADA accommodations, please contact Sue Ross at (813) 974-1845 or sueross@usf.edu at least five working days prior to need.  USF is an AA/EA/EO institution.