Post-Doctoral Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY invites applications for a post-doctoral scholar in the field of Catholic Studies.  This position will begin in August 2021 and is possibly renewable for one year.  Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand, having completed a dissertation related to some aspect of Church History, Catholic art, Catholic architecture, Catholic music, Catholic liturgy, Catholicism and literature, the sociology of Catholicism, the anthropology of Catholic communities, gender and Catholicism, Catholic Philosophy, Jewish-Catholic relations, Islamic-Catholic relations, Catholic mission history, Catholicism in Latin American society or politics, Catholicism in China or Japan, Biblical Studies, Catholicism and the environment, or another field centered on Catholic tradition, experience, or impact. The position carries a 2-2 teaching load, for some combination of existing courses in the catalogue and courses proposed by the Scholar.  The Scholar will also work with the Director of World Religions and other faculty on future curricular development and public programming to be implemented during the year of the appointment.  It is expected that the Scholar will be in residence and available for in-person teaching.

Interested applicants should apply online at: Applications should include: 1.) a brief description of research interests (upload as Specific Request 1); 2.) a brief one paragraph description of the elements you would include in one of the existing Christianity or Methodology courses, listed at (upload as Specific Request 2); 3.) brief proposals (one paragraph for each) for two additional courses in Catholic Studies or Religious Studies (upload as Specific Request 3); 4.) a title and short abstract for a public lecture you would like to give in a “Catholicism and…” series (upload as Writing Sample); 5.)  a one-paragraph description of a text on which you would like to guide a workshop for a general audience interested in Catholic Studies (upload as Cover Letter); and 6.) a curriculum vitae.  In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Application deadline is March 15, 2021.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.

SSRC Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal (RSDR) Fellowship

The Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal (RSDR) Fellowship of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), with the support of the Fetzer Institute, aims to bring knowledge of the place of religion and spirituality into scholarly and public conversations about renewing democracy in the United States. These fellowships offer research support over a period of up to 12 months to doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy and to postdoctoral researchers within five years of their PhD. We welcome proposals on all aspects and dimensions of religion and spirituality in its relation to democracy from across all fields in the social sciences, humanities, and theology. Applications are due April 6, 2021. More information on the fellowship, eligibility, and application process is available on the Program’s website.

Position Announcement: RRA Executive Officer

Religious Research Association
Call for Executive Officer Applications

Individual applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer of the Religious Research Association. The Executive Office oversees the organizational work of RRA, seeing that it goes on and goes well.

Executive Officer’s Role: The Executive Officer works with the President, Treasurer, Committee Chairs, and Business Manager to support them and to help them know what to do and when to do it. The Executive Officer also oversees communication channels with RRA members and the public at large. The Executive Officer is NOT responsible for finding and making site arrangements for the annual meeting (the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion does that), nor for investing RRA assets (the RRA Treasurer is responsible for this).

Time Requirements: The position of Executive Officer involves approximately 10-15 hours per month, although the work is not equally spread throughout the calendar year. Late spring and mid fall are busy times for the Executive Officer, coinciding with Association elections, distribution of grants, and the annual meeting. Current stipend for the Executive Officer is $10,000 per year.

Selection Process: (1) Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1 by the Search Committee, which consists of the outgoing Executive Officer and the present and past Presidents of the Association. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. (2) Top candidates will be invited to interview with the Search Committee. (3) The committee will submit a ranked list of candidates to the Religious Research Association Board of Directors. (4) The Board will vote to select a new Executive Officer. (5) RRA President Melinda Denton will notify the selected candidate. (6) The incoming Executive Officer will work with the outgoing Executive Officer from July 1 to December 31 to ensure a smooth transition. (7) The new Executive Officer will begin his/her term on January 1, 2022.

Applications: The applications should include the following:

(1) Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for RRA. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will carry out your plan (suggested 2-3 pages).

(2) Background Information: Describe the qualifications that support your application, including established record of scholarship, affiliation(s) and evidence of organizational skill and experience in intellectual leadership. In addition, address the feasibility of serving as Executive Officer in light of your current occupational responsibilities (suggested 2-3 pages).

(3) Curriculum Vitae: Provide your full curriculum vitae.
For further information about the position or application process, please contact RRA

Executive Officer Kevin Dougherty at
Submission: The application packet (including items 1-3 above) should be no more

than 5-7 pages (excluding CV). Initial reviews will begin on March 1.

The application packet should be emailed as a single PDF document to RRA President Melinda Denton at