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.

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

Funding opportunity: call for proposals on gratitude to God

Biola University, with the help of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and under the direction of Peter Hill and Robert Emmons, welcomes proposals from various disciplines to investigate questions that concern gratitude to God*. Letters of intent are due January 29th, 2020.

Proposals may be for projects that utilize the methodologies of the psychological sciences, philosophy, theology, or religious studies. Empirical projects may be multi-method, qualitative, theoretical, cross-cultural, employ behavioral measures, or incorporate developmental approaches (though none of these are required). For the empirical projects, experi­mental methodologies are encouraged. There are four separate award competitions: (1) empirical large grants, (2) empirical early career grants, (3) non-empirical large grants, and (4) non-empirical early career grants. Total funding available for this RFP is $2.8M. For more instructions and more information, visit Queries may be sent to

We anticipate proposals for empirical and non-empirical projects that address one or more of the questions listed below:

  • What is the basic structure of gratitude to God? How does gratitude to God differ from gratitude to others?
  • Why and how do people express gratitude to God or fail to?
  • How is cosmic gratitude an alternative to gratitude to God?
  • What functions does gratitude to God serve?

*For the sake of this proposal and the anticipated projects that we hope it generates, we are using the term “God” to encompass the supreme God of monotheistic traditions, as well as other supernatural or superhuman beings with agency and powers (gods, spirits, ghosts, saints), whether personal or impersonal, with capacities to “make things happen or prevent them from happening, especially obtaining goods and avoiding bads” (Smith, 2017, p. 22). The phrase “personal or impersonal” implies that the superhuman powers may or may not be believed to possess consciousness, intentions, feelings, desires and other properties of the mind. We use the term “cosmic gratitude” in the RFP to depict the state that is felt by people who are inclined to feel gratitude for things not plausibly attributable to human agency nor to a personal supernatural or superhuman agent (Roberts, 2014).