Cottrill-Rolfes Chair in Catholic Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY invites applications for the endowed Cottrill-Rolfes Chair in Catholic Studies to begin August 2022. Competitive applicants will have the rank of Full Professor or its equivalent in scholarship and experience, and a strong reputation re- lated to some aspect of Catholic Studies. The endowment describes Catholic Studies as “the study of the history, literature, philosophy, music, culture, ideology, politics, institutions and traditions of Roman Ca- tholicism.” We are interested in applications from a range of diverse disciplinary approaches as well as different topics as they relate to Catholicism, such as art, architecture, liturgy, gender, race, religious con- version, biblical exegesis, the environment, and more. The scope of the position is global. Applications from scholars who specialize in inter-faith relations and the complexities of cross-cultural encounters are welcome. In concert with faculty across the College and the World Religions program, the Cottrill-Rolfes Chair will develop and implement an active program in Catholic Studies, with the understanding that the activities of the Chair should neither promote nor inhibit the Catholic religion. This will include program- ming for lectures and events of interest to the larger community on topics extending beyond the Chair’s immediate area of expertise.

The University of Kentucky is an R1 Research University with significant library holdings in Religious Studies, especially in the area of Christianity. Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Arabic, and an array of modern languages are available for undergraduate study. The College of Arts and Sciences has a growing community of internationally recognized scholars with interests in Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, biblical studies and archaeology, pre-modern Christian history and art, Asian and South Asian religions, vernacular religion, mythology, and Indigenous religions, as well as in the religious dimensions of sociology, anthropology, psychology, gender and women’s studies, and symbolic systems. The student population and faculty are diverse and committed to internationalization. The successful candidate will foster collegial relations and opportunities for intellectual explorations across disciplinary boundaries.

Interested scholars should apply online at: Applications should include the following: 1.) a letter that includes a brief description of research interests, prospective pro- jects, and relevant teaching experience, brief proposals for courses in Catholic Studies or Religious Stud- ies, ideas about a lecture series on the theme “Catholicism and…” (upload as Cover Letter); 2.) a curricu- lum vitae; 3.) a recent, representative article or chapter; in the case of a major digital project for which the applicant is a primary PI, please send a link (upload as Specific Request 1); and 4.) a statement on inclu- sivity (upload as Specific Request 2). As a college and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In one to two pages, ap- plicants should reflect on their commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity. In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. The search committee will use this information when soliciting recommendation letters.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021. Queries may be addressed to Prof. Abigail Firey, Director of World Religions; email

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

PCUSA Research Analyst Job


The national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), based in Louisville, Kentucky, serve and work with mid-councils, congregations and partner organizations to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ in the  World.  The work at the Presbyterian Center is carried out by approximately 400 staff members in several national entities: Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Presbyterian Women and the Administrative Services Group.

Position Purpose: Help the PC(USA) and others make data-informed decisions through the use of data science, consulting, and research (especially quantitative), both within the PC(USA) and with ecumenical & interfaith partners.

Job Skills / Requirements

  1. Research Specialist (lead and/or serve as a consultant on projects)
  2. Data Science Specialist (working in SPSS and Excel)
  3. Evaluative Research Project Manager (work with client to design and carryout research appropriate to the type of information needed, with minimal supervision, on projects assigned by coordinator; conduct analysis and write and disseminate reports; make presentations as required)
  4. Educator (working with our assigned communications specialist, help educate the public, the Presbyterian population, national PC(USA) agency and mid-council staff about findings and resources through a variety of communication vehicles, as appropriate)
  5. Professional Engagement and Development (work with and/or within professional associations; participate in professional meetings; read professional and scholarly publications to stay abreast of best research practices and current research in religion; publish reports as appropriate)
  6. Assist team members when needed to distribute project load fairly

Essential Position Requirements:

education: PhD in related field strongly preferred; MA in a social science field considered


– Minimum 3 years (with PhD) in social science research/5 years (with Masters’) in social science research considered; applied setting preferred; 

– 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of statistics, including appropriate significance testing methods for varying levels of measurement and multivariate analysis
  • Up-to-date knowledge of applied social science research methods
  • Ability to develop quality surveys using best research practices
  • Customer service skills in working with colleagues, clients, and the public
  • Ability to interpret research data for persons with limited knowledge of statistics or research methodology
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SPSS
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and data visualization skills
  • Understanding of and respect for Christian principles

Helpful Skills and Competencies

  • Skill in working with a wide diversity of people and in building and maintaining relationships
  • Knowledge of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its polity/governance
  • Copyediting skills
  • Ability to design and conduct qualitative research, including focus groups and interviews
  • Ability to analyze and interpret qualitative data into findings that church leaders, agency staff, and Presbyterians in general can find useful and understandable
  • Ability to use Illustrator to generate graphics
  • Experience with web survey development

Required Competencies

  • Ability to translate complex analytic issues into practical research questions
  • Ability to analyze and interpret quantitative data into findings that church leaders, agency staff, and Presbyterians in general can find useful and understandable
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team setting with professional demeanor

Physical Requirements:  Some occasional travel required

Additional Information / Benefits

We believe a balanced life, with time for work, leisure, and spiritual nurture, makes us healthier and more productive colleagues at the Presbyterian Center.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees including Medical, Dental, Pension Plan, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Vacation Days, Sick Days, and Paid Holidays.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply. Individuals living with disabilities encouraged to apply.

This job reports to the Research Coordinator

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1