Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies - 015721

Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion

College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Philosophy and Religion

Description: Appalachian State University (NC) - TT Assistant Professor - Islamic Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2019. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a closely related field is required by the time of appointment. The area of focus and the historical and geographical areas of specialization are open. In scholarship and classroom instruction, the successful candidate will demonstrate proficiency in the methodological and theoretical study of religion. The Department seeks a scholar-teacher who can connect the study of Islam to current events and concerns, including gender, race, and politics.

As the Premiere Master’s Comprehensive University in Western North Carolina, we seek a candidate with a record of commitment to teaching, service, and active research. The teaching load is 3 courses per semester for faculty with an active research agenda. The candidate will assume instructional responsibilities for the various traditions associated with Islam as well as courses that support the General Education program.

Applicants must send the following electronically in a single PDF file to (1) a letter of application; (2) a current CV; (3) a writing sample demonstrating competency with theoretical approaches to the study of religion and culture (20pp max); (4) a statement of teaching philosophy (1pg max); (5) unofficial transcripts for those who have received their Ph.D. in the past 5 years or are ABD (for others, transcripts are not necessary at this time); and (6) teaching materials (e.g., a couple of syllabi, summary of student evaluations), if available. The candidate must arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to Review of completed applications will begin November 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.  We invite all applicants for employment with Appalachian State University to complete our voluntary Affirmative Action data collection survey. The brief survey can be accessed here

Appalachian State University, located in the southern Appalachian Mountains, is a highly ranked master’s comprehensive university and part of the 16 campus University of North Carolina system. With nearly 19,000 students, Appalachian State strives to maintain its reputation for excellence in teaching, while continuing to enhance its research reputation. Additional information about the university and the surrounding area is located at The department of Philosophy and Religion has 20 Tenure-Track Faculty Members, nearly 90 majors and has a broad and theoretically rich program. More information can be found on our website (

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Individuals with disabilities or other special needs may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Dr. Thomas B. Ellis ( In addition, applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Ellis regarding any questions about the position.

Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the university’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

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