The Department of Religion seeks a scholar of religion in the Americas for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, beginning in July 2017.  Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 44 percent of our students are domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. The candidate’s research and teaching interests should center upon religious traditions as located and developed in the Americas. The candidate should work in one or more of the following areas: Latin American    religions, Native American religions, the Black Atlantic, global Christianity, African-American religious history, or the religion of U.S. immigrants. In addition to expertise in the field of religious studies, the candidate should have interests and expertise in theoretical approaches employed in the study of race and ethnicity, ethics and social justice, material culture, or diaspora studies. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment. Learn more about the department at

Amherst College is a private co-educational liberal arts college of 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts and participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College consortium.  An application letter, C.V., short writing sample, sample syllabus, teaching statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to   Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

Lisa Ballou, MSW
Religion Academic Department Coordinator
Assistant to Religious & Spiritual Life
Amherst College
108 Chapin Hall
Amherst, MA  01002
(413) 542-2181