Assistant Professor in Urban Religions – Position # 53620

 The Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenure track position in Urban Religions at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position requires residency in Dallas and begins August 1, 2024.

As one of eight tenure-line positions associated with Southern Methodist University’s faculty cluster in urban research, this position offers opportunities for rich interdisciplinary connections among new and existing SMU faculty []. The cluster fosters research on cities and urbanization from local and global perspectives. SMU’s location in Dallas, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, is an ideal setting for studying the opportunities and inequities that individuals,  groups, and communities confront as they navigate and shape urban life.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field at time of appointment; ability to teach courses on religion in urban American or other urban global contexts, and topics related to religion and intersectional identities, social scientific and/or cultural approaches to the study of religion.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to teach courses on Religion and Space/Place, Social Scientific methodologies, Religion and Economics, Religion and Climate Change, and/or African-American or Latino-American religious identities; research and teaching that will contribute to a research cluster in Urban Studies; experience mentoring culturally diverse students; interest in contributing to a robust graduate program in Religious Studies and broader culture of excellent teaching and research on campus.

Application: Submit letter of application highlighting the candidate’s qualifications, complete curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching excellence (teaching philosophy statement, sample syllabi, pedagogical publications) to Review of applications will begin November 1st. To ensure full consideration for the position, the applications must be received by November 7th, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of the employment decision after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

Department of Religious Studies: The Department of Religious Studies at SMU is a dynamic, collegial group of researchers and teachers with intellectual breadth that spans the globe, multiple academic disciplines, and several thousand years of history. Our research has been recognized with numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Templeton Foundation grant, and several national and international book awards. Faculty in the department are also dedicated to undergraduate and graduate teaching and have been recognized multiple times at the university, national, and international levels. Visit us at

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