Duke University, Divinity School

Position ID:Duke-Divinity School-DITA [#16331, 3820]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Theology / Systematic
Appl Deadline:2020/05/12help popup** finished (2020/05/05, finished 2020/06/11, listed until 2020/12/05)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE – Duke Initiatives in Theology and Arts Duke Divinity School

Occupational Summary This two-year position will support the work of the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) of Duke University Divinity School in both research and teaching. DITA promotes a vibrant interplay between Christian theology and the arts by encouraging transformative leadership and enriching theological discussion in the Church, academy, and society. The initiative was established in 2009 at Duke Divinity School. Since then, DITA has established graduate-level courses in theology and the arts, a bi-annual distinguished lecture series, an artist-in-residence program, concerts and exhibitions, and major trans-Atlantic collaboration with the University of Cambridge. In Addition, the initiative supports the work of doctoral students and a post-doctoral associate. Through these programs, DITA promotes and encourages rigorous scholarly work and effective, imaginative teaching that fosters the biblical vision of a new creation in Jesus Christ. DITA shows how the arts can be powerful media of theological truth.

Work Performed The position will be engaged in the following:

Research: to further develop research and publish in the field of Christian Theology and the Visual Arts, ideally with an emphasis in modern or contemporary visual art. Completion of at least one book manuscript during this period as well as publications and contributions to the field. Teaching: one class per semester (or two per year) in the graduate-level Theology and Arts track, focusing on a topic directly aligned with research in visual art and theology. Courses will focus on theological engagements with modern and contemporary visual art and may emphasis modes of art-making or biblical and theologically-rooted approaches to art interpretation. Teaching may take place through the Duke Divinity hybrid platforms or through the fully-residential programs.

Additional responsibilities; the appointee will be encouraged to fully participate in the activities of Duke Divinity, and as such additional responsibilities may involve; • program advising: participating in DITA planning meetings, assisting with the development of new online curricula, • special events: submitting proposals to invite guest speakers, host colloquia, initiate special projects, contributing to conference proceedings, etc. • student discussions: participating in group discussions involving DITA graduate students participating in the masters-level Certificate in Theology and Arts program as well as the yearly ThD seminar • student advising/review: giving feedback relevant to masters thesis papers

Education/Training: PhD, ThD or equivalent terminal degree in Theology and/or Visual Art history, interpretation, or production.

Departmental Preferences Candidates who already have made significant progress towards completing a major book manuscript and have a clearly defined two-year research trajectory (conveyed in the cover letter) Demonstrated success publishing in the field of theology and arts. At least 3 years or more experience teaching at College/University level, with the ability to adapt or create new courses at a graduate level which will contribute to the DITA curriculum offerings. Experience in University-level program leadership or curriculum development. Training and experience in making visual art strongly preferred. The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Further Info:
142 Langford Bldg.
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708

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