University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Religious Studies

Position ID:University of California, Santa Barbara-Department of Religious Studies-APAAR [#26746]
Position Title: Assistant Professor - African American Religious Experience
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Santa Barbara, California 93106-2034, United States
Subject Areas: African American Studies
Religious Studies / African American Studies
Appl Deadline:2024/06/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/11/28)
Position Description:    

Assistant Professor - African American Religious Experience

University of California Santa Barbara

Position overview
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at the time of appointment. See Table 1 for the salary ranges. Off-scale salaries and other components of pay, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $78,700 - $102,200 at the Assistant Professor level. Percent time: 100 Anticipated start: July 1, 2024 Application Window

Open date: November 27, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 28, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African American religious experience in the United States, to begin July 1, 2024. We welcome applications from scholars who research any aspect of the African American religious experience, with a preference for candidates who focus on one or more of the following: African American esotericism; ethnoracial traditions such as the Moorish Science Temple or the Nation of Islam; “slave religion” and early twentieth-century conjure/rootwork; race and ecology; abolitionist ethics and the carceral state; the religious dimensions of social movements, such as Black Lives Matter; the expressive religious culture of Afrofuturism; or the historical or contemporary Black church in North America. The department seeks candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, professional activity, and service. Candidates should be concerned with making contributions to method and theory in the study of religion. The successful candidate will contribute to the department's undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

In 2023-24, a wide array of UC Santa Barbara departments is partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African American mathematician, astronomer, anti-racist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, with the goal of diversifying faculty, research, and curriculum, the Banneker Initiative aims to recruit scholars, scientists, and engineers whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work would take place within the community of interests exemplified by Banneker's intellectual, ethical, and social commitments as an African American scientist. Applicants may be eligible to be fellows in the Benjamin Banneker Initiative. The community of Banneker Fellows will receive funding for cohort building and professional development activities, including enrollment in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program, proposal writing training, and seed grants. More information about the Banneker Initiative can be found at:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent international degree) in religious studies or a related field OR have completed all requirements for a PhD, except the dissertation at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

Original and significant research; clarity of writing and argument; ability to collaborate with colleagues in the department and in related fields at UCSB; ability to add to diversity through teaching, mentorship, research, and service; and demonstrated knowledge of the subject in teaching and research area.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Writing Sample - The writing sample should be a minimum of 6,000 words.
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted through UC Recruit.
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