The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech announces a search for an Assistant
Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture. The position is tenure-track and includes
teaching a range of courses in the Department of Religion and Culture. The expected/standard
teaching load is two/two (four courses per academic year). The successful applicant will hold, by
the time of appointment, a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related humanities or social scientific
discipline, with an emphasis on race in the United States, will evidence the ability to teach
courses on race in American religion and culture, will demonstrate current scholarly research
activity on race in American religion and culture, and will have training in and a commitment to
interdisciplinary research and teaching in the area of religion and culture. The position will
require teaching core undergraduate courses in the department. Preference will be given to
candidates who demonstrate scholarly promise, who have demonstrated teaching excellence, and
who evidence the ability to teach graduate courses in the department and/or in the
interdisciplinary ASPECT Ph.D. program.

Review of applications will begin January 29, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and a research and teaching statement.

The Carnegie Foundation classifies Virginia Tech as a university with “very high research
activity” and the Department of Religion and Culture also has a very strong record of excellence
in teaching and research. Located in the town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is the largest state-
supported university in Virginia. Blacksburg is 40 minutes from the city of Roanoke, VA, 2
hours from both Charlottesville, VA and Greensboro, NC, approximately 2 ½ hours from
Charlotte, NC, and under 4 hours from Washington, DC. In addition, Blacksburg has been voted
a Top 10 “dream town” for outdoor activities by Outside Magazine, and declared the “Best Place
in the U.S. to Raise Kids” by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Interested persons must apply at posting #TR0170211, where they will submit:

  • a cover letter
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a 1-2 page research statement
  • a 1-page statement of teaching experience
  • a writing sample
  • list of three references

Screening of applications will begin January 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
All inquiries can be sent to Dr. Sylvester Johnson (, chair, Race in American
Religion and Culture Search Committee, Department of Religion and Culture, Lane Hall, Room
112 (0227), 280 Alumni Mall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks
applications from women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech
responds to the needs of dual career couples and has a variety of policies in place to provide
flexibility for faculty careers.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of
age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political
affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise
discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their
compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis
protected by law ( For inquiries regarding non-
discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231- 8771 or
Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.



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