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Posted by FiR on May 22, 2015

Postion: Visiting Assistant Professor.

Focus: Women's and Gender Studies.

Institution: University of Oregon.

Begins: Fall 2015.

Deadline: 2 June 2015.

Official Posting (https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000883039-01):

Appointment Period: September 16, 2015 June 15, 2016Appointment percent: 100%Type of appointment: Fixed-termAnnual Basis: 9Essential Functions:The successful candidate will teach five to six classes, be in residence three quarters between September 2015 and June 2016, hold office hours and advise students, and participate in department meetings and events. 

Posted by FiR on May 15, 2015

Fellowship: AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs.

Institutions: American Academy of Religion with the US Department of State (Franklin Fellows Program).

Location: Washington DC.

Deadline: 18 June 2015.

Contact: aarlucefellow[at]aarweb.org.

Website: https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/call-for-applications-for-aar-luce-fellowships-in-religion-and-international.

Official Posting (https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=50927):

Posted by FiR on May 7, 2015

Postion: Visiting Lecturer.

Focus: Gender/Women's Studies.

Department: Gender Studies.

Institution: Indiana University Bloomington.

Begins: Fall 2015.

Deadline: 11 May 2015 (applications will be accepted until position is filled).

Official Posting (http://static.ow.ly/docs/Lecturer2015_3hpu.pdf):

The Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington is seeking a Visiting Lecturer with a 3:3 course load for one year beginning August 1, 2015.

Applicants should:

Have previous successful teaching experiences at the collegiate level in Gender/Women’s Studies or a related field

Preferably have a PhD and possess a strong graduate academic background in research related to women, gender and sexuality

An advanced PhD student qualifying for 901 status may be considered with the right teaching qualifications.


The successful applicant(s) may teach one or more of the following options or others as suits the needs of the... more

Posted by Jennifer Harvey on May 1, 2015

Violence comes in many forms. Like me, many of you are committed to anti-racist, feminist ways of being and, no doubt, have spent much energy this week engaged in challenging conversations in classrooms, faith communities and other environments. We insist that public discourse on “violence” in Baltimore be framed around police violence and white supremacist violence instead of the ways many of our students, colleagues and parishioners may want to frame it.

It is in this context that the day-to-day, suffocating violence of many of the institutions in which we live and work stands out even more starkly. Yet, precisely because it’s packaged so well in the everydayness of institutional life, such violence is even harder to describe and point out. The following articulation is part vent, part attempt at a clarifying-gesture, mostly liturgical-lament.

It emerges this week from my own location as “professor” in “higher education” in one particular context. But, given the state of higher education in this nation today, I suspect many recognize it all to well.


12 Rules (Oops, 13) For Maintaining a Racially Hostile Environment at Your Instituion*:

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Posted by Emilie Townes on Apr 30, 2015

The streets of one of our cities have erupted in violent rioting in response to another death of a young Black man at the hands of the local police force.  This time, the city is Baltimore and the death was due to a spinal cord injury while in police custody.  We are caught, all of us, in what seems like a senseless spiral of violence begetting violence begetting violence.  We are caught because the anger that erupts is not due to only a current event, but due to decades of inequities in many of our cities.  In this case, there are two Baltimores—one that is gentrified and where the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature could hold their annual meetings in 2013—the Baltimore that is the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards.  The other is the Baltimore of frustration, low-incomes, boarded-up row houses, and predominately Black folk.  These Baltimores do not talk with each other very much and there are serious tensions between them and the death of Freddie Gray has exposed these tensions like a raw nerve, an open wound that refuses to heal, a sorrow that deals out an endless spiral of anger and frustration and venom.

Posted by FiR on Apr 20, 2015

By Niamh Middleton

After Madonna’s scary and dangerous fall at the recent Brit awards, Piers Morgan wrote an uncomplimentary article entitled “Falling off the stage, Madonna, is God’s way of telling you you’re too old to cavort like a hooker." I was surprised that someone of Piers Morgan’s fame and status would publicly kick a woman when she was, literally, down.

Morgan’s casual portrayal of himself as the mouthpiece of the Deity is probably linked to Madonna’s name, and the provocative use she has made of religious imagery and symbolism in her music videos, behaviour that has aroused male religious ire in the past. This latest manifestation of male hostility, however, comes from a fellow celebrity, and the particular form of name-calling it involves is a reminder that, in spite of the strides that women have made through feminist activism, the double standard hasn’t gone away.

Posted by FiR on Apr 13, 2015

By Rebecca Todd Peters

People enter the academy for a variety of reasons. Some of us love books and learning and see the academy as an avenue for life-long learning; others are passionate about a particular area of knowledge and inquiry and desire nothing more than to talk about it with others who share their passion; some colleagues of mine are gifted teachers who seek to open the minds of young people or to help them develop their intellectual curiosity; one colleague even told me years ago that he wanted to “be famous.”

My route to the academy came via the church and advocacy work that I did on behalf of women at the national office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) prior to entering seminary. I had read some feminist theory in college and discovered Rosemary Radford Ruether’s work on my own. After college I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life until I came across a job ad in a mission volunteer newsletter that read, “One person to work for the eradication of sexism at all levels of the church.” Wow, I said to myself, I want to do THAT!

As I worked with the Justice for Women office of the PCUSA over the next two years, I read much more deeply in... more

Posted by Kate Ott on Apr 9, 2015

I was drawn to the academic discipline of ethics because it was about making moral claims, calling for actions, and evaluating the impact of current and past social and religious structures. Doing Christian ethics, I thought, could be synonymous with activism. However, as I spend more and more time in front of a computer or in a classroom it becomes more and more difficult to convince myself that being an ethicist makes me an activist. The same might be true about my identity as a feminist academic. Is writing and teaching from a feminist perspective automatically activism? I often wrestle with this question.  Hopefully, it isn’t just academic feminists or ethicists who find themselves conflicted about a description like scholar-activist. 

At this year’s meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), Society of Jewish Ethics (SJE) and Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (SSME), a small group of members participated in a “die-in.” Most recently, die-in’s have been staged across the United States as a protests to remember victims of police shootings. The protest was held in the common... more

Posted by Joseph Marchal on Apr 6, 2015

I rarely find it difficult to teach about Sodomy.  Recent events here in Indiana have, unfortunately, made this biblical story even more relevant.

Over a week ago, Governor Mike Pence signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” flanked by a number of conservatively religious lobbyists.  When I was asked to comment on such “right to refuse” legislation (here, here, and here), it was fairly easy to point out that such legislation contradicts not only Indiana’s (semi-)famous “Hoosier hospitality,” but also the prominent biblical ethic of hospitality. 

Posted by FiR on Apr 1, 2015

Postion: Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies.

Focus: Interdisciplinary.

Institution: Mount Holyoke College.

Begins: Fall 2015.

Deadline: Open until filled (Posting: 30 March 2015).

Website: https://jobs.mtholyoke.edu/

Official Posting (https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000878615-01):

Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Lecturer position in Latina/o Studies, within the Department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies to begin fall 2015.  The successful candidate will be able to teach an "Introduction to Latina/o Studies" as well as a range of courses in her/his area of specialty.  Courses may engage a broad range of U.S. latinidades such as Afro-Latinas/os and Caribbean peoples, US Central- or South Americans, and Chicanas/os.  We are particularly interested in candidates whose work engages interdisciplinary approaches within the humanities.  The teaching expectation is 5 courses per academic year.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand before August 2015.