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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Biblical Studies, and Ancient World

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Biblical Studies, and Ancient World

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department

The Department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University consists of eight tenured or tenure-track faculty whose courses serve a Humanities major and make significant contributions to the university’s general education curriculum.  Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary Humanities department with an interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizing cultural history and Religious Studies.  The department’s courses range from ancient to modern and encompass most of the globe.  Faculty in the department are also committed to providing high quality courses that prepare both majors and non-majors with skills in research, analysis, and writing.  The department also encourages its faculty to participate in other interdisciplinary programs such as East Asian Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; International Studies; and the Honors program.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Liberal Studies support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Liberal Studies Department (future Department of Global Humanities and Religions) at Western Washington University seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with broad-based training in the discipline of Religious Studies and particular expertise in biblical studies and the ancient eastern Mediterranean or Near Eastern world. 

The successful candidate will teach six courses over three quarters (two courses per quarter).  Their teaching responsibilities will include courses such as a 200-level introduction to the Study of Religion; 300-level courses on Hebrew Bible and the Religion of Ancient Israel; New Testament and Early Christianity; and courses of their design on topics in Religious Studies and in the cultural history of the ancient world.  The position will also play a central role in the core teaching, advising, and curricular development of the department’s Religion and Culture programs.  Thus, a demonstrated ability to take a comparative approach to the teaching of Religious Studies, whether within one tradition or across religious traditions would be an asset, as would additional training or teaching interests in one or more of the following areas: gender; art history; religion and literature; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies. High quality research and service are also expected.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Religious Studies or related field by September 15, 2019.
  • Expertise in biblical studies and the ancient eastern Mediterranean or Near Eastern world. 
  • Demonstrated capacity for interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship and demonstrated abilities to conduct scholarly research with sources in their original languages.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching and high-quality scholarship.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to take a comparative approach to Religious Studies, whether within one tradition or across religious traditions; and/or additional training or teaching interests in one or more of the following areas: gender; art history; religion and literature; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies.


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Required materials: A letter of application; C.V.; undergraduate and graduate transcripts; sample syllabi for both a lower-division introduction to the study of religion course and an upper-level course in the candidate’s area of specialization; a writing sample of article or chapter length; and three confidential letters of reference.  Requests for letters of reference will be sent out via our online application system.

For general questions contact the Department Administrator Maureen Christman at (360) 650-3030 or e-mail

Closing Date Notes

Position closes October 15, 2018; materials must be received by this date.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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