The Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor who will serve for a five year (renewable) term as the Chair of Christian Thought . The area of specialization within the study of Christianity is open, as is the disciplinary approach within the broader study of religion. The Department encourages applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including the history, sociology, anthropology, or philosophy of religion, as well as theology. Candidates with expertise in emerging theories and methods within the study of religion or theology are especially encouraged to apply.
The Chair of Christian Thought at the University of Calgary serves as a resource and catalyst in promoting the academic study of Christianity in both the University and the Christian communities of the City of Calgary. The Chair's mission is to act as a bridge between the academy and faith communities. The Chair undertakes all normal university activities of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, research, and writing. The Chair has reduced teaching duties, and will normally teach 3 courses a year. The Chair also initiates community events, including organizing a series of four endowed lectures per year.
The successful candidate will have a PhD or its equivalent in Religious Studies or a cognate discipline, as well as mastery of relevant research languages. They will demonstrate excellence in teaching, graduate supervision, and scholarship. They will also possess the necessary communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills for developing good public relations between the University of Calgary and Calgary's Christian communities through enrichment activities. The Chair will initially be held for a five-year term. This term is renewable at the end of each five years contingent upon favorable performance.