Thomas Jefferson Center University of Texas
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religious ThoughtPostdoctoral Fellowship in Religious Thought
The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in religious thought, beginning August 2013. The appointment will be for one year with a possible renewal for a second year. The Thomas Jefferson Center is an interdisciplinary center for the teaching of the great books. Our academic program is centered on a 6-course certificate in Core Texts and Ideas, including courses in literature, philosophy, political philosophy, and religious thought. The fellow will teach one course each semester, including one section of our introductory course “The Bible and its Interpreters,” which includes readings from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and discussions of them from more than one religious or philosophic tradition. The second course will be chosen by the fellow in consultation with the center.
Applicants should have a broad background in the interdisciplinary study of the great books. Their graduate studies may be in the field of religious studies, theology, intellectual history, medieval studies, political theory, or philosophy, with a concentration in Biblical, Christian, or Jewish thought. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. on or after August 1, 2006 or should complete it by August 1, 2013. They may not hold a tenured position elsewhere. The stipend is $37,500 plus benefits and the term of appointment is September 1, 2013-August 31, 2014.
To apply, please send one copy each of: a CV, a letter explaining research interests and plans, a statement of interest in teaching the great books in a multi-disciplinary setting, evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, and a research paper or other suitable evidence of scholarship. Three letters of reference, in envelopes signed over the seal, should be enclosed within the application. Please also fill out and include an application form available at our website: www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/coretexts. All materials should be sent to: Post-Doctoral Search, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, 158 W 21st St., Stop C4100, Austin, Texas 78712. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. Please address any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.