Assistant Professor of Religion

Augustana University

Augustana University Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2024. The department seeks to hire a scholar and teacher with expertise in Jewish and Christian Scriptures. The department has a special interest in candidates whose research and teaching integrate diverse methodological approaches including but not limited to global, cross-cultural, or comparative hermeneutical lens, race and ethnic studies, gender and sexuality, and postcolonial/decolonial theories. A doctoral degree in religion, theology, or similar discipline is required.

Successful applicants will demonstrate strong commitment to excellent teaching in a liberal arts environment and to mentoring undergraduate students, including in advising, research and pre-professional clinical experience. The candidate will be expected to teach religion courses to both majors and non-majors, and will also have an opportunity to teach courses in our First-Year Seminar program as well as our interdisciplinary Civitas honors program. Candidates must be able to teach Religion 110: Exploring the Christian Faith, a required class for all Augustana students. The ideal candidate will expand existing course offerings by adding at least one course in their main area of expertise and offer courses that support or expand our growing InterReligious studies minor. In response to Augustana’s location, the most desirable candidate will be able to engage with Native American spiritualities in some way. Teaching load is 3 classes each Fall and Spring and 1 course in January term. The candidate can expect to teach at least 4 sections of Religion 110 per year.

Augustana is a Lutheran university (ELCA), rooted in the Lutheran heritage of commitment to truth over dogma; therefore, openness to others’ perspectives is a central tenet of our community. Our students and faculty represent a wide range of religious and non-religious backgrounds. It is essential that candidates be able to interact with people with different backgrounds and perspectives and that they be interested in supporting students from systemically non-dominant groups. Our department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are looking for a candidate who will help us continue to work toward these goals.

Augustana’s location in Sioux Falls, South Dakota ( provides an exceptionally high quality of living in an affordable community environment. Sioux Falls has more than 70 parks, over 40 miles of greenways, a walkable downtown that features musical and cultural events, and award-winning restaurants. Our metro area (population 281,000) is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and is recognized as a major medical, retail, and financial center.

Augustana offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, AD&D, short- and long-term disability, retirement plan, tuition assistance, holiday, vacation and sick pay.

Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin November 10 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter addressing qualifications and fit for the position as described above, along with:

  • a current vita
  • graduate school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • a statement of diversity discussing how you have supported diversity and inclusion in the past and how you anticipate doing so in this position
  • a statement of teaching philosophy (course syllabi and evaluations are also welcome if available)
  • a research statement that addresses how you plan to involve undergraduate students
  • at least three letters of recommendation
  • Employment Application

Materials can be sent electronically to:

Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment background check.

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