Josephine Hildreth Detmer & Zareen Taj Mirza Professorship in Islamic Studies

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at Bucknell University invites applications for the Josephine Hildreth Detmer & Zareen Taj Mirza Professorship in Islamic Studies, to begin in August 2023. This is an open-rank, tenure-track position.

The Department of Religious Studies at Bucknell serves majors and minors pursuing the academic study of religion, as well as a large number of students from other majors. We seek a teacher-scholar who can help us maintain the department’s reputation for effective teaching and productive research, and whose teaching, research, and service will contribute to the department’s commitment to diversity and to the liberal arts mission. Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Islamic Studies is required by start date. The ideal candidate will be an expert in Islam as a global religious tradition, with interdisciplinary research that highlights trans-regional or transnational connections between the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, or beyond. Some undergraduate teaching experience and a record of scholarship are considered strengths.

Teaching responsibilities: Five undergraduate courses per year, including Islam (RELI 201), rotating responsibility for Theories of Religion (RELI 232), a 100-level course (such as Introduction to the Quran; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; or another introductory course of the candidate’s design), and upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Applicants at the level of assistant professor should include a cover letter, C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, and a sample of scholarship (a book chapter or journal article of no more than thirty pages).

Applicants at the level of associate or full professor should include a cover letter, C.V., and a sample of scholarship (a book chapter or journal article of no more than thirty pages).

The Religious Studies Department is committed to diversity and inclusiveness; candidates should address their relevant experience and expertise in these areas in their application materials.

Letters of recommendation will be requested of selected candidates.

Applications will only be accepted through Bucknell’s online career center ( Review of applications will begin by August 31, 2022, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Prof. Stuart Young, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies (

About Bucknell

Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, primarily undergraduate, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, management, education, and music.

Bucknell University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged.

Bucknell is committed to creating a climate that fosters inclusion, growth, and development for a diverse student body, and seeks candidates who are also committed to these goals.

Bucknell is committed to supporting the teacher-scholar model of faculty development. With a student-faculty ratio of about 9:1, small class sizes are a hallmark of the Bucknell educational experience. The university sponsors a range of activities to support the development of its faculty, including a Teaching-Learning Center and generous research support and leave policies.

Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The Lewisburg area offers a combination of outdoor recreation opportunities and small-town amenities. In addition to the cultural and athletic events offered at the University and in town, the region offers strong schools and medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. Bucknell is about three hours from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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