Academic Opportunity at UT-Austin

Postdoctoral 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 teaching and research fellowship in great books of religious thought, including the history of religious thought in America and/or its intellectual origins, especially in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. The appointment will be for one year with a possible renewal for a second. The stipend is $48,500 plus benefits, and the term of appointment is September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017.

The Jefferson Center is dedicated to the teaching of the great books to undergraduates. Our 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, mainly to Freshman: “The Bible and its Interpreters,” which includes readings from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and great discussions of these readings from more than one religious or philosophic tradition. For a fuller explanation of the course, including sample past syllabuses, visit our website:

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, or philosophy, with a concentration in Biblical, Christian, or Jewish thought. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. on or after August 1, 2011 or should complete it by August 1, 2016. They may not hold a tenured position elsewhere.

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: Applications may be sent by email. 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. Applications will be reviewed as and when received. The closing deadline for applications is May 16, 2016. Please address any questions to:

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