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RLGS Post-Doctoral Fellow Nicole Willock Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Old Dominion

The Department of Religious Studies is delighted to announce that our post-doctoral fellow, Professor Nicole Willock, has accepted a tenure-track job in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Old Dominion University. Since arriving at DU in Fall 2011, Professor Willock's classes have been filled beyond capacity, while she has maintained an active publishing and conference presentation agenda. We look forward to hearing about her continued success in her new position - Old Dominion is lucky to have her on its faculty!

RLGS is Hiring: 3 Year Buddhist Studies Teaching Post-Doc

The Department of Religious Studies is hiring! We are currently looking for:

Lecturer - Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies
The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver is currently comprised of seven active and productive scholars in the Division of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (AHSS). The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region and enrolls over 11,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies DU as a research university with high research activity. Our department offers BA and MA degrees in Religious Studies.

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a three-year post-doctoral lecturer in Buddhism/Buddhist Studies effective September 1, 2014. This position is designed for individuals who have recently completed their PhD (in the past three years). The successful candidate will teach six courses per year. After the first year's appointment and upon renewal, the lecturer may be invited to teach in the University's first-year seminar program, which includes year-long academic advising responsibilities.

In addition to introductory courses on Buddhism, the ideal candidate should be able to offer courses that contextualize Buddhist tradition, experience and practice (e.g., Buddhism in American, religions of Tibet, religions of China and Japan). As appropriate, other courses that draw upon the expertise and specialization of the candidate may be proposed and offered. The position is benefitted and the salary competitive. Applicants must have completed the doctorate in the past three years and prior to appointment. Evidence of teaching experience during and/or after one's graduate training is required.

Essential Functions:
Teach six courses per year
Ability to mentor and advise students
Ability to teach departmental electives in the candidate's specialty area
Courses must be framed to meet university and departmental learning outcomes
To be a good citizen within the Department of Religious Studies and the University of Denver

Required Experience
Recent completion of Ph.D, prior to appointment
Degree may be from any department (e.g., religious studies, anthropology, history, languages and literatures)
Ability to offer courses that contextualize Buddhist tradition, experience, and practice (e.g., Buddhism in American, religions of Tibet)
Proven record of successful teaching experience during and/or after one's graduate training
Strong commitment to successful teaching and scholarship

For more information on how to apply, please see the full job description. RLGS begins accepting applications March 31; the position will remain open until filled.

 

Joint Doctoral Program Students win THETA ALPHA KAPPA's 2014 Albert Clark Awards - first and second prizes

The Department of Religious Studies is delighted to announce that two of our Joint Doctoral Program students have won first and second place in the Theta Alpha Kappa  2014 Albert Clark Awards. Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology, offers $500 prizes and publication in its Journal to winners; one first and one second place awardee are chosen each year. The Department established its chapter in 2012. 

This year, the first place award went to Catherine Orsborn, for her essay "Colonialism and the Making of Religion: Egyptian Religious Identity in Historical Perspective". Second place went to David Pettit, for his essay "'The Lord Has Made the Jordan a Boundary Between Us and You': Religious Conflict and Conceptions of Identity and Territory in Joshua 22". Both essays will be published in TAK's Journal in 2015.

In addition to being doctoral students in good standing, Orsborn is an alumna of the Department's MA program in religious studies

The Department congratulates both winners and is delighted to see our students doing so well.

Interested in RLGS Events? Join our Events List Server

The Department of Religious Studies now has a dedicated events list server.

This list is open to DU and community members, and highlights forthcoming Department of Religious Studies events. We are a highly active department and welcome faculty, students, staff members, and members of the broader Denver community to our talks, panels, and other events.

For more information or to join the list server, please visit this page.

Sesquicentennial Speaker Series: Colorado's Diverse Religious Legacy, 1864-2014 

To mark the sesquicentennial of the founding of the University of Denver, the Department of Religious Studies and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life are hosting "Colorado's Diverse Religious Legacy, 1864-2014", which will take place from January through May 2014.

This four-part external and two-part internal speaker series will investigate six aspects of Colorado's spiritual and religious legacies, past and present, as well as the specific religious legacy of the University of Denver. It offers University students, faculty and staff, as well as interested community members, the opportunity to experience a variety of scholarly perspectives and learn from current research on the various aspects of Colorado's religious and spiritual legacies, particularly as they relate to the founding of the University of Denver in 1864 and its further evolution in 2014.

Register to attend the events in this series by clicking here. All welcome. 

Billy Graham, America's Pastor, and the Colorado Connection - Talk by Grant Wacker, Thurs., April 10, AAC Event Space (290), 7pm

Please join the Department of Religious Studies and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life for the fifth event in our sesquicentennial speaker series, "Colorado's Diverse Religious Legacy: 1864-2014":

"Billy Graham, America's Pastor, and the Colorado Connection"

a talk by

Grant Wacker

Professor, Duke University Divinity School

 

Thurs, 7pm in the Anderson Academic Commons (library) Event Space (290)

This speaker series is supported by a grant from the Office of the Provost.

Register to attend this event by clicking here. All welcome.

Muslims in Colorado, Past & Present: Talk by Nabil Echchaibi, Mon, April 21, 7pm AAC 290 (Event Space)

Please join the Department of Religious Studies and the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life for the final event in our 2014 Sesquicentennial Speaker Series on "Colorado's Diverse Religious Legacy":

"Muslims in Colorado, Past and Present"

a talk by

Nabil Echchaibi


Assistant Professor, Center for Media Religion & Culture, University of Colorado-Boulder

Monday, April 21, 7pm, in the Anderson Academic Commons Event Space (290)

This speaker series is supported by a grant from the Office of the Provost and co-sponsored by the Center for Judaic Studies.

Register to attend this event by clicking here. All welcome.

RLGS hosted Regional AAR Annual Meeting March 29-30

The Department of Religious Studies was delighted to host the 2014 Rocky Mountains and Great Plains Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (which includes the Society for Biblical Literature and ASOR).

For more information on the regional meeting, including presenter information and conference photos, please visit our conference website: http://2014rockymountainregionalaar.wordpress.com/.