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Recent Academic Positions in Science and Religion

The following table lists academic positions in religion for which the job description mentions the desire for a specialization in some aspect of the interaction between religion and the natural sciences. These positions appeared in the American Academy of Religion’s Job Postings (formerly called “Openings”) for the years 1997 to the present. Details for each position are listed below. (This information was compiled by Kirk Wegter-McNelly.)

Note: Positions in social sciences have been excluded because they are too numerous. Also, "general studies" department positions, science-based positions, and a range of other possible locations for SPR graduates are excluded. The jump in the number positions posted after 2000 likely reflects the AAR’s transition in 2001 from paper to online postings, which has led to a larger number of trackable posts in all areas. The a/b distinction beginning in 2010 reflects the addition of a formal category “religion and science” which could be checked by employers as the primary specialization specialization or an additional one. Institutions in the “b” row did not make any specific reference in the job description to science-and-religion related subjects but instead checked  the “religion and science” category as an area of additional specialization.
 

Year

Four-Year Colleges

Seminary or Div Schools

Private Universities

Public Universities

Other

Total

1997

3

0

3

1

0

7

1998

1

0

4

1

0

6

1999

1

0

1

3

0

5

2000

3

2

1

0

0

6

2001

11

1

2

5

1

20

2002

8

2

4

8

0

23

2003

7

0

6

5

0

18

2004

6

1

6

5

0

18

2005

3

0

1

3

1

8

2006

2

3

8

6

1

20

2007

5

4

5

4

0

18

2008

3

0

3

2

1

9

2009

3

0

1

7

1

12

2010a

5

1

3

3

0

12

2010b

1

2

1

3

0

7

We think this is good news for people undertaking doctorates in science and religion. Of course, think tanks, consulting, policy work, and the many relevant academic positions not counted above are also viable employment options.

Details

Key: school - position title - “relevant phrase from position description”

1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

1997

Middlebury College – Ethics – “environmental studies”

Virginia Tech – Comparative Religious Ethics and Religion in the Modern World – “science and technology studies”

Berry College – Christian Ethics – “bioethics, environmental ethics”

Loyola Marymount University – Director of Institute for Bioethics

Boston University – Theology – “expertise in science”

Oberlin College – Religious Social Ethics – “biomedical ethics”

Washington University – Witherspoon Fellowship – “natural science or mathematics”

1998

Gustavus Adolphus College – Contemporary and/or Historical Theology – “religion and science”

St. Mary’s University of San Antonio – Biomedical Ethics

Texas Lutheran University – Systematic Theology – “bioethics”

University of Oxford – Idreos Chair in Science and Religion

Duke University – Christian Ethics – “medicine…environmental studies”

McGill University – Environmental Ethics

1999

Rutgers University – Religion and Social Ethics – “interdisciplinary and comparative work dealing with the relationship between religion and…science”

Seton Hall University – Catholic Moral Theology – “issues concerning science, technology, or the environment”

Augsburg College – Theology – “science and religion”

Arizona State University – Ancient to Modern World Culture – “philosophy and history of science”

University of Manitoba – Hinduism/World Religion – “science and religion”

2000

Yale Divinity School - Philosophy of Religion - “philosophy of science”

Elon College – Religious Studies – “environmental ethics”

Skidmore College – Religion and Women’s Studies – “environmental studies”

Hood College – Philosophy – “biomedical ethics”

Andover Newton Theological School – Christian Social Ethics – “biomedical, ecological Ethics”

Drew University – Christian Theology – “ecological hermeneutics”

2001

Univ. of Victoria (BC) - Director of Centre for Studies in Religion and Society - “relation of religion to the sciences”

College of the Holy Cross - Catholic Systematic Theology - “theology and science”

Pacific Lutheran University - Religion, Cultural, and Society - “religion and science”

PCRS/Metanexus - Associate Director - “constructive dialogue between science and religion”

Pomona College - Women’s Studies - “cognitive science”

Manhattan College - Contemporary Religious Thought - “religion and natural sciences”

Eastern Mennonite University - Philosophy and Theology - “philosophy of science”

Thiel College - Historian of Religion, or broadly trained scholar of religion or theology - “interfacing of the humanities with the natural and social sciences”

Albright College – Religious Studies – “environmental ethics”

Mercyhurst College – Religious Studies - “environmental ethics”

University of Puget Sound – East Asian Religions and Cultures – “religion and the environment”

Berea College – Religion – “environmental studies”

Centre college – Theology and Ethics – “environmental ethics”

Middlebury College – Religion and the Environment

University of Florida – Christian Ethics – “environmental ethics”

University of Calgary – Religious Experience – “environmental ethics”

University of North Texas – Environmental Ethics in Latin America or Latino/a Environmental Issues

University of North Texas – Environmental Justice and African-American Philosophy or African-American Religion

Augustana College – Religion – “biomedical ethics and theology”

Andover Newton Theological School – Christian Social Ethics – “biomedical, ecological ethics”

2002

Pennsylvania State University - Islam - 2ndary expertise in “relation to science”

Santa Clara University - Theology and Contemporary Culture - “theological engagements with science”

Austin College - Lilly Scholar-in-Residence Program - “intersection of science and religion”

Saint Mary’s College - Religion, Theology, and Culture - “science”

Manhattan College - Religion and Science

University of Northern Iowa - Bioethics/Medical Ethics - “substantial study in the life sciences…PhD in religion”

Virginia Tech - Comparative Religious Ethics - “science and technology studies”

Yale Divinity School - Philosophy of Religion - “philosophy of science”

Loyola Marymount University – Christian Ethics – “environmental ethics”

University of Mississippi – Judaism, Christianity or Islam – “environmental ethics”

University of Puget Sound – East Asian Religion – “religion and the environment”

University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh – English or Religious Studies – “environmental studies”

University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh – Religious Ethics – “environmental ethics”

Dartmouth College – Native American Studies – “environmental studies and religion”

Williams College – International Environmental Studies

Colgate University – North American Religions – “environmental studies”

University of Manitoba – Catholic Moral Theology – “bioethics”

Harvard Divinity School – Christian Ethics – “bioethics”

Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley – Catholic Moral Theology – “bioethics”

University of St. Michael’s College – Christian Ethics – “ecology”

Xavier University – Christian Ethics – “ecological ethics”

Swarthmore College – Western Religious Thought – “religion and ecology”

University of Central Florida – Humanities – “world religions, ecology, technology”

2003

Guilford College - Contemporary Religious Thought/Theology - “religion and science”

Austin College - field open - “intersection of science and religion”

Harvey Mudd College - Religious Studies - “combination of technology, science, indigenous traditions, or gender”

Princeton University - postdoc in bioethics - “study of ethical issues arising from developments in medicine and biological sciences”

Boston University - Theology - “interests in science and religion”

Boston University – Ethics – “bioethics, ecological ethics, ethics and technology”

Ohio State University - Cultural Studies of Religion - “science studies”

Oregon State University - Religion and Culture - “religion and science”

St. Mary’s College of Maryland - East Asian Philosophies and Religion - “philosophy of science desirable”

St. Olaf College - Constructive Christian Theology - “theological conversation with science”

Arizona State University - position in interdisciplinary bioethics program - “life sciences, philosophy of science”

Florida State University - Religion and Science

Guilford College – East Asian Religions – “environmental issues”

Saint Joseph’s University – Christian Social Ethics – “environmental ethics”

Arizona State University – Bioethics

Seattle University – Catholic Moral Theology – “biomedical ethics”

Augustana College – Christian Ethics and Theology – “biomedical ethics”

University of Miami – Ethics – “biomedical ethics”

2004

University of Nijmegen - director/researcher of interdisciplinary institute for theology, science, and culture - “areas where theology intersects other scientific disciplines”

Manhattan College - Science and Religion

Austin College - Lilly Scholar-in-Residence Program - “intersection of science and religion”

Davidson College - Holmes Rolston Chair in Religion and Science

Harvard University - Arabic and Islamic Studies - “history of science”

Brandon University - Western Religions - “science and technology”

DePaul University - Religion and Ethics - “religion, science, and ethics”

Guilford College - Contemporary Religious Thought/Theology - “religion and science”

University of Sioux Falls - Philosophy - “relationship between theology and science”

Berry College – Ethics – “environmental ethics”

Indiana University – Religious Ethics – “environmental ethics”

Clemson University – Environmental Ethics

DePaul University – Religion and Ethics – “environmental ethics”

Seton Hall University – Christian Ethics – “environmental ethics”

Albright college – Asian Religious Traditions and Comparative Study of Religion – “environmental ethics”

Harvard Divinity School – Religious Ethics – “environmental ethics”

Catholic University of America – Catholic Moral Theology – “biomedical ethics”

San Diego State University – South and Southeast Asian Religion – “religion and ecology”

2005

San Jose State University – Comparative Religious Studies – “science and religion”

Austin College – Lilly Scholar-in-Residence – “the intersection of science and religion/philosophy/culture”

Mount Holyoke College – Religion and Contemporary Culture – “the nexus between religion and…environmental studies…, science”

University of Toronto – Christianity and Culture – “tenure-stream position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Christianity and Science”

Carleton College – Religion and Ecology

St. Mary’s University – Catholic Medical and Biomedical Ethics

Palmer Trinity School (grades 6-12) – Religious Studies – “religion and ecology course”

University of Florida – Religion and Nature – “religion and nature in relation to the natural or physical sciences; philosophy of religion; historical perspectives; non-Western traditions; law/policy; or ethics”

2006

Cambridge University, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion – Research Associate – “research into our theological understanding of the nature of the created order and its future”

University of Oxford – Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion

Harvard Divinity School – Watson Professorship in Science and Religion

La Salle University – Theology/ Ethics – “specialization in contemporary moral theology, biomedical ethics or peace and social justice. Additional strength in the field of religion and science is desirable”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Ethics – “in ethics (Western religious and philosophical), including biomedical and technological ethics… epistemology and the philosophy of science and of religion are also of significant interest”

University of Toronto – Christianity and Science

St. Mary’s University – Professorship in Catholic Medical and Biomedical Ethics

Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary – moral theology/Christian ethics – “teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on marriage and family, human sexuality, and biomedical ethics”

Seattle University – Catholic moral theology – “moral theology, biomedical ethics, Catholic social teaching and one other area of social ethics”

Yale Divinity School – ethics – “Special interests in the history of Jewish and Christian ethics, biomedical ethics, and sexual ethics are desirable”

Durham University (England) – Theological Ethics – “the foundations of theological ethics/moral theology; bioethics; environmental ethics; sexual ethics; political ethics; social ethics”

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – philosophy – “bioethics”

Chestnut Hill College – Chair of Religious Studies & Philosophy Department – “concentration in historical or moral theology is required; interest in bioethics is desirable”

Duquesne University – Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy, and Law – “clinical bioethics”

University of Southern California – Christian Thought and Ethics – “Experience in bioethics and the examination of bioethical issues across a range of religious traditions preferred”

University of Virginia – Bioethics

University of Southern California – Christian Thought and Ethics – “Experience in bioethics and the examination of bioethical issues across a range of religious traditions preferred”

University of Missouri-Columbia – History of Christianity – “cultural transformations in the global arena from the Middle Ages to the present, including the formations of secular culture, for example, in the fields of science, law and medicine”

Oregon State University – Religion and Culture – “religion & politics, religion & science, religion & the environment, history of western religious thought, religion in contemporary America”

Thiel College – Historian of Religion – “humanities interface with the natural and social sciences within a global context”

2007

Florida International University – Religion and Science – “specializations in environmental ethics and bioethics and ability to teach courses in Christian theology”

Boston College – Systematic/Constructive Theology – “intersection of Christian doctrine with historical scholarship, natural science and recent philosophy”

Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Comparative Theology and Philosophy of Religion – “Ability to contribute to the interdisciplinary strengths of the Colleges (eg. First Year Seminars or in programs such as Women’s Studies, Environmental Studies, Architectural Studies, Peace Studies) is also desired.”

Illinois Wesleyan University – Islam or East Asia – “Ability to teach introductory courses essential; ability to contribute to interdisciplinary programs such as International Studies, Women’s Studies, or Environmental Studies desirable.”

University of San Diego – Christian Ethics – “secondary competence in biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, sexual ethics, the ethics of war and peace, or comparative ethics”

Yale Divinity School – Ethics – “areas of scholarly focus include: biomedical ethics, sexual ethics, feminist ethics, comparative religious ethics, and inter-traditional or cross-cultural studies”

St. Joseph’s College – Catholic Moral Theology – “competence in the Catholic tradition in bioethics and/or sexual ethics”

Fordham University – Moral Theology/Christian Ethics – “Fundamental Moral Theology; Race Relations; Bioethics; Health Care Ethics; Environmental Ethics”

Methodist Theological School – Christian Ethics – “interest in taking a specialty such as bioethics, environmental ethics or some facet of social ethics into the public sphere”

Regis College – Moral Theology – “specialized training in an area such as sexual ethics, healthcare ethics or bioethics”

University of Virginia – Bioethics

Wake Forest University – Bioethics – “candidate will play a leading role in developing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide Bioethics Center of national prominence, and may be considered for directorship of the Center or one of its component programs if interested and qualified”

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – Bioethics – “The University recently received stipulation to establish a new Masters of Arts degree in Bioethics. Having successfully launched the new program this year, KCUMB seeks a Bioethicist who will partner with existing faculty to further shape and develop this new Masters degree. The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in ethics (philosophical or religious) or other fields related to Bioethics, or a Masters in Bioethics, combined with an advanced clinician’s degree (e.g., D.O., M.D., MA or Ph.D. in nursing, etc.), and some teaching experience in bioethics, preferably at the graduate level.”

Rivier College – Religious Studies – “expertise in two or more of the following three areas of inquiry: work and vocation; bioethics; comparative religious ethics”

Florida State University – History of Science – “assistant professor position in the history of science, with a particular focus on science and religion. Preference is for persons working in early modern/Reformation/Scientific Revolution”

Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education – Systematic/Dogmatic Theology – “Possible areas of specialization include Reformation studies (particularly Calvin), science and theology, philosophical theology, historical theology, constructive theology, Christianity and interfaith dialogue, and missiology”

Bethany College – Islam – “of competence are open, but proficiency in the study of religion as it pertains to culture, science, or ecology would be of particular interest.”

Duke University Divinity School – Theology, Ecology, and Rural Ministry

2008

Oxford University – Study of Religion – “The Faculty of Theology has a strong and growing commitment to the Study of Religion, and offers a range of courses in this area at both undergraduate and graduate levels. These include courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, on theology and science, and on different methodologies in the study of religion. The successful candidate will be expected to play a key role in delivering and developing teaching and research in a field that includes such areas as the history, sociology, psychology, phenomenology, and anthropology of religion.”

Boston College - Systematic/Constructive theology – “Applicants should have a strong specialization in the problems and movements of theology since 1800, including the intersection of Christian doctrine with historical scholarship, natural science and recent philosophy.”

United States Naval Academy – Ethics – “Ethics. Philosophy of science and logic are also desirable. Successful applicants must be prepared to teach a sophomore level military ethics course, Moral Reasoning for Naval Leaders…The Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law is a diverse department that includes philosophers who combine their commitments to the teaching and study of ethics with scholarly interests in a wide range of fields, including political theory, philosophy of religion, and moral psychology/philosophy of mind.”

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - South Asian Religious Traditions – “Applicants with interest in Environmental Studies and ability to teach courses in Religion and Environment strongly preferred.”

Bethany College – Islam – “Applicants with interest in Environmental Studies and ability to teach courses in Religion and Environment strongly preferred.”

Ashland University – Christian Ethics – “Teaching load of four courses per semester. These include multiple sections of an introduction to Christian ethics; biomedical ethics; and an introduction to Christian theology.”

Goucher College – Religious Studies – “assistant professor level in Religious Studies with a primary specialization in how religion illuminates the social sciences. The candidate’s research and teaching should engage areas such as Religion and Politics, Religion and the Media, Religion and Ecology, and New Religious Movements.”

Missouri Western State University – Philosophy – “competence to provide instruction in a general education-level comparative religion/world religions courses, demonstrated ability to develop new upper-level course work in religion/religious studies or in an area of philosophy not presently covered by faculty in the department, competence to provide instruction in at least one of the following areas: historically defined general education core text integrated humanities survey courses or general education ethics courses (e.g., business ethics, biomedical ethics, contemporary moral problems, or global ethics).”

Harvey Mudd College – Religious Studies – “We seek candidates whose scholarly work in religion addresses one or more of the following:  science and technology, social justice, and gender.”

2009

Montana State University, Bozeman – Religious Studies – “tenure-track assistant professorship in religious studies with expertise in Theories of Religion. Specialties must also include either Asian Religions or Religion and Science or Religion and Nature”

Oberlin College – Religious Social Ethics – “The incumbent will offer a survey lecture course on contemporary ethical issues and religious ethics, topical lecture courses (e.g., biomedical, environmental, economic or war and peace ethics), an introduction to religion course, and first-year and advanced-level seminars”

Stony Brook University - Altruism, Compassion and Bioethics – “ethical and/or empirical study of altruism and compassion, as these pertain to professional virtue, healthcare, and bioethics. He or she should be able to assume a formative leadership role in an emerging multidisciplinary compassionate care research program. The successful candidate should be able to interact well with faculty in the humanities, as well as in the sciences and health fields”

Stony Brook University - Developmental Disabilities, Psychiatric Ethics and Neuroethics – “record of scholarly achievement in bioethics, with a demonstrated interest in the care of persons with developmental disabilities. We welcome applicants with further interests in psychiatric ethics and neuroethics. In addition to teaching in the school of medicine, the successful candidate will help build a multidisciplinary program across the university, interacting with faculty in the humanities, the sciences, and healthcare”

McDaniel College - Assistant Professor of Religious Studies: Islam – “In addition to developing and teaching courses on Islam, candidates should be prepared to contribute generally to a program in the study of religions within a secular, liberal arts setting and to participate in interdisciplinary teaching in at least one other field, such as global philosophy, women’s studies, environmental studies, media studies, or post-colonial literature and theory”

Barry University - Moral Theology and Bioethics – “Catholic perspectives in moral theology along with a strong interest in medical ethics and healthcare. Applicants are expected to engage historical and contemporary developments in theological ethics on the questions surrounding emerging technologies, diverse cultural contexts, and/or human health and ecology”

University of Texas Medical Branch, Institute for the Medical Humanities – Assistant/Associate Professor – “Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: religious studies; health care ethics; philosophy of medicine and health care; research ethics; history of medicine and public health; literature and medicine”

Iowa State University - Religious Studies Asst. Professor – “While the area of specialization is open, preference may be given to those who study religion in an applied sense through the interaction of religions and culture, including media, science and technology, and the environment”

Youngstown State University - Asian Religions – “We welcome candidates who can also contribute substantially to one or more of the following areas: Religion and Psychology, Religion and Ecology, Religion in the Americas (Central and South America), and Religion and Contemporary Thought”

Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT - Theological Ethics – “successful candidates must be familiar with and comfortable teaching the theological traditions of the Catholic Church on issues of social justice, medical ethics and healthcare ethics”

University of North Texas - Associate or Full Professor and Chair – “focus on the history of philosophy, environmental philosophy, and religion and ecology/nature, interdisciplinary research, and international collaboration”

Maryland Institute College of Art - Full-time Faculty, Global Humanities – “continuing appointment in the field of nineteenth and twentieth century Global Humanities. Preferred subfields include Aesthetics/Visual and Cultural Studies, World Religions, or Science and Technology Studies”

2010

Thiel College – Lecturer in Religion (1-year visiting position) – “preference will be given to candidates who can teach in one or more of the following areas: Biblical Studies (including Greek), Theological Ethics, or Religion and the Natural and Social Sciences.”

Fordham University – Theology and Science – “tenure-track opening beginning Fall 2011, at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in Theology and Science (competency in Environmental Ethics preferred)”

Millsaps College – Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship – “Specialization should be in the areas(s) of religion and culture, religion and ecology, Islam, or African-American religions.”

Harvard Divinity School – Junior Position in Science and Religion – “The appointment is intended to advance research and thinking on the interrelations of contemporary science and religion, each broadly defined. Applicants may work on any religious tradition or scientific topic. They may draw on a range of methods and disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology of knowledge, history of science, history of medicine, and philosophy or theology, including ethics. The successful applicant will be able to apply the particular research to critical reflection on current debates about science, religion, and their relations.”

Wellesley College – Environmental Studies – “We seek candidates with a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies and expertise in the environmental humanities.”

University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Assistant Professor – “Philosophy of Race or Applied Ethics (Ethics and Technology is of special interest); AOC open but we do not currently have needs in Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion, or Philosophy of Language.”

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – bioethics – “Department of Bioethics approaches the study of bioethics broadly by drawing on the perspectives of philosophy, the medical humanities, humanism, and the “softer” side of the social sciences. The department has close affiliation with area hospitals and the Center for Practical Bioethics.”

California Lutheran University – Assistant Professor in Christian Ethics – “The ideal candidate will be prepared to teach the first-year Introduction to Christianity course as well as upper-division courses that address a range of topics in ethics (e.g. sexual ethics, bioethics, environmental ethics, violence and religious ethics, global ethics, etc.).”

College of the Holy Cross – Roman Catholic Systematic Theology – “a focus on theology from the Reformation to the twentieth century. Secondary interests might include Ecumenism, Inter-religious dialogue, or Ecological theology”

California State University Northridge – Religion and the Environment – “The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to research and teaching in the area of RELIGION AND THE ENVIRONMENT, and be able to develop curricular offerings in such subjects as religion and ecology, and diverse religious/theological approaches to the physical world.”

Gonzaga University – Fundamental Moral Theology/Theological Method – “Primary expertise is sought in fundamental moral theology and theological method, including Catholic social teaching and Christian Social Ethics. Areas of possible secondary expertise include comparative ethics, sexual ethics, bioethics, or environmental ethics.”

Merrimack College – Assistant/Associate Professor of Religious & Theological Studies – “tenure-track position in Moral Theology/Ethics with a specialization in sexual ethics, ecology and/or feminist ethics”

Institutions that included the category “religion and science” in their lists of additional fields of expertise:

NYU Abu Dhabi – Arab Crossroads
University of Saskatchewan – Islamic Studies
Union College – Religious Studies
San Francisco Theological Seminary – Director, Advanced Pastoral Studies
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary – Academic Dean
Kennesaw State University – Chair, Department of History and Philosophy
Princeton University Center for Human Values – Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships

Note: key phrases for searching (Openings search engine finds partial words w/o wildcard character): science and religion (and “religion and science”), science and theology (and “theology and science”), natural science, philosophy of science, environmental studies, biomed, bioethics, ecolog, nature, science (positions focusing on religion’s relation to the social sciences not included)

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