Assistant Professor in Early Christian History and Literature (Tenure Track)

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Early Christian History and Literature to commence July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will be required to teach Early Christianity at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and should demonstrate outstanding teaching and research skills and potential for outstanding teaching. We especially welcome candidates who possess additional expertise in post-apostolic history and literature, which could include specialization in Early Church History, Patristics/Late Antiquity, Gnosticism, Syriac Christianity, or related area and the language(s) pertinent to these areas (e.g., Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Syriac, Coptic). Engagement with diverse approaches (e.g. feminist, social scientific, social historical, archaeological) is also welcomed.

The successful candidate must have completed a PhD prior to taking up the position, and will be expected to maintain an active program of research, graduate and undergraduate teaching, graduate supervision, and departmental service, events, and initiatives.

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies prizes interdisciplinarity and is committed to innovative teaching and research. Our position in Early Christianity boasts a long history of superb teaching at the undergraduate level, and we look for a dynamic and creative candidate who will continue to excite, engage, and inspire our students. More about the programs, faculty research interests, and general activities of CNERS can be accessed at: www.cnrs.ubc.ca.

The application dossier should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a sample chapter or scholarly paper (maximum 25 pages). Candidates should submit a brief encapsulation of their teaching philosophy, an account of their present and anticipated research profile, and a statement (1 page max.) identifying their contributions (or potential contributions) to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally international student body.  In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent separately by their referees. Shortlisted applicants will be asked for a teaching dossier.

The deadline for the receipt of applications and reference letters is November 1, 2016. Submit application materials electronically to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Rob Cousland at cners.jobsearch(at)ubc.ca

Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the Society for Biblical Literature in San Antonio November 19-22, 2016.

The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2017. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.