Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Islam in Context, Dept. of Religion, Williams College (Williamstown, MA 01267 USA)

The Department of Religion at Williams College seeks to appoint a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islam in Context, beginning in the fall of 2014. We seek someone whose expertise in Islam will also address the religious complexities of either Africa, South Asia, or Southeast Asia, in their historical, social, and political contexts. So, for example, a candidate might teach courses on the interactions of Islam with Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and/or indigenous religious traditions in these parts of the world. We especially welcome candidates whose teaching and research features post-colonial/decolonizing approaches. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester. Ph.D. must be in hand or expected by September 2014; new Ph.D.s are especially encouraged to apply. The Fellow will be included in the activities of the Religion Department as a regular junior faculty member. They will work closely with a faculty mentor; participate in Williams’ First3 Program; and receive feedback on pedagogical skills and teaching effectiveness through our standard evaluation procedures. The fellowship includes a salary of $43,500 plus benefits and funds to support research and travel. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or expect to pursue a teaching career in the United States. The position is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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