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Luther College

ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship for 2012-2014

Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

  • Indigenous Religious Traditions

ACM-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Indigenous Religious Traditions for 2012-2014. Excellent opportunity for a recent doctoral graduate to develop his or her teaching skills, pursue independent scholarship, and gain experience as a citizen of a liberal arts college.

Beginning Date: Late August 2012

Doctoral degree in anthropology, religious studies, Native American studies, or relevant interdisciplinary area studies. Must have graduate coursework in anthropology and in religion, and field experience or course work focused on indigenous religious traditions. Geographic specialization open. Doctoral degree must be completed before September 2012. Applicants must bring an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and scholarship and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduates.

The Fellow will teach three 4-credit courses per year, contribute to a greater visibility of indigenous religious traditions in the curricula of the religion and anthropology programs, and devote time to his or her scholarly work. Teaching responsibilities will include one upper-level course of the Fellow's own design on indigenous religious traditions (x2) and one course that is part of the core curriculum in the Fellow's primary department (either religion or anthropology) and that is typically offered in multiple sections (x2). In addition, in January Term of the first year the Fellow will teach a First-Year Seminar on a topic in his or her area of expertise within the broad rubric of religion and culture or indigenous traditions. In the second year the Fellow may repeat the First-Year Seminar or offer an upper-level specialty course, which may be taught on campus or at a domestic or international site off campus. Alternatively, the Fellow may teach an additional fall or spring semester course in the second year in lieu of teaching in January.

Luther College will provide the Post-Doctoral Fellow with funding for professional development and research and for travel to support presentations of his or her work at professional conferences. In addition, the college will offer many on-campus opportunities for faculty development by providing two senior mentors and inviting the Fellow to participate in the New Faculty Teaching Group, the Teaching Partnership program, the Mentoring Trios program for second-year faculty, a two-day summer workshop on the college mission, and other academic-year and summer workshops, seminars, and teaching discussions.

Salary: Salary will be consistent with a full-time appointment at the assistant professor level.

Luther College, a Phi Beta Kappa institution affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), is committed to fostering cultural diversity in its faculty, staff, and students, and so we welcome applications from the widest range of candidates who meet the qualifications listed above. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Excellent teaching is of paramount importance. Additional information about Luther College is available by visiting the college website:

Review of applications will begin by Monday, October 24 and continue until the position is filled. The search process will include evaluation of the candidates' submitted materials (receipt will be acknowledged by e-mail), telephone interviews for selected candidates, and on-campus interviews for the finalists. The successful candidate will be required to complete Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. The applicant's dossier should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference. Address materials to the ACM-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Search Committee Chair and send them as e-mail attachments to administrative assistant Nan Hibbs at Questions may be directed to Lori Stanley, Associate Dean, at 563-387-1005 or