Assistant Professor of Religion and Society, Boston University School of Theology

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time tenure track assistant professor position in religion and society or practical theology, with a specialization in Black Church Studies and/or African American religious communities. Competence with social-scientific research methodologies is central to this position, with a preference for scholars who have experience with ethnographic methods, especially emerging forms such as hybrid and digital ethnography. The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar and teacher, holding a PhD in Sociology, Anthropology, Africana or African American Studies or ThD or PhD in Practical Theology or related fields, with demonstrated potential for a strong record of publications. Active engagement in empirical research within one’s scholarly field and excellence in teaching are expected. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) is desirable. Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders for diverse forms of ministry in religious communities and faith-based organizations, as well as teaching doctoral students for the professoriate within the field of practical theology, and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities and opportunities include teaching four courses per year in masters and doctoral programs of the School of Theology, as well as graduate advising and committee service. Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment. 

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research that include engaging questions of diversity and justice, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately). Materials should be sent to the Faculty Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Ms. Jaziya Osman at

Review of applications will begin 25 September 2023 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.  We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter.