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McGill University seeking Director of the School of Religious Studies

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    Tori Lawson

    Director of the School of Religious Studies
    McGill University

    The Position
    McGill University seeks to appoint a Director of the School of Religious Studies within the Faculty of Arts. The Director will hold a tenured position in the School of Religious Studies in the Faculty of Arts.

    As the first Director since the integration of Religious Studies as a School in the Faculty of Arts, the successful candidate will play a key role in shaping the future development of the School of Religious Studies at McGill University in collaboration with its affiliate partners in the Montreal School of Theology.

    Reporting to the Dean of Arts, the Director will oversee all aspects of the School’s activities. The School has an historic tradition of collegial research and teaching exploring the intersection of lived religious commitments in an evolving global world. The Director will build on the School’s strong foundations in religious and theological studies, provide collegial leadership in establishing strategic priorities for the School, and implement short and long-term recruitment and development goals.

    The university seeks a scholar with established expertise in one or more of the relevant fields of religious studies, and who can also engage and enhance the School’s more recent initiatives in religion and globalization, interfaith studies, and religion and public policy. Appointment to a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) may be possible if appropriate.

    Candidate Qualifications:
    The Search Committee prioritizes these qualities in an ideal candidate:
    – A strong record of accomplishment in academic administration, research and teaching.
    – The qualities of academic leadership required to support and enhance the School’s mission and its major areas of research and teaching.
    – An ability to work in a collaborative and collegial manner, encouraging the professional development and success of all students, faculty and staff.
    – A commitment to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and institutional cooperation within the Faculty, the School, and the School’s partners including the affiliated theological colleges of the Montreal School of Theology.
    – A proven ability for building relations with external partners in attracting funding for research and scholarship.
    – Proficiency to work in English as well as proficiency, or a real commitment to develop proficiency, to work in French.

    McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    The review of applications will begin May 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment as Director is for a five-year term (renewable). Applications and nominations should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae and the names of at least three references. All materials, including referees’ letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically to the Academic Jobs Online website

    Inquiries should be addressed to Professor Antonia Maioni, Dean, Faculty of Arts, McGill University via e-mail:

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