BYU Department of Church History and Doctrine Hiring 2-3 Faculty Positions–Application Deadline January 21, 2011

By January 14, 2011

“Church History and Doctrine has 2 or 3 faculty positions to be filled this year. Candidates can apply at Applications will be accepted through January 21, 2011.”

Here are a few random (one that was posted recently and the others which were linked to in the subsequent discussion) posts in the Bloggernacle dealing with the BYU Religion Department:

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  1. Here’s a job description:

    PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution of higher learning; be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and observe standards of conduct consistent with qualifying for temple privileges; Demonstrate evidence of strong research and scholarly writing ability, preferrably with a track record of peer-reviewed publications; Show evidence of ability to teach Doctrine and Covenants and other CES courses; Previous university level teaching experience.

    And duties:

    Teaching assigned classes in Religious Education; mentor students; serve on department, college and university committees or other assignments; continue scholarly research and publishing.

    Comment by David G. — January 14, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

  2. Thanks, D.

    Comment by Jared T — January 14, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  3. I’m all over this.

    Comment by SC Taysom — January 14, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

  4. Quite a bit different from the Ancient Scripture job description:

    Qualifications Brigham Young University Religious Education is dedicated to teaching and preserving the doctrine and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because our highest priority is spiritually uplifting classroom instruction, we are always eager to identify men and women who are effective gospel teachers and who have a special interest in strengthening the faith and commitment of college-age Latter-day Saints. More specifically, we welcome applications from persons who meet the following qualifications:
    1. Orientation: One with a proper orientation has a firm testimony of God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ; an unquestioned testimony of, and loyalty to, the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel; and a commitment to the prophetic destiny of Brigham Young University.
    2. Broad Gospel Scholarship: Although we are eager to identify faculty members who are carefully trained in specific disciplines or particular books of scripture, we desire all faculty members to be “perceptive generalists,” well acquainted with all the standard works and with the teachings of modern apostles and prophets. A solid foundation in the doctrines of the gospel is critical to our work.
    3. Teaching Effectiveness: Evidence of success in teaching college-age young adults is essential. Classroom instruction in Religious Education is to be substantive and inspirational. Students should become familiar with the text studied in each course and learn the implications of the text for daily living. Teachers should be models of the disciple/scholar, affirming that one can be well trained in a discipline, intellectually rigorous, honest, critical, and articulate, and at the same time be knowledgeable and fully committed to the restored gospel and the living Church. Students will thereby acquire a witness that is as satisfying to the mind as it is soothing and settling to the heart; students should come away from our classes with a stronger reason for the hope within them (1 Peter 3:15).
    4. Academic Preparation: A full-time faculty appointment requires training at the doctoral level. Ancient Scripture welcomes candidates competent in a number of fields, including but not limited to Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, New Testament Studies, Comparative Religion, History, Education, and related fields. The department strives to maintain a balanced faculty with expertise in various areas.
    5. Citizenship: To be a good citizen is to work harmoniously, happily, and effectively with the administration, staff, and faculty. It includes attending appropriate meetings, accepting committee assignments and serving well, reviewing others’ teaching and written work when requested; and being willing to mentor junior faculty. It entails sharing ideas and sources that help others to improve their performance and treating students, visitors, staff, and colleagues with respect and courtesy. In short, good citizenship means being a good team player, both within and beyond Religious Education.

    This one sounds like you’re applying to become a GA.

    Which I guess you might be.

    Comment by DLewis — January 14, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  5. Did a link disappear?

    Comment by John C. — January 14, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  6. Technical difficulties, JC.

    Comment by Admin — January 14, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  7. Stay tuned, cuz, on Monday we’ll have a guest post by a current employee of the BYU Religion department about their academic journey and how they came to work in Religious Ed. at BYU.

    Comment by Jared T. — January 14, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

  8. Looking forward to that one.

    Comment by WVS — January 14, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

  9. Jared, sounds like a great contribution to this conversation!

    Comment by TT — January 14, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  10. SC Taysom, what do you mean?

    Comment by smallaxe — January 14, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  11. Thanks, WVS and TT. It’ll be a great read.

    Comment by Jared T — January 14, 2011 @ 11:56 pm


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